Nicole Weider sacrificed a successful modeling career to follow Jesus. She discussed what led her to walk away from such a highly lucrative and sought-after career.
“I realized that being a model was truly not what it was cracked up to be. I felt degraded, that I was never ‘perfect’ enough, and being judged only on my appearance was hurting my self-esteem,” she explained. “I realized I wanted more for my life. I rediscovered my faith that I had as a little girl, and it changed my life because I was passionate about using my gifts for God instead of the empty modeling industry.”
The former model said that she has a strong desire to help young girls understand that “they are beautiful just the way God made them” and to free themselves from the cultural pressures put upon them to strive for perfection in their appearance.
“It is too easy on social media to feel like you need to compare yourself to other people. What I do often is, I just make a post about Jesus, and many times I just sign out and not scroll through a lot,” she explained.
In a separate interview with CBN, Weider shared why refuses to recommend the modeling industry as a wise career choice for any young woman.
“It’s just not worth it to be judged only on how you look,” she said. “As a model, there is extreme pressure on the way you look. My agent was marketing me as sexy but I wasn’t even eighteen yet. I felt pressure to be this sex object when in reality it was destroying my self-esteem.”
“I really believe the enemy attacks us as women. He’s that negative voice,” she added. “I started feeling really anxious on set. My heart was giving me warning signs. After I posed in these magazines, it led me to a crisis about who I was. I didn’t want to model, but I placed my identity, for so long, in modeling.”
Taken from: Faithwire