Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Here's a press release for a "Christopher Closeup" interview that airs on Sirius radio's The Catholic Channel on Sunday April 27th. A podcast will be avaialable on the show's web page in a few weeks.


NEW YORK, April 15, 2008 – Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant and cradle-Catholic Leah Darrow candidly discusses faith, fashion and the temptation to compromise one’s standards in chasing after success on Christopher Closeup, airing on Sunday, April 27 at 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST on The Catholic Channel, Sirius 159.

Darrow, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, explains how childhood aspirations of being a professional model led her to auditioning and eventually being selected for the third season of the popular reality television series. Though she was eliminated early on, the exposure opened the doors to further modeling opportunities. It was during one of those photo shoots that Darrow found herself questioning her career path, realizing that it would require making choices at odds with the core values of her Catholic upbringing.

“As more shots were being taken, more and more of me – I felt – was being torn away,” she recalls in the interview. “I realized that in grasping for all these hopes and dreams I had for this career, I had fallen so far away from my true ideals.”

Faced with a decision, Darrow walked away from modeling and now dedicates her time to motivational speaking including being the spokesperson for “Pure Fashion,” a character forming program for girls ages 14 to 18 that emphasizes inner beauty over superficial ideas of physical perfection, builds confidence and affirms “authentic femininity” by affirming the inherent dignity of women.

Darrow credits her parents for instilling a strong Catholic faith in her and her five siblings. She also relates how her faith provided comfort to her and her family during the dark days following the murder of her grandfather.

For more information on Leah Darrow, visit

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