Aug 3, 2017
Born on a farm in Oklahoma, the first 15 years of Leah's life
allowed her quiet space to and hope and dream about what life
When her family moved when she was 15, Leah found
herself scrambling to fit in and willing to bend and conform to
societal pressures to ensure she did. This ultimately led her
to have the prestigious role of "America's Next Top
Until one day - she couldn't do it any more. Tune in to hear
what finally broke Leah Darrow of her willingness to maintain an
unhappy status quo and break free into the life she was meant to
- Often we mistakenly find our identity
and worth in other people. A lot of problems
arise when we don't see the value of who we are regardless of who
is holding our hand.
- After making a mistake in her adolescence, she didn't think she
was worthy of forgiveness so she lived her life out of
fear. This way, she didn't have to change, she could just live out
- As a model I was living in a world where only the exterior
mattered. But then after a shoot, so much photoshopping had to
happen for our photos to be acceptable... it wasn't even
- I had an out of body experience during a photoshoot the
reignited my heart. I heard the words: "I made you for more." I
wanted to believe it more than anything in the world that I
was more than a picture or a paycheck. I wanted the
feeling I had when I was 10, aware that there was something
amazing I was called to do. That reignited in my heart and it was
my last day of modeling.
- I had nothing I wanted. The God I believe and culture I believe
in, I had made it nothing. There is something true about
believing you are called to do something good and that we are
all connected. I wanted to live as if I was.
- Seeing my picture in Times Square and on the side of taxi cabs
made me feel chained to something. Like I had to keep up, I have to
be better, skinnier than that... and I need to be better than the
next girl that gets her picture up, too.
- Life is so much more about contribution than
competition. If I am not contributing to make this world
better than what am I doing? Competition, "who is the better
person" -- that is a world I don't want to be a part of
- Get off social media. Unplug for a bit
to figure out what is going on. Why do we feel the need to be
connected yet feel so lonely? There's a problem there.
Who you are following on social media: Are they breathing life into
your life or strangling it by bringing out a spirit of anger,
bitterness or jealousy?
- People are going to talk. If you do everything
right and if you do everything wrong: They will walk. So you may as
well live your life the way you know is right and good and
- Get Leah's book
The Other Side of Beauty
- Write a list of every good thing you can do - no matter how
small or big. Reflect on it. Remind yourself that you are more
than what you look like, what you see.
- The exterior is nothing. The beauty of
the face only gets you so far, but the beauty of the
soul that will take you all the way to the end.
- When I left modeling / made huge life change, these were the
questions I was asking myself:
- What do I like?
- What are my dreams?
- Who am I?
- How am I connected to this world in a bigger sense
- Unplugging allowed me to reboot and know who I am and Whose I
- Know that God is calling you some place
greater. No matter what you've done in life. No matter
your screw ups, shame or guilt - life can get better. It
involves choices and being uncomfortable, but that is a good thing.
- When you are uncomfortable you are pushing yourself towards a
better version of yourself. It makes you, your friends and the
WORLD better. If you refuse to do it, you are refusing to make the
- I start every day with a prayer of
LEAH DARROW'S LIVE INSPIRED
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
The Soul of the Apostolate, about how our interior life
effects our exterior life. It focuses on prayer, gratitude and
working on our own wounds.
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly
dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Finish this
project I am working on with Haiti 180, building a medical clinic
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. The crucifix above my bed. We held onto it as
we said our wedding vows 5 years ago.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? My grandpa, a
man of few words. Incredibly wise, prayerful and kind. And every
advice he ever gave me was right and correct. And he knew me. He
always looked you in the eyes. And he knew who he was, his
limitations and just being around someone so authentic and kind
brings out the best in anyone.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? Trust your gut. I was a knew mom, pregnant about
to deliver my first child. I asked for advice and my friend told me
not to take any, she said to trust your gut.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give
yourself at age 20? It get's better but you are going to
have be brave and you are going to have to choose things that
require you to change. But it will get better. Never forget, God
made you brave and strong, Leah.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? I believe in hope. Hope has a name and a face, I
believe it is Jesus Christ. Wherever your hope lies, just as long
as you have it, don't give it up. Hope can change lives. Hope can
change the world.
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