- Former New York model
- As seen on America's Next Top Model
Leah Darrow is a speaker that challenges her international audiences to live their lives in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She speaks on topics which include modesty, chastity, mercy, conversion, and human dignity.
Leah Darrow first gained international attention with her debut on the reality television show, America’s Next Top Model. As one of the 14 finalists, Leah’s foray into the world of modeling aired in late September of 2004. Following her time on the reality show, Leah continued to work in the world of modeling making appearances in many national and international publications. As she neared completion on what was to be her last photo shoot, Leah had an experience that set her life on a different course. Realizing her profession placed her in situations in which she was not truly comfortable, Leah left the modeling industry and has devoted herself to speaking about Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping people find their love, acceptance and beauty in Him.
Leah is especially inspired to share her message on modesty, dignity, mercy, chastity, and conversion. Her goal is to add value to the faith and life of her audiences and to help them find lasting happiness. She does this by encouraging them to find happiness that rests in the infinite world rather than in the temporalities of life. Leah emphasizes that the temporal world sells a kind of happiness that is driven by possessions, beauty, and money and points out that these things can never bring true satisfaction. She also enjoys speaking to women about the many gifts, talents and abilities they have to offer and endeavors to teach them how to embrace their God-given dignity through being classy, fabulous, and faithful.
Before her premier in America’s Next Top Model, Leah Darrow earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Today, she is furthering her education by working toward her MA in Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado. Her full-time work as an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers from 2010-2013 has given Leah the opportunity to bring her experiences in education, fashion, and reality television to audiences around the world.
In addition to her modeling and public speaking endeavors, Leah Darrow has been given the chance to appear on many radio and television programs to discuss the topics of faith and culture. She has also had the chance to participate in a United Nations panel discussion in July of 2011 on behalf of international youth. Recent opportunities have placed Leah in front of an audience of 15,000 youth in Manila during her Real Love Revolution tour at the World Trade center in the Philippines. She has also given the keynote address for more than 6,000 college students at the national FOCUS conference, SEEK2013, which was held at Walt Disney World.
Leah strives to do her part in the call for a New Evangelization by speaking to audiences at events, schools, retreats, and parishes. She shares her love for The Gospel by relating real-life stories, personal experiences, inspiration, and a little down-to-earth sarcasm. She hopes to help her audiences understand the importance of purity, chastity, modesty, and living happy and fulfilling lives by following Jesus Christ.
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Leah, thanks you so much for telling us your story and the true meaning of love, fashion, faith, and happiness. I truly am changed because of your insightful words. I will never forget yesterday, thanks for being such a great role model to myself and all other girls hearts you have and will touch. Thanks again!!
Leah! Thank you so much for everything! You truly inspired me! Thank you for sharing how much I am loved.