Leah started her career in the spotlight in season 3 of America’s Next Top Model. After being eliminated, she went on to pursue her career in modeling. She found herself working in NYC, doing photo shoots, and living her dream. Leah reports that one day during a photo shoot, she had a divine encounter with the Lord. He looked her her immodest clothing and hung His head. At that exact moment, Leah walked off the set. The photographer vowed that if she walked out, she would never work in the business again, to which she replied, “Do you promise?”
She called her father, a fervent prayer warrior, who picked her up from the city. He said she would leave on his terms, and his terms were that she needed to go to Confession first. She protested, and her father said his job was to bring her home. The Church is home. If she wanted to go anywhere else, she could call Southwest. Reluctantly, she went and returned home with her dad.
After a remarkable faith journey that still continues today, Leah is now a Catholic apologist and a public speaker on the topics of mercy, conversion, human dignity, modesty, and chastity.
The second thing I remember from her speech was a song. She played “You Are More” by Tenth Avenue North. It is a beautiful reminder of self-forgiveness.