Now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.
Ephesians 5:8 (NAS)
The runway. The catwalk. The walk of fame. The love walk. The love revolution. Can a fashion model walk the New York runway as a child of light? Surely yes! How? Let the true light within you shine out. When the spotlight turns off and the truss lights come down, the light of the Lord never fails. The modeling industry needs true light.
What about revealing clothes or models that seem too thin? What about drugs or loose morals? What about the temptations to vanity or pride? What would Jesus say about it? 'I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners' (Mark 2:17). In addition, 'God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it' (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Wouldn't it be better for a virtuous beauty to stay home, follow a different path, and work in a culture where God is clearly first? 'It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick' (Mark 2:17). I don't believe Jesus' directive to role models is to stay home or stay safe, but to 'Go into all the world' (Mark 16:15). The world of fashion and beauty influences millions of people.
By whom? Many narcissistic and ego-driven fashionistas. To what end? Making money by portraying unnatural perfection. The result? Eating disorders, debt, the glamorization of lust, and unattainable beauty standards that push women into self-hatred.
The solution? God. The means? His own models and artists who walk as children of Light. It's all about the field to which we are called, and fashion is a mission field crying out for God's gifted beauties.
The dream of young Mildred Runnion (Millie Lewis) to become an evangelist took her to a place she never expected (New York), in a time of pivotal importance (right after WW II), to a mission field few Christians would embrace (fashion), to a walk she would help pioneer: the runway!