You Are Beautiful: A Model Makeover From Insecure to Confident in Christ
:YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL shows young women who feel like they are not thin/pretty/good enough how to find true confidence as they discover their identity in Christ. Have you ever felt like you were not enough-not pretty enough,...
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:YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL shows young women who feel like they are not thin/pretty/good enough how to find true confidence as they discover their identity in Christ.
Have you ever felt like you were not enough-not pretty enough, thin enough, or enough enough?
You will never be all that the world demands you to be-it's impossible. Just ask curve model Ashley Reitz, who struggled for years with feeling overlooked, frizzy-haired, round-faced, and chubby. Her insecurity, disordered eating, and weight issues derailed her happiness and set her on a treadmill of constantly trying to be enough and never succeeding.
Even after Ashley grew up, graduated from beauty school, and launched a successful international modeling career, it took overcoming some painfully dark circumstances to provide her with the needed clarity and strength to confront her deeply rooted insecurities. She realized she had to surrender daily, actively seeking her acceptance and finding her worth in Jesus alone. Finally, she realized the truth: She was already beautiful.
And so are you! Join Ashley as she explores topics of confidence, beauty, positive body image, and the maddening-and futile-pursuit of perfection. Like an encouraging friend and sister, Ashley speaks truth and healing into your life as you:
Rethink your true source of identity and confidence. Choose physical and spiritual wellness over our culture's unnatural fixation with being "skinny." Take back the power you and millions of others have unwittingly handed over to the media. Learn to believe God's words of love and value about you, every day. Are inspired by a formerly insecure "hot mess" who has been transformed through seeking her confidence in Christ alone. Believe that you are enough, because Jesus said so.
After attending beauty school in Grand Rapids, MI, Ashley Reitz was offered a contract with Elite Model Management in Chicago, which quickly led to opportunities to work with other top agencies and clients as an international model. Her position as a "curve model" has given her a platform to promote a healthy body image to young women at conferences and through other venues. She has functioned as an ambassador for a popular movement called Healthy Is the New Skinny and has been on the board for Miss SW Florida USA. Ashley has appeared in the pages of major magazines such as Seventeen and in national ad campaigns for Avon, Saks Fifth Avenue, and David's Bridal. In May 2016 Ashley joined the cast of Mark Burnett's new reality dating show "Coupled" (Fox), quickly becoming a fan favorite along with her "match" B.T. Her greatest passion is speaking to young women about self-worth, identity, beauty, dating, purity, and the joy that only comes from knowing Christ.
Lorilee Craker is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Date Night in a Minivan. A frequent speaker at MOPS groups and other mom events, Craker is also an entertainment writer for the Grand Rapids Press. A native of Canada, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband and her three children.