Our take: Former model Martha Lyles talks about her experiences as a Catholic model from 1970 to 2000 and how her religious convictions shaped her career and ultimately brought her closer to God.
I was a model back when bust-waist-hip measurements were bandied around like batting averages on baseball trading cards. Those three numbers were printed in Miss America programs until 1985.
Mine were 34-22-33.
Like Twiggy, I was tiny, but I feared that my bust was inadequate. So did others, apparently; implants began making the rounds among American models. The idea just didn't hold up to my core values. That's not the way God made me, I decided. I'm not going to get into that. My newlywed husband, Dick, backed me up. He liked me just as I was.
I got over those superficial concerns, joined a Bible study and rediscovered my Christian faith. Ultimately, three decades of modeling from 1970 to 2000 brought me closer to God. I worked to develop my inner and outer beauty, embracing the adventure of each shoot and dropping to my knees to thank Him for every opportunity.
Read more about Confessions of a Former Model: On Faith and Hour-Glass Figures on The Huffington Post.
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