'Top Model' finalist to lead pro-life rally in PH

Posted at 08/23/12 5:33 PM

Leah Darrow during her Catholic speaking tour. Photo from her Australian tour's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines -- A former contestant in the US reality TV show "America's Next Top Model" will lead a pro-life and chastity conference in the country next week that is supported by the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Leah Darrow, who was second to be cut on season 3 of the Tyra Banks-hosted model search, will share her story of "conversion and fortitude" at this year’s “Real Love Revolution 2012,” which will be held on September 1 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City .

According to a statement by the CBCP released on Thursday, Darrow "will probably" address her biggest crowd since she started her crusade.

According to a Facebook page on her Australian speaking tour, Darrow was born and raised as a Catholic but was swept by the glitz and glamour of the fashion world and "gradually let her faith fall away."

After the show, Darrow posed wearing only lingerie for the men's magazine FHM.

The Facebook page described Darrow as "a self-professed prodigal daughter."

The CBCP statement said Darrow graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she took up psychology and is currently working towards her Masters in Pastoral Theology at the Ave Maria University.

"Now, as a full-time apologist for Catholic Answers, Darrow brings her experience of the fashion world and the Catholic world to the masses," the statement said.

Joining Darrow at the Manila conference is another international chastity advocate Chris Stefanick, who co-wrote the book “Raising Pure Teens” with Jason Evert.

The chastity and pro-life event is organized by Catalyst, a student organization at the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City.

Catalyst president Patrick Lim said the event is "timely" given present issues such as the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, divorce, pre-marital sex and same-sex marriage.

“We believe that through this conference, we can contribute something in the fight against these social evils,” Lim said in the statement.