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A MODEL'S DEVOTIONAL

Nadine Raphael Photography*

Thinking back on the years of my wonderful career, there have been many experiences, opportunities and bookings.  This devotional will record them as I remember.    Mostly, however, I hope to record how my life has been guided by the Lord.  He prepared me and guided me all these years in this fantastic industry, not just in modeling but my life in general.  I hope my life will encourage you! 

 

My life as I knew it took a major turn at 40, when my marriage of 21 years ended.  I was devastated.   Responding to an ad in the local paper (needed to find a job), I was one of two women hired by Lane Bryant as a fit model.  There were 150 women measured and interviewed.  I had never modeled although several friends over the years encouraged me to model. But I was too big I thought.  I was the perfect measurements for this new career.  I was like Goldilocks - just right.  There were major sales training videos, fashion media shows recorded in all the stores, travel around the world which included Hong Kong twice a year and much more that you will read about later.  This was more than I could've ever dreamed of especially at this time of my life and such perfect justice as one of the reasons that ended my marriage was my size.  As a grandmother, a beautiful career began in the Plus Size industry.  


Starting a successful nine -year fit model career Lane Bryant's corporate office in Columbus, Ohio, was just the beginning.  Lane Bryant wrote:  One 'Legend' familiar to us is Terri Murray of Terri Murray Models who began her modeling career in 1994 as an in-house fit model at Lane Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. She is a fit and intimate apparel expert whose services have been utilized around the world. Among other awards and honors, Terri was named the Plus Fit Model of the Year at the Full-Figured Fashion Week in 2011."

This is a great time to be a mature woman and a plus size woman.  I know God made something beautiful out of my life.  He is my champion and yours!

Isaiah 61:3  Beauty for Ashes

His promise here of beauty for ashes is the very life in His breath. He speaks in Isaiah 61, to assure us that no destructive force in our lives is greater than his plan to redeem it all.  “Christ gives his mourners the beautiful garments of salvation, and the robe of his righteousness, and the graces of his Spirit, and his gracious presence, together with his word and ordinances…all which, as they are ornamental to his people, they yield them joy, peace, and comfort: and this is a beauty that is not natural to them, but is of grace; not acquired, but given; not fictitious, but real; is perfect and complete, lasting and durable, and desired by Christ himself, who gives it.” Christianity.com

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/what-does-it-mean-that-there-will-be-beauty-for-ashes.html#:~:text=Beauty%20for%20ashes%2C%20or%20%E2%80%9Ca%20crown%20of%20beauty,freedom%20for%20prisoners%2C%20and%20comfort%20for%20the%20brokenhearted.

*I'm posting this photo from 2003 .  It was my Agent, Anthony Higgins, favorite.  He said, "The camera loves you!" The rest is history.

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