I have been thinking for quite a while about writing to you, Stacey. I have some thoughts I would like to share.
The approach, introduction and advice you give prospective models is honorable. I am sure you have made a difference in the lives of many young women. I have seen an improvement in Michelle's attitude since she met you and heard your advice.
Her photo shoot also helped her discover her natural beauty and begin to wear it very well.
My daughter has always been a very special child because of her sweet nature and excellent judge of character. She seems to have the innate ability to connect with people.
She is funny and charming and loves Jesus. Most important, she has true compassion and love for others.
However, prior to meeting you, she began to experience a great deal of peer pressure and soon I became aware that she was trying to fit in with the rest of her peers in the 8th grade. Her makeup got heavier, she wanted piercings and tattoos. She seemed somehow, drawn to a different set of friends.
We came to the meeting about a week before her 13th birthday and that week she asked Gary and I for her birthday present. A purity ring is what she desired.
Your encouragement and Fatherly wisdom has brought about an excellent change in Michelle. She wears natural looking makeup. She is focusing on eating healthy, even vegetables. She is back in her youth group at Church; playing her guitar everyday and writing songs again.
Few people can make the kind of impact on youth as you do. I am sure if my good-hearted daughter recieved inspiration to reach her goals, believe in her natural self and honor her body that we are not alone. You have touched the lives of many young ladies across the country.
So, I just want to say, thank you.
Monday, October 20, 2008