Models for Christ (also formerly known as the Paradox group, "God in fashion" being the paradox) is a fun group of models, apparel designers and other workers in the fashion industry who meet regularly in small groups around New York City and for special events during the year. Most of the participants are Christians and are also individually involved in local churches, however, visitors with different religious backgrounds or none at all are welcome to attend and often do. Learn more about Shane and Christina Nearman, working models and co-directors of the New York branch of Models for Christ, in an interview with Fox News.
Fashion Night of Prayer, Fashion Week Outreach and Project Restoration (assistance in recovery from eating disorders) are some of the types of opportunities for fellowship sponsored by Models for Christ. To connect with the small group nearest you and to request a monthly event email update, use the website "connect" form, email
contact (at) modelsforchrist (dot) com or visit the Models for Christ Facebook page. Allow several weeks for a response, as communication is done by volunteers during down times in the seasonal fashion calendar.
If you work outside of New York, ask about branches of Models for Christ in Los Angeles, Paris, Miami, Tokyo, Milan or other fashion capitals around the world. Remember that though the organization was founded with models in mind, all types of workers within the fashion industry participate in events.
For prospective New Yorkers who hold to the Christian faith or would like to investigate it, I recommend two non-denominational churches that I attended while living in Brooklyn and later on Long Island. I visited dozens of churches before finding these two and loved both of them from the first visits onward. Because New York is a world center for fashion and art, it is common to find people in attendance at most any area church who hold jobs related to the fashion or publishing industries. Regular church attendance is one of the best ways to connect with people for encouragement and fellowship, and it also facilitates rewarding opportunities to reach out to others who are in need. The dress code for both the churches listed below is casual.