Monday, August 17, 2015

Project Inspired by Nicole Weider

Does your daughter want to be a model? Envy the Hollywood lifestyle? 

Nicole Weider is on a mission: to help young girls avoid the traps that culture sets. The trap that baits you into thinking you must sacrifice your self-worth in order to be beautiful and popular. Nicole launched Project Inspired in 2010, a website for teen girls that analyzes pop culture and explores ways girls can live in their authentic beauty. In Project Inspired, Nicole shares tips for you to stay true to yourself—to how you were created to be. With photographs, real behind-the-scenes stories from inside the fashion world, and an honest look at living a life that looks great on the outside and feels great on the inside, Project Inspired is a book you’ll turn to time and time again.

Avaiable on Amazon and other retailers 

About the Authors:
Nicole Weider is a former model and actress who founded the online community Project Inspired, which focuses on helping girls find their inner beauty. Nicole is married to Eric, and lives in California with their son. Visit her online community at

Kristin Billerbeck is the author of numerous Christian novels. She has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, World Magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitition and been seen on the "Today Show" for her pioneering role in Christian Chick Lit. She has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Jose State University.

I received this book from iconmediagroup in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

My Thoughts:
This book is about Nicole's life growing up and her desire to be a model as well as how she achieved that goal. It is also about the reasons that did not bring her satisfaction, and how she turned to Jesus in the midst of her depression and downward spiral. After recognizing that her true identity could only be found in Jesus, her goal is now to be a role model for girls who are searching for the same recognition she was looking for.

It starts out with her personal story, and then moves on to tips she offers girls. Tips such as wardrobe essentials, modesty tips - how to determine a good length for a dress. She talks about the pressure girls (and even women) feel to compare themselves with airbrushed pictures of models that are practically unachievable. Nicole worked in a clothing store in the mal, and for a while thought it was really cool, until she became aware of the subtle "sex sells" and the lies it offers teenagers as they try to measure up. Nicole offers tips on body shape and styles to suit your own type, beauty and skincare tip.

But Nicole doesn't keep her tips to outward beauty alone. She also addresses inner beauty, spiritual gifts, roadblocks, and friendships both good and bad. Music, now that's a topic for conversation, and Nicole is not afraid to talk about it. What kind of music should our teens be listening to? How to choose a husband? What kind of guy to date or avoid? Sex before marriage? This book has something to say about all of it, from a godly perspective. It encourages our daughters to guard their minds and bodies. 

I would say this book is worth investing in. It has beautifully colored pictures, exclusive tips, Bible verses, and so much more. It's a book I would want my daughters to have. Nicole also has a website for girls where they can share their hearts and ask questions. I've read some great articles there. 

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