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    Why I Turned Down the Budweiser Ad

    Today I had an audition for an Audi car commercial, which got me thinking about my personal modeling guidelines.

    Well, I told my agent that I refuse to audition for any jobs that don’t further my Godly lifestyle! Here’s why:

    What do you think about my decision?

    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.


    1. I can so understand why you turned down the deal! Budweiser is not only advertising beer, but they probably would have you do some pin-up doll advertisement….you know, to grab a man’s attention.

      I hope you can find a gig that works out for both your guidelines and God’s! I can’t wait to see you in a commercial!!! (Like maybe a beauty ad or something?) 🙂

    2. too bad that most girls in the industry will continue to do what’s typical. glad you’re speaking out against the default. it sets a bad standard, and the consumer becomes a mindless monster that needs to be fed the same imagery when women are presented the way the industry sees fit to present them. just say no!

    3. Nicole, you are such an inspiration! I LOVE your video and I literally check Project Inspired and your Facebook page everyday to see if there’s anything new! I LOVE how you still remain so humble…which is SO important. It’s so amazing that you choose God over everything you do…which is something new I’m trying too. I also LOVE on your fb page, the “God’s <3 letter to you" posts! Keep going and never give up, no matter what! Also, you told me one time that you (like me) have also received so many signs from God that can't be coincidental. Could you write an article about some signs you've received from God? I LOVE reading about things like that…It builds up my faith! <3

        • yeah, that would be great article! It’s so important for us to know when God wants us to do something and when He doesn’t, a lot of times we get His opinion through signs he shows us. it’s like communication with God, but if we don’t know what to look for, it can be challenging. I’d love to hear what you have to say about it, because it’s something I struggle with a little.

    4. I am very thankful for your excellent video that has prudent advice for young people who are interested in modeling. I forwarded your video to my two nieces and they were very happy to get your caring point of view.

      • aww thanks Dr. Faulders!! I appreciate hearing that. It’s true- the whole entertainment industry is very deceiving, and has a way of sucking young girls in to doing compromising jobs! Thanks for your support!! 🙂

    5. Thank you so much for writing this! This gives girls such a positive influence and shows that you should honor God in all aspects in life-not just when you’re at church! You’re an inspiration to us all, Nicole. Also, I have a random question. You said before you would do swimsuit modeling. Well, do you think we should wear bikinis or not? Please answer…and thank you!

    6. I love how you made a list of what you won’t do! 🙂 And I hope you got the job!! But if not, I love your attitude on it, and you’re so right, God put it in someone else’s life, and hopefully they do right with it.

      You’re so inspiring!! You can see it in your expressions when you talk about your past that it’s nothing you’re proud of, but that you have moved on from that, you’re making new decisions and you have a whole new life and heart! 😀 This website keeps me in touch with God and I’m so happy that God led you to accepting Him into your heart! You remind me that it is IMPORTANT to make good choices for God.
      Thank you!

    7. I admire you so much for your decision, I think that’s wonderful! Budweiser and so many other alcohol companies can be so derogatory towards women, we watched a video on it in school, and it’s really awful! I can only imagine how much it would have helped your career if you took it, but I am so proud of your for being such a strong role model for us all! Thank you!

    8. well victoria’s secret is for bra’s and undies and maxim is wearing clothing so don’t feel bad, i’d do it! and jesus turned water into wine! what’s wrong with beer? or kissing? jesus kissed people all the time!

        • This video mad me so incredibly happy! your are such a amazing role model for girls and young women, I am 17 and life can be such a struggle when its throwing so many temptations at you buy going on this web site and reading and watching these up lifting videos make it so nice to kno that there are Christians standing up for there beliefs in God:)God bless you and your Journey through out your life!

    9. Dear Nicole,

      I would LOVE to be in the modeling and a lot of people say I can make it. I know you are HUGE in this industry and I would love for you to help me! I would like to model things that are modest (shorts,dressed,etc). I don’t mind sending you pics and things if you will please help me!


    10. I am so glad you are making this very smart decision! I feel a little bad now because I had emailed you about modeling with Victoria Secret and how they weren’t really much better than Cosmo. I have been reading more articles from your website lately and I am really impressed! You are a great Godly example for girls and even other models. God bless!

    11. I really like the way you think about all this and i would have all the same rules. You i see girls all the time that in their modeling they aren’t honoring God with everything they do and i love that you haven’t let satan win! This is sooo encouraging to me and everyone else!

    12. You make a lot of sense and that is really inspirational that someone in the media is actually putting their foot down and standing up for the morals that people are abandoning day by day. Keep on living your godly life and I appreciate your willingness to do so 🙂

    13. Wow, that really inspired me. Usually I only think of God being in relationships and church, never in the outside world, really. From now on I’m going to ask myself if God approves of everything I do too!

    14. You are truly such an inspiration and encouragement, Nicole. You should be proud of yourself for what you are doing for us girls, and how you are choosing to live for God. I know God is proud of you, His precious princess. I really appreciated your video, and your website in general. It’s refreshing and impacting to know that there are models who still value their faith over fame. I am a model too and I’m with an agency in Seattle. My agent has faith which is great and she is very understanding, but the temptations of the glitz and Glam can be overwhelming when you allow your mind to wander on the potentials of the future, or the opportunities of a job. Thank you so much for reminding us that fit is possible to stay true to our faith and relationship with Jesus and pit that first, instead of giving into the world. 🙂

      • aw thank you! I appreciate hearing that more than you know. That’s awesome you’re modeling up in Seattle, just remember to stay true to your values and morals and be a rep for Christ!

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