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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?

Image: Courtesy of Nicole Weider

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by thenabobena on June 16, 2012 at 10:42

    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. πŸ™‚

    • Posted by Nicole on June 16, 2012 at 19:03

      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!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Couturecub on December 28, 2011 at 09:46

    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!

  3. Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 14:53

    I Absolutely adore your decision Nicole! I’m glad that you’re doing, it helps a lot of girls!! πŸ™‚ Love You! <3

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by SavedWithAmazingGrace96 on November 18, 2011 at 18:50

    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 πŸ™‚

  5. Posted by on November 9, 2011 at 14:58

    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!

  6. Posted by on November 9, 2011 at 14:11

    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!

  7. Posted by on November 7, 2011 at 17:42

    I absolutely love this, its soo true, n its exactly what I believe! πŸ™‚

  8. Posted by on November 4, 2011 at 16:16

    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!

    Love,
    Brooke(:

  9. Posted by on November 4, 2011 at 13:45

    Hey Nicole soo proud of you to not do the commercial you can show your agent that you are a true Christian by turning down this kinda stuff.

  10. Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 18:45

    This video really makes me respect you, Nicole! I’m glad you made that choice πŸ™‚

  11. Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 08:12

    God loves you Nicole because you honor him

  12. Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 16:37

    Nicole, I wanna hear your full testimony!! πŸ™‚ I think it’d be a very inspiring article, of course, if you’re willing and ready to share it with the world!

    • Posted by Nicole on October 31, 2011 at 18:37

      I will do that soon! For now, a “condensed version” is under my “About Me” πŸ™‚

      • Posted by on November 1, 2011 at 13:12

        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!

      • Posted by Nicole on November 1, 2011 at 13:20

        Thank you Amie for your kind words, they mean so much to me!! πŸ™‚

  13. Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 13:11

    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!

  14. Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 08:09

    No kissing Nicole? Don’t you give innocent kisses to your boyfriend? Or are you trying to say kissing as in “I want you” kind of way that people take advantage of. Like kissing just for fun?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by RachelMarie on October 31, 2011 at 12:48

      I think she means kissing in ads, anyone who is not her boyfriend.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by missmichaelab on October 30, 2011 at 18:30

    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!

  16. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 17:31

    Nicole, you are such an inspiration to me πŸ™‚

  17. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 13:29

    I think you made a beautiful decision Nicole! πŸ™‚

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by KristenLovesJesus on October 29, 2011 at 23:38

    I love how you made a list of what you won’t do! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ˜€ 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!

  19. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 21:49

    Good for you for having higher standards than many others in the business (and sticking to them).

  20. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 18:47

    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!

  21. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 18:43

    well u kno u really did the rite ding! nd its pretty awsum how it was somethin so big to u,like u wanted it so bad but u culdnt!u had to decline…doin things like dat takes a long time to debate…but wat u did took a lot! πŸ™‚

    • Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 18:46

      ur great 4 a model inspiration….May God Bless You!have a great time….

  22. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 15:03

    I think that was an awesome decision! I’m glad you’re standing up for God πŸ™‚ Thank you for all you do!

  23. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 14:39

    Whoa…my modeling agent’s name is Stephenie…what agency do you model for?

  24. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 12:26

    Thank you for standing up for what you believe in! Your actions has inspired me to do the same in every day life. πŸ™‚

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:15

      thank you so much Katelin!! that means a lot to me!

  25. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 12:01

    You’re such a role model to me! I am so proud of you that you choose jobs that God would be proud of.

  26. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 11:46

    You’re like my cousin πŸ™‚ She has done a lot of Hollywood work(she was in Monk, Criminal Minds, etc.) She turned down a spot on desperate housewives she was offered.

  27. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 10:25

    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.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:17

      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!! πŸ™‚

  28. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 07:59

    I think that is a very smart choice! πŸ™‚

  29. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 07:40

    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

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:19

      yes!! I will get on that asap! thanks so much Jessica for your kindness!! and thanks for that idea- it will be a great article!

      • Posted by on November 5, 2011 at 18:10

        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.

  30. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 07:31

    That video was super terrific and inspiring! I love your criteria, would God be happy if I did this? That is what I will use from now on. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:19

      I’m so happy you found it helpful!! That’s my goal!

  31. Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 05:31

    Good for you! It’s awesome to see people in the modeling business who have morals and who care about both themselves and the viewer. Thank you for being such a good example for us!

  32. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 23:53

    I used to want to be famous because I wanted to make something of my self and prove people wrong but now I know that God really loves me and he gives me all the attention that I need. πŸ™‚

  33. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 23:40

    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!

  34. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 23:31

    I think it’s really cool that you have set standards in modeling πŸ™‚

  35. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 22:45

    I love you too,Nicole! I love how you strive to do everything to the Glory of God! There aren’t many celebrities like you!

    • Posted by Nicole on October 28, 2011 at 23:37

      aww thanks Paris! Well I’m not a “celebrity” but your words mean so much to me!

  36. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 22:16

    Wise decision πŸ™‚

  37. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 20:30

    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?) πŸ™‚

    • Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 19:17

      Yeah, it seems that everything’s about sex appeal nowadays, I don’t get how women in scanty clothing is somehow okay with everyone.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:23

      I hope I can get one like that! we’ll see.. only God knows what the future holds! πŸ™‚

  38. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 18:43

    I love this Nicole!! I believe God is so proud of you at the fact that you make decisions for Him and for us. I’m so happy to have you in my life for inspiration and a role model. Thank you! πŸ˜€

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:27

      I am so happy you’re in my life too!! I just try and make decisions that God would approve of, because I know He is with me every single moment, as He is with you!

      • Posted by on October 29, 2011 at 15:30

        I know, and I’m so blessed to have Him with me, and I’m very thankful too!! πŸ˜€

  39. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 18:34

    Thank you Nicole for being such a thoughtful person of God’s opinion I think society needs people like you thinking “If I do this will it make God happy” Thank you so much Nicole:)

    • Posted by on November 4, 2011 at 12:19

      You know what, I never though about doing that! A lot of times I think, well it isn’t too bad… But if I were to think, would this make God HAPPY? THANKS SO MUCH NICOLE! I’m praying for you!

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:28

      you’re so welcome Lizzie! thank you for appreciating what I’m doing!!

  40. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 18:32

    Yea!!! That’s great Nicole!!!!

  41. tmgaouette

    Posted by tmgaouette on October 28, 2011 at 18:18

    God bless you Nicole and all that you do for Christian teens.

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:29

      thanks T.M. and thank YOU for all your amazing articles that are inspiring all the girls! I am so happy you’re a part of Project Inspired!!

  42. Posted by on October 28, 2011 at 18:11

    I think you decision was VERY smart!! You don’t see a lot of Christian’s still honoring their faith in that kinda of stuff. Glad to hear it! πŸ™‚

    • Posted by Nicole on October 29, 2011 at 14:30

      It’s true- it’s very rare in this industry, and i’m trying my best to show that God is real! Thanks Sarah πŸ™‚