Recently, I have been encountered by a few younger individuals on the topic of whether or not modeling and acting are a sin? Being somewhat of a successful model myself, as well as a humble Christian, I thought this might be a fun topic to address. On one hand, everyone has been given a unique set of gifts and elegance as well as the ability to perform may be two of them. I mean, look at singers and musicians. On the other hand, basing one’s goals on vanity, glamour, and superficiality may be considered contemptuous and foolish.
Perhaps the better question is Why would modeling and acting be considered a sin? It may be due to the fact that these two fields are often associated with the pursuance of vanity, riches, self-fulfillment, and fame, and rightfully so. Many individuals do seek these professions for these exact reasons. But that does not mean that all individuals seek these desires. I only use this as an example, but I am a faithful Christian and I have modeled all across the globe. Certainly, one can model and keep the Lord at the center of their heart. Instead of seeking fame, fortune and glamour, one could try to keep more virtuous goals. This is the key, using your gifts to glorify the Lord. Actors and models can be great Christians who follow all of God’s commands.
Beauty is a God given talent just as singing and dancing are. You probably won’t hear anyone telling singers to stop singing, or dancers to stop dancing, because it is a sin. These are recognized gifts and beauty for modeling as well as personality for acting are gifts also. Being able to stand in front of an audience and move gracefully and comfortably is a gift many do not have. Most people are terrified of audiences and public speaking. It all comes down to how the individual uses these gifts; to glorify themselves, or to glorify the Lord.
Keep God priority #1 and everything else will fall into place. God has given us all gifts and beauty and personality are some of the greatest. Here is some lasting wisdom found in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Deuteronomy 8:18 states: “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth.”