Former America’s Next Top Model star Leah Darrow said she is on a mission to help other women connect with God via her new social media app.
Ms Darrow, a Catholic, said she founded the Lux Catholic App in response to her own social media crisis, when she couldn’t remove herself from the negativity of the platforms, even by following accounts associated with faith.
Noting that the app brings together “a deep community that suffers together and prays”, she said it also includes resources for spiritual formation; has its own chaplain; and the women pray the Rosary live together each evening.
Ms Darrow described the app as “guilt-free and troll-free social media”.
“I wanted women to have a place where they could ask honest questions about the faith and get responses, not be torn down,” she told Abby Johnson during an appearance on the pro-life advocate’s Politely Rude podcast. “I wanted women to have a place where they would have sincere true spiritual formation that’s geared towards women.”
Ms Darrow said the app is “not your traditional social media” and there are rules in place to ensure users honour God and each other. “We’ve never had to delete or kick anyone out,” she added.
Warning of the dangers of social media, Ms Darrow said: “One of the best tactics that the devil, that evil has, is distraction. To distract us with what somebody else says, to distract us with being offended, and even distract us with our passions, with our feelings. We have to keep them. It is challenging and it is a constant thing but if we don’t, we will lose peace, and we will lose our vision and our purpose of what Christ is calling us to do.”
Picture: Leah Darrow. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).