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by Bill Muehlenberg
OK, my title is likely to be something resulting in relatively few google search result hits. In fact, I just tried it, and this is what I got: “No results found for ‘Apologetics and Modelling’.” Of course it is not every day that a top international fashion model becomes a Christian evangelist and apologist.
But such creatures do exist. I recently learned of a former model now working for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and thought that her story was well worth sharing. I refer to Indonesian Tracy Trinita. This is how she is written up on the RZIM website:
Tracy Trinita is an itinerant speaker and apologist for RZIM. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she was the country’s first-ever supermodel modeling for top designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gautier, Kenzo, Benetton, among others in Paris, Milan, New York and other major capitals around the world.
A life of glamor, fame and glory never really filled the gnawing emptiness she felt and in 2002, she received Jesus as her Savior and Lord. She studied theology and apologetics at RZIM’s Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Since then, she has served as an apologist and teacher at Yayasan Pengembangan Apologetika Indonesia (YPAI) and at International English Service (IES) Church in Jakarta.
Her work at RZIM focuses on the fashion, arts, media and entertainment industries as she hopes to bring the message of Christ’s saving grace to the people with whom she once worked.
On her blogspot we learn more details about her past modelling life and her change of direction:
At the age of fourteen, Tracy Trinita was the first Indonesian model ever won the prestige Elite Model Look International competition in 1995. Prior to that, she was named the Cover Girl of the Year from Mode magazine, Indonesia. That was the start of her international modeling career that brought her across the globe: New York, Paris, Milan, Spain and Sydney to name the few. She appeared regularly in New York and Paris fashion week for prestigious labels such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gautier, Kenzo and more. Her remarkable global campaign for United Colour of Benetton was one of the highlight of her youth. In 2001, she returned home after 6 years living abroad. Easily she found her way into Indonesia’s entertainment industry, her career moved on from silver screen and television series actress to screen writer and music promoter while maintaining her little beach fashion shop in Bali.
Grew up in Bali with mixed religion background yet in 2001, she first encountered Christian faith that immediately touched both her heart and mind…
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