About Tonya

I happen to be an expert on the subject of beauty. I spent the first part of my life in pursuit of physical perfection and became an international Ford fashion model at the age of sixteen.

After I became a Christian, I discovered that true beauty has nothing to do with blonde hair, blue eyes and high chiseled cheekbones. I have spent much of my adult life trying to find a balance of being spiritually beautiful, without neglecting the wonderful, unique body that God created for me.

I wrote Beauty Quest, A Model’s Journey about my experiences. I’ve spent two decades speaking and writing about issues from a biblical perspective; including body image, marriage, and parenting. I headed up a large drama club at our church where our team wrote and performed comedy sketches and plays based on stories and passages from the Bible – my favorites were Spiritual Hospital and Sheeple’s Court. I spent several years full time on staff at a church working in women’s ministry and event planning. These day, I blog, speak to women’s groups, travel with my  husband, and keep busy with my ten grandchildren. Check out my latest project on instagram @ barbiegetsreal

My family Christmas 2017