NORTH CANTON  Former "America’s Next Top Model" contestant and nationally renowned Catholic speaker and author Leah Darrow spoke to an overflow audience this week at Walsh University's Barrette Business and Community Center.

Sponsored by the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Giving Society, Darrow shared some of her personal failures and wins in life regarding faith, fashion, dating, career choices and vocation.

Named in honor of the patroness of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, Walsh’s founders, the goal of the society is to inspire the next generation of Catholic students to continue the legacy of Walsh.

Earlier, Darrow met with students at Canton Central Catholic High School.

Darrow made her national debut on the reality TV show "America’s Next Top Model" and spent several years as a professional model in New York City. She now travels the world speaking about her experiences, her conversion and the virtues of modesty and chastity in light of Pope John Paul II's "Theology of the Body."

In addition to appearing on secular and religious-media programs, she spoke on behalf of international youth at a United Nations' panel discussion in July 2011. Her audiences have included the World Trade Center in Manila, pro-life events and local parishes on five continents.

For more information on the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Giving Society, contact Derrick Wyman at 330-490-7580.