I am not and never have been an Orthodox Jew. I’ve also never been a fashion model.

So, I’m not here to pass judgment on Esther Petrack. But, I couldn’t help but cringe a little when this 18-year-old Modern Orthodox woman told Tyra Banks that she’d ditch her Sabbath observance in order to become America’s Next Top Model.

What’s interesting to me is that I’m seeing a variety of reactions around the web. Some support her decision to be open about her religious struggles. Others see nothing redeeming about her decision to dump the Sabbath in favor of a career in modeling.

You can judge for yourself by watching the clip below. A word of warning: the judges ask Esther about her breast size and, well, she shows them how big they really are.

For more on this riveting reality TV controversy, see Tablet magazine’s “‘ANTM’ Contestant To Forego Observance.” Well you can always just enjoy checking out all the clothes and accessories I guess.

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