Ever notice how the waiters and ushers at fashion events are often more attractive than the guests? As you've probably guessed, they come from event planning companies that keep a steady roster of attractive guys and girls who are capable of carrying around trays of champagne and are often aspiring models and actors. What you may not have guessed, however, is that one of the most prominent of these companies is very, very Christian. As in: it's called PTL, which stands for Praise the Lord.
They've staffed everything from the Met Ball to Fashion's Night Out store events to, somewhat surprisingly, Obama fundraisers (at least the ones at Anna Wintour's house).
Fashion Indie interviewed PTL's founder Seth Whalen, a very handsome former model and Manhunt contestant who started PTL as a way for him and his friends to pay the bills while pursuing their dreams, all while expressing "the values and principles that Christ embraced and taught."
Whalen was also a “core leader” of Paradox, the New York hub of Models for Christ, an organization that is exactly what it sounds like.
Whalen's professed beliefs, values and morality are pretty rare in this industry, at least publicly, which he recognizes, saying his company's goal is "to show grace, mercy and forgiveness in a city and industry that can be demeaning, ungrateful and certainly, unforgiving."
While that's nice, we wonder if there might be a negative side to a company founded on such unshakable beliefs, like exclusivity or discrimination. We reached out to Wahen about PTL's hiring practices and according to him, this is not the case.
"First, let me state, my staff are not all Christians," explained Whalen, who says he gets over 30 new staff requests per week. "I have people from all different backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientation, etc working for PTL and even hiring. The way [Fashion Indie] worded was a bit misleading. I am a Christian who runs a company based on biblical business principles and ways of life. As mentioned in the article, 'I try to instill in my staff, no matter their upbringing or faith, to work hard and do it in excellence. Keeps me sane, focused and cool under pressure.'"
Sounds like there's no scandal here. Just lots of attractive Christians.