Jordyn Ashley Newman
Jordyn Ashley Newman

I met Jordyn Ashley Newman on the set of the Pretty Girls music video. She was one of the most vivacious, positive, encouraging, and radiant people I have ever met. Although stunningly beautiful, Jordyn was far from vain. In fact, it seemed she took joy in building others up and empowering them to be everything they dreamed of being.

Jordyn had a very rare ability to accept and appreciate everyone that she met, no matter what their background or differences. She was youthful, in that she did not have the social boundaries so many of us build around our hearts as we “grow up.” She literally never met a stranger. She was kind and generous in her love and enthusiasm.

She was also very artistic, and she loved fashion, vintage design, and music. Though a model, Jordyn’s real beauty could not be captured in a photo. She radiated joy, life, and energy. There was just something invigorating about her spirit that made everyone around her feel happy and confident too. She was a joy to know, and one of my greatest regrets will always be that I did not stay in touch with her better.

Jordyn passed away on Thursday, March 28, in her home in Dallas, Texas. She was a brave soul who faced daunting challenges that people twice her age would have buckled under. May God grant her peace, joy, and safety in his everlasting arms. My prayer for Jordyn is that before she passed, she felt God’s comfort and love surrounding her.

“Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” ~ A description of Heaven, from Revelation 21:3-4

We will miss you, Jordyn.