Spanish actress and model, Olala Oliveros quits the entertainment business and her glamorous modelling career to join the church and become a nun! In the midst of a thriving career, the renowned model abandons designer clothes to put on blue sackcloth and a veil in order to join Spain’s order of Saint Michael.
Though reluctant to talk too much about her decision, Oliveros told El Diaro de Carlos Paz that she was increasingly unhappy despite her international success and felt an "internal earthquake" caused by her trip to a shrine, namely the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. According to Christian headlines, Oliveros was reported to have said: “the Lord is never wrong. He asked if I will follow him, and I could not refuse”.
Her agent, Mirella Melero, stressed that Oliveros' choice was due to a deteriorating career. However, her deeds reveal quite the opposite. El Diaro reports that Oliveros had just won a movie role. During her career she has also done advertisements, starred in television commercials and worked as an actress. Although Oliveros joined the order four years ago, she only recently decided to talk about her decision.
According to the National Catholic Register, Oliveros – currently named Sister Olalla del Si de Maria- initially found the experience strange but later could not shake the image of herself dressed as a nun out of her head.
Oliveros isn't the only former model to find a new life as a nun. In 2005, Sister Amada Rosa Pérez, one of Colombia’s top models, left her flourishing career to work with a Marian religious community.
She told El Tiempo: “Being a model means being a benchmark, someone whose beliefs are worthy of being imitated, and I grew tired of being a model of superficiality…I grew tired of a world of lies, appearances, falsity, hypocrisy and deception, a society full of anti-values that exalts violence, adultery, drugs, alcohol, fighting, and a world that exalts riches, pleasure, sexual immorality and fraud…I want to be a model that promotes the true dignity of women and not their being used for commercial purposes”.
Overall it seems that the entertainment business wears certain professionals out as it fails to meaningfully fulfill their career and life dreams. Famous and well-established models such as Oliveros and Pérez come to question the real meaning of fame, success and fulfillment, after realising the superficiality surrounding their lucrative careers.