I was very impressed with the Pure Fashion show that I attended yesterday! I wasn't really sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised! My niece did an awesome job! I had no idea that she had spent the last 7 months with this program preparing for the show.
This program really stresses the idea that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and that we were created to glorify God in all things, even in the way we dress. It encourages these teen girls (ages 14-18) to live, behave and dress in accordance with their dignity as children of God...instead of falling prey to the unhealthy societal norms that we are all familiar with!
The whole movement really began with frustrated mothers (like you and me!). Their mantra has been "we want to be pretty, not provocative".
According to their program, Pure Fashion has evolved into a faith-based program guiding young women to become confident, competent leaders who live the virtues of modesty and purity in their schools and communities. The model training program, which spans the course of several months, includes an outreach project, classes on public speaking skills, manners and social graces, hair and makeup artistry, personal presentation and much more. The program is designed to help these teens develop a desire to love and serve others that combats society's "all about me" mentality. WOW! I love that!
Here are their CORE PRINCIPLES:
Purity: More than just modesty
Authenticity: Real models are role models
Generosity: In mind & heart with time & talent
Confidence: Standing on solid ground
Style: Fun, fresh & fashionable
Grace: The finishing touch
As Pure Fashion models, here's what they believe:
1. That our private parts should remain private.
2. That undergarments should not become outer-garments
3. That our bodies are holy and sacred and our clothing should not reveal what should be concealed.
4. That virtue is the most important "must have" for every season.
5. That being healthy, physically fit, clean and well groomed is always in style.
6. That we should support retailers, designers and magazines who support virtuous behavior.
7. That we can be pretty without being provocative.
8. A real model is a "role model".
9. That our clothing sends a message to those around us and it should reflect our dignity as children of God.
10. That we can begin to change the world by changing our hearts, our minds and our clothes.
I was truly impressed with all of these girls! If you have daughters, I would seriously consider getting involved with this organization!
I would have gotten better photos, but the lighting wasn't that great. The photo at the top of the page is my niece (A.M.). This is actually a picture taken of the large video screen that was on the wall of the auditorium.
Here is a short video: