I was certainly surprised when I finished looking through it. Every single dress that was fashioned in the magazine was far from modest. In fact, I couldn't even find one that didn't show off anything inappropriate. And this is a magazine for young teenage girls?! No wonder girls have problems they have today.
Yeah, so here's my take on everything.
Girls these days complain about not being treated right by guys, or not getting the respect they should. But you know what the problem is? The way /they/ - girls - dress. Girls are dressing like prostitutes with no respect for themselves or their bodies. It's degrading, not only for them, but the species called WOMEN. There is no dignity whatsoever. I've heard modesty being looked down on because it's too covering or too constricting or too "goody-two-shoes" or whatnot. But the thing they apparently don't get is MODESTY IS DIGNITY. It shows people that you respect yourself and you aren't going to bend and stoop down low enough to just get some attention.
Wearing clothes that don't show 19/20th's of your leg and shirts that don't cling to your body so much that you can't breathe isn't a sign of bashfulness or hiding. It shows that you R-E-S-P-E-C-T your body. It also shows respect for you future husband. There's this quote from Marilyn Monroe that I really like on this subject. "Your clothes should tight enough to show you're a woman, but loose enough to show you're a lady." Even she got it (even through sometimes she didn't show it *shrug*).
Let me put it another way in a few quotes I found.
"Dressing modestly doesn't mean I lack confidence, it means I'm so confident that I don't need to reveal my body to the world because I'd rather reveal my mind." -Unknown
"Modesty isn't about covering up our bodies because they're bad, modesty isn't about hiding ourselves, it's about revealing our dignity." -Jessica Rey
I mean, seriously, modesty is about respect. That's what girls should strive for, respect, cause here's the bottom line: that will last longer than any attention given in the here and now. There's this funny thing I read the other day about this same thing. It said something like "dressing immodestly is like rolling around in manure. Yes, you'll get attention, but from pigs." If that doesn't say it loud and clear, then I don't know what does.
Wherever I go, and even if I'm "underdressed", I feel like I'm the girl wearing the most clothes. What I'm trying to say is this: just because someone else does something (i.e. wears minimal amounts of clothing) doesn't mean that you have to follow suit. I grew up being told to set an example for people, be the light and role model that this dark world doesn't see. Stand up for your morals. Stand up for what is right. Be a role model. Be a light in this dark world that sorely needs a glimpse of it.
So there's what I have to say about it... Modesty is about respecting /your/ body and having dignity... it also shows (in my opinion) that you're confident about /yourself/ and you don't need to show your body to the world for them to tell you how good it is.
Anyways, thanks as always for reading,