posted on May 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm
Eeeeshh! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Miley Cyrus at the Billboard Music Awards this year. Take a look at her outfit–what was she thinking?!
Image credit: Backseatcuddler.com
Does Cyrus believe that dressing this way demonstrates confidence? She’s comfortable in her own skin, so she’s going to show as much of it as possible? Maybe she wants us to think of her as courageous. She obviously has to have some sense of fearlessness or bravado to be so exposed, right?
I wrote an article a while ago asking whether Cyrus’ ego or insecurity drove her to sexualize herself. I believe the latter plays a part in the interior motives for Cyrus, and for many of today’s female celebs.
Cyrus is not the only celebrity who thrives in showing as much as possible by wearing the least amount of clothing…or the most revealing clothes.
These days, it feels like a competition between artists, and I’m afraid of where their desire to outshine will lead–especially with so many young, adoring eyes watching.
In Hollywood, the desire to shock always seems to trump the wish to glorify God.
I can’t come close to comprehending Cyrus’ philosophies, or those of the other celebrities mentioned, but I would like to bring these questions up for your benefit, PI ladies.
Revealing your body only does one thing…it reveals your body. And trust me, when you’re showing your cleavage or presenting yourself in a way that allows others to imagine you naked, then that’s all that you’re doing. How many people are thinking, “Wow, Cyrus is so confident and courageous, I totally respect her”? Maybe some of her fans, but the majority?
No. I’m pretty sure that many people are thinking, “She’s hot,” She’s sexy” and “Ooh look, I see breasts.” And, of course, images of practically naked girls conjure up the kind of thoughts in men and boys that shouldn’t be in print on a Christian website for teen girls.
Wearing less doesn’t make anyone more of a person. And you certainly can’t demand or expect respect if you don’t respect yourself.
In a major contrast, I’d like to remind you of the Duchess of Cambridge, who I think is the epitome of beauty and class. And her fashion style is very modest, yet she looks elegant and pretty.
In the images below, the Duchess is wearing a dress with a lace back. The media made a huge fuss about her “bare” back.
Images credit: Zimbio.com
It’s amazing how the Duchess wears a gown with a lace back and the media reports it as if she’s half naked. This is considered risqué for her. This clearly demonstrates the different expectations people have for her, in addition to the level of respect she is given. Compared to Cyrus, she’s wearing a blanket, but the Duchess is still held in very high regard.
PI ladies, what do you think about Cyrus’ outfit? Do you think that dressing this way conveys courage and confidence?