Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!
This week, a PI girl asked about how to not compare herself to other fashion video bloggers who don’t dress modestly, and what to do when she feels left out or has to be different.
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“I don’t know if anyone has heard of the YouTube ‘beauty community,’ but if you haven’t, it’s basically a lot of teens that make beauty and fashion videos on YouTube. I have always wanted to go to beauty school, so I thought YouTube would be a great way to practice and give my tips and advice! But my biggest struggle is fashion! All the other girls are posting fashion videos that are not modest at all and I feel like the only one not doing that! Sometimes I feel so left out and there are other times that I just have to praise God that my parents taught me about modesty. So if anyone is struggling with modesty, come by my channel and message me, I would love to share how I use fashion for God’s glory. I am so excited for this website and that I get to be a part of Project Inspired.”
First, anonymous PI girl, we want to welcome you to the community and want to remind you that you are loved, cherished and adored by Almighty God. The Lord fashioned you in your mother’s womb and you are special and unique. The Bible says, “Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.” (Psalm 139:73)
In the fashion world, there often is a lot of comparison and competition. We know as women of faith, we are not to walk in the spirit of pride or haughtiness but rather gentleness and kindness.
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
If you are deciding to be a fashion video blogger on YouTube, I encourage you to be set apart and to be the leader and the example. God honors those who honor him, and although it is rough comparing yourself to other immodest bloggers, you should be the one who makes a change and can shift culture or media.
Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, says…’For I will honor those who honor me, but those who despise me will be cursed! (2 Samuel 2:30)
Maybe your YouTube channel can revolve around the latest in fashion but with a more conservative twist for those who are more reserved or don’t want to flaunt everything. Pray about it and go for your goals and dreams! We need people in different spheres of society, and if God has given you a love for creativity and design, then go for it!
If keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Pray and ask God how YOU can be different and set apart for His use, instead of conforming to the patterns of the world. Ask a youth mentor or a parent for advice to see if they can review what you’re posting and/or have credible friends give you feedback. Follow what the Lord is giving you to do, and good luck on your new channel and your initial beginnings for your video blogging!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Here is an inspiring modesty video by the YouTube channel “Girl Defined,” and make sure to hashtag: #projectmodesty.
PI Girls, God has given us gifts for His glory and let us not get caught up comparing ourselves to others, especially worldly leaders, amen?! Comment below on how we can pray for you!