In an effort to show the next generation of teens how to be beautiful, yet modest, three Southern Adventist University students participated in a fashion show for seventh-grade girls at Collegedale Academy Middle School on March 23.
Cheri Egly, sophomore allied health major, Hilary Prandl, junior mass communication major, and Aimee Burchard, senior graphic design major, volunteered to model their favorite outfits at the event, called “Modest is Hottest.” In addition, the girls spoke about the beauty of the heart and how important our characters are to God.
“Unfortunately, more attention is sometimes spent on the outward appearance of a girl rather than who she is on the inside—her character,” says Prandl. “I want girls to understand that gaining a man’s respect is a thousand times better than stealing his attention with immodesty.”
Egly adds, “It’s easy to forget that the way we dress is a portrayal of who we are. As Christian girls, we should remember that the goal is to glorify God.”
The seventh-grade girls say they enjoyed the event and learned a lot.
“The show gave us an idea of how to be trendy and modest at the same time,” says one of the middle-school girls.
Another seventh-grader agrees. “I really love how the show had girls from Southern. Everything was super cute, and the clothes also reflected God.”
One student even asked for the Southern girls’ email addresses so she could ask them more questions about the topic in the future.
Cindy Nash, fashion show coordinator and part-time mentor of the seventh-grade girls, felt the show was a huge success.
“I am so impressed and proud that Southern produces such modest young ladies,” says Nash. “Their clothes were darling, but their characters were even more attractive.”