What Not To Wear or So They Say
Most of you are probably familiar with the show “What Not To Wear”. If you’re not, then, really, you’re not missing much. Unless you enjoy seeing people berated, put down, and ridiculed and then pampered into a false sense security based solely on their looks and their wardrobe.
In 2009, they ambushed the “Blossom” child-star, Mayim Bailik. Mayim is an Orthodox Jew and she does not wear pants or believe in strutting her sexuality. Here is an article that Mayim wrote about her experience.
We do not have cable in our home, so I turned to youtube, and I did find the show in 7 parts. Here is the first part to start you off.
I’m writing the post as I watch the show. I am only 7 minutes into the first part, and I am just appalled at the treatment she is receiving. Hello! She is a mom who takes her baby to the grocery store! She is not nor should she be concerned about dressing fashionably. If she is comfortable in who she is, then rock on. After all, she’s the one with the PhD in Neuro Science.
Then we move on to Mayim’s friends slamming her fashion sense. Exactly what kind of friend is that?
Next, the two hosts put Mayim in front of a mirror in one of her normal outfits, and they just start railing on her about how horrible she looks. What’s one of their answers? Wear a shorter skirt—mid-thigh!
When they bring her out to show her a replacement outfit, it’s a short sleeve shirt with a low neckline and pants. When they show her the high-heeled stripper shoe, she objects and says “It’s a little too sexy.” She is told that she needs to find her inner sex goddess. Clearly, Mayim is not and has not been happy about the way this is going, but since she is a fun, light-hearted sort, she is doing her best to get through it.
Second outfit–they immediately go to shortening the skirt again. It’s to her knees. It’s not like it’s dragging the floor. Their main goal is to get Mayim looking sexy. Apparently, a woman isn’t worth much if she’s not sexy to the whole world. It’s not enough that Mayim’s husband finds her beautiful. She has to live up to the world’s standard of beautiful.
During the showcasing of Replacement Outfit #3, Clinton, the host, holds up the shoe and calls it “sex on a platform”. Ladies, your shoes make a statement! What are your shoes saying about you?
I couldn’t take much more, and so I just skimmed through, but pretty much every time I stopped to watch a section, it was just more belittling and degrading going on. Just them continually trying to convince her to show off her body, to show that she’s not fat.
This post isn’t about Mayim or about fashion. She ended up with some cute modest clothes and some great make-up tips. By looking at recent pictures of her, she was apparently persuaded over to a bit sexier of a look. Still not up to Hollywood’s standards, but she is seen wearing lower necklines and strappier shoes in some of her outings. And, at the end of the day, it’s her choice. She is an actress, and if you want some of Hollywood’s money, you have to look how Hollywood wants you to look.
Bringing It Home
I was so disappointed in the reactions from what the show called her friends. Their only validation of her was in her looks and her hotness. “She can be a mom and be hot.” That is what is wrong with the world!
When did it become important to be hot? I’m talking to you other Christ-seeking women out there. God does not call us to be sexy, hot, fashionistas. There is nothing modest about that. It is called VANITY, and that is not from God. Yes, he wants you to brush your hair. He wants you to be clean. But I don’t hesitate to say that He is not happy about the materialism that has invaded our Christian culture.
Being in the ministry, I have an opportunity to see a lot of women from different church affiliations. If you’re in the ministry, don’t be showing off your boobs and your nicely worked-out glutes in a form fitting outfit. I don’t care how many Bible devotionals you’ve written or read on grace. The Bible has quite a bit to say about modesty and dying to flesh.
Where did we go wrong? How did our society get so off track?
I don’t want to be sexy! I make an effort to NOT look sexy. My sexiness is not for public display.
Christ was not concerned with being sexy. I want to be a reflection of Christ!