Last week Erica Campbell’s infamous white dress caused a little bit of controversy throughout the Christian community. Some felt as if her form-fitting dress was a little too provocative for a church lady. But other people felt she looked beautiful, and Erica is one of those people.
“I’m taking it in stride and I’m keeping it moving,” Campbell tells ESSENCE.com. “When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong.”
“I thought I looked cute,” she says jokingly, “but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.”
Campbell’s family also thought she looked amazing in the photos. ”Our whole family loved it,” said her sister Tina Campbell. “You see grace, you see beauty, you see elegance and style. It’s wholesome.”
It’s the criticism that she’s received that leads Campbell to believe a much-needed conversation about Christianity and sexuality needs to happen. ”This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are,” she says. “I think that young girls shouldn’t only get sexy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus. But I am. And I’m cute too.”
Clutchettes, what do you think about Erica’s comments? Can there ever be a conversation about what’s deemed Christian “sexy”?