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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”? 

 

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  1. Man she was looking good, she has a nice figure. I do not mind her showing it at all.

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  2. Buttons

    Like Meagan Good, she’s trying to downplay and trivialize the issue, which she really didn’t address. I think it’s disingenuous for them both to pretend to be naïve about their intentions behind their wardrobe choices; it’s an insult to people’s intelligence.

    Choosing the clothes you wear is not a casual decision; it is a conscious one. What a person wears is an extension and a representation of themselves and their character, which is the very reason why celebrities pay thousands of dollars for personal stylists—to assist them with projecting a specific image and a desired look.

    Her dress makes a very bold statement and it ain’t saying I’m “strong” and “elegant”. It says very clearly, “Look at me, I’m wearing this dress to emphasize my figure and so that, as a Gospel artist, I can be competitive with R&B artists and attract “secular” audiences, which will allow me to be more marketable and profitable with my music. Also, although I am a “Christian”, a part of me is still caught up in the Hollywood machine that is highly focused on vanity and glamour“.

    End of story.

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    • this is NOT comparable to meagan good’s shenanigans and literal photo “spreads”

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  3. MommieDearest

    Erica looks good.

    With that said, there’s a proper time and place for a second-skin dress. A photo shoot promoting a Gospel album is not it.

    *wonders where I can buy a dress like that, maybe in red, to wear for a date-night at home with hubby*

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    • Mama Sunshine

      Right, Mommie! My husband would love that dress. We could have some serious role play with that one.

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  4. I loved Erica’s response, and in my opinion she looks great. It amazes me how chistians are so judgemental God does not look at the clothes you are wearing but your heart. ijs

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    • Mama Sunshine

      True. However, the intentions of someone’s heart can be to arouse others sexually, or create envy in others by the clothes they are wearing. So then what?

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    • Yup God looks at your heart…but our outside attire sometimes also reveals whats in our hearts and the way we really think. i honestly thing the overuse of “judgemental” is getting a bit too much. when you see wrong it is wrong, but society today is telling people who see red and call it red that they should stop “being judgemental and closed minded”. too many people giving excuses about God looking at the heart so it doesn’t matter what present sin they are committing. twisting the word of God for their own benefit.

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  5. Buttons

    Another thing I noticed, there is no symbol or reflection of anything Christian or biblical. She’s not wearing a cross, holding a bible – nothing. I’m trying to figure out where is this Jesus she loves so much. She said more about being stylish and looking cute.

    These artists must think we’re crazy.

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