1. Mayim Bialik
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I have long respected Bialik for taking a break from Hollywood stardom to pursue an education. (She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007) But I have come to admire her more for her stand for modesty on the red carpet. In a place were plunging neck lines, revealing splits and barely there dresses are considered acceptable clothing, Bialik has chosen to stay true to her Jewish faith and cover up her curves - specifically her knees, elbows and her cleavage and clavicle.
In the beginning the Big Bang Theory actress stepped out in some frumpy red carpet fails but now thanks to a team of professionals, Bialik finally looks hot and holy!
Her commitment to modest made me search my own Christian faith for insights on modesty. That's when I found 1 Peter 3-5. The NIV translation says
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves."
The message to regular women: You don't have to show skin to be beautiful; hold tight to your faith and let your inner light shine!
2. Sarah Silverman
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I am not part of this edgy comedian's cult following. However I'm loving her thrifty display on the red carpet. Silverman showed up at the Emmys looking a bombshell for $60. That's right, she wore a 60-dollar dress she bought online to perform for the Emmy winners Sunday. Her only big ticket item was a pricey pair of Walter Steiger platforms similar to these.
Usually stars parade down the carpet wearing the average yearly salary on their ears, arms, torso and feet. I'm not saying they shouldn't wear designer labels. But it does create this weird dynamic where the average audience -- average in terms of wealth and socioeconomic status -- are encouraged to covet unattainable items and the people who wear them as "successful" and "important" to society.
Talk about an unhealthy image. So should average Janes like me blow the budget to prove I'm a somebody? Proverbs 12:9 says this to those with more modest means "Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food."
Silverman, whether she intended to make this statement or not, showed us a wiser way of using our money: Dress up your plain Jane outfit with some nice accessories (don't bust the bank though!) and be confident in who you are in Christ.