By now, you know I’m a huge fan of modeling modesty. I teach it, I model it, I’ve written the book on it. I’ve shared the standards for it, relayed the point of it and promoted God’s instruction for it. And every now and again, I’ll meet someone who shares that dichotomy and love for fashion and faith. Enter Nikeya Young. A beautiful, Chicago abiding plus size model. I love watching her live out her fashion standards. She is a voluptuous woman, no doubt, and in a world where most would flaunt it and abuse it, she remains true to her integrity. She purposely layers her clothing to cover her cleavage and models knee-length skirts–protecting her reputation, her testimony and her husband’s honor. She is my role model.
She ensures that no matter the size, one can honor God with his/her body, just as Daniel did.
“And Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile his body.” (Daniel 1:8)
What’s beautiful, is just as Daniel stayed true to his convictions, King Nebuchadnezzar raised the young Hebrew boy to become second in his kingdom; a Prince of one of the provinces of Babylon. Putting God and his convictions first resulted in blessings beyond Daniel’s imagination.
Recently, my friend Nikeya auditioned and was offered a prestigious fashion campaign. Her goal? To show the world that one can be modest and stylish. In her own words she says, “I weigh more than the average model–and I DEFINITELY have bigger tatas and a God given ‘hourglass’ shape. But if I can be modest & stylish, ANYONE can!!”
Well said, Nikeya.
I think we can all learn from her heart to please the God she loves. A love that supersedes any fashion fetish. A love that models Christ.
“A woman who loves Jesus Christ as her Mediator avoids immodesty because she refuses to distract from or misrepresent the purity of the Gospel: it’s that simple. What you wear is connected to the Cross.” ~Pastor Rick Holland
(c) Rachel Lee Carter, Modeling Christ 2012