After the craziness with the “Sexiest Teacher in Atlanta” and her too-tight clothes, I wasn’t going to chime in on this topic…. until I was scrolling through Instagram and noticed a recent picture of Dana Chanel asking for advice on whether or not her own revealing outfit was appropriate. Dana Chanel is the founder of Sprinkle of Jesus, an online Christian Community. After posting this picture on Instagram last year, it was flagged as inappropriate and she was bashed because of her outfit. Now, I’m stepping in on the conversation to comment and give perspective as a Christian woman who loves fashion and happens to have curves.
A few days ago, Dana asked the Christians of her Instagram audience whether the picture was appropriate or not. Let me first say that I commend Dana for being open to correction. It’s a brave move to put yourself out there and ask for feedback. Now, it’s important that she actually takes that as a way to better improve herself as a Christian woman.
Here are my two cents… For those Christians that chose to condemn Dana, were they right in doing so? No! They should have taken it as an opportunity to correct her in love. But to get to the question… Dana, was your outfit inappropriate? Absolutely, YES!
The same thing goes for the sexiest teacher in Atlanta. Here’s why…
YOUR OUTFIT IS A DISTRACTION & IT DILUTES YOUR MESSAGE.
Imagine if you’re being represented in a court case and your lawyer walks in with Dana’s outfit. Would you have her turn back around to put on something that’s less revealing and more professional? Yep! It’s because she will not be taken seriously and her attire has become a distraction. In turn, it dilutes the message that she needs to convey, and it takes the focus away from the task at hand.
As for the Sexy Teacher, I believe it’s all a matter of context. Her outfit is inappropriate because she’s wearing extremely tight clothing in a 4th grade classroom. Her tight outfits and cleavage exposure aren’t conducive to learning. It serves as a hindrance to learning more than anything. I think the teacher’s attire is fashionable and appropriate in other settings (i.e. date night, girls night out, etc.), but as a woman you have to know your shape and that your curves can easily become a distraction in environments that require focus. I’m speaking from experience, here.
Dana, on the other hand, is a representative of Christ. She has to understand that she should be tasteful in the outfit choices that she makes. If at any point she needs to spread the love of Jesus and step up to represent Him and pray for someone, she should ask herself if that person would be as receptive given her attire. I personally believe that having your cleavage out is an absolute distraction and it opens you up to those with lustful desires. I cannot stand women bashing, but I do believe that modesty is important as a Christian woman. It’s okay to be fashionable, but it is more imperative to remain modest and tasteful so that your message can get across effectively.
YOUR ATTIRE SHOULD ALIGN WITH YOUR PURPOSE.
The teacher’s purpose is to teach students and keep them focused on the task at hand. Kids have eyes just as much as adults do. It’s just best to air on the side of professional attire, especially when it comes to work. Your purpose at work is to do your job, not to be flexin’ for Instagram because you’re cute. Yes, you’re cute, but that can be the center of attention another day, in another space, where it might actually matter. Keep the kids focused on learning, not on what you’re wearing.
Dana’s goal here is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If your purpose is to spread the love of Jesus and represent Him, you should dress accordingly. Exposed breasts just don’t align with that purpose. Modesty is key when it comes to that. It doesn’t mean that you have to cover up from neck to toe, but what it does mean is that you should not have your cleavage be the topic of conversation – it should be Jesus Christ! It’s distracting, and the fact that so many people were in an uproar about it is reason enough to believe it really is distracting and inappropriate.
Now these next one’s are for Dana & other Christian women.
AS A CHRISTIAN WOMAN, YOU SHOULD BE SETTING THE STANDARD.
Point. Blank. Period. It’s not okay to have your girls out in plain view. Just like you wouldn’t post content on social media that doesn’t align with Christianity, you shouldn’t have your goodies over-exposed and say you’re representing Christ. You have to set the standard for other women to follow, and it makes it quite confusing for those who are trying to figure out what living life like Christ really looks like. Some women will never crack open a bible to read it or grow in understanding, so you are the representation of truth (Christ) for them. You should be putting your best foot forward there – not anything else leading first.
Your lifestyle should be pleasing to God, including your outfits.
Most importantly, you should always be asking God if your actions and lifestyle are pleasing to Him. Be honest with yourself and ask if your attire is really pleasing in God’s eyes. You might want to ask Him what He thinks before consulting with others. If you can’t make a decision from a conversation with the Lord, then seek wise godly counsel. A quick “How does this look?”, won’t hurt. Next time, ask your favorite Christian friend who you know will be honest with you. It’ll save you a lot of trouble.
So what’s the point?
All in all, a woman is not defined by what she wears, but her attire should be a good representation of her character. You can’t control what other people say or think, but you can choose to put your best foot forward so you don’t lose influence over the people that really matter.