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Curvaceous members of the Christian community, including Meagan Good, the sisters of Mary Mary and Yolanda Adams, have all received criticism for their sexy style of dress, but Yolanda isn’t worried about pleasing the naysayers.
“I know for a fact that Mary Mary—because I’ve known them for years—they don’t try to be sexual. Some of the things that they want to wear, they’re in style,” Yolanda told Think Positive Magazine. Erica Campbell, one half of the Mary Mary duo, recently came under fire for wearing a form-fitting white dress on the cover of her latest effort, “A Little More Jesus.” Many questioned whether the look was too sexy for someone spreading the Gospel.
Despite what the critics thought, Erica told Essence.com that she loved the look, which made her feel “beautiful,” “confident” “sexy” and “strong.” “It’s wholesome,” Erica’s sister Tina told Essence.com about the garment that covered her sibling from neck to knee. “You see grace; you see beauty; you see elegance and style.”
Erica Campbell, A Little More JesusYolanda said she and her counterparts want to be stylish, but they can’t do much to change their shapes. “I’m tall. I’m thin, but I have hips. A gown my graze me in a place where somebody may find it offensive, but it’s not sexual. That was not my intent. We can’t walk around with sheets on and moomoos. Then, they’ll talk about [that],” she said. “You have to take criticism with a grain of salt because you’re never going to please everybody.”
Though critics might wonder whether the gospel stars and preachers’ wives are paying attention to what they put on, Yolanda, who has her own clothing line, assured that she’s very conscious about what she wears. “I’m very respectful in everything I wear,” said the Yolanda’s Closet designer. “I think about it.”
As for Erica, whose controversial look also included sleek dark hair down to her waist, she reasoned that it’s good for young girls to know you can be saved and sexy. “This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are,” she told Essence.com. “I think that young girls shouldn’t only get sexy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus…I’m cute, too.”