10 February 2010

Pure Fashion is Purely Fabulous!

from Catholic Online

I was thrilled to learn about Pure Fashion from Mark Henry, a colleague at Catholic Online. I'd never heard of this program before, but boy, do I want to spread the word now!

You can visit their site directly at www.purefashion.com.

Let me just share with you a few things about this much-needed program for young girls. In their own words, here is their mission:

Pure Fashion is a faith-based program that encourages teen girls to live, act, and dress in accordance with their dignity as children of God. Pure Fashion focuses on guiding young women ages 14 to 18 to become confident, competent leaders who live the virtues of modesty and purity in their schools and communities. 

Through an eight month Model Training Program that covers public speaking, manners and social graces, hair and make up artistry, personal presentation, and much more, Pure Fashion models learn the importance of living a life in accordance with God’s will and fostering a life of grace through purity of heart, mind, and body. The Pure Fashion program culminates in a city-wide fashion show featuring clothing that is pretty but not provocative, trendy but still tasteful.

Pure Fashion works with local leaders, clergy, and lay people to promote the virtue of modesty, protect and preserve purity, and foster an awareness of the dignity of the human person. Pure Fashion seeks to complement the pastoral programs of the diocese it serves.

Pure Fashion hopes to positively impact the fashion industry by motivating customers to choose clothing and accessories that are fun and fresh, yet modest and respectful of the dignity of the human person.”

Wow! This is a dream come true! It's especially wonderful to know that this program is a service of Regnum Christi, an ecclesial lay movement of the Catholic Church. Pure Fashion's website contains a map showing the various cities where programs currently exist (nearly 30 by my count) and gives complete guidelines for bringing the program to your city. I'll tell you this much – wherever the Army chooses to send my family next, if Pure Fashion isn't already there, I'm bringing it there!

I cheered out loud when I read these statements about their mission:

Pure Fashion is an international faith based program designed for girls 14-18 to help young women re-discover and re-affirm their innate value and authentic femininity.

Pure Fashion is a character formation program that enhances not only a young woman's external appearance, but more importantly, her interior beauty and balanced self confidence.

Our goal is to emphasize a young woman's inherent dignity and therefore create in her a desire to dress and act in accordance with that dignity. We understand that many young women today are losing their sense of innocence at a very young age, and Pure Fashion aims to reverse this trend by offering a fun, exciting and effective virtue formation program that can impress the hearts and minds of young girls at a very critical stage in their lives.”

As a mother who wants to pass on the blessings of modesty, purity, chastity, respect and dignity to my daughters, this program is a Godsend. This is exactly the kind of effort the lay faithful in America need to get behind with all their might. This can be a very effective weapon in the war against promiscuity and the culture of death. We have to begin changing the way young girls today view their bodies and their sexuality.

As it stands now, most of their information about sex and relationships comes from people and places that have no interest in preserving innocence and purity. For too long, the truth about the beauty of sex, the dignity of each man and woman, boy and girl, and the sanctity of human life has been muted by the clanging noise of false liberation and a distorted femininity. Our daughters – and our sons – need us to turn up the volume again, and Pure Fashion is an outstanding microphone.

Take a moment to check out this program and see if Pure Fashion is already in your area. If not, prayerfully consider bringing it there. There are practical things we can do to counter the destructive messages of our sex-obsessed culture, and Pure Fashion is one such thing.

Can you imagine the power of a generation of young ladies who refuse to surrender their purity? Who will not compromise their dignity? Who understand the value of the feminine gifts God has given them and how to use those gifts to give life? Can you imagine the effect these young ladies would have on the young men around them?

Do we dare believe we can actually influence our children in favor of sexual purity? Are we gutsy enough to try? We'd better believe it, and we'd better do more than try. Let's not resign ourselves to another generation of kids becoming promiscuous, sexually immoral adults who've lost their respect for life.

Modesty isn't an old-fashioned idea. Purity isn't outdated. Both are essential to our kids' wholeness and happiness. I dare to imagine that girls can learn to be young women of virtue, even within our morally corrupt culture. I dare to ask God to bring about transformations I can't even imagine. How I pray that the Lord will ignite a modesty and purity revolution in our nation. Pure Fashion may very well be leading the way.


Footprints Diary said...

How I wish that there were something like this in Australia - simply finding modest clothing in Australia is difficult enough!


GrandmaK said...

Hoping indeed that PURE FASHION can lead the way to more self-respect as well. Thank you for this post! Cathy

Anonymous said...

I agree that young women need programs to teach and encourage chastity. But google the name "Regnum Christi," the umbrella group under which Pure Fashion falls, and the name of its founder "Marcial Maciel" before getting too excited.

Sarah said...

I just heard about this on Relevant Radio. (At least I think it was this group. If not this one, then another just like it.) So hopeful! Have you heard of ENDOW? This is another great, newer program for women, and they also have a young teen track. It's all about the dignity of women ... Just what we (and our young girls) need to learn about, especially in this day and age.

Anonymous said...

This program charges a lot of money for the girls to attend, and then charges a lot of money for the tickets to watch the fashion show. My daughters and I attended a homeschool co-op where we were pressured every week to buy tickets for this event even after I bluntly said I could not afford it. Then when I privately asked the woman in charge to please stop pressuring my child to buy tickets my daughter was ostracized by the whole group for the rest of the semester. We finished the class and didn't return. This is NOT the values I want taught to my children. And I DO believe in raising modest and chaste children.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I just wanted to say how great it is that you are so enthusiastic about the mission of this program, because, well... I'm in it! :) Your linked popped up when I typead in Pure Fashion in google and it is great to know that others outside of the program have the same mindset as well. I definetly recommend checking out the program and coming to one of our fashion shows. This year, in Atlanta, we are hosting our show at the Oprah and are partnering with a big radio station, Q100, for Bert's Big Adventures. It's amazing how the grace of God allowed such a wonderful opportunity to spread our mission. Thank you for doing the same! God bless!

Anonymous said...

Oh P.S.
For the comment about Father Marcial... first off, it is a sad story because he is human. Secondly, Pure Fashion was not founded under RC originally. It started when a good friend of my family here in Georgia teamed up with some other mom's who all agreed that the clothes out for their daughters were just simply not appropriate and they wanted to change that. So they started holding fashion shows in a church basement and soon enough, the program flourished! So you see, Pure Fashion was not founded by Father Marcial, it was founded by a group of moms who wanted to make a difference. Only years after it's start (which was only about 11 years ago) did it join Regnum Christi.


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