American youth demanding modest clothing
- The following article, attributed to the Associated Press, appeared on page
B7 of the Tuesday, September 16, 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic. Has
Jew-dominated Hollywood culture finally become too decadent for its own
profits? Maybe not yet, but it seems to have provoked some American young
people to reject its fashions. Evidently a desire for modest clothing isn't
just for the Taliban anymore.
MODEST CLOTHING PETITIONED
Tucson--A group of high school students and parents here is circulating a
petition asking retailers to carry more modest clothing.
The petition asks for a larger selection of clothing that "covers the midriff,
bust, shoulders, back, legs to the knee -- in general, clothing that shows
respect for the body."
The Tucson modesty petition has collected more than 1300 signatures so far,
Similar petitions have been springing up around the United States in recent
Many of the petitions, including the Tucson effort, involve members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Mormons].
"Part of our standards are we cover ourselves and show respect for
ourselves," said Natalie Evans, one of about 20 girls preparing for a
September 24 fashion show dedicated to showing that teenagers can be modest
Many teen fashions take cues from provocative styles worn by pop singers
like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, Evans said.
Teenagers who want to show less find that shopping can be frustrating in
Tucson, where less-revealing options seem scarce, said Evans and Michelle
"It's easy to be modest, but hard to find modest clothes," Call said.
Elsewhere in the country, retailers have responded to the criticism that
being fashionable shouldn't force girls to be revealing.
Last October in Costa Mesa, California, Nordstrom staged a fashion show that
highlighted modest styles in prom dresses.