Public view of modesty is individualistic and mostly depends on the trends. The standards of modesty vary over cultures and context.
Do you want to be the girl who is modest and makes people wonder what’s under the wraps or the one who likes to show it all?
Exactly how much fabric do you require to be termed beautiful, hot or stunning? This year, CBS issued the 55th Annual Grammy Awards with a memo to the “female” superstars stating they needed to cover-up their breasts, buttocks or “puffy” bare skin.
Last year, at the same award show, the stars showed up in the most bizarre outfits revealing almost every single detail of their body.
This year even after the memo was released, stars like Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry managed to show a lot more than a little skin. Beyoncé and Taylor Swift demonstrated elegance in the way they dressed while others just did not care about the memo.
While the rules of modesty apply to both men and women, the latter are targeted more. The film stars have influenced the young population in the universities and colleges all around the world. They set the trend and people follow.
Societal norms are often ever-changing with the trend. Many designers think of it as art to dress film stars in bizarre outfits. Lady Gaga is one fashion icon whose fashion sense speaks louder than words. Her outfits are more a sense of liberation and individualism, which aims at affecting people in a positive way.
Around the University of South Dakota women wear clothes that are more eye-appealing and fit the “popular” category. Provocative clothing is used more in less formal social settings and that evokes a negative image about the person. The public image of a typical college girl would be more negative than lady-like. Although showing any amount of skin is not a problem. But what is appropriate to flash and what is not should be understood.
Clothing should be taken more as a symbol of empowerment and self-confidence. It should be completely original and set the trend rather than follow it.
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