by Yonit Willis, modest fashion blogger at Miss Mellalina
We're dedicated to sharing with you the lovely ladies that make up the Mode-sty community. You may remember learning all about Lise in our last blog post, and now there's someone else we'd like to introduce you to.
Meet Ciera, a Utah-based high school dance teacher and cheer-leading coach. Here she is in our Everything's Rosie Midi Skirt and our Digital Print Bomber Jacket. These are the questions we asked here:
1. What does modesty mean to you?
2. What's something your passionate about?
3.The media focuses on calamity and strife all over the world, what gives you hope about the future?
Modesty is something that is important to me because I feel it shows that I know I am worth more than what the world values these days. By dressing modestly people see me for me and all the qualities I have to offer rather than the body I have. I know that my body does not only belong to me. I believe that God gave me my body as a gift and He trusts me to take care of it and do greater things with it than dressing it inappropriately. I also believe in being a role model for younger girls. I work with teenagers everyday, and I want to influence them to respect themselves and live up to their true potential. Lastly, dressing modestly gives me the power and the respect that I believe every women deserves. In no way does dressing modestly inhibit me from being noticed in society or keep me from dressing cute and trendy. I have seen women successfully wear adorable clothing while still maintaining a modest and respectful image.
I am very passionate about teaching. I love helping young adults accomplish their goals. My favorite thing is to see a student have that "light bulb" moment, when everything just makes sense. I get to see a growing confidence in teens every day and I love helping them realize the kind of potential and influence they have and will continue to have on society as they grow up and accomplish their dreams.
The world is kind of a scary place and with so much focus on the negative, the things that give me hope are the standards and values I have been taught through my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that I can't control what the rest of the world is going to focus on, but I know that if I follow the guidance I have been given, that my family and I will be ok. All I can do is try to influence my young students to be the best people they can be, because they are the future. One person can change a lot of lives, so I believe through good role models, the younger generations can be influenced to help shift the focus away from the negative and more on the positive steps each person can take in making the world a better place.
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