The more skin you show, the more powerful you are.
Our culture shouts it in our faces - in magazines, in movies, in commercials, on social media. The more risqué, the more revealing, the more you flaunt your female body - the more impact you have as a woman. Walk by a magazine stand and the covers are plastered with women showing their skin for all the world to see. Stop by the Instagrams of many young stars and you’d be hard pressed to find a girl covered up; you’ll find some of them in their profile pictures without a thread of anything on at all.
And while our culture is telling us this, as my heart breaks to see young women singing on stages and walking red carpets consistently wearing “outfits" that look more like bathing suits and lingerie…I am watching Adele.
The woman is showing us a great deal about the power of modesty and class.
Adele is a powerful woman. She has the extraordinary gifts of singing and the ability to compose her feelings about the ups and downs of life into beautiful songs. She can harness the words to describe the pain and the heartbreaks people experience in a very moving way. The woman’s musical ability has a stunning depth to it - and she lets this stunning depth speak for itself.
She puts on concerts, walks on red carpets, goes on television shows, and we always see her wearing something totally beautiful - and spectacularly modest. She isn’t standing on red carpets and doing concerts in low cut tops and tight gowns. She is consistently covered up - and consistently dazzling, hip, and modern.
Adele is showing you and I that as a woman, skin and power do not go hand-in-hand.
She is modest, she is classy, she is dignified…and she is a total superstar. People will shell out thousands of dollars to go to witness her share her gift live - her tour sold out almost as quickly as it was announced. People are not buying tickets to watch her dance around in little outfits and sing songs - people are paying to witness her command the attention of a stadium with who she is. Millions are clamoring to see this woman and watching her YouTube videos billions of times. Her interviews, her time on talk shows, her award show speeches show the world just how funny, light-hearted, confident, and engaging she is as a woman. Her personality shines.
Do you ever get caught up in asking yourself…Will people still notice me if I dress modestly? Will I just fade into the crowd? Will guys pay attention to me? Doesn’t wearing less make me appear more confident in my body?
The answer to your question in our culture is Adele. Watch her. Watch how she lets her gift and her personality speak for itself. See how she lets her talent say all that needs to be said. Her authenticity shines through her spirit, through every facet of her music and through every note that comes out of her mouth.
She is telling us by her example...You don’t need to flaunt your body to be powerful. You don’t need to wear tight, low-cut, cut-out, or short to be a woman who makes an impact. You can be a gorgeous, fun, talented, and awesome woman and tell the world around you at the same time…My body belongs to me.