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Emma Watson on Modesty

July 19, 2011
source: Millennial Star

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MR says: I like her. She isn't a perfect example of modesty, but I like what she has to say about it.

Emma Watson, the actor who plays Hermione in the all-too-popular Harry Potter films, is on record as an advocate for modesty. Here’s the quote:

I find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. If I do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. Then there’s the choice of clothes...

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nancyrh said...

07:34 AM
on Jul 20, 2011

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I wonder if members had this kind of discussion back when we went from one-piece to two-piece garments? Just saying...

pborogal said...

07:56 AM
on Jul 20, 2011

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One might want to check in on what Ms. Watson (a lovely and talented young woman, without doubt) is wearing, as well as what she is saying. Her clothing choices have not always been in the realm of modesty, with plunging necklines, sheer dresses, tiny minis...she may consider herself to be modest in dress, but compared to what?

lemons said...

08:44 AM
on Jul 20, 2011

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As a mom of a teen girl going into her last year of YW, I am very sad to have to say after looking forward to the YW years I am relieved it is coming to an end. Being a YW camp mom a few years I see more concern about a flat "one piece bathing suit only", be up on time, lights out at a certain time, learn how to raise the flag, than the teaching girls love, acceptance, including all girls in their circle of friends, and kindness. Every year girls camp saw girls excluding each other from things in hurtful ways but then the same girls crying at the end in testimony meetings being lavished for their "sweet spirit". I know this isn't as simple to regulate however daughter refused to go back after her second year and she wasn't the one being left out. She wears a tankini because search as we did, all one pieces bottom portion hang immodestely open on her legs if it is large enough to cover her breasts appropriately. I have always taught her to THINK how she looks and have a deep seeded want to follow modesty than a "I will just do what I am told". I've been in the church all my life and have seen girls who were so "follow the rules and show you are good" and it is not really a deep core value they learn to love and make a part of them. These "good mormom girls" were the ones who became inactive usually after YW. Making values a part of you is what is important to me. But I have also stresses why the one piece rule is in place and it makes sense, that doesn't mean a good guideline isn't "go for the one piece" as a rule :). Same for school I have always told my kids "don't be angry at the school for making dress code rules, be upset with those in society that make those type of rules necessary". My daughter doesn't even like to go to school dances or proms because of the way the others dress and act. (PS - I agree with pborogal comment on Ms. Watson's dress choices - I wondered the same thing).

aubs057 said...

09:50 AM
on Jul 20, 2011

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Go Emma Watson! She is one of those few teen celebrities that has made it through and stayed solid in her values. Of course she's not the perfect example of what we consider modest in our LDS culture, but compared to the rest of the celebrities in the world, and even to some people who are LDS, she is great!! Thanks LDS Living for showing us good examples of people throughout the world still keeping good standards! I love this article!

motherof3 said...

11:12 AM
on Jul 21, 2011

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when i read this article last week i was so pleased with Emma. i am proud of HER choices. even disney girls are showing a bit to much. hopefully the lds girls will read this and take to heart. i see many lds young women and girls and yes their mothers alter their clothing so they can wear without what they should be wearing, wear items that are not modest to the temple and church. what happened to modesty in the lds community ? i was taught that and have taught yw that , taught my daughter that. GO EMMA take a stand and make that stand solid !! I am proud OF YOU

kms said...

09:00 PM
on Sep 23, 2011

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First off she has not always been an adult with this perspective. She is a paid celebrity and wears what her handlers say to wear. Second she expressed the notion that the clothes people have put her in hadn't made her comfortable and that she doesn't understand the appeal of those items of clothing. That is the point. It doesn't really matter if you can find her wearing a short dress or not at some point in her life. Sometimes you have to put on the miniskirt to get why it does bring discomfort.

girl1457 said...

11:51 AM
on Oct 17, 2011

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So, this is really nice and all to hear her perspective on modesty. However, if you all read the actual interview, she does talk about how she would do a nude scene, and how she had an semi nude scene in the last Harry Potter. Just making all that clear.
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