Meet three Mormons who have definitely made their mark in the fashion world in a big way--and kept their high standards all the while.
Rose Marie Reid
When she was a young girl in the 1920s working in her parents’ store in Utah, Rose Marie Reid never dreamed that she would one day become one of the most famous swimwear designers of the 20th century. Her mother taught her to sew like an pro, and she put those skills to good use when later Rose Marie’s husband asked her to make him a pair of swim trunks. Her husband took his fancy new trunks to department stores, and before she knew it, Rose Marie had a budding fashion label on her hands.
Her swim lines grew from six a year to 100 a year as her popularity took off. By the late 1950s, her company was making millions. Big stars like Rita Hayworth, Jane Russell, and Marilyn Monroe loved wearing her beautiful one-piece creations. Time magazine even named her “Woman of the Year” in 1955!
Swimsuit designed by Rose Marie Reid.
When the Church was building the Los Angeles California Temple, Rose Marie wanted to help as much as she could. She designed a beautiful one-piece white swimsuit that was covered in hand-sewn sequins. And which hands sewed most of that sequins on? Relief Society sisters that Rose Marie enlisted to help. All the proceeds of this particular swimsuit went directly to help build the Los Angeles California Temple in the 1950s.
Church is supposed to be a safe place for our children. Bullying is something that only happens at school, right? Unfortunately, there’s a sad truth behind bullying at church.
“Do you know where your daughter is?”
It’s a heart-stopping question when you don’t know the answer. And the statement that followed it was one that Judy Wells wasn’t prepared for: “Her school friends are telling us that she is planning on committing suicide. We are sending a unit over to your home right now.”
What could have possibly sent such a vibrant and beautiful teenage girl so close to the edge?
Wells’s daughter was standing on the roof of her home and contemplating jumping because she was being bullied. By the youth in her ward.
“The girls took her journal and read it when she left it on her chair to go to the library to get a Book of Mormon,” Wells recalls. “Then, when she came in, they were quoting it.” It was only one of a hundred things those young men and young women did.
“When she went and sat down next to some girls, the girls would get up and create a new row and leaver her sitting all alone.” They invented fake physical relationships she could have had with boys and teased her about them, leaving notes about it on classroom whiteboards for others to find. They even harassed her outside of church, calling her to borrow equipment for a party she wasn’t invited to, and later, calling again to say how glad they were that she wasn’t at the gathering with them.
From faith to virtue, these beautiful memes themed around the Young Women values are an excellent reminder to women everywhere of their divine role and heritage. Ponder more about these attributes with 8 weeks of FHE based on the Young Women values.
I know what you’re thinking. That title must be wrong. No way could someone lose 40 pounds simply by following the Word of Wisdom. Well, I’m here to tell you that the Word of Wisdom proved to be the best way for my body to get in shape—in my entire life.
Jenny Spencer, before her mission and after.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jenny. And I’m a choco-holic. I come from a very long line of Mormon choco-holics. What can I say? It’s in my blood. Ever since I was about 12 years old, I was overweight. Fatty food was always a vice for me. And I never really enjoyed exercise. Put those two facts together, and you’ve got a recipe for bad health.
I embarked on my mission as a fairly heavy-set sister missionary. And my three weeks in the MTC only made matters worse (thanks, MTC cafeteria!). But when I arrived on the tiny island of La Réunion, 400 miles off the coast of Madagascar, I quickly found that it would be all too easy to stay overweight. This beautiful French island is inundated with amazing French cuisine and chocolate, Indian food, and all sorts of other fatty goodness.
I’d been there for about 6 months when I was studying the Word of Wisdom to teach to an investigator. And it dawned on me: I didn’t live the Word of Wisdom very well. It was like a lightning bolt had hit me. I didn’t eat the healthiest food, I detested the half-hour between 6:30 and 7 a.m. when I was supposed to be exercising, and simply put—I felt weak.
Red carpet fashions that can inspire modest trends? Yes please! Check out the modest looks we caught at last night's Emmy awards.
We know what you're thinking--nothing truly "modest" can come from a red carpet event. But as we search everywhere we can in the world for that which is lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy, we think there are a few great gowns worn at last night's Emmy Awards that are worth mentioning.
Without endorsing the lifestyle of the celebrities wearing them, we thought these gowns were both gorgeous and modest (or near-modest) enough to inspire LDS women who want to keep things covered and still keep things fashionable:
Photo from NY Daily News