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Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell Responds to ‘White Dress’ Backlash

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Last week Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell released a promo picture to announce her Grammy nomination and the Christian community went wild. Some felt the photo was too revealing, as Campbell sports a figure-hugging white dress that shows off her curves with a pair of white Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. Others, including Campbell’s sister Tina, thought the picture was elegant and graceful.

See what Erica had to say about the infamous dress in a recent interview with Essence.com below:

“I’m taking it in stride and I’m keeping it moving,” Campbell tells Essence.com. “When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong.”

“I thought I looked cute,” she says jokingly, “but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.”

“Our whole family loved it,” says her sister Tina Campbell. “You see grace, you see beauty, you see elegance and style. It’s wholesome.”

“This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are,” she says. “I think that young girls shouldn’t only get sexy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus. But I am. And I’m cute too.”

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below!

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16 comments

  1. BEAUTIFUL !!!!! and made by GOD !!!!

  2. I think Mary Mary (both sisters) wear outfits that are not conducive to their size — too tight and too revealing and further more why are we as Christians trying to show our young girls “sexy images” in the first place?

    • I think people are missing the point of what she’s saying. Women already have enough problems with being ok with their self image and negative body image but Erica is promoting being proud of her body and she is in modeste clothing. Just because she has a shapely body she has to look like an old maid. If you are offended by this then you are the one with a body image issue…not her. Young girls need to know that it is ok to be proud of thier bodies the way they are and love every inch of themselves and STILL LOVE JESUS! Its a shame us as the Kingdom are still so immature….

    • Well said Linda…

      Sadly, some of the women in the Gospel music industry feel as though they can wear “whatever” and it does not matter as long as they mention Jesus’ name in their songs. God is very much concerned about what we choose to wear daily because non believers need to see (initially) a DIFFERENCE from their lifestyle. Why pursue Christ if he or she looks like me? What is the difference? Erica Campbell failed to show a “distinguishable” Christian life when she CHOSE to wear this dress. This outfit is a HUGE stumbling block for “babes in Christ and non believers” trying to go DEEPER in GOD or receive salvation. Much prayer is needed…Peace & Grace!

    • I completely agree.. We don’t need to be revealing to be sexy! Modesty is one of the things that we as Christians are suppose to be. We don’t need to show young Christians or Christians to be that we too can be what the world is. We’re called to be different, peculiar people. Christians without a doubt are sexy for we are Gods creation! But aside from all that, that dress on her was bad! I love the all white and her body is amazing. She’s a beautiful women.

  3. Erica Campbell has a Fashion Stylist, her name is Goo Goo, we know her from the MaryMary Reality TV Show.

    She is a Gospel Music Artist, who sings for a Gospel Record Label, that is owned by a World Wide Secular Record.

    They marketing music images to:
    * Non Christian Media Services
    * Pro Christian Media Services

    Happy Holidays,
    Bk Presents

    Ps – check the iTunes record sells, they are spiking up in a positive way.

    • *Marketing to non Christian* should be a GREATER reason to dress MODESTLY so they can see a DIFFERENCE from their ungodly lifestyle. Erica Campbell FAILED to display this right PERSPECTIVE when she chose this outfit. CHRISTian women (TRUE) do NOT reveal their bodies with SUPER tight clothes or large amounts of skin showing. Clearly, Erica needs to REVISIT her walk with God and discover His WILL for her music aspirations. Peace & Grace!

  4. Her sister was NOT the stylist on this shoot. She’s covered up. leave her alone.

  5. I’m a Christian myself, i sing and minister, some of my outfits are similar now. I used to wear over 200 pounds and now i have lost 42 pounds, i wasn’t confident with my weight then, but i am now, so why not strut some nice outfits and get my confidence back. Erica donot have all of her belongings hanging out as some women do. I think that it is graceful, elegant, and very beautiful. She is all that, a coca-cola and a bag of chips. Kudos Erica, do your thang baby, you look good after having several children, it takes work, and you look like tight work. And to Linda Richardson,I don’t think she is trying to portray sexy images to young girls, i think that she is simply saying, you can be a christian and still look good and fabulous and not like an old maid as Ralph said. After all Ms. Richardson, My mother told me, “ITS IN THE
    SOUL, NOT IN THE CLOTHES”. It might be tight, but its right.

  6. I believe in embracing our beauty as people of God, but I also believe that us sister’s who are representing Christ and are a little bit more voluptuous should be more careful in exposing so much of our voluptuosness ( if that’s a word)especially with the brothers that are still weak in the area of visual stimulation in viewing such things. I know we are all still growing in God, but let’s be mindful of others as Christ commanded.

    • Well said Alexis…

      Much prayer is needed for the Gospel music industry…
      Some Gospel artists are under the impression that they can represent God and the world at the same time. Erica Campbell, unfortunately, has fallen into this category. This outfit is VERY inappropriate for a woman proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Peace &Grace…

  7. I agree with Linda and Charmayne. Too many Christian artists are caught in in the world’s imagaing process. All a person needs to see when they see us representing Jesus Christ is Jesus Himself. What we are wearing sometimes draws much focus to that than what we are saying or singing. Whether we like it or not we can cause our good to be evil spoken of. After we get through marketing our image for record sales and more money at the end of the day, we must give an account for how we represented Christ!

  8. smh…funny how christians throw words like they throwing daggers….with that being said….tend to your house and not your neighbors….not only is she beautiful, elegant with curves and all, she is a child of GOD and was created in his image and so were you….judge not least ye be judge.

  9. God said come as you are it doesn’t matter what you where some of us need to stop playing with god and be real

  10. I see nothing wrong with her outfit. I mean if she had all her business out then ok but seriously…. Some of these judgmental today kill me always talking about what’s not of God and so on. Being sexy is not a bad thing and its not a sin to want to be sexy. If she was a woman without a shape she would not be hearing not one word. SMH this is why so many people who do not know Christ reject him because of people placing judgment on them like they are god. Clothes do not make a Christian and choosing to have style is not a bad thing. While you’re sitting back telling Judging people you better make sure you are right. She’ll be long gone in heaven, chilling with Jesus and you’ll still be here talking about how inappropriate her out fit is I’m just saying worried about the WRONG thing….

  11. Some of these comments are just plain ridiculous!! She is a beautiful women of God and she represents him well, which is ALL that matters. Point blank it is a beautiful picture of a beautiful woman. It is time out for the judgments……… im sorry but I have to say this….. If YOU COULD YOU would wear it!!

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