“A Designer’s Original”

A well-known designer recently distributed a press release, a photograph and a blog bragging that a Hollywood actress was seen carrying one of the said designer’s handbags . Unfortunately the photo was taken at the wake for another actor. The designer’s attempt to bring attention to the popularity of the prized handbag backfired as critics called the designer “insensitive” because of the circumstances under which the photograph was taken. The designer received a lot of publicity for the error in judgment.

Photo opportunities abound for award show attendees as interviewers ask who designed their outfits. Simply mentioning a designer at a special event can result in more business for the designer. I’m often shocked by the price tags of many of the name brand purses, shoes and accessories. Unfortunately a person’s status (or lack of) is often defined or determined by the designer’s label or insignia that the person is wearing.

I worked in the fast food industry as a young teenager and I once saved all of my allowance to buy my first pair of popular (brand name) athletic shoes. I was so proud to finally feel like I was part of the in crowd. My shoes looked the same as everyone’s shoes and I felt a sense of belonging. However, before I had saved enough money to buy another pair, the shoes were no longer popular and just like that, I was being teased because the shoes that I had recently purchased were then considered old! I couldn’t keep up with the changing trends and being accepted by peers is of the utmost importance to teens.

In my late teens, I realized that being popular or part of the in crowd was not as important as it once was to me. I started embracing my inner beauty and looking for the inner beauty of those around me. Some of the mean girls were quick to point out outward differences and it bothered me until I realized that regardless of what others think, I am beautiful. I am intelligent. I am a good friend and I love others and treat others with respect and kindness. Those characteristics never go out of style.

I may not ever be able to afford a handbag valued at $1500 or more (nor do I think I would ever want one), but knowing my self-worth is priceless. Having good character and integrity are what matter at the end of the day.

Take action now: Meditate on Proverbs 31:10 – “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” (King James Version).

Embrace this truth: You are a designer’s original.

“A Designer’s Original” is a topic that will be discussed in-depth by Rev. Sharon Gray on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the “Daddy’s Girl Empowerment Summit”, a FREE conference for teen girls who are being raised without their fathers. It will be a day of inspiration, empowerment, fun and encouragement. Mothers are welcome and encouraged to attend. Breakfast and lunch included. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daddys-girl-empowerment-summit-registration-10339821685

Location: Hope in Christ Community Church, 1019 N. Harris Ave., Compton ( 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

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