A reflection on modesty, from founder Jasmine Rennie
Modesty is not a concept exclusive to Christians. As you may know, many religions practice modesty in some way, and typically there’s some sort of guideline. From a Christian perspective, the Bible talks about modesty but does not go into detail as far as how long or short something should be. This leaves a lot up to personal conviction – which is where things can get a little tricky. At the end of the day, everything is judged by where it’s rooted because God looks at our heart motives first and foremost 1 Samuel 16:7.
In the past I would dress in a revealing way because I craved attention and was looking for validation and acceptance. I bought into the lie that our hypersexualized culture promotes and began to lead with my body, a pseudo confidence, to fill those voids. It wasn't until I came into a relationship with Jesus that I discovered my true worth and value weren't found in those things but in my identity in Christ.
This is where the concept of Gracemade was born – not from a religious or legalistic obligation, but from a place of being fully loved and fully whole while still wanting to express myself through fashion and help other women express themselves as well. I also wanted to show that honoring our bodies and living for God doesn’t have to mean compromising personal style – we can still be exactly who He created us to be, and look great doing it.
In no way, shape, or form is it my goal to force my beliefs on anyone or is Gracemade exclusively for people who share the same convictions as I do. The beautiful thing about this brand is that we get to serve and celebrate women from all walks of life.
My hope for the brand is that my story will inspire others to explore and discover the beautiful God that gives us identity, purpose, and true freedom.