Erica Campbell Responds to Dress Backlash: “I Thought I Looked Cute”
The controversy over the sexy Christian continues, this time with Erica Campbell right in the middle of it. Campbell set off some alarm bells with an image for her forthcoming album that showed her in a white dress that hugged her curves in a way that would make any man want to take a closer look.
Some people thought it was a nice way to complement her figure, but others thought she was pushing it a little bit too hard. She is the second major black female figure in the spiritual community to be challenged and questioned for her secular ways. The other was actress Meagan Good, who wore a dress to the BET Awards that would put Lil Kim to shame.
But where do you draw the line? Should there be a line?
Essence.com did an interview with Campbell to ask her about the controversy and how she felt about it. Erica is probably not all that upset with the controversy, since it’s going to sell some records. She says that she’s comfortable with who she is and where she’s going. She also reflected on her mindset at the time that the picture was taken.
“I’m taking it in stride and I’m keeping it moving. When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong. I thought I looked cute, but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.”
Erica says that the dress controversy is a great lesson for young girls about being confident in who you are. She says that God made you that way for a reason and that you can’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. She also says that she felt that she looked pretty good that day.
“This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are. I think that young girls shouldn’t only get s*xy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus. But I am. And I’m cute too.”
Is there ever a line though? Earlier in the week, Melissa Harris-Perry took some heat when she and other feminists were applauding a young exotic dancer at the University of Texas who says that she “twerks for Jesus.” Is she also a symbol of pride and confidence or setting herself up for a bad situation?