Piling on Clothes to Lay Herself Bare

Lauren Shields talks about her struggle to stop “performing” femininity, details her unorthodox views on fashion, and takes on her most her most vociferous critics. Her report “The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist,” a book published this spring. In it, Ms. Shields elaborates on why she discarded the Suit, an amalgam of sexy clothes, lipstick and labor-intensive grooming; expands on her original arguments; and continues to explore the ways in which her feminism intersects with her Christian ideals.

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