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Leaders: Girls must be taught modesty can be fashionable

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Fashionably modest
Beyond the Eye Conference founder Leslie Gary prays with workshop leaders during a conference in 2003. Gary says girls dress immodestly because they have a "desire to feel needed." Photo by Theresa Shadrix
ANNISTON, Ala. (BP)--On the heels of ABC's decision not to renew its annual television contract with the Miss America pageant, the issue of modesty has emerged as a center-stage issue with Christians. How should the church approach the issue of modesty?
      This year, contestants were featured in revealing swimsuits in the on-stage competition, and were placed in hot tubs during their pre-recorded introductions.
      The reduction in modesty did not yield the pageant the extra exposure it had hoped to achieve. Instead, Miss America received its lowest television ratings in its 50-year history.

12-year-old challenges Victoria’s Secret

OXFORD, Ala. (BP)--Protests over the third annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, scheduled to air tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on CBS, may seem muted but complaints have been filed with Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, over window displays featuring mannequins and photographs of lingerie-clad models in Alabama and Connecticut.

Vietnam POW continues to speak of freedom & faith

ANNISTON, Ala. (BP)--In 1967, U.S. Army Colonel Benjamin Purcell traded his job as professor of military science at Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, Mo., to go to Vietnam as deputy commander of the Da Nang Sub-Area and executive officer of the 80th General Support Group.