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Stacie Orrico says pop stars’ attire ‘degrading’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Dove Award nominee Stacie Orrico, whose recent hits such as “More to Life” and “Stuck” have successfully crossed over to mainstream charts, has voiced her opinion about the revealing clothing commonly worn by pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

“The reason that I don’t dress trashy is that I’m trying to set an example for little girls,” Orrico, 17, told reporters Feb. 14 in Singapore, where she was preparing for the MTV Asia Awards. “From the time they’re 7 or 8 years old, [girls] are being taught that the only thing that makes them special and beautiful is their sexuality, and I think that’s wrong.”

Orrico, who was recently nominated for five Dove Awards including Female Vocalist and Artist of the Year, said she does not appreciate the images portrayed by many pop superstars.

“I don’t think that’s sexy. I think it’s degrading,” she said, according to the Associated Press. “I think that a truly sexy woman comes from being confident and being classy, respectable and mature.”

At the age of 12, Orrico was discovered singing in a talent contest where she won first place, according to her website, www.stacieorrico.com. Two years later, her debut album, “Genuine,” entered the Billboard Heatseekers chart at No. 1. She earned a spot as the opening act for Destiny’s Child during a string of U.S. dates in 2001.

Orrico’s comments came one day before The New York Times published an article alluding to the possibility that sexually provocative clothing may be on its way out of style. The Times said American designers who recently gathered in New York for Fashion Week traded in the miniskirts, low-rider jeans and skin-baring shirts for a more modest look of high-necked dresses, sweater sets and knee-length skirts.

“In entertainment and advertising, there is a growing consensus that the consumer’s appetite for blatant sexuality is abating,” the Feb. 15 fashion article said, adding that the average American considers antics such as Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl performance stale.

“Everyone’s gotten a little tired of in-your-face sexuality,” Cindy Gallop, the president of the New York office of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, which has created advertising campaigns for brands like Levi’s, said in The Times.
(BP) photo posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo title: STACIE ORRICO.

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