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Meghan Tar Offers A Perspective On Religion As A Fashion Statement

Posted Oct 27 2012 3:43am
(1888PressRelease) Meghan Tar offers her perspective on Forever 21's religious fashion line.

Miami, FL - Forever 21, an American chain fashion store run founded by Do Won "Don" Chang, is a popular store among young shoppers on a budget.

The Huffington Post argues that Forever 21 has "always had a penchant for crosses' but the new tees are a step up in the dubious - and unambiguous - delivery of religious messages."

According to Business week, Forever 21 owners are devout Christians have hopes to spread the Christian message throughout the world. Bright yellow bags are inscribed with the biblical references, such as 'John 3:16, a preaching in the bible that reads "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' 

Meghan Tar, a Forever 21 shopper and student of religious studies at the University of Miami, disagrees with using religion in this way.

"Teen Clothing advocating religious participation seems morally acceptable on the surface, but upon further analysis, I truly believe it to be sacrilegious. Retail stores like Forever 21 producing products such as these are merely sensationalizing religion. They make it seem 'cool' to pray to God and attend church, but It is all theory with no practice. According to a recent poll, the majority of young adults don't attend church, so while shops like Forever 21 may be well intended, they're really just making religion another 'hip' trend." 

It remains to be determined whether Chang's messages are seen in fashion and heard throughout the fashion world. But according to Tar, "it would not be for the best."
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