As a candidate in America's Junior Miss scholarship competition June 26-29 in Mobile, Ala., 18-year-old Lindsey Brinton didn't mince words while fielding a question about imposing a dress code at public school functions.
Yes, a modest dress code is appropriate, she said. "Modesty is something that is important to me."
She then spoke of a time a police officer at her high school pulled her aside during a high school dance. She wasn't in trouble. "Thank you for dressing modestly," he told her.
The audience applauded her response.
"It was something they don't often hear that needs to be heard in our world today," she said.
Later, Lindsey was named America's Junior Miss, a title she hopes will help her promote modesty nationwide.
She wants young people to know this: It is OK to be modest. It is OK to be chaste. It is OK to not use profanity.
Living with values will help them "be your best self" the theme for Junior Miss, she said.
Just returned from a media tour in New York City, where she was interviewed on major network morning programs "Good Morning America" and "The Early Show" she spoke to the Church News on July 21about the competition, about finding and wearing clothes she feels are modest and about her hope to be a good influence on others. Through Junior Miss she will talk about being healthy, involved, studious, ambitious and responsible.
Modesty will fit into that platform nicely, she said, because it is something she believes in.
"I know by being modest I am attracting the kind of people I want to be around," she said.
The sixth of seven children of Greg and Sally Brinton, Lindsey will attend Harvard University this fall where she will study to become a biochemical engineer. She will also travel across the country as America's Junior Miss, speaking at community and public school events and at some firesides.
"My religion will come through in the way I live, even though I won't be preaching about the gospel in Junior Miss settings," she said.
And, as someone who has spent her life in the spotlight, Lindsey is excited for the opportunity.
The student body president of West High School in Salt Lake City, Lindsey won the Bartok International Piano Competition and has performed throughout the world. "It is an amazing experience to me because I can strive to be a light of Christ everywhere I go," she said.
She won't be representing just Junior Miss and herself, "but what I believe in and what I know is true," she said. "You don't need a title to be an example of a young man or young woman that has high standards."
That includes modesty, she said. "It is about how I feel my best," she said. "Modesty is beautiful."
Sure, she said, it is not always easy to find modest clothing. "But there are clothes out there. There are cute clothes out there," she said. "If you have eyes for clothing that is modest you start to see them."
In addition to Lindsey, who represented Utah at the national Junior Miss competition, three other state representatives were Latter-day Saints: Hannah Marsh, Arizona; Brooke Gibbons, South Carolina; and Marianne Miles, Wyoming.
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