As a first-year seminary student, I was inspired by covered Muslim women. They said the hijab made them free. I designed an experiment: for nine months, I covered my hair, arms and legs and stopped wearing makeup. The result changed the way I viewed beauty, power, and faith.
I summarized the Modesty Experiment in Salon. It launched my career. The Beauty Suit (Beacon Press), the book that was born from that piece, is about my nine month modesty experiment and the limits of Kardashian-esque hotness as "empowerment." (Hint: it's just capitalism, rebranded to look like feminism.)
Some of my shorter pieces:
The New York Times, Piling on Clothes to Lay Herself Bare
Brown Girl Magazine, ‘I Cover My Hair—and I’m a Feminist’: An Interview with Author Lauren Shields
"Sunday Morning: 'Lauren Shields: A Nine-Month Experiment in Modesty,'" a great live interview with RNZ (Radio New Zealand)'s Jim Mora
Voices, a podcast about progressive faith