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Sophomore Student is an Influencer for Modest Dress

Saige Pearce(10) show off her modest dress on Instagram

A lot of teens push the boundaries on social media, wearing fashions the reveal a lot of skin.

Sophomore Saige Pierce has taken things in the opposite direction. She posts pictures of herself in fashionable but purposefully “modest” clothes. Over the past year, she has even become an influencer for an athletic clothing company that makes modest outfits people can wear to the gym.

“I want people to know it’s ok to be different,” she said. 

Saige’s mom started dressing her modestly from a young age. She comes from an Apostolic Pentecostal family. 

“I was born into it,” she said.

The church has “holiness guidelines” that many of its members follow, believing doing so separates them from the outside world and brings them closer to God.

“It’s not like you have to do this to be Apostolic,” she said, “but a lot of people do like to be modest.”

Saige said she went through a phase when she didn’t want to dress how her mom told her to, but “as I got older, I chose to.”

“Honestly, I do it for myself,” she said.

Saige developed a confidence about looking good when dressing modestly and started posting photos of herself in typically a long dress or skirt with a loose fitting blouse on social media. 

“A lot of friends really support me in it,” she said. “They don’t really act different toward me because I dress differently.”

Occasionally, someone will give her “hate” she said, but “no discouraging comments on my social media…mostly just positive.”

At the beginning of last summer, Snoga Athletics reached out to Saige after seeing some of her social media posts. The company was started in 2015 by Candice Safdieh, an Orthodox Jewish mom of three from Brooklyn, NY, who wanted to give women who dress modestly fashionable, well-made athleticwear for the gym. One of the company’s most popular sellers is a skirt-legging combo.

Saige Pearce(10) shows off her Snoga Athletic wear on Instagram

“She feels it’s a higher calling to build Snoga Athletics into a global leader that supports and unites woman,” according to a New York Post article about Ms. Safdieh. “Although Snoga women are from different races, cultures, religions, and they vary in size, age, and other demographics, they are all part of a greater identity…womanhood.”

Saige said she was nervous about collaborating with Snoga.

“That’s really putting myself out there, letting the world know that I’m different,” she said. “I was scared.”

Her older sister, who had actually collaborated with the company before they reached out to her, convinced her to do it.

“She really encouraged me to say yes,” she said. “It’s hard, but once you know what you believe in, it’s really cool.”


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Sophie Walter
Sophie Walter, Staff Writer
Sophie is a sophomore who is in her first year on the Yearbook staff, although she was on the staff in middle school. Sophie has been doing swim at the YMCA since 2019 and started swimming for the school in 8th grade. Last year she also began playing lacrosse, too, and this year was one of the captains of the JV Lady Braves teams. Some of the clubs she is involved with are DECA, One Love, Spanish Club, Rubik’s Cube, Key Club, Archery, Mu Alpha Theta, Quill and Scroll, and she is the leader of Ocean Club. During her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends at the pool or beach. She hopes to go to the University of South Carolina, where she can major in aerospace engineering.  
Isabella Barisoff
Isabella Barisoff, Staff Writer
Isabella is a freshman who joined journalism because she is passionate about writing and getting not only hers but others voices out there. She is also in DECA and has been on the Lady Braves lacrosse team for three years. She enjoys playing lacrosse and spending time with her friends.

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