- (Photograph: Erica Campbell/ Instagram)
Yolanda Adams is coming to the defense of her fellow gospel singer Erica Campbell's form fitting dress that caused her to receive a great deal of backlash from the Christian community.
While Mary Mary's Campbell, 41, was not showing any skin in her white turtleneck dress, the hip-hugging garment did accentuate the gospel singer's curves. After her Instagram photograph received some backlash, Adams, 52, insisted that Campbell was not in the wrong.
"I know for a fact that Mary Mary-because I've known them for years-they don't try to be sexual," Adams told Think Positive Magazine recently. "Some of the things that they want to wear, they're in style."
Adams insisted that she could easily fall under the same criticism because of her body type, not the choices of clothes that she wears.
"I'm tall. I'm thin, but I have hips. A gown my graze me in a place where somebody may find it offensive, but it's not sexual," Adams told the publication. "That was not my intent. We can't walk around with sheets on and moomoos. Then, they'll talk about [that]."
The gospel singer spoke about how she handles criticism by saying, "you have to take criticism with a grain of salt because you're never going to please everybody."
After her Instagram photograph received some backlash, Campbell spoke about people recognizing their beauty in God.
"This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are," she told ESSENCE.com recently. "I think that young girls shouldn't only get sexy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus. But I am. And I'm cute too."
While others disagreed with Campbell's choice to showcase the picture, the gospel singer defended herself.
"I'm taking it in stride and I'm keeping it moving," Campbell told ESSENCE.com. "When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong."