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Should We Bow Down at the Feet of Modern Hollywood Goddesses?

By: Bethany Beal

With a shocking 451,237,916 combined followers on Instagram, these five women are considered modern-day goddesses.

These women have made their mark in our world and we’ve bowed down at their feet.

Beauty, money, fame, and talent have given these women world-renowned fame. Our values and priorities are clearly seen in the way culture truly upholds and praises these women. Giving them names such as “Queen” and “Goddess.”

Who are these women that claim the love and admiration of hundreds of millions?

They are none other than Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and Kim Kardashian. Above all other celebrities in the world, these five hold the highest number of followers on Instagram. Without even searching them out, I’ve regularly seen posts and comments from girls praising these women for their incredible goddess like existence.

The way we (as a culture) worship and bow down to these women truly reveals our priorities, values, and desires.

Physical beauty, material wealth, and insane amounts of fame are some of the things that we as a culture value most. So many us truly believe that “if we only had (beauty, wealth, fame, etc) then we would truly be happy.”

We drool over the social media accounts of these modern day goddesses and wish we could simply have a taste of their fame! We peek into their lives and believe deep in our hearts that they are the epitome of all we could ever hope or dream of. The question I have you for you is this:  

Should we bow down at the feet of modern Hollywood goddesses?

In short, the answer is a resounding no.

I’m not here to point my fingers at these women and say how awful and horrible they are, I’m simply here to call Christian women to a higher standard. I’m here to challenge us as Christ followers (and girls striving to define our worth according to God’s Word) to a biblical standard.

We have the answers. We have the secret to happiness. We know what our purpose on earth is. We don’t have to wonder what makes us valuable. We don’t have to strive to measure up. We don’t have to compete with other girls.

Instead of bowing down at the feet of these modern day goddesses, we need to stop and remember.

We need to remember what gives us value.

We need to remember Who created us.

We need to remember Who we are striving to imitate.

We need to remember the qualities Christ says are “worthy to be praised” (Prov. 31:30).

We need to remember that ultimately one day every knee will bow down and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The glamor of Hollywood and followers on social media can only last so long.

One day reality will set in (either here on earth or when we die) and we will all realize that there truly is only One worthy of praise.

In my (and Kristen’s) book, Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity, Kristen and I share the story of Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell who’s captured the hearts of millions with her stunning beauty and larger than life personality.

Sadly, as most of you know, the beauty and fame wasn’t enough to satisfy her. Marilyn Monroe committed suicide at the young age of 36. You can learn more about her story here.

I wonder what Marilyn would tell us if she could come back to earth for just 10 minutes.

Would she tell us to live for the beauty, guys, glamor, sex, money, fame and status? I don’t think so. I think she would tell us that it’s not the answer. I think she would tell us that it can’t satisfy long term. I think she would want us to know that she had it all and it still wasn’t enough. I think she would tell us that God is real and that we should spend our lives in worship of Him and not our modern Hollywood goddesses.

In fact, I think she would plead with us to remove her ongoing legacy from “goddess” status and to put Christ on the throne instead.

I want to challenge you to take a step back and evaluate your current “idols.”

Deep in your heart who do you “worship?”

Are you one of the 451,237,916 who follows after the modern goddesses and vicariously lives through them?

Who are your top 3 women “idols” and what do you love about them?

What changes need to take place in your own life to put Christ on his rightful throne?


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9 Responses to Should We Bow Down at the Feet of Modern Hollywood Goddesses?

  1. Amelia says:

    Yes! And I love the example of Marilyn Monroe. Just because you seem to have it all doesn’t mean that you do.

  2. vwlover says:

    We do have to be careful about who we idolize and worship. I don’t follow any of the ladies mentioned but I’m careful in general of who I follow because it easy to get caught up in someone’s life and think he or she have it better. I have to constantly remind myself that all of these things on earth and our lives our temporary. We all have to give an account of what we have done while here, good and bad, and would like to live a life pleasing to Him and drawing others to Him.

  3. Faye Lentine says:

    Thank you for this article! I definitely need these words. I so easily get caught up in comparing my life to any given ‘social media goddess- whether she’s famous or not. In my eyes, she has a perfect life, she’s beautiful, she’s SO talented.

    But then, we must remind ourselves that ALL sin and fall short of the glory of God! As Christians we are defined in HIM ALONE!

    I LOVE how you so eloquently put it, ‘We need to remember Who we are striving to imitate.’

    Thank you again! I absolutely love Girl Defined Ministries! Praying for YOU.

  4. MMFgirl says:

    Thanks! Idolization is so easy to do…so many famous people seem to be living the life. Is it wrong to have them as role models?

  5. Halee Westbrook says:

    I really did LOVE this post. I hate the fact that so many “un-suspecting” Christian girls, willingly follow the raunchiest celebrities. Thank you for writing this wake-up call!

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  7. EL EL says:

    This is great!

    I remember once hearing a talk on Marilyn Monroe; she was said to be a very troubled individual. She was known for saying “I just want people to love me” or “I just want to be loved.” Yet she was loved and admired by the world.

    Famous people are – like the rest of the world – mostly broken. How can you idolize anyone that is broken? A lot of famous people are miserable and live very shallow lives, even admitting themselves that fame and money isn’t something that entirely satisfies.

    What are you going to do with millions? There’s only so much you can buy. Why would you want to be so famous that you can’t go out anywhere? Where’s the freedom?

    I once heard a phrase: “Famous people don’t become broken; broken people become famous.”
    And as a result, the fruit of their lives ultimately leads to destruction.

    I think there is such an identity crisis in our culture. The world needs to know who they are and who they were created to be.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hollywood is film. Not music, and definitely not reality “television.” Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Kim Kardashian are not a part of Hollywood. However, there is still no reason to believe that any of the five of them are bad people. It’s not like they sit around trashing the lifestyle choices of GirlDefined all day.

  9. marilyn monroe herself says:

    that fact that you used marilyn in this is almost insulting. she was an open-minded, forward-thinking woman as well as an early feminist. she was also, as i believe, a converted member of Judaism.

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