By pairing an image of a bedazzled black and red stiletto with a much-beloved Scripture, an Oklahoma City woman appears to have tapped into the psyche of Christians looking for a stylish way to wear their faith.
Yvonne Washington, 37, said her Pretty Girls 4 Christ line of apparel and jewelry is one way she shares a Christ-centered message. Washington, a business analyst with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said she started the company about 18 months ago because she wanted share some important Christian principles with others, particularly young women.
Her most popular T-shirt, featuring a high-heel shoe and a verse inspired by Psalm 23:4, seemed to resonate with people right away, she said.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,” the verse states.
“It's a reminder that God is always there for you no matter what you are going through,” said Washington, who also offers the verse in designs with other shoe styles.
She said she has heard powerful faith testimonies from customers who chose that T-shirt. One customer who bought the T-shirt said she liked the shirt because it featured the Bible verse that helped her keep the faith as she battled cancer.
Another woman told Washington that her young daughter had died, and the Scripture on the T-shirt had provided a sense of comfort. Washington said the woman and her family bought many of the T-shirts because they loved the theme it conveyed: the Lord walks alongside Christians during difficult times.
Washington said such testimonies are great to hear because she had hoped to find a way to share a biblical message in a relevant way.
She said her mother had encouraged her to find a way to share Christ through her various gifts and talents and thus the apparel line was born.
The University of Central Oklahoma graduate said she connected with a graphic artist and they created the designs for the assorted T-shirts and jewelry she sells. Washington said she launched her business in July at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and has been traveling throughout the U.S. with the apparel line ever since.