In a society where authors and advice columnists are wont to advise a girl to flirt a little and bare a lot to get the man she wants, Jordan Christy's voice stands out as a voice of reason and of change. In her new book, How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World, she argues that each woman has both the ability and responsibility to combat the epidemic of girls who seem to be "capable of only superficial attitudes, boy-obsessed rants, and dumbed-down speech." In the introduction to the book, Christy challenges the reader: "We need to start representing a new type of It Girl-- a successful, stylish, smart girl who still maintains classic ideals and values."
Christy's advice isn't new. In fact, it's quite old-fashioned. For instance, she encourages women to let men pursue them, rather than vice versa, and she gives women advice on how to dress both modestly and stylishly. Even so, I found the book to be engaging. Christy's writing is witty and charming. She doesn't give the impression of a stern lecturer trying to force girls into out-dated, Puritanical behavior. Instead, she makes it clear that, by sharing these tidbits of wisdom about ladylike behavior, she hopes to help girls live happier and more fulfilled lives. I would highly recommend How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World to girls at any point in their modesty journey. For the dubious, Christy offers a rousing challenge. For the seasoned veteran of the modest lifestyle, Christy presents reassurance that, although this path is difficult, it will pay off in the end.
Check out Jordan Christy's website for more information about How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World.