Nov. 30 , 2006 | You might be interested to know that respected, rising actor Terrence Howard-- he has an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and at least ten movies in negotiation, filming, or pre- or post-production-- is a fan of modesty.

He is certainly what you would describe as a Renaissance Man, with a penchant for color in dress, fashion-minded accessories like scarves and brooches, and he carries a purse. Yes, a purse. And he insists on calling it a purse, instead of ducking behind "kit bag" or "murse" or some other euphemism-- I like that. He also has a degree in chemical engineering and is a self-taught musician, in addition to being a family man, a father of three, he's a religious man, according to reports, and had concerns about playing roles which might compromise his faith-- he even had misgivings about playing the ambivalent pimp-turned-rapper in the movie "Hustle & Flow", a role which ultimately got him the Oscar nomination. So despite being associated with a movie that may have glamourized the life of a pimp (can't say--haven't got it into my NetFlix queue yet), he seems like a pretty good fellow.

From what I can glean about him, including his direct statements, he respects women. He spent summers with his grandmother, actress Minnie Gentry, as a child, so maybe that accounts for it, provided she was the kind of strong figure to shape a young man with strong love and strong discipline. So here's the quote, which was emphasized in bold print and set off from the body of a short Q&A piece, In Style magazine, December 2006:

Q: What do you think of the way women dress?

A: Women's fashion seems to have gone too far. Women have lost their modesty. They shouldn't be showing half their bosom to the world. I find modesty attractive. (emphasis mine)

He goes on to praise Oprah as an example of a great role model, a beauty who is not stick-thin, and who dresses appropriately. While I'm not a fan of her confessional-style show, I'd agree he's on the mark with that assessment.

And he's not just for modesty in dress. Other than paying off the mortgage on his house in Philly, he claims not to have splurged since hitting it big, saying that wearing extravagant jewelry makes it hard to relate to people. He still wears a JCPenney leather jacket given him by an uncle as a kid. It took him years to fill it out, he says, but it reminds him of an "unadulterated version" of himself. Sounds to me like he has respect for innocence as well.

I'd like to nominate him for our "Role Model" section-- could he be our first male candidate?

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