Violinist Lindsey Stirling responded Wednesday to disapproving comments she received about the dress she wore to the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend.
On Sunday night, Stirling posted an Instagram photo from the red carpet. Her cutout dress was lined with tan fabric, but her Instagram followers debated whether the dress qualified as modest. In the days following, some fans voiced disappointment while others came to her defense.
In her response to the backlash, Stirling acknowledged that it may have been difficult to see that the dress was lined, but she asked that people avoid judging.
"I make mistakes, and I am definitely not perfect, but I really am trying my best," Stirling wrote. "I still believe in Christ and although I'm not perfect, I strive to share his love and positivity with those I meet."
I've received a lot of hate over the last 2 days and I'm sorry for anyone that I've disappointed. The dress I wore to the awards was fully lined with tan fabric. But after looking at the pictures, I see that you actually can't tell that it's lined. In hind sight it wasn't the best choice because modesty is important to me. However, more importantly it makes me so sad that people are so quick to judge. Especially all the "Christians". I make mistakes, and I am definitely not perfect, but I really am trying my best. I tried on racks of dresses before I found one that actually covered me and I want to thank the designer and my stylist for making a dress that could make me feel beautiful and still keep me completely covered from head to toe. For those who say I've changed, I still believe in Christ and although I'm not perfect, I strive to share his love and positivity with those I meet
The violinist and YouTube sensation has become known for her faith as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With 6.6 million subscribers and over 1 billion views on YouTube, Stirling has also gained worldwide support for her music. Her album "Shatter Me" received the award for top dance/electronic album at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.