The Preachers' Wives: Meagan Good Covers UPSCALE + EEW President Dianna Hobbs Covers WOMEN OF STANDARD
Article By Olita Watts/EEW Magazine Staff
Think Like a Man actress, Meagan Good, makes it no secret that she loves God, her new husband DeVon, and her freedom to be herself. The preacher’s wife, who is covering the August 2012 issue of UPSCALE Magazine, gets candid regarding her feelings about being typecast on and off screen. Plus, EEW Magazine President & CEO, Dianna Hobbs, is covering the August 2012 issue of Women of Standard Magazine.
When most of us think about women who marry pastors, ministers, and leaders of faith, a specific “type” comes to mind. Among the list of expectations is that the woman be dressed modestly, with her sexuality toned down at all times. But Good, who is very vocal and passionate about her faith, sees no contradiction in flaunting her curves and representing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—even though she gets stereotyped because of her overt sexiness.
Interestingly, Good’s vixen image sometimes complicates the fulfillment of her role as a minister’s wife, as well as the pursuit of specific Hollywood roles she desires to land. The actress vented to UPSCALE Magazine saying, "There were a couple times where the director said 'We really like you, but you're a little bit too sexy.' And I'm like, 'Well, what do I need to do? Wear a turtleneck? You know, loose-fitting clothes?' And they're like ‘Nah, it's just something that you give off.’"
What she “gives off” turns some people off, but in Meagan Good’s heart of hearts, she believes that the impressions others have of her are rooted in their own prejudgment based on her history. “I believe that people, when they have a preconceived notion of who you are, and things you've done in the past, sometimes they forget that as an actor you're able to shut off whatever you need to shut off, and you're able to turn on whatever you need to turn on.”
Good is a professional.
Changing her persona to land an acting gig is easy. But when it comes to Mrs. DeVon Franklin’s real life and the decisions she makes about what is right and wrong for her, she’s not changing to appease people. For her, sticking to her convictions despite what critics feel about it is what it means to be truly powerful.
“My definition of power is being able to move, and live, and do the things that you aspire to do and that you believe are part of your purpose to do, without letting other people's opinions or judgments manipulate your direction,” explains Good.
Her focus is on growing in her faith, living out her purpose, and being an awesome wife to the “sexy” man she adores. “To me there's nothing sexier than a man that loves the Lord. I can't imagine anything more attractive,” she tells the magazine. “And then, we just get each other, we don't judge each other. He understands me.”
When it comes to building a happy union, that sense of togetherness is also important to EEW Magazine President & CEO, Dianna Hobbs, who has been married to a preacher for 14 years, and is covering Women of Standard Magazine this month.
The successful entrepreneur, wife, and mother of four, believes that guarding the marital relationship against outside forces that come to undermine the unity of a couple is critical. “I tell people all the time the ‘other stuff’ in life: business, work, finances, family members, and other things, often come in and tear our relationships apart because we don’t keep things balanced and in perspective,” says Hobbs, Founder of Empowering Everyday Women Ministries. “Love first! Make sure your friendship is solid, grow together and allow God to work on the both of you.”
Sound advice indeed.
Women of Standard Magazine featuring Dianna Hobbs and Upscale Magazine featuring Meagan Good are both available now.