A Trevecca senior who got a book deal after wearing the same dress for a year to raise money to fight human trafficking spoke to students about her experience.
At an author talk, co-sponsored by the Trevecca Center for Social Justice and Waggoner Library, Bethany Winz shared what inspired her to start the project and what’s she’s leanred since.
“I went into the year thinking I was going to do something big for God,” said Winz. “My goal was to raise $100,000 to assist in the fight against modern day slavery. My blog and my dress were going to change the world.”
She gathered sponsors to donate to various organizations dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. She ended up raising over $8,000.
The lessons learned from the dress were not what Winz was expecting.
“I wanted to prove that I was better than other people my age. After all, unlike many of my peers, I was thinking about important things,” said Winz. “Instead, the year I spent in the dress changed me in ways I never expected. I’ve always been told that pride goes before the fall, but I think some of us fall harder than others.”
During the year, Winz felt that there was more she could have been doing, but she wasn’t sure what or how. Wearing the dress did not make Winz feel better like she was expecting.
“Wearing the dress showed me who I was and still am. A girl who needed to be set free from pride and guilt and the notion that I could buy my way into God’s good graces with my grand plans,” said Winz.
Lindsey Seller, a Trevecca freshman who attended the talk, said she was surprised that Winz felt she should have done more.
“I was shocked she felt like she didn’t do enough. I mean, she did so much compared to other people. What am I doing?”
Organizers invited Winz to do the session hoping it would inspire fellow students to take part in social activism in their own lives.
“My hope is that Bethan’y story will inspire college students toward social action utilizing their God given talents, skills, or academic major toward restoring a broken world,” said Jamie Casler, head of the Center for Social Justice.
Winz’s book can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Christian Book. To learn more about the project visitwww.bethanywinz.com