While plenty of actresses are showing skin these days, a growing number are saying 'hands off--till I'm married.' Celeb watchers say that the chastity trend is taking Hollywood by storm, from abstinence committment ceremonies staring young starlets to wedding night 'love sheets,' embroidered sheets that feature a small opening through which celebs can consummate their unions.
Making the red carpet a path to purity
HOLLYWOOD, CA--When Tinseltown it-girl Lindsay Lohan stepped out on a recent weeknight, all eyes were on the new ring that the teen queen sported on her right hand. And while supersized cocktail rings are all the rage among some celebs these days, Lindsay's new ring is about more than just flash, say sources close to the actress.
Silver bling thing
"Lindsay wants the world to know that she's saving herself for marriage," says a friend of the actress. "Wearing the ring is a way to show her fans and the paparazzi that she's serious about abstinence." Last month, say sources, the actress better known for being chased than chaste even held a chastity commitment ceremony at Hollywood hotspot Koi. A guest of the restaurant that night says that Lindsay and a dozen friends feasted on sushi and handrolls before toasting the actress' pledge to be pure. "It was really sweet," says the source. "After she put the ring on she couldn't stop smiling."
Like a virgin
Lindsay's not the only actress who is reclaiming her inner virgin these days. A growing number of Tinseltown hotties are ordering up a side of chastity to complement the season's must-have looks. One trend-setting couple: Nicole Richie and her fiancee DJ AM. Sources close to the couple say that they're saving themselves for their wedding night to make it more special. Richie and her boytoy have even been spotted at trendy Hollywood housewares boutiques shopping for a 'love sheet,' an embroidered bed sheet with a small opening through which the couple's union will be consummated. "Nicole is really protective of her modesty and DJ AM totally respects that," says a friend to the couple. "This is a way for them to move forward with their lives but still remain pure."
It's not just young and soon-to-be married stars who are coming out as chaste. Hollywood's most famous divorcee, Jennifer Aniston, is said to have confided in friends recently that she plans to remain a 'revirgin' until she remarries. "She doesn't believe in sex outside of wedlock and now that she's not married anymore she intends to play by those rules," says a friend to the former Friend. Sources close to the actress say that she may even decline future film roles unless the women she plays are abstinent as well. "It may take a toll on her box office but she feels like she has to be true to herself and what she believes," says the friend.
No abstinence for Angelina
Observers also surmise that actress Aniston's high-profile embrace of abstinence may be intended as a slap in the face of celeb rival Angelina Jolie, who has made no bones about the fact that she has little interest in chastity or modesty. In interviews before she teamed up Aniston's former husband Brad Pitt, Ms. Jolie confessed to having lovers—an announcement that shocked many in this increasingly modest town. But while 'Brangelina's' behavior may be too much for Tinseltown, Ms. Jolie's popularity remains high among sluts. A recent poll of college girls found that 57% said that they would cheat on their boyfriend with the pillow-lipped actress.
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