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Modesty is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. This refers to humility, the lack of pride and boastfulness. This word can also refer to dressing oneself appropriately to avoid attracting improper sexual attention, although this is not the intended meaning of this word when referred to as a fruit of the spirit.[1]

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them.

Modesty is also known as "demureness" and many women whose ethnic origin is from Western Europe or Northern Europe are usually depicted this way based on their typically soft features. Noteworthy examples of this in fairytales and other related media include Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Wendy Darling from Peter Pan, Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera, Ophelia from Hamlet and Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz. Swedish actresses such as Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman, as well as German actresses such as Marlene Dietrich were also well known for their soft features and demureness.