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*When it comes to Megan Good, the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover” has fallen flat for some folks.

Since marrying Seventh Day Adventist minister DeVon Franklin, the actress has endured a good bit of criticism for her sexy outfits, most notably when she got many viewers talking upon wearing an eye-catching, low-cut dress to the 2013 BET award.

The uproar over Good’s sexy attire was addressed by the entertainer and her husband during an Essence Festival empowerment panel on love and marriage. For Franklin, the root of the issue lies with some religious people who are just too judgmental, reports Essence.

“So many people try to live by a label, but that’s not the box God put us in,” the former Colombia Pictures executive explained. “Who we are is not defined by a box. When I live by your expectations of what I should do, then I limit who I am and then I become depressed because I can’t be my true self.”

While critics feel Franklin should control what Good wears, the minister has another way to handle the situation.

“I don’t own her [and] she doesn’t own me. We are together and I respect whatever she chooses to put on,” Franklin said. “When I married her, I said, ‘I accept you for who you are. And whatever you choose to wear, that is your right.’”

 For Good, the jabs marked a moment where she was taken aback from those who expected her to fall back on the sexy wardrobe upon marrying Franklin.

“A lot of people came for me, and it was really hard to process,” she said as she admitted that despite being saved since age 12, she was hurt from the flack she received from her fellow Christians.

“It kind of made me upset with the church for a while. People don’t know what they do, but you have to love them regardless,” Good shared. “But you have to own your truth.”

As for Good’s choice of clothing for the BET Awards and the negative feedback it generated, Franklin admitted that he was cool with what his wife wore.

“I saw her before she walked out, and I said, ‘Amen, praise the Lord,’” he jokingly told those attending the Essence Festival.

“The only ones with the guns out were those that read the same word that says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But the love was not there,” Franklin explained. “I don’t have an issue [with her clothes]. It’s not about the dress; it’s about her heart. And I know her heart is amazing, that’s why I love her.”

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