The 2003 movie Honey seems to have gotten a mixed bag of reviews about its portrayal of young women, from empowering to degrading. Certain women’s groups claim the scantily clad Alba could have done more to promote the empowerment of women by refusing to dress so provocatively. While other groups have no issue with the costume design in the film because it stayed true to the theme of the movie: dance.
The plot of the film was meant to show women in a strong positive light. For example, when Honey is harassed by the music video director and she stands up to his advances and does not succumb just to get ahead in the business. She is also a positive role model for the New York youth she teaches dance to by showing them they can accomplish their dreams with hard work and staying out of trouble. In the end it finds Honey successful and she never gave in or buckled under her trials and tribulations by staying true to herself.
Those against the film say it overly sexualized women and put them in a demining position by having to show off their bodies in the entire film. They would have liked to see the strong woman lead, Honey, be able to play her role in the movie without the constant bra top. They feel it would have come across more genuine in the long run.
Those for the movie disagree, saying the outfits worn in the film were appropriate for the nature of the theme. Dancers wear this attire and many times even less during strenuous practice and rehearsal sessions. They see this as a great empowering movie that uplifts the position of women by showing no matter what your goals are, women do not have to get there by selling theirselves short.