Diversity In Lingerie
Diversity is a complicated thing. As consumers we want to see people like ourselves in the products we buy. But retailers must balance what sells, what models they have access too, and their consumer’s wishes.
June, from Braless In Brasil has started a campaign using the hashtag #diversity in lingerie. From her post:
From now on, if you want to join me take a picture of yourself (can be with or without your face, in lingerie or clothes- whatever you feel comfortable with!) and somehow fit in the hashtag #DiversityInLingerie. You’re welcome to either post it on twitter with the hashtag or email me and I’ll put it up in a post on my blog. Starting today (August 21st) other bloggers will becoming out with their own posts and pictures so check back to this post for the links! I’ll post them as they come out. I’d encourage women of ALL walks of life and appearance to join in. By participating you can show the lingerie industry that, yes, you’d buy lingerie from a diverse group of models, not just the ones currently shown. I want to be clear that this is nothing against the body types currently shown and I don’t want to get into a “real women” debate. We’re all real women. I just want a bigger pool of models so that ALL women can see someone like them and say “hey, she looks like me and that bra looks awesome on her, it could look awesome on me too!”.
Bloggers from all walks of life will be sharing photos of themselves, showing how they are diverse. I’d like to welcome any of my readers to share a photo if they are comfortable. You can share on twitter with the hashtag #diversityinlingerie or you can email me and I can add it to my post with any details you’d like to share.
So why am I diverse? What would a person like me add to the lingerie industry?
I’m a normal white female, if a bit on the smaller side. But I have breast implants. Not only do I have implants, but I have larger silicone implants with very little of my own tissue. Silicone implants in the US are limited to 800cc, and I have 700cc. I’m not going to pretend that they are natural looking, with how little natural tissue I had there was no way they would be.
How many models are there that are confirmed to have implants? I’m not talking about the speculation that every Victoria’s Secret model has implants, that’s what happens when you have a bra two sizes too small. I’m talking about someone like Jestina Campbell who will be modeling for Wonderbra. If you want to find a model with breast implants you’ll be looking into the glamour model section, not a lingerie model. A woman with implants should be able to model, in what ever way she chooses.
So of you may remember last year when Curvy Kate’s Star in a Bra came to the US. The entrants were limited to women who had not had breast surgery. It is my hope that a campaign like #diversityinlingerie will change that.
Other posts (please check back as they are published):
Braless in Brasil
The Breast Life
A Sophisticated Pair
The Lingerie Addict
Invest In Your Chest
Thin and Curvy
Bras and Body Image
Les Gros Bonnets
That Bra Does Not Fit Her
Fussy Busty (Amy)
Under the Unders
Two Cakes on a Plate
The Absurd Curvy Nerd
The Full Figured Chest
Busty and Thrifty
Diamonds and Steel
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