Nude is not nude for black women when it comes to lingerie shopping. We are often overlooked when it comes to finding a shade that matches our skin tones. Meet the two black women looking to change that.
Cora Harrington has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of lingerie. Her website, The Lingerie Addict, has become the most popular digital magazine dedicated to lingerie on the internet with thousands of followers looking to her for insight on established and emerging lingerie brands.
Before Rihanna‘s Savage x Fenty lingerie stole everyone’s attention, Harrington had been advocating industry professionals and brands to be more inclusive of women from different sizes and ethnic backgrounds in their glossy campaigns. This week the lingerie blogger announced that she will be collaborating with UK-based Nubian Skin and The Rack Shack for a new collections of nude undergarments designed for black women of all shades.
“I’ve been a champion of Nubian Skin since the very beginning as well as a longtime advocate of the concept that ‘beige is not nude,’” says Harrington in a statement. “So I felt it was important for me to do everything I could to support both Nubian Skin and The Rack Shack, and help them be successful in this new initiative.”
Based out of London, Nubian Skin was founded by British-Nigerian entrepreneur Ade Hassan with the idea that it was time for “a different kind of nude.” Inspired by trailblazers like super model Iman, who created Iman cosmetics, Ade wanted to create a lingerie brand with nude lingerie designed for black women of all hues. In 2018, she did a TED Talk talking about taking a leap of faith to start her new venture. The brand has been a huge commercial success, available at luxury stores like Bloomingdale’s and high-end boutiques while gracing the pages of premier fashion magazines.
In 2017 Hassan was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to fashion. The award was given in recognition of Ade’s commitment to her mission to redefine nude, and the impact she has consequently made on the fashion industry.
The full collection is exclusively available at The Rack Shack based in Brooklyn, New York.
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