I've been thinking a lot about how diversity is lacking in lingerie (well, in a lot of other areas too but this is my area of expertise). It's extremely rare to see women of color, older women, women with disabilities, women with tattoos, women with scars/stretch marks or women with the wrong body types*.
Blogging helps to some extent, but still the vast majority of us bra bloggers out there are young, white, and relatively attractive. As a mother in her 30s, I know I'm one of the older ones and one of the very few who has a significant amount of lose skin, stretch marks etc. It's ironic because the women with the most buying power tend to be older and it's not like women of color or ones that don't fit in the common "standard of beauty" don't want lingerie either!
It's time we take a stand against this.
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!".
For further reading on this topic see:
Lack of diversity in Brazilian lingerie models
Diversity is more than bra size
Why Lingerie for women is ageless
Ladies looking for more "nudes"
Token Diversity: A Step Forward or a Way to March in Place?
What you see is what you believe?
The Plus-age market: As Customers Age Lingerie Brands are using Older Models
Plus-Age Stars: 10 Lingerie Brands That Have Embraced Older Models
Other bloggers who are joining me (if you want to join in and are not on this list just email me or post the link in the comments below!). Feel free to join in on twitter too by using the hashtag #DiversityInLingerie with comments or pictures.:
Posts that are live:
Braless in Brasil
Les Gros Bonnet
By Baby's Rules
The Full Figured Chest
Under the Unders
The Absurd Curvy Nerd
The Lingerie Addict
Bras and Body Image
Thin and Curvy
Pretty Big Bras
Diamonds And Steel
The Curves Have It
The Breast Life
Busty & Thrifty
The Chocolate Plushie
Two Cakes on a Plate
Quest for the Perfect Bra
That Bra Does Not Fit Her
More Sand in my Hourglass
A Sophisticated Pair
Les seins du Spinx
I also have more contributions of readers in this post and this post!
Invest In Your Chest
Weirdly Shaped and Well-Photographed/Voluptuously Thin
The Full Figured Chest/Wide Curves
Well-Fitting and on Instagram
Hourglass with Class submitted here.
Voluptuously Thin (guest post contribution)
Warning Curves Ahead
Follow up post from Les seins du Spinx
Tudo de Lingerie
Still to Come:
La Talla Perfecta
* I will say that there seems to be a lot more plus-sized women in recent years but they all still fit a certain standard of beauty with perfect skin, an hourglass figure, no fat rolls etc.