Whenever you look in fashion magazines you will be sure to see the word ‘nude’ several times. Nude describes a color that is meant to be the flesh tone of the wearer. However this description is not inclusive to women of all skin tones, but mostly those of an extremely pale complexion. This can be extremely frustrating if you are looking for lingerie or hosiery to wear under sheer garments.
When fashion magazines tell us we should wear “nude” because they are flattering, elongate the legs, and so on, it is a look that is being offered exclusively to white women. they don’t think even for a second about darker skinned women who might want to wear that look. If you aren’t white, the closest colour you can get is black, and that only works if you’re lucky enough to have that rich dark skin. Lets face it, black is too dark and nude is too light.
Nubian Skin is a website that has decided to go against the grain and is launching a range of nude bras for women in several different shades that will cater to all skin tones. On the blog’s About page, the founder, who has chosen to remain anonymous, the founder spoke about her designs and the decision to start the fashion line.
“My nude isn’t the nude I see in shops. Despite the reality that women of colour have the same needs as all women when it comes to lingerie and hosiery (and spend the same of their hard-earned money), the industry simply doesn’t cater to us. So, I thought, it’s time to rethink the definition of nude. Thus, Nubian Skin was born.”
Nubian Skin are launching with size 30B up to 36DD/E but are looking into the design and manufacture of a range for plus size women. Its an amazing thing that they are doing at Nubian Skin and I hope more black women will be able to embrace their skin tone. Nubian Skin is set to launch in October. You can be notified when the e-commerce site is launched by signing up on their website. You can view some of their designs on their Instagram account.