Friday, 5 December 2014

Diversity in Lingerie: Nubian Skin bras for diverse skin tones and sizes

Last time I blogged about the Diversity in Lingerie campaign, I informed you about how the lingerie industry likes to call lighter skin tones "Nude" while completely ignoring the fact that most women in the world have darker skin tones than that. Nubian Skin, a UK lingerie and hosiery company, comes to our rescue. Currently they have bras, panties, and hosiery four shades: (from darkest to lightest) Berry, Cinnamon, Caramel, and Cafe au Lait. These shades fit a variety of darker and medium skin toned women and are a wonderful development. You can check out their skin tone chart here for help on deciding which color to order.

And if that wasn't exciting enough, Nubian Skin also sells bras that are outside the bra matrix! While they do sell bras in 32-36 bands, B-DD cups, they also sell 30 band bras in B-DD cups. This is a huge improvement on the now-defunct MySkins, who only produced bra-matrix sizes. 

I only wish that Nubian Skin would produce a few more shades in their lingerie coloring. Four non-light shades are a good start, but it would be nice to see one or two more shades that are lighter than Cafe au Lait, perhaps one with a yellow based hue.


  1. I agree that a light skin bra with a non-caucasian-typical undertone would be awesome, but speaking as a white girl, I'm totally fine with them solely making bras for POC. There are pleeenty of "nude" bras out there that work for me. There's no reason for this company to spend their time and money making more! Focus on the underrepresented colors absolutely.

    1. While I love that they make bra colours that typically would suit African descended, Aboriginal Australian, darker South Asian, darker Hispanic and biracial (African + European) skin tones, it would be nice for them to make other non-Northern European skin toned bras too. For example, I would like them to make stuff that is more suited towards: Southern Europeans, East Asians, lighter Middle Eastern, and lighter Hispanic skin tones. These "medium" skin tone colors are sometimes the hardest to find, because when companies try to include diversity, they immediately think that diversity means African + Northern European. It would be nice if more companies thought about East Asians, Southern Europeans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders when they make "skin colored" garments.