“Across cultures darker people suffer more. Why?” Remember when Andre 300 wore a jumpsuit baring those words during his Lollapalooza set in 2014, and everyone went crazy? Everyone except those of us who have been paying attention to life, because we knew that. The normalization of fairer skin is so pervasive that darker women of color can’t even buy the correct underwear. That’s right. Underwear. Every woman should have nude colored things in her wardrobe: nude pumps, nude bras, nude underwear, and nude body shapers. Say you want to wear a white shirt, or a very trendy sheer skirt. Yet, the color nude never seems to be nude for us. It’s most often a beige, with undertones that aren’t a match for those of us with more melanin. We quite often experience this lack of color when looking for makeup as well. I don’t even bother to try foundation from newer brands, because it takes them a while to figure out how to get our skin tones right. You’re out here trying to give your best beat, yet you actually look like a Gross sister.
But I digress. That’s another rant for another day.
Fortunately, some companies have taken notice of the fact that all nude underwear is not equal. Click through the gallery for some companies that have nude undergarments for all shades.
Naja Nude for All Collection
Naja is an eco-friendly company, co-founded by Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin, that also helps to empower women with their hiring practices, and advertisements. They hire primarily single mothers and women who are the heads of their households in their garment factories, they pay above market wages, offer healthcare benefits, and flexible working hours. Naja even provides their children with school supplies, uniforms, and school meals. On top of all of that they have a wide range of nude colors in their Nude for All collection. When you select each color, there is a brief explanation of who the color is for.