This article is inspired by this recent Instagram post that I published today.
I have no desire to be included in whatever they have going on. I’m always giving brands such as Victoria’s Secret a MAJOR side eye when they go this hard to include us. We must’ve forgotten that the company was accused of racial profiling at one of their mall stores a year or so ago…smh. As much as I enjoy lingerie, I’m proud to say that I’ve never bought a single item from their brand since 2008. – – I would love to see the day when we are this hype about Black Owned Brands that are already including Black/Africans in their runway shows and campaigns. We should be showering them with the same energy, validation, and monetary support as we do with the many White brands. 📸: @problkthought
A few days ago I found myself browsing Instagram and came across the countless posts of, mainly Black, individuals praising Victoria’s Secret for including 6 new Black models for their 2017 Fashion Show in Shanghai. The six models that were featured were Aiden Curtiss, Samille Bermannelli, Amilna Estevao, Alecia Morais, Mayowa Nicholas, & Grace Bol. I am extremely proud of these amazing Black models showcasing Black excellence. However, it seemed as though many were looking at Victoria’s Secret’s inclusion of Black models in their runway show as some form of racial progression. Besides from Victoria’s Secret, our constant fixation with White labels featuring Black men and women needs to cease. Just because a brand chooses to feature Black bodies in their runway shows and in their marketing campaigns do not equate to the brand making genuine efforts towards racial progress. Most likely, the brand is only concerned with improving their sales for the quarter.
It’s 2017 and it’s time that we shift our thought process in what racial progress in action looks like. For starters, instead of us being excited and fixated every time a major White brand includes Black bodies, we should use that same energy in supporting and providing monetary support to the many Black-owned brands that are providing exceptional products and services.
Instead of us patronizing Victoria’s Secret, here are 13 Black Owned lingerie companies to support!
Do you know of any other Black Lingerie Brands that were not listed on this list? Share this article so we can get the word out about these AMAZING brands!!
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