One of the main challenges that transgender women face, besides the obviously horrible discrimination and bullying, is being underrepresented in just about every industry, including clothing companies. Lately, though, with models like Lea T and Isis King, more trans women are being touted as equally gorgeous and fashionable as any other models. And with the addition of a transgender lingerie brand specifically created for these women, they will be able to feel comfortable and less frustrated with the clothing challenges that they previously faced.
Chrysalis Lingerie, a brand co-founded Cy Lauz, creates specialty bras and underwear for transgender and transsexual women. The underwear will help “tuck” using a seamless panel while the bras are padded using hidden pockets to look more like a natural bustline. Lauz says she wanted to help women like her feel more comfortable:
“Speaking from personal experience, I found no products that specifically cater to transgender women. There are some things for cross-dressers and drag queens, but they’re all sexually exploitative. I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical.
“Chrysalis answers a lot of problems and questions for transgender women regarding their underwear. It gives them peace of mind. You don’t have to think about it anymore.”
Plus, the company is planning on expanding to shapewear, teddies and swimwear, so there will hopefully be more news to bring on these innovative products in the future. Check out their excellent video advertisement:
Besides the fact that this is one of the least obnoxious lingerie ads I’ve ever seen (seriously, all the stomping and crawling in Victoria’s Secret’s commercials make me Blair Witch dizzy), it is fantastic to see transgender women’s bodies being celebrated as sexy, beautiful and worthy of damn awesome lingerie. Plus, it’s also great to see more transgender models, as trans women are terribly underrepresented in the fashion industry.
I am thrilled that Chrysalis exists and that the brand itself is getting so much attention. I’m not one to say that the world “needs” certain fashion items typically, but socially, we need this brand to not only show trans women that they are significant and deserve to be represented, but also to show those who would doubt this notion that their bigotry will not stop progress.