9 Feminist Lingerie Brands To Empower Your Underwear Drawer


bras you won’t want to burn

The evolution of lingerie in Western society can be closely correlated to the socioeconomic and political status of women in different times. The S-shaped corsets so popular at the Turn of the Century pointed toward Victorian social codes, and the girdles of the 1950s reflected the return of women to a sort of mandated femininity after World War II. The mostly mythical bra burning of the 1960s helped create a false stereotype of feminists, and visible thongs in the Aughts arguably helped women to express their sexuality in a new, quite overt way. Today, we like to think that women are free to wear whatever the hell they'd like under their clothes—but it's a major plus when their underwear is made by women, for women.

These nine lingerie labels have made it their mission to make women feel sexy, whatever that may mean to them. From androgynous underpinnings to retro-chic bustiers for women of all shapes and sizes, the offerings don't cater to one specific body ideal—and they certainly don't pander to a male gaze. Underwear shopping just got a whole lot more empowering.

Photo via Neon Moon

Neon Moon

This British brand was the product of a successful Kickstarter promoting lingerie that's comfortable and with advertising that does not sexualize women. With the affirmation that lingerie doesn't have to be stereotypically sexy, Neon Moon offers soft bras and briefs in sizes like "lovely," "gorgeous," and "beautiful."

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.