Equality is not equal unless we can all wear comfortable underwear.
This spring, the NYC label Chrysalis is launching its new lingerie collection "by trans women for trans women" in an effort to destigmatize and empower trans bodies. The brand is offering lingerie that acknowledges the diversity of "our existence and provides a solution to our specific needs."
What exactly does this mean? According to the website bras will be made to hold custom full cup inserts while panties are designed to "effectively tuck, hold, and smooth out for the perfect seamless look."
In an interview for LingerieTalk, Chrysalis specified that this first collection has a "traditional, minimalist look" and that although they are aware they might be accused of trying to "normalize" trans women's bodies, the brand:
"isn't pushing a one-size-fits-all vision of the [transgender] life, although it is staying away from explicit fashions that can reinforce stereotypes and further marginalize transgender women."
Chrysalis is not calling for all trans women to assimilate into a mainstream idea of womanhood but rather to be able, if they choose, to wear lingerie.
And, why not? Or, better, why has it taken so long?
There are very few products on the market that specifically focus on trans bodies and trans women's needs. This new collection will provide folks an alternative option.
The Basic Collection will be available through online store/website. The Couture Collection is set to launch in the fall.