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50 Shades of “Nude”

09/09/2014

NubianSkinLingerie

Some of you may remember that Christian Louboutin made available a wide spectrum of “nude” colored shoes last year. Now, a lingerie brand called Nubian Skin has a new collection of undergarments for women of color! I think this is wonderful. To be honest, the fact that what is generally considered “nude” (the color) is not everyone’s nude never even crossed my mind until a few months ago. I was dressing a beautiful black model and I grabbed a pair of “nude” heels to go with the look… then it occurred to me that the shoes would not appear nude on the model. There were no shoes that matched her skin tone so I switched them out for typical black heels. A couple weeks after this first realization, I was browsing through some photos of a Dance Theatre of Harlem exhibition (I like to follow the dance world even though I’m only recreational) and in one case there were several pairs of pointe shoes that were assorted shades of brown and a little article that went with it. Again, it hit me that the traditional ballet pink pointe shoes and tights were not meant for women of darker complexions. Now, I know that dancers have to make their own pointe shoe alterations (break them in, sew on elastics and ribbons, etc.) so it’s understandable that dancers of color have to dye their own shoes. That didn’t bother me. However, I was reminded of that time a couple weeks before and I thought, How ridiculous is it that it’s 2014 and “nude” apparel/accessories don’t work for people of color the way they do for white people? Now, I’m very happy that Louboutin and now Nubian Skin are fixing this problem but why did it take so long to happen? I’m a light-skinned Asian so while this particular inconvenience never affected to me I do understand feeling like your group isn’t getting a lot of acknowledgement. I turn on the television, watch a movie, see a Broadway show- the odds of seeing a character that looks like me is very unlikely. I hope these new “nude” lines mean that will change in the near future.

Wiedersehen,

Molly.

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  1. 09/09/2014 11:57 AM

    Personally, I really love the nude look, in all its shades..
    Un abbraccio
    Eva e Valentina the anarCHIC

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  2. 09/09/2014 12:42 PM

    Love the promo-picture of that new lingerie. and yes, nude looks can be so pretty.

    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

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  3. 09/09/2014 2:12 PM

    I heard about this line and think it’s fantastic!

    Heidi D.
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

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  4. 09/09/2014 3:07 PM

    I love this color!!!!
    Baci darling!!!
    Expressyourself

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  5. 09/09/2014 3:21 PM

    Love this! It’s funny my gf and I had a convo about this the other day, that they need to make multiple shades of nude!

    ❤ Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  6. 09/09/2014 4:55 PM

    Who knew nudes could come in so many colors?! I love this idea!

    Maggie
    http://www.PolishedClosets.com

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  7. 09/09/2014 5:16 PM

    You’ve brought up a very interesting point here that had never occurred to me before now.. it’s about time the awareness and acceptance for the varying ‘nudes’ came about! 🙂

    http://aglassofice.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  8. 09/09/2014 5:17 PM

    I have to admit this didn’t really occur to me until recently, but I definitely agree that everyone should have their own shade of “nude” shoes and underwear, just like we have different shades of tights for lighter and darker skin tones.

    http://bellapummarola.blogspot.it/

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  9. 09/09/2014 6:21 PM

    This post is great, your right – soo lucky!
    Check out my latest post, you might like it 🙂 x

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  10. 10/09/2014 12:52 AM

    Amazing post, xo!

    conrdereymara.blogspot.com

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  11. 10/09/2014 3:39 AM

    This is great! I love the colour nude especially in multiple shades! erinisobelx.wordpress.com

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  12. jackie harrison permalink
    10/09/2014 5:39 AM

    Interesting lingerie.

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  13. Rafaela permalink
    10/09/2014 5:40 AM

    Very nice post sometimes we dont even realize this things!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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  14. 10/09/2014 8:53 AM

    Nude is always the perfect color for every occasion! You will always look classy and chic in it and not overdressed!!

    http://www.sugarpopfashion.com

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  15. 10/09/2014 9:22 AM

    Nude is a must have for every wardrobe !!! Very classy

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  16. 10/09/2014 10:00 AM

    Interesting insight! You are absolutely right!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  17. 10/09/2014 10:34 AM

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Christie
    http://www.classifybychristie.com

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  18. 10/09/2014 10:53 AM

    Love nude… Loubutin nude shoes last year were perfect!
    xx
    Grace
    http://www.rondademate.wordpress.com/

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  19. 10/09/2014 12:41 PM

    I really like it! And the ballet shoes touched my heart…
    Kiss

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  20. 10/09/2014 12:45 PM

    I love nudes, they’re such a basic color in the best way!
    Camila
    http://thegeekchickblog.com/

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  21. 10/09/2014 1:41 PM

    I have to agree on this and the other comments above. NUDES is simply the best! 🙂

    April of: http://beybiapril.wordpress.com
    IG: @beybiapril

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  22. 10/09/2014 1:53 PM

    Love this!

    Emma| With A City Dream

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  23. 10/09/2014 2:20 PM

    Great post.

    me-andmybag

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  24. 10/09/2014 2:30 PM

    Love this 🙂
    Good luck 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  25. papagay permalink
    10/09/2014 2:42 PM

    i love this! enjoy your day!!

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  26. 10/09/2014 3:28 PM

    Love all shades of nude! Great post!
    MIS PERLAS DE MODA

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  27. 10/09/2014 3:40 PM

    Nude heels are a must! Great post
    x

    Thanks for your sweet comment dear

    My new post- All that glitters is gold

    http://bffbestfootforward.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. 10/09/2014 3:43 PM

    Such a good post and so interesting. Love that they’re adding new nude tones and we just saw the bra ad the other day and absolutely adored it!

    xx 365hangers

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  29. 10/09/2014 4:02 PM

    I have brown skin so it’s really upsetting when clothes of these tones don’t look as great as I thought so it’s really great to see brands slowly adding other ‘nude’ shades to their apparel. X

    http://www.blancivory.com

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  30. 10/09/2014 4:48 PM

    I LOVE nude look ^^ XoxPK

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  31. 10/09/2014 4:51 PM

    I’m not really fan of nude color but I admit it, it looks good on other people

    STYLE VANITY

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  32. 10/09/2014 5:27 PM

    I really like this color! 🙂

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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  33. 10/09/2014 6:00 PM

    Very interesting, thought-provoking post. It’s great to hear that more brands are beginning to appreciate the need to expand their ‘nude’ colour ranges.

    Rebecca x

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  34. 10/09/2014 6:23 PM

    Reblogged this on Photos by Emilio and commented:
    Anyone remember flesh colored band-aids? That was way more than several years ago. I’m not sure that was ever really taken care of. Maybe they should have called them Caucasian colored band-aids!

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  35. 11/09/2014 12:51 AM

    Great line for women of color. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 – Lena

    Felinecreatures.com

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  36. 11/09/2014 4:49 AM

    Nude is a really nice color!! kisses!!

    http://www.rednailsladies.com

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  37. 11/09/2014 4:53 AM

    I love the nude color and especially during summer!

    http://www.3forfabulousfashion.blogspot.com

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  38. 11/09/2014 10:33 AM

    love nude colors definitely!

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  39. 11/09/2014 1:01 PM

    i saw this article today. can’t believe it took this long to bring out different nudes!

    reckless abandon

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  40. 11/09/2014 1:41 PM

    I have to admit that nude doesn’t look really good on me …

    Thank you for your pleasant comment on my blog. Now I checked your blog with the result: I like it!

    I would like to follow you on gfc and/or bloglovin. It would be great if you come back to my blog to follow me – then I will follow you immediately back.

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  41. 11/09/2014 2:50 PM

    You make a really great point! Nude is a color that should range from light to dark. No nudes are the same!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

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  42. 11/09/2014 6:54 PM

    I adore nude, defiantly a wardrobe staple!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  43. 11/09/2014 8:11 PM

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! Very intriguing concept. Thanks for sharing! xx

    reallyliteral.blogspot.com

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  44. 11/09/2014 9:18 PM

    Hi dear! First of all, thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 This post is really interesting, I never thought about this issue until now. It’s such a shame that the “general nude” is not for everyone and I’m glad to know that some labels and designers are making the difference.
    Please feel free to visit my blog any time!
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

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  45. 11/09/2014 11:47 PM

    Great post. 😉
    Lovely greets Nessa

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  46. 12/09/2014 4:22 AM

    You’re so right!

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  47. 12/09/2014 5:13 AM

    Great news indeed that some labels are tackling the issue now. I am in agreement with you though, on why did it take that long.

    Anne
    http://www.liebeladies.com

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  48. 15/09/2014 6:22 AM

    Great post!:)

    xxMonica
    http://sunstreetbymonica.blogspot.com

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  49. 16/09/2014 12:17 PM

    Really good post! I love it!

    http://www.destiny-monika.blogspot.com

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  50. 19/09/2014 7:34 PM

    The questions you ask yourself tell a lot of beautiful things about you 🙂
    I will follow you right now 🙂

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  51. 21/01/2015 4:22 PM

    I love that there are finally nude items that match the skin of women of color– like me!

    – Liz
    Vogued Out

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