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International Women's Day

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Here's to strong women.

May we know them.

May we be them.

May we raise them.

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Happy International Women's Day!

Whatever you are doing to commemorate International Women's Day - be it marching in New York, networking in London or simply spending time with friends - let's celebrate sisterhood, pay tribute women who inspire us and recognise the countless achievements of women around the world.

The lingerie industry is filled with inspirational women and we have been fortunate to meet some of these fierce female entrepreneurs. Click below to meet 4 inspiring women who are redefining the lingerie industry...

 

--- JADA SEZER ---

Jada is a popular plus-size model with a huge global following. In 2015 we had the opportunity to shoot and interview Jada about her life, ambitions and love of lingerie. Since the interview Jada's career has continued to sky-rocket and she has also launched her own inclusive fashion label SEZER.

" I decided to create my own brand SEZER as a responsible brand, known as 'the armour you wear to take on the world'. Not only does it give everyone access to quality contemporary fashion but it ranges from sizes 8-24 with the main aim to merge mainstream and 'plus size'. We are all women. We all deserve to be great. "

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--- NUBIAN SKIN ---

Founded in 2014, Nubian Skin launched a beautiful collection of nude lingerie for darker skin-tones. The brand aimed to empower and inspire women by filling a much-needed niche in the market, and alleviating the struggle women of colour face when trying to find natural skin-tone undergarments.

Since our interview with founder Ade Hassan, Nubian Skin has gone from strength to strength, securing major international stockists and launching additional collections, hosiery and curve sizes. The brand has received several industry nominations and awards including Ade Hassan winning the Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

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--- BEIJA FLOR ---

Beija Flor is the brainchild of sisters Abbie and Mazie. Having grown up in the lingerie business (their parents ran Aura Lingerie, a lingerie supplier/manufacturer) they decided to  combine their unique insight and lingerie heritage to create a contemporary brand of stylish and comfortable intimates for the modern woman.

Beija Flor is underpinned by a genius and inclusive sizing system - X,Y,Z. Their bra sizes range from an A-G and, unlike many brands, Beija Flor pieces are developed so that no matter your size you can benefit from the same beautiful aesthetic without having to compromise on style.

Since the launch in 2016, the label has added a stunning swimwear selection, a lace range and ran a successful pop-up store. We can't wait to see what they do next...

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LA VIE EN LINGERIE : JADA SEZER

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Jada is an incredibly popular plus-size model with 30K Instagram followers. She starred in the well known 'Curves Illustrated' shoot for SwimsuitsForAll and in her spare time runs her own blog and gives speeches on empowerment. Here Jada shares her style, her inspirations and her penchant for Parkour...

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Hi Jada, tell me about yourself:

I'm 25 and from London. I'm a full-time model with Models 1 and I was the face of London's first ever plus-size fashion show.  I've been working in New York for the past year but I'm back in London for a while. I wanted to spend some time with my family and I'm looking forward to doing some Parkour. There is a centre I go to in Greenwich, its incredible fun and such a great workout!

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How would you describe your style?

Contemporary elegance with a rock and roll edge. For me it is all about the fit. My favourite designers are Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang. J-brand also produce some great wardrobe staples. Although at the moment I'm mostly just wearing my Nike trainers, some sports leggings, a simple top and a leather jacket.

 

Would you say your lingerie fits into that style?

My lingerie doesn't tend to fit in with my everyday aesthetic. I love black and sexier lingerie. I wear a lot of La Perla, Pour Moi? and Boux Avenue. My lingerie style is more of a classic sexy look. I would prefer to buy edgier lingerie but it's so hard to find any brands like that in my size.

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And how about your swimwear?

I have to admit finding swimwear to my taste is quite hard to find. My favourite bikini is a Pour Moi black halterneck with tie side bikini bottoms.

 

Do you have a favourite set of lingerie?

My Boux Avenue bodysuit, its gives me an amazing silhouette! I love the moulded cups and it really pulls in my waist. My dream set of lingerie would be something strappy, sexy but still supportive. It would be innovative and push design boundaries.

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How do you feel about your body image?

Like every girl I have my hang-up days but I try to listen to my body. You've got to learn to fall in love with your body without feeling the need to conform to anybody else's standards. I think it's great that there seems to be a plus-size trend at the moment, plus-size models are booking the bigger jobs and gaining quite a lot of followers. It's expanding awareness of the media's restrictive beauty standards. When I was growing up there where hardly any plus-size stores, lines or celebrities I could relate to - Now there are so are many plus-size models out there, all different shapes and sizes. It's something I'm really passionate about, in my spare time I give talks at Hubdot events to empower women.

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What do you think makes a woman sexy?

Great underwear of course. And a well suited style - knowing how to dress... If you know how to dress yourself well it showing that you appreciate and understand your body.

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Do you have a favourite quote?

"Be yourself because everybody else is taken".

 

And 3 things you couldn't live without?

Family. My phone. Chocolate.

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ASHLEY GRAHAM | CHARNOS |POUR MOI?


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PRIMA DONNA BRA & KNICKERS | DOLCE & GABBANA SLIP DRESS | ELOMI MOULDED BRA & KNICKERS


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POUR MOI? BRA & KNICKERS | VERPASS BLACK SLIP | GOSSARD BRA & KNICKERS


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