Alt News February 6, 2013
Introducing A Line Of Lingerie Made By And For Transgender Women


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"The whole world is embracing the fact that humanity comes in different forms... life is so vast and so glorious there has to be more than two ways of living your life."

Those are the words of Cy Lauz - the co-founder of Chrysalis Lingerie, the first lingerie line made by and for transgender women.

In 2006, Lauz - an interior designer and fashion stylist - was transitioning from a man to a woman. Along the way, she came to realize there wasn't really any lingerie that worked for her.

Several years later, she teamed up with Simone Tobias, creative director for a menswear company and also a transgender woman.

Together, they started Chrysalis - based out of New York City.

According to their website, the company's "elegant bras and panties are made with luxurious fabrics seductively designed to make you feel beautiful! Bras made to hold custom full-cup inserts and panties that effectively tuck, hold, and smooth out for the perfect seamless look."

Here's a video from their site.

"A lot of women have been waiting a long time for something like this," Lauz told Lingerie Talk. "Speaking from personal experience, I found no products that specifically cater to transgender women."

Chrysalis first introduced its line last summer, with an official launch coming this spring, probably in May.

Along with its 'Basics Collection' of bras and underwear, the company eventually plans to include teddies and shapewear.

In a conversation with The Daily Beast, Lauz said they want to make transgender women feel "beautiful and sexy".


Their website says "Chrysalis was created to help change the dehumanizing stereotypes and biases we are subjected to as a group and community," and represent that community as "intelligent women with prowess, and the embodiment of feminine sensuality."

As one model says in a video, "Before I transitioned, I just didn't have the courage to do it. I believed it when people told me I'd never be beautiful and I'd never be the woman I felt I was."

"I had to look inside myself for that courage. After, I couldn't see anything with being myself. Finding yourself doesn't mean you were lost."

Lauz says their lingerie is designed mainly for male-to-female transgender women. But she says anyone can wear it, including women who've had mastectomies.

The full line will be available soon on Chrysalis's website.

via Yahoo

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