Underwear lines for black women

Proving that it’s about more than just lacy fabric, the business of female underwear has become popular among young women of colour.

TV and radio personality Thando Thabethe and creator/strategist turned entrepreneur Gugu Nkabinde have both taken it upon themselves to launch a range of female underwear and body shapers designed to meet the needs of all African women.

Thabooty officially launched for business last week at the Randlords rooftop event venue in Braamfontein, with a runway showcase of the first of many from the range, said founder Thabethe.

“I wanted to create something women wouldn’t be ashamed to wear, and something that would meet my functional needs. Whether it was to even out control or contour, I needed something that wouldn’t roll down my body or make me feel like I was wearing a blanket underneath my clothes.”

Thabethe’s maiden range, titled IAmWoman, celebrates iconic women as well as the visual representation of women using photography.

Under the hashtag and using Thabooty’s Underwear Shapewear as the focal point, Thabethe hopes to impart her own philosophies around women practising self-love, reclaiming their bodies and being comfortable in their skins while also debunking the fallacy that women dress for men.

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gugu Intimates underwear brand hosted a brunch for ladies at exclusive boutique hotel, The View, overlooking Johannesburg’s iconic skyline in hopes of joining global health and fitness organisations in raising awareness in the developing world.