Bluestockings Boutique, an alternative, eco-friendly lingerie and underthings boutique geared to the LGBTQIA+ community, recently released their first lookbook: A body positive, queer- and trans-inclusive photo shoot that challenges the typical imagery usually produced by the lingerie industry.
Bluestockings also had a no retouching (“Photoshop”) policy and their photographer, Michelle Davidson-Schapiro, documented her photo editing process in “This is What a Queer Lingerie Photo Shoot Looks Like.”
When commenting on the importance of this shoot, Bluestocking’s brainchild, Jeanna Kadlec, stated, “ When you don’t see yourself represented, it’s harder to ‘read’ yourself into the picture. I meet a lot of people who are ecstatic about Bluestockings. I also meet a lot of people who say ‘That’s nice, but I don’t care.’ Looking on the wide swaths of lingerie imagery produced to date, this response is completely unsurprising. It almost exclusively features straight, cisgendered women. Why would people care?”
Bluestockings’ mission is to empower people who have been marginalized by the mainstream lingerie industry and to offer them an experience that reflects their identities, their bodies, and their values. For more info, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.