Thank you to all of our models, our designers, sponsors, and partners, we could not have done this without YOU. Can’t wait till next year!
Until then, save the date: July 14, 2018!
KoKo D Swimwear | Photography by: Beauty Story Studios
Blue Coral Swimwear | Photography by: Beauty Story Studios
Trefle Designs BVI | Photography by: Beauty Story Studios
Red Carpet Interviews with Dawn Del Russo
Chub-Rub… it’s a bitch. Stocking up on powders & creams but sometimes even those methods don’t work, but do you know what does work? UnderSummers by Carrie Rae. This fashionable anti-chub rub, show-them-off, comfortable fitting shortlettes designed by Carrie Rae.
We recently scored the opportunity to meet CarrieRae and wanted to share with you thigh love (see what we did there)?
DS: What inspired you to create UnderSummers & the name?
CR: CarrieRae Munson, Founder, created Undersummers Shortlettes out of her own need for thigh chafing protection “under summer dresses.” The Minnesota transplant found the Houston, Texas heat unbearable. She wanted to wear breezy, cool dresses to work to save herself from the heat, but the burn created by her thighs prevented her from wearing dresses. CarrieRae tried every imaginable solution; cut-off nylons, yoga pants, bike shorts, balms, lotions, powders, even shape wear. She was absolutely frustrated by the lack of feminine, functional, non-shapewear and COMFORTABLE options so she designed the Shortlette. CarrieRae was guided by YouTube videos to learn to sew and bring her designs to life. She found many willing friends to test products and within 6 months she had mastered her designs and Undersummers by CarrieRae Shortlettes were born. Today Undersummers are sold world wide as an all year round thigh chafing solution. Undersummers comes from them being worn under summer dresses.
DS: What are somethings that define success to you?
CR: Success to me is accomplishing my goals. I can be very successful on a day to day basis on both on both small and big goals.
DS: What has been your biggest challenge (either in business or personal) and how did you over come them?
CR: One of my biggest obstacles that I have had to overcome is fear. I was educated as a SLP, so running an apparel/ecommerce company without education or background was very scary for me. I am a scientist by trade and like to back up decisions with facts, studies, and prior knowledge. I overcame this fear by trial and error, learning to trust my gut, research, and support through peer mentoring groups.
DS: What advice would you give to women still “trying to find her way”?
CR: Take your time, don’t quit, and keep learning. Finding your way is a process of self discovery and a process inherently takes time. Finding your way cannot be rushed. Pain has to be pushed through in order to grow. The positive growth that occurs takes time and should be recognized and throughly enjoyed. I went through a divorce in 2015. It was extremely painful and scary to be on my own for the first time as a grown woman. I had many sleepless nights. I worried about how I was going to support myself now and in the future. Pushing through the last 2 years, my personality has changed from an insecure woman, into a confident leader unafraid of the next steps.
So, are you ready to show your thighs some love? Visit UnderSummers by CarrieRae today!
As if shopping for a bra wasn’t hard enough, getting the right fit, style, and thinking you were a 34B when really you’re a 36G – imagine shopping for a bra after a mastectomy or after surgery for implants. This is what thousands of women endure each year after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and having surgery, the choice to have implants or remain bare. Regardless of the woman’s decision, the selection of recovery intimates and lingerie barely scrapes the surface of a multi-billion dollar lingerie industry and the options that are dominate, are ugly AF medical devices that doesn’t make any woman feel anymore sexier. mastectomy
As a fashion show producer specializing in luxury lingerie and swimwear and seeing many of my friends fight like a girl after being diagnosed, I quickly noticed that there was nothing for women that I was actually benefiting! That’s when I began to research with one question, “why not?” – well, my questions were given the most beautiful answers I could ever imagine, not only did I find lingerie and swimwear designed specifically for women who’ve had mastectomy and/or implants, but I found the women who’s journey inspired the creation for a line and ultimately dubbed – for survivors by survivors.
The first collection that I worked with, was with breast cancer survivor and designer, Dana Donofree of Ana Ono Intimates. Dana had launched her collection back in 2011 and by this time, 2014, things were really starting to pick up for. I love her slogan “Never Alone” – her promo video was a story of a woman who just had surgery and all the bras in her drawer just didn’t work, especially for those with lymphedema. Her brave, badass approach to opening up the eyes of not just breast cancer survivors, but to women in general. I never thought that after having surgery, you’d have to reconsider the style and in this case, brands, of bras that you’d purchase if any.
When I showcased AnaOno in my show in 2015 in Charlotte, NC, we had breast cancer survivors rock the collection. It was a powerful moment for everyone. We had given these women an opportunity to do something that they’ve never been able to do (model in a runway show) but also spreading Dana’s message of “[you’re]never alone”. The sisterhood formed between these ladies in less that 6 hours and the empowerment and strength that was given, was priceless.
Coming from down under, Aussie brand, Red Fern Lingerie is also a collection for post-mastectomy wear. Founded and designed by breast cancer survivor, Tina Douheli (who is also a speaker for the National Breast Cancer Foundation), Red Fern Lingerie is for sexy survivors. So many women who’ve had breast cancer, surgery, and have gone through the battle have lost their “sexiness”. The journey to recovery is so challenging – mentally and physically, Tina wanted to remind them that YOU ARE STILL BEAUTIFUL, YOU CAN STILL BE SEXY and here’s lingerie to prove it. Red Fern Lingerie is expected to expand into swimwear, gym wear, body suits, maternity bras and sports bras in the future.
Last but not least, is Hulabelle Swimwear. Founded & designed by breast cancer survivor (and another Dana) Dana Dinerman. Based in Los Angeles, California, Dana’s story is while vacationing in Maui, Hawaii she needed a swimsuit that would cover the side affected by surgery and radiation but also wanted to look and feel great. Like others, no luck. So she took matters into her own hands, dug in tons of research and created swimwear for not just survivors but for any women looking for a suit to cover “all the right spots”.