Editors' Pick: Rosario Dawson Designs Intimates That Empower Women
The actress collaborates on bold undergarments that are seamless, supportive and socially-conscious.
I've often heard that matching your bra and panty—as opposed to just throwing on any combination—gives off a secret source of confidence throughout the day. When the time to get dressed rolls around, however, that lovely logic is out the window as I race to get out the door on time. In any event (which I'm most likely running late for), I take pride in my mixed-print collection of undergarments.
Although boosting my own confidence levels isn't enough to change my daily dressing routine, empowering other women is another story. Rather than using intimates as a source of sexuality, Empowered by You creates sustainable job opportunities for women abroad. While the lingerie line often collaborates with stylish brands such as Calypso and even Equinox, its latest partnership with Rosario Dawson's curated collection Studio One Eighty Nine boasts bright colors and prints that fit right into my eclectic underwear drawer.
Sharing the same socially-conscious values, Dawson co-founded her e-commerce platform to promote African artisans. Her efforts mesh seamlessly with Empowered by You's seamless styles, as 20 percent of net profits help micro-finance women in impoverished countries.
Dawson's designs include a playful flamingo print as well as a more symbolic motif: a geometric Adinkra shape that means "help me and let me help you" in Ghana, where they are crafted. Each panty—choose from thong or boy short—comes individually packaged with the name, country, business started, loan amount and a quote from the woman benefitted.