A Staten Island mother is developing a lingerie brand for transgender women meant to solve issues surrounding "tucking," which she said can cause urinary tract infections.
Karyn Bello's daughter Lily came out as transgender in 2014. Inspired by her daughter, Bello is designing a clothing line called Zhe, a reference to the gender-neutral pronoun, to help transgender people feel more comfortable in their clothes.
“They’re meant to help trans women navigate through the world and through their clothes comfortably without having to worry,” Bello told SILive.com. “They’re much more accessible and safe for them to be wearing.”
The underwear line is designed to help transgender women avoid harmful "tucking" practices that could damage the genitals or urethra over the long term.
“[These methods] are bad for your urethra — you get UTIs easily,” Bello said. "They’re just bad for your health. I was coming at it from a mom’s perspective. I want you to be healthy and take care of yourself, too.”
The underwear is meant to achieve the same effect as tucking without the health risks.
Bello was inspired to make Zhe after shopping with her transgender daughter.
“When I was shopping with Lily, I realized that there was a definite need in the market for women like her,” she continued.
“There were a lot of things to consider,” she said. “I had to think about what materials to use, how I could make it something that would work for the community. I was talking to trans women about what would benefit and how I could make all of the DIY things that they’re using easier.”
Bello has plans to work on swimwear and activewear products as well.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller
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