Thank Oprah For Your Bras and Panties

Oprah Winfrey

What: WWD covers “The Oprah Effect,” as it’s so dubbed, detailing how Oprah Winfrey kicked the manufacturing of plus-size undergarments –cute ones—into action. Now bras and underwear for curvy women are more readily available, more fashionable and becoming a money-making industry despite some recent drops in earnings

Women’s Wear Daily: The Oprah Winfrey Show” began featuring bra-fitting segments in 2005, and retailers and manufacturers got the message that women with fuller figures want innerwear that is comfortable and functional, but also fashionable. Another impact on the category: red-carpet divas including Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Fergie, Mo’Nique and Beyoncé, who have made it no secret that voluptuous curves were chic and desirable…

Maureen Stabnau, senior vice president of merchandising at, agreed that plus-size women demanded more style options and the growth of the market caused vendors to come out with more designs, including sports bras and deep plunge bras.”

What We Say: It’s just plain unfortunate that it takes a super star such as ‘O’ to make changes in clothing trends, as these necessary developments should be based on the sheer fact that more people demand garments for the curvy figure and plus-size fashion. You know, that whole silly supply/demand thing? No? Anyway, that being said, thank goodness for Oprah and all that she’s done for those who don’t fall into the teeny-tiny category. Though we know America is dealing with obesity epidemics, news flash: There are healthy people over the size of 8–or whatever arbitrary number society has told us we need to aspire to–despite the fact that the fashion world often tries to pretend this isn’t the case. We obvi love fashion, we clearly love our plus size sisters and we of course love Oprah and other curvy celebs for making fashionable undergarments a possibility for real, normal women.

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    Catherine Brock

    As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

    Blog Comments

    Undergarments the essential for all sizes, they support, lift, shape and allow outer garments to glide over the top. We need our celebs to give suppliers a push in the right direction.

    I love Oprah and appreciate everything she’s done for plus size women, but I agree that it’s sad that it takes the insistence of a super star like her to achieve something in the clothing industry.

    Oprah has done so much for women, especially for us larger women who are so often overlooked.

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