When Kim Kardashian launched the Skims Ultimate Nipple Bra, the design alone caused quite a stir. With 10% of the sales going towards environmental organizations through 1% for the Planet, it seemed like a worthy purchase. As someone with a petite frame and small-sized breasts, I was both curious and skeptical about trying this product. However, my curiosity got the best of me, especially after learning that it sold out within 48 hours. So, I decided to take my nips (or rather, Kim’s nips) for a spin around the bustling streets of New York City.
Upon trying on the bra, I was pleasantly surprised by the immediate comfort it provided. The fabric was soft and breathable, while still offering ample support. However, as I faced the mirror, I couldn’t help but notice the drastic change in my appearance. My modest-sized breasts seemed to have magically transformed into a voluptuous D cup. The push-up effect of the bra added plumpness that made my nipples stand out even more. While initially intrigued, I soon realized that this bra was not for the faint of heart. It demands the wearer’s confidence to fearlessly embrace a bold and busty look.
As I went about my day, I couldn’t escape the constant reminder of the prominently displayed nipples. Even through multiple layers of clothing, they stood out like beacons. Leaving my house, I felt both bold and self-conscious as I navigated through the city streets. Though I could sense confusion from onlookers, no one dared to address the elephant in the room, or rather, the nipples in my bra. The question lingered: do hard nipples count as workplace attire?
With fear in my heart, I decided to wear the nipple bra to the office, unsure of the reactions it would elicit. For most of the day, I managed to forget about the attention-grabbing bra. However, occasional remarks from my colleagues, such as “Were you really cold?” pulled me back to reality. No matter which way I turned, the oddly symmetrical shaping and placement of the nipples was impossible to ignore.
Venturing out into the streets of midtown NYC after work proved to be an entirely different experience. As I wore a new outfit for post-office drinks, I was taken aback by the comments from passersby. One man even had the audacity to shout, “You look beautiful,” followed by a suggestive wink. This bra taught me an important lesson about the lingering objectification of women. Though moments of empowerment can arise from challenging societal norms, I realized that this bra was not for me personally.
Contrary to my initial hopes, I found the Skims Ultimate Nipple Bra to be too manufactured and unrealistic in terms of sizing and shape. It didn’t feel authentic to wear a bra that didn’t reflect my true self. While I appreciate the message this bra aims to convey, encouraging women to embrace their breasts without fear, it fell short in terms of genuine representation. However, I believe that this bra could potentially empower women who have undergone breast cancer or who are in the process of transitioning.
The Skims Ultimate Nipple Bra is a bra that I personally wouldn’t wear again. If I am to free the nipple, I want to do it on my own terms, with a bra that truly feels like my own. Despite my reservations, I do acknowledge and support the empowering message behind this bra. It encourages women to defy societal standards and embrace their bodies unapologetically. While it may not be the ideal choice for me, it could serve as a symbol of strength and confidence for others.