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Unbuttoned: The Surprising History Of Lingerie

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An illustration of a female-presenting Black person and female-presenting white person stand together. One wears a sheer chemise and underwear, while the other wears a bra, underwear, garter belt and stockings. Text says "Unbuttoned" in the bottom right corner. The illustration is colored in shades of purple.
Charnel Hunter
The world of lingerie is diverse in terms of function and style. And it's all shaped by the choices of the wearer.

Anita stopped wearing real bras in the pandemic. But that doesn't mean she's stopped eyeing lingerie. Lingerie aficionados — including a historian, model and designer — take her inside the world of undergarments: from the history of crotchless panties to how folks are rethinking intimate apparel design to fit a wider range of bodies.

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Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.