The term “nude” in the fashion industry is changing. The term originally meant a color similar to pale white skin but that is no longer the case these days. Up until 2015, the Miriam-Webster dictionary had defined the term as a white person’s skin color.
Now, according to a recent BBC article, companies are beginning to step up to the realization that there is more than one skin tone to describe nude.
Naja, a lingerie company, has a Nude line that comprises seven shades of tone, starting with the shade Nude 01 and going up to Nude 07. The shades were not re-labeled as different colors as this would undermine the point of nude denoting several skin shades according to the ethnicity of a person.
Another company, Mahogany Blues, makes clothing for dancers in a variety of nude tones. This enables dancers to find outfits that fit their individual tone rather than having to buy a color lighter than their skin tone and dye it to match.
There has been some negativity to the change but overall it has been a good response which is a start. It is estimated, that by 2050, more than half of the US population will be made up of minorities. Changing nude’s distinction from white and everyone else to a color that matches a person’s skin tone will still take some time but it has definitely made forward progress.