Nude Barre, Erin Carpenter

I truly have been fortunate to pursue my passions of performance arts and entertainment. As a teenager I trained with Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey. As a college student, I majored in Ballet and minored in Business Management at the prestigious Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Finally as a young adult, I gained professional experience as a model, commercial actress, and Knicks City Dancer. Ten years of experience in the entertainment industry has afforded me an acute understanding of the needs and demands that performers face throughout their careers. Interestingly, one reoccurring challenge was the need for proper undergarments. Two qualities that entertainers look for when purchasing products are transparency and skin color match. Of the two, certain brands offer transparency, while color matching remains in high demand.

In all stages of my dance career, I have experienced the hardships of not finding hosiery that matched my skin tone. We were required to wear nude undergarments as part of our uniform and therefore spent hours dying/spray painting tights and shoes as most hosiery brands did not produce the appropriate shade of nude. This too was a common complaint of the wardrobe departments of many castings and productions that I have been a part of. Sadly, the dying method was a luxury not often afforded to projects due to budget constraints and the laborious process. As a result, many women, of all races, were left feeling uncomfortable and unprepared to perform. This was the origin of Nude Barre in 2009.