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Here’s Why One Latina Helped To Create A Queer-Friendly Clothing Line With Underwear For Everyone

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I first heard about TomboyX from a podcaster who claimed they were the most comfortable, queer-friendly underwear to ever exist. And then my girlfriend bought us a pair of matching holiday patterns, one in bikini and one in boy shorts. I was sold.

Trust, these underwear are already super comfy and make you feel like the most comfortable you you can be. What you’re about to find out about the Latina co-founder, Naomi Gonzalez, and the kind of company you’d be supporting will make you feel like an actual modern day hero. Except you’re sporting heroic underwear under your streetwear.

They have an agenda. It’s not feminist. It’s not gay. It’s human.

CREDIT: “MicroModal Neutrals” Digital Image. Tomboyx. 7 September 2018.

They create bras, underwear, sleepwear and activewear for all bodies, all genders, and basically, just all people. Their definition of good underwear is one that “any body could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum.”

Known as “Fran + Naomi,” these tomboy founders have shaped a company they’ve dreamed of.

CREDIT: “Tomboyx founders: Fran and Naomi” Digital Image. Tomboyx. 7 September 2018.

In an interview with GO Mag, Gonzalez made it clear that what she’s doing is fulfilling an unmet need for the queer community.

“I’m a first-generation Cuban who grew up in New York City. We were working class and my parents always struggled to make ends meet, working all the time. I knew at an early age that I was going to do whatever I could to find a way to fulfill my dreams of doing something different and meaningful with my life.”

Obviously, there’s hella gay pride.

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Tomboyx. 7 September 2018.

This is literally just the tip of the iceberg. You can choose to have underwear with a white elastic band or a rainbow. You could get them all and just wear what you want depending on the mood.

And TomboyX customers help shape the brand Fran + Naomi set out to create.

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In their mission statement, they admit, “In trying to fill a need, we unwittingly unleashed an outpouring of emotion. The comments and conversations, emails and letters that we’ve read from our customers told us long ago that we were onto something bigger. At the heart of it all, we’re still us, the same founders since the beginning, with the most supportive and thought-provoking customers we could’ve ever hoped for. You helped us to create what TomboyX is today. ”

One thing’s for sure: TomboyX is showing us breathtaking beauty we don’t see in the mainstream.

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Just follow their social media channels and you’ll feel affirmed in every single way. People all across the gender spectrum, physical abilities, shapes, sizes, skin colors, everyone is proud to wear a brand that is proud to feature people that look like them, like us.

Plus, their values start at the source of production: women-owned factories.

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Everything they make is ethically produced and sweat-shop free. They even make frequent visits to their factories across Canada, China and the United States to ensure the conditions align with their values. Those visits are weekly, and even sometimes daily. Their exact words: “We have chosen to work with women-owned facilities, who share our values of taking good care of their workers and reducing their environmental impact.”

Their cotton is completely toxin-free.

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Apparently, it’s all “Oeko-tex 100 certified”—which basically means that it’s top-quality worldwide. If you’re vegan, you might want to avoid the activewear since they use crab and shrimp shells instead of synthetic chemicals to give it a quick-dry, antibicrobial and moisture-wicking properties.

And it’s sustainable for the environment.

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Their luxury MicroModal fabric is made out from sustainably harvested and processed Beechwood fibers. According to their values, their “Signature Prints use a water-based, earth-conscious method, recycling water well above the standards required. We are always looking for the greenest, cleanest method for everything we make.”

So go ahead and ditch laundry this week. Shop away. ; )

The staff even takes Earth Day as an excuse to get a little dirty.

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“For #EarthDay, we spent some time volunteering in a local park. Check out our story for more and tell us what you are doing to celebrate 🌏”

Can you spot Naomi + Fran?! Tan cute.

Their activewear has an activist message.

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You can also find briefs and trunks that are quick-dry and moisture-wicking, that way you don’t have to have a weird mesh underwear thing that you find in men’s trunks, and you can feel fly while swimming, working out, adventuring, etc.

Oh, and make that statement, mami.

You might have guessed that the brand isn’t afraid to make political statements.

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You’d be right. “We stand with the students and supporters fighting to make their communities safer. People have a right to be safe at school, at a movie theater, at a concert, and everywhere else. #EnoughIsEnough Who’s marching tomorrow? ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿”

The founders marched at Seattle’s Women’s March in support of immigrants.

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“What an incredible day. We brought our friends, families, and partners and took to the street in Seattle with many other incredible humans. Let’s keep fighting! #powertothepolls”

And the company made a PSA in support of Puerto Rico, donating $10,000 to relief efforts.

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“We’ll be donating 10% of our sales to United For Puerto Rico until we reach our goal of $10,000. As fellow US citizens, as humans, as sisters, brothers, and family, we are called to stand by them.”

Plus, people seem to genuinely feel themselves in TomboyX.

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The testimonials are all over the internet, and never have I ever seen such a troll-free, supportive comment feed in all my life. I mean, look at that gorgeous princesa with her cute af teacup and cozy rosy sweater on deck!

Including Vicki Martinez, rising star from “Orange is the New Black.”

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Her and her girlfriend (recognize her as the CO who had crazy PTSD this season?), walked the runway at New York Fashion week this year sporting TomboyX and looking like female warriors.

TomboyX let’s queer people demand to be seen in intimate-wear that actually feels good in our power.

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One very clever Instagram user (@m00nyeka, i.e. muñeca) wrote, “As womxn, we’re fed so many messages that strip away our inner strength, so the times that I get over my nerves, demand to be seen, and then tap into my ancestors and myself to be in my power….it’s surreal.”

Sounds too good to be true? They will also let you try your first pair free.

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You can get a full refund or exchange within 30 days, no questions asked. That’s how confident they are in their quality, fit and inclusivity. All their underwear has no back seams, which means the likelihood of a wedgie is nill, and their quality fabrics means they’ll last for a long time. 

“One day I decided to stop apologizing for my body…

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“… I decided that I didn’t have to change in order to be loved and wanted and worthy. I decided that the idea that I could be successful and inspiring just as I am was going to be a reality. I decided that I was going to speak or even yell my truth, and the truth of thousands who are constantly told they aren’t enough. There is so much that makes up the wonderful person that is you than what’s society sees through its distorted eyes. @tomboyxthank you for giving people a chance to make their voices heard, for being so inclusive, and making a new 🔥 neutrals line that everyone can feel like they are slipping clouds onto their bodies.” -@sheisalwaysenough

The brand just released a neutrals line for all skin tones.

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This should not be a game-changer in the industry, but it honestly is. Most neutral underwear you find at Victoria’s Secret is a pretty white. “You are not one thing. You are everything and quite something. #MoreToMe #TomboyXNeutrals”

But they also have some rad prints.

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OK, these underwear are not made for dogs and I have questions for the person who plans to wear those underwear at some point. Mostly, “Why?”

TomboyX proves that when Latinas run the show, everybody can feel welcome.

CREDIT: @tomboyx / Instagram

Maybe it’s a gift we have, or maybe it’s the sincere intentionality behind a brand that has taken up the white space in the underwear industry. My fellow gays, we finally have underwear that’s going to celebrate us on literally every single one of their ads.

While I do enjoy TomboyX underwear, this post was not sponsored by TomboyX, though if you’re reading this, Fran + Naomi, you can sponsor me anytime. ;P 


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Here Are 20 Latino Legends From Our Childhood That Still Terrify Us As Adults Because That's Latino Parenting

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Here Are 20 Latino Legends From Our Childhood That Still Terrify Us As Adults Because That’s Latino Parenting

Around Halloween white friends love to share the scary stories there parents told them when they were growing up. Some of them are low key adorable little tales that don’t stand up to stories our parents told us. Low key, the monster stories our parents told us are very traumatizing. Yeah, we have a boogeyman, but he’ll actually kidnap you in a giant bag and take you back to his cave to drink your blood, as a medicinal cure for his suffering.

All the legends we hear have one common thread: listen to your mother, don’t leave the house at dark, don’t misbehave and eat your food or you’ll die. Hell, don’t even let an ankle dangle off your bed or la mano peluda will pull you under the bed and we’ll miss you so much, muñeco lindo. Our parents are savage but it made us the people that we are today.

La Lechuza

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The most important and relevant legend for modern times is La Lechuza. She’s an old witch that turns into a big ass bird who loves to attack las borrachas. Beware of owl sounds, because that could be La Lechuza luring you in to eat you. This is especially terrifying if you are in Texas where she loves to hunt.

La Luz Mala

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This is how your parents proved to you that every single horror story they tell you is true. See that light in the photo? Es la luz mala.

She shines a few feet above the ground and only comes out at night. If you look directly at the light, you die. Legit. You just die.

La Ciguapa

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She’s naked. She has very long hair. Her feet are backwards. Que horror. But it gets worse. Boys, don’t look in her eyes or you’ll be cast under her spell, follow her into the woods and you’ll never be heard from again. It isn’t clear what happens to you once you go into the woods, but know that it is not good if you never come out of the woods.

El Cucuy

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He’s the Latino boogey man, but unlike the white version, El Cuco or El Cucuy will straight up eat you alive. Nobody knows what he looks like because he is always lurking in the dark and attacks when parents aren’t watching. However, your parents are also the ones who call him if you act up too much. Talk about a crappy relationship. Rest assured that the only place you’re safe is frozen stiff in your bed until the sun comes up.

La Mano Peluda

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This one got me real good. In case all these stories of blood sucking rats and weeping murderous women don’t make you nervous to leave your bed, a single disembodied hand is lying in wait under your bed to snatch you. I was terrified as a kid to even let an ankle dangle off my bed. My whole room was terrifying. Now, I still get weirded out if my foot or hand hangs off the bed.

La Cegua

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You know this is literally an “old wives’ tale” because the story goes that if you, a drunk cheating man, let’s a beautiful woman on your horse, her head turns into a horse skull with red eyes and big yellow teeth. She might not kill you, but she’s got your wife’s back and will definitely attack you in the most brutal fashion. Let that be a warning to you men out there with wandering eyes.

La Carreta Chillona

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La Carreta was made by a Spanish priest who pretended to be a miracle doctor in San Salvador, El Salvador, but he was a coldblooded killer. After his death, he came back as a ghost. Now, if you see the cart — made out of the bones of his victims — you’ll wake up dead the next day. Moral of the story: stay put in that bed when the sun goes down.

Acalica

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Acalicas are just tiny flying men that live in the caves of Bolivia. They also control the weather. As creepy as they look, they’re the butterflies of the old legends we’ve heard growing up.

La Llorona

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We all know that La Llorona is threat No. 1. The story goes that she drowned her children to get back at her cheating husband. Now, her ghost tries to kidnap kids at night, especially if they are sneaking out of the house, to have as her own and never be heard from again. She cries at night ove rthe death of her children hoping to rebuild her family with yours.

El Culébron

CREDIT: “culebron”. Digital Image. Remezcla. 1 October 2018.

Basically, Harry Potter’s basilisk was based off this casual childhood story we’d hear on the regular. The only difference is that this snake is super hairy with an extra big head and only comes out at night to eat anyone in its path.

El Chupacabra

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Leave it to a Boricua to make fake news a thing before social media was around. The story goes that one Puerto Rican woman saw a vampiric giant rat creature ya ya, es verdad. Don’t go too far from your parents or it’ll come to suck your blood. Like, it is technically meant o suck the blood of goats but when you are 5 and misbehaving and get threatened with this beast, things change…fast.

 El Poira

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Colombians hold on tight to the tale of El Poira. He is a short man with long golden hair and large hands and feet. He lives in an underwater lair and seduces women with the promise of forbidden treasures.

El Cadejo

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I resent the bad rap that this leyendo gave stray dogs. El Cadejo is basically a Latino werewolf. He’s a massive black dog with red eyes that only comes out at midnight. Better be home before midnight or you’re on your own.

 El Sombrerón

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El Sombrerón is the kind of creepy only Guatemala could give us. He likes to braid the manes of horses and young women he’s trying to serenade. The story goes that he was serenading a certain Susana, and no matter how hard her parents tried, they couldn’t keep him away.

Once they cut her long hair, he moved on. So watch out ladies, if you date someone your parents don’t like, they might chop off your hair.

El Duende

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Every country has a different version of El Duende that stems from colonial Spain, which actually had a law that said that anyone who moved into a home infested with duendes was allowed to abandon the home.

Duendes exist to kidnap you and eat you if you didn’t take out el pollo, clean your room, or come home on time.

Pishtaco

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Nope, not a fish taco, sadly. Pishtacos are basically drawn from the real life white devil colonizer. They’re white men “invaders”, sometimes priests, doctors, tourists, etc., and they roam the Andes to kill peasants and drain them of their body fat.

Cuidado con el Pishtaco. We happen to like our body fat in el Latino gang.

El Silbón

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El Silbón was just your average boy who became spoiled and one day brutally murdered his father and cannabalized his organs. Now, he wanders whistling around the countryside looking for more little boys to eat. When you hear his whistle is far away, that means he’s actually really close.

Really, it made the sound of the wind a major trigger well into adulthood.

Yacumama

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The Yacumama stems from an Amazonian indigenous legendary sea anaconda with horns. Tribes would blow a horn before entering the water to scare off the beast. Eventually, the story evolved into the yacumama masking itself as an elderly woman that will approach kids collecting water at the river and dragging them down into the abyss.

Don’t go in the water, kids! Yacumama is down there!

Peuchen

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You think it’s like the Yacumama, but it’s actually a flying vampiric snake hailing from southern Chile. Only Machi, the Mapuche medicine women can defeat the peuchen, so don’t even try, niño. Plus, if you stare into its eyes, you’ll become paralyzed while being drained of your blood.

Massacooramaan

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A lot of our monsters are hairy, because we’re hairy af. The Massacooramaan is a giant, hairy monster that lives in bodies of water, specifically in the Caribbean, and will go after people in small boats.

So don’t get any ideas and start thinking you’ll travel the seven seas. Stay home.


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