After major backlash on social media, sexy lingerie company Yandy has pulled its Handmaid's Tale costume from the site.
The company issued a statement last night:
Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to “Own Your Sexy". We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment.
This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image. Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.
The costume included the red cape and white bonnet, making it a dead ringer for the costumes on the Hulu show, which as you may know follows women during a time in history which they are forced to bear children for the sake of the country.
And here was the original description: "An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece. (Pantyhose not included.)"
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