A product promising to help people look thin has given its inventor a big fat wallet. Thanks to her ingenious idea to combine insecurity, enormous underpants, and elastic sausage casings, Sara Blakely, the forty-one-year-old inventor of Spanx, is now the world's youngest female self-made billionaire.
Spanx are obviously huge, and getting bigger. How — and why — did the girdle come back?
Are men really clamoring to dance around the house trying to squeeze into shapewear disguised as a crewneck and "compression bottoms?" According to Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, men are beyond ready for some extra assistance.
Spanx founder Sara Blakely just launched Haute Contour, a line of prettier shapewear, but for her next project she's planning to stop hiding her wares under women's skirts and pants by creating a clothing line.
Recently, while looking at retro-inspired dresses online, I stumbled across something called a "corselette" and gasped. Unlike the gossamer demi-cup bras and bare thongs you see in popular lingerie catalogs, the thing was actually sexy. Mysterious, seductive, cheeky. Coincidentally, Daphne Merkin wrote a piece for…