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Change the definition of Nude in the Dictionary

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Nude bras for black women, nude panties for tanned or darker women. I'm sure many of you have hit this wall when typing this into the Google search bar when returned with results that just don't match up. The fashion and the garment industry have coined the term nude when talking about and describing a pale beige type garment, despite what the term nude actually means which is to be "naked". This term and its interpretation has even found its place within the Oxford dictionary and there is something fundamentally wrong with this........

So When did this distorted view of nude become popularised? Since its inception the catwalk has been a predominantly white feast, the first black women to run on the catwalk in 1950’s was Helen Williams, there were others before her, but none that crossed over into mainstream fashion. Since then we have seen models such as Naomi Campbell who is seen as the idol black model and more recent catwalk stars such as Jasmine Tookes who have walked the Victoria secret (VS) fashion show. In the fashion world this is monumental, but it’s still not were it need to be, only 7 models were black and 2 of Asian descent out of 44 angels in total. The absence of coloured women on the catwalk and in the media has led to a misinterpretation of the colour nude which only matches the current dominant presence of Caucasian models on the catwalk.

Whilst just a matter of semantics the definition of nude in the fashion industry perpetuated by the Oxford online dictionary is a good place to start to make small changes in a big way. The current definition in the online dictionary is as follows:

2.0 Denoting or relating to clothing or makeup that is of a color resembling that of the wearer’s skin:

‘a nude camisole under a sheer blouse’

‘balance the intensity of the eyes with a soft lip color in a nude shade’

2.1 Of a pinkish-beige colour:

‘nude tights’

See full definition here for yourself : 

Here at Nunude a fashion brand that wants to de-beige the definition of Nude through fashion are setting up this petition to change this definition of nude within the dictionary to something that is more inclusive and representative of all skintones.

The oxford university press is responsible for producing print and content that is sent round the world. It is also famous for its comprehensive selection of Oxford dictionaries, since we found this definition in the online edition of the Oxford dictionary we want to approach them to make this change. If we get enough support and backing we can fix this semantically erroneous definition and together make a big change in a small way.

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