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Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Bettie Page Lingerie by Playful Promises. If you’re just looking for the lookbook and fit notes, scroll to the bottom! Josephine Baker. Dorothy Dandridge. Eartha Kitt. Lena Horne. Billie Holiday. Tina Turner. Iman. These women were the faces of glamour in my childhood. Beautiful, iconic women who were not only black, but also massively talented and gorgeous to boot. They were a balm to […]

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I’ve got a little mini-goal for 2017 (that I’m almost afraid of calling a goal because I don’t want to fail at it), and it’s having one lingerie photoshoot a month. For years, I’ve been fixated on making sure TLA isn’t about me, Cora Harrington. While I don’t see that changing (my life isn’t interesting enough on its own to sustain a blog), I finally feel comfortable showing more of myself here. Some of you may remember it took me years to even share my real name, so it’s been quite a long journey towards this modest goal.

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One of the things I’ve mentioned here before – and that I keep coming back to, because it’s always true – is that every shoot is a new experience. Not just because I’m working with a new photographer, but also because I’m a different person. The Cora of a few months isn’t exactly the same as the Cora of right now. And I’m finding myself wanting to push, to move forward, to dig beyond what I’ve done before and what feels safe.

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The visual story of lingerie is everything, and a brand’s lookbook is one of the single most effective ways of transmitting that story. From a lookbook, you can learn if a brand is contemporary or traditional, luxury or inexpensive, French-inspired or American-influenced. A good lookbook conveys a brand’s identity, and it’s no exaggeration to say it can make or break a label.

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I just received some more photos from my summer NYC shoot with Lars Kommienezuspadt over over the weekend, and I had to share them here straight away. I can’t help but fall in love with Lars’ photography, even when I’m not the subject. He makes all his models – including the nonmodels like me – look exquisite, and the makeup artist he chose for this shoot, Brown Paper Doll Beauty, […]

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