A London designer has created the world’s first underwear collection specifically for transgendered kids who have yet to have the genital surgery.
Carmen Liu, the founder of the GI Collection, has ventured into creating an underwear line for transgendered girls who have not had genital surgery yet.
The 27-year-old has confirmed that the luxury underwear line will be released in autumn as it is still in the stage of production.
According to the brand, around one to three per cent of children have been affected by body dysmorphia – this is a medical term which means that there is a disconnection between your biological sex and your identity – and this range has been designed with the aim of providing products to transgendered kids so that they feel less isolated.
Carmen told Metro: “Unfortunately, I never lived my childhood as my true gender and this is something I can never get back. For me, to be able to provide the world’s first underwear line for the rapidly increasing amount of trans kids globally is my way of helping them avoid losing their childhood as their true gender.
“Not only do I aim to provide trans-specific products for kids, but I will also increase the needed awareness of the ever-increasing problems for trans children and their families.
“I am already doing just this for trans women worldwide and now it’s necessary for me to expand my experience to trans children.”
Currently, there are three colours to choose from and this includes a yellow pair with daisies, a lilac pair with strawberries on top and a light blue option that is dotted with white spots.
Unlike other underwear lines for kids, Carmen has stated they are “specifically for the needs of trans children” and therefore will offer more support.
The adult line of the GI Collection allows for tucking but due to safety reasons, this line does not offer the same function.
Carmen explained: “I have designed the kids’ underwear line with cotton and mesh fabrics, the designs differ from current kids underwear available on the market as they allow for a greater hold and support for the lower body parts and are designed specifically for the needs of trans children.
“This will help with the symptoms transgender children can experience from gender dysphoria and avoid any public embarrassment they can feel.
“The design does differ from my trans women’s line, where full tucking is needed, this is because it is not safe for children at a young age to be tucking fully.
“I know there are a lot of people who are yet to understand why trans-specific products are necessary, I know that some of this is due to lack of information.
“One thing I always say to first help people is that trans girls and women have an additional body part that needs concealing.
“Cis-lingerie/underwear does not solve our issues, lingerie/underwear is a basic human need which our community does not have access to.”