This week, one of my absolute favourite people in the lingerie industry, Cora Harrington, announced that she is saying goodbye to The Lingerie Addict and archiving it at the end of April. I originally wrote this as a Twitter thread, but in all honesty, I wanted this to have a little more permanence. So, here’s a slightly elongated version of the original thread honouring The Lingerie Addict and why it is and will always be so special to me… with some pictures!
At some point in the distant past, probably around 2009/10 and via the wonderful world of Twitter, I came across The Lingerie Addict. As a recent graduate and not-yet-realised lingerie addict myself, I was just starting to find my feet in the world of boudoir photography and looking for exciting inspiration both in terms of boudoir poses and lingerie lookbooks. Not to mention, needing a little support finding gorgeous fuller-busted bras beyond the beige-and-boring offerings of the British high street back then.
Anyone who was shopping for a DD+ bra in 2010 will know EXACTLY what I’m talking about!
Through The Lingerie Addict, I finally had an online resource that would help me not only put an end to my own fuller-busted woes but inspire a future decade of boudoir clients looking for exciting outfits to shoot in. It also allowed me to connect with other like-minded humans who likewise love nothing more than talking about lingerie and all things adjacent!
When Cora booked me for her own boudoir shoot in London in 2015, I can’t even tell you how excited I was. I still consider it one of my ultimate career highs all these years later. I remember picking Cora up from the station in my car to drive to the studio and chatting all things MCU/DC with Miss Honey Bare. It genuinely was one of the BEST. DAYS. EVER.
It hadn’t dawned on me that Cora – THE industry expert in lingerie with a website FULL of reviews, would write a review about her shoot, which I’m actually grateful for as she got the authentic ‘Tigz Rice experience’ and saved me a ton of anxiety. When the review came out, I cried (with joy). And to this day, it’s still one of my favourite ever reviews. I couldn’t possibly guess how many clients *specifically* came to me after reading that review, but knowing how respected Cora’s opinion is within the industry, I reckon it’s probably a lot – and I believe it played an influential part in how my business transformed in the following years.
It was also via The Lingerie Addict that I first came across the work of not-yet-graduated-at-the-time lingerie designer and TLA feature writer @KarolinaZL – who has since become one of my closest friends and work colleagues via The Underpinnings Museum.
And it was thanks in huge part to Cora and The Lingerie Addict that my business was able to survive covid, with the website funding a significant number of Virtual Boudoir Shoots during some pretty brutal UK lockdowns. It allowed me to work from home and shield my vulnerable family, whilst creating some absolutely glorious content. In fact, remember that viral thread about the $1000 lingerie set? That was actually one of those virtual shoots! I don’t think I’ll ever have the words to tell Cora how much that support truly means to me… but you can bet your butt I’m gonna try!
All of this to say, Cora and The Lingerie Addict have played such an important role in the past 13 years of my own career, and I’m so grateful for everything. The brand will be missed, but I’m excited to see what comes next. To your next big adventure, Cora!
Completely New to The Lingerie Addict?
Cora has announced that the website will be archived and therefore still accessible for the foreseeable future, so if you’re only just hearing about this incredible human, you can find The Lingerie Addict website here (and also buy her book)