Celina Kimelman brings sexual and physical enthusiasm back to the underwear industry
Combining the delicate lace world of luxury lingerie with BDSM aesthetics should not break the rules, but it is not. Selling underwear using a wide variety of models and body types should not break the rules, but it is not. Combining all of this to create a name that draws inspiration from sex workers shouldn’t be breaking the rules, but – you got it. Underwear designers and Celina Kimelman are doing all of this, even though the social “rules” indicate that she should not do this.
Her brand, Belle De Nuit, has “multi-faceted lingerie for multifaceted women” and has a sense of authenticity and photography that is largely felt. The brand was launched only in October 2017 and has seen her single women work soaring. She even launched a limited edition swimwear collection this summer.
To learn more about Kimelman (one of Bustle’s 2018 saboteurs) and her success, we got her best friend (because they are 2 years old!), comedian Shana Gohd, to help us understand this certifiable rule. Destroyer.
Shana Gohd: As you grow up, you are surrounded by a group of engineers, scientists and lawyers. Do you expect your parents to pursue a similar career path and how do you manage these expectations?
Celina Kimelman: My mother is an immigrant from Iran; my father is the first generation. I think they are two. When they become parents, they deliberately don’t want to [stress] me. So they always push me to do what I like, and what I am good at. Interestingly, I am not so good at math. And I may be the only one – I am the black sheep of this family. I am more interested in art and visual things. … more right brain things. I am very grateful that they really support my journey. I want to be an actress, and once I start to enter the fashion world, they always support it.