Supporting our Community

  • Join the Battle to Beat Breast Cancer

    Ways to fight and prevent breast cancer

    Educate Yourself and Loved Ones for Breast Cancer Awareness

    You've heard it before: breast cancer is devastating, and it takes too many lives far too soon. While the causes of breast cancer are unknown, the good news is that with early detection, you are 99 percent likely to survive five years later.

    Did you catch that? Modern breast cancer treatment is so effective, it almost always works. While the medical community deserves a round of applause for that, there's still a lot of work to be done. The reason we all get bombarded with pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is because more women need to know about how to catch the disease early. Far too often, women are diagnosed with breast cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body. By then, it's sometimes too late to effectively treat the condition. It's tragic that something so curable takes far too many lives simply because women didn't know they should have been tested.

    So for the sake of your mother, your sister, your daughter, your friend and yourself: educate yourself! And pass along the information. Here are some great ways you can participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

    • Make an appointment for a mammogram if you're over 40, and remind the other women in your life to do so as well. Or go together!
    • Schedule a clinical breast exam if you're under 40. You should have this done every three years (many women do it annually, at the same time as their PAP smear test).
    • Do a monthly breast self-exam.
    • Get moving and start that exercise program (yes, before the holidays). Regular exercise significantly reduces your cancer risk. Better yet, if you've got kids at home, get the whole family to exercise together.
    • Start tracking what you eat and get in at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Cut back on processed foods and sweets.
    • Ask your immediate family members about the family's breast cancer history. If you have kids, talk to them about their risk. Have a conversation with your doctor if you have any concerns about your genetic risk.
    • If you're a smoker, there's never a better time to quit.
    • Start going easy on the alcohol.
    • Wear a pink ribbon, or distribute ribbons to your friends, family and coworkers. Explain to everyone what they're for – while everyone is aware of the dangers of breast cancer, not everyone knows how or when to be tested.

    It's easy to protect yourself and the people you care about from this devastating disease. So what are you waiting for? Get tested and spread the word today.

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  • Before and After Sweepstake Winners

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    Hourglass Angel thanks all of the customers that shared their stories, and before and after shapewear transformation images. We would like to continue to see you reach your goals, and see how your transformation evolves. Please continue to send your before and after images to transformation@hourglassangel.com to continue building a community where women can inspire one another with their progress, and results.

    Winners that have been chosen have been contacted via email, please check your inbox, and junk mail to see if you have won! All garment requests are to be submitted by August 15th, 2014.

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  • Transform Yourself. Motivate Others

    Inspire Other Women with Your Shapewear Success

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    Do you absolutely love what high-quality shapewear does to your body image? If you're like most women, you could probably rave about the instant boost in self-confidence you experience when you look at yourself in the mirror. You feel sexy and feminine from every angle, with every movement.

    Once you figure out the ways you can shape up your silhouette, it's hard to imagine dressing without your favorite shapers! And sometimes it's hard not to share about your little secret with your best friends. After all, doesn't it feel great to help them out – so they can feel the way you feel?

    Pay It Forward

    Imagine sharing your shapewear success not just with your best friends, but with many women. Just like you, they might need a little midsection support, a little boost in the chest, or a little control in the thighs. Wouldn't you feel great knowing that your transformation could help motivate other women to transform themselves too?

    Now is your chance! The world wants to see your success!

    -        For the month of July, we're inviting you to motivate and inspire other women with your incredible before and after photos.

    -        All you have to do is send photos of your transformation: your silhouette before shapewear and after.

    -        We may share your inspiring images through our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.

    We can't wait to see the way shapewear is transforming the way women look and feel!

    How To Get Involved

    Simply email your before and after photos to transformation@hourglassangel.com. Don't be shy! We're looking for submissions from lovely women of every size and background. We know you've got the curves; now flaunt them!

    Bonus: Win Free Shapewear!

    Just for participating, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free shaping garment from Hourglass Angel. We'll draw five winners at random on August 5, 2014.

    So what are you waiting for? Share your transformation with the world and inspire others to achieve their own!

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  • Celebrate Burlesque With Us!

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    Join Hourglass Angel at the Windy City Burlesque Festival

    Hourglass Angel is excited to announce that we are an official sponsor of the Windy City Burlesque Festival, June 18-21! This is an occasion to celebrate a unique artistic culture, and we are eager to join in the festivities.

    The Windy City Burlesque Festival's mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of burlesque performance, in all of its multidisciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives. The festival presents and produces performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing burlesque artists.

    This is the fourth annual celebration, jam-packed with feathers, rhinestones, fans, sparkle, sass and sexy fun. Performers from all around the world will descend on Chicago for a sensational weekend. The burlesque community is confident in its identity and knows how to party with sexy style and flair. This festival proudly celebrates a diversity of performers, styles, body types, sexual identities and topics.

    If you're near the Chicago area, we hope you can join us for this phenomenal celebration! If not, you can still celebrate on your own by enjoying 20% off our authentic burlesque styles, from 6/20-6/22!

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  • 31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge Results

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    Congratulations to Jasmine @cupinjer, winner of the 31 Days of Success Instagram Challenge! This lucky lady gets to enjoy over $500 in fabulous AMIA shapewear! Check out her inspiring images of success on Instagram, as well as submissions from many other women of greatness.

    Did you take the challenge? What an inspiring month! Everyday women answered the question through images: what shapes your success? We enjoyed seeing what gets you up in the morning, who your cheerleaders are, what gets you through the workday and what motivates you to be women of greatness.

    Thank you to everyone who participated, for sharing your inspiration with others. We had 781 submissions -- it was a rousing success!

    We're also thrilled to announce that because of your Instagram submissions, Hourglass Angel will be donating $781 to the Women's Alliance! These funds provide disadvantaged women and their families with tools, education, and support they need to attain economic self-sufficiency through employment.

    We hope that you'll continue to follow @hourglass_angel on Instagram and keep the inspiration coming, all year long!

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  • Allow Us To Make An Introduction...

    We’d like to make an introduction. We’ve just added one of the most exciting lines we’ve ever worked with to the Hourglass Angel collection. AMIA Shapewear uses the finest materials, designs and construction to create essential body shaping garments that every woman should have in her collection, while the purchase price benefits the community of women AMIA serves.

    But because their mission is to help women look, feel and be the best that they can be, they didn’t stop at making world class body shapers. Their motto is “AMIA: Where Great Women Begin” and they take it very seriously. Service is at the core of who AMIA is as a company Understanding it takes a community to create great women, they partnered with the Women’s Alliance, donating one dollar from every sale to help provide professional attire, job training and mentoring to underprivileged women. Assisting these women and their families can be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, not just for them, but for their children and whole communities. Having said that, allow us to make an introduction...

    First up, the Supremes: the Supreme Panty Shaper and Supreme Thong Shaper. These convertible, underbust pieces are a great place to start if you want a fundamental piece that comfortably shapes without show through under almost any item of clothing. Maintaining a balance of comfort and control, these are wearable, effective, everyday garments that create a smooth, slimmed silhouette allowing you to feel cool and confident.

    Next, we have the Almighty line. The Almighty Vest and the Almighty Cincher dramatically and immediately reduce your midsection, creating a slender hourglass waist and improving posture for an overall more attractive shape. But that’s just the beginning. Users wearing the Almighty line for extended periods report sustained reshaping and loss of 1-2 inches.

    And last, but certainly not least we have the Diva, their lingerie look body shaper. The Diva Corselette lace boyshort bottom bodysuit is the kind of sexy shapewear you can’t wait to show off. With it’s feminine detailing and ribbon accents, this is a piece in which pretty meets powerful.

    We are proud to carry this line and of the service to our community that working with AMIA allows us to be a part of. We look forward to sharing their vision with all of you as we introduce AMIA Shapewear to the Hourglass Angel. Join us!

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  • Our SHE-roes!

    In March, Hourglass Angel proudly honors Women’s History Month. With our commitment to supporting and serving women everywhere, this is a special time for us. In celebration, we’d like to share a few of our favorite women with you. While they all come from different backgrounds and have very different sets of achievements, these women inspire us each day to be greater and that’s what this month is all about.

    Michelle Obama: Raised on the south side of Chicago, first lady, Michelle Obama, has earned the admiration of women around the globe, in addition to, not because of her marriage to the President of the United States. A Princeton and Harvard alumni, Mrs. Obama was already a brilliant attorney, advocate and community organizer when she met Barack Obama. Never satisfied to stand idly next to her husband as built his political career, Mrs. Obama has been an ardent voice for poverty elimination around the globe, women’s rights and public health. She continues her political and community service to our nation with her healthy lifestyle programs and remains one of the most admired women on the globe.

    Sara Blakely: This youngest female self-made billionaire and Forbes covergirl has her own vision and perseverance to thank for her incomprehensible success. Starting with one simple idea and a whole lot of elbow grease, this former Disneyland employee, turned her billion dollar idea into a brand that has found fans in women around the world. But Sara didn’t stop there. She continued her legacy as a maverick, retaining ownership of 100% of of the company. That risky move made her a billionaire several times over and one of the richest women in the world. Today she continues her work as a businessperson and philanthropist, encouraging women to follow their dreams by her example.

    Maya Angelou: Dr. Angelou’s unforgettable reading at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton was a transformative moment for the public art in the United States. While that morning cemented her as a national treasure in the minds of many, her legacy far exceeds that special event. Memoirist, poet, speaker and activist, her work tackles such difficult subjects as race, class, family, gender and age with deftness and beauty. Her honors include a National Book Award nomination, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the longest-running record on The New York Times Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller List, service on two presidential committees, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over thirty honorary degrees.

    Aretha Franklin: The undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has been called the Greatest Singer of All Time and the the ninth greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. She has taken home a whopping 18 Grammys and two honorary Grammys. With a staggering 20 No.1 singles on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and two No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, she boasts a grand total of 45 Top 40 hits. Between 1967 and 1982, she had earned more number one R+B albums than any other and was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1960’s, Franklin’s powerful voice became the sound of the burgeoning civil rights movement and she often joined Dr. Martin Luther King, singing at rallies. And of course, her 2009 performance at the inauguration of President Barack Obama was an unforgettable moment for all who watched, as the Queen of Soul once again became the soundtrack to a pivotal moment in American history.

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  • Supporting Our Community: Windy City YouthBuild

    At Hourglass Angel, we believe that customer service means community service. That’s why we are proud to offer our financial support to Windy City YouthBuild. This program provides GED preparedness classes and training in all forms of construction. This organization's mission is ultimately to improve the long-term career prospects for parenting, court-involved, gang affiliated and generally disadvantaged young adults by increasing educational attainment and employment placement. The youth in this program not only have the opportunity to get hands on experience working on low-income housing, but are also certified through OSHA and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and earn a small stipend. This March, WCYB will celebrate their first graduation ceremony for the students, who would not otherwise be able to experience a high school graduation in the traditional sense. We are proud to support this tremendous milestone. If you would like to join us in supporting this amazing organization, you can contact a Windy City YouthBuild staff member at 773-542-9030 or check out their page at www.facebook.com/WindyCityYouthBuild to learn more!

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  • Enhancing History: Changing Beauty Ideals

    It's no secret: We LOVE shapewear. As a company, as individuals, as women of all shapes and sizes, here at Hourglass Angel, from bustiers to booty enhancers, we adore it all! And we’re not alone, shapewear is an exploding trend in women’s apparel. But, naturally, with any rise in popularity, there must be a counterpoint. Some media outlets have called Octavia Spencer’s triple Spanx silhouette at the SAG Awards “extreme.” Others have questioned Molly Sims using special maternity shapewear. While critics may not share our enthusiasm for shaping and sculpting the bodies we live in, we thought we might provide a little perspective on the history of body modification and compare our passion for shapers to other enhancement techniques women have used.

    Consider, for example, the bound 4-inch “lotus foot,” idealized as the ultimate indicator of femininity in ancient China. This practice, which often crippled women, continued well into the 20th century, long enough that thousands of photographs exist of it. The binding process not only injured women with bound feet, it also hindered them from participating fully in social, political and educational life, making them second class citizens. Then, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the poison, belladonna was commonly used to dilate the eyes of women, creating a doe-like appearance, while often eventually leading to blindness. And, if you can believe it, Elizabethan women often slathered on lead-based makeup, which had a range of dangerous physical effects. And today, even with a battery of precautions, even the most commonplace cosmetic surgeries carry dozens of risks. When you put it all in perspective, it sort of makes you love shapewear even more, doesn’t it?

    Put simply, the desire to decorate, reshape and enhance the body is something that comes natural to humans. It’s a part of who we are. Just as we paint the walls of our homes and hang art on our walls, we celebrate, shape and sculpt the works of art that we live in. We love women and the huge numbers of shapes and sizes that they come in. We love the bodies that we have at this very moment. We believe that participating in beauty is a right for women of every size and age. We also believe that there are many kinds of beauty and we support women as they explore their own vision of it. There’s a difference between “fixing” a body and enhancing it. And of the thousands of ways that people have enhanced their appearances over the years, shapewear is not only one of the most flattering, it’s also one of the easiest and safest and that’s why we love it.

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  • <strong>More Than Skin Deep:</strong> <p>Sponsoring Jessica Fang for Donald Trump's Miss California 2012 Pageant</p>

    Jessica Fang for Miss California 2012

    We recently received a request from an amazing young woman named Jessica Fang, asking that we sponsor her in Donald Trump's Miss California 2012 Pageant, which runs January 6th through the 8th in Palm Springs. After reading Jessica’s intelligent, engaging request and spending just a few minutes reviewing her profile, we absolutely knew it was the right thing to do. Jessica is exceptionally bright, funny and committed to serving her community. In short, she is the kind of person we would want our daughters to grow up to be. We agreed to proudly and officially become her sponsor for the swimwear portion of the pageant, providing her with one of our favorite swim enhancers, a pair of Extras by Hollywood Fashion Tape. We are thrilled and honored to support Ms. Fang in her endeavors and urge our readers to support her too! To learn more about Jessica and follow her progress, visit her Facebook page at:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Fang-for-Miss-California/209635162402028

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