Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank, which is focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. In 2017, it’s hosting casting calls across the country, giving diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses and appear on the ninth season of Shark Tank. It will also host pitch prepping sessions, entrepreneurship resources, and discussions on access to capital for entrepreneurs around the country, with the goal of every entrepreneur leaving these events better than when they arrived.

At each stop, Brandon Andrews sits down for a Q&A with entrepreneurs from the casting calls and the organizations that support them. While in Harlem, Andrews sat down with Nude Barre CEO Erin Carpenter.

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Brandon Andrews: What’s the Nude Barre Story?

Erin Carpenter: Nude Barre was started based on a series of embarrassing moments I had as a professional dancer and commercial actress. As a teenager, I received scholarships to dance programs like Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Princeton Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. In my professional career, I did various commercials (American Airlines, Nivea, Burlington Coat Factory, etc.) and performed as a Knicks City Dancer. Throughout my time as a dancer, I was always required to bring or have nude/skin toned undergarments and tights in my skin tone shade. There were not any brands making them. So I was forced to dye my tights and undergarments on a weekly basis to stay in uniform. As I spoke to more women from various industries, I soon learned that many women were unhappy with the skin tone options on the market. I was so frustrated by the fact that “nude” was always beige in beauty and fashion. We live in a global world how can “nude” be one color? Ever since, I have been on a mission to change how we view nude.  Everyone’s nude is different and why not embrace that. There are many struggles women face with self-esteem, skin tone issues, and body image. Nude Barre allows women to love their skin, shape, and size.

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