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Since the “bear”-legs culture first reared its ugly head during the mid-to-late 1990s, women the world over have been trying to permanently run pantyhose out of town.
(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, see my explanation in the About Me section.)
But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.
Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day. There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.
And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are dozens of websites featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject. In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures. Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear-legs movement.
In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers. But here’s the thing: Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.
Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind). Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including the aforementioned, more often than not appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.
Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.
And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer. And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her. And grateful to her.
And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.
From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.
So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?
I don’t get it. These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose-wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievments among their peers and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman attend bear-legged.
Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes. But pantyhose? Nah!
I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.
Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs. Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife. So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs. I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.
Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.
I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs. Then, I saw. Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice. And it was super short. And I liked her high heel dress sandals.
But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?
Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what the what?
And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs. Nope!
Then, there was my new fave: Sweet, innocent, adorable little Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.
It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the New Artist of the Year award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.
I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.
I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject. Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many just like it that glamourize a lack of values in society today.
The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did. Nuff said about her though.
What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez. Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).
In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose. Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 90s to most of the decade of 2000. But they’re still out there.
Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.
Here’s the picture of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout China. Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with Jason Statham.
Shu is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.
But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Shu for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.
The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:
“The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.
“On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.
“It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model … I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
“And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”
OK, first, Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic left of Shu Qi? Uh … I don’t think so. Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what. OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …
I think Shu looks absolutely adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is sheer nude pantyhose), I think Shu absolutely rocks in them.
And, another thing: While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t necessarily call it conservatively, as Kallon does. Certainly, I love that Shu has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s are an eyesore, they haven’t seen anything. Shu has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.
Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:
The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.
OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$. Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is? You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there. Hey, good job with that.
Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.
Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year), this time putting down Megan Fox. Seriously, Megan Fox.
Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan had the class to wear it with pantyhose.
Now, you decide. Who looks better, the model or Megan?
Here’s what Kallon wrote:
“Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.
“… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.
“She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.
“This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
What’s next, Kallon? You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose? Unbelievable.
Now, if you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s another one for you:
The Fashionable Teacher Grading Red Carpet Fashions Everywhere. Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.
This site is run by mochababe73.
In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson wore to a movie premiere in April of this year. Here’s the picture.
Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:
“Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.
“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.
On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.
“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?”
Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73. And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.
Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.
I decided to look for other pics of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose. Unfortunately, I found only two. Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.
I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.
I guess the pic of Jennifer (at right) in the red dress with “bear” legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?
Here’s the author’s profile:
Houston, TX baby!
I am a wife and mother. I am a teacher. And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.
Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher? Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline with a question mark, not a period? You have: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail. It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?
More ‘expert’ advice
Finally, it still amazes me that anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts. I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.
A frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?” And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza. Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.
It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.
Fortunately, no one’s listening.
Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung. What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels? She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.
Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.
Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world chose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.
Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:
Being in biz since 2001, ActSensuous has several hundred customers occupying every corner of the planet. And from every walk of life.
We have doctors, doctors who are also part-time ballroom dancers, lawyers, teachers, musicians, authors, motivational speakers. Even a spy, (but don’t tell anyone).
One new customer is a lifelong pantyhose lover who found us by chance. Seems one of her clients is one of our customers … who was buying our pantyhose … to give to her … to wear for him.
Intrigued? I was. But I didn’t ask. I am not judgmental, and I don’t care what anyone does with our pantyhose once they own them. But once she began ordering from us on her own, she contacted me to introduce herself.
So, in keeping with one of this blog’s favorite themes — “Real girls in pantyhose” — let me introduce Madam Sofie.
“I wear a lot of hosiery because I love the look and feel,” Madam Sofie told me. “But my story is I wear pantyhose for others. Perhaps you’ve heard of the ‘well worn’ side of the fetish.”
She had me at “fetish.”
“I wear them for men who are into the fetish,” Madam Sofie said. “So I sell fantasies, if you will. But with class. I respect hosiery and always keep it classy. All my pictures are classy — dressed, hosiery, high heels. The complete look.”
By day, Sofie is more of a conservative professional, an entrepreneur, running her own consulting business, highly involved in day-to-day operations of her clients. With a bachelors degree in Business, she is diverse in employee relations, accounting, payroll, etc.
She looks like the perfect girl next door.
But, at night, she changes into her sassy alter ego, hosting an online business, in which Madam Sofie creates and plays out pantyhose fantasies on demand.
“I dress up and wear different brands, styles and colors of pantyhose for men who most often are submissive to women,” Madam Sofie said. “Pantyhose fetish is a big part of foot fetish, thus, my own love for high heels and pantyhose makes me very unique.
“I know what makes men weak in their knees, and Madam Sofie does that with just one shoe dangle.”
Nearly a year old now (she started the online business in November 2012), the Madam Sofie persona came to her by chance.
A stranger asked her to wear a pair of pantyhose for him, and that made her confront the realization of just how much she really enjoys wearing hosiery, and come to grips with just how that captivates men.
“I came to realize it was a big fetish online. It piqued my interest. Just out of curiosity, I listed a pair of my worn pantyhose on an online auction site, and practically overnight, my own curiosity grew into an online lifestyle.”
Today, Madam Sofie is a thriving online business, which is providing a valued service to dozens of men all over the world. And they all have one thing in common:
“I get a lot of different requests for hosiery,” Madam Sofie said. “All requests are custom-prepared and I can honestly say that I have heard it all by now. I am open to any requests, but as I always say, I keep it ‘Classy, but with a pinch of sassy.’ ”
Are pantyhose a requirement of the job, I wanted to know? Not really, Madam Sofie said, as she is her own boss, and can do whatever she wants. But she chooses to wear pantyhose, and that remains the genre’ of her business.
“I love the soft, silky feel, as well as the polished look pantyhose offer.”
For Sofie, her love affair with pantyhose began at an early age, as she grew up seeing women wearing them.
She always considered pantyhose a very classy and feminine look, and she began wearing them during her high school days.
And she never stopped.
“I have been wearing pantyhose my entire adult life,” Sofie said. “I cannot imagine not wearing them. On average, there are five to seven pairs that I have on hand on any given day.
“I enjoy the comfortable softness against my skin, and I especially like the sheer look.”
But one of the things I love about Sofie, and the reason she is featured here, is she’s not only professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose for business reasons, she also practically lives in them during her everyday personal life?
“I wear pantyhose on a daily basis for business and for casual looks,” Sofie said.
“Even if I am in jeans or shorts, I have pantyhose on. There’s not one outfit that cannot be topped off with a pair of pantyhose.”
Wow, is she a dream girl or what, guys?
I asked whether men notice her more when she is wearing pantyhose than when she isn’t?
“Men definitely notice me more in pantyhose, and surprisingly, it is not just the older men, but younger men also appreciate the classy look,” she said. “I get compliments all the time. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I always wear pantyhose with high heels and have quite a collection of both.
“I cannot imagine ever having a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate me for wearing pantyhose, as it’s such a big part of my life. I would not change my style, as I don’t think I need any improvement.”
OK, well, what about other females Sofie encounters during her normal day? I wondered whether any of them ask her why she wears pantyhose, or try to discourage her from doing so?
“I have recruited many of my friends into my passion for pantyhose, and they do not need to be encouraged further after they realize that sheer pantyhose are perceived as feminine, classy and sexy,” Sofie said.
“I feel truly sorry for women who do not wear pantyhose. They don’t realize that their appearance improves dramatically, people treat you differently, doors open that wouldn’t otherwise, as pantyhose give a polished, confident look.”
Getting to know her
Age: Late 20s
Weight: 110 pounds
Dress size: 00
Shoe size: 6.5
Pantyhose size: B
Where from: Europe
Heroes: All strong character women. We truly do make this world spin on a daily basis.
Favorite female celebrities: Ingrid Bergman. Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walked into Rick’s place in Casablanca! Lucky us. Aretha Franklin for properly defining RESPECT. Any Bond Girl. Who doesn’t admire a girl who looks great in a bikini and can handle a gun?
Hobbies/interests: Shooting my guns at the range and being able to take them down and clean them afterward. I am very athletic and spend hours at the gym each week. I love cycling, competing in timed circuits and running.
Values: Honesty is the most important value. If you cannot trust someone, there can be no relationship. It’s important to be yourself and to admit your own mistakes because that not only builds trust for you in others, but unless you can own up to your own mistakes, you are likely to repeat them.
Most proud of: I wouldn’t call it my greatest accomplishment, but I’m very proud of myself about being self-efficient and being able to help those around me. I support various local charities and especially St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital.
What’s on your iPod: Absolutely nothing. I hardly have any time to listen to music. Although I do enjoy all genres except Country.
Favorite book: Agatha Christie’s “Hercule” (Detective Hercule Poirot series)
Favorite movie all-time: “Wizard of Oz”
Favorite color: I love all colors
Any pets: Only human
Sofie feels today’s “bare-legs culture” is a reflection of people’s “cheaper, faster, more casual” way of living. While she understands that point of view, Sofie believes that women should at least still wear pantyhose for nights out, and that it’s a must-wear situation in the business environment.
“I can’t imagine not wearing pantyhose to any professional appointment. Without pantyhose, that all-important first impression may well be the last one you get a chance to make.”
After all, it was that first impression of her wearing pantyhose that led to a stranger asking her to wear for him, and that worked out pretty well.
“I love meeting and interacting with people who share a common interest in my pantyhose/foot fetish,” Madam Sofie said. “I have made many friends over the course of almost a year now.“I really enjoy my ‘pets/slaves’ for their individualities, and respect them for who they are in and out of the fetish.”If you’d like to contact Madam Sofie with a proposal for having her fulfill your pantyhose fetish fantasies, you can send her an email message at email@example.comJust remember, first and foremost, she is a classy girl. Please respect that.
Meanwhile, you can start with this gallery of Madam Sofie modeling some of her favorite styles and shades of ActSensuous pantyhose.
Many thanks to Madam Sofie for sharing a glimpse of her world with us.
UPDATE — Thursday Sept. 26, 2013:
OK, well, that was rather anti-climatic. Not only were there very few scenes of Lucy Liu wearing sheer nude pantyhose during tonight’s Season 2 premiere episode of “Elementary,” but no real great camera views.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact that Lucy Liu actually did wear sheer nude pantyhose for (the first time ever on the show?), and at least we have the still shots to enjoy what we didn’t get to see enough of during the actual episode.
Original post — Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013:
I know that at least some of you are like me (so sorry for that) in that you make decisions about which movies or TV shows you watch based on the likelihood of the female lead character wearing pantyhose.
Being a huge Lucy Liu fan, I have tried to watch the CBS reimagined Sherlock Holmes TV drama series, “Elementary,” in which she plays Dr. Joan Watson — a sober companion-turned-apprentice-detective to Holmes.
While I love Lucy Liu and think she’s a fine actress, I haven’t been able to stick with Elementary for two reasons:
First, she has too much of a backseat role for my liking; Second, I don’t care for her wardrobe (usually, some fluffy skirt, with ankle booties and thick, dark tights; sometimes, slightly not as thick and lighter-colored tights, but always the tights). Tights! Tights! Always, the tights.
This also appears to be Lucy Liu’s preferred real-life look — or worse, not with the tights even, as she all-too-often does the “bear” legs thing.
That’s a shame because when she occasionally dresses elegantly, and when she extremely rarely wears sheer pantyhose, Lucy Liu looks absolutely spectacular.
A sheer miracle
Now, something earth-shattering is about to happen. In this Thursday’s (Sept. 26) Season 2, Episode 1 premiere of Elementary at 10 p.m. on CBS, Dr. Watson is going to be wearing a fluffy dress, those goofy ankle booties and … wait for it … SHEER NUDE PANTYHOSE.
In the episode, “Step Nine:” Holmes and Watson travel to London to help a former mentor of Holmes’ investigate an unsolved mystery.
Now, since the show is on Thursday, I don’t know the details, but I was fortunate enough to find some pics from the scenes, which were shot last month. It’s a bit confusing because Watson is wearing two similar-looking outfits, one in New York, where the show is set, and the other during the London scenes.
During the scenes shot in NY, Watson is “bear”-legged, but while in London, she wears sheer nude pantyhose. Hmmmmm.
Two things here: First, most of the outfits Watson wears at least include tights, so why she appears out in the streets of NY in bear legs actually surprises me; Second, the fact that she wears pantyhose while in London is very interesting.
Is this a sign of respect directed toward Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, while on Kate’s turf? After all, it was Kate Middleton who almost single-handedly brought back, not only pantyhose, but more specifically, sheer nude or suntan pantyhose, to mostly the whole world. (Thanks again for that, Kate.)
And if this is a sign of respect, was it the decision of the costume designer of Elementary, or was it Lucy Liu’s decision or suggestion herself?
Either way, I’m happy, but I’d like to think that Lucy Liu wanted to wear sheer nude pantyhose.
Again, since we won’t see the show until Thursday, I don’t know how the bear legs outfit and the sheer nude pantyhose outfit are worn during the same episode. It sounds as if the show begins with Holmes and Watson traveling to London, so I don’t know whether the NY scenes come up first, or if it is after the characters’ return home, or perhaps, the NY scenes are in the following week in Epsidode 2.
Either way, it appears that the photos from both NY and London were shot around the same time last month. Well, we’ll see, but the thing that is particularly significant here is that this episode, or episodes will serve as a wonderful compare/contrast deal.
To actually have the opportunity of the whole Elementary-viewing public to see for themselves and compare/contrast Watson’s bear legs with pantyhose-adorned legs in one episode (or two), is fantastic.
And what a tremendous difference there is.
When I wrote earlier that I want it to have been Lucy Liu’s decision that she wear pantyhose for the London scenes, it’s because I hope that she didn’t care much for the way her legs look in the NY scenes. Do you realize the significance of that?
How many times have you read my words on this blog, expressing my dismay at how a celebrity could see herself on camera after going bear-legged and not say to herself afterward: “What was I thinking?”
Whether that happened in Lucy Liu’s case or not, Elementary has just gotten a great deal more interesting and appealing to me.
OK, I feel some of you slipping away. What’s the big deal whether she wears pantyhose or not, you ask?
Listen, I love Lucy Liu. I think she is an incredibly beautiful lady. And I think she’s beautiful whether she’s wearing pantyhose or not.
Check out those legs.
I adore Lucy Liu, and I think she’s got some world-class legs.
But, after seeing this picture of herself, do you really believe Lucy Liu would be happy with how she looked in this short a skirt … and bear legs?
It doesn’t mean she’s not still beautiful. It doesn’t mean she isn’t a wonderful actress and a great person.
So for those who wonder why it matters, this is why: Do you think Lucy Liu would go without makeup during a TV episode or a movie?
I doubt it. She’s a superstar. She’s always going to present herself in the best possible light.
And, just as makeup can improve every actor’s face, sheer pantyhose can enhance the beauty of every girl’s legs.
I’m not saying Lucy Liu should never go bear-legged. I am saying that when she wears sheer nude (or any skin tone shade) pantyhose, she goes from beautiful to incredibly amazing. That’s all.
Make a difference
Now, here’s where you come in. Here’s your homework assignment. Whether you’re a Lucy Liu fan or not; whether you like Elementary or not, you should tune in Thursday at 10 p.m. on CBS and watch this episode.
Let’s make the ratings skyrocket at least for this episode. Will that make a difference? Would anyone associated with the show realize that people watched because Dr. Watson finally wears sheer nude pantyhose on Elementary? Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt.
Maybe those of you who are Internet savvy will write in to the show, lauding Lucy Liu’s and/or the costume designer’s decision to dress Watson this way.
If nothing else, the sharp contrast between Lucy Liu’s bear legs and pantyhose-graced legs will be permanently preserved on filmprint for critical scrutiny. If anyone really cares. I do, and I know you do, too.
As of this writing, of the 45 votes you cast, 17 were for Lucy Liu (38%). The next highest vote-getters were Tia Carrere with 10 (22%), followed by Zhang Ziyi (my personal favorite) with 9 (20%). And the field included some other very impressive candidates.
Actually, I’m shocked that Gong Li got no votes. She looks amazing in pantyhose, but sadly, you won’t find many pics of her in them. One exception is in her role in the “Miami Vice” movie.
In any event, at least for one episode of Elementary, we get to see Lucy Liu in sheer nude pantyhose, and suddenly, all seems right in the world. I hope it leads to many more episodes in which she dresses this way.
We’ve been waitin’ all (off season) for Sunday Night.
Well, it’s back! And tonight features the Week 1 opening of the 2013 NFL season on Sunday night, as the New York Giants are taking on the Dallas Cowboys right now at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
So, the good news is the NFL is back.
The bad news for me and fans of this blog is country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood made her debut as the new voice and face (OK, legs) of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” to what was estimated to be 25 million viewers.
Or, wait, was that actually Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” prancing on stage in those “bear” legs?
“Obviously, we wanted to make it sound like me,” Underwood said of her new version of the theme song that Faith Hill had performed the past six seasons, “but we definitely wanted to bring a fun edge to it.”
I do like Underwood’s sound better, but it would have been nice if she had given the performance a new look, too — a little class by wearing sheer pantyhose with those short-shorts. But like Hill before her, Underwood must think that the $30 billion business the NFL is (wiki.answers.com) calls for a casual look on stage.
Underwood wore dark blueish/blackish denim short-shorts, a dark blue tank top and dark blueish/blackish cowboy boots. And, unfortunately, bear legs. [Note: I use quote marks on only the first reference to bear legs — my way of making fun of today's bare legs culture.]
I guess you can take the bumpkin out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.
Somewhere, Hill must be smiling.
I was afraid Underwood would disappoint in this manner, but I so hoped she wouldn’t. I don’t know anything about Underwood (I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol), and I couldn’t name a song she’s ever written or sung.
In doing the research for this piece, one thing I did learn — something that stands out — is everyone makes a huge deal about her legs.
And being a country music singer, it makes sense that most of the photos I found were of her performing for country music audiences. So, not surprisingly, in the majority of the pictures, she is wearing denim shorts or dresses with cowboy boots and bear legs
But I did find some pictures of Underwood wearing a fancy dress with peep-toe stilettos and sheer fishnet pantyhose during — of all places — the 2009 CMA (Country Music Awards) show in Nashville, Tenn.
That made me think there was hope that she’d dress like this for SNF. But, then I found pics of her a year later wearing shorts, cowboy boots and bear legs during the 2010 CMA presentations.
That appears to be Underwood’s preferred look.
Now, don’t get me wrong. She looks good. I just don’t think the look is professional or classy enough for the intro theme to SNF.
In 2012, Sunday Night Football averaged 21 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen.
According to Wikipedia, American football is the most popular sport, and Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest annual sporting event held in the United States. In fact, the Super Bowl game is always among the highest-rated programs of all-time in Nielsen ratings.
Now, I’m wondering about the demographics of the national fan base of the NFL? What is the connection between the NFL and country music? In researching this question on the Internet, I couldn’t find that answer.
And what I could find about the average NFL viewer surprised me (only because the numbers are smaller than I anticipated): Men make up 62.8 percent, compared with women (37.2%), and the highest percentage of viewers by age is in the range of 35-44, which is 21.2 percent.
I don’t know. Apparently, the findings were in 2003 by Scarborough Research, so maybe the numbers are more impressive today.
I don’t think there’s ever been an official poll that measures the percentage of men in the world who say they prefer women in pantyhose over bear legs (I couldn’t find anything official), but my own poll that posed that question last year returned predictable numbers: Out of 485 total votes, 465 (96%) answered Yes.
So, here’s what perplexes me: If (we’ll be conservative here) more than half of the men in the world prefer women in pantyhose, and more than 50 percent of men watch the NFL, why would Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill before her perform the SNF intro theme bear-legged?
Conversely, most other professional singers perform on stage throughout the world’s largest venues wearing pantyhose.
To me, the answer is Underwood and Hill don’t have the professionalism or class that most other professional entertainers do.
Back in April, I wrote this post:
Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF? in which I featured the professional singers I hoped would be considered to replace Hill. My first choice was Katy Perry, and most of you agreed, as supported by the poll I attached to that post:
Which celeb should be next to perform SNF intro?
Katy Perry 51 (59%)
Beyonce’ 10 (12%)
Lady Gaga 10 (12%)
Jennifer Lopez 5 (6%)
Taylor Swift 5 (6%)
Rihanna 3 (3%)
Other 3 (3%)
Selena Gomez 1
Gwen Stefani 1
Frankie Sanford 1
One thing I knew was, had NBC selected Katy Perry to perform the SNF theme song, she would have dressed beautifully in a great dress or shorts/jump suit with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
And so would Beyonce’, Rihanna, Taylor Swift …
I’ve written this before (and AKH just wrote this in his comment already) — NFL cheerleaders always wear pantyhose with their uniforms. Why? I mean it’s usually hot on the field, or raining, or cold, or snowing.
So why do the NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose? Because it’s more professional than bear legs. It’s classy. It looks awesome on them.
And it’s the NFL. The NFL has always cared about its image. Never more than in recent years. So, if the cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose as the integral part of their uniforms that they are, why would Underwood, and Hill before her, think their bear legs are appropriate in representing the NFL?
In the case of Carrie Underwood, well, all I can say is it’s a missed opportunity to build a professional and classy image.
Too bad. I am officially not a Carrie Underwood fan.
All we can do now is just be happy that football is back.
In a comment earlier this week, one of our newest readers, Sheer Mike, made an interesting observation about a potentially negative effect of the “bear” legs movement that isn’t being talked about.
In part, this was Sheer Mike’s comment:
If we’re not careful and the “bear” legs trend continues another 8 to 10 years, I’m concerned we’ll lose a generation of women wearing pantyhose. Yes, we need to continue finding ways to get more women under 40 to dress up and wear pantyhose … Maybe think about focusing on a younger demographic — girls age 10-16.
It’s a legitimate perspective (the prospect of losing a whole generation of potential pantyhose wearers) that probably has crossed many minds. But not mine. For some time, I’d been contemplating writing a post praising the many girls in their late teens and women in their 20s who already are devoted pantyhose wearers.
Occasionally, I visit some of the hundreds of websites on the Internet that are devoted to women in pantyhose, and am always happily amazed at the uncountable number of pictures they feature of women in pantyhose. It makes me wonder how there ever was a bear (I quote the use of bear for the word bare on the first reference only) legs culture. It also makes me wonder how the proponents of the bear legs movement sleep at night, because their collective hopes surely must be dying on the vine every day and in ever-increasing numbers.
While it is clear that there are millions of real girls throughout the world today who love pantyhose, there’s no way to begin to recognize them. So this post is my attempt to praise the many young celebrities out there who seem to be devoted pantyhose wearers. First, it’s easier to identify celebrities because they’re in the public eye, and second (and you’ve heard me say this a million times), celebrities have almost always been among the main influencers of society on fashion.
We owe a great thank-you to the hundreds of thousands of celebrities throughout the world who today continue to buck the once-widely-popular-but-not so-much-anymore-yet-still-lingering-in-some-numbers bear legs culture. And they are doing that every day by wearing pantyhose in astounding numbers for all occasions and at all venues.
And while in this blog I have praised the likes of veteran actresses Milla Jovovich, Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeifer, Linda Fiorentino, Fran Drescher, and others who seemed to never buy in to the bear legs movement, today’s post shines the spotlight on young celebrities who are frequent pantyhose wearers.
And it’s long overdue because these younger wearers are in the best position to influence the very generation Sheer Mike expressed concern over possibly losing.
Before we get into it, let me say that it is impossible to recognize everyone who deserves Credit, “Wear” Credit is Due, so please bear with me here. I’m going to feature the young celebs I’ve observed as the most deserving of credit, not only because they most often wear pantyhose in the roles they play on TV or in the movies, but also, and actually more importantly, because they wear even when out in the real world, even when they don’t have to, and certainly, when no one would expect them to. That is extremely credit-worthy.
Note: When investigating the hundreds of websites that post pictures of celebs in pantyhose, the numbers are so staggering, it’s almost impossible not to find a star who isn’t wearing at least once or twice. Obviously, those celebs who wear that infrequently don’t really count as much, but hey, if they wear at all today, they deserve a bit of credit.
It’s possible that a couple of the young celebs I’ve chosen for this feature might actually belong in that only-once-in-a-while category, but they made it here because they look so good in pantyhose. Case in point …
Kylie Jenner (16)
Let’s start with the youngest celeb (for this feature), Kylie Jenner. Actually, I know nothing about her. I’ve read that she is best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Well, that explains why I’d never heard of her. I am not a fan of reality TV shows. But here’s why she’s in this post. She’s 16, and look at the outfit she wore (right) to Nickelodeon’s 26th annual Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.
I did a quick Google images search about the event and didn’t see one other celebrity wearing pantyhose. Hate the booties, but love that they are open-toe and love her toenail polish under the sheer black pantyhose. (Or is it that I love that she is not in the least influenced by those so-called fashion experts who try so hard to convince everyone that not only should pantyhose never be worn, but especially not with open-toe shoes?)
In researching Kylie, I saw no evidence that she is a dedicated, or even frequent pantyhose wearer, but the fact that she was convicted enough to wear this outfit during an event that was seen by an estimated 350 million households around the world, to me, she deserves praise. Talk about setting a positive example for young women and girls in their late teen years! Way to go, Kylie.
Molly Quinn (19)
An American actress of theatre, film and television, Molly might best be known for playing the daughter of mystery novelist and consultant to the New York Police Department Richard Castle on the ABC TV show, “Castle.”
I’ve watched the show occasionally and it’s pretty entertaining, but I never paid much attention to Molly’s character, so I’m not sure how often she’s in pantyhose on the show. But considering the show’s been on since 2009, Molly would have been only 15 during the first season.
In any case, I’ve seen many pics of Molly wearing sheer pantyhose during publicity events or other public appearances, and at 19, that gets her the nod for this post.
AnnaSophia Robb (19)
Star of “The Carrie Diaries” teen television series on The CW, AnnaSophia plays a young Carrie Bradshaw in the prequel to HBO’s “Sex and the City” TV series.
Frequent readers of this blog know how I feel about that whole SATC thing, so suffice it to say that AnnaSophia is recognized here not so much because her infamous character actually wears pantyhose, as the show is set in 1984 (a fabulous year for pantyhose during an incredibly great pantyhose decade), but more because she is a frequent wearer in real life.
The few times I’ve paid attention, I’ve never not seen AnnaSophia appear as a guest on a talk show in which she didn’t wear a beautiful dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose.
Considering so few of today’s veteran TV and movie stars bother to wear pantyhose with their lovely outfits during talk show appearances, AnnaSophia deserves much credit for being a role model to young women.
Victoria Justice (20)
Here’s another young star I know nothing about, but in doing the research for this post, I’ve learned that she is an actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer who has appeared in several films and television series including Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and “Victorious.”
She has performed several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical, “Spectacular,” in which she starred. She has recorded a number of songs for the “Victorious” series. Victoria earlier this year announced the release of her debut album.
At first, I wasn’t sure she belongs on this post, as she was bear-legged in most of the photos I could find of her. But after further review, I was able to find several pics of her wearing sheer pantyhose in some of her roles on stage, TV shows and movies.
And while I didn’t find as many pics of her wearing just kind of out-and-about, ultimately, she makes this post because of the pics I’ve found of her wearing sheer pantyhose during her appearances on the red carpet, and as a hostess or a guest on TV awards and talk shows.
Hey, she’s only 20, and she most often presents herself professionally and with grace and elegance. And, in the pics I have seen of her in sheer pantyhose, it would be difficult to find someone much more beautiful.
I hope Victoria continues to dress professionally and elegantly and set a positive example for other young women.
Ariana Grande (20)
Yet another young American actress, singer/songwriter I know nothing about, as I’ve never heard of any of the movies she’s been in, nor any of the songs she’s performed. I just know this: There must be thousands of pics of Ariana in pantyhose.
Oh, and she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida — you know, where it’s hot. All the time. I’m sure there are many times she doesn’t wear pantyhose, but everytime I stumble across a photo of her, she’s wearing. And, thankfully, her tights and pantyhose are most-often in a nude shade — not black.
If young women and girls in their late teens follow Ariana, she most certainly is setting a good example in the way she dresses, not only on stage, but also during promotional events and public appearances. I am impressed.
Miranda Cosgrove (20)
Probably my favorite 20-year-old celeb, Miranda starred in “iCarly”, a teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 2007 until November 2012.
I’ve watched the show a couple of times just to see her, and I can tell you that ”iCarly” is most definitely a teen comedy, meaning it’s far too silly for me to watch for very long periods of time. Nevertheless, Miranda is awfully cute. And it’s not unusual to see her wearing sheer pantyhose in one or two scenes.
Considering that her age range was 14 to 19 during the show’s run, I think Miranda is truly exceptional for the sweet and good character she played, as well as for dressing pretty nicely while she was at it.
More importantly, today at 20, she frequently dresses professionally and quite femininely. Appearing on TV shows, movies and talk and awards show, and performing on stage as a singer/songwriter, Miranda always seems to dress beautifully, most often wearing sheer pantyhose.
She is adorable, and I am becoming a fan.
Selena Gomez (21)
As much as I am lovin’ me some Miranda Cosgrove, you had to know Selena Gomez would make this feature.
The American singer and actress has a long list of hits, and always seems to conduct herself professionally, mostly dressing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
While it’s perfectly understandable that any 21-year-old woman today is going to want to dress comfortably, casually and for fun, what makes Selena special is how often she wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose not only on the job and for publicity appearances, but also just going shopping or out on the town.
I don’t know whether Selena is truly a devoted pantyhose wearer, but it certainly appears that she wears more often than not.
I like what I’ve seen of Selena and I believe she deserves much credit for setting a good example for other young women in the way she dresses.
Taylor Swift (23)
During the early days of her career, it seems we’d often see Country pop/pop rock superstar singer/songwriter Taylor Swift in a dress with bear legs and cowboy boots or flat shoes. Then, for a while there, she was more likely to be seen bear-legged, or in some cotton-ish tights, or sometimes in funky patterned hosiery.
But lately, I am seeing Taylor in heels and sheer pantyhose in her on-stage performances, as well as during public appearances. And she looks awesome.
I am amazed at her songwriting prowess and it seems she can’t miss today, chalking up hit after hit.
I like Taylor Swift, and I hope she continues to grow as an artist and a role model in the way she dresses as a professional young entertainer.
Emma Watson (23)
Emma is an English actress and model who likely is best known for her role in the Harry Potter movies.
I know nothing about Emma.
(I’m trying to be the only person on the planet to not read the books or see the movies about Harry Potter). I’m funny that way.
Consequently, I don’t know whether or not she’s really a devoted pantyhose wearer, but in tooling about pantyhose websites on the Internet, it’s not particularly difficult to find pics of her wearing, and that’s good enough for me.
While I love that so many of today’s young celebrities more often than not seem to favor wearing pantyhose, I have to wonder why that is? How did they develop this devotion to pantyhose during an era when it was not considered fashionable to do so? Was it because of values they learned from their parents, or the influence of some veteran actresses who always wore? Or, was it their own desire to be professional?
Or was it something else? Many of the young celebs I researched to feature in this post earned their claim to fame on TV shows or in movies in which their characters wore pantyhose. So maybe it was the different costume designers’ decisions that their characters should be dressed in pantyhose, and the experience carried over into the young stars’ lives.
One of the first young celebs I chose to feature in this post is Alexis Bledel because she is a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose.
Alexis, 31, probably is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the comedy/drama television series, “Gilmore Girls.”
As the series ran from October 2000 to May 2007, Alexis was 19 to 26 years old when she was exposed to the fancy costumes she would wear as her character, Rory, a member of the wealthy Gilmore family. Of course, all those beautiful outfits she wore for those seven years were typically paired with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.
Today, as a star of TV shows and movies, and as a professional model, Alexis continues to dress beautifully, and often is seen in high heels and sheer pantyhose during many publicity events and public appearances.
If my theory is accurate, and we should thank “Gilmore Girls” for positively influencing a young pantyhose goddess in Alexis Bledel, then we should all get down on our knees and worship “Gossip Girl.” That’s because the CW’s teen drama television series must have instilled a pantyhose mentality in at least four young celebs who appear to be devoted wearers today.
OK, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl.” The title alone was enough to keep me away, and I never gave it a chance. So, I admit that I might be completely wrong here. I may have no idea of what I’m talking about. But in the few advertisements I’ve seen for the show, both on TV and in photos, it appears that the girls are usually wearing pantyhose or tights. Somehow, anyway, I came away with the idea that “Gossip Girl” was a pantyhose kind of show.
One thing is certain: The show, which ran from September 2007 to December 2012, produced the likes of Blake Lively (26), Leighton Meester (27), Michelle Trachtenberg (27) and Taylor Momsen (20), each very often photographed wearing pantyhose during public appearances today.
During the show’s run, Blake ranged in age from 20 to 25; Leighton from 21 to 26; Michelle from 20 to 25; and Taylor from 14 to 19.
Again, we have young stars who wore tights and pantyhose in their roles on a popular TV drama series for a teen audience, each of whom went on to become (seemingly) devoted pantyhose wearers.
Obviously, there’s no way (that I am aware of) to know for certain whether these celebs (or any of the ones featured in this post) truly are devoted pantyhose wearers, so I am basing my reasoning on how easy it is to find pictures on the Internet of them wearing.
And in the case of all of them in this post — and particularly, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Taylor Momsen — my conclusion is they indeed are devoted wearers of pantyhose.
Incidentally, since I’ve never watched “Gossip Girl,” my apologies if there were other young actresses on the show who equally deserve to be featured here. These four are the ones with whom I am familiar.
Just as there have been several television series that featured young characters who frequently wore pantyhose, there are even more movies that did the same thing, also possibly being the influence of some awesome young celebs who’ve become known for being dedicated pantyhose wearers today.
With all due respect to “Adventures in Babysitting,” for this post, I’m not talking about movies that had one or two scenes in which a character appeared in pantyhose, but rather ones in which the main character(s) wore pantyhose through most of the film. And one of my favorites is …
Set in Beverly Hills, Calif., “Clueless” stars a young Alicia Silverstone as the beautiful, super popular and fabulously wealthy Cher, a sweet and innocent, but totally superficial teenage girl who is oblivious to anything but her status atop her high school social scene. The 1995 comedy is cute, fun and funny.
But, I’m not a film critic, and the reason “Clueless” makes this post is because Alicia wears beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer (thankfully, nude or suntan) pantyhose throughout most of the movie.
While “Clueless” was never going to win any awards, it was considered a “sleeper” hit in 1995, and helped to launch other lucrative offers for Alicia, who herself won five awards for her performance, including Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Female Newcomer (Blockbuster Entertainment Awards), Best Female Performance, and Most Desirable Female (MTV Movie Awards), and Best Breakthrough Performer (National Board of Review).
Alicia has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist, but unlike the young celebs featured above, Alicia, who was just 19 when she starred in “Clueless,” never really became what I’d think of as a pantyhose kind of girl.
Indeed, it is nearly impossible to find a picture of her in pantyhose on a Google image search. Too bad because she looked so fabulous in pantyhose in “Clueless.”
Still, because the film was released in 1995, just at the cusp of the onset of the awful bears legs movement, Alicia should hold a special place in our hearts for her role in “Clueless.”
“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”
This cute teen comedy released in February 2004 starred, in particular, two young actresses, each of whom have become high profile celebrities in their own rights. Today, each has a pretty strong connection to pantyhose; one I would call an absolute pantyhose goddess.
Lindsay Lohan (27)
With 26 movies to her credit so far, starting with the 1998 Disney movie, “Parent Trap,” in which she won Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress, and a lead role in the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls,” for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Lindsay is an accomplished actress.
But before “Mean Girls,” her first lead role was in the 2004 movie, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” for which she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star.
Throughout the majority of the movie, Lindsay’s character wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
As Lindsay was only 18 years old at the time she made the movie, I wonder if it was the influence of her character’s wardrobe that ultimately led to her becoming a bona fide pantyhose kind of girl?
Lindsay may not exactly have a Disney image anymore, but the drama queen at least gets my praise for being a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose in movie roles, TV show roles, modeling gigs, work as a professional recording artist, and perhaps more importantly, in public appearances on and off the clock.
Megan Fox (27)
If Lindsay Lohan could be considered a frequent, if not devoted, pantyhose wearer, then Megan Fox is the ultimate pantyhose goddess of the universe. There! I said it.
Beginning her acting career in 2001, Megan already has been nominated for awards 19 times, and won six times, including: For her role in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, a Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star Female and a Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actress; for her starring role in “Jennifer’s Body” in 2010, two Teen Choice Awards for Female Hottie, and Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller.
But it was in 2004 when Megan made her film debut in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” co-starring opposite Lindsay in a supporting role as Lindsay’s character’s rival. And, as lovely as Lindsay looked in a dress and pantyhose and heels, Megan looked incredibly amazing dressed the same way.
Like Lindsay, Megan was 18 years old when “Confessions” was released. Today, the actress and professional model is in every sense of the word a devoted pantyhose goddess, always dressing beautifully in a dress, high heels and sheer (thankfully, usually, nude or suntan) pantyhose when appearing as a guest, a host, or just making a public appearance.
From what I’ve observed, and with all due respect and thanks to Zooey Deschanel, there may not be any other young female celebrity on the planet who more consistently is seen wearing sheer pantyhose.
With so many young women and girls in their late teens all over the world demonstrating their love for wearing pantyhose today, the future indeed looks bright. And much of the credit for this should go to young actresses, models, singers and entertainers for setting such good examples.
This is why we shouldn’t expend any energy worrying about the negative propaganda by so-called fashion experts, and the haterizing by proponents of the bear legs culture, potentially causing a whole generation of young women to miss the opportunity of dressing professionally, femininely, and with class and elegance by including sheer pantyhose in their wardrobes.
Undoubtedly, I’ve left out lots of young celebs, TV shows and movies that honor our love of pantyhose. So, my friends, here’s your chance to recognize your favorites. Send me your comments and tell me who else deserves Credit “Wear” Credit is Due.
Meanwhile, here is a gallery of pics of some of the celebs featured in this post, and some who weren’t (only because of space issues). And, if you’re nice, I’ll keep this section fluid, so you can send me your own pics of your favorite young celebrities in pantyhose, and I’ll add them here.
Last year, we discussed how one of the earliest influences on our pantyhose fetish was seeing them so prevalently on our elementary school teachers, mothers, aunts, neighbors, etc.
Another major influence on our delicate psyche as we were growing up had to be the dawning of the superhero characters as depicted in comic books and eventually on our television and movie screens.
Often, I’ve wondered just how helpless we were rendered by the super powers wielded by some beautiful superheroines wearing fabulous costumes in which sheer pantyhose played an integral part.
Probably the all-time best female superhero who can still turn our heads today is Wonder Woman as deliciously protrayed by actress Lynda Carter in the popular TV series that ran from 1975 to 1979.
Who can forget the image of her in that iconic red, white and blue skimpy costume, complete with the famous 1970s-style all-nylon sheer-to-waist suntan pantyhose on those legs that seemingly went for miles?
Like its predecessors — the Batman TV series of the 60s and Superman of the 50s —
Wonder Woman was never going to win an Oscar for its scripts or acting (and, certainly, not its special effects), but if someone came up with a hall of fame for TV superheroines, Lynda Carter would have to be at the top of the list for enshrinement.
Case in point: There have been many Superman and Batman blockbuster movies made in every decade since the 1990s, but have you seen a new Wonder Woman since 1979? There hasn’t been a live-action Wonder Woman TV series or movie since Carter’s WW days, and the lone attempt by NBC to create one in 2011 failed miserably.
That might be in part because veteran costume designer Robert Blackman, a multiple Emmy nominee, and three-time winner, messed with Wonder Woman’s costume, changing those iconic briefs to (gasp) pants.
“I was vilified and vindicated (by Wonder Woman fans) on an hourly basis,” Blackman told Entertainment Weekly. “There was outrage over everything from the fact that she was wearing pants to the boot color.”
Yes, and rightfully so. What in the world was this guy thinking? Why do people want to change something that’s worked beautifully for decades?
Eventually, in some promotional photos I saw ahead of the would-be show’s release, the costume did include an updated version of the classic briefs or short-shorts, but the star who was to play Wonder Woman was modeling them in “bear” legs.
Uh, yeah … that was never gonna work, folks. You don’t mess with an icon.
What makes a superhero character iconic? Webster’s Dictionary offers a couple of definitions of the word, icon: “Any person or thing that is revered; someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.”
Listen, Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman (at least on TV) wears those briefs with sheer pantyhose. Period.
If we didn’t have a thing for pantyhose already, those of us who grew up watching Wonder Woman during the 70s might have become forever hooked because of the beautiful and charming character Lynda Carter portrayed.
Just for kicks
In my mind, after Wonder Woman, the next great superheroine who very well could have influenced our early pantyhose fetish has to be the awesome video game character, Chun-Li.
Introduced in the original Street Fighter II video game in 1991, Chun-Li is an undercover Interpol agent seeking to avenge the death of her father at the hands of Bison and his criminal organization.
Chun-Li, the first well-known female playable character in a fighting game, was designed with muscular legs because of her strong martial arts kicking skills, necessary to hold her own in combat against the standard roster of powerful male characters.
In the game, and subsequently, in movies, Chun-Li wears a traditional Chinese qipao dress with long side slits to accommodate her powerful kung fu kicks.
But let’s be honest here — it’s those brown pantyhose that make the outfit, and made us fall in love with Chun-Li.
I played that game in the 90s with friends, and I was always Chun-Li.
As far as I know it was the first time anyone had made a video game in which a female character was clearly wearing pantyhose, and that was cool.
Like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, could you ever imagine the Chun-Li character not being dressed in pantyhose? Icon, people.
Right or Wong
I’m not certain whether another superheroine who captured our hearts first in video games should be counted here or not because in almost half the pictures I can find of her she appears to be “bear”-legged. But in slightly more than half of the others, Ada Wong of the Resident Evil video games clearly is wearing pantyhose.
Sadly, when Ada Wong finally made it to the silver screen last year in “Resident Evil: Retribution,” she didn’t appear to be wearing pantyhose through most of the movie. I say didn’t appear to be, as it is very hard to tell because gorgeous Chinese actress Li Bingbing has such perfect porcelean skin.
I would swear that Miss Li is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes and in some of the promotional photos for the movie, but as thoroughly as I’ve investigated, the truth is I just can’t tell.
Still, I included Ada Wong here for two reasons: First, the official artwork for the Resident Evil video game clearly shows that her legs are smoother and have a slight shading different from the rest of her skin, indicating she is wearing sheer pantyhose; Second, the majority of professional and everyday cosplay models who portray her do wear pantyhose with the costume.
I’d like to think that means those models consider pantyhose integral to the Ada Wong costume, but I could be just as happy thinking that they at least have the brains and class to wear pantyhose just to look good in the costume.
Hopefully, the models who don’t think it’s necessary to wear pantyhose with their Ada Wong costumes regret their decisions when they see the pics of themselves later on.
Either way, Ada Wong in pantyhose totally rocks her beautiful red qipao dress better (in my opinion) than Chun-Li because Ada wears black pumps, whereas Chun-Li’s clunky white army boots are so less feminine looking.
Super supporting characters
Of course there are many other female superheroes in comic books, video games, TV series and movies, but I can’t point to any who are always depicted wearing pantyhose. But there are some very significant supporting characters whose beautiful pantyhose-adorned legs might equally have helped to nuture our pantyhose fetish in the early stages.
One of the most iconic is Lois Lane, originally portrayed by Noel Neill in the 1950s TV series, “The Adventures of Superman.”
While, of course, pantyhose weren’t around during the 1950s, Neill always wore nylon stockings in the role, and set the bar high for future Lois Lanes.
And of all those who’ve played the part since, so far, my favorite Lois Lane is the one turned in by Teri Hatcher during the 1990s TV series, “Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman,” which ran from 1993 to 1997.
While the show was mostly pretty goofy, it was fun, and no expense was spared for Hatcher’s wardrobe, which dressed Lois Lane in some great business suits, dresses and gowns, always with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
As the dreaded “bear” legs movement was just taking off in the late 90s, I was happy that Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane never compromised on class and glamour, and I hoped her example would do much to keep pantyhose from being “run” off too soon. Either way, I like what she contributed to the role.
Smooth as silk
A special nod must go to another great supporting character to a superhero — Mary Jane Watson, the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Actress Kirsten Dunst deserves credit for her great performance as MJ in the Spider-Man movies of 2002, 2004 and 2007.
Likewise, the costume designer for all three movies should be commended for consistently dressing MJ with the class, grace and femininty of her iconic comic book character, as Dunst was always in dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
And Dunst had never looked better.
“The truth is out there”
“I want to believe” there’s another great character who might have influenced late bloomer pantyhose lovers. While she wasn’t a female superhero, she certainly was special — Special Agent Dana Scully, that is, on TV’s “The X-Files.”
In the breakout role of her career, Gillian Anderson gained international recognition, winning several awards for her portrayal of Scully, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for “Best Actress in a Drama Series.”
In the lead female role on the series, which ran from 1993 to 2002, Anderson was fantastic playing the strong, independent, intelligent FBI agent. The character was extremely professional, as were the outfits she wore, which often consisted of skirt suits, complete with pumps and sheer pantyhose.
The costume designer and Anderson are to be commended, as so many female cop characters are dressed like men, down to the pants suits and ugly shoes. Worse, those characters come across as masculine as they look.
But not Special Agent Scully. Even the times when she wore a pants suit, she wore those pumps and sheer pantyhose. She was professional, but always feminine and quitely glamorous.
There have been many great superheroines and even more super female lead characters that we grew up with during the awesome pantyhose era of the 1960s to the mid-1990s.
Who could forget Stephanie Zymbalist as Laura Holt in the TV series “Remington Steele,” opposite Pierce Brosnan as the title character?
In that private detective series, which ran from 1982 to 1987, we could always count on Laura Holt to wear beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
And how about Cybill Shepherd opposite a young Bruce Willis in the private detective TV series, “Moonlighting,” which aired from 1985 to 1989? Like Laura Holt, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes always wore dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
There’s no doubt the decade of 1980 was great for pantyhose, but probaby nothing tops the 1970s as the ultimate pantyhose era. There were so many TV shows that might have helped to shape our love of pantyhose, starting right in 1970 with The Mary Tyler Moore show. That show, which lasted until 1977, featured the title actress/character in mostly professional attire that always included heels and pantyhose.
Then, there was the sitcom, Three’s Company, which aired from 1976 to 1984 and featured Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, both of whom became known for their legs in pantyhose.
But it was Joyce DeWitt, perhaps the greatest pantyhose ambassador of all time, who outright refused to be shot on the set in any outfit that didn’t include pantyhose. Fortunately, she most often wore dresses or skirts, but regardless of the scene, whether she appeared in a towel, a robe, gym shorts or pants, DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always would be in sheer suntan pantyhose. Of course, DeWitt also went on to star in many TV commercials for L’eggs pantyhose.
From 1966 to 1969, the original Star Trek aired. As iconic characters go, could you imagine Lt. Uhura not wearing pantyhose with that skimpy uniform?
Am I wrong? Do you doubt that these classic and iconic characters could have influenced our love for pantyhose during these early years?
I vividly remember a scene that really moved me. For this post, I tried to find a still picture of it, but couldn’t. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a You Tube video of it either. It was from the original 1960s British TV series about secret agents, The Avengers.
Now, peter_a, don’t be outting me here. I am hereby stating that I was way too young to have experienced first-hand this show, which aired from 1961 to 1969, so I guess I must have seen the reruns a couple of decades later during my tender formative years. [Insert snide comment here]
I remember my sisters and I watching this show and cracking up everytime we saw this scene in the opening sequence intro:
The female lead character, Mrs. Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), is driving (very fast) in a hot british convertible on a remote road in the English countryside when she comes across a hitchhiker.
One of televisions first strong female characters, Mrs. Peel is an expert in karate’, judo, guns and fencing, and oftens kicked some major booty in the long-running espionage series.
Mrs. Peel picks up the hitchhiker. Of course, she’s wearing the iconic mini skirt of 1960s England, complete with very sheer nude pantyhose (that’s about the only kind that was made back then). Well, the hapless hitchhiker playfully places his hand on Mrs. Peels pretty thigh just as the car is entering a tunnel. For a second or two the viewer sees only the other end of the tunnel from the outside.
Then, the speeding car emerges from the tunnel and we see Mrs. Peel … but no one else in the car with her. Even as dumb kids, we knew that meant Mrs. Peel dispatched the poor slob without skipping a beat.
I don’t why, but we laughed over this scene every time. We just thought that was so funny, but I never could get that image of the guy’s hand lightly atop Mrs. Peel’s beautiful pantyhose-adorned thigh … if only for a brief ecstatic moment for him.
Naturally, I could never have dreamed way back then that I’d end up the president of my own pantyhose company. At least now, you have a clue as to why I make the kind of pantyhose ActSensuous are.
Could the classic and iconic superheroines and other strong female characters who looked amazing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose in comic books, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, and even video games, which have captured our hearts and minds, be responsible for influencing our love for pantyhose today?
I think so.
NOTE: It would be impossible to even attempt to mention every superheroine or strong female character whose lovely hosiery-adorned legs graced comic book pages and TV and movie screens from the 1950s through today. Please let us hear from you about which ones I left out who influenced you the most.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of iconic characters we the amazing pantyhose era of the 1960s through mid-1990s:
Earlier this week, one of our readers, Jan, wrote a comment expressing his (yes, his) dismay about a lack of attention many women give to the condition of their pantyhose while they’re wearing them.
Here’s Jan’s comment (and by the way, I don’t edit readers’ comments):
I have often wondered, why some pantyhosed women never pay any attention on how the pantyhose is doing during the day or what’s happening to the pantyhose on duty?
My well trained pantyhose eye will spot all kinds of pantyhose miss treats on any given day.
You can find toe caps not in line or vertical toe caps, sole reinforcements almost upp side on the wrist, heel caps twisted up sideways and damaged.
Also, there’s long runs from heel upp to waist and heavy tear and damaged pantyhose legs.
I wish some women could take more care of their pantyhose and put some thought into what’s going on pantyhosewise. Maybe take a pantyhose moment and adjust reinforcements and check seams etc.
This is probably even more important when using the classic 100% polymide pantyhose.
I personally approve of all kinds of pantyhose use, but I also think that a the pantyhose is a delicate and beautiful thing that need a bit of handling and care.
Mature women knows this, they know how to handle a pantyhose. But the “next gen” pantyhose users….
Sometimes I wish I could just start a pantyhose handling centre.
Often, I have an idea for a new post, but after doing the research, looking for the right art to go with the writing, or even just over-thinking, I’ll talk myself out of writing it. In case you’re keeping score at home, that’s why you don’t get a post from me every day, every week, or even every month. I prefer to deliver quality, rather than quantity, and I’m a harsh judge of what that means.
I had long been thinking of writing a post about a topic similar to Jan’s, and, as is often the case with me, it took his comment to tip the scales in favor of my writing it. So, first, let me encourage every one of you to please continue to write comments that reflect the pantyhose topics on your mind, and/or feel free to suggest subjects about which you’d like for me to write.
In my reply to Jan’s comment, I wrote (in part) “… I’m just so happy whenever I see a woman wearing pantyhose today, I don’t care what condition they appear to be in.”
I didn’t go into more detail because I had decided at that point to write this post. So here it is.
While I created ActSensuous to make the style of pantyhose I loved but could no longer find, I have always realized and appreciated that people all over the world love a great variety of styles. These include the thickest and shiniest kinds to the most delicate and sheer types that challenge one to discern whether a woman is actually wearing or not.
My feeling is any pantyhose is better than no pantyhose. Similarly, I find beauty and extreme femininity in the very concept of pantyhose.
So, I truly meant what I wrote about not caring what condition pantyhose are in, as long as they’re on. In fact, since I love and appreciate most the kind of pantyhose that are practically invisible on the wearer, more so than patterned or thick and shiny kinds, I love subtle little indicators that make it obvious that pantyhose are being worn.
Often, that means seeing some of the condition “mistreats” about which Jan wrote.
In fact, I think it’s kind of sexy when the seam at the toe ends up a bit vertical, or when there is a run up the leg, or those little fabric wrinkles over toe cleavage or at the ankles.
Often, I’ve wondered if anyone out there is as sick as me. Do you hate it when you see these little pantyhose condition mistreats, or do you love it? Are those things awful, or are they kind of sexy? Do you love it when you see a girl adjusting the nylon fabric up her leg, or smoothing it with her hands over her legs?
Long before I ever dreamed of creating my own company, I was profoundly influenced by the image of Christie Brinkley pulling the fabric of her sheer nude pantyhose up her leg during a scene in the “Uptown Girl” music video from Billy Joel’s hit single in 1983.
It is a beautiful scene that was not uncommon to see in real life during the great pantyhose decade of the 1980s (all of the 1970s and the late 1960s I’m told, but was too young to have experienced it, ha ha), but just the fact that someone was wise and creative enough to include it in this music video (2:14/3:23) is awesome.
I would love to meet the person who was responsible for that scene because he or she (probably he) obviously understood the beauty, femininity and extreme sensual qualities of pantyhose back then, and probably suffered like all of us during the height of the “bear” legs movement in the late 1990s to 2000s.
Would love to hear what that person has to say today.
Further, to her credit, Christie Brinkley is still a beautiful and classy woman who never bought in to bear legs culture. Maybe she, too, was influenced in the virtues of pantyhose-wearing from the making of that music video, as she still wears sheer pantyhose (quite beautifully) today.
When I see images of girls running their hands over their pantyhose legs, sometimes subconsciously it seems, they’re not only smoothing the fabric, but also feeling it themselves.
That has to be exciting to the guys who love pantyhose.
So what do you think? Do you hate the little condition mistreats inevitable in pantyhose-wearing, or do you love them? Are they ugly, or beautiful and kind of sexy?
Again, my thanks to Jan for his comment, which motivated me to write this post.
“I been waitin’ all (these years) for Sunday Night (without Faith Hill’s “bear” legs).”
Yesterday, one of our devoted readers (and our most prolific commenter), Brian W., alerted me that country singer Faith Hill announced on Monday that she no longer will perform the lead-in to Sunday Night Football.
Well, here’s a song for ya: “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”
If it sounds like I won’t be missing Faith’s SNF intro, you got that right. I hate missed opportunities, and Faith certainly passed up the chance to class up the joint with her skimpy outfits and those pasty white “bear” legs prancing around the stage, belting out that Joan Jett-like tune. Hate that song … mostly because once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head, along with the image of those “bear” legs.
I so wanted Faith to bring a little elegance to the SNF intro, but she just wouldn’t do it.
Maybe she felt that because this was a sports venue, it called for a more casual look. Wrong! Hey, Faith, even professional sports cheerleaders (some college and even high school cheerleaders) wear pantyhose with their uniforms.
So, yes, I am glad Faith no longer will be doing the introduction number to Sunday Night Football.
Now, I’m wondering who NBC will draft next for that role.
While finally, once again, we’re seeing more and more Hollywood actresses wearing pantyhose during publicity and public appearances, professional singers/dancers today (Faith notwithstanding) always wear pantyhose on stage.
So, I see no shortage of female candidates who could easily step into the SNF intro role.
Here are my top few choices and why.
Well liked and respected, Beyonce’ is always professional and classy. She’s a great singer/dancer/entertainer, and she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.
And, in addition to always wearing pantyhose on stage, she often wears for publicity events and guest appearances on talk shows.
Of course, Beyonce’ has done a Super Bowl halftime show, so she’s not exactly off the radar to NBC or the NFl.
She’s not controversial. I’d say, on the surface, she seems to be a natural fit.
[She ... could ... go ... all the way!]
Another good candidate who always wears pantyhose with her sexy but tasteful costumes on stage.
But, wait a minute. Doesn’t she have an idiot rapper boyfriend who has used her face for a punching bag? I doubt NBC and the NFL would want Rihanna to be the poster girl for SNF.
Too bad because she otherwise would be a good choice.
OK, just kidding. She definitely is a devoted pantyhose wearer, but, well, too often she wears practically nothing but pantyhose. NBC probably would be frightened by her.
Now, here’s my favorite. Katy is nothing but classy, lovely, and just plain cute.
She writes some very compelling songs and appeals to audiences of all demographics.
Add to that a fantastic voice, great stage and screen presence, and very contemporary songwriting, and NBC would have a true winner.
Oh, and Katy Perry never goes anywhere not dressed beautifully. And she’s one of the most prolific pantyhose wearers among all professional entertainers.
I just love her, and I bet that NBC would, too.
If NBC wanted to stay with a country/pop singer, Taylor might be a pretty swift choice. That girl can write some entertaining songs. She’s got a pleasant sound. She’s got a wholesome persona.
It could work.
[Long field goal]
Great voice. Wears lovely outfits, complete with pantyhose, on stage. But … uh, no. Cute, but probably too young. Probably not an NFL fan either. Anyway, she wouldn’t get my vote because too many times I’ve been disappointed in her for not wearing pantyhose with her beautiful outfits on late night talk shows.
[Tackled for loss]
Now, we’re talking. What a performer! She can sing. She can dance. She can definitely rock it. She knows how to dress on stage.
But is she an NFL kind of girl? Uh, yeah. She’s part owner of the Miami Dolphins.
In one of her movies (the one of her’s I like best), “Out of Sight,” she plays a U.S. Marshall pursuing a career bank robber (George Clooney).
The movie is set in Miami, and in one scene, J-Lo wears short-shorts and a Dan Marino jersey. But when she is on the job during a good portion of the movie, she’s wearing a skirt with sheer nude pantyhose and heels, and she looks great.
Sadly, I’ve seen her in a couple of TV commercials and print ads doing the “bear” legs thing. So, she gets a personal foul penalty (15 yards), but I’d still give her the nod to do the SNF intro.
[First down, J-lo]
Another great candidate, the Cuban-American pop singer can belt out a song like no one, and she’s got all the right moves on the stage. But is she an NFL kind of gal? Uh, hello, another part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a “diehard” fan since the Phins’ 1972/73 perfect season, she says.
Makes sense to me. Hey, NBC, if Gloria sings the SNF intro, I can tell you this: “The rhythym is Gonna Get You.”
[First and goal]
Why not? She’s got the pipes and the dance moves. And she’s classy enough to wear pantyhose on stage.
I have never seen Paula on stage not wearing pantyhose. She can sing and dance. She’d be a fine candidate.
[Makes the playoffs]
I’m not kidding. OK, yes, I am.
Then again, she’d still be an upgrade over Faith Hill. At least Madonna has the sense to wear pantyhose on stage.
Now I’m kidding, of course.
But if this were the 1990s, she’d likely be my first choice. She most definitely would be classy, exotic and entertaining.
Back in the days of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher was the entertainment bomb, and so were her on-stage costumes, such as this one (left) from 1978.
Before the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper (both likely influenced by her), Cher was the girl who “just wanted to have fun.”
OK, so today Cher isn’t a candidate to perform the Sunday Night Football introduction, but it would be nice if when NBC considers the next star to take that stage, they choose someone who has the professionalism, glamour and exotic looks that Cher had.
[End of regulation]
OK, now it’s your turn. Who’d I leave out? Who would be your choice to perform the introduction number to Sunday Night Football, and why? Take the poll below to let me know.
Also, next up is a photo gallery I’ve made for you featuring some professional entertainers who probably should be considered. By the way, when you click to expand the pictures, you know you can comment on any one you like, right? Just saying …