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With Chinese New Year only days away, the number 3 (a good one in Chinese culture) loomed large for professional tennis star Li Na, who on Saturday beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 to claim the 2014 Australian Open women’s single’s title in Melbourne, Australia.
Now, Li Na is a two-time grand slam winner, having won the French Open title in 2011. And, at 31, she’s the oldest player to win the Australian Open.
How significant is the number 3 in Saturday’s final? It was Li’s third Australian Open final in three years, having lost to Kim Clijsters in 2011, and to Victoria Azarenka in 2013.
And, having won today, Li will now be ranked number 3 in the world, edging out Maria Sharapova.
Oh yeah, and TV coverage of the match started at 3 a.m. Saturday on ESPN. At least this match didn’t go to 3 sets. (In her two previous finals in Melbourne, Li lost in 3 sets, after winning the first set in both appearances.)
Saturday, Li, the highest ranking player (4) remaining in the tournament after the Big 3 (Serena Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka) were all knocked out by the end of the quarterfinals, was serving at set point before losing 3 straight points, sending the first set into a tiebreaker. Li won the tiebreaker 7-3 (see that, another 3).
Even though Li jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set, it was pretty obvious she was battling nerves, as she committed 19 unforced errors just off her forehand. But while Cibulkova had dominated in her earlier matches, easily and boldly dispatching the likes of Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, the Slovakian was feeling the pressure of playing in her first ever championship match.
And, even though she came into the match feeling confident she could win, she finally was facing someone she couldn’t push around.
On the contrary, she found herself dominated against Li who was able to easily push her around, even while Li struggled to find her rhythm.
The first set lasted 70 minutes, with both players alternating between great shots and missed opportunities, but once Li won the tiebreaker, she settled in and played her game, overwhelming Cibulkova en route to a 6-0 second set that lasted only 27 minutes.
This time, Li was dialed in, hitting forehand and backhand winners on the base line and both sidelines. She dropped only 4 points on serve.
After the match, Li was her usual charming and funny self, delivering an acceptance speech that had the stadium rocking with laughter, as she recognized each member of her team in almost roast-style fashion.
OK, enough of the sports writing. Time to treat this as a blog. My blog. My way.
And since this blog is about all things pantyhose, I must give props to WTA analyst and former World No. 1 professional tennis player Chris Evert (winner of 18 Grand Slam women’s singles titles) who not only did a great job calling the match along with Cliff Drysdale, but who presented the trophies to both players.
Chris surprised me, wearing a nice dress with high heels and sheer pantyhose. I say surprised because every time I’ve watched pregame commentary by the former female players/now analysts, they are dressed extremely casually on the set sometimes in dresses, but always “bear”-legged, even though their male counterparts are wearing suits and ties.
So I’m proud of Chris for dressing appropriately for the occasion, as I can’t imagine even one of the other big-name former champions/analysts would have worn heels and hose in that situation.
(I couldn’t find a picture of Chris in that outfit to show you here, but you can catch a glimpse of her in this video of the awards presentation.) http://tennis.si.com/2014/01/25/li-na-australian-open-victory-speech/
In case you’re wondering, there are three (get that, 3 again?) reasons I’m writing this post here:
First, I was encouraged by seeing that you’ve been reading the first post I wrote about Li Na when I “discovered” her in 2011 and became a fan.
Second, I am so happy she won a second grand slam, I can’t sit back and not write about her.
Third, unlike last time, this time, I actually have some pictures of Na wearing pantyhose. There’s the justification!
Still, this post will be different from what you’re used to getting from me. You might not want to read this one unless you’re a WTA fan, and particularly, a Li Na fan.
If you do read this one, at least you’ll get a different insight into who I am outside of ActSensuous.
And besides, I have enough pics of Li Na in pantyhose, I need to write a lot to have a place to fit the pictures in. So, if nothing else, you can just enjoy the pictures and move on without really reading all this.
How it started
I had only just started regularly watching The Tennis Channel on DirecTV, and I grew to like Jelena Jankovic. I thought JJ was very feminine and I liked her game. But I had been growing weary of her drama queen antics, and then happened to see a Li Na match. I had never heard of Li Na, even though she had been a professional on the WTA since 1999.
I wish I had been following tennis back then so I could have seen more Li Na matches. Next month, Na (going with her first name at this point in the post) will turn 32, so I don’t know how much longer she’ll be playing.
Anyway, I loved what I saw. Na is such a combination of grace, elegance, beauty (best legs in the WTA) and power. Amazing that the first few matches I saw were during Na’s road to winning the tuneup match prior to the 2011 Australian Open, in which she beat the likes of powerhouse Petra Kvitova and the ever dangerous Kim Clijsters. Then, she got to the final match of the Australian Open 2011, where she lost to Clijsters, but won an entire country with her charm and sense of humor during post match interviews.
Wow, I had a female tennis hero. I had been watching the ATP and was an Andrei Agassi fan, then after Agassi retired, I really started liking Roger Federer. But now, I was watching the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) on The Tennis Channel to see Li Na play. She was an incredible shot-maker and a sharpshooter, painting the sidelines and baselines. Her style was all out, and when that wasn’t working, Plan B was to hit the ball even harder.
I fell in love with Li Na and was so happy and proud of her when she became the first Asian player in history to play in a final (that 2011 Australian Open).
Later, Na made history again when she became the first Asian player (man or woman) to win a grand slam event (the 2011 French Open).
But then everyone saw what happened to Na’s psyche once she gained rock star status in China, and a ton of pressure descended on her to do it again. That, combined with the added pressure of being among the highest paid athletes for sponsors, such as Nike, Mercedes, Haagen Daz, etc., saw her go through the 2012 season winning only one tournament (not a grand slam event) toward the end of the year.
It was difficult to watch Na in 2012 because she should have won so many matches that slipped away in the end because of the pressure, her nerves and a new-found doubt.
Enter new coach Carlos Rodriguez, former coach of Justine Henin, who struck up a partnership with Na. It would prove to be the best thing to happen for Li Na’s career, as he took immediate steps to adjust Na’s game. And, perhaps, more importantly, her psyche.
Rodriguez put Na through a training regimen that would have challenged Navy SEALS. Then, he worked on her forehand and her serve. All the TV analysts love to talk about how Na’s forehand is the first part of her game to break down. They do say her backhand is the best in the game, but, oh, that forehand. Alright, already. I love Na’s forehand.
When she is in the zone, that forehand cross court shot is devastating. And I’ve seen her win a great many points with tat forehand. But, in all fairness, Rodriguez did reign it in a bit by getting Na to add a little top spin to control it.
Also, thankfully, Rodriguez changed Na’s service motion, which has added a little more power and consistency to it, and lately, that serve has been winning her some free points, or setting the tone for her to take charge of the point from the start.
But the biggest thing is Rodriguez has really worked to improve Na’s emotions. I knew Na needed an infusion of confidence, but I hadn’t realized how bad things had gotten for her until Saturday when the analysts pointed out that Na earlier confided in Rodriguez that, while so many others believed in her, she didn’t truly believe in herself.
Apparently, all the years she played tennis (started at 8 years old and turned pro at 16), she never got a single compliment about her tennis from any coach in China. That, along with her almost overnight star power caused Na much stress, as the expectations of an adoring world made it more and more difficult for her to focus during tennis matches.
Rodriguez may be the best coach Li could have, as he has spent a great deal of time reassuring Na and teaching her how to keep her composure during a match, and to forgive herself when she makes a bad shot, as part of the problem is Na is very hard on herself.
OK, there’s one other reason I am writing this post about Li Na, and if you’re looking for a place to bail out of this post, here it is. (I’d stop reading if I were you.)
Then again, this is where you’ll see a slightly different side of me.
This time last year, Na was in position to win the 2013 Australian Open.
Because I am a DirecTV subscriber and have the Tennis Channel, I was able to see every match Na played in the 2013 Australian Open. She looked so much more powerful and confident.
But I was concerned when Na had to play Agneiszka Radwanska in the quarterfinal match. Radwanska, at that time, was undefeated in 2013 and hadn’t dropped a single set on the year.
That match, I thought, would tell me whether Na was ready to contend for another championship title.
I was excited but nervous when Na won a tight first set, 7-5, Radwanska’s first loss in something like 26 or 28 sets I think. But then, Na dominated in the second set, winning it 6-3. I was starting to believe, yet, I still wondered whether Na could carry that over against Maria Sharapova in the semifinal match next.
OK, here’s that side you haven’t seen of me before:
Sharapova — or as I like to call her, “Shriek-a-pova” (because she’s the second-most annoying player of the WTA with that loud, obnoxious war cry on every single shot), had lost only nine games during the Australian Open heading into the match against Li. But Na destroyed Shriekapova in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. To me, Na looked ready to capture her second Grand Slam championship, and because this was the Australian Open, I thought it could actually happen.
In the final, Na would face Azarenka, THE most annoying player of the WTA. I hate Azarenka (whom I call Ass-a-renka since she makes an ass out of herself with that stupid shriek of her’s on every single shot, including her serve), only slightly more than I hate Shriekapova.
So, that Friday night 2013, I couldn’t sleep. And on Saturday morning, I watched, I cheered for Na, I spoke to Na through the TV, encouraging her every step of the way. And when Na took the first set 6-4 (she could have/should have won it 6-2), I was feeling good.
And even when Assarenka went up 3-0 in the second set, I didn’t panic. I know Na can overcome 0-3. And, I figured if this went to three sets, it favored Na because she’s the better mover, her conditioning is better, and, hey, it’s the Australian Open. I loved how 90 percent of the crowd was for Na. In fact, as the match went on and Assarenka got nastier and nastier, I couldn’t believe anyone other than her coach and her boyfriend, Bozo the Clown, could possibly cheer for her.
But secretly, I was worried. As much as she disgusts me, I have to say that Assarenka is tough. She seems perfectly comfortable being the bad guy, and I was afraid the hostile crowd that cheered voraciously every time Assarenka missed a shot, and booed her every time she had words with the chair umpire or slapped a ball down the court after making an error, might backfire by making her more determined. I was also a bit concerned that the overwhelming support for Li might creep into Na’s psyche. Who knows how these things work?
Turn for the worst
As I knew she would, Na overcame the 0-3 start in the second set, but I was stunned and extremely upset to see my hero roll her left ankle and fall.
The pain on her face scared me, especially, when she couldn’t put any weight on her leg. Along with the estimated 20,000 spectators who sat in stunned silence, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
But I know Li Na is tough, and I was not surprised when, after the tournament training staff wrapped her ankle, she was able to continue. She even leveled the set at 4-4. And when she eventually lost that second set 4-6, I still believed she would win the third set and claim the trophy.
But with Na ahead in the third and final set 2-1, a scheduled fireworks show to commemorate Australia Day delayed play for 9 minutes. I sensed a bad omen: It was a momentum-killer and it forced Li to sit in the cold night air (Australia time), which was not good for her swollen ankle.
And, sure enough, after play resumed, and during the first point, Na rolled the same ankle while chasing a shot wide to her backhand side.
This was almost unbelievable to me and the capacity crowd, but worse, this time, the fall caused Li to smack the back of her head hard on the court. My heart sank. Only this time, I wasn’t worried about the match — I was worried about Na.
Along with the crowd, I gasped at the site during the many replays. Everyone sat in disbelief and stunned silence as doctors rushed on to the court to evaluate Li.
And then it happened. During the concussion test, Na, in her ever-endearing style, seemingly embarrassed over all the attention, broke into laughter. Later, she said during an interview she thought it was funny that this was happening on a tennis court and not in a hospital.
But when she laughed, the crowd broke out into laughter too. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. Na is such a sweetheart, such a good sport, such a great person. What a little angel. She said that for a couple of seconds she lost her vision. It was a scary moment, but here she was lightening the moment with her cute personality, once again filling the crowd with a sense of awe for this magnificent, yet, humble and all too human a champion.
So many factors were working against Li Na. The cool weather after it had been so hot for most of the tournament, the falls (the first in her professional career), the 9-minute delay of the match for the fireworks show, the overwhelming support of the crowd, all combined to doom Li Na’s chances to win her second Grand Slam event. I wanted it for her so badly because I believed it would validate her, and restore her confidence once and for all. And because the Australian Open is her Grand Slam tournament. It her favorite event, and Li Na is so loved by most everyone there.
As it turned out, Li Na did what she always does – she was gracious, she was cute and funny. She joked about falling, saying it was “Because I’m stupid.” She vowed to be back better than ever.
But the ankle injury was more serious than anyone knew, and it took longer than expected for Na to return. She missed a lot of tennis, and when she did come back, she played well, but didn’t win much the rest of the year.
So, it’s last night Jan. 24, 2014 and Li Na is a finalist again in the Australian Open. It seems like there is justice in sports that Na has another chance to win grand slam event she covets most. The match would be aired at 3:30 a.m. today (Saturday). I thought about going to sleep and recording the match on my DVR so I could watch later and just blow through the commercials.
But who was I kidding? I wasn’t going to be able to sleep. Besides, I wanted to be there for every second of the match. I wanted to be part of each point, talking to the TV, cheering after each winning rally and encouraging Na after each lost point.
I am her devoted fan. I couldn’t not watch her match in real time. I didn’t want the result to already have happened without me there to help.
My stomach was in knots at 3 a.m. I wish I had known then about the good fortune that is the number 3 in Chinese culture. It might have helped me relax a little.
Chinese tradition considers 3 a lucky number. Three has its origin in Confucianism and Taoism. It stands for Heaven, Earth and Human being; philosophically, Tao means the amiableness among the above three elements. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/lucky-number3.htm
The number 3 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. The number 3 is significant since there are three important stages in a man’s life (birth, marriage and death). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Chinese_culture
In Mandarin, Number 3 sounds like the word, life, so it is considered a good number. http://www.chinese-traditions-and-culture.com/chinese-lucky-numbers.html
A charming New Year?
“Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.
(Chinese New Year begins Friday Jan. 31, 2014 — the year of the horse.)
“Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.”
We know Li Na is all of those things, especially, witty and good with a tennis racket in her hands.
Happy Chinese New Year, Li Na .
I hope you win the next three slams this year (French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).
Either way, at least you won the one you were made to win – the Australian Open.
Congratulations, Li Na.
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.
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 quietly 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 every time 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 often 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 know 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 loved during the amazing pantyhose era of the 1960s through mid-1990s:
Xin nian yu kuai.
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And to our Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese customers, and all our Asian friends who celebrate the Chinese New Year, ActSensuous wishes you much happiness, good health, prosperity and love in 2013, and always.
And now, in alphabetical order by how they’re most known (some by first name, others by last name):
Ann Curry: You are amazing. In addition to being a great journalist, you are classy, elegant and beautiful. Thank you for always having the professionalism and sense of femininity to always wear sheer pantyhose.
Bai Ling: You are an incredible actress, but you have become too Hollywierd and don’t choose the best roles. You are unusually beautiful, but never moreso than when you wear a nice dress, pretty high heels and sheer pantyhose. Thank you for the few times you do. More than anyone else, you don’t let anyone or any movement determine what you wear. I love it when you dress elegantly, especially when you wear sheer pantyhose. But please, less sheer black, and more nude or suntan.
Gong Li: You are devastatingly beautiful. You have the face of an angel from heaven. And you have great legs and the most gorgeous feet in the whole world. You are very strong-minded and strong-willed. Please don’t follow a fashion trend. You always dress elegantly. Just please wear sheer nude pantyhose more often. The few times you do, you rule the universe.
Jeon Ji-hyeon: Loved you in “Blood, the Last Vampire” and “My Sassy Girl” and “Snowflower and the Secret Fan.” You are incredibly beautiful. You are one of the few young models/actresses out there who frequently wears beautiful outfits, including sheer pantyhose. Thank you, and please continue to live up to the reputation Asian women have for carrying themselves with poise, class, grace and ultra femininity.
Joan Chen: Wear have you been? You are an awesome actress, and you are stunningly beautiful. I’ve never seen you in a movie (other than a period piece) in which you didn’t wear sheer nude pantyhose when wearing a dress. Yet, I can find only about six pictures of you in pantyhose. Someone as feminine and glamorous as you should live in a dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose. Please, Joan.
Karen Mok: You are the coolest of them all. You are gorgeous, but you’re also just plain cute. And you are known for your killer legs. And you are appreciated by those in the know for being one of the few who always can be depended on to wear sheer pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.
As adorable as you are, you have so much class. You’re also very intelligent. I think you speak five languages, you are a singer, dancer, model, actress, and now a wife. Congratulations. And really, I cannot thank you enough for your devotion to wearing sheer pantyhose. You are amazing. Please don’t ever change.
Kelly Hu, what in the world? I’ve seen you in sheer pantyhose I think once. You are gorgeous. What are you thinking? Please give the world the gift of seeing you in a dress, high heels and sheer nude pantyhose. Oh my goodness, you’d be a total knockout.
Lucy Liu, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t adore you, but please lose those ugly think black tights and go back to wearing nude or suntan sheer pantyhose. You really look incredible in them. In a poll on this blog, “Which Asian actress do you most want to see in pantyhose?”, you are far and away the Number One choice. When I see rare pics of you in sheer nude pantyhose, I shake my head in wonder at how anyone who looks that beautiful in them would ever choose not to wear them as often as you do.
Maggie Cheung: Where, oh, where have you been, Maggie? Back in the day, no one had more incredibly beautiful legs than you. And you always wore sheer pantyhose. In the Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh movie, “SuperCop” you played a tour guide and when you stepped off the bus in that short skirt, high heels and sheer nude pantyhose, I thought you were a total goddess. Even today, in the rare pictures I see of you, you’re usually wearing pantyhose. So, thank you, Maggie. I’d just like to see you more often.
Maggie Q: How adorable you are. You are super talented. You are becoming a great actress, yet, you maintain a sweet and genuine quality. Good for you. I thought I was never going to see you in sheer pantyhose, but all of a sudden, during this season of “Nikita,” you are wearing them much more often, and looking great. Thank you for that.
Michelle Yeoh: You are still my favorite. I think Zhang Ziyi is the most gorgeous woman in the world, but to me, you are the most beautiful woman in the world. The difference? To me, beautiful means so much more than just physical beauty. You are so professional, so classy, so caring, so devoted to good causes. You are a kind and good person. But, Michelle, you have never been more lovely in your whole life than when you wear sheer nude pantyhose. Lately, you’ve been doing the “bear”-legs thing during public appearances.
I once read a comment you made in a magazine interview about Asian women having surgery to change their single-eyelid, and you admonished them, saying something to the effect of “Don’t change your appearance to meet Western standards of beauty.” I was so happy you said that. I think the single-eyelid is one of the things that makes Asian women so beautiful. But, Michelle, you have been following the fashion trend started by Western women of going “bear”-legged. You are way too professional and have way too much class and elegance to allow yourself to dress the way these Hollywierd celebrities do.
Please, Michelle, do what you know is right — dress those lovely legs of yours in sheer pantyhose, the way you did many times during premiere or publicity events for “The Lady.” You must have felt the occasion called for a more formal look, and you made the right decision in wearing pantyhose. And you looked incredible. Please dress this way more often. You are the most visible Asian actress in the world. Asian women are known for dressing more elegantly and femininely than Western women. You are the perfect role model for all Asian women. You could set such a good example for all the other Asian celebrities. Please do that, Michellle.
Sandra Oh: The same goes for you. You can do the slob routine as well as the typical Westerner. But you just as often wear some fantastic dresses and awesome shoes.
And here’s something many people probably don’t realize — you have gorgeous feet. But it is so rare (if ever these days) to see you in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
You really should go back and look at the pictures of you in that TV series you starred in, ‘Arliss,” about the sports agent, your movies “Last Night,” Double Happiness” and “Bean.”
How can someone who looks as incredible as you do in sheer pantyhose opt to go bare-legged, or almost worse, wear those thick black ugly tights. Yuk. You have great legs, Sandra. They’ve never looked better than in sheer pantyhose.
Shu Qi: You made a movie titled “Gorgeous,” and you are. And you’re the cutest Asian actress ever. More than most others, you are a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose and you look incredible when you do.
You were never more lovely and adorable than in “The Transporter.” Here’s what petite women don’t seem to understand: Nothing looks better on you than a short skirt and high heels. And, in “The Transporter,” that’s what you wore, with very sheer nude pantyhose. Your legs never looked prettier. Thank you, Shu Qi. You are awesome.
Tia Carrere: What happened to you? You have disappeared. I don’t know what you’re up to, and in the few pics I’ve seen of you, you’re doing the “bear”-legged thing. I don’t know why because in your day, every movie I saw you in, you were wearing a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose. And, oh my gosh, did you have incredible legs. You had to know that those pantyhose made your legs. Yet, today, you’ve turned your back on them. I don’t know why. But thank you for how incredible you looked in pantyhose, particularly in “Wayne’s World,” High School High,” and “True Lies.”
Uhm Jung-hwa: You broke my heart in “Princess Aurora.” What a beautiful, sad and powerful movie. And what an amazing acting job, Jung-hwa. I became a fan for life. I know you also are an awesome model and singer/stage performer in Korea.
I know you always wear sexy outfits, including sparkly tights or sheer pantyhose during your performances. But it’s the look you portray in your movies that make me a fan. I’ve tried to buy all your movies on DVD, but only a handful are available to the U.S. I’ve got four so far, but for me, “Princess Aurora” will always be the one that defines you. You looked stunningly beautiful in that role, and I love that you wore sheer nude pantyhose throughout the movie, including during the fight scene with that lawyer. Wow. Thank you for your commitment to femininity. Still, I wish you were a more frequent pantyhose wearer when making public appearances. I just hope you realize that, as beautiful as you look in everything you wear, you look twice as amazing in pantyhose.
Zhang Ziyi: Fittingly, your name allows me to save the best for last. I think you are the most gorgeous woman who has ever walked the planet. From head to toe, you are perfect. In your movies, you are exciting, thrilling, powerful, beautiful, cute and funny. You are amazing. Of course, most of the movies you’ve made are kung fu period pieces, so no pantyhose. But among all the other fabulous qualities you possess, I respect, admire and greatly appreciate you for being extremely professional, classy, glamourous and the very definition of feminine. No one is more feminine than you.
And thank you, ZZ, for more often than not wearing sheer pantyhose when you make public appearances. I’ll say this though: If anyone could get away with NOT wearing pantyhose, it’s you. You look incredible even bare-legged (no “bear” description for you.) Still, when you do wear pantyhose, you are breathtakingly beautiful, and extremely sexy. Also, while I said Gong Li has the most gorgeous feet of anyone, your’s are right there, too. So please realize that nothing makes pretty feet look even prettier than sheer nylons. Thank you, Ziyi, for being such a perfect example for women everywhere. You are the best ever and my hero.
Of course, there are many other Asian celebrities I could have mentioned, but this blog post would have gotten too long if I thanked each one individually.
Likewise, I know that there are a million Asian everyday women out there who go to work, go shopping, go to school, go to the grocery store, or just hang out — almost always wearing pantyhose. I’ve heard that many Japanese housewives in particular wear pantyhose. Now that is the ultimate commitment to beauty, grace and femininity.
My thanks to Asian women all over the world because it is common knowledge that you are more devoted pantyhose wearers than women of all other nationalities.
To all of you, Happy Chinese New Year 2013.
And, finally, to Li Na: I love you so much. You are my all-time favorite WTA player. Since I have the Tennis Channel on DirecTV, I can watch every match you play during the Grand Slam events.
It broke my heart that you didn’t win the Australian Open last month. I rooted and cheered during every shot you made, and I will be there for you during the upcoming French Open, hoping you can repeat as the 2011 champion there, Wimbledom and the U.S. Open.
I hope you win them all, but whether you do or not, you are nothing but a winner in life.
Li Na, you are the most powerful, yet, graceful player in the WTA. You are the most fierce competitor, yet, the most gracious person. You have so much class. And you have the best smile ever. Ni hen mei li, Li Na.
Oh, and you have the most beautiful legs of any player in the WTA. Sadly, I’ve got only one picture of you wearing pantyhose, and not surprisingly, you look incredible in them. I hope to see you wearing pantyhose more often, but whether you do or not, I will always love you.
Now, please enjoy these pictures of some of my favorite Asian celebrities:
I don’t know if, or how much you liked it, but one of my own favorite posts on this blog is “A Treat when Pantyhose show up unexpectedly” (http://wp.me/pwR4W-eb). In it, I express my delight in seeing the main character in the movie, “Blood: The Last Vampire,” battling all sorts of deamons while wearing a traditional Japanese schoolgirl uniform, complete with sheer pantyhose.
To me, there is something super sexy about the juxtaposition that results when horror and martial arts action are combined with the ultimate expression of beauty, femininity and class. One just wouldn’t expect to see a beautiful young girl dispatching vampires with karate kicks and a samurai sword, all the while dressed in a skirt and pantyhose.
Similarly, the first three installments of the “Resident Evil” movies offered that same sex appeal: The beautiful and powerful Alice (played by Milla Jovovich) and/or a couple of her allies wear pantyhose while battling hordes of vicious zombies
Man, those zombies of the “Resident Evil” (from now on, RE for short) series are the best since the original ones in George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” movie, and more recently, those in the TV series: “The Walking Dead.”
Like “Blood: The Last Vampire,” the RE series of movies is based on a video game. I had never heard of, nor seen before or since, the video games, but the movies are awesome.
In fact, according to the official website, http://www.residentevil-movie.com/site/, the RE film franchise “has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to date …,” making it the most successful game-to-movie venture in history.
Last week, the fifth installment, “Resident Evil: Retribution” opened worldwide. Written and directed by Milla Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, here’s the synopsis of the movie (again, straight from the film’s official website):
“The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.”
I loved the first three RE movies: “Resident Evil” (2002), “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” (2004) and “Resident Evil: Extinction” (2007). The fourth installment, “Resident Evil: Afterlife” (2010) and now this one, “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), uhhhhh, not as much.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of the entire RE series. I just prefer the purity of the first three installments, in which Alice and a few of her allies battle everyday scary zombies. I like the few against the many. I like the simple premise of trying to survive against the marauding horde. If you’re strong enough, fast enough and can accurately shoot or strike the zombies in their heads, you survive.
When the writers start adding these unbelievable 11-foot-tall mutated monstrosities that swing 200-pound hammers, and the only way you can kill the things is by somehow blowing them to smitherines by way of an explosion, that’s where I lose interest. But that’s just me. The writers don’t have to create ever-more fantastic villains to keep me watching. I can’t get enough of the humans-versus -undead battle on its own. That works just fine for me.
Now, don’t worry. This is still The ActSensuous Blog, and I’m not a film critic. So I’ll get to the pantyhose now. The first three RE movies thrilled me in part because of that juxtaposition I described earlier. I wouldn’t EXPECT to find a single female lead or supporting character wearing pantyhose in a movie about a zombie apocalypse, but I do APPRECIATE it when it happens.
For one thing, I love realism in movies. I think it would have been unrealistic if at least a couple women weren’t wearing pantyhose when the undead began menacing the world. It’s just a little too convenient that every woman would just happen to be dressed in leather, jeans or some other form of otherwise comfortable clothing that would be perfect for running, climbing, falling, jumping, fighting, whatever.
Now, think I’m wrong about my statement that some women wore pantyhose during the first three RE movies? OK, let’s recap.
“Resident Evil” — Alice mostly is not wearing in the majority of the scenes in that skimpy red dress and those black boots. (By the way, I hate big bulky boots with a dress and pantyhose, but hey, I can’t have everything.) But in some scenes, you can see Alice clearly is wearing pantyhose with the very same outfit.
“Resident Evil: Apocalypse” — Once again, in some scenes, it looks like Alice is wearing pantyhose, while in others, she isn’t wearing with the same outfit. However, the lovely newsreporter, Terri Morales (played by Sandrine Holt), is wearing sheer nude pantyhose with her green skirt suit and pumps, and she looks awesome. Wish I could find a still from the graveyard scene in which a zombie comes from under the ground and grabs the reporter’s ankles, bringing her to the ground. Great scene. Also, the character, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes, and at times, not wearing with the same outfit.
“Resident Evil: Extinction” — While there doesn’t appear to be one scene in which Alice is wearing, at least the character, K-Mart (Spencer Locke), is wearing pantyhose under some jeans that are torn at different places on her legs.
While I would have loved to see more consistent pantyhose wearing in all three of those movies, I am thankful for what we got. Add to that the fact that Milla Jovovich frequently wears pantyhose during publicity shoots, magazine ads and other movies, and I have an overall very positive feeling about the RE franchise.
But there was no pantyhose in RE: Afterlife. Not that I remember anyway. Again, I didn’t really enjoy that installment and thus have seen it only once.
And here’s where I finally get to the point of this post (you’re welcome) and the reason for its headline. I was soooooooo looking forward to this fifth installment, RE: Retribution, for two reasons. First, I hoped it would it would be more exciting to me than RE: Afterlife, and be overall more entertaining.
But second, and more importantly, I learned that one of my favorite Chinese actresses, Li Bingbing, would play a major role – Ada Wong (apparently, a popular character in the video games, which again, I’ve never seen).
Now here’s the thing: Frequent readers of this blog know how much I admire Asian actresses (and Asian women in general) for being much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than women of all other nationalities. And being a mainland Chinese star (unlike Michelle Yeoh, Joan Chen, Bai Ling, who, unfortunately, seem to have become way too Westernized, especially when it comes to how they dress in public, etc.), I figured Bingbing most definitely would wear pantyhose in RE: Retribution.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Now, in some of the publicity photos for the movie, I would swear that Bingbing is indeed wearing pantyhose But in others, it looks like she isn’t wearing. I thought the only way I could be certain, was to go to see the movie, so last week, I went to a night showing (by myself, by the way. Couldn’t talk anyone into going to see it with me.) And, yes, I wore a dress, heels and ActSensuous nude pantyhose. Anyway, I was determined to see the movie because I thought it might be more clear as to whether Ada Wong was wearing pantyhose or not. (Also, I realized it had been a long time since you got a new post from me, and this was at least a timely theme.)
I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that costume designer Wendy Partridge didn’t think it was important to dress Ada Wong in pantyhose. And, I can’t believe that Bingbing didn’t request it, or even insist on it.
I will say that Bingbing is stunningly beautiful and has such perfect skin that maybe if anyone could get away with not wearing pantyhose, it would be her. Still, I don’t understand why women would ever want to wear leather high heels with bare feet, especially when they’re going to be walking, running and fighting in them. It’s not exactly what you’d call comfy. Also, that dress with the slit-up-to-there showed a lot of leg, and as great as she looked anyway, Bingbing would have been devastatingly gorgeous in pantyhose. Besides, pantyhose with a dress like that would have been more appropriate, Ada Wong being Chinese would have been much more likely to wear pantyhose anyway, and it just plain would have been sexier — a factor that certainly helps movies of this genre.
I still want to believe that maybe my eyes just aint what they used to be, and that Bingbing was wearing very sheer pantyhose with that outfit. One thing I have learned about readers of this blog is you people know a lot about these things, and some of you will come up with high quality pictures that I couldn’t find, and maybe we’ll know for sure one way or another. Or, you’ll just write in about what you saw at the movie. Was she wearing at all? Ever?
I don’t understand Partridge’s decision to not dress Bingbing in pantyhose. It’s not as if the story or the period precluded it because at least two female zombies who had prominent parts in fight scenes wore hose. One was in some funky (ugly) thick striped tights, and the other was in some ripped fishnet hose. Maybe Partridge is one of those pantyhose haters and dressed those two zombies in hose because they were pretty convincingly killed off early in the film.
Can you feel my pain? I so hate missed opportunities. If something can be done better, why not do it? Bingbing as Ada Wong was lovely and a nice addition to the RE franchise. RE: Retribution was, in my opinion, better than RE: Afterlife. It worked, but had Bingbing been dressed in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose, it would have classed up and added a dose of beauty to the film.
OK, the RE franchise will be fine even though Ada Wong was wearing an amazing dress but not wearing pantyhose. I just think Bingbing deserved better from the costume designer.
Think you don’t know Li Bingbing? I think you do. She is the white-haired witch in the movie, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. If you have DirecTV, you’ll see it plays, I don’t know, like every other week for the past two years or so. Now, “The Forbidden Kingdom” is a period piece, so naturally, Bingbing wasn’t wearing pantyhose in that movie, but OMG, is she gorgeous!
Bingbing also was the “bad guy” in another cute martial arts movie I’ve talked about here many times before – “Silver Hawk,” starring Michelle Yeoh (whom I still love despite that comment I made earlier about her having become too Westernized.) Anyway, both Michelle and Bingbing wear pantyhose constantly throughout “Silver Hawk,” including all the fight scenes.
In “Silver Hawk,” Bingbing wears short-shorts and high heel boots with pantyhose, and does a great deal more fighting than she was called on to do in RE: Retribution, so why Partridge might think it somehow would not work for her to wear pantyhose with that fabulous dress and high heels in RE: Retribution is beyond me? Certainly, not because of the physical nature of the role.
Recently, Bingbing played a great supporting role in the Chinese movie, “A World without Thieves,” which appears on the movie channels from time to time. But none of the women even wear a dress, let alone pantyhose, in that film. It isn’t so much a period piece, but just not the right setting for dressing up.
And in November 2009, Li won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in the espionage spy thriller, “The Message.”
Set in 1942 Nanjing, China, following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion for questioning, including stenographer Gu (actress Zhou Xun) and codebreaker Li (Li Bingbing). During the next five days, the group is watched, manipulated and tortured as the Japanese officers attempt to extract the identity of the leaders of the resistance.
Throughout the film, both Xun and Bingbing wear beautiful dresses and heels, complete with sheer hosiery.
Bingbing also stars alongside Jeon Ji-hyeon (known to Western audiences as Gianna Jun of “Blood: The Last Vampire”) in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” directed by Wayne Wang, who also directed “The Joy Luck Club.”
If you want to drop about 20 pounds, just watch either of those two movies, and you’ll cry out that much in tears. Bingbing and Ji-hyeon are beautiful and brilliant in Snow Flower, each playing dual roles, as the film tells the story of undying female friendship while it meanders between modern day and turn-of-the-century China. There’s at least one scene during the modern day era of the film wear both girls wear beautiful dresses and hosiery.
Like Milla, Bingbing frequently wears pantyhose in magazine shoots, particularly those in China, and during public appearances, as well as in movies of modern-era timelines. Yet, in every photo I could find of Milla and Bingbing making appearances together or separately during publicity events and premiere appearances for RE: Retribution, neither woman is wearing pantyhose. They both wear beautiful dresses or gowns and beautiful shoes, but with bear legs.
I have to admit that both women look incredible. Both are amazingly beautiful. I just don’t understand their all-too-casual approach. The RE franchise is about to top $700 million, yet, no one feels the premiere event is a worthy enough occasion to warrant pantyhose.
I really love Milla, and I believe in her. She’s beautiful, super-talented and charming as heck. And even during the height of the “bear” legs movement in the late 1990s to mid-2000s, Milla always maintained her professionalism, class and elegance, frequently wearing pantyhose during promotional appearances and in public venues.
So, what gives now? Has Milla finally succumbed to the bear legs culture? I don’t think so.
But here’s something I find a bit disturbing: When a superstar like Milla doesn’t bother to wear pantyhose when promoting her own movie, why should Bingbing or anyone else?
Milla, like other famous Hollywood superstars, has a huge influence on celebrities all over the world. So, even popular stars in China, such as Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, who traditionally have dressed conservatively and elegantly, especially throughout Asia, now often are showing up at awards ceremonies and publicity functions bear-legged.
It’s bad enough that our celebrities have de“class”ified these events, but when their poor choices negatively influence otherwise more classy stars in other parts of the world, that is a real shame.
Still, I have faith in Milla, and Bingbing. Check out the gallery below. You’ll see that both have a good track record of wearing pantyhose in most of their movies, during most formal occasions, and often in public in general.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is the feedback I get from you in the form of comments you make about my various posts. I can’t tell you how meaningful that is.
First, I need to feel that someone really cares about what I’m doing here. Second, it would be no fun writing award-winning-quality pieces and not hear your reactions. Third, reading your opinions, questions and experiences not only help me to stay motivated, but often gives me ideas for new posts.
Case in point: Our newest reader/commenter, Richard, wrote yesterday that he first developed his love of pantyhose during his 4th grade through 8th grade school days, as a pretty teacher wore dresses or skirts with high heels and pantyhose all the time. He added that she even wore hose the few times she wore slacks. And he said that sometimes she slipped out of her high heels and walked throughout the classroom in just her pantyhosed feet.
Richard, like so many other longtime ActSensuous Blog readers ponders how and why he has a pantyhose fetish. This phenomenon seems to plague hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. They question it and seem almost tormented by it.
I’m certainly no expert, but it seems to me that we start to become who we are at an early stage in life, and one of the biggest influencers on us besides our parents (especially, before cable TV and the Internet) was our elementary and middle school teachers. And back in the day (before cable TV and the Internet, and “Sex and the City”) teachers, like all professional women wouldn’t dream of not wearing pantyhose.
It happened that way for me. I can’t remember what grade I was in, but I’m guessing 4th or so. There was a pretty young teacher who always wore dresses or skirts with heels and nylons, and under her desk we could see her shoe-play, and she had pretty feet.
I think it was the last day of school, when the teacher was seated at her desk occupied by papers and a couple of kids talking with her at her desk. One boy lost all control and parked himself in a prone position under her desk and kissed her feet for a few minutes. He later said he was kissing her shoes, but none of us bought that.
I hadn’t thought about that in a hundred years, but Richard’s comment brought back those memories. I am still amazed that the teacher was unfazed by the thing (maybe it happened to her all the time), and that none of the other kids seemed too shocked by it either. Most just laughed, but I am sure there were some among us who couldn’t believe that kid had the nerve to act on his fantasy right there for the whole class to see.
I don’t know about the other kids in that class, but I was probably ruined for life after witnessing that scene. A couple of years later, 6th grade I think, I began to notice other teachers who always wore dresses, complete with high heels and pantyhose. Of course, that was just the way it was back then, but it still was pretty exciting to see, especially when some of the teachers seemed to tease a little by frequently running their hands over their nylons to feel the silky fabric on their legs. I always thought that was sexy. I wondered how any of the boys learned anything (academically) during those classes.
That was a great time (notice I’m not revealing the year so as not to age myself). Looking back, I see things for what they might have been. We were so young that to us teachers were just adults. But I’m betting that the teachers were probably fresh out of college and they might have been just starting their professional careers.
And back in the day, dressing professionally and wearing pantyhose might have been new and exciting to them, too. They probably enjoyed being looked up to by the kids, and wearing the proper business attire likely contributed to their own self-esteem. That, and the attention they probably got from students, as well as from other teachers and faculty, couldn’t have hurt.
Did those pretty teachers know they were making an impression among many of the students in ways other than academically? Maybe, but it was a more innocent time, so perhaps some of those teachers thought they were looked upon as goddesses, but I doubt back then, they had any idea they were the cause of many kids developing a pantyhose and/or foot fetish for life.
But, in many cases, that’s exactly what they were doing.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing in any sense. While there is no doubt that today millions of us find pantyhose, and sheer nylons over pretty feet, extremely sexy, I still believe that wearing pantyhose makes a woman stand out from those who don’t. To me, when a woman chooses to wear pantyhose when she goes to work, out to a nice restaurant, or just out and about, she is professional, classy and beautiful.
How sad it is that probably the majority of today’s teachers don’t wear pantyhose. Heck, today’s teachers probably don’t even wear dresses or skirts. They are at the front lines, charged with educating and setting an example for today’s youth. And the decisions these teachers so recklessly make to dress in jeans or pants outfits only reinforces in our kids’ minds that the school system is a casual experience that carries with it not much in the way of expectations.
How sad it is that seemingly most women today don’t get it. It seems so many women have been poisoned about the very concept of wearing pantyhose by negative influences created in Hollywood and filtered into mainstream life.
It’s sad that something as beautiful and decidedly feminine as pantyhose has been villified in the fashion world to the point that otherwise normal women think they hate pantyhose now.
But the true haters notwithstanding, I can’t help but feel there are millions of women out there who have no negative agenda against pantyhose, yet, because they believe that pantyhose are “out” today, they feel obligated to go “bear”-legged because “everyone else is doing it.” That’s why we see women who should know better, such as celebrities, lawyers, real estate agents, and corporate executives ditching the pantyhose with their dresses, skirts, suits and pumps. They know it’s the right thing to do to wear those outfits, but they have been brainwashed into thinking that it’s OK to skip the hose.
I really think that secretly many of them don’t feel comfortable dressed up but with bear legs, yet, they don’t have the courage to go against the grain.
I can’t help but believe that some day, they’re going to look back at old pictures of themselves in a beautiful dress, high heels and bear legs, and say to themselves, “What was I thinking?”
Polls reflect your views
Another recent comment from a reader, libertariangman, posed the question: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
That comment/question inspired a recent post from me, “Future of Pantyhose in Men’s Hands?” (03/12/2012). Attached to that post is a poll: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
As of this writing, 161 individuals have weighed in. Assuming the voters are who they say they are, so far, 154 men have voted Yes (95%); 4 women voted Yes (2%) that they think men prefer women in hosiery; and 3 men (Tabitha’s “special” friends) voted No (2%). Surprisingly, not a single No vote was cast by a woman.
Wow, 95 percent of voters believe that men prefer women in hosiery over bare legs! That’s pretty good. But what does this mean? Perhaps not much. Most of those voting were (ostensibly) men. I think the world pretty much knows that men prefer women in pantyhose. And 161 votes aint gonna make the Guinness Book of World Records. Still, I believe that if there were 161,000 votes, it would still work out that 95 percent of them favor women in pantyhose.
To me, the troubling reality is that women get that men prefer them in pantyhose, but they still aint gonna do it. Shouldn’t you guys be highly insulted here? I’ve said it before, and I guess I’m going to keep saying it: Men need to communicate better with women. Somehow, you’ve got to make it clear that you love them in pantyhose, and you have to make them care.
I’m curious, do you guys ever fantasize that you’re the hiring authority of the most highly-sought-after corporation in your city, where everyone wants to work. It’s a highly-successful and extremely professional business that enjoys the best reputation in its industry. You run an ad for a female Vice President of Marketing, and you get a lobbyful of qualified applicants. You do a quick scan and see that 90 percent of the women aren’t wearing pantyhose.
What do you do? You very professionally and charismatically single out the women wearing pantyhose (without acknowledging the fact) and ask each one to sit on this side of the lobby, while those not wearing, are to sit on that side. Then, you retreat to your office and ask your assistant (who knows better and always wears) to one-after-another escort the women in pantyhose to your office for the interview, completely ignoring the nonwearers, regardless of who was there first, or who might have the stronger resume.
After a while, one those with bear legs questions your assistant about what’s going on, and she tells those women that they really should go home and come back another time when they are dressed professionally for the executive level position and the nature of the corporation.
The women in that group look at themselves and each other and see that they are all wearing perfectly tailored corporate grey or black business suits and skirts with white blouses and closed toe pumps. What the heck is this lady talking about? But one or two of them get it. A few of them knew better. They knew they should wear pantyhose, but they chose not to, figuring it just doesn’t matter in today’s world – even at a highly-successful and extremely professional business environment. Because they know they screwed up, they don’t say anything, but one of the young, hot-shot, overly-aggressive corporate fireballs, speaks up:
“Is he (you) not seeing us because we’re not wearing pantyhose? That’s ridiculous. Pantyhose are so outdated. They’re irrelevant today. No one wears them anymore.” And another chimes in: “He can’t do that. (Yes he/you can.) That’s illegal. (No it’s not.) That’s discrimination. (Yeah, so what? It’s the right of any business to establish a dress code, and if you don’t agree with it, no one’s forcing you to work here. Bimbo!) I don’t want to work for a place like this. I’m out of here.” (Good. Go!)
Just a thought.
OK, how about this: You’re deep in the throes of the zombie apocalypse. There are only a few survivors. You are holed up in a makeshift fortress. Two women on foot have stumbled upon your sanctuary, and are pounding on the door pleading to be let in, as the zombie horde closes in. Unfortunately, there is room for only one more person. You see that one is an absolutely gorgeous woman wearing a dress and high heels, but no pantyhose, while the other is semi-attractive, wearing a dress and high heels AND sheer suntan pantyhose. The gorgeous woman expects to be let in because, well, she’s always gotten preferential treatment her whole life. The undead are closing in. What do you do?
Simple. You let the one wearing pantyhose in, and say “Missed it by THAT much” to the beauty with bear legs.
OK, OK, fine. You let them both in. But to make a point, you first say “Wow, you’re gorgeous, but I’m gonna have to go with her because she’s got the class, elegance and femininity to wear pantyhose with that pretty outfit, and you don’t.” Then, you let that girl in, closing the door on the one with bear legs. The brain-munchers are almost on top of her now, and she’s crying out, and you say “Alright, I’ll let you in on one condition: First time we come across a store that sells pantyhose, you grab a pair and put them on. Deal?” She agrees and you let her in. I mean c’mon, you’re a reasonable fellow.
You guys get me here? You’ve got to deliver the message: We are sick of the bear legs look. Enough already. We want you wearing pantyhose.
Hey, it’s worth a try. What ideas do you have? Let’s get a forum going about the ways men can get the point across to women.
The other day, the topic of this blog came up during a meeting with our vice president. Kelly Linh said “All you ever write about is celebrities.” To which I responded (in my ever-endearing style) with something like: “ ‘F’ you, beeeeeatch!” (I can say that to her because she’s not just an employee, but also my dear little BFF.)
Besides, I like writing about celebrites. Who else am I gonna write about, the girl in the department store not wearing pantyhose? C’mon.
It’s celebrities who instigated the “bear” legs movement, and it’s celebrities who most influence fashion in everyday life. I feel it’s my duty to recognize and heap loads of praise on those special entertainers who set a good and postive example by wearing pantyhose, and “dis” and sling tons of criticism at those who don’t.
And another thing … since it was Kelly Linh who pointed out that all I ever write about is celebrities, she’ll just have to understand that since this post isn’t about them, meaning I can’t include any pics of hot entertainers wearing pantyhose, she has forced me to look elsewhere for a source of photos for this post.
So, without her permission (but since I’m the boss), and since this post would look kind of “bear” without pics of a lovely lady in pantyhose, the photos you’ll see here are some candids I just happened to find among my private files.
OK, this post is for you, Kelly Linh.
Oh, and for Lester and Crystal, a married couple who each have written comments on this blog about their love and devotion to one another, and how Crystal’s wearing of pantyhose is a major factor in their happy and healthy relationship. Was it them, or another reader who suggested I write a piece about what ideas men could come up with to try to get the women in their lives to wear pantyhose for them?
That was a great suggestion, and I was a bit surprised that more readers didn’t comment on that comment with their suggestions.
In any event, I have always believed that a loving relationship should be a 50-50 deal. I mean a relationship is a partnership, a give and take, a yin and a yang. And that means husbands and wives, or bfs and gfs, should make sacrifices for each other. Whether the thermostat gets adjusted, a different TV show gets watched, or whatever, sacrifices always should be made.
I’m surprised that women today seem so unwilling to make the simplest sacrifice that 99 percent of the male population wants – them to wear pantyhose. Actually, to even call such a thing a sacrifice is ridiculous. It’s not as if men are asking their women to wear 6-inch heels every day.
There was a time (seems like a long time ago) when women wanted men to notice and appreciate little things about them, including how they dressed. Of course, there has long been the notion that women dress for other women – not for men. Today, I think women just dress for themselves and don’t care what anyone thinks.
It’s sad that some women don’t take notice, or just don’t care, that men love them in pantyhose. But when you’re in a relationship, I think you shouldn’t have to deny yourself the pleasure of seeing the one you love in pantyhose.
The key is communication. You have to find the right time and have a heart-to-heart talk with your girl. Then, you have to be sincere. Don’t complain, don’t demand. Just let her know that you think she is beautiful but that she would absolutely rock your world if once in a while she would wear pantyhose. Tell her that to you it has nothing to do with what’s in style or not in style, what’s fashionable or not. Rather, it’s something you have always loved and there’s no one you’d rather see in pantyhose than your wife (or gf). Ask her to do this for you.
If there were ever a time for men to do this, it’s got to be this month. What occasion could be better than Valentine’s Day for men to ask their women to wear pantyhose for them? It’s the most romantic day of the year, and fortunately, women still want that to be a special day. Yes, if there were ever a day when men could ask their wives or girlfriends to put on pantyhose for them, Valentine’s Day would have to be it.
And so, we decided to help. In honor of Valentine’s Day, and for the first time in our 11 years in business, ActSensuous offered our world-renowned beautiful and sexy pantyhose at half price.
I have to say I was thrilled with the response. Many of our longtime customers stocked up on their favorite colors, and a record number of new customers for one month decided to give us a try. In fact, we’ve more than tripled our usual numbers for orders in February, and half the month remains.
For those of you who bought ActSensuous to give as a gift to your special someone on Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear from you. Gentlemen, did you give your lady ActSensuous and ask her to wear them for you? Did she oblige you, and was it fun for both of you? And to the ladies who ordered ActSensuous, did you take my advice and wrap them up as a gift to give him to give to you? Did he love it? Did it make for the exciting night you anticipated? If you want to share your stories, please feel free to write to Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now back to our Kelly Linh. Maybe you can tell from her last name she’s Vietnamese. And she’s no Twinkie (yellow on the outside but white on the inside) either. Well, OK, she actually is pretty Americanized, but ethnicity-wise, she’s 100 percent Asian. And, as such, she grew up constantly being told that she’s worthless because she’s female (sons are very important and highly valued in Asian culture; daughters, not so much).
Now, this is a girl who has not one, but two bachelor’s degrees and a small aircraft pilot’s license. (AND SHE ENDED UP WORKING HERE!!! :) )
She’s an amazing person, but to this day, Kelly has no idea how incredible she looks in pantyhose. I’ve tried to convince her, but she aint buying what I’m selling for a minute. She says I’m biased. Well, yeah, she’s got me there.
Nevertheless, I’m trying to convince her to become the next model on our website’s gallery. Wish me luck.
I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day.
“I’m Ann Curry, in for I guess nobody this morning – me, myself and I. It’s nice to be able to say that, isn’t it?”
That’s how the multiple-award-winning veteran journalist debuted as co-host with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show this morning, replacing Meredith Vieira who held the post the past five years.
Curry, who had been on the “Today” show since 1997 as the news anchor, and was previously passed up for the co-host spot in favor of her friend Vieira, also is anchor of “Dateline NBC,” the network’s award-winning newsmagazine. She also regularly substitute-anchors on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”
Curry’s been on my radar for some time now, but after two readers of this blog asked me to write about “news anchors and pantyhose,” and now, with Ann making her debut as co-host of “Today,” the timing is right.
Other than when she’s been on-location in a jungle, a desert, or a war-torn environment, I have never seen Ann Curry not wearing a dress or skirt suit with high heels and pantyhose.
In this sad (OK, being honest here – sickening) time when so many women want to lose the pantyhose even at the highest corporate levels, I greatly admire, respect and absolutely love Ann Curry for her dedication to being professional, glamorous and ultra feminine in the way she dresses.
In a minute, I’ll get to the part about news anchors and pantyhose, as it appears that it’s the network and cable executives who make wearing pantyhose a policy for their female stars, but it seems to me that Ann Curry would wear of her own volition. And, of course, we know that Meredith Vieira is famous for her devotion to wearing pantyhose in her roles as co-host of TV news/talk shows, and as host of the game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
I love Ann Curry and Meredith Vieira because in addition to wearing on the job, they choose to wear dresses, heels and pantyhose when they make appearances at awards shows, publicity events and late night talk shows. To me, that is the very height of professionalism, and it shows the true, very fine character of these women.
This post could be three pages long if I wrote about all of Curry’s accomplishments and the awards she’s won, but there are many great stories on the Internet, which you can find yourself, and I encourage you to do so.
Suffice it to say that Curry has distinguished herself in global humanitarian reporting, frequently traveling to remote areas of the world to cover under-reported stories.
“I try to do stories that make a difference – stories that affect the way people think, stories that people need to hear – and usually what drives me is to do stories about people who have no voice, people who have no political power, people who are overlooked by society.” – Ann Curry
If you do a Google search for Ann Curry, you will find many images of her, almost always wearing a dress or a skirt with high heels and pantyhose.
In fact, she is becoming pretty famous for her beautiful legs. On Google, there are image categories devoted to just her legs or just her feet.
I love that she is dedicated to dressing professionally as a journalist, but I think it’s equally impressive that she always looks very feminine, too.
Of Japanese (mother) and American (father) descent, Ann is a very beautiful woman. That’s enough to win her the millions of fans she has, but she’s also cute, funny, and sweet.
Here is an excerpt from an interview last month with TV Guide Magazine: You were certainly the people’s choice to replace Meredith. Why do you think the Today audience likes you so much?
Curry: I would say that — almost to a fault, pretty much — what you see is what you get. Sometimes I’ve been accused of being too exuberant in the morning. Once, I said “Good morning” three times with a goofy smile on my face. I’m as fallible as the next person. I’m as goofy and dopey and silly and caring as people think I am. Take me or leave me.
TV Guide Magazine: When your co-anchor job was announced, you said you felt like the computer nerd being asked to the prom by the high school quarterback. Does it matter to you that you’re not one of the cool kids?
Curry: I think there are more nerds in the world than there are cool people, so more people might get me than you realize. I do want people to like me, but I don’t want to be loved for something I’m not; I want to be loved for something I am. What I am is someone who grabs people and hugs them even if other people think that’s weird. I am someone who is gong to wear her heart on her sleeve. I am someone who is going to care about stories when some people think, “Why do you bother?” My motivation is how do I reach the most people to tell the stories that matter most to them. However fallible I am as a human being, my intent is earnest and my effort is constant in the practice of providing viewers good information, which I know gives them power.
There’s no denying Ann’s passion and humanity, but she also is extremely professional. She’s a total class act who has forged a distinguished career.
Ann Curry so deserves “Credit ‘wear’ Credit is due.” I wish her much happiness and success as the new co-host of “Today.”
News anchors and pantyhose
In the entertainment world, everyone knows that “sex sells.” While the news industry was never designed to be about entertainment or sex appeal, today’s broadcast news organizations know that in the ongoing battle for audience share, they have to attract and keep viewers coming back for more.
Perhaps, demographics show that men make up the largest audience of TV news programs, which could explain the current trend that all the powerhouses seem to follow: Feature beautiful female anchors and reporters who wear dresses, skirts and pantyhose.
And, when it comes to women who are dedicated to beauty and femininity, especially when it comes to wearing pantyhose, no culture understands this power better than Asia.
On its blog, HKTV writes:
“For many years, Bernie Lo was the host of Bloomberg’s morning show. He would inject humor into the daily headlines, which was a great tension reliever for guests or analysts reporting on the show. When Bernie returned to CNBC, Bloomberg had to make some choices. Competition from all directions came from networks including Fox Networks and CNBC.
“Now, … Bloomberg has a new strategy to attract new viewers … Susan Li’s legs.
“Those opinions are clearly overlooking her skills as a broadcast journalist to keep the audience tuned in to “First Up with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television.
“Susan Li also uses clear, simple language during the interview. She does not let the analysts and fund managers “talk their book,” which is a practice where guests provide recommendations that benefit their investments; instead, Susan Li often politely asks the guests to clarify their statements.
“The clarification sometimes leads to more thoughtful discourse, as her use of clear language to highlight the main ideas translates the “analyst speak” for Bloomberg TV viewers. Clarifying analyst comments or recommendations maintains the credibility of the Bloomberg brand, while subtly signaling to the guest that the interview is a discussion and not a sales pitch.”
Of course, there are many other news anchors and in-studio broadcast reporters who are talented and professional, and know how to capture viewers with their glamorous and sexy looks.
Did I leave out your favorites? Please let us know who your favorite news anchors in pantyhose are.
Meanwhile, here’s another picture of Susan Li and her gorgeous legs in pantyhose.
Frequent readers of this blog know that I think pantyhose should be worn for the right reasons, during the right occasions and at the right places. OK, so pretty much always.
Obviously, I want pantyhose at the office, the courthouse, the wedding, the funeral, the party, the stage, the TV studio, the movie set ….. you get the idea. When this happens, I am so proud and very happy.
Today, it’s hard enough to see pantyhose worn in movies where the occasion and venues would seem to warrant it. I like it a lot when it does happen. So imagine the thrill I get when pantyhose show up on an actress in a role and at a venue where one not only wouldn’t expect them, but in which one would actually forgive the character/actress for not wearing.
This weekend, I watched such a movie, “Blood: The Last Vampire.”
Now, I like a good vampire-killer movie, but throw in a Japanese setting, karate fights and samurai swords, and, hey, I’m all in, baby!
So, I was excited to watch “Blood: The Last Vampire,” but I certainly didn’t expect to see the young heroine, Saya, wearing a traditional Japanese schoolgirl uniform, complete with pantyhose so sheer, even I didn’t realize she was wearing until almost halfway through the film.
I wanted to check out the martial arts action sequences more closely, and when I put the DVR in slow motion to enjoy Saya’s beautiful spinning wheel kicks, I realized she was wearing pantyhose. Wow!
I was digging the movie anyway, but the fact that the actress (or, perhaps, the costume designer) chose to put the actress in pantyhose, even for the samurai sword and karate fight sequences, well, you had me at Japanese vampire.
Like the “Resident Evil” movies being based on a video game, “Blood: The Last Vampire” movie is based on the wildly popular and multiple award-winning Japanese anime cult classic series.
I’ve read differing accounts of the time frame in which the live action movie version takes place, but most say it’s around 1966, during a period when the U.S.military is preparing to enter the Vietnam War. The setting is an American Air Force base in Tokyo. But while the base is on edge about the war, there’s already an unseen battle going on; a 400-year-long fight waged by vampires and their monstrous bat-like creatures who feed on human blood.
Enter Saya, the lone execution arm of a covert government agency that has been hunting demons for centuries. She is installed as a would-be student at a military school on the base to discover which of her classmates are demons in disguise, and to force a confrontation against the most powerful demon of them all — Onigen, who murdered Saya’s father when she was a young girl.
While Saya has the appearance of a 17-year-old student, she really is a 400-year-old samurai of extraordinary ability. Saya is a half-human/half-vampire being, who preys on demons that feast on human blood.
Joining forces with a secret government agency known as the Council, Saya is tormented at being a half-breed creature with the soul of her human father and the powers (and need of blood to survive) of her vampire mother.
She is obsessed about finally facing the most powerful of demons (the one that killed her father) and, en route to the confrontation she seeks with Onigen, Saya wages a one-girl series of battles in which she dispatches with her samurai sword hundreds of lower level demons.
Saya is played by beautiful Korean model/actress Jeon Ji-hyeon. (Remember, traditionally, Asian people say and write their family names first, and their given names second. Because she’s young, I am going to call her by her first name here.)
By the way, don’t be confused: For an English audience, Ji-hyeon changed her named to Gianna Jun, and the film credits list her as only Gianna. To complicate things further, some Internet sources list her name as Jeon Ji Hyun and Jun Ji-hyun.
I thought Jun Ji-hyun was accurate, but a Korean movie data base site that I trust has her name listed exclusively as Jeon Ji-hyeon. My feelings about these things is that one should always believe the way the country of origin spells and pronounces a name. You’d have to think the Koreans know how one of their own spells and says her name.
Whoever cast her in “Blood: The Last Vampire” is brilliant. Ji-hyeon is one of Korea’s most popular young actresses, beloved for her starring roles in romantic comedies. Who could have imagined her pulling off such an impressive performance in an action thriller, relying on martial arts fight sequences throughout? In an interview, Ji-hyeon said she never imagined she’d play a part in an action movie, but that she had a lot of fun doing it and is now hooked.
While I haven’t seen any of Ji-hyeon other movies, I am extremely impressed at the transformation she makes of herself from a romantic comedy legend to a role in which her very dark character doesn’t smile once throughout the movie.
I am so glad I saw ‘Blood: The Last Vampire” because I am now a Jeon Ji-hyeon fan.
I am so extremely impressed with her. For a 27-year-old, she is very professional and classy, almost always wearing dresses, high heels and pantyhose during public appearances and in fashion photo shoots.
It is so heartwarming to see a young professional displaying good taste and showing such grace and elegance in her young career. I am looking forward to seeing more of her.
“Blood: The Last Vampire” is done by one of the producers of “Hero” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” An extremely good story with wonderful acting and martial arts fights, “Hero” stars Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi. It is one of my favorite martial arts movies because the story is so beautifully told (and I love Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi). And, of course, you know all about “Crouching Tiger …”
While “Blood: The Last Vampire” might not win any prestigious film awards, it is definitely worth checking out. It often runs on the DirecTV Encore channels.
Pantyhose in other Action Settings
In some of my earlier blog posts, I’ve gloated over how often pantyhose are worn by some of the female contestants and most of the female audience members at the site of the hit Japanese game show, “Ninja Warrior,” known as “the world’s toughest obstacle course.”
Talk about pantyhose in unexpected places! I so love the Japanese. How many female athletes competing in a brutal obstacle course would be wearing pantyhose in Western countries? And how many spectators sitting on bleachers at such a venue would be dressed in skirts, high heels and pantyhose anywhere except in Japan or other Asian countries?
Back to pantyhose showing up in movies in which you wouldn’t expect them, I’ve often praised Milla Jovovich (and/or the costume designer) of the “Resident Evil” movies for dressing Milla’s character, Alice, in pantyhose for many of the scenes in which she’s shooting and kicking the crud out of zombies.
These rare cases are so impressive to me. While today, so many movies that are set in business or formal scenes feature lead characters who dress up, except for the awful bare legs look, it’s so rewarding to see that some actresses (and/or costume designers) have so much class that they dress their female star characters in pantyhose. They truly get what so many others don’t seem to — legs look so much better in pantyhose.
A couple of my other favorite action movies are “Beyond Hypothermia,” about a beautiful Chinese professional hit woman, who dispatches countless dudes, while dressed in lovely outfits, including high heels and pantyhose. There’s just something about a delicately beautiful and petite woman (Wu Chen-Lien at right) dressed all femininely, while toting a high-power rifle that’s bigger than she is, and wielding assorted semi-automatic handguns. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the whole thing — pretty but deadly women, kicking butt, while wearing the most feminine thing in the whole world — pantyhose.
You’ve read here before how much I love “Princess Aurora.” Don’t let the title fool you. This is a Korean movie, starring the immensely popular Korean singer/actress Uhm Jung-hwa, who plays a heartbroken mother out to avenge the kidnap/murder of her young daughter (who loved the Disney character, Princess Aurora.)
Despite the fact that this movie is pretty violent, it is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story, incredibly well-written and superbly acted. I love Uhm Jung-hwa and will buy anything I can find that she’s done.
Unfortunately, “Princess Aurora” is not available on DVD, but it is shown on IFC (Independent Film Channel) from time to time on DirecTV.
Besides that I love this actress and this movie, one of the reasons I am recommending you see this is because Jung-hwa wears stunningly beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and pantyhose throughout the movie.
While not quite as powerful or well done, another two movies I like are “Black Angel” and “Black Angel 2,” about a young Japanese woman who, years after witnessing the murder of her yakuza boss father, becomes an accomplished hit woman, who eventually extracts great vengeance on the new yakuza clan.
The beautiful star who plays Black Angel is Riona Hizuki, who wears all black (naturally) dresses and pantyhose throughout the entire movie.
Seeing a trend with me here? I guess I like movies in which women assassins extol the virtues of dressing femininely while blowing (mostly men) away. Hey, I’m sure men would rather be done-in by a beautiful babe in pantyhose, than killed a little bit each day by women who go bare-legged. Guys, am I right here?
Recently, I watched the movie “Salt,” starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA spy (or Soviet Union double-agent?). In the beginning of the movie, her character wears a skirt suit with high heels, but sadly, no pantyhose. Too bad. I thought it would have been very attractive and sexy if she had been wearing pantyhose when she kicked off her heels to fight and flee once her cover was compromised.
How about you? Do you love it when you see pantyhose in unexpected places? What’s your favorite action (or otherwise) movie, in which the lead actress wears pantyhose throughout? Or, do you have a favorite pantyhose scene during a movie? Please share so that we all can enjoy!