Category Archives: Celebrities in pantyhose
Alright, alright, don’t get excited. This isn’t about a contest where you can don a pair of pantyhose with the hope of winning a cool million dollars.
If it was that catchy headline that brought you here for the first time, only to find that this is a blog devoted to wearing pantyhose (and you had no idea that such a thing even existed), let me save you from reading further. In fact, if you are one of those women who wouldn’t wear pantyhose (God forbid …) even if someone actually paid you $1 million to do so, you certainly aren’t going to like this blog.
On the other hand, if you a pantyhose lover, or are neutral about them, and just curious, well, welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.
Of course, longtime readers here know that this blog enthusiastically beats up on pantyhose haters and happily lavishes praise upon girls who love pantyhose, or at least have the good sense and class to wear them for all the right reasons.
You know, it wasn’t that long ago that pantyhose were practically run (pun intended) permanently out of town. But thanks to some very professional and always-classy celebrities (Christie Brinkley, Kate Middleton, Milla Jovovich to name a few), and so many young stars (including Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove and Selena Gomez) pantyhose are beginning to look all mainstream again.
I don’t know how much of an effect those stars have had on everyday females, but a search of the Internet shows that there are millions of “real girls in pantyhose” everywhere in the world.
Seeing the mind-boggling number of pictures of everyday girls wearing pantyhose in every imaginable venue makes me wonder whether there ever really was a threat that pantyhose could really be ripped out of lingerie drawers forever.
While not long ago, haters tried to convince the world that pantyhose are irrelevant and “not in fashion” in today’s society, now, I am wondering how much thought women give to that idea, if they ever really did?
One of the ways I gauge this is how often or not pantyhose show up in mainstream entertainment venues? And I don’t mean just movies and television shows. I’m seeing pantyhose more and more on TV commercials, in magazines, and even at fashion shows.
Thankfully, that’s not even a surprise anymore today, but how about those “real girls?” I don’t have the time or patience to sit in front of the computer and search the Internet to see how prevalent pantyhose wearing is among normal people. But how else can I see “real girls” in situations where they at least have the opportunity to wear pantyhose for the right reasons?
There’s one place, and I particularly like it. It’s the variety show, America’s Got Talent.
I have to confess that I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol or The Voice, but from what I can tell from commercials, the competition is for singers only. I really like AGT, now entering its ninth season, because you never know what you’re going to see — singers, dancers, magicians, escape artists, jugglers, sword swallowers, ventriloquists, you name it. It’s the ultimate variety show. The other thing I like about the show is the performers are from every age group and every background imaginable. Some of the contestants have had their particular talent for most of their lives, but never had the opportunity to share it with a real audience, and so they hold regular jobs, and now, finally, have a chance to live their lifelong dreams thanks to AGT.
It’s also a competition where the ladies, at least, have the opportunity to grace their legs with sheer pantyhose. Many do, but too many don’t.
So here’s the reason for that headline: The contestants are competing against a massive number of other hopefuls, performing acts of every talent imaginable for a prize that includes $1 million and his or her own headline act in Las Vegas. They’re doing it on the biggest stage they’ve ever seen in their lives. And on the ladies, some of those costumes are pretty skimpy.
So I find it intriguing to see which of the girls wear pantyhose. To my delight, it appears that the majority of the performers do wear. And even though I know it’s going to happen, I’m sometimes a bit surprised and always disappointed when someone doesn’t choose to wear pantyhose, but really should.
Good thing I’m not a judge
It’s the biggest stage these performers ever have, and likely ever will, perform on in fulfilling their dreams to share their talents with a national audience.
Here’s the thing. It’s a million dollar prize, people! And you’re in Radio City Music Hall (among other venues). You’re performing for the first time in front of thousands of people, and millions more watching from home around the country.
So, what if wearing pantyhose helped the performer win $1 million? The point is, why risk it by not wearing them?
What I wonder is why there is any question? The contestants’ legs look so much better under the lights in pantyhose, and that will give them more confidence.
It’s a good thing I’m not a judge on this show because if I were, I’d say something to those who didn’t wear pantyhose during my comment/vote session. Probably, I’d say something like: “That was a great performance. You certainly have talent. I love the costume, but listen, you’re competing for a million dollar prize here. Get yourself a pair of pantyhose (bimbo).”
Admittedly, in the act at left, it would have been difficult and more dangerous if the female had been wearing pantyhose since she obviously needs to be able to feel with her feet the grip on her partner’s head. This might be the only justification for footless pantyhose to exist, and many girls wear them for performances like this one.
Then again, the sad truth is even the two female judges, Heidi Klum and Mel B, don’t wear pantyhose, and they’re the judges.
OK, well, I should say the two female judges never wore pantyhose until this season when Heidi has been wearing a few times already.
I used to really not like Heidi very much, but now, I’m beginning to like her a lot.
For this post, I found a few pictures of her in her fishnet pantyhose, but there have been a few cases in which she was actually wearing sheer nude pantyhose (not fishnets), and looking absolutely fabulous. Wish I could have found one those pictures to show you.
Sadly, it appears as if Mel B can’t be bothered to wear pantyhose. I’ve never seen her wear pantyhose once. And she really should. And I don’t mean just because she’s a judge on AGT. She really should wear. Her legs could benefit greatly from pantyhose.
In all fairness, I have to say it’s at least possible that Mel B actually is wearing sheer pantyhose in the photo above. It’s not easy to tell (for my eyes anyway), but I have to acknowledge that it’s possible.
Oddly enough, I found one pic of her in pantyhose (left) I think. It was for an AGT publicity shoot, but as far as I can tell, she never has worn during any real episode.
In this picture of Mel B in the red dress, it looks to me as if she is wearing sheer nude pantyhose, which would be amazing. I really can’t understand why she wouldn’t want to look more professional and feminine, as she is a high-profile celebrity serving as a judge over acts in which many of the female contestants do wear pantyhose. That, and the fact that her fellow judge, Heidi, looks so much more attractive and glamorous than her, and often wears sheer pantyhose.
During each episode, there are a few behind-the-scenes bits that are shown following commercial breaks before getting back to the competition. This is where I’ve seen Heidi wearing some gorgeous sheer nude pantyhose backstage.
A sheer stunner
In one behind-the-scenes segment of the second episode this season, Heidi was riding in a limousine to the AGT studio. The limo stopped to pick up Mel B, and when she got in, she immediately noticed Heidi’s outfit, a short dress, and to my delight, she said to Heidi:
“I like this,” referring to Heidi’s pantyhose. Then, to my surprise, Mel B caressed Heidi’s leg. It was amazing. Mel B ran her hand from just above Heidi’s knee all the way down her leg and back up again, feeling her pantyhose.
And Heidi responded: “I like fishnet stockings.” Trust me, they were pantyhose, but I don’t care if Heidi wants to say stockings instead. I just like that she wears them, and I love that Mel B felt her leg up.
It was intriguing since Mel B never wears pantyhose herself, so the fact that she likes them on Heidi and actually felt her leg up seems somehow vindicating to me. Or maybe it should make me even more disappointed in Mel B. She likes pantyhose on Heidi, yet, still won’t wear them herself.
Oh well. I guess you can’t have everything. I take my wins however they come, and this incident seemed like a win to me.
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If you like the variety show entertainment genre’, and you are a lover of pantyhose, you really should be watching AGT.
You just never know what you’re going to see, such as this bow and arrow marksman shooting balloons held by his lovely assistant, wearing pantyhose, of course.
Yes, there will be times when contestants dazzle with fantastic performances, but unfortunately, miss opportunities to accentuate their beauty by going bare-legged. Do they look good? Yes. But they could have done the right thing and looked even better.
But then the next act you see might feature another great performance, only this time with the female artists classing up the joint in pantyhose.
Here’s a husband and wife team who performed an exciting strength and acrobatic routine. How about that outfit on the wife?
I didn’t see this act, but unfortunately, the female performer didn’t feel the need to wear sheer pantyhose with her hot little number. That’s OK, you say, because she’s doing an acrobatic floor routine and needed to be barefoot. Understandable, but …
It just doesn’t look very attractive. And she could have looked much more feminine by at least wearing footless pantyhose, like the ladies in this act. They need to feel with their feet, too, but they still went the extra mile to make their legs look so much prettier by wearing footless pantyhose.
Don’t even get me started.
Please … Million dollar prize you’re competing for, people.
Niiiiice! Good job with that outfit. That’ll get you in the running for $1 million.
Much better. Not a great outfit, but at least this performer had the good sense and class to wear sheer pantyhose.
Once again, this entertaining act features a female assistant who, sadly, doesn’t see the need for pantyhose. Instead, she looks … boring.
Now, here’s a magic act. These kind of acts are usually pretty cool, and more often than not, the lovely female assistants really do look lovely wearing sheer pantyhose.
It just looks so much more appealing when the girls wear sheer pantyhose, and it shows they take the competition seriously.
Even the funny acts often feature a lovely assistant in pretty pantyhose. Here, this kung fu master attempts to stop time with his superior qi energy. Hey, at least, his lovely assistant knows the time of day.
Again, more often than not, dance and acrobatic performers show their professionalism and class by wearing sheer pantyhose with their outfits.
C’mon, what’s really the big deal whether the female contestants wear pantyhose with their costumes, some of you ask? Listen, it’s about doing the right thing. Not only are these performers competing for a prize of $1 million, they’re also vying for a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Think anyone’s going to give these budding stars a shot at performing in Vegas when, no matter how great their acts are, they dress like they’re on stage at their high school auditoriums?
And if you still think it’s much ado about nothing, consider this: For all but one of them, this is their 15 minutes of fame. Likely, it’s the greatest show they’ll ever perform. Why wouldn’t they want to look their absolute best? Why would they risk not being taken seriously enough, when it is so easy (and the right thing to do) to wear pantyhose, especially, when they see that the majority of their competitors are wearing pantyhose?
Maybe it’s like everything else in life. Some ladies get it. Others just don’t.
What would you do if you had an opportunity to perform your talent on the biggest stage in the country, be all casual about it? Or, take it seriously? In case it hasn’t sunk in still, I’ll say it one more time — the judges are looking for a million dollar act, people!
I don’t care whether some of these girls have never worn pantyhose a day in their lives, and won’t ever do so again as long as they live. On the biggest performance night in their lives, they should step up. Most of them put so much money and effort into the equipment, the props, getting their costumes just right. But if they forego pantyhose either because they think it’s not important, don’t care, or worse, don’t even give it a thought, they are only hurting themselves.
What do you think, readers?
In any event, I’m telling you, for a wide variety of entertainment and lot’s of pretty girls wearing sheer pantyhose, you can’t beat America’s Got Talent .
America’s Got Talent is on from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on NBC.
Since the “bear”-legs culture first reared its ugly head during the mid-to-late 1990s, women the world over have been trying to permanently run pantyhose out of town.
(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, see my explanation in the About Me section.)
But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.
Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day. There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.
And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are dozens of websites featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject. In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures. Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear-legs movement.
In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers. But here’s the thing: Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.
Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind). Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including the aforementioned, more often than not appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.
Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.
And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer. And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her. And grateful to her.
And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.
From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.
So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?
I don’t get it. These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose-wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievments among their peers and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman attend bear-legged.
Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes. But pantyhose? Nah!
I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.
Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs. Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife. So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs. I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.
Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.
I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs. Then, I saw. Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice. And it was super short. And I liked her high heel dress sandals.
But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?
Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what the what?
And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs. Nope!
Then, there was my new fave: Sweet, innocent, adorable little Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.
It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the New Artist of the Year award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.
I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.
I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject. Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many just like it that glamourize a lack of values in society today.
The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did. Nuff said about her though.
What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez. Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).
In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose. Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 90s to most of the decade of 2000. But they’re still out there.
Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.
Here’s the picture of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout China. Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with Jason Statham.
Shu is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.
But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Shu for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.
The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:
“The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.
“On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.
“It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model … I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
“And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”
OK, first, Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic left of Shu Qi? Uh … I don’t think so. Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what. OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …
I think Shu looks absolutely adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is sheer nude pantyhose), I think Shu absolutely rocks in them.
And, another thing: While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t necessarily call it conservatively, as Kallon does. Certainly, I love that Shu has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s are an eyesore, they haven’t seen anything. Shu has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.
Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:
The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.
OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$. Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is? You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there. Hey, good job with that.
Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.
Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year), this time putting down Megan Fox. Seriously, Megan Fox.
Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan had the class to wear it with pantyhose.
Now, you decide. Who looks better, the model or Megan?
Here’s what Kallon wrote:
“Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.
“… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.
“She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.
“This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
What’s next, Kallon? You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose? Unbelievable.
Now, if you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s another one for you:
The Fashionable Teacher Grading Red Carpet Fashions Everywhere. Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.
This site is run by mochababe73.
In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson wore to a movie premiere in April of this year. Here’s the picture.
Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:
“Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.
“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.
On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.
“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?”
Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73. And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.
Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.
I decided to look for other pics of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose. Unfortunately, I found only two. Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.
I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.
I guess the pic of Jennifer (at right) in the red dress with “bear” legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?
Here’s the author’s profile:
Houston, TX baby!
I am a wife and mother. I am a teacher. And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.
Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher? Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline with a question mark, not a period? You have: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail. It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?
More ‘expert’ advice
Finally, it still amazes me that anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts. I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.
A frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?” And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza. Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.
It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.
Fortunately, no one’s listening.
Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung. What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels? She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.
Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.
Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world chose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.
Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:
We’ve been waitin’ all (off season) for Sunday Night.
Well, it’s back! And tonight features the Week 1 opening of the 2013 NFL season on Sunday night, as the New York Giants are taking on the Dallas Cowboys right now at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
So, the good news is the NFL is back.
The bad news for me and fans of this blog is country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood made her debut as the new voice and face (OK, legs) of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” to what was estimated to be 25 million viewers.
Or, wait, was that actually Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” prancing on stage in those “bear” legs?
“Obviously, we wanted to make it sound like me,” Underwood said of her new version of the theme song that Faith Hill had performed the past six seasons, “but we definitely wanted to bring a fun edge to it.”
I do like Underwood’s sound better, but it would have been nice if she had given the performance a new look, too — a little class by wearing sheer pantyhose with those short-shorts. But like Hill before her, Underwood must think that the $30 billion business the NFL is (wiki.answers.com) calls for a casual look on stage.
Underwood wore dark blueish/blackish denim short-shorts, a dark blue tank top and dark blueish/blackish cowboy boots. And, unfortunately, bear legs. [Note: I use quote marks on only the first reference to bear legs — my way of making fun of today's bare legs culture.]
I guess you can take the bumpkin out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.
Somewhere, Hill must be smiling.
I was afraid Underwood would disappoint in this manner, but I so hoped she wouldn’t. I don’t know anything about Underwood (I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol), and I couldn’t name a song she’s ever written or sung.
In doing the research for this piece, one thing I did learn — something that stands out — is everyone makes a huge deal about her legs.
And being a country music singer, it makes sense that most of the photos I found were of her performing for country music audiences. So, not surprisingly, in the majority of the pictures, she is wearing denim shorts or dresses with cowboy boots and bear legs
But I did find some pictures of Underwood wearing a fancy dress with peep-toe stilettos and sheer fishnet pantyhose during — of all places — the 2009 CMA (Country Music Awards) show in Nashville, Tenn.
That made me think there was hope that she’d dress like this for SNF. But, then I found pics of her a year later wearing shorts, cowboy boots and bear legs during the 2010 CMA presentations.
That appears to be Underwood’s preferred look.
Now, don’t get me wrong. She looks good. I just don’t think the look is professional or classy enough for the intro theme to SNF.
In 2012, Sunday Night Football averaged 21 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen.
According to Wikipedia, American football is the most popular sport, and Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest annual sporting event held in the United States. In fact, the Super Bowl game is always among the highest-rated programs of all-time in Nielsen ratings.
Now, I’m wondering about the demographics of the national fan base of the NFL? What is the connection between the NFL and country music? In researching this question on the Internet, I couldn’t find that answer.
And what I could find about the average NFL viewer surprised me (only because the numbers are smaller than I anticipated): Men make up 62.8 percent, compared with women (37.2%), and the highest percentage of viewers by age is in the range of 35-44, which is 21.2 percent.
I don’t know. Apparently, the findings were in 2003 by Scarborough Research, so maybe the numbers are more impressive today.
I don’t think there’s ever been an official poll that measures the percentage of men in the world who say they prefer women in pantyhose over bear legs (I couldn’t find anything official), but my own poll that posed that question last year returned predictable numbers: Out of 485 total votes, 465 (96%) answered Yes.
So, here’s what perplexes me: If (we’ll be conservative here) more than half of the men in the world prefer women in pantyhose, and more than 50 percent of men watch the NFL, why would Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill before her perform the SNF intro theme bear-legged?
Conversely, most other professional singers perform on stage throughout the world’s largest venues wearing pantyhose.
To me, the answer is Underwood and Hill don’t have the professionalism or class that most other professional entertainers do.
Back in April, I wrote this post:
Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF? in which I featured the professional singers I hoped would be considered to replace Hill. My first choice was Katy Perry, and most of you agreed, as supported by the poll I attached to that post:
Which celeb should be next to perform SNF intro?
Katy Perry 51 (59%)
Beyonce’ 10 (12%)
Lady Gaga 10 (12%)
Jennifer Lopez 5 (6%)
Taylor Swift 5 (6%)
Rihanna 3 (3%)
Other 3 (3%)
Selena Gomez 1
Gwen Stefani 1
Frankie Sanford 1
One thing I knew was, had NBC selected Katy Perry to perform the SNF theme song, she would have dressed beautifully in a great dress or shorts/jump suit with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
And so would Beyonce’, Rihanna, Taylor Swift …
I’ve written this before (and AKH just wrote this in his comment already) — NFL cheerleaders always wear pantyhose with their uniforms. Why? I mean it’s usually hot on the field, or raining, or cold, or snowing.
So why do the NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose? Because it’s more professional than bear legs. It’s classy. It looks awesome on them.
And it’s the NFL. The NFL has always cared about its image. Never more than in recent years. So, if the cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose as the integral part of their uniforms that they are, why would Underwood, and Hill before her, think their bear legs are appropriate in representing the NFL?
In the case of Carrie Underwood, well, all I can say is it’s a missed opportunity to build a professional and classy image.
Too bad. I am officially not a Carrie Underwood fan.
All we can do now is just be happy that football is back.
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:
Earlier this week, one of our readers, Jan, wrote a comment expressing his (yes, his) dismay about a lack of attention many women give to the condition of their pantyhose while they’re wearing them.
Here’s Jan’s comment (and by the way, I don’t edit readers’ comments):
I have often wondered, why some pantyhosed women never pay any attention on how the pantyhose is doing during the day or what’s happening to the pantyhose on duty?
My well trained pantyhose eye will spot all kinds of pantyhose miss treats on any given day.
You can find toe caps not in line or vertical toe caps, sole reinforcements almost upp side on the wrist, heel caps twisted up sideways and damaged.
Also, there’s long runs from heel upp to waist and heavy tear and damaged pantyhose legs.
I wish some women could take more care of their pantyhose and put some thought into what’s going on pantyhosewise. Maybe take a pantyhose moment and adjust reinforcements and check seams etc.
This is probably even more important when using the classic 100% polymide pantyhose.
I personally approve of all kinds of pantyhose use, but I also think that a the pantyhose is a delicate and beautiful thing that need a bit of handling and care.
Mature women knows this, they know how to handle a pantyhose. But the “next gen” pantyhose users….
Sometimes I wish I could just start a pantyhose handling centre.
Often, I have an idea for a new post, but after doing the research, looking for the right art to go with the writing, or even just over-thinking, I’ll talk myself out of writing it. In case you’re keeping score at home, that’s why you don’t get a post from me every day, every week, or even every month. I prefer to deliver quality, rather than quantity, and I’m a harsh judge of what that means.
I had long been thinking of writing a post about a topic similar to Jan’s, and, as is often the case with me, it took his comment to tip the scales in favor of my writing it. So, first, let me encourage every one of you to please continue to write comments that reflect the pantyhose topics on your mind, and/or feel free to suggest subjects about which you’d like for me to write.
In my reply to Jan’s comment, I wrote (in part) “… I’m just so happy whenever I see a woman wearing pantyhose today, I don’t care what condition they appear to be in.”
I didn’t go into more detail because I had decided at that point to write this post. So here it is.
While I created ActSensuous to make the style of pantyhose I loved but could no longer find, I have always realized and appreciated that people all over the world love a great variety of styles. These include the thickest and shiniest kinds to the most delicate and sheer types that challenge one to discern whether a woman is actually wearing or not.
My feeling is any pantyhose is better than no pantyhose. Similarly, I find beauty and extreme femininity in the very concept of pantyhose.
So, I truly meant what I wrote about not caring what condition pantyhose are in, as long as they’re on. In fact, since I love and appreciate most the kind of pantyhose that are practically invisible on the wearer, more so than patterned or thick and shiny kinds, I love subtle little indicators that make it obvious that pantyhose are being worn.
Often, that means seeing some of the condition “mistreats” about which Jan wrote.
In fact, I think it’s kind of sexy when the seam at the toe ends up a bit vertical, or when there is a run up the leg, or those little fabric wrinkles over toe cleavage or at the ankles.
Often, I’ve wondered if anyone out there is as sick as me. Do you hate it when you see these little pantyhose condition mistreats, or do you love it? Are those things awful, or are they kind of sexy? Do you love it when you see a girl adjusting the nylon fabric up her leg, or smoothing it with her hands over her legs?
Long before I ever dreamed of creating my own company, I was profoundly influenced by the image of Christie Brinkley pulling the fabric of her sheer nude pantyhose up her leg during a scene in the “Uptown Girl” music video from Billy Joel’s hit single in 1983.
It is a beautiful scene that was not uncommon to see in real life during the great pantyhose decade of the 1980s (all of the 1970s and the late 1960s I’m told, but was too young to have experienced it, ha ha), but just the fact that someone was wise and creative enough to include it in this music video (2:14/3:23) is awesome.
I would love to meet the person who was responsible for that scene because he or she (probably he) obviously understood the beauty, femininity and extreme sensual qualities of pantyhose back then, and probably suffered like all of us during the height of the “bear” legs movement in the late 1990s to 2000s.
Would love to hear what that person has to say today.
Further, to her credit, Christie Brinkley is still a beautiful and classy woman who never bought in to bear legs culture. Maybe she, too, was influenced in the virtues of pantyhose-wearing from the making of that music video, as she still wears sheer pantyhose (quite beautifully) today.
When I see images of girls running their hands over their pantyhose legs, sometimes subconsciously it seems, they’re not only smoothing the fabric, but also feeling it themselves.
That has to be exciting to the guys who love pantyhose.
So what do you think? Do you hate the little condition mistreats inevitable in pantyhose-wearing, or do you love them? Are they ugly, or beautiful and kind of sexy?
Again, my thanks to Jan for his comment, which motivated me to write this post.
“I been waitin’ all (these years) for Sunday Night (without Faith Hill’s “bear” legs).”
Yesterday, one of our devoted readers (and our most prolific commenter), Brian W., alerted me that country singer Faith Hill announced on Monday that she no longer will perform the lead-in to Sunday Night Football.
Well, here’s a song for ya: “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”
If it sounds like I won’t be missing Faith’s SNF intro, you got that right. I hate missed opportunities, and Faith certainly passed up the chance to class up the joint with her skimpy outfits and those pasty white “bear” legs prancing around the stage, belting out that Joan Jett-like tune. Hate that song … mostly because once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head, along with the image of those “bear” legs.
I so wanted Faith to bring a little elegance to the SNF intro, but she just wouldn’t do it.
Maybe she felt that because this was a sports venue, it called for a more casual look. Wrong! Hey, Faith, even professional sports cheerleaders (some college and even high school cheerleaders) wear pantyhose with their uniforms.
So, yes, I am glad Faith no longer will be doing the introduction number to Sunday Night Football.
Now, I’m wondering who NBC will draft next for that role.
While finally, once again, we’re seeing more and more Hollywood actresses wearing pantyhose during publicity and public appearances, professional singers/dancers today (Faith notwithstanding) always wear pantyhose on stage.
So, I see no shortage of female candidates who could easily step into the SNF intro role.
Here are my top few choices and why.
Well liked and respected, Beyonce’ is always professional and classy. She’s a great singer/dancer/entertainer, and she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.
And, in addition to always wearing pantyhose on stage, she often wears for publicity events and guest appearances on talk shows.
Of course, Beyonce’ has done a Super Bowl halftime show, so she’s not exactly off the radar to NBC or the NFl.
She’s not controversial. I’d say, on the surface, she seems to be a natural fit.
[She ... could ... go ... all the way!]
Another good candidate who always wears pantyhose with her sexy but tasteful costumes on stage.
But, wait a minute. Doesn’t she have an idiot rapper boyfriend who has used her face for a punching bag? I doubt NBC and the NFL would want Rihanna to be the poster girl for SNF.
Too bad because she otherwise would be a good choice.
OK, just kidding. She definitely is a devoted pantyhose wearer, but, well, too often she wears practically nothing but pantyhose. NBC probably would be frightened by her.
Now, here’s my favorite. Katy is nothing but classy, lovely, and just plain cute.
She writes some very compelling songs and appeals to audiences of all demographics.
Add to that a fantastic voice, great stage and screen presence, and very contemporary songwriting, and NBC would have a true winner.
Oh, and Katy Perry never goes anywhere not dressed beautifully. And she’s one of the most prolific pantyhose wearers among all professional entertainers.
I just love her, and I bet that NBC would, too.
If NBC wanted to stay with a country/pop singer, Taylor might be a pretty swift choice. That girl can write some entertaining songs. She’s got a pleasant sound. She’s got a wholesome persona.
It could work.
[Long field goal]
Great voice. Wears lovely outfits, complete with pantyhose, on stage. But … uh, no. Cute, but probably too young. Probably not an NFL fan either. Anyway, she wouldn’t get my vote because too many times I’ve been disappointed in her for not wearing pantyhose with her beautiful outfits on late night talk shows.
[Tackled for loss]
Now, we’re talking. What a performer! She can sing. She can dance. She can definitely rock it. She knows how to dress on stage.
But is she an NFL kind of girl? Uh, yeah. She’s part owner of the Miami Dolphins.
In one of her movies (the one of her’s I like best), “Out of Sight,” she plays a U.S. Marshall pursuing a career bank robber (George Clooney).
The movie is set in Miami, and in one scene, J-Lo wears short-shorts and a Dan Marino jersey. But when she is on the job during a good portion of the movie, she’s wearing a skirt with sheer nude pantyhose and heels, and she looks great.
Sadly, I’ve seen her in a couple of TV commercials and print ads doing the “bear” legs thing. So, she gets a personal foul penalty (15 yards), but I’d still give her the nod to do the SNF intro.
[First down, J-lo]
Another great candidate, the Cuban-American pop singer can belt out a song like no one, and she’s got all the right moves on the stage. But is she an NFL kind of gal? Uh, hello, another part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a “diehard” fan since the Phins’ 1972/73 perfect season, she says.
Makes sense to me. Hey, NBC, if Gloria sings the SNF intro, I can tell you this: “The rhythym is Gonna Get You.”
[First and goal]
Why not? She’s got the pipes and the dance moves. And she’s classy enough to wear pantyhose on stage.
I have never seen Paula on stage not wearing pantyhose. She can sing and dance. She’d be a fine candidate.
[Makes the playoffs]
I’m not kidding. OK, yes, I am.
Then again, she’d still be an upgrade over Faith Hill. At least Madonna has the sense to wear pantyhose on stage.
Now I’m kidding, of course.
But if this were the 1990s, she’d likely be my first choice. She most definitely would be classy, exotic and entertaining.
Back in the days of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher was the entertainment bomb, and so were her on-stage costumes, such as this one (left) from 1978.
Before the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper (both likely influenced by her), Cher was the girl who “just wanted to have fun.”
OK, so today Cher isn’t a candidate to perform the Sunday Night Football introduction, but it would be nice if when NBC considers the next star to take that stage, they choose someone who has the professionalism, glamour and exotic looks that Cher had.
[End of regulation]
OK, now it’s your turn. Who’d I leave out? Who would be your choice to perform the introduction number to Sunday Night Football, and why? Take the poll below to let me know.
Also, next up is a photo gallery I’ve made for you featuring some professional entertainers who probably should be considered. By the way, when you click to expand the pictures, you know you can comment on any one you like, right? Just saying …
ActSensuous is thrilled to be a sponsor and exclusive supplier to several Mrs. America State beauty pageant organizations, and I was especially proud that one of our customers, Kristie Bear, won the Mrs. Idaho-America contest in 2011 wearing our Act II Suntan.
And a couple of months ago, Chanthy Birch won the Best Gown competition during this year’s Mrs. Idaho-America pageant, wearing our Act II Suntan.
Earlier this year, a former Mrs. Michigan-America, Stephanie Hunt, now the CEO of the MWI International (formerly, Ms. World International) beauty pageant organization, contacted ActSensuous with an invitation to become a sponsor. MWI (Magnificent Women Icons) International celebrates beauty, elegance and sophiscation in highly accomplished women all over the world.
Wow, an international beauty pageant. Where do we sign?A few months ago, we got an order from our first MWI delegate. Here’s an excerpt from the email I received from her:
I just purchased six pairs of your pantyhose to be shipped to me in the UK. Do you think they will get to me in England in time for the competition? I leave here on the 3rd of August. Thanks,
I assured Juanita that she would get her order in time, told her she was our first (and still only) MWI customer, and added: “I want pictures if you win.”
Here’s an excerpt from the subsequent email I got from Juanita:
It just hit me that I never followed up with you to let you know that … I won! I wore your hoisery the entire time – including the judges interview – and they gave me such confidence. I also wore them during a photoshoot here in London shortly after the competition. I absolutely LOVE them!!! God bless,
In keeping with our new “real girls in pantyhose” theme, meet Juanita Ingram, international beauty pageant winner and corporate lawyer.
The 5’3, 117 pound beauty is no novice when it comes to wearing pantyhose. The native of Chattanooga, TN – now living in London – dresses professionally every day for her career as a business lawyer, and she says pantyhose are “a must.”
But it’s not only at work and during beauty pageants that Juanita, 35, dresses for success. In fact, she is a volunteer at a Dress For Success organization, and she’s a motivational speaker for several organizations, including the Elevate Youth Conference, Dublin, Ireland; Girl’s Inc., Chattanooga, TN; as well as several organizations in Indianapolis, IN, including: Real World for Real Girls Conference; Project Concern; Indiana Healthy Marriage & Family Conference; Growing, Empowering, Myself, Strongly Conference; Dr. Betty Shabbaz Girl’s Academy Education Summit, and Girl’s Inc.
Indeed, Juanita practically lives in pantyhose.
“I love the confidence that pantyhose give me,” Juanita said. “There is nothing worse than having to worry about a particular aspect of your look at any given moment. When competing in beauty pageants, every aspect of your look is being examined – from head to toe. Your confidence shows through on your face. If you feel the least bit insecure about anything, the judges will see it.
“And the camera doesn’t lie. You will be able to see it on film. It’s amazingly true. So for me, hosiery gives me that extra competitive edge that I need to know that my legs are looking their absolute best. I don’t have to worry about it.
“I also feel that they make women look polished, sophisticated and complete. I look at the starlets years ago and they just looked so pulled together and elegant. I look at some of the women in the spotlight today who love hosiery and they just exude sophistication.
“In short, pantyhose help accessorize my confidence.”
The wife and mother (4-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son) said she first realized her love for pantyhose in her late 20s and early 30s, working in corporate America and in the legal field for more than 10 years. She feels that, as a female lawyer, it’s crucial to exude a polished look, and she realized how “complete” a pair of pantyhose could make her feel.
Role models and friends also influenced Juanita. She said she hangs with a very sophisticated crowd by design, believing that the people you surround yourself with either make you sharper or dumb you down.
“I began to notice that a lot of the more successful and influential women in my life had an element of class to them,” Juanita said. “Of course, this was more than just their appearance. It emanated from within. But like any good accessory, I just noticed that they all chose to wear hosiery. It added to what was a very polished and refined presence.”
Asked to describe the feeling she gets when slipping into a pair of sheer pantyhose, Juanita said:
“It’s a good feeling when they are light, smooth and comfortable. I get a feeling of my look is perfected, that now, I am ready to step out. I feel young, professional, classy and ready.”
In addition to family, friends and her own little crowd, Juanita credited some of her favorite celebrities for being devoted pantyhose wearers. Living in London, of course, she said she adores Kate Middleton. She also loves TV personality Wendy Willams, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, and lawyer, journalist and TV personality Star Jones – all frequent pantyhose wearers.
Juanita also praises entertainer Beyonce’ Knowles, and said she loves seeing many of today’s young stars, such as Emma Watson, Jessica Alba and Carrie Underwood, who are known for wearing pantyhose.
Asked about today’s bare legs culture, Juanita said she doesn’t believe pantyhose ever have, or ever will go out of style.
“I think there is a lot of pressure on women of all ages to yield to a bare legs trend,” she said. “But if you feel good in hosiery, you should wear them. It is just a matter of personal choice. I think you have to have a level of boldness and confidence to do what is best for yourself.
“To wear what makes you feel at your best is not easy when others are giving in to trends and fads that may not even be the most complimentary. I think all women should be assured enough in who they are to step out in what suits them best. For me, that’s a beautiful dress, killer heels, and a rockin’ pair of pantyhose. I love it. Hosiery will always be in style with me.”
Juanita doesn’t buy in to the current philosophy that pantyhose are irrelevant in today’s society, including at the office or formal settings.
Asked if she would always wear pantyhose to a job interview for a professional career opportunity, Juanita said:“I’d better. If you want to be taken seriously in some of the more professional corporate environments that I work in, you need to always present yourself with class and sophistication.
It is a matter of professionalism. I would never show up to a job interview, to court, or to a formal functon and not wear hosiery. I just think you should be polished and respect yourself at all times. I think wearing hosiery is a bonus that adds to our beauty.”
Even in the world of beauty pageants, Juanita said that sometimes fellow contestants ask her why she wears pantyhose, or try to discourage her from doing so.
“There are some who feel that you will get points taken away from you if you wear hosiery, or that the judges will see it as a sign of not being fit. But I have shattered those beliefts. I won several times while wearing hosiery.
“It’s about having the right sheer pantyhose like ActSensuous that still allows the beauty of your own legs to show through. They act to accentuate, not hide, the beauty of your legs. I love them, and I think judges of Mrs. And Ms. pageant systems are coming around and finding a new respect for a great pair of hosiery.”
Just the facts
Height: 5′ 3″
Weight: 117 pounds
Where born: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Live now: London, England
Favorite colors: Gold and ivory
Favorite song/favorite artist: CeCe Winans – Alabaster Box
Favorite movie alltime: Tie between “The Color Purple” and “Braveheart”
Your other awards/titles/honors:
JD/MBA – University of Memphis
LLM – University of London c/o 2014
Licensed to practice law (passed bar exams for TN and IN on first sitting)
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society Inductee (Top 10%)
Golden Key Member (Top 10%)
Tennessee Practice and Procedure Law Journal
Adjunct Pofessor of business law at Butler University
Chattanooga “Top 40 under 40” Award in 2003
Indiana Leadership in Law “Up & Coming Lawyer” Award in 2007
Published several articles in Legal Journals in 2004 through 2006 (Commercial Real Estate & Business Law)
Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012
Covergirl & National Campiagn for Moms – Best for Babes Organiation 2010 to present (www.bestforbabes.org)
Mrs. Indiana United States 2007 (highest score in every category – interview, swimsuit, on-stage question, and evening gown)
Mrs. U.S. Beauties National Queen (highest score in every category – interview, high fashion, on-stage question, and evening gown)
First Runner-Up Mrs. Indiana America 2011 (Winner of Fitness/ Swimsuit award; Highest score in Interview)
Selected to Represent Great Britain at the 2011 Mrs. World international pageant competition
Founder: Happy To Be You Ministries (www.happy2bu.org)
Author: Winning With Christ: Finding Victory in Every Experience
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Kind Kinsley
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Confident Keynan
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Wonderfully Made Wanita
Elevate Youth Conference – Dublin, Ireland
Real World for Real Girls Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Project Concern – Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Healthy Marriage & Family Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Growng , Empowering, Myself, Strongly (G.E.M.S.) Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Dr. Betty Shabbaz Girl’s Academy Education Summit – Indianapolis, Indiana
Girl’s Inc. – Indianapolis Indiana
Girl’s Inc. – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Getting to know …
The Q&A from the interview between Juanita Ingram and ActSensuous:
Who are your heroes or role models in life?
My grandmother; Michelle Obama; Lena Horne; Diane Carol, and most importantly, Jesus Christ.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I LOVE to travel. Clearly, this is what led us as a family to live outside of the US for a while. I absolutely love seeing new places and exploring different countries. My favorite activities while traveling are eating, visiting art museums, and visiting historic cathedrals. Some of my favorite cities are Seville, Spain; Florence, Italy; Crete, Greece; London; and Paris. We try to visit three or four new countries a year – at least that is the goal while we are living abroad.
I also like exercising (or at least the benefits that come from exercising), and I love music. I grew up in a household of music (my mother is a retired school music teacher), and I learned to play the piano, piccolo and flute. I also love to paint.
Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children (ages 2 and 4). I love taking them to new places and experiencing things through their eyes, such as going to the zoo, seeing a play, or visiting theme parks. My husband and I still enjoy date night every week after eight years of marriage, and I just really enjoy being around family.What do you believe in (personal values)?
I am a Christian. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior. My relationship with the Lord is very important to me. I study the Word of God daily, and it is truly the guiding force in my life. I’ve written a book called “Wining with Christ: Finding the Victory in Every Experience” and I have written three Christian children’s books as part of my series, “The Wonderfully Made Pals.” My relationship with the Lord is what sustains me through every season of life.
Of what are you most proud in your life? What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in life?
I am most proud of being a wife, and most importantly, a mother. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. There is nothing more important in my life than those two little angels. They are the best blessings that I have ever received. Beyond all of the other rewards that I have obtained, being a great mom is something that I will always be most proud of and continuously strive for.
What do you love most about the MWI International beauty pageant?
It focuses on celebrating magnificent women all over the world. I love all of the women that I had an opportunity to get to know, and I love having an opportunity to help more women through the work that I do with my charity of choice: Dress For Success Worldwide, and my personal platform/organization – Happy To Be You (www.happy2bu.org).
The only reason I compete in pageants is to have greater opportunities to be of service to women and young girls who are in need of encouragement and a boost in confidence.
I am truly committed and passionate about my platform. It is the only reason that I continue to strive to have titles in the world of pageantry. It is more than just a hobby for me – it is an avenue and a form of ministry and true service.
My primary goal is to have an international platform to help women and young girls have increased confidence and self-esteem. When we feel better about ourselves, we perform better in life, we make better decisions and we are able to accomplish our dreams.
I’ve been extremely blessed to have women in my life who have sowed into my self-worth. I want to be that person for as many women as I possibly can.
Please describe your journey from entering this year’s beauty pageant to being crowned Ms. MWI International 2012, and what the honor means to you
First, let me say that wearing ActSensuous through every stage of the competition, from interview to swimsuit, gave me that extra boost of confidence that made all the difference in the world. I knew that my legs looked their best. Your hosiery is a PERFECT match to my skintone and they are truly sheer to waist – which is a MUST during the swimsuit competition. I don’t know what I would have done without them during the competition and I greatly appreciate your willingness to be an official sponsor with the system.
I think a lot of people would be surprised to find out just how hard it is to win an international beauty pageant. You don’t just waltz in and blow the judges away and obtain the scores that I did without a lot of thought, hard work and dedication. What is most important is being true and authentic to why you are there and what you plan to do with the title. I am always confident in my pageant interviews because I know that I am coming from an authentic place. Integrity, honesty, consistency and truthfulness are characteristics that make you a winner in my book. I think that’s what a lot of judges look for.
Most systems attribute 50% of your score to interview. So while it is still a “beauty” pageant, it is far more important to focus on who you are as a person than anything else. You have to have a vision and purpose for wanting the title. When I signed up to compete, I wanted a title that would have enough significance and recognition to open more doors internationally for me to help more women and youth. It was as simple as that for me.
Once I was crowned, I hit the ground running and I put in a lot of time, effort, and work to obtain international appearances that would further the purpose of my platform. I made more than 10 appearances with the first 60 days. That’s more than some queens do during an entire reign! I’ve always been a self-starter and I’ve had a lot of drive since my youth. Thus far, it has been a great growing experience and has even shown me that with or without a particular title, I can create opportunities for me to help women and youth in some really impactful ways.
In 2013, I will continue on my book tour and continue my international service through Dress For Success, especially at the London affiliate. It is an honor to be in the position to help so many, and I attribute that purely to God’s grace and favor upon my life. We are indeed blessed to be a blessing to others.
Juanita Ingram surely is a wonderful ambassador for beauty pageants, for groups devoted to enhancing women’s lives, and for pantyhose lovers everywhere.
My thanks to Juanita for taking the time to share her story with us.
Also, I’d like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and much happiness in 2013.
I don’t think there’s quite as much negative press about wearing pantyhose today as there was during the past decade. Oh, it’s still out there, yes, but it seems as if pantyhose are finding their legs again in ever-increasing numbers.
Still, there will always be the “fashion expert” haters out there haterizing on pantyhose. And there’ll always be some women who refuse to wear for their own personal or political reasons. But what I see happening today is more and more women who just aren’t sure whether they should wear or not. Their dilemma: They think they don’t know what the “rules” are anymore. It amazes me how, seemingly, the majority of women in this country are deciding what to wear or not wear based on what some individual or groups of perceived “fashion experts” preach. Are pantyhose out? Are they in? It’s amazing how frequently these questions are popping up everywhere you look in magazine articles, on television talk shows, online.
What amazes me is women’s inability or unwillingness to make their own decisions. I’m OK with human beings wanting to be “in fashion.” Let’s see, it was bellbottoms in the 1970s, big hair in the 80s, a little of everything in the 90s, and bare legs in the 2000s. There were narrow lapels, wide lapels. “Dogs and cats living together.”
Fashion changes with the times. But through the decades, fashion choices never were about being unprofessional in the workplace, disrespectful at formal venues, or displaying a lack of good taste simply out and about. Except in the case of going bare-legged during the 2000s.
And this is where it should come down to the individual making her own decision about what is right versus wrong; what is “in” or “out” versus what is appropriate for the venue and occasion.
Doing the right thing
A case in point: Last week, a reader of this blog, Dr. Ray of San Antonio, Texas, wrote this email to me:
“About a year ago, my wife and I went to a funeral of a close friend of mine for many years. Almost all of the women friends and family wore black dresses, black stockings and black high-heeled shoes. Why does it take a sad event before women want to look attractive?”
My response to Dr. Ray: At least, those women had the good sense and good taste to dress appropriately for that occasion.
But Dr. Ray’s larger point is that it took a funeral to get the women in his circle to wear hosiery. To me, that means they know better. They accept that an event as formal as a funeral warrants the wearing of hosiery, but why then do they go bare-legged at every other opportunity?
I think the answer is because they can. They can because the bare legs culture exists, so the excuse is out there.
Dr. Ray wrote to me again last night, saying that a similar situation presented itself this past Sunday, when he and his family attended a wedding. He said his wife dressed elegantly, including wearing pantyhose, while his 17-year-old daughter did not. That’s likely because the bare legs camp has had some success in convincing today’s younger generation that pantyhose are something only older women wear.
Of course, we know that is not true, as we are seeing more and more young entertainers wearing pantyhose today. I believe the positive example being set by the likes of Selina Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyonce’ Knowles, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Miranda Cosgrove and Zooey Deschanel to name a few, will begin to influence more young women.
And, thankfully, there are a few good television shows today that feature young women who frequently wear pantyhose. One such show is the teen drama series, “Gossip Girl,” starring Blake Lively, who appears to be a devoted pantyhose wearer on the set and in real life.
I’ve never watched an episode of “Gossip Girl,” but lately I’ve been seeing many pics of Blake Lively on Internet sites devoted to celebrities in pantyhose. She appears to be a very professional and classy actress, and she looks fabulous in pantyhose.
Perhaps, shows like this one will someday help to mold a generation of younger women, such as Dr. Ray’s daughter, who will have a positive view about wearing pantyhose.
For now, it’s easy to see how the competing negative and positive press about wearing pantyhose causes confusion among many women today.
No deal, divas
Another longtime reader of this blog, MJ Gruskin, last week, sent me the link to a story published in the online edition of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper:
Six writers (all women) apparently form a column, “Deal Divas,” in which they comment about all things fashion today.
In this case, a young woman wrote to the “Divas” about a wedding she attended, at which every woman but her wore hosiery. The lady is confused as to how this happened, as she had thought that pantyhose were dead and gone.
Here’s the woman’s letter:
I recently went to a wedding in Hunters Green in early November. Very upscale, posh and elegant. I haven’t had many opportunities to dress to the nines so to speak in a few years. So I went all out, new dress, handbag and shoes sans hose of any kind. The bridesmaids age range was 26 to 40 and they wore hose, as well as the
bride. All the female guests were wearing sheer hose in colors from nudes to tans and blacks, and many with some pretty killer sandals, too. The women were in their 20s to older than 50. There were even a couple of women wearing them with pants. I was at a table with four other couples, all women I work with (we work with the bride).
None of us are older than 32. I never saw a single one of them in hose before, and I’ve known them for a few years. I was the only woman that wasn’t wearing any.
I have to admit I felt nearly naked and almost embarrassed. I had a fleeting thought to have my boyfriend drive me to the nearest Walgreens or CVS and buy a pair to put on. I thought hose were long gone.
Am I wrong? So what is a girl to do? Are hose coming back or have they been back and I deleted the memo?
The reply by “Deal Divas” was written by only one of the columnists, Katie Sanders, but who knows whether the other five put their stamp of approval on it? In some places, Sanders personalizes the response with “I,” and in other places, she uses “we.”
In part, Sanders wrote:
“It depends on whom you ask. Since you asked us, we think it’s reasonable to assure you that you weren’t dressed down for your friend’s wedding.
“It seems odd that all of your young friends wore pantyhose. I haven’t done that as a bridesmaid or a wedding guest, and neither have my friends. We left it behind with our flouncy church gowns, you know?”
Blind leading the blind
Everyone at the wedding had the good sense and good taste to wear hosiery to a formal event, but the “Divas” say that the one woman who didn’t wear hose was not “dressed down.” That’s the official statement of the “Divas?” Wow. It gets worse. You should read the piece.
It certainly seems to prove my point: Today, women seem to want to do, not necessarily what is right, but what some “fashion experts” tell them is “now.” And in this case, a woman who thought no one else would wear hose, so didn’t herself, finds that everyone else did, leaving her feeling out of place and slightly embarrassed. Thus, she questions her belief that pantyhose are “out,” only to be told by the “experts” that it was odd that all those other women would do the unthinkable and wear hose (to a wedding no less), and that the hoseless woman did the right thing.
In fairness, the “Divas” reply does acknowledge (begrudgingly) that the wearing or not wearing of pantyhose is a personal issue. Also, the reply admits that an earlier attack they made on Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s devotion to wearing sheer nude pantyhose was met with objections from many of their readers. So, at the very least, the “Divas” do the proper journalism thing by telling both sides of the story, and leaving the matter up to the reader.
Still, it’s a shame that so many unprofessional and not-too-classy women who put themselves in the position of being “fashion experts,” use their forum to try to influence everyday women of society to view a fashion accessory as elegant and decidedly feminine as pantyhose as something to be disdained and avoided, simply because they have a personal dislike of it.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that pretty much what I’m doing? Sure, but at least I’m using my blog to extol the virtues of pantyhose in dressing for professionalism at the office, class and elegance at the formal venue, and beauty and femininity in general, simply because I have a personal love for it.
In other words: Idiot, classless, “fashion expert” – bad guy; wise, classy me – good guy.
Also, last week (wow, all these things happened last week), another longtime reader of this blog, Brian W., wrote a comment and attached this link:
If the “Deal Divas” are bad, these women are horrible. They’re Britain’s makeover queens, Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall, of the original “What Not to Wear” television show, which aired on British TV for five years beginning in 2001.
During a recent interview conducted by Celia Walden of The Telegraph (a UK-based online newspaper), the pair offered – among other annoyances – their fashion advice for Kate Middleton:
Constantine: “She should wear her hair up more. When she wore that sheer green Jenny Packham dress and her hair up, it was simple but stunning.”
Woodall: “Oh, and the flesh-coloured tights have got to go. You can wear flesh-coloured fishnets, but that’s it.”
Unbelievable. Of the 28 readers comments to this piece, only 25 show up at the end of the piece.
I didn’t see a comment from Brian W., but I am sure he wrote a good one.
Perhaps, my feelings can best be described by the first comment from someone who calls himself or herself “the_sentinel.”
“Shame they can’t get a makeover themselves. What utter shite.”
Beauty no accident
ActSensuous has been a proud sponsor of the Mrs. America State beauty pageant organizations for the past few years.
Last year, Kristie Bear, one of our customers, won the Mrs. Idaho-America pageant, and posed in her swimsuit wearing her sash, crown and Act II Suntan pantyhose. I was very proud. Kristie is pictured in the News section of the ActSensuous website.
Two months ago, Chanthy Birch, also an ActSensuous customer, competed in this year’s Mrs. Idaho-America pageant. While she didn’t win it, she did take the honor in the Best Evening Gown category. Chanthy wore Act II Nude and Act III Suntan throughout the pageant.
“I have to tell you it was pretty funny,” Chanthy said. “During full dress rehearsals, I wore your pantyhose and a couple of the ladies came up to me afterward and asked me if I was plannning on wearing them during competition. I told them yes, and they said they didn’t understand what I was trying to hide. I simply replied: I’m not hiding anything, I’m accentuating what I have.
“They, of course, thought I was completely insane! Ha ha.
“A couple of the ladies told me they didn’t even realize I was wearing pantyhose because they looked so natural and perfect for my skintone.”
Chanthy made a point I’ve been trying to get women to understand forever: Wearing pantyhose isn’t an issue of “have to.” Rather, it’s a case of “want to.” Pantyhose are designed to enhance the natural beauty of a woman’s legs.
Funny that men all across the world understand this, while so many women don’t. Men say that pantyhose are like makeup for the legs. Do women have to wear makeup? No. But does makeup enhance their natural beauty? Uh, that would be a big yes.
I might never understand why so many women try so hard to villify something as soft, delicate and decidedly feminine as pantyhose. It’s much easier for me to just appreciate and honor the special women who truly “get it,” and go the extra mile to complete their look; to enhance their natural beauty.
Thank you, Chanthy, for sharing your experience and some pictures of you in ActSensuous.
Note: Photos by J. Wolfe Productions, Boise, ID
Also, I want to thank Dr. Ray, MJ Gruskin and Brian W. for their comments and emails, which led to my writing this post.
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.