Category Archives: Hollywood celebrities in pantyhose
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:
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.
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.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is the feedback I get from you in the form of comments you make about my various posts. I can’t tell you how meaningful that is.
First, I need to feel that someone really cares about what I’m doing here. Second, it would be no fun writing award-winning-quality pieces and not hear your reactions. Third, reading your opinions, questions and experiences not only help me to stay motivated, but often gives me ideas for new posts.
Case in point: Our newest reader/commenter, Richard, wrote yesterday that he first developed his love of pantyhose during his 4th grade through 8th grade school days, as a pretty teacher wore dresses or skirts with high heels and pantyhose all the time. He added that she even wore hose the few times she wore slacks. And he said that sometimes she slipped out of her high heels and walked throughout the classroom in just her pantyhosed feet.
Richard, like so many other longtime ActSensuous Blog readers ponders how and why he has a pantyhose fetish. This phenomenon seems to plague hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. They question it and seem almost tormented by it.
I’m certainly no expert, but it seems to me that we start to become who we are at an early stage in life, and one of the biggest influencers on us besides our parents (especially, before cable TV and the Internet) was our elementary and middle school teachers. And back in the day (before cable TV and the Internet, and “Sex and the City”) teachers, like all professional women wouldn’t dream of not wearing pantyhose.
It happened that way for me. I can’t remember what grade I was in, but I’m guessing 4th or so. There was a pretty young teacher who always wore dresses or skirts with heels and nylons, and under her desk we could see her shoe-play, and she had pretty feet.
I think it was the last day of school, when the teacher was seated at her desk occupied by papers and a couple of kids talking with her at her desk. One boy lost all control and parked himself in a prone position under her desk and kissed her feet for a few minutes. He later said he was kissing her shoes, but none of us bought that.
I hadn’t thought about that in a hundred years, but Richard’s comment brought back those memories. I am still amazed that the teacher was unfazed by the thing (maybe it happened to her all the time), and that none of the other kids seemed too shocked by it either. Most just laughed, but I am sure there were some among us who couldn’t believe that kid had the nerve to act on his fantasy right there for the whole class to see.
I don’t know about the other kids in that class, but I was probably ruined for life after witnessing that scene. A couple of years later, 6th grade I think, I began to notice other teachers who always wore dresses, complete with high heels and pantyhose. Of course, that was just the way it was back then, but it still was pretty exciting to see, especially when some of the teachers seemed to tease a little by frequently running their hands over their nylons to feel the silky fabric on their legs. I always thought that was sexy. I wondered how any of the boys learned anything (academically) during those classes.
That was a great time (notice I’m not revealing the year so as not to age myself). Looking back, I see things for what they might have been. We were so young that to us teachers were just adults. But I’m betting that the teachers were probably fresh out of college and they might have been just starting their professional careers.
And back in the day, dressing professionally and wearing pantyhose might have been new and exciting to them, too. They probably enjoyed being looked up to by the kids, and wearing the proper business attire likely contributed to their own self-esteem. That, and the attention they probably got from students, as well as from other teachers and faculty, couldn’t have hurt.
Did those pretty teachers know they were making an impression among many of the students in ways other than academically? Maybe, but it was a more innocent time, so perhaps some of those teachers thought they were looked upon as goddesses, but I doubt back then, they had any idea they were the cause of many kids developing a pantyhose and/or foot fetish for life.
But, in many cases, that’s exactly what they were doing.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing in any sense. While there is no doubt that today millions of us find pantyhose, and sheer nylons over pretty feet, extremely sexy, I still believe that wearing pantyhose makes a woman stand out from those who don’t. To me, when a woman chooses to wear pantyhose when she goes to work, out to a nice restaurant, or just out and about, she is professional, classy and beautiful.
How sad it is that probably the majority of today’s teachers don’t wear pantyhose. Heck, today’s teachers probably don’t even wear dresses or skirts. They are at the front lines, charged with educating and setting an example for today’s youth. And the decisions these teachers so recklessly make to dress in jeans or pants outfits only reinforces in our kids’ minds that the school system is a casual experience that carries with it not much in the way of expectations.
How sad it is that seemingly most women today don’t get it. It seems so many women have been poisoned about the very concept of wearing pantyhose by negative influences created in Hollywood and filtered into mainstream life.
It’s sad that something as beautiful and decidedly feminine as pantyhose has been villified in the fashion world to the point that otherwise normal women think they hate pantyhose now.
But the true haters notwithstanding, I can’t help but feel there are millions of women out there who have no negative agenda against pantyhose, yet, because they believe that pantyhose are “out” today, they feel obligated to go “bear”-legged because “everyone else is doing it.” That’s why we see women who should know better, such as celebrities, lawyers, real estate agents, and corporate executives ditching the pantyhose with their dresses, skirts, suits and pumps. They know it’s the right thing to do to wear those outfits, but they have been brainwashed into thinking that it’s OK to skip the hose.
I really think that secretly many of them don’t feel comfortable dressed up but with bear legs, yet, they don’t have the courage to go against the grain.
I can’t help but believe that some day, they’re going to look back at old pictures of themselves in a beautiful dress, high heels and bear legs, and say to themselves, “What was I thinking?”
Polls reflect your views
Another recent comment from a reader, libertariangman, posed the question: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
That comment/question inspired a recent post from me, “Future of Pantyhose in Men’s Hands?” (03/12/2012). Attached to that post is a poll: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
As of this writing, 161 individuals have weighed in. Assuming the voters are who they say they are, so far, 154 men have voted Yes (95%); 4 women voted Yes (2%) that they think men prefer women in hosiery; and 3 men (Tabitha’s “special” friends) voted No (2%). Surprisingly, not a single No vote was cast by a woman.
Wow, 95 percent of voters believe that men prefer women in hosiery over bare legs! That’s pretty good. But what does this mean? Perhaps not much. Most of those voting were (ostensibly) men. I think the world pretty much knows that men prefer women in pantyhose. And 161 votes aint gonna make the Guinness Book of World Records. Still, I believe that if there were 161,000 votes, it would still work out that 95 percent of them favor women in pantyhose.
To me, the troubling reality is that women get that men prefer them in pantyhose, but they still aint gonna do it. Shouldn’t you guys be highly insulted here? I’ve said it before, and I guess I’m going to keep saying it: Men need to communicate better with women. Somehow, you’ve got to make it clear that you love them in pantyhose, and you have to make them care.
I’m curious, do you guys ever fantasize that you’re the hiring authority of the most highly-sought-after corporation in your city, where everyone wants to work. It’s a highly-successful and extremely professional business that enjoys the best reputation in its industry. You run an ad for a female Vice President of Marketing, and you get a lobbyful of qualified applicants. You do a quick scan and see that 90 percent of the women aren’t wearing pantyhose.
What do you do? You very professionally and charismatically single out the women wearing pantyhose (without acknowledging the fact) and ask each one to sit on this side of the lobby, while those not wearing, are to sit on that side. Then, you retreat to your office and ask your assistant (who knows better and always wears) to one-after-another escort the women in pantyhose to your office for the interview, completely ignoring the nonwearers, regardless of who was there first, or who might have the stronger resume.
After a while, one those with bear legs questions your assistant about what’s going on, and she tells those women that they really should go home and come back another time when they are dressed professionally for the executive level position and the nature of the corporation.
The women in that group look at themselves and each other and see that they are all wearing perfectly tailored corporate grey or black business suits and skirts with white blouses and closed toe pumps. What the heck is this lady talking about? But one or two of them get it. A few of them knew better. They knew they should wear pantyhose, but they chose not to, figuring it just doesn’t matter in today’s world – even at a highly-successful and extremely professional business environment. Because they know they screwed up, they don’t say anything, but one of the young, hot-shot, overly-aggressive corporate fireballs, speaks up:
“Is he (you) not seeing us because we’re not wearing pantyhose? That’s ridiculous. Pantyhose are so outdated. They’re irrelevant today. No one wears them anymore.” And another chimes in: “He can’t do that. (Yes he/you can.) That’s illegal. (No it’s not.) That’s discrimination. (Yeah, so what? It’s the right of any business to establish a dress code, and if you don’t agree with it, no one’s forcing you to work here. Bimbo!) I don’t want to work for a place like this. I’m out of here.” (Good. Go!)
Just a thought.
OK, how about this: You’re deep in the throes of the zombie apocalypse. There are only a few survivors. You are holed up in a makeshift fortress. Two women on foot have stumbled upon your sanctuary, and are pounding on the door pleading to be let in, as the zombie horde closes in. Unfortunately, there is room for only one more person. You see that one is an absolutely gorgeous woman wearing a dress and high heels, but no pantyhose, while the other is semi-attractive, wearing a dress and high heels AND sheer suntan pantyhose. The gorgeous woman expects to be let in because, well, she’s always gotten preferential treatment her whole life. The undead are closing in. What do you do?
Simple. You let the one wearing pantyhose in, and say “Missed it by THAT much” to the beauty with bear legs.
OK, OK, fine. You let them both in. But to make a point, you first say “Wow, you’re gorgeous, but I’m gonna have to go with her because she’s got the class, elegance and femininity to wear pantyhose with that pretty outfit, and you don’t.” Then, you let that girl in, closing the door on the one with bear legs. The brain-munchers are almost on top of her now, and she’s crying out, and you say “Alright, I’ll let you in on one condition: First time we come across a store that sells pantyhose, you grab a pair and put them on. Deal?” She agrees and you let her in. I mean c’mon, you’re a reasonable fellow.
You guys get me here? You’ve got to deliver the message: We are sick of the bear legs look. Enough already. We want you wearing pantyhose.
Hey, it’s worth a try. What ideas do you have? Let’s get a forum going about the ways men can get the point across to women.
OK, I know you’re used to seeing this column titled, Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due, so what’s up with this (and even where not) thing?
It means, while this column recognizes and praises those special celebrities who almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose in all the right situations and venues, when it comes to Michelle Yeoh, well, she can do whatever she wants and I’ll still always love her.
There is a very special place in my heart for Michelle Yeoh. As a huge Bruce Lee fan, I had stopped watching martial arts movies in the 1990s because they just didn’t measure up in any way, especially in realism when it came to fight scenes. It had been more than 15 years since I watched a kung fu movie, when in 2007 I stumbled across an old Jackie Chan movie, I hadn’t seen before, “Police Story III, Supercop” (1992), and couldn’t resist its co-star, Michelle Yeoh, whom I had never heard of before. I thought she was very charming and a great fighter, too. Turns out she actually studied Wing Chun, the first style Bruce Lee learned. Hmmmmm.
Not long after that, I watched a James Bond movie I had not seen before, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), starring Pierce Brosnan, whom I love, and one Michelle Yeoh. OK, now this was getting interesting. I searched my DVR for movies she’s in. Of course, I found “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), but it wasn’t until I saw “Silver Hawk” (2004) that I became a full-fledged Michelle Yeoh fan. She’s done some great movies, but “Silver Hawk” remains my favorite because, silly as it is, it’s the one that best features her personality, her sense of humor, her glamorous side, and was the first one I saw that showed off her legs in sheer pantyhose a lot. And, wow, did she look amazing.
While I started ActSensuous back in 2001, it wasn’t until 2009 that I began The ActSensuous Blog, and in only my second post, June 16, 2009, “Calling out Professional Entertainers,” after I had just learned how to post a photo in the blog, the first-ever picture I used was this one, at left, of Michelle Yeoh.
I was using it as an example of the beauty and elegance she displayed during her appearance at the premiere event for “Tomorrow Never Dies,” in contrast to all the other celebrities who were appearing at similar events, wearing spectacular dresses and high heels, but with bear legs.
How gorgeous Michelle Yeoh looked in that dress with the slit up the side and sheer nude pantyhose.
Since that time, I was able to find (and post in this blog) other pics of her in pantyhose, particularly, at the premiere of “Supercop,” wearing a short dress and sheer nude pantyhose.
At the time, I wasn’t thinking that the event likely took place in 1992, before the “bear” legs movement had its origin.
I never dreamed in 2009 that those pics from the 1990s would be about the last time we’d see Michelle Yeoh wearing pantyhose in public.
I never dreamed she would be someone who would follow a fashion trend instigated by Hollywood, but that’s exactly what happened.
No, I imagined that someone of her professionalism, class, elegance and sheer beauty – to say nothing of the fact that she’s Malaysian of Chinese ethnicity – would have the conviction to do her own thing, especially when it comes to how she presents herself in the public eye.
For years now, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Michelle Yeoh, and time after time after time, she’s done the bear legs thing no matter how formal the occasion.
Seeing this was very disheartening to me. This was my new hero after all.
How could Michelle Yeoh be a devoted bear-legger?
Fortunately, in her movie roles that weren’t period pieces set in ancient China, she does wear pantyhose whenever she’s in a dress.
Of course, this made me love her even more, but I couldn’t justify the disconnect between her being so professional in her movies, but way too casual during awards shows or other public appearances.
I grew so frustrated that I actually considered making her the next recipient of The ActSensuous Grizzly Awards. But I just couldn’t pull the trigger on that, as evidenced by the title of this post, and its subject.
I find Michelle Yeoh to be so professional and classy that she just can’t do any wrong by me. I decided I could live with it if she never wore pantyhose again because she is such a wonderful person in real life. She sponsors several global charities, speaks out against social injustices but always with a positive and uplifting slant, and apparently is nothing but kind, caring and extremely gracious. Of course, secretly, I held out hope that one day she’d glam it up again the next time a situation or venue called for it. And that time has come.
While she’s made a great many popular and successful martial arts movies, dramas and documentaries, ultimately, nothing may be more compelling and more significant than her latest work, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.
In the role she was born to play, Michelle Yeoh stars in “The Lady” – the true story about the life of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who, in reality, just last week hailed a “new era” for Myanmar (Burma) after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed a major victory in landmark by-elections.
The movie’s limited U.S. release comes not even two weeks after the vote in Burma that will fill just 45 vacant seats in the country’s 664-seat Parliament, yet, took on historic significance because of Suu Kyi’s presence. After 20 years as a political prisoner, Suu Kyi won a victory that marked a turn in her political career and for the country, as it emerges from a half-century of military rule.
Of course, this movie is so meaningful and historically important, I don’t really care if Michelle Yeoh wears pantyhose or not in her role as Suu Kyi, especially because it might not be an accurate portrayal from a costume design point of view.
Nevertheless, it never stops surprising me that someone who looks so amazing in pantyhose would settle for looking – OK, in Michelle Yeoh’s case, still pretty awesome bear-legged – during awards ceremonies and publicity appearances. Still, the difference when she is wearing pantyhose is astounding.
I’m so happy to see any situation today in which Michelle Yeoh shows up in public, dressed professionally and formally again, wearing sheer pantyhose with her outfits. Perhaps, it’s the significance of the role she’s playing that has made her more aware of how she presents herself to the media, her peers and the public.
“The Lady” tells the stuggle of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who had been detained by the government of Myanmar and held under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years (ending on Nov. 13, 2010), and the tragedy of her 10-year separation from her Western husband, who remained in England, rearing their two sons and campaigning behind the scenes for her release.
The story’s heart-wrenching reality is felt as Suu Kyi’s husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer and the Burmese authorities refuse permission for him to visit her – offering instead that she could leave and return to Oxford, but would never be allowed back into Burma. Suu Kyi is confronted with a terrible choice – the consequences of which are irrevocable – her husband and children, or her country.
Said one of the film’s producers, Andy Harries:
“It’s not just a political story – it’s a tragic love story. This is a woman educated at Oxford, married to an Englishman, and who has two sons. She goes to her homeland to help for a few months and it turns into a 20-year house arrest.
“It’s a love triangle. She is torn between her love of her country, which looks to her as a symbol of hope, and her family … We are talking about someone who is the Nelson Mandela of Asia.”
At the helm of “The Lady” is French director Luc Besson who gave us “The Professional” (the assassin movie starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman), and “The Fifth Element” (starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis.)
While she is a veteran of action films, in which she has received much praise and fame for performing her own stunts, Michelle Yeoh has said the lead role in “The Lady” was very challenging, as she had to learn to speak Burmese to play Suu Kyi, and had to lose nearly 20 pounds (quite a sacrifice for someone who probably didn’t weigh a buck-twenty to begin with) to make herself look more like her character.
And during the months leading up to the filming of “The Lady,” Michelle Yeoh got a taste of Burma’s tight military/government control, as she was deported several times by the government when she tried to meet Suu Kyi in person for research.
Michelle Yeoh said she considers “The Lady” one of her most important works to date, calling Suu Kyi “an extraordinary role model for every woman in Asia.”
I’m not a film critic, and this blog post isn’t about my reviewing “The Lady” for you. There have been and will continue to be many great articles that will do that. All I know is that it’s based on a true story that needed to be told, and it stars Michelle Yeoh. Of course it’s going to be great.
So far, I haven’t found a theater in my area that is showing “The Lady,” but I will see it at my first opportunity. I hope you see it, too, and, if you haven’t already, will fall in love with Michelle Yeoh.
Here are some reactions from film industry and other dignitaries who’ve seen the premiere of “The Lady:”
“I always thought Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the pinnacle of Michelle’s career. In fact, it is The Lady.” – Director Ang Lee
“I watched the movie several times and I could not hold back my tears. She scarified so much for democracy in her country.” – Sanlih TV host Isabella Chen
“I can feel the pain in her heart. But she continued to do what she needed to do.” – Jui-Ling Chang, Formosa TV News anchorwoman
“She is emaciated, but she is brave. She is soft, yet very strong. I am really touched.” – Lin Cheng-sheng, movie director
“Michelle Yeoh looks almost identical to the real (Aung San Suu Kyi) character from body to soul. The several sad scenes are extremely touching.” – Director Nelson Yeh
“This is a film which stirs the deepest desire in your heart.” – Tammy Darshana Lai, singer and TV host
“She brought us the glory of humanity.” – Lee Yong-ping, chair of Taipei Culture Foundation
“This is the best movie I have seen in recent years. It has a very deep meaning for me.” – Tsai Ing-wen, former leader of the Democratic Progressive Party
“This is a very touching movie and I strongly recommend it!” – Director Feng Kai
“This is a movie that no one should miss!” – Jason Hu, Taichung City Mayoriss!” – Jason
In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her native Burma from Oxford, where she had lived for many years. Her visit was prompted by news of her mother’s deteriorating health, but the country was in an uproar. Burma’s military leader, General Ne Win, stepped down, and protestors quickly filled the streets of Naypyidaw to demand democratic reform. Those protestors were beaten and their message suppressed. The charismatic and politically engaged Suu Kyi, whose father was a martyr for Burmese independence, found herself called upon to lead Burma out from under the shadow of military dictatorship as the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy. In 1990, a general election was held and the NLD won, but Suu Kyi was held under house arrest by the military junta. She remained a prisoner in her own home for most of the next 15 years.
Suu Kyi is the first Asian woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Dec. 10, 1991, Suu Kyi’s two sons, Alexander Aris and Kim Aris (ages 18 and 14 at the time), accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf in Oslo, Norway, while she was serving a house arrest term in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar).
The title of the movie, “The Lady,” is the name by which Aung San Suu Kiy is known to the people of Burma, who see her as a beacon of grace and courage against the odds, and who risk incurring the wrath of the authorities for publicly uttering her name.
Remember the slogan “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” written several years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council? That campaign created an effective awareness about the death toll from driving impaired, and introduced the concept of the Designated Driver.
I like to think that The ActSensuous Blog has similarly wide-reaching influence, and I’m sort of the designated person trying to drive women to wear pantyhose.
Let’s count the ways this blog has impacted what you’re now enjoying, shall we?
During the 2010-11 NFL season, I complained in my blog about Faith Hill’s awful “bear” legs in her Sunday Night Football intro song. And then, what happened in the 2011-12 season? That’s right: She donned pantyhose and looked 100 times better. Oh yeah, I’m taking credit for that. (Hey, you’re welcome!)
Not convinced? OK, how about this: Devoted watchers of NFL Network have to admit they cringed every time they saw one of the show’s hosts, Kara Henderson, who always wore way-too-short skirts for those horrid pasty white legs of her’s, which she flashed all too often. And what happened not long after I called her out for this (Nov. 4, 2011: “Pantyhose happenings on my mind”)? That’s right. She has been wearing pantyhose regularly on the show — quite beautifully, too. Coincidence? I don’t THINK so.
Check out this video of Kara Henderson in studio on the NFL Network:
I can picture how the conversation around the NFL Network studio must have gone: “Kara, we love ya, girl, but those bear legs of yours are killing our ratings. We get that you women today hate pantyhose, but listen, we don’t want you to end up getting The ActSensuous Blog’s next Grizzly Award. That’s the kind of thing that can end a gal’s career. So, c’mon now, why don’t you break out the pantyhose? Our ratings will soar, and Robin will probably heap loads of praise on you for how good you’ll look. It’ll be a win for everyone.”
Yeah, it likely went something like that, I’m pretty sure.
Now, if you Google Kara Henderson, you won’t find a single photo of her in pantyhose. But on NFL Network, she has become a pantyhose babe. But, I’m not done with the NFL Network yet. Now, it seems every female host on the show has gone all pantyhose on us. Check out this video of the lovely Lindsay Soto (now, Rhodes):
Wow. Those are some killer legs in beautiful sheer nude pantyhose, eh? Do you just see how influential the ActSensuous Blog really is?
I feel some of you slipping away from me. You want more evidence, don’t you? Fine, fine.
One of my regular columns on this blog is “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due,” in which I recognize and glorify the little people (you know, like Ann Curry and Julianna Margulies) for dressing beautifully, including wearing pantyhose. Otherwise, probably no one would ever pay these budding celebs much attention.
You remember my post in January 2011, “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due — Who’s that T-Mobile Girl?” In that one, I lavished so much praise upon the up-and-coming Carly Foulks for how pretty she looks in those pink dresses, high heels and very sheer nude pantyhose. Yeah, that’s right — I put that girl on the map! And what happened after that? Verizon goes out and gets the beyond-beautiful model, Cherub Moore, to wear that fabulous gray skirt and dark wine-colored blouse, complete with gorgeous sheer pantyhose for last year’s Black Friday TV commercial. Need I say more?
Again, if you Google Cherub Moore (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), you won’t find one picture of her wearing pantyhose. But it’s pretty clear that when advertisers write spots for their clients, they think of me and the influence of The ActSensuous Blog. Obviously, they realize the value of featuring their lovely models in pantyhose. And, again, I take full credit for that. (What?)
Too much power?
But, as Peter Parker’s uncle taught us in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Did I mention Kirsten Dunst wore pantyhose in those Spidey movies because of me? But, I digress …) And now, I have to live with the fact that this far-reaching influence I wield actually could be starting to back-fire. That’s right. Those people who are equally devoted to the bear legs movement — the people I like to call, you know, the villains — are beginning to take notice of all the good I’m doing out there for truth, justice and the American way, and they’re fighting back.
I didn’t write a post about this next subject (although I did think about doing it), but you guys beat me to the punch when you wrote some comments about the CitiBank TV commercial, in which (actual professional rock climber Katie Brown) says:
My boyfriend and I were going on vacation, so I used my Citi Thank You card to pick up some accessories: A new belt, some nylons, and what girl wouldn’t need new shoes? …
A few of you praised that commercial for its obvious reference to nylons of the hosiery variety. I loved that you picked up on that and made a big deal about it. But have you noticed that the writer(s) recently modified that line? Now, when the lady rock climber talks about picking up some things she’ll need for her vacation, she says “A new belt, some nylon (instead of nylons) …”
Are you kidding me? Is the writer of that commercial such a pantyhose hater that he or she (more than likely, she) had to take away that cute play-on-words in order to not encourage us pantyhose lovers? I can just picture some little Kelly Ripa-like writer thinking to herself: “I’ll show those pantyhose lovers!” Is it just me, or is this edited line a retaliation for all the excitement I (OK, you this time) generated about this commercial’s use of the word “nylons?”
Similarly, Cherub Moore has since appeared in (at least two Verizon commercials that I’ve seen), but now she’s actually wearing pants that do nothing for her lovely figure. I hope Verizon is happy with themselves for dressing her down, and making her look just average, after I (yeah-yeah, you guys, too) bragged about how beautiful she looked in the Black Friday commercial.
Are the writers/directors/producers of these commercials making adjustments based upon what we’re doing in this blog? OK, well, probably not. But it does kinda make some sense. We brag them up for dressing their spokeswomen in pantyhose during a time when, let’s face it, the majority of the world’s women hate pantyhose. You’d have to think those responsible for these commercials might realize that they could attract a larger audience for whatever they’re selling if they suck up to the bear-leggers rather than to those in the minority who appreciate and value pantyhose.
Reality setting in
Similarly, I’ve been sooooooooo disappointed lately in many of the celebs on whom I’ve heaped tons of praise for their devotion to wearing pantyhose. And when some of the usually-pantyhose-friendly ones don’t, I make excuses for them and blame it on the costume designer for dressing them in bear legs. But, when celebs appear on late night talk shows, or are out and about town, and dress in nice outfits but with bear legs, that’s clearly on them.
Stars I’ve complimented for their devotion to class and elegance, especially in dressing up and wearing pantyhose, have been letting me down lately. For example, I have never seen Morena Baccarin wear pantyhose on a single talk show or awards show. Not Dana Delany either. Not Jennifer Lopez. And lately, I’ve seen Milla Jovovich more often bear-legged than in pantyhose. And don’t even get me started on Angelina Jolie and her constantly popping her bear leg out from her high-slit dress during the Academy Awards show. Bimbo.
Still, the only celeb who seems to always do the right thing when it comes to how she dresses for public appearances is Julianna Margulies. But, is she wearing pantyhose in the photo above? If so, those are the sheerest nude pantyhose on the planet. I actually saw this episode of ”The Late Show with David Letterman” and thought she was wearing, but at least one of our readers commented on this post that she is actually bear-legged. I guess my eyes aint what they used to be, or more likely, I saw what I wanted to see. What say you? Did Julianna Margulies actually appear on Letterman bear-legged?
I’ve often written that Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose during public appearaces. And, maybe to a large extent, that’s still the case, but increasingly, it seems that 99.5 percent of celebs are brainwashed and believe they have to appear in public bear-legged because “that’s what everyone is doing.” Pitiful.
One celeb I thought I could count on more than most to wear pantyhose during public events is gorgeous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, but she’s killing me these days. I really thought of her as very strong-willed and independent — someone who would always do what she wanted to do — not what everyone else was doing. Yet, while she once frequently wore pantyhose during publicity events, presumably because it is the right thing to do, and because she has the class and traditional values to do the right thing, it is increasingly rare to see her in pantyhose. Still, I have confidence in her. I believe (I need to believe) she’ll go back to doing what she knows is right. She looks incredible in pantyhose and even (gasp) bare-legged (no bear here for her), so I can only hope she chooses pantyhose just because she wants to.
And lovely little Lucy Liu? Forget about seeing her in pantyhose, which is practically a crime since she looks stunning in them. And the extremely rare times we do see her in pantyhose, they’re too often the thick black ones that just don’t suit her.
But I am most dismayed by the way Sandra Oh dresses. I know what you’re thinking, but unlike her character on “Grey’s Anatomy,” she truly is gorgeous in a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
Sadly, it seems lately that we’ll just never see her in pantyhose anymore.
She’s a perfect example of a star who grew up with traditional Korean values, used to dress beautifully and appropriately in the proper situations, but now has seemingly become just another brainwashed Hollyweird go-along-er.
A case in point occurred in October 2011 when Sandra Oh was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame for her long career in film and television.
If ever there were a time for Sandra Oh to wear pantyhose, this was it, especially since she grew up in Canada. Instead, she did the “ugly American” thing and showed up bear-legged.
As much as I appreciate when veteran celebrities do the right thing and wear pantyhose during public appearances, I think I love it even more when very young up-and-coming stars set themselves apart from the pack in the way they dress, wearing pantyhose with their pretty dresses and high heels.
You know how I’ve gushed over the likes of Lady Gaga and Katie Perry for being frequent wearers of pantyhose when out and about. And that can be said for Paris Hilton, too. I’ve almost resigned myself to realize and admit that EVERY celeb is going to have days where they just can’t be bothered to dress nicely.
But recently, I’ve been seeing two 19-year-olds, Selena Gomez and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
I have to say I had never heard of Miranda until I saw her on a couple of late night talk shows and was so proud of her for dressing up and wearing pantyhose for the occasions. This is such a great sign of hope for the future.
So I’ll go ahead and give myself credit for that. I’m funny that way, ya know.
If the “bear” legs movement won the decade of the new millennium, pantyhose certainly got their legs back in 2011.
(NOTE: I’m putting quotes around “bear” just once and then running with it as-is. Seasoned readers get my play on words, which have their origin in one of my earlier posts: “Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose.”)
No, I’m not proclaiming that everything’s back to normal; far from it. But I think greater strides were made in 2011 than at any time from 2000 on.
I do think 2011 gave us much for which to be thankful, and optimism for years to come. While things looked pretty bleak from 2000 through 2010, I am thrilled by the number of new and seasoned celebrities we saw wearing pantyhose in 2011.
In movies, on TV shows, in TV commercials, on singers/performers taking the stage, on game shows, across fashion runways, in magazines, and practically everywhere we looked in the community, we saw more pantyhose in 2011 than I think we saw in the previous 10 years. And if you want to see beautiful women in pantyhose, just do a google search, and you’ll find that pantyhose are indeed alive and well.
Pantyhose took us by storm in the late-1960s, absolutely ruled in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and enjoyed a good run through most of the ‘90s before “Sex and the City” reared its ugly head in 1998.
And, in the ’70s, no one did more for pantyhose than actress Catherine Bach in her role as Daisy Duke on the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Bach took sheer pantyhose to icon status, wearing them with her signature short-shorts and heels on the show.
It’s difficult to imagine how and why so many women in the world would try so hard to distance themselves from the look made famous by Bach.
Looking at this picture of Catherine Bach, I can’t see how anyone could believe that pantyhose are old-fashioned and irrelevant in society today. A look of sheer beauty and the truest sense of femininity is never irrelevant, and it never goes out of style.
I honestly didn’t believe the bear legs culture would catch on, and I never dreamed it would flourish, almost to the demise of pantyhose.
It has taken a great deal longer than I imagined, but women have begun coming to their senses again. That was clear in 2010, and never more evident than during 2011.
Still, through the darkest times of the 2000 decade, I was so pleased and encouraged by the vast number of men throughout the world voicing their displeasure over the bear legs movement. There are thousands of pantyhose forums, websites and blogs about the love and devotion that (at least) men feel for pantyhose.
I still can’t believe that so many women don’t seem to care that seemingly 99 percent of the male population loves them in pantyhose. The fact that women almost universally reject the beauty, femininity, class, elegance, and sensual characteristics inherent in pantyhose remains a complete mystery to me.
I should acknowledge that, along the way, there have been many women who never bought into the bear legs culture. Occasionally, I read on an online forum about a woman or two who, like me, just don’t get the hostility other women have toward pantyhose. It is so heartwarming and encouraging to read the words of some women who say they love pantyhose, and the attention and appreciation they get from wearing pantyhose for men who love it so much. We can’t know about these everyday women on a large scale, so unfortunately, I cannot give them the praise they deserve. Still, we know they’re out there, so if you’re reading, thank you for remaining professional at the office, classy about town and always feminine in all situations.
Similarly, I’ve been delighted and encouraged by all the support from readers of The ActSensuous Blog this year. I greatly appreciate all your comments, compliments and well wishes. So, in addition to my usual ranting and raving about celebs and the state of the pantyhose industry, in this year-in-review post, I want to share with you some things you might find interesting – the stuff you guys contribute.
You guys write some well-conceived and thought-provoking comments. You have a real understanding of what’s going on in the world of pantyhose. You know the celebs who are devoted wearers, and you know the ones who aren’t. In many of your comments, you attach links to pictures, videos and online articles about pantyhose.
I love it when you write about a colleague at work who routinely wears, or doesn’t. I love when you write about your most memorable pantyhose experiences and the affects they had on you.
And, of course, I appreciate all the nice things you write about my different posts. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t think you cared and appreciated it. So thank you for all your support.
In case you ever wondered, most of those who comment on my blog are not ActSensuous customers. Sometimes, it’s a bit embarrassing when a customer writes a comment and closes with how much he loves our products and our customer service. I’m not asking for that, but it’s always nice to read the positive feedback, and I am sure it’s good for business. So, to those customers/readers, I’ll say this: That’s not what the blog is about, you don’t have to endorse us in your comments, but I know it comes from the heart, and I do appreciate very much your good intentions.
One reader complimented me a long time ago for keeping the blog separate from the business. I never expected anyone to notice or care about that, but I always appreciated that this guy got it and pointed it out. In fact, of the 48 (before this one) posts I’ve written since May 2009, only one was blatantly about ActSensuous – the one on April 25, 2011, called “Return of Pantyhose TV ads a Good Sign.” In it, I shared my vision (OK, fantasy) of having a celebrity become the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous. I wrote about the celebs I’d choose if I could. That post was pretty popular and got some good comments, but I really thought it would get more response from you, telling me which celeb you thought would be perfect to represent ActSensuous.
And that leads me to this:
I thought polls would be a good way to be heard for those who don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on a blog post. What could be more anonymous than that? Even I don’t know who clicks an answer on a poll on my blog. Yet, the response numbers seem low to me.
To those who have voted on my various polls, I thank you. Your answers to the poll questions – your voice – give me an insight as to what you think about the state of pantyhose in society today. To demonstrate that point, I’ll share with you the results of some of those polls, starting with:
- “Which celebrity would be perfect to represent ActSensuous?”
Of the 50 votes this poll generated, Anne Hathaway garnered 14 (30%). To put that in perspective, the next highest vote-getter was Milla Jovovich with 9 (20%).
They beat out the likes of Sandra Bullock, Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, and four write-in names: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Christie Brinkley and Morena Baccarin.
I was not surprised you chose Anne Hathaway. I love that, even though she is so young, she gets it. While probably every celeb has her days when she just isn’t going to wear for any occasion, Anne is pretty consistent. She has the maturity, the class and sense of femininity to wear for all the right reasons and at the right venues. I believe Anne has a bright future as a Hollywood star, and I’d be proud to have her represent ActSensuous.
Of course I love Milla Jovovich. She is beautiful, extremely professional, ultra classy and just plain cool. She is a great actress, and if the truth were known, I’d choose her if I could.
Of the others, I love Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li, and I would be thrilled if any of them would even consider being the face (legs) of a pantyhose campaign, but that seems rather remote to me.
Now, Christie Brinkley as the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous ….. that seems pretty realistic and very appealing to me. I’ve always liked Christie. She’s always been extremely professional, very classy and ultra feminine.
I would have thought the same thing about Morena Baccarin, but even though she can always be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose with her outfits in TV series (“The Visitors” and “Homeland”), I’ve never seen her wear during visits on late night talk shows. I find that so frustrating because it kills my image of her. I want to believe she is what I see in her TV roles, but have to face the reality that when she’s on her own time, she chooses not to wear. That amazes me because she looks 100 times better in pantyhose. Then again, isn’t that true of all of them?
- “Which Celebrity do you most want to see in pantyhose?”
This poll generated 91 votes, of which Sandra Bullock took 34 (37%).
She overwhelmed the likes of Jessica Alba with 22 votes (24%), Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Kidman, Bai Ling, and seven write-in answers, including Fran Drescher, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Bette Middler, and Jenna Fisher.
Good for Sandra Bullock to win that poll.
It goes to show the popularity of the veteran action, dramatic and comedic actress among the ranks of pantyhose lovers.
Why not? Sandra always has had the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose for the right occasions.
I would have liked to see Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling and Lucy Liu score higher, but they do in the next poll.
- “Which Asian actress do you most want to see wearing pantyhose?”
Out of 34 total votes (only 34 – what’s wrong with you people?), Lucy Liu won with 13 votes (38%).
Very impressive, as she beat out whom I think is the world’s most gorgeous woman, Zhang Ziyi, who came in second with 8 votes (24%).
This poll was won because of the popularity/familiarity of Lucy Liu. I mean who doesn’t love her?
Ironically, from what I’ve observed, Ziyi is a much more prolific wearer of pantyhose than Lucy will ever be.
In fact, as much as I adore Lucy Liu, she breaks my heart by doing the bear legs thing much more often than wearing pantyhose.
Further, it seems the rare occasion on which we see Lucy Liu in pantyhose, she’s wearing the thick, black ones. Yet, to behold her in sheer nude pantyhose is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. At least the black pantyhose she’s wearing in this photo are fairly sheer.
Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Rush Hour 2”) is only just becoming known to Western audiences, and since she lives in China, she’s not quite the household name Lucy Liu is.
But Ziyi is the Asian actress I most want to see in pantyhose. To me, she is total perfection.
Other vote-getters in this poll were Tia Carrere, Michelle Yeoh, Devon Aoki, Bai Ling, Gong Li, Maggie Q, Karen Mok and Brenda Song.
Besides Zhang Ziyi, I next most want to see Michelle Yeoh in pantyhose. I still love her more than any other Asian actress, and she is simply awesome in pantyhose, although, sadly, that’s a rare sight these days.
It’s so frustrating that Maggie Q doesn’t wear pantyhose on her hit show, “Nikita,” (or any other thing I’ve ever seen her in.) There was a time (early 1990s) when Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World,” “High School High,” “True Lies”) was the most beautiful thing that pantyhose ever happened to, but those days appear to be long gone. I would guess most of you have no clue as to who Karen Mok is (“Black Mask” and “So Close”), but someday I’ll do a whole post about her.
Young model/actress Devon Aoki (“Debs” is my favorite movie of hers) is a frequent pantyhose wearer and looks amazing in them. I haven’t seen enough of Brenda Song, but it’s neat that someone voted for her.
I love Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Karen Mok, and they all look fabulous in pantyhose, but to me, there is just something truly remarkable about seeing Bai Ling in pantyhose. Maybe that’s because it’s so unexpected.
Bai Ling is an enigma.
She is extremely intelligent and has great talent. She is incredibly beautiful. But she fits in perfectly within the Hollyweird culture. I don’t really get her, but I can’t help but love her.
She is known for wearing the skimpiest and strangest outfits, and looking awesome in them.
But when she wears pantyhose, it is so heartwarming to me. She kills me in a good way.
- “Pantyhose – To Wear or Not to Wear (ladies only please)”
This was not the poll that saw the widest margin of victory, but the winning answer got 19 of the 24 votes (79%). The winner, I’m happy to say, is this answer:
“I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose.” Coming in second was the answer: “I am not on one side or the other and would wear or not wear pantyhose based on the appropriateness of the situation/environment.” That answer got 3 votes (13%).
I wrote (ladies only please) at the end of the poll question because I knew what answer men would give, and I really wanted to see what women would say. I always wondered if the votes were indeed by women only. I don’t know, but there were 2 votes (8%) for the answer: “I choose not to on my own personal volition because I think pantyhose are uncomfortable, impractical and/or unnecessary.” We know women cast that vote.
But here’s the real news: Not a single vote came in for the answers: “I choose not to because I believe in and completely support the cause for the bare legs movement … period;” or for: “I choose not to because the excuse now exists thanks to the bare legs movement.”
Hey, I’ll take our minor victories anywhere I can get them.
- Today’s “Bear Legs culture:”
This is the poll, attached to the post “Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,” that launched my whole “bear” legs terminology. The answer that won this poll was: “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough.” Still, it got only 60 votes out of 110 (55%). Taking second place with 26 votes (24%) was the answer: “Is to punish men (for being men).” Sorry about that, guys.
OK, are you wondering what poll got the most activity and won by the very widest margin? This won’t come as a surprise to most of you. It was attached to my first (and arguably best) post of 2011 (Jan. 9), titled “Why Not Pantyhose and Open-Toe High Heels?” This post still gets comments and generates discussions, remaining one of the most popular on this blog.
- “Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?”
This poll generated 160 votes – by far, the most activity of all the other polls. The winner was the answer: “Absolutely! Yes, please!” You gave that answer 151 votes (94%). I’m so proud. Getting only 7 votes (4%) was the answer: “No way! No How! Never!” And just 2 voters (1%) selected the answer: “Who cares?”
More than any of my other posts, “Why Not Pantyhose with Open-Toe High Heels?” struck a huge chord with you. This was the post in which I first bashed all the so-called “fashion experts” for making up hard and fast rules that dictate what they say is acceptable or not for you to wear. That anyone listens to these people is unfathomable to me.
I had no idea when I wrote it that this post would generate so many comments and poll votes. I am so glad you overwhelmingly support the wearing of pantyhose with dress sandals.
Even more, I love it when celebs (by far the greatest influencers of fashion) completely disregard the advice of the “experts” and always wear pantyhose with open-toe heels.
Looking at the picture of Paula Abdul, I can’t imagine how there could be even a few people out there who still think this look is wrong.
As much as I love my self-appointed mission of being the voice of hope and reason for the return of pantyhose to favor in all aspects of society, I couldn’t write this blog without your participation. I try to make my posts compelling and entertaining, hoping to generate comments and discussion among you. And I throw in polls to give you another avenue to express your views about pantyhose.
Sometimes, when more time than usual goes by between posts, I’m struggling to stay motivated or to come up with something I think you’ll care about. The point is I do this for you. I hope you will continue to contribute, and I hope more of you will get involved.
Finally, I could say this (and probably will) until I turn blue, but we owe our thanks to so many wonderful celebrities all over the world who turned out in droves wearing pantyhose this year. There’s not enough space to acknowledge all of them, but let me recognize a few we couldn’t have done without this year.
Ann Curry: She is beautiful, classy and professional. We owe her so much gratitude for keeping the bar high in TV journalism.
Carly Foulkes, the beloved T-Mobile Girl: Now we know it wasn’t a fluke. I don’t know how many commercials she’s made now, but she’s always in one of those famous pink dresses, with awesome pumps and sheer nude pantyhose. She’s a young hottie who potentially can influence an entire generation to dress more femininely.
Julianna Margulies: She has always been professional and classy, and now, as the star of “The Good Wife,” she can do no wrong.
She’s a great actor on arguably the best show on TV, and so, in her we have a highly visible celeb who wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose.
Hopefully, Julianna will influence those career women who don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing up for work with bear legs.
What I like most about Julianna is that not only does she always wear pantyhose on the job, but also out in public and on late night talk shows. She’s truly a devoted wearer.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and other young professional entertainers are doing the right thing.
Perry and Gaga, and Paula Abdul are practically pantyhose ambassadors because they wear not only on stage, but also out in the public eye.
These women are priceless contributors to our cause.
Kate Middleton: Obviously, much has been made of her commitment to wearing pantyhose, and rightfully so. She clearly is all about class and elegance and doing the right thing. In all fairness, she may be the one woman who singlehandedly changes the course of pantyhose’s fate in global fashion circles.
Yes, 2011 was a great year for pantyhose. We’ve made up so much ground, and I am looking forward to more of the same in 2012 and beyond.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!