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We’ve been waitin’ all (off season) for Sunday Night.
Well, it’s back! And tonight features the Week 1 opening of the 2013 NFL season on Sunday night, as the New York Giants are taking on the Dallas Cowboys right now at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
So, the good news is the NFL is back.
The bad news for me and fans of this blog is country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood made her debut as the new voice and face (OK, legs) of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” to what was estimated to be 25 million viewers.
Or, wait, was that actually Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” prancing on stage in those “bear” legs?
“Obviously, we wanted to make it sound like me,” Underwood said of her new version of the theme song that Faith Hill had performed the past six seasons, “but we definitely wanted to bring a fun edge to it.”
I do like Underwood’s sound better, but it would have been nice if she had given the performance a new look, too — a little class by wearing sheer pantyhose with those short-shorts. But like Hill before her, Underwood must think that the $30 billion business the NFL is (wiki.answers.com) calls for a casual look on stage.
Underwood wore dark blueish/blackish denim short-shorts, a dark blue tank top and dark blueish/blackish cowboy boots. And, unfortunately, bear legs. [Note: I use quote marks on only the first reference to bear legs — my way of making fun of today's bare legs culture.]
I guess you can take the bumpkin out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.
Somewhere, Hill must be smiling.
I was afraid Underwood would disappoint in this manner, but I so hoped she wouldn’t. I don’t know anything about Underwood (I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol), and I couldn’t name a song she’s ever written or sung.
In doing the research for this piece, one thing I did learn — something that stands out — is everyone makes a huge deal about her legs.
And being a country music singer, it makes sense that most of the photos I found were of her performing for country music audiences. So, not surprisingly, in the majority of the pictures, she is wearing denim shorts or dresses with cowboy boots and bear legs
But I did find some pictures of Underwood wearing a fancy dress with peep-toe stilettos and sheer fishnet pantyhose during — of all places — the 2009 CMA (Country Music Awards) show in Nashville, Tenn.
That made me think there was hope that she’d dress like this for SNF. But, then I found pics of her a year later wearing shorts, cowboy boots and bear legs during the 2010 CMA presentations.
That appears to be Underwood’s preferred look.
Now, don’t get me wrong. She looks good. I just don’t think the look is professional or classy enough for the intro theme to SNF.
In 2012, Sunday Night Football averaged 21 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen.
According to Wikipedia, American football is the most popular sport, and Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest annual sporting event held in the United States. In fact, the Super Bowl game is always among the highest-rated programs of all-time in Nielsen ratings.
Now, I’m wondering about the demographics of the national fan base of the NFL? What is the connection between the NFL and country music? In researching this question on the Internet, I couldn’t find that answer.
And what I could find about the average NFL viewer surprised me (only because the numbers are smaller than I anticipated): Men make up 62.8 percent, compared with women (37.2%), and the highest percentage of viewers by age is in the range of 35-44, which is 21.2 percent.
I don’t know. Apparently, the findings were in 2003 by Scarborough Research, so maybe the numbers are more impressive today.
I don’t think there’s ever been an official poll that measures the percentage of men in the world who say they prefer women in pantyhose over bear legs (I couldn’t find anything official), but my own poll that posed that question last year returned predictable numbers: Out of 485 total votes, 465 (96%) answered Yes.
So, here’s what perplexes me: If (we’ll be conservative here) more than half of the men in the world prefer women in pantyhose, and more than 50 percent of men watch the NFL, why would Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill before her perform the SNF intro theme bear-legged?
Conversely, most other professional singers perform on stage throughout the world’s largest venues wearing pantyhose.
To me, the answer is Underwood and Hill don’t have the professionalism or class that most other professional entertainers do.
Back in April, I wrote this post:
Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF? in which I featured the professional singers I hoped would be considered to replace Hill. My first choice was Katy Perry, and most of you agreed, as supported by the poll I attached to that post:
Which celeb should be next to perform SNF intro?
Katy Perry 51 (59%)
Beyonce’ 10 (12%)
Lady Gaga 10 (12%)
Jennifer Lopez 5 (6%)
Taylor Swift 5 (6%)
Rihanna 3 (3%)
Other 3 (3%)
Selena Gomez 1
Gwen Stefani 1
Frankie Sanford 1
One thing I knew was, had NBC selected Katy Perry to perform the SNF theme song, she would have dressed beautifully in a great dress or shorts/jump suit with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
And so would Beyonce’, Rihanna, Taylor Swift …
I’ve written this before (and AKH just wrote this in his comment already) — NFL cheerleaders always wear pantyhose with their uniforms. Why? I mean it’s usually hot on the field, or raining, or cold, or snowing.
So why do the NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose? Because it’s more professional than bear legs. It’s classy. It looks awesome on them.
And it’s the NFL. The NFL has always cared about its image. Never more than in recent years. So, if the cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose as the integral part of their uniforms that they are, why would Underwood, and Hill before her, think their bear legs are appropriate in representing the NFL?
In the case of Carrie Underwood, well, all I can say is it’s a missed opportunity to build a professional and classy image.
Too bad. I am officially not a Carrie Underwood fan.
All we can do now is just be happy that football is back.
“I been waitin’ all (these years) for Sunday Night (without Faith Hill’s “bear” legs).”
Yesterday, one of our devoted readers (and our most prolific commenter), Brian W., alerted me that country singer Faith Hill announced on Monday that she no longer will perform the lead-in to Sunday Night Football.
Well, here’s a song for ya: “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”
If it sounds like I won’t be missing Faith’s SNF intro, you got that right. I hate missed opportunities, and Faith certainly passed up the chance to class up the joint with her skimpy outfits and those pasty white “bear” legs prancing around the stage, belting out that Joan Jett-like tune. Hate that song … mostly because once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head, along with the image of those “bear” legs.
I so wanted Faith to bring a little elegance to the SNF intro, but she just wouldn’t do it.
Maybe she felt that because this was a sports venue, it called for a more casual look. Wrong! Hey, Faith, even professional sports cheerleaders (some college and even high school cheerleaders) wear pantyhose with their uniforms.
So, yes, I am glad Faith no longer will be doing the introduction number to Sunday Night Football.
Now, I’m wondering who NBC will draft next for that role.
While finally, once again, we’re seeing more and more Hollywood actresses wearing pantyhose during publicity and public appearances, professional singers/dancers today (Faith notwithstanding) always wear pantyhose on stage.
So, I see no shortage of female candidates who could easily step into the SNF intro role.
Here are my top few choices and why.
Well liked and respected, Beyonce’ is always professional and classy. She’s a great singer/dancer/entertainer, and she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.
And, in addition to always wearing pantyhose on stage, she often wears for publicity events and guest appearances on talk shows.
Of course, Beyonce’ has done a Super Bowl halftime show, so she’s not exactly off the radar to NBC or the NFl.
She’s not controversial. I’d say, on the surface, she seems to be a natural fit.
[She ... could ... go ... all the way!]
Another good candidate who always wears pantyhose with her sexy but tasteful costumes on stage.
But, wait a minute. Doesn’t she have an idiot rapper boyfriend who has used her face for a punching bag? I doubt NBC and the NFL would want Rihanna to be the poster girl for SNF.
Too bad because she otherwise would be a good choice.
OK, just kidding. She definitely is a devoted pantyhose wearer, but, well, too often she wears practically nothing but pantyhose. NBC probably would be frightened by her.
Now, here’s my favorite. Katy is nothing but classy, lovely, and just plain cute.
She writes some very compelling songs and appeals to audiences of all demographics.
Add to that a fantastic voice, great stage and screen presence, and very contemporary songwriting, and NBC would have a true winner.
Oh, and Katy Perry never goes anywhere not dressed beautifully. And she’s one of the most prolific pantyhose wearers among all professional entertainers.
I just love her, and I bet that NBC would, too.
If NBC wanted to stay with a country/pop singer, Taylor might be a pretty swift choice. That girl can write some entertaining songs. She’s got a pleasant sound. She’s got a wholesome persona.
It could work.
[Long field goal]
Great voice. Wears lovely outfits, complete with pantyhose, on stage. But … uh, no. Cute, but probably too young. Probably not an NFL fan either. Anyway, she wouldn’t get my vote because too many times I’ve been disappointed in her for not wearing pantyhose with her beautiful outfits on late night talk shows.
[Tackled for loss]
Now, we’re talking. What a performer! She can sing. She can dance. She can definitely rock it. She knows how to dress on stage.
But is she an NFL kind of girl? Uh, yeah. She’s part owner of the Miami Dolphins.
In one of her movies (the one of her’s I like best), “Out of Sight,” she plays a U.S. Marshall pursuing a career bank robber (George Clooney).
The movie is set in Miami, and in one scene, J-Lo wears short-shorts and a Dan Marino jersey. But when she is on the job during a good portion of the movie, she’s wearing a skirt with sheer nude pantyhose and heels, and she looks great.
Sadly, I’ve seen her in a couple of TV commercials and print ads doing the “bear” legs thing. So, she gets a personal foul penalty (15 yards), but I’d still give her the nod to do the SNF intro.
[First down, J-lo]
Another great candidate, the Cuban-American pop singer can belt out a song like no one, and she’s got all the right moves on the stage. But is she an NFL kind of gal? Uh, hello, another part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a “diehard” fan since the Phins’ 1972/73 perfect season, she says.
Makes sense to me. Hey, NBC, if Gloria sings the SNF intro, I can tell you this: “The rhythym is Gonna Get You.”
[First and goal]
Why not? She’s got the pipes and the dance moves. And she’s classy enough to wear pantyhose on stage.
I have never seen Paula on stage not wearing pantyhose. She can sing and dance. She’d be a fine candidate.
[Makes the playoffs]
I’m not kidding. OK, yes, I am.
Then again, she’d still be an upgrade over Faith Hill. At least Madonna has the sense to wear pantyhose on stage.
Now I’m kidding, of course.
But if this were the 1990s, she’d likely be my first choice. She most definitely would be classy, exotic and entertaining.
Back in the days of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher was the entertainment bomb, and so were her on-stage costumes, such as this one (left) from 1978.
Before the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper (both likely influenced by her), Cher was the girl who “just wanted to have fun.”
OK, so today Cher isn’t a candidate to perform the Sunday Night Football introduction, but it would be nice if when NBC considers the next star to take that stage, they choose someone who has the professionalism, glamour and exotic looks that Cher had.
[End of regulation]
OK, now it’s your turn. Who’d I leave out? Who would be your choice to perform the introduction number to Sunday Night Football, and why? Take the poll below to let me know.
Also, next up is a photo gallery I’ve made for you featuring some professional entertainers who probably should be considered. By the way, when you click to expand the pictures, you know you can comment on any one you like, right? Just saying …
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!
Readers of this blog have come to know and appreciate my column, Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due, in which I heap loads of praise on some worthy celebrities for their devotion to wearing pantyhose.
And we’ve had some great ones, haven’t we? Ann Curry, Fran Drescher, The T-Mobile Girl (Carly Foulkes), Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, and Carrie Ann Inaba (for doing a complete 180 and finally wearing pantyhose on every episode of the game show “1 vs. 100,” which she hosted recently.)
Minus that headline, I’ve also glorified some other devoted pantyhose wearers, such as Anne Hathaway, Julianna Margulies, Milla Jovovich, Meredith Vieira, Katy Perry, Parker Posey, Linda Fiorentino, Kim Basinger, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. And there are many, many more who deserve such recognition.
Then, a couple of months ago, I introduced a whole different column. This one shines the spotlight on those celebs who completely miss the boat, just don’t get it, lack the finest sense of true femininity, and always miss opportunites to show some real professionalism, elegance or class.
So, for only the second time, I am handing out the coveted (NOT) ActSensuous Grizzly Award.
And this time, the hardware goes to one Stacy London.
That’s right, the co-host of TV’s “What Not to Wear,” a reality makeover show, in which London and her wonder boy sidekick, Clinton Kelly, use their superior brains and good taste (yes, I’m being sarcastic here) to completely trash the wardrobe of their guests and reinvent them in their own fashionwise images.
And, as many normal people have written in comments to online postings by or about these two “fashion experts,” they often do it in a completely arrogant and insulting manner.
As readers of this blog know, I despise so-called “fashion experts” who make universal rules and tell everyone what they can and cannot wear, as if their likes or dislikes about fashion trends are somehow more appropriate and obviously more sound than what anyone else on the planet thinks. It’s “fashion experts” like these two who’ve come up with the “rule” that one can never wear pantyhose with open-toe high heel dress shoes — a rule that, incidentally, is almost never followed by anyone with half a brain, and one that is standing up less and less to scrutiny everywhere.
So Stacy London, possibly the queen of all “fashion experts,” gets the second Grizzly Award (after Sarah Jessica Parker for obvious reasons)? But it’s not just because she’s a “fashion expert.” Rather, it’s because she’s on record as stating that she likes bare legs for all seasons. That, and she’s using her credentials and influence to further her own agenda — a personal dislike and distaste for pantyhose as a fashion accessory.
Here’s are a couple of excerpts from a 2008 segment of TODAY.com where London is a style contributor, answering readers’ questions about fashion:
Q: I was watching “What Not to Wear” when you appeared horrified by the idea of wearing hose. I know it’s not really the style now to wear nylons, but I have terrible spider veins on my white legs. What do I do now that skirts are knee-length and those veins are so obvious? Any advice?
A: First of all, the only hose I really hate are the semi-sheer ones in suntan or black. They look dated and remind me of a time when women would walk to work in their suits, those hose, white sweat socks and white leather aerobic sneakers. Blech. Might as well throw in a whole can of hairspray, too. Too ’80s! Stay away from anything that has a mid-range denier number that indicates the sheerness of the hose (10 is very sheer, 30 is semi-sheer and 50 is opaque).
I recommend a good self-tanner for the pale-leg situation, but also realize that won’t help with spider veins. Look for opaque tights and try them in a subtle color, like a burgundy or deep purple, when wearing a neutral-color knee-length skirt or suit. They will hide your legs and add a visual punch to your outfits!
Q: You indicated that pantyhose were no longer proper attire. You stated that in summer, go with bare legs and in winter, wear tights. I enjoy wearing pantyhose and want to know if I am old-fashioned if I wear them?
A: I did not mean to indicate in my last segment that pantyhose are no longer appropriate attire. My feeling is that those that are considered day sheer or mid-denier don’t look modern, but a bit dated. The denier number on hose shows you how sheer the stocking will be. The lower the number, the more sheer they are.
For example, a denier of 10 will be supersheer. These are great for evening, especially with a little shine or a back seam, as they look natural and simply enhance the legs for evening. A denier of 30, is what I have most trouble with; it’s neither here nor there. It’s not sheer. It’s not opaque. You know? It’s like a relationship: Either you’re in or you’re out. This wishy-washy sheerness dates an outfit to the ’70s or ’80s, when this style was most popular. But when you get to a denier of 50 or above, and the stocking is clearly opaque, I think this becomes a more modern and relevant look. A shiny tight like this can be used for day or evening.
OK, first, the country’s leading fashion expert comes out and blatantly tells women to go with bare legs in the summer? She also tells women to use self-tanner for pale legs? Seriously? Second, she recommends opague tights in a subtle color, “like burgundy or deep purple?” (Those colors are subtle?)
Hey, look, I respect others’ opinions, and the fact that London is considered a fashion expert, if that’s her best advice about leg coverings, then too bad for her and anyone who listens to her. While I completely disagree with London about everything she says about pantyhose, I’ve got no problem with her actually saying it. She’s entitled to say what she wants. Where I have a problem with her is on her point about denier ratings.
She specifically says that it’s pantyhose with a denier rating of 30 that she finds objectionable. She even cautions “If they come in an egg, you don’t want to wear them,” referring to the L’Eggs brand (owned by Hanes) of the 1970s and 80s. But she’s wrong. L’Eggs and their competitors (the most widely-known one being No Nonsense) made their pantyhose in a 20 denier rating.
As she said, denier rating determines how sheer the nylon fabric is. The lower the number, the more sheer the pantyhose. When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I looked into the 10 denier rating she referred to, and yes, they are super sheer, but the fabric is coarse and not very natural looking. They are not soft or silky at all, and while there may be a market for them, it’s not a very big one. You almost never see anyone wearing pantyhose like these. And, yes, denier ratings as high as 50 are available, but they are tights that are thick and, in my view, not suitable in some venues, such as a formal dinner engagement, nor for proper business attire.
No, my problem with London’s remarks are about the pantyhose of the 1970s and 80s being so awful. I loved pantyhose in the 70s and 80s, and I’ve never known of a 30 denier rating. But what do I know? The pantyhose of those decades were made almost entirely of 100 percent nylon fabric in a 20 denier, which is exactly why I made ActSensuous in a 20 denier. I think those are precisely the kind of pantyhose that true pantyhose lovers love. Those are the style, the look and the feel that we all miss. Maybe London meant to say a 20 denier rating is what is so awful.
By the way, ActSensuous has hundreds and hundreds of customers from all over the world, literally from Atlanta to Bangkok, from California to Denmark, from New York to New Zealand. We’re big in England, France and Australia. We have customers from China, Korea and Japan. I don’t think there is a country in which we don’t have customers. And they all tell us ActSensuous are the softest, sheerest and sexiest pantyhose they’ve worn. But, really, what do we all know? We’re not “fashion experts” like Stacy London and Boy Wonder.
In doing the research for this post, I ran across this forum on the Internet:
To the question: “What’s your honest opinion of Stacy London and Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear? Do you like this Show …?, most answers were negative, but even some of the supportive ones came out against their obvious negative slant against pantyhose.
I particularly love this response:
… Why is (Clinton Kelly) telling me what all men find sexually alluring on women?
A lot of gay men know a lot about fashion, but to get such advice on that subject, I would like a 2nd & 3rd & straight opinion.
… These two complete followers of Brittany and Sarah Jessica Parker have agreed that they do not like pantyhose, (fine), however, they dictate to their audience and columns that, “No one likes them.” “Everyone looks bad in them.” Etc…
I think my legs are my best feature and every boyfriend I have ever had have all confessed to me, after that shyness period passed, that they were all ‘ga ga’ for me (girls in general) when wearing sheer silky pantyhose (hence my nickname, given to me by my current boyfriend sitting kind of to the side here & still a little shy) and tights, but mostly the sheer nude/tan/beige hues.
Lastly, the show was/is not only incorrect on so many levels, but caters to and from their mindset only. Falling into this show would have you most likely ending up as a follower. Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Be stylish. Be sexy. Be yourself. Not what they insist on.
Let me tell you something: this LindsaySheers gets it. Good for her.
You know, I want to like Stacy London.
She’s a beautiful and charismatic woman, she’s very intelligent, and she has accomplished great things in her life.
Before co-hosting “What Not to Wear,” she started her career as an editor at Vogue magazine, then, became a stylist for celebrities and designers, then, a fashion contributor on many Today show formats.
She is or has been a spokeswoman for several brands, including Revlon, Pantene, Woolite and Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles.
Along with Kelly, she’s written a book, “Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body.”
I actually felt a little bad when I named Sarah Jessica Parker the first recipient of the ActSensuous Grizzly Awards because, when researching her for the piece, I actually found several pictures of her wearing pantyhose. That’s right, the one celeb universally “credited” with creating the bare legs culture with her “Sex and the City” TV series and movies, actually wears pantyhose fairly regularly. It was more symbolic that SJP had to get the first Grizzly Award.
But I don’t have any reluctance about bestowing upon Stacy London the second Grizzly Award. I can’t find a single photo of her wearing pantyhose. Granted, some of the pics of her on the Internet are of low resolution and too small a file to really be able to tell if she’s wearing or not. But based on everything London says and stands for, I am pretty sure she is not wearing pantyhose in any of the pics on the Internet. Certainly, she comes across as if she hates pantyhose, thinks they are old-fashioned and irrelevant today.
I liked “What Not to Wear” when it debuted in 2002.
I watched quite a few episodes and I remember longing to see London wearing pantyhose with those beautiful dresses and high heels she always wore. But it never happened.
I thought that was such a missed opportunity on her part — a chance for her to show professionalism, class and elegance in the role she held. But, to her, it wasn’t a missed opportunity at all.
This lady just doesn’t believe in pantyhose … period.
Like LindsaySheers, I too was upset and offended when I saw a video of London and Boy Wonder “explaining how to wear pantyhose,” especially when they admitted the video was made only because they were getting so many inquiries from consumers about why they never talked about pantyhose. Then, when they said that nobody looks good in suntan pantyhose and no one should ever wear them, I realized that there is probably no one more deserving of the second ActSensuous Grizzly Award than Stacy London.
Here’s that video:
So, what do you think? Could there be a more worthy recipient of the ActSensuous Grizzly Awards than Stacy London?
It seems that the current-but-maybe-not-for-much-longer “bear” legs movement came upon us all of a sudden. One day things were normal and good, and then suddenly pantyhose were public enemy No. 1 (among women that is).
It’s been a long decade-plus of the awful bear legs look, but gradually, in ever-increasing numbers, pantyhose are gaining their legs again. Have you noticed?
They’re in movies and TV shows more and more. They’re in TV commercials all the time. They’re even on fashion runways, and that’s a real good thing. They’re in magazines, too. And now, they’re also the subject on more and more women’s minds as one can see on Internet discussion boards, where there’s always that question: “Are pantyhose back?” To which some answer: “I never realized pantyhose were out.” Love that.
Yes, it’s looking more and more like pantyhose are starting to cling to more willing wearers each day. With that in mind, here are some recent pantyhose happenings that are getting my attention:
Celebs deserve our thanks
Probably the biggest reason that pantyhose are once again in mainstream consciousness is the vast and ever-growing number of Hollywood actresses, entertainers and pop stars wearing during their performances.
In only my second ever blog post (June 2009) titled “Calling out Professional Entertainers,” I blasted celebrities for instigating and perpetuating the bare legs movement (back then, I hadn’t come up with the idea of referring to it as “bear” legs.) My, how far we’ve come. I am so proud of the many veteran celebs who never left, or have now come back to pantyhose. And that includes Cameron Diaz, who until recently, I thought would be the next recipient of my new column, “The Grizzly Awards.”
But I’m even prouder of the young, up-and-coming celebs who are outright pantyhose goddesses. Yes, we’ve still got a long way to go, but I think it would be difficult to name more than a few young celebs today who are just complete bear leggers — ones you’ll NEVER see wearing pantyhose.
I think we have to recognize and thank the likes of Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Juliana Margulies, Milla Jovovich, Nicole Kidman, Kate Middleton, Sofia Vergara, Paris Hilton, Zooey Deschanel, and of course, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce’ and Selena Gomez.
There are hundreds of others who deserve credit, but this is a good start.
Since nothing influences fashion in everyday life like what we see our favorite celebs wearing, I think we’re in a very good time and place right now with all the professional performers out there donning pantyhose.
Waitin’ all day for Sunday night
Hey, Jack, it’s a fact … the outfits Faith Hill is wearing this year during the intro theme to Sunday Night Football are soooooooo much better.
Last year, she wore that way-too-short black dress with some funky, chunky (OK, ugly) shoes, and Casper-white bear legs that (I have to say it) looked awful. Sorry, Faith.
This year, she wears mid-calf length pants, but with pumps and pantyhose.
As I’ve written before, doesn’t she (whomever I’m dissing at the time) see herself on TV later and say “What was I thinking?” or “Why didn’t someone tell me ?”
Well, one of those things must have happened in Faith’s case. Thank you.
Another win for pantyhose.
One of the hosts on NFL Network on DirecTV, Kara Henderson, was doing the bear legs thing during interviews with fellow analysts and guest coaches and players. Uh, Kara, “Come on, man!” (Yeah, I know — that’s a bit featured on ESPN prior to Monday Night Football — but I couldn’t resist.)
Again, she must have seen herself on TV or someone told her how awful her legs looked. Now, she wears pantyhose and looks sooooo much better. Good call.
Remember, I am writing just random thoughts here. Suzy Kolber is one NFL analyst, host, sideline reporter I always liked. She is very professional. She used to wear pantyhose with nice suits and heels all the time. Lately, I’ve seen her wearing pants more than anything. I hope she doesn’t allow herself to be influenced by the vast majority of other female NFL types and stop wearing skirts and pantyhose and heels.
Why always black pantyhose?
Seems when we see a celeb wearing, especially one who typically doesn’t, it’s always black pantyhose. I mean sheer black pantyhose are nice, and certainly better than bear legs, but somtimes, I think women think it’s all they can wear.
There used to be a line of thinking that was one should always match one’s pantyhose to the color of one’s dress.
And we all know how popular the LBD (little black dress) is. I always thought that thinking was lame.
OK, you’re wearing a black dress, but you know … your face, your neck, your arms, your hands … they’re not black (unless you’re Minnie Mouse). Why do you think your legs should be black just because you’re wearing a black dress?
Nude and Suntan are such a nice, refreshing look these days when it seems that all we ever see is black.
Those awful ‘fashion experts’
If you’ve read this blog, you know how I detest those people called fashion experts. They probably gave themselves that title. Since my post, “Why not pantyhose and open-toe high heels?” remains the most popular on this blog, you know how hard I’ve been on these monkeys for making that “rule” that you can NEVER wear pantyhose with dress sandals.
It still amazes me that everyday people seek out the advice of these fashion gurus. It’s not like these guys’ opinions have any more value than your own good judgment, but I still see on Internet threads cases where someone wants to know if it’s OK to wear pantyhose with dress sandals. Recently, and I love this, I’ve been seeing the fashion police cave a little on this issue. The last piece of advice I read was that it’s OK as long as the hose is sheer at the toe (well, duh), or (and get this), if it’s thick, opaque hose. Well, OK, I s’pose that’s better than their previous blanket “NO WAY” answers.
I love countering their idiot opinions with the fact that some of today’s most popular Hollywood stars (again, the number 1 influencers of fashion) always wear pantyhose with open-toe high heels. It’s like these so-called fashion experts think they know better than everyone else, yet, the whole world is doing exactly what they tell us not to do.
Thanks but no thanks
The other day, I stumbled across a video made by the stars of the TV show “What Not to Wear.” I used to watch that show, but after you’ve seen 5,000 episodes, you start to realize it’s pretty much the same story over and over again. In any case, I never saw the show’s beautiful star, Stacy London, wearing pantyhose, and I hate missed opportunities (meaning a beautiful fashion expert who has great legs, but sadly, doesn’t enhance them with sheer pantyhose). And now, she’s making TV commercials and still not wearing. Guess she is squarely behind the bear legs movement.
So I was surprised to find a video she and her partner, Clinton Kelly, made, titled “How to wear pantyhose.” Wait, they are talking about wearing pantyhose? Well, I certainly wanted to hear what they had to say on the subject.
Turns out their advice was pretty much that most women don’t want to wear pantyhose, but if you do, “That’s cool.” Kelly advised that if you’re going to wear pantyhose, make it look deliberate; not a half a shade or two off your skin tone, but rather make it appear that you’re intentionally wearing hose, such as opaque tights. He’s standing next to a mannequin wearing a dark blue dress, with black tights and black shoes.
London talks about denier ratings (the sheerness or thickness of the fabric). Her mannequin is wearing a black dress. London recommends a very low denier (sheer) black pantyhose with a back seam to make it more elegant.
Meanwhile, London appears to be wearing some kind of dark blue, almost purple, dress that just didn’t do anything to flatter her lovely figure.
And worse, she is wearing some really ugly shoes. Ironically, it looks as if she is wearing pantyhose (must be my eyes are bad) and if she is wearing, they sure look like suntan to me.
Here’s the link. See what you think:
On one hand, I’m glad they talked about pantyhose, but I am disappointed that they admitted to covering the topic only because they had been getting questions from many viewers about why they don’t talk about pantyhose. London’s and Kelly’s remarks have a bit of a negative tone about pantyhose, but they didn’t do any real damage. But look at the face that London makes as she’s signing off. Her expression seems embarrassed, almost apologetic, for even mentioning pantyhose.
What really bothers me is that they put down suntan. I can tell you suntan is still far-and-away the most popular pantyhose color among devoted wearers. I love suntan.
Fashion experts … whadaya gonna do?
It was one of my first ever (and still favorite) posts. It was Oct. 9, 2009.
Originally, it was called “Why women don’t wear pantyhose” but when I added a poll at the end, which I accidentally titled: Today’s “Bear Legs Culture,” the name stuck, and I renamed the post “Why bears don’t wear pantyhose.”
In that post, I debunked the dumb reasons women give for not wearing pantyhose, and I proposed that we refer to those women from now on as having “bear” legs instead of bare legs.
Many of you picked up on that, and in your comments or letters, you refer to women going bear-legged. Thanks for playing along. I love that.
Since 2009, thankfully, we’ve seen quite an increase in the number of women wearing pantyhose. We see it on TV, in TV commercials, in movies, in magazines, on the runway, and on stage. That is great.
Yet, the majority of stories on Internet-based magazines, features and blogs about pantyhose remain negative, if not hostile. And women still are giving dumb reasons for why they hate and won’t wear pantyhose.
So, like in October 2009, I feel it is my duty to set these bear-legged women straight. Here’s their lame excuses for not wearing pantyhose, my response, and the logic behind my thinking:
Bears: Pantyhose are hot. (Read that with a whiney tone).
Robin: Wrong, bimbo! It’s that you’d look HOT if you were to wear pantyhose.
Logic: I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. You work in an office. It’s air-conditioned. In fact, you drive to work with the AC blasting in your vehicle. And if pantyhose really were too hot, why then during the winter, do you complain it’s too cold to wear pantyhose? Sorry, hater. You gotta do better than that.
Bears: Pantyhose are uncomfortable.
Robin: What? Pantyhose are soft and silky. They’re the most delicate, decidedly feminine thing a woman could ever wear. Pantyhose don’t weigh a pound soaking wet. How could they be uncomfortable?
Logic: If you wear control top or the super support kind that are made with too much Spandex, yes, pantyhose could be too tight and uncomfortable. But instead of just swearing off pantyhose altogether, you should try 100 percent nylon pantyhose that are ultra soft and silky. Then, if you still say that pantyhose are uncomfortable, you’re just looking for a reason to hate on things that are feminine and that men want you to wear.
Logic II: I know for a fact that pantyhose are not uncomfortable because it was not one of the correct answers to a question on Family Feud. The question was “Name something women wear that hurts.” A lovely Korean family correctly guessed 1.) Bra, 2.) Girdle, 3.) High Heels. But when one of the family members guessed pantyhose, he got an “X” and the other family got a chance to steal the points. They correctly guessed: 4.) Thong. And that family won the game.
The lovely girls in the Korean family were wearing pantyhose and looked very beautiful, and I was sorry that they lost. But, I think we can all agree now that pantyhose are not uncomfortable!
Bears: Pantyhose are old-fashioned.
Robin: Really? Try telling that to Kate Middleton, Anne Hathaway, Milla Jovovich, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies. Not convinced? Tell that to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce’.
Logic: This has got to be the dumbest excuse women give for not wearing pantyhose. Consider this: Undergarments were invented in the 13th century. Pantyhose were invented in the late 1960s (stockings during the 1950s). High heels were invented sometime around the 15th century, and the first shoes were said to have been invented between 1600 and 1200 BC. So should we all stop wearing shoes and undies now because they’re even more old-fashioned than pantyhose? Come on, haters!
Bears: Pantyhose are not necessary because my legs are tan enough, and pantyhose are irrelevant today because of relaxed dress code standards, even at the office.
Robin: Big mistake! Sure, for informal occasions, bear legs look fine, but tan as they may be, they’re still no match for how much nicer they’d look in pantyhose. Don’t kid yourself. Unless you’re Zhang Ziyi (and even she wears pantyhose more than the average bear), those bear legs of your’s still have flaws. Between uneven skin tone, blemishes, etc., your legs are less attractive without pantyhose.
Now, if you’re shopping at the supermarket on a day off, by all means, go bear-legged. But, if you’re going to a wedding, a funeral, a fancy restaurant or any formal venue and you don’t wear pantyhose, you have no class. If you work at a McDonald’s or Taco Bell, you don’t need to wear pantyhose. If you work in a business office and don’t wear pantyhose, you are completely unprofessional. Period!
Logic: We’ve dumbed down enough in society. Do we have to dress down, too? The everyday people in almost every civilized nation in the world have more class, more grace and more elegance than us. And they all dress better than we do. It’s beyond time we improve in these areas.
When you break it down, the reasons women give for not wearing pantyhose have little or no merit. They are giving very lame excuses. Pantyhose were the standard of elegance throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and most of the 90s. Women wouldn’t think of being seen in public without makeup or pantyhose. And pantyhose were the standard for professionalism in the business world.
But during the 2000s, an excuse was created for not wearing pantyhose, and millions of women jumped on the bandwagon and have been trying to justify going bear-legged ever since.
As you know, in this blog, I’ve recognized and praised professional entertainers who are devoted pantyhose wearers in my series: Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due. And while we’ve seen more and more entertainers wearing lately, there still are far too many women going bear-legged.
So, I am starting a new series. This one will recognize those celebrities who never or almost never wear pantyhose.
That’s right, the Grizzly Awards will “honor” those celebrities who contribute to the bear legs cause by never wearing pantyhose on their TV shows, in movies, awards events, appearances on late night talk shows, and whenever they are in the public eye in general.
And the first celeb to receive this “honor” has to be:
You know the story. SJP is “credited” with creating the bear legs movement because her character and others on the TV show and movies, ‘Sex and the City,” ditched the pantyhose with their fancy dresses and sexy shoes as they gallivanted through New York City — the fashion capital of the world.
That started it all. Hollywood always has influenced fashion, and what SJP’s charaters did was set a bad example for women everywhere.
For the first time, pantyhose were seen as being out of style. Then, as more and more celebrities followed suit, and everyday women in droves jumped on the bandwagon, pantyhose were practically run out of existence.
Here’s what I want to know: When SJP looks as awesome in pantyhose as she does in this picture at right, why wouldn’t she want to be seen this way all the time, or at least much more often?
As I’ve written before, I have no way of knowing whether it was SJP or the costume designer for “Sex and the City” who ultimately made the decision to feature her character without pantyhose.
Is it possible that SJP doesn’t really have an agenda against pantyhose? Is it time for us to forgive and forget? I’d like to say yes, but the bear legs movement that was created as a result of her character on “Sex and the City” persists today in way-too-high numbers.
And she is bear-legged in her TV commercials for Garnier, so it doesn’t seem as if she’s trying too hard to distance herself from the bear legs movement.
Fair or not, the bear legs culture has a figurehead, and the pantyhose industry has an arch enemy. Every good story needs a villain. Whether truly earned or not, that person will always be Sarah Jessica Parker — our first honorary recipient of the Grizzly Awards.
Stay tuned. There’ll be more recipients in future blog posts here.
NOTE: My thanks to Bridget Brown, owner of Solarity Design, a professional graphic arts design company, and an ActSensuous customer, for her clever artwork featuring bears and our pantyhose.
While all the haters out there continue to rear their ugly heads, pantyhose keep raising their pretty legs, and finally, it seems that more and more people are taking notice.
In one of my first blog posts ever, Calling out Professional Entertainers (June 2009), I blamed Hollywood celebrities for their too-casual look. Far too many of them still show a lack of professionalism and class in the way they present themselves in the public eye, but there has been a huge improvement.
And in my Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due series, I’ve recognized and appreciated many actresses, entertainers and other celebs for never buying in to the ugly bare legs trend and always wearing pantyhose. I’ve done the same for many of today’s new crop of young performers who deserve credit for embracing pantyhose and setting a good example for young women everywhere.
Hey, I realize I can’t save the world. There is a yin and a yang in life. One cannot know soft if one has never experienced hard. One cannot know cold if one has never experienced hot. I could go on. I won’t. (You’re welcome).
OK, one more: One cannot know beautiful if one has never seen ugly.
Which brings me to this:
Now, let me just say that I know nothing about Miley Cyrus. I am sure she’s a nice enough girl. I realize she’s young, and maybe not all that bright yet. But she is a professional entertainer. She has to take some responsibility for her actions.
Maybe she just grew up (not sure those are the right words) during a time when none of her gal pals owned a pair of pantyhose or even knew what pantyhose are. Maybe they don’t have pantyhose in the parts from which she hay-als. But that didn’t stop Daisy Dukes, did it?
Could it be that she wanted to achy breaky her daddy’s heart with that outfit? It seems to me that someone associated with the production from which this picture was taken should have stepped in and told her how awful she looked. Couldn’t someone have showed her a picture of herself before she went on stage?
Again, I don’t mean to single out Miley Cyrus. There are many entertainers just like her. But it does go to show just how professional, classy and glamorous so many other professional performers are.
We might expect those good qualities from entertainers like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, who emerged on the entertainment scene during the 1980s – perhaps, the greatest pantyhose era in history.
To me, it’s a very pleasant surprise and a real sign of hope for some semblance of class in today’s society when young entertainers, such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce’ and others choose to wear pantyhose on stage (and often in public in general.)
Last month, Lady Gaga performed an impromptu concert for the audience before she appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Apparently, while setting up the stage, some fans began chanting for her to perform a couple of numbers. And so she did.
Not sure what to make of her outfit, but I’m not complaining. I didn’t see that episode, so I have no idea what she wore on the set for the part that was televised, but before taping began, she rocked that audience with “Born This Way” and “Judas.”
Maybe Lady Gaga is a bit over the top, but I love how she always brings attention to pantyhose. And while she has been a positive influence on her contemporaries when it comes to wearing pantyhose, this outfit makes me think that Lady Gaga wants to be the undisputed Goddess of Pantyhose on stage.
Knowing that practically every man with a pulse loves women in pantyhose, I have to believe that when girls see how much their boyfriends go ga-ga for Lady Gaga, the girls would develop a different perception of pantyhose than the one the haters out there want everyone to have.
Of course, you know how much I’ve gushed about the likes of Nicole Kidman, Milla Jovovich, Julianna Margulies, Anne Hathaway and others who are devoted pantyhose wearers. But the one celeb who has garnered the most positive attention for pantyhose the world over remains Kate Middleton.
On Monday, a positive story about pantyhose appeared in the Detroit Free Press by Associated Press writer Samantha Critchell:
Thank you to one of this blog’s readers, peter_a, for pointing this out to me.
And earlier this month, Melanie Coulson, a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen wrote a positive piece: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/08/10/thank-you-kate-for-bringing-back-pantyhose/
My thanks to another of this blog’s readers, Carl, for telling me about this article, and that Lady Gaga performance, too.
Yes, it appears that pantyhose haters will always exist. It just amazes me that they have singled out the most beautiful, feminine and classy thing a woman can wear as the object of their hatred.
And, yes, there will always exit those who simply make bad wardrobe choices, those who just don’t “get it” and a few who will blindly jump on the bandwagon of any fashion trend.
But all that makes it even more pleasant and heartwarming when we see the many celebs and everyday women out there who are continuing to wear pantyhose. And isn’t it nice to see pantyhose snagging some positive press again?
I started ActSensuous in 2001 fully realizing that pantyhose were on their last legs, having barely survived the 1990s and Sarah Jessica Parker’s TV and movie series, Sex and the City, universally recognized as the origin of the bare legs movement.
Honestly, I thought that was a fad that wouldn’t last. I couldn’t believe then that so many women throughout the world would jump on that bandwagon and ditch their pantyhose.
It’s been a sad decade for pantyhose indeed, but I have never been more optimistic about a comeback than this year. Even last year, I was seeing signs of wider pantyhose acceptance, as more and more TV shows and movies featured actresses wearing. Then there were more women wearing in TV commercials.
And when some big-time entertainers, such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Beyonce’ starting attracting attention for their wearing, things were looking good.
Then, there’s Julianna Margulies wearing in every episode of the best drama on TV, The Good Wife, and Morena Baccarin wearing in every episode as the beautiful and glamorous queen alien in V.
But perhaps the real measure of any product’s return to favor in the market is how often it becomes the topic of widespread media coverage. And that’s what is happening right now.
While so-called fashion experts, fashion magazine editors, and the legion of hose-hating women out there want you to think pantyhose have been run out of town for good, the delicate and dainty little accessory is flexing some muscles no one knew it had.
That’s because pantyhose have a new ambassador whose credibility appears to be beyond reproach and whose beauty, class, grace, elegance and charm are irresistable. And that ambassador is Kate Middleton.
Seemingly every day, stories appear in Internet fashion magazines commenting on Kate’s becoming a global fashion icon. And recently, the subject of those stories has been Kate’s wearing pantyhose. (Note: while pantyhose are referred to in the UK as sheer tights, and many of the writers switch between calling them tights, pantyhose and stockings, let’s just stick with pantyhose throughout.)
Funny how the main enemies of pantyhose, the “fashion experts” and fashion magazine editors, now are scrambling to try and outdo one another in covering what’s covering Kate’s lovely legs. And while the coverage has been predominantly positive, it’s no surprise that a few of the online mags criticized Kate for wearing. Some called her look “hopelessly old fashioned,” while others called her wearing pantyhose the “ultimate sin.”
That’s unfortunate, but not unexpected. But what I like is that lately, the majority of the stories I’ve read (all by female writers), disagreed with those who criticize Kate, and actually defended her choice of wearing. And many of the writers said they hope Kate’s influence ushers a return of pantyhose popularity because seeing bare legs everywhere is getting old.
Last week in a posting on CelebrityFix, staff writers delivered a piece in which Kate was photographed in a cable knit Alexander McQueen dress during a recent visit to Canada. The writers realized it was a version of the sailor-style outfit that Sarah Jessica Parker wore in 2006.
If anyone ever needed a visual depicting the merits of pantyhose versus bare legs, this picture ought to do the trick. The bare legs movement has always baffled me. I don’t get how any reasonable person could look at the image and not admit that the one on the left is far and away more attractive than the one on the right. Why women continue to try so hard to look like the one on the right when they could look like the one on the left is beyond me.
A royal example
On Tuesday July 12, in the online Fashion and Beauty magazine Shine, staff writer Piper Weiss wrote a story with the headline: ‘Kate Middleton brings back Pantyhose.’ And the subhead read: ‘Bare legs are so 2010.’
Weiss wrote a positive piece, crediting Kate for bringing back pantyhose for a new generation, and praising her look. Referring to bare legs, Weiss wrote that “egg-crate color is out, and clear, almost fairy-dusted iridescence is in.”
Also in her story, Weiss referred to a recent royal visit by Tom Hank’s wife, Rita Wilson, who complained that she was required to wear hosiery for an event at Buckingham Palace. Apparently, Wilson told Harper’s Bazaar: “Women must wear closed-toe shoes — and get this — stockings! Sheer disbelief — I don’t even own a pair of sheer hose.”
I feel sorry for Tom Hanks, first because his wife supports the bare legs look, and second, because she showed no class in complaining about what is considered elegant by the Royal Family and all it stands for.
Another graphic example
Like the side-by-side picture showing Kate in pantyhose next to bare-legged SJP, in Weiss’ piece she notes that our own First Lady, Michelle Obama, a confirmed pantyhose hater, greeted Kate at Buckingham Palace recently, and the accompanying photo shows Kate in pantyhose and Obama doing the “ugly American” thing in not respecting another country’s culture, tradition and protocol, in this case, by showing up bare-legged.
It goes to show that we’ve still got a long way to go, as long as women choose a look that is less professional, less classy and less attractive.
But with Kate, and her sister, Pippa, constantly being at the center of global attention for having the class and grace to always wear pantyhose, there is plenty of reason for optimism.
Is what’s considered fashionable a case of art imitating life, or life imitating art? Everyone knows that fashion was influenced more by the golden era of Hollywood than anything else, and I am sure it’s every bit the case today.
Life Imitating Art
By now you know that Sarah Jessica Parker is “credited” with creating the “bare legs movement” with her “Sex and the City” TV show and movies. When everyday women saw the show’s high-profile characters strutting around New York City – fashion capital of the world – all dressed up minus the pantyhose, they completely lost their minds, adopted the idea, and from the mid-1990s to present, pantyhose practically disappeared as a fashion staple.
Art Imitating Life
As the bare legs culture grew in popularity among non-celebrities, naturally, more and more actresses and entertainers jumped on the bandwagon, too. It was almost as if celebs felt obligated to sport the new fashion look since they are expected to be the trendsetters in such things, and it had become clear that anti-pantyhose fever already was firmly established among the general population.
Coming full circle
While pantyhose were disappearing in society, even in the workplace, the entertainment industry’s role in it was evolving from instigator in creating the bare legs culture, to one of jumping onto the bandwagon, to now becoming the one place where pantyhose most likely are seen and appreciated today.
There’s one thing you can depend on about fashion – no fad lasts very long. What’s “in” eventually becomes what’s “not in,” and you can be sure that as soon as what’s not in takes off and everyone gets enough mileage out of it, ultimately, it will become what’s in again.
Today, entertainers appear to be split on the wearing of pantyhose. Thankfully, some truly professional stars, such as Geena Davis, Julianna Margulies, Linda Fiorentino, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Fran Drescher, Holly Hunter, Goldie Hawn, Shelley Long, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman to name a few, never bought into the bare legs thing and, as long as the role or the scene they played didn’t preclude it, they always wore pantyhose. And there are some bright new stars today who are contributing to bringing pantyhose back into popularity, among them the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and for the most part, Katie Holmes, Kate Moss, Megan Fox, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Milla Jovovich and Olivia Munn.
Pantyhose on display
Already this year, stars wearing pantyhose has been a frequent scene in many TV programs, movies and entertainment venues.
I have to give props to Paula Abdul, who always wears pantyhose as host of her new show, “Live to Dance,” and always wears when she makes appearances on the late night talk shows. To me, that shows that she is professional and classy. Good for you, Paula.
So, it seems that the best we can hope for these days is this pantyhose love-hate relationship in the entertainment industry. Last week, I saw Gwyneth Paltrow on Jimmy Fallon. She wore a short dress and very sheer nude pantyhose. Sadly though, lovely little Sandra Oh appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, wearing a slacks outfit.
Those who have seen Sandra only on “Grey’s Anatomy,” might be surprised to learn that she has gorgeous legs (and feet), and she’s shown them off in pantyhose in several movies. Sadly, she mostly does the bare legs thing during red carpet or publicity events. I just don’t get that. She doesn’t seem like the follow-what-everyone-else-is-doing type to me. She is one celeb I really wish would glam it up a lot more because she can do it so well, and it would show a totally different side of her. Oh well. I still love her.
Also last week, I couldn’t wait to see Maggie Q on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno just to see if I would win the bet I made with myself that she would wear a short dress and high heels but no pantyhose.
Sometimes, I just hate being right. Then again, with someone like Maggie Q and her perfect Asian skin, whether she’s wearing in this picture or not can be difficult to tell.
She really looked good on Leno. Here’s a small pic I found of Maggie on the Internet. Is she wearing? Could be. I doubt it, but I want to believe that she is.
This weekend, I re-watched the movie, “Get Smart,” with Steve Carell, who did a great job as Maxwell Smart.
When the movie first came out a few years ago, and when I saw it again on Saturday, I was so disappointed in Anne Hathaway for not wearing pantyhose in her role as Agent 99. (She “Missed it by THAT much!”)
UPDATE (See the Reader Comments on this post. Looks like I was wrong about Anne Hathaway. One reader provides compelling evidence that, at least in one scene, Agent 99 indeed was wearing. “Sorry about that, Chief!”)
And speaking of spy shows, another celeb I am disappointed in is Piper Perabo, who stars in TV’s “Covert Affairs.” She’s really lovely, but she did the bare legs thing on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last week. Sorry, I just think that shows a lack of class, and I had a different image of her than that.
I have written before about my disappointment in the way she often doesn’t wear pantyhose with her otherwise professional attire on “Covert Affairs,” despite that advertising spots almost always show her in pantyhose.
Again, I don’t know who’s at fault – Perabo or the show’s costume designer – for Perabo’s character not wearing pantyhose on “Covert Affairs.” I wonder how much say Perabo has about the matter, and which way she’d lean if she did have a say.
It’s interesting, as one reader commented, that advertisers don’t miss the opportunity to show off Perabo in pantyhose during promotions for the show.
Check out this site: http://www.emrahyucel.com/tr/entry/category/all/company/5/customer/0/page/8
and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’re looking for page 16.
On page 16, the “Covert Affairs” set is about halfway down the page. These are some beautiful publicity photos, and hopefully, a sign of the outfits to come on this show.
And it’s not just on TV and in movies that pantyhose are finding their legs again. One of this blog’s devoted followers, Peter A., pointed out earlier this month that everywhere he looked, he saw the professional models and visitors wearing pantyhose during the Jan. 18 Detroit Auto Show. I love that. Thanks for the photo, Pete.