Category Archives: Real girls in pantyhose
A few of the models from my friends over at PantyHoseClass.com test drove our brand new line, Act IV, recently, while decorating for Christmas.
All of the models at PantyHoseClass.com are real girls who are in college and/or have real jobs.
They are all young ladies who just love pantyhose.
A few of them, Leilani, Olivia and Ariel, couldn’t wait to try the new Act IV and give me their feedback, while we are still in the R&D stages.
Leilani, 23, is a college student who enjoys blogging her fashions and looking for new fashion blog sites.
She has always loved pantyhose, saying they are a part of who she is.
To put herself through college, Leilani is a hostess at one of the most affluent restaurants in her city.
“I have become a popular hostess at the restaurant because I wear a skirt or dress every day with pantyhose,” Leilana says. “I never wear pants or go bare-legged.
“I wear tights a lot and shiny pantyhose, so Act IV are a great change in look and feel for me.”
Olivia, 22, works in a medical office during the day and is a bartender by night.
She says she loves pantyhose because of the professional look they give her, and she loves how they feel.
Olivia, who says her hobbies are hitting the stores to find perfect clothes and going shoe shopping, says she wears pantyhose every day and even sleeps in them.
“I love Act IV because they are so light and sheer,” Olivia says. “They give the look of bare legs, but the secure feeling of pantyhose.”
Ariel, 19, is Olivia’s sister. She always enjoyed seeing her big sis modeling pantyhose, and said she couldn’t wait until she turned 18 so she could start modeling, too.
An assistant manager at a clothing store, Ariel says she loves to show off her legs, and she feels that pantyhose or tights are essential.
To that end, the horror movie fan says she wears pantyhose six days a week. Wow. Ariel is my kind of girl.
“Act IV pantyhose are very sheer and delicate,” Ariel says. “They look and feel like you’re not wearing pantyhose, but they make your legs look so good.”
My thanks to Leilani, Olivia and Ariel for trying out our brand new Act IV. Now, here they are making Act IV look good:
Being in biz since 2001, ActSensuous has several hundred customers occupying every corner of the planet. And from every walk of life.
We have doctors, doctors who are also part-time ballroom dancers, lawyers, teachers, musicians, authors, motivational speakers. Even a spy, (but don’t tell anyone).
One new customer is a lifelong pantyhose lover who found us by chance. Seems one of her clients is one of our customers … who was buying our pantyhose … to give to her … to wear for him.
Intrigued? I was. But I didn’t ask. I am not judgmental, and I don’t care what anyone does with our pantyhose once they own them. But once she began ordering from us on her own, she contacted me to introduce herself.
So, in keeping with one of this blog’s favorite themes — “Real girls in pantyhose” — let me introduce Madam Sofie.
“I wear a lot of hosiery because I love the look and feel,” Madam Sofie told me. “But my story is I wear pantyhose for others. Perhaps you’ve heard of the ‘well worn’ side of the fetish.”
She had me at “fetish.”
“I wear them for men who are into the fetish,” Madam Sofie said. “So I sell fantasies, if you will. But with class. I respect hosiery and always keep it classy. All my pictures are classy — dressed, hosiery, high heels. The complete look.”
By day, Sofie is more of a conservative professional, an entrepreneur, running her own consulting business, highly involved in day-to-day operations of her clients. With a bachelors degree in Business, she is diverse in employee relations, accounting, payroll, etc.
She looks like the perfect girl next door.
But, at night, she changes into her sassy alter ego, hosting an online business, in which Madam Sofie creates and plays out pantyhose fantasies on demand.
“I dress up and wear different brands, styles and colors of pantyhose for men who most often are submissive to women,” Madam Sofie said. “Pantyhose fetish is a big part of foot fetish, thus, my own love for high heels and pantyhose makes me very unique.
“I know what makes men weak in their knees, and Madam Sofie does that with just one shoe dangle.”
Nearly a year old now (she started the online business in November 2012), the Madam Sofie persona came to her by chance.
A stranger asked her to wear a pair of pantyhose for him, and that made her confront the realization of just how much she really enjoys wearing hosiery, and come to grips with just how that captivates men.
“I came to realize it was a big fetish online. It piqued my interest. Just out of curiosity, I listed a pair of my worn pantyhose on an online auction site, and practically overnight, my own curiosity grew into an online lifestyle.”
Today, Madam Sofie is a thriving online business, which is providing a valued service to dozens of men all over the world. And they all have one thing in common:
“I get a lot of different requests for hosiery,” Madam Sofie said. “All requests are custom-prepared and I can honestly say that I have heard it all by now. I am open to any requests, but as I always say, I keep it ‘Classy, but with a pinch of sassy.’ ”
Are pantyhose a requirement of the job, I wanted to know? Not really, Madam Sofie said, as she is her own boss, and can do whatever she wants. But she chooses to wear pantyhose, and that remains the genre’ of her business.
“I love the soft, silky feel, as well as the polished look pantyhose offer.”
For Sofie, her love affair with pantyhose began at an early age, as she grew up seeing women wearing them.
She always considered pantyhose a very classy and feminine look, and she began wearing them during her high school days.
And she never stopped.
“I have been wearing pantyhose my entire adult life,” Sofie said. “I cannot imagine not wearing them. On average, there are five to seven pairs that I have on hand on any given day.
“I enjoy the comfortable softness against my skin, and I especially like the sheer look.”
But one of the things I love about Sofie, and the reason she is featured here, is she’s not only professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose for business reasons, she also practically lives in them during her everyday personal life?
“I wear pantyhose on a daily basis for business and for casual looks,” Sofie said.
“Even if I am in jeans or shorts, I have pantyhose on. There’s not one outfit that cannot be topped off with a pair of pantyhose.”
Wow, is she a dream girl or what, guys?
I asked whether men notice her more when she is wearing pantyhose than when she isn’t?
“Men definitely notice me more in pantyhose, and surprisingly, it is not just the older men, but younger men also appreciate the classy look,” she said. “I get compliments all the time. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I always wear pantyhose with high heels and have quite a collection of both.
“I cannot imagine ever having a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate me for wearing pantyhose, as it’s such a big part of my life. I would not change my style, as I don’t think I need any improvement.”
OK, well, what about other females Sofie encounters during her normal day? I wondered whether any of them ask her why she wears pantyhose, or try to discourage her from doing so?
“I have recruited many of my friends into my passion for pantyhose, and they do not need to be encouraged further after they realize that sheer pantyhose are perceived as feminine, classy and sexy,” Sofie said.
“I feel truly sorry for women who do not wear pantyhose. They don’t realize that their appearance improves dramatically, people treat you differently, doors open that wouldn’t otherwise, as pantyhose give a polished, confident look.”
Getting to know her
Age: Late 20s
Weight: 110 pounds
Dress size: 00
Shoe size: 6.5
Pantyhose size: B
Where from: Europe
Heroes: All strong character women. We truly do make this world spin on a daily basis.
Favorite female celebrities: Ingrid Bergman. Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walked into Rick’s place in Casablanca! Lucky us. Aretha Franklin for properly defining RESPECT. Any Bond Girl. Who doesn’t admire a girl who looks great in a bikini and can handle a gun?
Hobbies/interests: Shooting my guns at the range and being able to take them down and clean them afterward. I am very athletic and spend hours at the gym each week. I love cycling, competing in timed circuits and running.
Values: Honesty is the most important value. If you cannot trust someone, there can be no relationship. It’s important to be yourself and to admit your own mistakes because that not only builds trust for you in others, but unless you can own up to your own mistakes, you are likely to repeat them.
Most proud of: I wouldn’t call it my greatest accomplishment, but I’m very proud of myself about being self-efficient and being able to help those around me. I support various local charities and especially St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital.
What’s on your iPod: Absolutely nothing. I hardly have any time to listen to music. Although I do enjoy all genres except Country.
Favorite book: Agatha Christie’s “Hercule” (Detective Hercule Poirot series)
Favorite movie all-time: “Wizard of Oz”
Favorite color: I love all colors
Any pets: Only human
Sofie feels today’s “bare-legs culture” is a reflection of people’s “cheaper, faster, more casual” way of living. While she understands that point of view, Sofie believes that women should at least still wear pantyhose for nights out, and that it’s a must-wear situation in the business environment.
“I can’t imagine not wearing pantyhose to any professional appointment. Without pantyhose, that all-important first impression may well be the last one you get a chance to make.”
After all, it was that first impression of her wearing pantyhose that led to a stranger asking her to wear for him, and that worked out pretty well.
“I love meeting and interacting with people who share a common interest in my pantyhose/foot fetish,” Madam Sofie said. “I have made many friends over the course of almost a year now.“I really enjoy my ‘pets/slaves’ for their individualities, and respect them for who they are in and out of the fetish.”If you’d like to contact Madam Sofie with a proposal for having her fulfill your pantyhose fetish fantasies, you can send her an email message at email@example.comJust remember, first and foremost, she is a classy girl. Please respect that.
Meanwhile, you can start with this gallery of Madam Sofie modeling some of her favorite styles and shades of ActSensuous pantyhose.
Many thanks to Madam Sofie for sharing a glimpse of her world with us.
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.
In addition to the many great comments and suggestions from the wonderful readers of this blog since 2009, during ActSensuous’ 12 years in business, I’ve also been contacted out of the blue many times by pantyhose lovers. Along the way, I’ve made a few friends.
I love it when a professional photographer asks for ActSenuous pantyhose to do a photo shoot. A year or so ago, I was contacted by Kim who is an amazing photographer. She asked to shoot several models in ActSensuous for a new website she was developing. I saw the preview of her site and was extremely impressed, so I was only too happy to agree to the project.
Kim’s new website, PantyHoseClass.com, officially launched this month, and you can find it at One of the reasons I love the site is that it is in a fairly unique genre’ – sort of “The Girl Next Door in Pantyhose.”
Sure, there are thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, but Kim’s is different because it features “real girls” who truly love wearing pantyhose – and what’s even more unique – most of them are college students.
Yes, you read that correctly – COLLEGE STUDENTS. I love Kim’s website for a couple of reasons. First, the site is extremely well done. It’s professional, it’s classy, and the photography is outstanding. Second, it’s COLLEGE GIRLS. Well, mostly. At least a couple of them are college-age professionals.
This is further evidence that one of the biggest objections that pantyhose haters cite, and use in a feable attempt to brainwash today’s girls, is that pantyhose are outdated – something only older women would wear.
Of course, we know this argument doesn’t hold water because we continue to find young celebrities today who are devoted pantyhose wearers. You know who they are: Anne Hathaway, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove, Paris Hilton, Selina Gomez, and Zooey Deschanel to name only a few.
But college-age girls who love to wear pantyhose all the time? That is such a positive.
Some of you may remember it was Kim who shot the pictures of her friend, Lacey, who I featured in a recent post, so you understand the kind of girls Kim finds and features in her new website, and you know the quality of Kim’s photography.
I am impressed with each of the many models on PantyHoseClass.com, but I have singled out a few I simply cannot resist. You will find them featured here one at a time, wearing ActSensuous pantyhose.
This feature is about Yesenia. The 20-year-old Yesenia is an artist in Philadelphia. A pantyhose size A, Yesenia, loves to dress professionally and glamorously for work and all other occasions. And that means pantyhose. The young professional of European and Latin ethnicity says she wears pantyhose to work, to her yoga classes, around the house, and even to sleep in.
I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?
“Pantyhose are good for every day and every season of the year,” she said. “Pantyhose feel like such a great piece of apparel to have on because they have many uses, and of course, pantyhose go with everything.”
Yesenia said she first realized she loved pantyhose at a young age, but the feeling took off when she was around 9 years old, starting ballet classes and wearing pink tights every day.
“It used to be the best feeling in the world, and to this day, still is,” Yesenia said. “When I put on those pink tights, I wasn’t Yesenia – I was someone else. I was a strong ballerina. I could be anyone I wanted.”
Yesenia is quick to give credit to her dance instructor, who once told her: “In these pink tights, you will live and become this beautiful work of dancing art.”
“So, of course, naturally, being a little girl, I was very eager to throw those tights on and get to dancing,” she said.
Today, Yesenia loves the feeling she gets when she slips into a pair of sheer pantyhose, saying it’s “Overwhelming and awesome that this delicate fabric could make my legs look so good.”
Yesenia isn’t sure whether men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose, than when she isn’t, but then again, she’s in pantyhose most of the time, and she certainly attracts a great deal of attention. Describing herself as a “natural born Gothic,” Yesenia likes to stand out, and she gets attention because of the way she dressses in general. Still, she feels that a pair of black pantyhose will always make her look better.
Asked if she could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, Yesenia wasn’t sure how to respond.
“I haven’t been with a guy who has had a pantyhose fetish,” she said. Then, she added: “I mean, I am sure if I worked it a certain way and worked it right, I could totally make a guy fall for it.”
No doubt about that.
Yesenia did say she frequently gets compliments from strangers about the pantyhose she wears.
“Anywhere I go, I hear all the time: “Hey, I love your pantyhose.”
Of course, not everyone appreciates her commitment to looking professional, glamorous and classy.
“I have had female friends ask me why I wear pantyhose,” Yesenia said. “Back in high school, when it really wasn’t so popular to wear them, I would get questions all the time – and not like positive ones, but more like negative ones.
“I wouldn’t say they tried to discourage me, but rather they just didn’t understand the world of pantyhose and all its wonders. I tried to explain to them it’s a magical world and pantyhose go with everything. Of course, now that it’s popular to wear tights, I never get questions anymore.”
In any case, Yesenia doesn’t consider herself special because she wears pantyhose during a time when other women find it old-fashioned to do so, or just refuse to wear them. Rather, she said she considers herself “One of those lucky old-fashioned women who love pantyhose because of all the beautiful things they can do for you and your body.”
Yesenia doesn’t pay much attention to the “bare legs culture” of today. What she would tell women who think pantyhose are so terrible? “Hah! More for me and none for you. No, really, I wouldn’t say much,” Yesenia said.
One thing Yesenia could never imagine is not wearing pantyhose to a job interview.
“I have always worn, and will always wear, pantyhose to a job interview, even if it were for something less than a very high-level professional position.
“I think it’s very unprofessional for high-level businesswomen to not wear pantyhose. It’s almost like you have this amazing suit on, but you forgot to put on your pants if you understand what I mean. I would feel so bare without pantyhose, I wouldn’t feel like I had a suit on at all.”
Wise and mature beyond her years, Yesenia says she doesn’t watch TV or movies, and doesn’t know anything about celebrities or pay attention to what they’re wearing.
“I don’t have any role models. I just try to do what’s good for me and leave it at that.”
For now, that means being a devoted daughter, sister and girlfriend who works to support her family and herself, she said.
“I believe in being good to people. I believe in putting my family first. I believe in being loyal and honest, and to never be bad to others. I always try to be understanding of everyone, and realize that the person next to you or 10 feet away from you is fighting a battle every day.”
Asked if there was anything she wanted to say that she wasn’t asked, Yesenia said:
“Sure. I love your pantyhose. Great feeling and great colors. My personal favorite is Suntan.”
Well, that was nice.
Yesenia is a lovely young lady. She is professional, classy and quite feminine. My thanks to her for wanting to model ActSensuous pantyhose for PantyHoseClass.com and my blog.
Enjoy the gallery (below) of Yesenia in ActSensuous pantyhose, and see many more photo sets of her wearing all kinds of different brands and styles on Kim’s website at (http://www.PantyHoseClass.com).
Note: I don’t know what I did, but somehow the gallery below is linked to another page where the gallery actually lives. Trust me, there are more than 2 pictures in the gallery. Clink that link, and you’ll find the real gallery.
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.
When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I was hoping there was at least a small market for 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose.
I never dreamed we’d have several hundred customers from every corner of the world, including in almost every state in the U.S.
But we do. From Atlanta to Australia, from Boston to Bangkok, from California to Chile’, from Denver to Denmark, we have devoted customers. And they’re also in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. I love it.
I get many email letters from customers, and I answer each one. I’ve gotten to know many of them, and they include bankers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and now, add spy!
OK, well, I don’t know if she’s really a spy (but getting information out of her is practically impossible, so maybe), but one of our newest customers – we’ll call her Lacey (because she told us to) – works for the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of Defense.
In this blog, you’ve read my criticism of the costume designer for the movie “Salt,” because he or she didn’t dress Angelina Jolie’s character in pantyhose with her impressive skirt suit. (Idiot!) And you’ve read my lashing of the costume director of the TV drama, “Covert Affairs,” because he or she misses too many opportunities to dress Piper Perabo’s character in pantyhose to complement the gorgeous dresses and stilletos she wears.
C’mon, I say. A female spy or operative for the CIA goes “bear”-legged with her suits and high heels? I don’t think so.
And neither does Lacey.
“I work from home most days, but do have to go to the office one or two days a week,” she said. “When I go to the office, I am always in a skirt, heels and pantyhose. When I work from home, usually, I wear just a cami (camisole) top, shorts and pantyhose.”
Wow, even when working from home, Lacey wears pantyhose. Now, this is my kind of girl.
(Note: In the gallery below, you’ll see several pics of Lacey at home wearing her favorite colors in our Act III line.)
Despite today’s dressed-down society, which seems to prefer casual attire regardless of the event or venue, Lacey, 29, embraces the wearing of pantyhose.
“I love being in just my cami, shorts and pantyhose at home,” she said. “But I know how to dress for the function and occasion. A wedding, a funeral, a party thrown by and for high-level business associates, a formal event or important social gathering – pantyhose are for all those occasions.”
And Lacey doesn’t waste any time or energy wondering or worrying about whether other women will be wearing during these occasions.
“I wear pantyhose because I love them,” she said. “It has nothing to do with the others at a function. In any case, I know my legs will get looks.”
Indeed, Lacey gets noticed all the time at work and everywhere she goes. She gets lots of compliments, too. Sometimes by acquaintances, sometimes by strangers, and often by coworkers. Her favorite compliment?
“It was from one of the interns we had,” Lacey said. “She told me she never wore pantyhose and rarely wore skirts, but after seeing my legs, she said she was going to wear skirts and try pantyhose.”
It would seem impossible not to notice Lacey’s legs. They are quite muscular, yet, very shapely. And, supporting her 5’3, 120-pound, size 4 figure, those legs are kept in shape by Lacey’s regimen, which includes running 2 miles a day, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and walking her dogs every day.
Lacey says her legs are the part of her body of which she’s most proud.
“A lot of it is genetics,” she said. “I have a muscular frame to begin with. I don’t work out my upper body because I would look too masculine. I think my legs look strong and feminine though.”
She’s got that right. What’s really cool is that she most often wears very sheer pantyhose that not only enhance the look of, but actually soften those impressive muscles and glamourize, her super toned legs.
From where did Lacey’s devotion to pantyhose come? She said it started when she was a little girl growing up in the Philadelphia area. Lacey’s mother wanted her to wear dressses even though most girls her age didn’t.
“If I wore a dress, I always had on tights,” Lacey said. “When I got older, I moved to skirts and pantyhose. When I got to the business world, I felt hosiery was a part of professionalism. Pantyhose give your legs a nice, sleek glow.”
Lacey, who holds a college degree in business, said if she weren’t working for the D.O.D., she’d like to be “A professional shopper and party hopper. I love to be in a sexy cocktail dress, pantyhose and heels, going from one party to the next.”
To Lacey, it’s all about being a good person and looking her best. She describes herself as being passionate about friends, shopping, and fashion. And that means complementing her pretty outfits with pantyhose.
“I love to get dressed in a cute dress, pantyhose and heels for a night on the town, she said.”
More about Lacey and pantyhose:
On wearing – For me, pantyhose are proper with any dress or skirt. I think pantyhose add to any style. I wear mostly sheer pantyhose, but do have lots of patterned and specialty pantyhose and tights.
When did you first realize you love them – 7th grade dance (my first formal). When I was in middle school, I realized that high heels fit more comfortably when wearing pantyhose, and they covered imperfections in your legs, such as cuts and bruises from playing sports.
What size do you wear – Size A or small.
Your favorite shade – Tan. I like the neutral colors that are more skintone.
On how they make you feel – More confident and sexy.
On getting compliments – Others notice because pantyhose make your legs stand out in a positive way. I have received compliments about how nice my legs look and I know it was because of the sheerness of the pantyhose.
On the bare legs movement – I think women overlook the enhancement value pantyhose give to your legs and do not realize that all pantyhose are not uncomfortable.
I am so happy to have gotten to know Lacey, and I thank her for agreeing to model some of her favorite colors of Act III pantyhose for us. You can view a gallery of her pics below. They were taken by a mutual friend of ours, Kim, a professional photographer whom you’ll get to know in an upcoming feature on The ActSensuous Blog.
Meanwhile, enjoy Lacey’s gallery.