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Pantyhose showing they have legs again, yet, minor snags persist


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

Since the “bear”-legs culture first reared its ugly head during the mid-to-late 1990s, women the world over have been trying to permanently run pantyhose out of town.

(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, see my explanation in the About Me section.)

But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.

Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day.  There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.

And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are dozens of websites featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject.  In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures.  Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear-legs movement.

In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers.  But here’s the thing:  Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.

Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind).  Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including the aforementioned, more often than not appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.

Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.

Ariana Grande, always wearing sheer suntan pantyhose and high heels, greets young adoring fans before performing a concert recently in New York City.

Ariana Grande in her signature sheer suntan pantyhose and high heels greets young adoring fans before performing a concert recently in New York City.

And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer.  And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her.  And grateful to her.

And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.

From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.

First snag

So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?

I don’t get it.  These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose-wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievments among their peers and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman attend bear-legged.

Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes.  But pantyhose?  Nah!

I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.

Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs.  Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife.  So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs.  I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.

Singer Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album awards during the 2013 American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif.

Singer Taylor Swift showed a lot of “bear” leg during the 2013 American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif.

Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.

I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs.  Then, I saw.  Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice.  And it was super short.  And I liked her high heel dress sandals.

But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?

Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what the what?

And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.

Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs.  Nope!

Singer Ariana Grande was the most elegantly dressed artist at the American Music Awards.

Singer Ariana Grande was the most elegantly dressed artist at the American Music Awards.

Then, there was my new fave: Sweet, innocent, adorable little Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.

It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the New Artist of the Year award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.

I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.

I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject.  Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many just like it that glamourize a lack of values in society today.

The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit.  Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did.  Nuff said about her though.

Singer Jennifer Lopez stole the show during the American Music Awards with a high-energy Salsa performance.

Singer Jennifer Lopez stole the show during the AMAs with a high-energy Salsa performance.

What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez.  Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).

Second snag

In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose.  Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 90s to most of the decade of 2000.  But they’re still out there.

Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.

Taiwanese model/actress Shu Qi attends opening of a Jimmy Choo accessories store last month in Hong Kong.

Taiwanese model/actress Shu Qi attends opening of a Jimmy Choo accessories store last month in Hong Kong.

Here’s the picture of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.

She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout China.  Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with Jason Statham.

Shu is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.

But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Shu for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.

The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:

“The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.

“On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.

“It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model …  I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (I added the bold to highlight my point.)

“And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”

A model, left, and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi wear the same outfit, but Shu rocks it in sheer tights.

A model, left, and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi wear the same outfit, but Shu rocks it in sheer tights.

OK, first, Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic left of Shu Qi?  Uh … I don’t think so.  Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what.  OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …

I think Shu looks absolutely adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is sheer nude pantyhose), I think Shu absolutely rocks in them.

And, another thing:  While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t necessarily call it conservatively, as Kallon does.  Certainly, I love that Shu has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s are an eyesore, they haven’t seen anything.  Shu has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.

Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:

Nat39 says:

July 10, 2013 at 21:06

The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.

OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$.  Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is?  You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there.  Hey, good job with that.

Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.

Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year), this time putting down Megan Fox.  Seriously, Megan Fox.

Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan had the class to wear it with pantyhose.

Online fashion magazine editor thinks the bare-legged model on the left looks better in this outfit than Megan Fox who had the class and elegance to wear it with pantyhose.

Online fashion magazine editor thinks the bare-legged model on the left looks better in this outfit than Megan Fox who had the class and elegance to wear it with pantyhose.

Now, you decide.  Who looks better, the model or Megan?

Here’s what Kallon wrote:

“Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.

“… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.

“She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.

“This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (I added the bold to highlight my point.)

CKPosted by Catherine Kallon (right) on Dec. 13, 2012 RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards)

What’s next, Kallon?  You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose?  Unbelievable.

Now, if you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s another one for you:

The Fashionable Teacher Grading Red Carpet Fashions Everywhere.  Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.

This site is run by mochababe73.

Jennifer Hudson looking snazzy in this ensemble, complete with sheer pantyhose.

Jennifer Hudson looking snazzy in this ensemble, complete with sheer pantyhose.

In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson wore to a movie premiere in April of this year.  Here’s the picture.

Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:

“Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.

“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.

On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.

“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?”

This must be the Jennifer Hudson look RCFA prefers.  Actually, Hudson looks great in this photo, but those "bear" legs certainly would benefit from a pair of sheer pantyhose.

This must be the Jennifer Hudson look RCFA prefers. Actually, Hudson looks great in this photo, but those “bear” legs certainly would benefit from a pair of sheer pantyhose.

Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73.  And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.

Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.

I decided to look for other pics of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose.  Unfortunately, I found only two.  Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.

Nice shoes, but no pantyhose.

Nice shoes, but the “bear” feet and ankles hurt the look.

How could anyone object to pantyhose with these shoes?

How could anyone object to pantyhose with these shoes?

I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.

I guess the pic of Jennifer (at right) in the red dress with “bear” legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?

Here’s the author’s profile:

mochababe73mochababe73

Houston, TX baby!

I am a wife and mother. I am a teacher. And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.

Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher?  Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline with a question mark, not a period?  You have: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.  It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?

Unbelievable.

More ‘expert’ advice

Finally, it still amazes me that anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts.  I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.

CCA frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?”  And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza.  Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.

It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.

Fortunately, no one’s listening.

Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung.  What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels?  She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.

Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.

Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world chose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.

Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:

Rare occurrence for pantyhose lovers about to take place


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

UPDATE — Thursday Sept. 26, 2013:

OK, well, that was rather anti-climatic.  Not only were there very few scenes of Lucy Liu wearing sheer nude pantyhose during tonight’s Season 2 premiere episode of “Elementary,” but no real great camera views.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact that Lucy Liu actually did wear sheer nude pantyhose for (the first time ever on the show?), and at least we have the still shots to enjoy what we didn’t get to see enough of during the actual episode.

Original post — Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013:

I know that at least some of you are like me (so sorry for that) in that you make decisions about which movies or TV shows you watch based on the likelihood of the female lead character wearing pantyhose.

Lucy Liu on the set of "Elementary" Aug. 21, 2012 in New York.

Lucy Liu on the set of “Elementary” Aug. 21, 2012 in New York.

Being a huge Lucy Liu fan, I have tried to watch the CBS reimagined Sherlock Holmes TV drama series, “Elementary,” in which she plays Dr. Joan Watson — a sober companion-turned-apprentice-detective to Holmes.

While I love Lucy Liu and think she’s a fine actress, I haven’t been able to stick with Elementary for two reasons:

First, she has too much of a backseat role for my liking; Second, I don’t care for her wardrobe (usually, some fluffy skirt, with ankle booties and thick, dark tights; sometimes, slightly not as thick and lighter-colored tights, but always the tights).  Tights! Tights!  Always, the tights.

This also appears to be Lucy Liu’s preferred real-life look — or worse, not with the tights even, as she all-too-often does the “bear” legs thing.

That’s a shame because when she occasionally dresses elegantly, and when she extremely rarely wears sheer pantyhose, Lucy Liu looks absolutely spectacular.

A sheer miracle

Now, something earth-shattering is about to happen.  In this Thursday’s (Sept. 26) Season 2, Episode 1 premiere of Elementary at 10 p.m. on CBS, Dr. Watson is going to be wearing a fluffy dress, those goofy ankle booties and … wait for it … SHEER NUDE PANTYHOSE.

In the episode, “Step Nine:” Holmes and Watson travel to London to help a former mentor of Holmes’ investigate an unsolved mystery.

Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson appears in a scene of "Elementary" in London.

Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson appears on the set of “Elementary” in London, wearing sheer nude pantyhose.

Now, since the show is on Thursday, I don’t know the details, but I was fortunate enough to find some pics from the scenes, which were shot last month.  It’s a bit confusing because Watson is wearing two similar-looking outfits, one in New York, where the show is set, and the other during  the London scenes.

During the scenes shot in NY, Watson is “bear”-legged, but while in London, she wears sheer nude pantyhose.   Hmmmmm.

Lucy Liu bare-legged during a scene from "Elementary" in New York.

Lucy Liu bare-legged during a scene from “Elementary” in New York.

Two things here:  First, most of the outfits Watson wears at least include tights, so why she appears out in the streets of NY in bear legs actually surprises me; Second, the fact that she wears pantyhose while in London is very interesting.

Lucy Liu wears sheer nude pantyhose in Thursday's episode of "Elementary" set in London.

Lucy Liu wears sheer nude pantyhose in Thursday’s episode of “Elementary” set in London.

Is this a sign of respect directed toward Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, while on Kate’s turf?  After all, it was Kate Middleton who almost single-handedly brought back, not only pantyhose, but more specifically, sheer nude or suntan pantyhose, to mostly the whole world. (Thanks again for that, Kate.)

And if this is a sign of respect, was it the decision of the costume designer of Elementary, or was it Lucy Liu’s decision or suggestion herself?

Either way, I’m happy, but I’d like to think that Lucy Liu wanted to wear sheer nude pantyhose.

Again, since we won’t see the show until Thursday, I don’t know how the bear legs outfit and the sheer nude pantyhose outfit are worn during the same episode.  It sounds as if the show begins with Holmes and Watson traveling to London, so I don’t know whether the NY scenes come up first, or if it is after the characters’ return home, or perhaps, the NY scenes are in the following week in Epsidode 2.

Either way, it appears that the photos from both NY and London were shot around the same time last month.  Well, we’ll see, but the thing that is particularly significant here is that this episode, or episodes will serve as a wonderful compare/contrast deal.

To actually have the opportunity of the whole Elementary-viewing public to see for themselves and compare/contrast Watson’s bear legs with pantyhose-adorned legs in one episode (or two), is fantastic.

Lucy Liu's pantyhose-graced legs on the set of "Elementary" last month in London.

Lucy Liu’s pantyhose-graced legs on the set of “Elementary” last month in London.

And what a tremendous difference there is.

Lucy Liu's bare legs on the set of "Elementary" last month in New York.

Lucy Liu’s bare legs on the set of “Elementary” last month in New York.

When I wrote earlier that I want it to have been Lucy Liu’s decision that she wear pantyhose for the London scenes, it’s because I hope that she didn’t care much for the way her legs look in the NY scenes.  Do you realize the significance of that?

How many times have you read my words on this blog, expressing my dismay at how a celebrity could see herself on camera after going bear-legged and not say to herself afterward: “What was I thinking?”

Whether that happened in Lucy Liu’s case or not, Elementary has just gotten a great deal more interesting and appealing to me.

OK, I feel some of you slipping away.   What’s the big deal whether she wears pantyhose or not, you ask?

Listen, I love Lucy Liu.  I think she is an incredibly beautiful lady.   And I think she’s beautiful whether she’s wearing pantyhose or not.

LL baton 1But look at this picture (right) from Thursday night’s episode. Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson is heading to a confrontation with a suspected bad guy.

Check out those legs.

I adore Lucy Liu, and I think she’s got some world-class legs.

But, after seeing this picture of herself, do you really believe Lucy Liu would be happy with how she looked in this short a skirt … and bear legs?

It doesn’t mean she’s not still beautiful.  It doesn’t mean she isn’t a wonderful actress and a great person.

LL on setBut being honest, you have to admit her legs look a great deal more spectacular in this picture (left) from the same episode … only in sheer nude pantyhose.

So for those who wonder why it matters, this is why:  Do you think Lucy Liu would go without makeup during a TV episode or a movie?

I doubt it.  She’s a superstar.  She’s always going to present herself in the best possible light.

And, just as makeup can improve every actor’s face, sheer pantyhose can enhance the beauty of every girl’s legs.

I’m not saying Lucy Liu should never go bear-legged.  I am saying that when she wears sheer nude (or any skin tone shade) pantyhose, she goes from beautiful to incredibly amazing.  That’s all.

Make a difference

Now, here’s where you come in.  Here’s your homework assignment.  Whether you’re a Lucy Liu fan or not; whether you like Elementary or not, you should tune in Thursday at 10 p.m. on CBS and watch this episode.

Let’s make the ratings skyrocket at least for this episode.  Will that make a difference?  Would anyone associated with the show realize that people watched because Dr. Watson finally wears sheer nude pantyhose on Elementary?  Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt.

Maybe those of you who are Internet savvy will write in to the show, lauding Lucy Liu’s and/or the costume designer’s decision to dress Watson this way.

If nothing else, the sharp contrast between Lucy Liu’s bear legs and pantyhose-graced legs will be permanently preserved on filmprint for critical scrutiny.  If anyone really cares.  I do, and I know you do, too.

ActS pollIn one of my polls: “Which Asian actress do you most want to see wearing pantyhose?” you chose Lucy Liu by a significant margin.

As of this writing, of the 45 votes you cast, 17 were for Lucy Liu (38%).  The next highest vote-getters were Tia Carrere with 10 (22%), followed by Zhang Ziyi (my personal favorite) with 9 (20%).  And the field included some other very impressive candidates.

Actually, I’m shocked that Gong Li got no votes.  She looks amazing in pantyhose, but sadly, you won’t find many pics of her in them.  One exception is in her role in the “Miami Vice” movie.

In any event, at least for one episode of Elementary, we get to see Lucy Liu in sheer nude pantyhose, and suddenly, all seems right in the world.  I hope it leads to many more episodes in which she dresses this way.

Underwood drops ball in Sunday Night Football theme song premiere


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

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.

Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC's Sunday Night Football theme song.  (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

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.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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.

Carrie Underwood performs during the  2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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:

Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.

Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.

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 …

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.

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.

 

 

Loving even the little condition ‘mistreats’ in pantyhose-wearing


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

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):

Dear Robin!
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.
Brgds.
Jan

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 don't know about anyone else, but I think a little run or snag in an otherwise beautiful pair of pantyhose can be kinda sexy.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I think a little run or snag in an otherwise beautiful pair of pantyhose can be kinda sexy.

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.”

Would anyone find fault with the way the nylon bunches a bit where the toes meets the shoe on actress Blake Lively's lovely legs here?

Would anyone find fault in the way the nylon bunches a bit where the toes meets the shoe on actress Blake Lively’s lovely legs here?

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.

Little wrinkles in the nylon fabric on the ankles or where the toe cleavage meets the shoe is sexy to me.

Little wrinkles in the nylon fabric behind the knee, on the ankles, or where toe cleavage meets the shoe is sexy to me.

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?

A beautiful scene when Christie Brinkley pulls the fabric of her sheer nude pantyhose up her leg in Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" music video in 1983.

A beautiful scene when Christie Brinkley pulls the fabric of her sheer nude pantyhose up her leg in Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” music video in 1983.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E

Ever professional and classy, Christie Brinkley almost always wears sheer pantyhose during public appearances.

Ever professional and classy, Christie Brinkley almost always wears sheer pantyhose during public appearances.

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.

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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.

Who should be the next SNF intro performer?


Katy Perry would be a great choice to perform NBC's Sunday Night Football intro number.  She is a talented and professional star, and she always wears pantyhose onstage.

Katy Perry would be a great choice to perform NBC’s Sunday Night Football intro number. She is a talented and professional star, and she always wears pantyhose onstage.

Confusion, lack of conviction spur bare legs look


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

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

Not sure where actress Salma Hayek is actually headed in this photo, but this is a perfect example of how a woman should dress for a funeral.

Not sure where actress Salma Hayek is actually headed in this photo, but this is a perfect example of how a woman should dress for a funeral.

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.

Young female characters on the teen drama series, "Gossip Girl," demonstrate class and elegance in the outfits they wear, including sheer pantyhose, as bridesmaids during a scene from the show.

Young female characters on the teen drama series, “Gossip Girl,” demonstrate class and elegance in the outfits they wear, including sheer pantyhose, as bridesmaids during a scene from the show.

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:

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/divas/content/reader-question-did-pantyhose-make-comeback

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.”

Carole Middleton, mother of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, not surprisingly knows what to wear to a wedding.

Carole Middleton, mother of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, not surprisingly knows what to wear to a wedding.

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.

Heck, even a mail-order-bride in a box from Hungaria comes wearing pantyhose.

Heck, even a mail-order-bride in a box from Hungaria comes wearing pantyhose.

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.

Makeover madness

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:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9453642/Trinny-and-Susannah-We-dont-look-at-women-as-pieces-of-meat.html

Kate Middleton doesn't need a "fashion expert's" advice about how to dress, always displaying class, elegance and good taste during public appearances.

Kate Middleton doesn’t need a “fashion expert’s” advice about how to dress, always displaying class, elegance and good taste during public appearances.

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.”

It reads:

“Shame they can’t get a makeover themselves. What utter shite.”

Exactly.

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.

Photo by J.Wolfe Productions, Boise, ID

Chanthy Birch prepares for the judges interview during the Mrs. Idaho-America beauty pageant Oct. 13 at Kuna High School auditorium in Kuna, ID. Chanty is wearing Act II Nude.

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, wearing Act III Suntan, looks stunning during the swimsuit competition of the Mrs. Idaho-America beauty pageant.

Chanthy, wearing Act III Suntan, looks stunning during the swimsuit competition of the Mrs. Idaho-America beauty pageant.

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.

Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due (and even where not) – Michelle Yeoh


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

OK, I know you’re used to seeing this column titled, Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due, so what’s up with this (and even where not) thing?

It means, while this column recognizes and praises those special celebrities who almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose in all the right situations and venues, when it comes to Michelle Yeoh, well, she can do whatever she wants and I’ll still always love her.

There is a very special place in my heart for Michelle Yeoh.  As a huge Bruce Lee fan, I had stopped watching martial arts movies in the 1990s because they just didn’t measure up in any way, especially in realism when it came to fight scenes.  It had been more than 15 years since I watched a kung fu movie, when in 2007 I stumbled across an old Jackie Chan movie, I hadn’t seen before, “Police Story III, Supercop” (1992), and couldn’t resist its co-star, Michelle Yeoh, whom I had never heard of before.  I thought she was very charming and a great fighter, too.  Turns out she actually studied Wing Chun, the first style Bruce Lee learned.  Hmmmmm.

A great movie for showcasing her beautiful legs in sheer nude pantyhose, Michelle Yeoh poses as the title character in "Silver Hawk."

Not long after that, I watched a James Bond movie I had not seen before, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), starring Pierce Brosnan, whom I love, and one Michelle Yeoh.  OK, now this was getting interesting.  I searched my DVR for movies she’s in.  Of course, I found “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), but it wasn’t until I saw “Silver Hawk” (2004) that I became a full-fledged Michelle Yeoh fan.  She’s done some great movies, but “Silver Hawk” remains my favorite because, silly as it is, it’s the one that best features her personality, her sense of humor, her glamorous side, and was the first one I saw that showed off her legs in sheer pantyhose a lot.  And, wow, did she look amazing.

Michelle Yeoh during premiere of "Tomorrow Never Dies."

While I started ActSensuous back in 2001, it wasn’t until 2009 that I began The ActSensuous Blog, and in only my second post, June 16, 2009, “Calling out Professional Entertainers,” after I had just learned how to post a photo in the blog, the first-ever picture I used was this one, at left, of Michelle Yeoh.

I was using it as an example of the beauty and elegance she displayed during her appearance at the premiere event for “Tomorrow Never Dies,” in contrast to all the other celebrities who were appearing at similar events, wearing spectacular dresses and high heels, but with bear legs.

How gorgeous Michelle Yeoh looked in that dress with the slit up the side and sheer nude pantyhose.

Since that time, I was able to find (and post in this blog) other pics of her in pantyhose, particularly, at the premiere of “Supercop,” wearing a short dress and sheer nude pantyhose.

At the time, I wasn’t thinking that the event likely took place in 1992, before the “bear” legs movement had its origin.

Michelle Yeoh attending the "Supercop" premiere.

I never dreamed in 2009 that those pics from the 1990s would be about the last time we’d see Michelle Yeoh wearing pantyhose in public.

I never dreamed she would be someone who would follow a fashion trend instigated by Hollywood, but that’s exactly what happened.

No, I imagined that someone of her professionalism, class, elegance and sheer beauty – to say nothing of the fact that she’s Malaysian of Chinese ethnicity – would have the conviction to do her own thing, especially when it comes to how she presents herself in the public eye.

For years now, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Michelle Yeoh, and time after time after time, she’s done the bear legs thing no matter how formal the occasion.

Director Luc Besson and a bare-legged Michelle Yeoh attend a press conference about their new movie, "The Lady," on Oct. 12, 2011 during the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.

Seeing this was very disheartening to me.  This was my new hero after all.

How could Michelle Yeoh be a devoted bear-legger?
Fortunately, in her movie roles that weren’t period pieces set in ancient China, she does wear pantyhose whenever she’s in a dress.

Of course, this made me love her even more, but I couldn’t justify the disconnect between her being so professional in her movies, but way too casual during awards shows or other public appearances.

I grew so frustrated that I actually considered making her the next recipient of The ActSensuous Grizzly Awards.  But I just couldn’t pull the trigger on that, as evidenced by the title of this post, and its subject.

I find Michelle Yeoh to be so professional and classy that she just can’t do any wrong by me.  I decided I could live with it if she never wore pantyhose again because she is such a wonderful person in real life.  She sponsors several global charities, speaks out against social injustices but always with a positive and uplifting slant, and apparently is nothing but kind, caring and extremely gracious.   Of course, secretly, I held out hope that one day she’d glam it up again the next time a situation or venue called for it.  And that time has come.

The Lady

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in "The Lady," the true story of the Burmese pro-democracy leader's life, opening in select theaters in the U.S. April 13, 2012.

While she’s made a great many popular and successful martial arts movies, dramas and documentaries, ultimately, nothing may be more compelling and more significant than her latest work, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.

In the role she was born to play, Michelle Yeoh stars in “The Lady” – the true story about the life of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who, in reality, just last week hailed a “new era” for Myanmar (Burma) after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed a major victory in landmark by-elections.

The movie’s limited U.S. release comes not even two weeks after the vote in Burma that will fill just 45 vacant seats in the country’s 664-seat Parliament, yet, took on historic significance because of Suu Kyi’s presence.  After 20 years as a political prisoner, Suu Kyi won a victory that marked a turn in her political career and for the country, as it emerges from a half-century of military rule.

Even bare-legged, Michelle Yeoh still can turn some heads, as she does during the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2010 in Cannes, France.

Michelle Yeoh looks perfect in this outfit with sheer nude pantyhose during the premiere of "The Lady" on Feb. 12, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Of course, this movie is so meaningful and historically important, I don’t really care if Michelle Yeoh wears pantyhose or not in her role as Suu Kyi, especially because it might not be an accurate portrayal from a costume design point of view.

Nevertheless, it never stops surprising me that someone who looks so amazing in pantyhose would settle for looking – OK, in Michelle Yeoh’s case,  still pretty awesome bear-legged – during awards ceremonies and publicity appearances.  Still, the difference when she is wearing pantyhose is astounding.

I’m so happy to see any situation today in which Michelle Yeoh shows up in public, dressed professionally and formally again, wearing sheer pantyhose with her outfits.  Perhaps, it’s the significance of the role she’s playing that has made her more aware of how she presents herself to the media, her peers and the public.

Michelle Yeoh and director Luc Besson speak durig a special screening of "The Lady" recently at an Asia Society event.

“The Lady” tells the stuggle of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who had been detained by the government of Myanmar and held under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years (ending on Nov. 13, 2010), and the tragedy of her 10-year separation from her Western husband, who remained in England, rearing their two sons and campaigning behind the scenes for her release.

The story’s heart-wrenching reality is felt as Suu Kyi’s husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer and the Burmese authorities refuse permission for him to visit her – offering instead that she could leave and return to Oxford, but would never be allowed back into Burma. Suu Kyi is confronted with a terrible choice – the consequences of which are irrevocable – her husband and children, or her country.

Said one of the film’s producers, Andy Harries:

“It’s not just a political story – it’s a tragic love story. This is a woman educated at Oxford, married to an Englishman, and who has two sons. She goes to her homeland to help for a few months and it turns into a 20-year house arrest.

“It’s a love triangle. She is torn between her love of her country, which looks to her as a symbol of hope, and her family … We are talking about someone who is the Nelson Mandela of Asia.”

At the helm of “The Lady” is French director Luc Besson who gave us “The Professional” (the assassin movie starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman), and “The Fifth Element” (starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis.)

While she is a veteran of action films, in which she has received much praise and fame for performing her own stunts, Michelle Yeoh has said the lead role in “The Lady” was very challenging, as she had to learn to speak Burmese to play Suu Kyi, and had to lose nearly 20 pounds (quite a sacrifice for someone who probably didn’t weigh a buck-twenty to begin with) to make herself look more like her character.

And during the months leading up to the filming of “The Lady,” Michelle Yeoh got a taste of Burma’s tight military/government control, as she was deported several times by the government when she tried to meet Suu Kyi in person for research.

Michelle Yeoh said she considers “The Lady” one of her most important works to date, calling Suu Kyi “an extraordinary role model for every woman in Asia.”

I’m not a film critic, and this blog post isn’t about my reviewing “The Lady” for you.  There have been and will continue to be many great articles that will do that.  All I know is that it’s based on a true story that needed to be told, and it stars Michelle Yeoh.  Of course it’s going to be great.

So far, I haven’t found a theater in my area that is showing “The Lady,”  but I will see it at my first opportunity.  I hope you see it, too, and, if you haven’t already, will fall in love with Michelle Yeoh.

Here are some reactions from film industry and other dignitaries who’ve seen the premiere of “The Lady:”

Michelle and director Ang Lee.

I always thought Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the pinnacle of Michelle’s career.  In fact, it is The Lady.” – Director Ang Lee

I watched the movie several times and I could not hold back my tears. She scarified so much for democracy in her country.” – Sanlih TV host Isabella Chen

I can feel the pain in her heart. But she continued to do what she needed to do.” – Jui-Ling Chang, Formosa TV News anchorwoman

She is emaciated, but she is brave. She is soft, yet very strong. I am really touched.” – Lin Cheng-sheng, movie director

Michelle Yeoh and Aung San Suu Kyi together during their meeting Dec. 7, 2010 at Yangon International Airport for Michelle's role research.

Michelle Yeoh looks almost identical to the real (Aung San Suu Kyi) character from body to soul. The several sad scenes are extremely touching.” – Director Nelson Yeh

This is a film which stirs the deepest desire in your heart.” – Tammy Darshana Lai, singer and TV host

She brought us the glory of humanity.” – Lee Yong-ping, chair of Taipei Culture Foundation

This is the best movie I have seen in recent years. It has a very deep meaning for me.” – Tsai Ing-wen, former leader of the Democratic Progressive Party

This is a very touching movie and I strongly recommend it!” – Director Feng Kai

This is a movie that no one should miss!” – Jason Hu, Taichung City Mayoriss!” – Jason

Historical facts

In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her native Burma from Oxford, where she had lived for many years. Her visit was prompted by news of her mother’s deteriorating health, but the country was in an uproar. Burma’s military leader, General Ne Win, stepped down, and protestors quickly filled the streets of Naypyidaw to demand democratic reform. Those protestors were beaten and their message suppressed. The charismatic and politically engaged Suu Kyi, whose father was a martyr for Burmese independence, found herself called upon to lead Burma out from under the shadow of military dictatorship as the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy. In 1990, a general election was held and the NLD won, but Suu Kyi was held under house arrest by the military junta. She remained a prisoner in her own home for most of the next 15 years.

Suu Kyi is the first Asian woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Dec. 10, 1991, Suu Kyi’s two sons, Alexander Aris and Kim Aris (ages 18 and 14 at the time), accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf in Oslo, Norway, while she was serving a house arrest term in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar).

The title of the movie, “The Lady,” is the name by which Aung San Suu Kiy is known to the people of Burma, who see her as a beacon of grace and courage against the odds, and who risk incurring the wrath of the authorities for publicly uttering her name.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Go ‘Bear’-Legged


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Remember the slogan “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” written several years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council? That campaign created an effective awareness about the death toll from driving impaired, and introduced the concept of the Designated Driver.

I like to think that The ActSensuous Blog has similarly wide-reaching influence, and I’m sort of the designated person trying to drive women to wear pantyhose.

Let’s count the ways this blog has impacted what you’re now enjoying, shall we?

During the 2010-11 NFL season, I complained in my blog about Faith Hill’s awful “bear” legs in her Sunday Night Football intro song.  And then, what happened in the 2011-12 season? That’s right: She donned pantyhose and looked 100 times better.  Oh yeah, I’m taking credit for that. (Hey, you’re welcome!)

Not convinced? OK, how about this: Devoted watchers of NFL Network have to admit they cringed every time they saw one of the show’s hosts, Kara Henderson, who always wore way-too-short skirts for those horrid pasty white legs of her’s, which she flashed all too often. And what happened not long after I called her out for this (Nov. 4, 2011: “Pantyhose happenings on my mind”)? That’s right. She has been wearing pantyhose regularly on the show — quite beautifully, too. Coincidence?  I don’t THINK so.

Check out this video of Kara Henderson in studio on the NFL Network:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ym7_Ji4Zf_s

I can picture how the conversation around the NFL Network studio must have gone: “Kara, we love ya, girl, but those bear legs of yours are killing our ratings. We get that you women today hate pantyhose, but listen, we don’t want you to end up getting The ActSensuous Blog’s next Grizzly Award. That’s the kind of thing that can end a gal’s career.  So, c’mon now, why don’t you break out the pantyhose? Our ratings will soar, and Robin will probably heap loads of praise on you for how good you’ll look. It’ll be a win for everyone.”

Yeah, it likely went something like that, I’m pretty sure.

Now, if you Google Kara Henderson, you won’t find a single photo of her in pantyhose. But on NFL Network, she has become a pantyhose babe. But, I’m not done with the NFL Network yet. Now, it seems every female host on the show has gone all pantyhose on us. Check out this video of the lovely Lindsay Soto (now, Rhodes):

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d826f8ad8/Rolle-looks-back-on-championship-run

Wow. Those are some killer legs in beautiful sheer nude pantyhose, eh? Do you just see how influential the ActSensuous Blog really is?

I feel some of you slipping away from me.  You want more evidence, don’t you?  Fine, fine.

One of my regular columns on this blog is “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due,” in which I recognize and glorify the little people (you know, like Ann Curry and Julianna Margulies) for dressing beautifully, including wearing pantyhose. Otherwise, probably no one would ever pay these budding celebs much attention.

You remember my post in January 2011, “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due — Who’s that T-Mobile Girl?” In that one, I lavished so much praise upon the up-and-coming Carly Foulks for how pretty she looks in those pink dresses, high heels and very sheer nude pantyhose. Yeah, that’s right — I put that girl on the map!  And what happened after that? Verizon goes out and gets the beyond-beautiful model, Cherub Moore, to wear that fabulous gray skirt and dark wine-colored blouse, complete with gorgeous sheer pantyhose for last year’s Black Friday TV commercial.  Need I say more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34kGqZb52c

Again, if you Google Cherub Moore (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), you won’t find one picture of her wearing pantyhose. But it’s pretty clear that when advertisers write spots for their clients, they think of me and the influence of The ActSensuous Blog. Obviously, they realize the value of featuring their lovely models in pantyhose.  And, again, I take full credit for that. (What?)

Too much power?

But, as Peter Parker’s uncle taught us in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Did I mention Kirsten Dunst wore pantyhose in those Spidey movies because of me? But, I digress …) And now, I have to live with the fact that this far-reaching influence I wield actually could be starting to back-fire. That’s right. Those people who are equally devoted to the bear legs movement — the people I like to call, you know, the villains — are beginning to take notice of all the good I’m doing out there for truth, justice and the American way, and they’re fighting back.

I didn’t write a post about this next subject (although I did think about doing it), but you guys beat me to the punch when you wrote some comments about the CitiBank TV commercial, in which (actual professional rock climber Katie Brown) says:

My boyfriend and I were going on vacation, so I used my Citi Thank You card to pick up some accessories: A new belt, some nylons, and what girl wouldn’t need new shoes? …

A few of you praised that commercial for its obvious reference to nylons of the hosiery variety. I loved that you picked up on that and made a big deal about it. But have you noticed that the writer(s) recently modified that line? Now, when the lady rock climber talks about picking up some things she’ll need for her vacation, she says “A new belt, some nylon (instead of nylons) …”

Are you kidding me? Is the writer of that commercial such a pantyhose hater that he or she (more than likely, she) had to take away that cute play-on-words in order to not encourage us pantyhose lovers? I can just picture some little Kelly Ripa-like writer thinking to herself: “I’ll show those pantyhose lovers!” Is it just me, or is this edited line a retaliation for all the excitement I (OK, you this time) generated about this commercial’s use of the word “nylons?”

Similarly, Cherub Moore has since appeared in (at least two Verizon commercials that I’ve seen), but now she’s actually wearing pants that do nothing for her lovely figure. I hope Verizon is happy with themselves for dressing her down, and making her look just average, after I (yeah-yeah, you guys, too) bragged about how beautiful she looked in the Black Friday commercial.

Are the writers/directors/producers of these commercials making adjustments based upon what we’re doing in this blog? OK, well, probably not. But it does kinda make some sense. We brag them up for dressing their spokeswomen in pantyhose during a time when, let’s face it, the majority of the world’s women hate pantyhose. You’d have to think those responsible for these commercials might realize that they could attract a larger audience for whatever they’re selling if they suck up to the bear-leggers rather than to those in the minority who appreciate and value pantyhose.

Reality setting in

Similarly, I’ve been sooooooooo disappointed lately in many of the celebs on whom I’ve heaped tons of praise for their devotion to wearing pantyhose. And when some of the usually-pantyhose-friendly ones don’t, I make excuses for them and blame it on the costume designer for dressing them in bear legs. But, when celebs appear on late night talk shows, or are out and about town, and dress in nice outfits but with bear legs, that’s clearly on them.

Stars I’ve complimented for their devotion to class and elegance, especially in dressing up and wearing pantyhose, have been letting me down lately. For example, I have never seen Morena Baccarin wear pantyhose on a single talk show or awards show. Not Dana Delany either. Not Jennifer Lopez. And lately, I’ve seen Milla Jovovich more often bear-legged than in pantyhose. And don’t even get me started on Angelina Jolie and her constantly popping her bear leg out from her high-slit dress during the Academy Awards show. Bimbo.

Actress Julianna Margulies is always professional and classy during appearances on late night talk shows, such as “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Still, the only celeb who seems to always do the right thing when it comes to how she dresses for public appearances is Julianna Margulies.  But, is she wearing pantyhose in the photo above?  If so, those are the sheerest nude pantyhose on the planet.  I actually saw this episode of  “The Late Show with David Letterman” and thought she was wearing, but at least one of our readers commented on this post that she is actually bear-legged.   I guess my eyes aint what they used to be, or more likely, I saw what I wanted to see.   What say you?  Did Julianna Margulies actually appear on Letterman bear-legged?

I’ve often written that Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose during public appearaces.  And, maybe to a large extent, that’s still the case, but increasingly, it seems that 99.5 percent of celebs are brainwashed and believe they have to appear in public bear-legged because “that’s what everyone is doing.” Pitiful.

One celeb I thought I could count on more than most to wear pantyhose during public events is gorgeous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, but she’s killing me these days. I really thought of her as very strong-willed and independent — someone who would always do what she wanted to do — not what everyone else was doing.  Yet, while she once frequently wore pantyhose during publicity events, presumably because it is the right thing to do, and because she has the class and traditional values to do the right thing, it is increasingly rare to see her in pantyhose.  Still, I have confidence in her.  I believe (I need to believe) she’ll go back to doing what she knows is right.  She looks incredible in pantyhose and even (gasp) bare-legged (no bear here for her), so I can only hope she chooses pantyhose just because she wants to.

And lovely little Lucy Liu? Forget about seeing her in pantyhose, which is practically a crime since she looks stunning in them.  And the extremely rare times we do see her in pantyhose, they’re too often the thick black ones that just don’t suit her.

While it is great that Sandra Oh was honored recently in Canada’s Walk of Fame, it’s sad that she didn’t think the occasion called for pantyhose with that nice dress.

But I am most dismayed by the way Sandra Oh dresses. I know what you’re thinking, but unlike her character on “Grey’s Anatomy,” she truly is gorgeous in a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.

Sadly, it seems lately that we’ll just never see her in pantyhose anymore.

She’s a perfect example of a star who grew up with traditional Korean values, used to dress beautifully and appropriately in the proper situations, but now has seemingly become just another brainwashed Hollyweird go-along-er.

A case in point occurred in October 2011 when Sandra Oh was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame for her long career in film and television.

If ever there were a time for Sandra Oh to wear pantyhose, this was it, especially since she grew up in Canada. Instead, she did the “ugly American” thing and showed up bear-legged.

Terrible, Sandra.

Always hope

Actress Miranda Cosgrove shows class and grace, appearing on the Red Carpet wearing a beautiful dress and pantyhose during a Screen Actors Guild awards show recently in Los Angeles.

As much as I appreciate when veteran celebrities do the right thing and wear pantyhose during public appearances, I think I love it even more when very young up-and-coming stars set themselves apart from the pack in the way they dress, wearing pantyhose with their pretty dresses and high heels.

You know how I’ve gushed over the likes of Lady Gaga and Katie Perry for being frequent wearers of pantyhose when out and about. And that can be said for Paris Hilton, too. I’ve almost resigned myself to realize and admit that EVERY celeb is going to have days where they just can’t be bothered to dress nicely.

But recently, I’ve been seeing two 19-year-olds, Selena Gomez and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) wearing pantyhose during public appearances.

I have to say I had never heard of Miranda until I saw her on a couple of late night talk shows and was so proud of her for dressing up and wearing pantyhose for the occasions. This is such a great sign of hope for the future.

So I’ll go ahead and give myself credit for that.  I’m funny that way, ya know.

Valentine’s Day the perfect occasion for pantyhose


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

The other day, the topic of this blog came up during a meeting with our vice president.  Kelly Linh said “All you ever write about is celebrities.”  To which I responded (in my ever-endearing style) with something like: “ ‘F’ you, beeeeeatch!”  (I can say that to her because she’s not just an employee, but also my dear little BFF.)

Besides, I like writing about celebrites.  Who else am I gonna write about, the girl in the department store not wearing pantyhose?  C’mon.

It’s celebrities who instigated the “bear” legs movement, and it’s celebrities who most influence fashion in everyday life.  I feel it’s my duty to recognize and heap loads of praise on those special entertainers who set a good and postive example by wearing pantyhose, and “dis” and sling tons of criticism at those who don’t.

And another thing … since it was Kelly Linh who pointed out that all I ever write about is celebrities, she’ll just have to understand that since this post isn’t about them, meaning I can’t include any pics of hot entertainers wearing pantyhose, she has forced me to look elsewhere for a source of photos for this post.

So, without her permission (but since I’m the boss), and since this post would look kind of “bear” without pics of a lovely lady in pantyhose, the photos you’ll see here are some candids I just happened to find among my private files.

Kelly Linh preparing to leave for work (well, "work" is too strong a word, actually).

OK, this post is for you, Kelly Linh.

Oh, and for Lester and Crystal, a married couple who each have written comments on this blog about their love and devotion to one another, and how Crystal’s wearing of pantyhose is a major factor in their happy and healthy relationship.  Was it them, or another reader who suggested I write a piece about what ideas men could come up with to try to get the women in their lives to wear pantyhose for them?

That was a great suggestion, and I was a bit surprised that more readers didn’t comment on that comment with their suggestions.

Kelly Linh in Act III Pink.

In any event, I have always believed that a loving relationship should be a 50-50 deal.  I mean a relationship is a partnership, a give and take, a yin and a yang.  And that means husbands and wives, or bfs and gfs, should make sacrifices for each other.  Whether the thermostat gets adjusted, a different TV show gets watched, or whatever, sacrifices always should be made.

I’m surprised that women today seem so unwilling to make the simplest sacrifice that 99 percent of the male population wants – them to wear pantyhose.  Actually, to even call such a thing a sacrifice is ridiculous.  It’s not as if men are asking their women to wear 6-inch heels every day.

There was a time (seems like a long time ago) when women wanted men to notice and appreciate little things about them, including how they dressed.  Of course, there has long been the notion that women dress for other women – not for men.  Today, I think women just dress for themselves and don’t care what anyone thinks.

Kelly Linh napping instead of working.

It’s sad that some women don’t take notice, or just don’t care, that men love them in pantyhose.  But when you’re in a relationship, I think you shouldn’t have to deny yourself the pleasure of seeing the one you love in pantyhose.

The key is communication.  You have to find the right time and have a heart-to-heart talk with your girl.  Then, you have to be sincere.  Don’t complain, don’t demand.  Just let her know that you think she is beautiful but that she would absolutely rock your world if once in a while she would wear pantyhose.  Tell her that to you it has nothing to do with what’s in style or not in style, what’s fashionable or not.  Rather, it’s something you have always loved and there’s no one you’d rather see in pantyhose than your wife (or gf).  Ask her to do this for you.

Kelly Linh puts her best foot forward in Act III Beige.

If there were ever a time for men to do this, it’s got to be this month.   What occasion could be better than Valentine’s Day for men to ask their women to wear pantyhose for them?  It’s the most romantic day of the year, and fortunately, women still want that to be a special day.  Yes, if there were ever a day when men could ask their wives or girlfriends to put on pantyhose for them, Valentine’s Day would have to be it.

Kelly Linh's tasty toes in pantyhose (Act III Suntan).

And so, we decided to help.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, and for the first time in our 11 years in business, ActSensuous offered our world-renowned beautiful and sexy pantyhose at half price.

I have to say I was thrilled with the response.  Many of our longtime customers stocked up on their favorite colors, and a record number of new customers for one month decided to give us a try.  In fact, we’ve more than tripled our usual numbers for orders in February, and half the month remains.

For those of you who bought ActSensuous to give as a gift to your special someone on Valentine’s Day, I’d love to hear from you.  Gentlemen, did you give your lady ActSensuous and ask her to wear them for you?  Did she oblige you, and was it fun for both of you?   And to the ladies who ordered ActSensuous, did you take my advice and wrap them up as a gift to give him to give to you?  Did he love it?  Did it make for the exciting night you anticipated?  If you want to share your stories, please feel free to write to Kelly at kellylinh@actsensuous.com

Kelly Linh looking awesome in Act III Suntan pantyhose.

Now back to our Kelly Linh.  Maybe you can tell from her last name she’s Vietnamese.   And she’s no Twinkie (yellow on the outside but white on the inside) either.  Well, OK, she actually is pretty Americanized,  but ethnicity-wise, she’s 100 percent Asian.  And, as such, she grew up constantly being told that she’s worthless because she’s female (sons are very important and highly valued in Asian culture; daughters, not so much).

Now, this is a girl who has not one, but two bachelor’s degrees and a small aircraft pilot’s license. (AND SHE ENDED UP WORKING HERE!!!  :) )

She’s an amazing person, but to this day, Kelly has no idea how incredible she looks in pantyhose.  I’ve tried to convince her, but she aint buying what I’m selling for a minute.  She says I’m biased.  Well, yeah, she’s got me there.

Nevertheless, I’m trying to convince her to become the next model on our website’s gallery.  Wish me luck.

I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day.

2011 a Great Year for Pantyhose


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

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.

In the role that made her famous, actress Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke on the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” made sheer pantyhose famous.

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.

Your comments

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:

The polls

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?”
Following her breakout role in the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway has maintained a classy and feminine look, including wearing pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.

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.

Christie Brinkley

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.

Those are some incredible legs, and she certainly understands the appeal of sheer pantyhose.

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?”
Sandra Bullock performs a scene in her new movie, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” in Brooklyn.

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?”
The lovely and multi-talented Asian-American actress Lucy Liu sometimes wears pantyhose during public appearances, and when she does, she looks fabulous.

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.

Classy Chinese movie star Zhang Ziyi almost always wears pantyhose during public appearances.

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 dressed beautifully, complete with brown pantyhose, during an appearance at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Nov. 4, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.

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?”

Professional singer/dancer and TV personality Paula Abdul always wears sheer pantyhose during public events, and looks perfect in open-toe heels.

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.

 

Wrap-up

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 is one the most professional Hollywood actress, always dressing professionally, especially wearing elegant outfits with sheer pantyhose everywhere she goes.

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!

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