Alright, alright, don’t get excited. This isn’t about a contest where you can don a pair of pantyhose with the hope of winning a cool million dollars.
If it was that catchy headline that brought you here for the first time, only to find that this is a blog devoted to wearing pantyhose (and you had no idea that such a thing even existed), let me save you from reading further. In fact, if you are one of those women who wouldn’t wear pantyhose (God forbid …) even if someone actually paid you $1 million to do so, you certainly aren’t going to like this blog.
On the other hand, if you are neutral as far as pantyhose go, and just curious, well, welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.
Of course, longtime readers here know that this blog enthusiastically beats up on pantyhose haters and happily lavishes praise upon girls who love pantyhose, or at least have the good sense and class to wear them for all the right reasons.
You know, it wasn’t that long ago that pantyhose were practically run (pun intended) permanently out of town. But thanks to some very professional and always-classy celebrities (Christie Brinkley, Kate Middleton, Milla Jovovich to name a few), and so many young stars (including Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove and Selena Gomez) pantyhose are beginning to look all mainstream again.
I don’t know how much of an effect those stars have had on everyday females, but a search of the Internet shows that there are millions of “real girls in pantyhose” everywhere in the world.
Seeing the mind-boggling number of pictures of everyday girls wearing pantyhose in every imaginable venue makes me wonder whether there ever really was a threat that pantyhose could really be ripped out of lingerie drawers forever.
While not long ago, haters tried to convince the world that pantyhose are irrelevant and “not in fashion” in today’s society, now, I am wondering how much thought women give to that idea, if they ever really did?
One of the ways I gauge this is how often or not pantyhose show up in mainstream entertainment venues? And I don’t mean just movies and television shows. I’m seeing pantyhose on more and more TV commercials, in magazines, and even at fashion shows.
Thankfully, that’s not even a surprise anymore today, but how about those “real girls?” I don’t have the time or patience to sit in front of the computer and search the Internet to see how prevalent pantyhose wearing is among normal people. But how else can I see “real girls” in situations where they at least have the opportunity to wear pantyhose for the right reasons?
There’s one place, and I particularly like it. It’s the reality show, America’s Got Talent.
I have to confess that I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol or The Voice, but from what I can tell from commercials, the competition is for singers only. I really like AGT, now entering its ninth season, because you never know what you’re going to see — singers, dancers, magicians, escape artists, jugglers, sword swallowers, ventriloquists, you name it. It’s the ultimate variety show. The other thing I like about the show is the performers are from every age group and every background imaginable. Some of the contestants have had their particular talent for most of their lives, but never had the opportunity to share it with a real audience, and so they hold regular jobs, and now finally have a chance to live their lifelong dreams thanks to AGT.
It’s also a competition where the ladies at least have the opportunity to grace their legs with sheer pantyhose. Many do, but too many don’t.
So here’s the reason for that headline: The contestants are competing against a massive number of other hopefuls performing acts of every talent imaginable for a prize that includes $1 million and his or her own headline act in Las Vegas. They’re doing it on the biggest stage they’ve ever seen in their lives. And on the ladies, some of those costumes are pretty skimpy.
So I find it intriguing to see which of the girls wear pantyhose. To my delight, it appears that the majority of the performers do wear. And even though I know it’s going to happen, I’m sometimes a bit surprised and always disappointed when someone doesn’t choose to wear pantyhose, but really should.
Good thing I’m not a judge
It’s the biggest stage these performers ever have, and likely ever will, perform on in fulfilling their dreams to share their talents with a national audience.
Here’s the thing. It’s a million dollar prize, people! And you’re in Radio City Music Hall (among other venues). You’re performing for the first time in front of thousands of people, and millions more watching from home around the country.
So, what if wearing pantyhose helped the performer win $1 million? The point is, why risk it by not wearing them?
What I wonder is why there is any question? The contestants’ legs look so much better under the lights in pantyhose, and that will give them more confidence.
It’s a good thing I’m not a judge on this show because if I were, I’d say something to those who didn’t wear pantyhose during my comment/vote session. Probably, I’d say something like: “That was a great performance. You certainly have talent. I love the costume, but listen, you’re competing for a million dollar prize here. Get yourself a pair of pantyhose (bimbo).”
Admittedly, in the act at left, it would have been difficult and more dangerous if the female had been wearing pantyhose since she obviously needs to be able to feel the grip on her partner’s head. This might be the only justification for footless pantyhose to exist, and many girls wear them for performances like this one.
Then again, the sad truth is even the two female judges, Heidi Klum and Mel B, don’t wear pantyhose, and they’re … the judges.
OK, well, I should say the two female judges hardly ever wore pantyhose until this season when Heidi has been wearing a few times already.
I used to really not like Heidi very much, but now, I’m beginning to like her a lot.
For this post, I found a few pictures of her in her fishnet pantyhose, but there have been a few cases in which she was actually wearing sheer nude pantyhose (not fishnets), and looking absolutely fabulous. Wish I could have found one those pictures to show you.
Now, sadly, it appears as if Mel B can’t be bothered to wear pantyhose. I’ve never seen her wear pantyhose once. And she really should. And I don’t mean just because she’s a judge on AGT. She really should wear. Her legs could benefit greatly from pantyhose.
In all fairness, I have to say it’s at least possible that Mel B actually is wearing sheer pantyhose in the photo above. It’s not easy to tell (for my eyes anyway), but I have to acknowledge that it’s possible.
Oddly enough, I found one pic of her in pantyhose for an AGT publicity shoot, but as far as I can tell, she never has worn during any real episode.
This picture of Mel B in the red dress complete with sheer nude pantyhose is amazing. When she looks this awesome wearing pantyhose, I can’t understand why she wouldn’t dress this way much more often.
During each episode, there are a few behind-the-scenes bits that are shown following commercial breaks before getting back to the competition. This is where I’ve seen Heidi wearing some gorgeous sheer nude pantyhose backstage.
A sheer stunner
In one behind-the-scenes segment of the second episode this season, Heidi was riding in a limousine to the AGT studio. The limo stopped to pick up Mel B, and when she got in, she immediately noticed Heidi’s outfit, a short dress, and to my delight, she said to Heidi:
“I like this,” referring to Heidi’s pantyhose. Then, to my surprise, Mel B caressed Heidi’s leg. It was amazing. Mel B ran her hand from just above Heidi’s knee all the way down her leg and back up again, feeling her pantyhose.
And Heidi responded: “I like fishnet stockings.” Trust me, they were pantyhose, but I don’t care if Heidi wants to say stockings instead. I just like that she wears them, and I love that Mel B felt her leg up.
It’s cool since Mel B almost never wears pantyhose herself, so the fact that she likes them on Heidi and actually felt her leg up seems somehow vindicating to me. Or maybe it should make me even more disappointed in Mel B. She likes pantyhose on Heidi, yet, still won’t wear them herself.
Oh well. I guess you can’t have everything. I take my wins however they come, and this incident seemed like a win to me.
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If you like the variety show entertainment genre’, and you are a lover of pantyhose, you really should be watching AGT.
You just never know what you’re going to see, such as this bow and arrow marksman shooting balloons held by his lovely assistant, wearing pantyhose, of course.
Yes, there will be times when contestants dazzle with fantastic performances, but unfortunately, miss opportunities to accentuate their beauty by going “bear”-legged. Do they look good? Yes. But they could have done the right thing and looked even better.
But then the next act you see might feature another great performance, only this time with the artists classing up the joint in pantyhose.
Here’s a husband and wife team who performed an exciting strength and acrobatic routine. How about that outfit on the wife?
Once again, the female team member has to be barefoot to perform the stunts with precision and safety, but she has the professionalism and class to wear a sheer body stocking (albeit, footless).
I didn’t see this act, but unfortunately, the female performer didn’t feel the need to wear sheer pantyhose with her hot little number. That’s OK you say because she’s doing an acrobatic floor routine and needed to be barefoot?
It just doesn’t look very attractive. And she could have looked much more feminine by at least wearing footless pantyhose, like …
… this duo. They need to feel with their feet, but they still went the extra mile to make their legs look so much prettier by wearing footless pantyhose.
Don’t even get me started.
Please … Million dollar prize you’re competing for, people.
Niiiiice! Good job with that outfit. That’ll surely get you in the running for $1 million.
Much better. Not a great outfit, but at least this performer had the good sense and class to wear sheer pantyhose.
Once again, this entertaining act features a female assistant who sadly doesn’t see the need for pantyhose. Instead, she looks … boring.
Now, here’s a magic act. These kinds of acts are usually pretty cool, and more often than not, the lovely female assistants really are lovely in sheer pantyhose.
It just looks so much more appealing when the girls wear sheer pantyhose, and it shows they take the competition seriously.
Even the funny acts often feature a lovely assistant in pretty pantyhose. Here, this kung fu master attempts to stop time with his superior qi energy. Hey, at least, his lovely assistant knows the time of day.
Again, more often than not, dance and acrobatic performers show their professionalism and class by wearing sheer pantyhose with their outfits.
C’mon, what’s really the big deal about whether the female contestants wear pantyhose with their costumes, some of you ask? Listen, it’s about doing the right thing. Not only are these performers competing for a prize of $1 million, they’re also vying for a chance to headline a show in Las Vegas.
Think anyone’s going to give these budding stars a shot at performing in Vegas when, no matter how great their acts are, they dress like they’re on stage at their high school auditoriums?
And if you still think it’s much ado about nothing, consider this: For all but one of them, this is their 15 minutes of fame. Likely, it’s the greatest show they’ll ever perform. Why wouldn’t they want to look their absolute best? Why would they risk not being taken seriously enough, when it is so easy (and the right thing to do) to wear pantyhose, especially, when they see that the majority of their competitors are wearing pantyhose?
Maybe it’s like everything else in life. Some people get it. Others just don’t.
What would you do if you had an opportunity to perform your talent on the biggest stage in the country, be all casual about it? Or, take it seriously? In case it hasn’t sunk in still, I’ll say it one more time — the judges are looking for a million dollar act, people!
I don’t care if some of these girls have never worn pantyhose a day in their lives, and won’t ever do it again as long as they live. On the biggest performance night in their lives, they should step up. Most of them put so much money and effort into the equipment, the props, getting their costumes just right. But if they forego pantyhose either because they think it’s not important, don’t care, or probably worse, don’t even give it a thought, they are merely hurting themselves.
What do you think, readers?
In any event, I’m telling you, for a wide variety of entertainment and lot’s of pretty girls wearing sheer pantyhose, you can’t beat America’s Got Talent .
America’s Got Talent is on from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST Tuesdays on NBC.
Since the “bear”-legs culture first reared its ugly head during the mid-to-late 1990s, women the world over have been trying to permanently run pantyhose out of town.
(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, see my explanation in the About Me section.)
But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.
Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day. There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.
And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are dozens of websites featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject. In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures. Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear-legs movement.
In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers. But here’s the thing: Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.
Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind). Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including the aforementioned, more often than not appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.
Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.
And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer. And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her. And grateful to her.
And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.
From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.
So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?
I don’t get it. These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose-wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievments among their peers and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman attend bear-legged.
Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes. But pantyhose? Nah!
I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.
Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs. Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife. So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs. I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.
Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.
I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs. Then, I saw. Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice. And it was super short. And I liked her high heel dress sandals.
But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?
Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what the what?
And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs. Nope!
Then, there was my new fave: Sweet, innocent, adorable little Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.
It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the New Artist of the Year award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.
I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.
I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject. Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many just like it that glamourize a lack of values in society today.
The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did. Nuff said about her though.
What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez. Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).
In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose. Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 90s to most of the decade of 2000. But they’re still out there.
Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.
Here’s the picture of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout China. Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with Jason Statham.
Shu is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.
But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Shu for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.
The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:
“The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.
“On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.
“It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model … I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
“And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”
OK, first, Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic left of Shu Qi? Uh … I don’t think so. Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what. OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …
I think Shu looks absolutely adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is sheer nude pantyhose), I think Shu absolutely rocks in them.
And, another thing: While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t necessarily call it conservatively, as Kallon does. Certainly, I love that Shu has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s are an eyesore, they haven’t seen anything. Shu has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.
Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:
The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.
OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$. Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is? You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there. Hey, good job with that.
Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.
Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year), this time putting down Megan Fox. Seriously, Megan Fox.
Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan had the class to wear it with pantyhose.
Now, you decide. Who looks better, the model or Megan?
Here’s what Kallon wrote:
“Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.
“… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.
“She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.
“This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (I added the bold to highlight my point.)
What’s next, Kallon? You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose? Unbelievable.
Now, if you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s another one for you:
The Fashionable Teacher Grading Red Carpet Fashions Everywhere. Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.
This site is run by mochababe73.
In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson wore to a movie premiere in April of this year. Here’s the picture.
Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:
“Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.
“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.
On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.
“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?”
Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73. And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.
Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.
I decided to look for other pics of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose. Unfortunately, I found only two. Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.
I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.
I guess the pic of Jennifer (at right) in the red dress with “bear” legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?
Here’s the author’s profile:
Houston, TX baby!
I am a wife and mother. I am a teacher. And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.
Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher? Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline with a question mark, not a period? You have: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail. It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?
More ‘expert’ advice
Finally, it still amazes me that anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts. I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.
A frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?” And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza. Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.
It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.
Fortunately, no one’s listening.
Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung. What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels? She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.
Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.
Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world chose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.
Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:
In a comment earlier this week, one of our newest readers, Sheer Mike, made an interesting observation about a potentially negative effect of the “bear” legs movement that isn’t being talked about.
In part, this was Sheer Mike’s comment:
If we’re not careful and the “bear” legs trend continues another 8 to 10 years, I’m concerned we’ll lose a generation of women wearing pantyhose. Yes, we need to continue finding ways to get more women under 40 to dress up and wear pantyhose … Maybe think about focusing on a younger demographic — girls age 10-16.
It’s a legitimate perspective (the prospect of losing a whole generation of potential pantyhose wearers) that probably has crossed many minds. But not mine. For some time, I’d been contemplating writing a post praising the many girls in their late teens and women in their 20s who already are devoted pantyhose wearers.
Occasionally, I visit some of the hundreds of websites on the Internet that are devoted to women in pantyhose, and am always happily amazed at the uncountable number of pictures they feature of women in pantyhose. It makes me wonder how there ever was a bear (I quote the use of bear for the word bare on the first reference only) legs culture. It also makes me wonder how the proponents of the bear legs movement sleep at night, because their collective hopes surely must be dying on the vine every day and in ever-increasing numbers.
While it is clear that there are millions of real girls throughout the world today who love pantyhose, there’s no way to begin to recognize them. So this post is my attempt to praise the many young celebrities out there who seem to be devoted pantyhose wearers. First, it’s easier to identify celebrities because they’re in the public eye, and second (and you’ve heard me say this a million times), celebrities have almost always been among the main influencers of society on fashion.
We owe a great thank-you to the hundreds of thousands of celebrities throughout the world who today continue to buck the once-widely-popular-but-not so-much-anymore-yet-still-lingering-in-some-numbers bear legs culture. And they are doing that every day by wearing pantyhose in astounding numbers for all occasions and at all venues.
And while in this blog I have praised the likes of veteran actresses Milla Jovovich, Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeifer, Linda Fiorentino, Fran Drescher, and others who seemed to never buy in to the bear legs movement, today’s post shines the spotlight on young celebrities who are frequent pantyhose wearers.
And it’s long overdue because these younger wearers are in the best position to influence the very generation Sheer Mike expressed concern over possibly losing.
Before we get into it, let me say that it is impossible to recognize everyone who deserves Credit, “Wear” Credit is Due, so please bear with me here. I’m going to feature the young celebs I’ve observed as the most deserving of credit, not only because they most often wear pantyhose in the roles they play on TV or in the movies, but also, and actually more importantly, because they wear even when out in the real world, even when they don’t have to, and certainly, when no one would expect them to. That is extremely credit-worthy.
Note: When investigating the hundreds of websites that post pictures of celebs in pantyhose, the numbers are so staggering, it’s almost impossible not to find a star who isn’t wearing at least once or twice. Obviously, those celebs who wear that infrequently don’t really count as much, but hey, if they wear at all today, they deserve a bit of credit.
It’s possible that a couple of the young celebs I’ve chosen for this feature might actually belong in that only-once-in-a-while category, but they made it here because they look so good in pantyhose. Case in point …
Kylie Jenner (16)
Let’s start with the youngest celeb (for this feature), Kylie Jenner. Actually, I know nothing about her. I’ve read that she is best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Well, that explains why I’d never heard of her. I am not a fan of reality TV shows. But here’s why she’s in this post. She’s 16, and look at the outfit she wore (right) to Nickelodeon’s 26th annual Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.
I did a quick Google images search about the event and didn’t see one other celebrity wearing pantyhose. Hate the booties, but love that they are open-toe and love her toenail polish under the sheer black pantyhose. (Or is it that I love that she is not in the least influenced by those so-called fashion experts who try so hard to convince everyone that not only should pantyhose never be worn, but especially not with open-toe shoes?)
In researching Kylie, I saw no evidence that she is a dedicated, or even frequent pantyhose wearer, but the fact that she was convicted enough to wear this outfit during an event that was seen by an estimated 350 million households around the world, to me, she deserves praise. Talk about setting a positive example for young women and girls in their late teen years! Way to go, Kylie.
Molly Quinn (19)
An American actress of theatre, film and television, Molly might best be known for playing the daughter of mystery novelist and consultant to the New York Police Department Richard Castle on the ABC TV show, “Castle.”
I’ve watched the show occasionally and it’s pretty entertaining, but I never paid much attention to Molly’s character, so I’m not sure how often she’s in pantyhose on the show. But considering the show’s been on since 2009, Molly would have been only 15 during the first season.
In any case, I’ve seen many pics of Molly wearing sheer pantyhose during publicity events or other public appearances, and at 19, that gets her the nod for this post.
AnnaSophia Robb (19)
Star of “The Carrie Diaries” teen television series on The CW, AnnaSophia plays a young Carrie Bradshaw in the prequel to HBO’s “Sex and the City” TV series.
Frequent readers of this blog know how I feel about that whole SATC thing, so suffice it to say that AnnaSophia is recognized here not so much because her infamous character actually wears pantyhose, as the show is set in 1984 (a fabulous year for pantyhose during an incredibly great pantyhose decade), but more because she is a frequent wearer in real life.
The few times I’ve paid attention, I’ve never not seen AnnaSophia appear as a guest on a talk show in which she didn’t wear a beautiful dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose.
Considering so few of today’s veteran TV and movie stars bother to wear pantyhose with their lovely outfits during talk show appearances, AnnaSophia deserves much credit for being a role model to young women.
Victoria Justice (20)
Here’s another young star I know nothing about, but in doing the research for this post, I’ve learned that she is an actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer who has appeared in several films and television series including Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and “Victorious.”
She has performed several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical, “Spectacular,” in which she starred. She has recorded a number of songs for the “Victorious” series. Victoria earlier this year announced the release of her debut album.
At first, I wasn’t sure she belongs on this post, as she was bear-legged in most of the photos I could find of her. But after further review, I was able to find several pics of her wearing sheer pantyhose in some of her roles on stage, TV shows and movies.
And while I didn’t find as many pics of her wearing just kind of out-and-about, ultimately, she makes this post because of the pics I’ve found of her wearing sheer pantyhose during her appearances on the red carpet, and as a hostess or a guest on TV awards and talk shows.
Hey, she’s only 20, and she most often presents herself professionally and with grace and elegance. And, in the pics I have seen of her in sheer pantyhose, it would be difficult to find someone much more beautiful.
I hope Victoria continues to dress professionally and elegantly and set a positive example for other young women.
Ariana Grande (20)
Yet another young American actress, singer/songwriter I know nothing about, as I’ve never heard of any of the movies she’s been in, nor any of the songs she’s performed. I just know this: There must be thousands of pics of Ariana in pantyhose.
Oh, and she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida — you know, where it’s hot. All the time. I’m sure there are many times she doesn’t wear pantyhose, but everytime I stumble across a photo of her, she’s wearing. And, thankfully, her tights and pantyhose are most-often in a nude shade — not black.
If young women and girls in their late teens follow Ariana, she most certainly is setting a good example in the way she dresses, not only on stage, but also during promotional events and public appearances. I am impressed.
Miranda Cosgrove (20)
Probably my favorite 20-year-old celeb, Miranda starred in “iCarly”, a teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 2007 until November 2012.
I’ve watched the show a couple of times just to see her, and I can tell you that “iCarly” is most definitely a teen comedy, meaning it’s far too silly for me to watch for very long periods of time. Nevertheless, Miranda is awfully cute. And it’s not unusual to see her wearing sheer pantyhose in one or two scenes.
Considering that her age range was 14 to 19 during the show’s run, I think Miranda is truly exceptional for the sweet and good character she played, as well as for dressing pretty nicely while she was at it.
More importantly, today at 20, she frequently dresses professionally and quite femininely. Appearing on TV shows, movies and talk and awards show, and performing on stage as a singer/songwriter, Miranda always seems to dress beautifully, most often wearing sheer pantyhose.
She is adorable, and I am becoming a fan.
Selena Gomez (21)
As much as I am lovin’ me some Miranda Cosgrove, you had to know Selena Gomez would make this feature.
The American singer and actress has a long list of hits, and always seems to conduct herself professionally, mostly dressing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
While it’s perfectly understandable that any 21-year-old woman today is going to want to dress comfortably, casually and for fun, what makes Selena special is how often she wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose not only on the job and for publicity appearances, but also just going shopping or out on the town.
I don’t know whether Selena is truly a devoted pantyhose wearer, but it certainly appears that she wears more often than not.
I like what I’ve seen of Selena and I believe she deserves much credit for setting a good example for other young women in the way she dresses.
Taylor Swift (23)
During the early days of her career, it seems we’d often see Country pop/pop rock superstar singer/songwriter Taylor Swift in a dress with bear legs and cowboy boots or flat shoes. Then, for a while there, she was more likely to be seen bear-legged, or in some cotton-ish tights, or sometimes in funky patterned hosiery.
But lately, I am seeing Taylor in heels and sheer pantyhose in her on-stage performances, as well as during public appearances. And she looks awesome.
I am amazed at her songwriting prowess and it seems she can’t miss today, chalking up hit after hit.
I like Taylor Swift, and I hope she continues to grow as an artist and a role model in the way she dresses as a professional young entertainer.
Emma Watson (23)
Emma is an English actress and model who likely is best known for her role in the Harry Potter movies.
I know nothing about Emma.
(I’m trying to be the only person on the planet to not read the books or see the movies about Harry Potter). I’m funny that way.
Consequently, I don’t know whether or not she’s really a devoted pantyhose wearer, but in tooling about pantyhose websites on the Internet, it’s not particularly difficult to find pics of her wearing, and that’s good enough for me.
While I love that so many of today’s young celebrities more often than not seem to favor wearing pantyhose, I have to wonder why that is? How did they develop this devotion to pantyhose during an era when it was not considered fashionable to do so? Was it because of values they learned from their parents, or the influence of some veteran actresses who always wore? Or, was it their own desire to be professional?
Or was it something else? Many of the young celebs I researched to feature in this post earned their claim to fame on TV shows or in movies in which their characters wore pantyhose. So maybe it was the different costume designers’ decisions that their characters should be dressed in pantyhose, and the experience carried over into the young stars’ lives.
One of the first young celebs I chose to feature in this post is Alexis Bledel because she is a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose.
Alexis, 31, probably is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the comedy/drama television series, “Gilmore Girls.”
As the series ran from October 2000 to May 2007, Alexis was 19 to 26 years old when she was exposed to the fancy costumes she would wear as her character, Rory, a member of the wealthy Gilmore family. Of course, all those beautiful outfits she wore for those seven years were typically paired with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.
Today, as a star of TV shows and movies, and as a professional model, Alexis continues to dress beautifully, and often is seen in high heels and sheer pantyhose during many publicity events and public appearances.
If my theory is accurate, and we should thank “Gilmore Girls” for positively influencing a young pantyhose goddess in Alexis Bledel, then we should all get down on our knees and worship “Gossip Girl.” That’s because the CW’s teen drama television series must have instilled a pantyhose mentality in at least four young celebs who appear to be devoted wearers today.
OK, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl.” The title alone was enough to keep me away, and I never gave it a chance. So, I admit that I might be completely wrong here. I may have no idea of what I’m talking about. But in the few advertisements I’ve seen for the show, both on TV and in photos, it appears that the girls are usually wearing pantyhose or tights. Somehow, anyway, I came away with the idea that “Gossip Girl” was a pantyhose kind of show.
One thing is certain: The show, which ran from September 2007 to December 2012, produced the likes of Blake Lively (26), Leighton Meester (27), Michelle Trachtenberg (27) and Taylor Momsen (20), each very often photographed wearing pantyhose during public appearances today.
During the show’s run, Blake ranged in age from 20 to 25; Leighton from 21 to 26; Michelle from 20 to 25; and Taylor from 14 to 19.
Again, we have young stars who wore tights and pantyhose in their roles on a popular TV drama series for a teen audience, each of whom went on to become (seemingly) devoted pantyhose wearers.
Obviously, there’s no way (that I am aware of) to know for certain whether these celebs (or any of the ones featured in this post) truly are devoted pantyhose wearers, so I am basing my reasoning on how easy it is to find pictures on the Internet of them wearing.
And in the case of all of them in this post — and particularly, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Taylor Momsen — my conclusion is they indeed are devoted wearers of pantyhose.
Incidentally, since I’ve never watched “Gossip Girl,” my apologies if there were other young actresses on the show who equally deserve to be featured here. These four are the ones with whom I am familiar.
Just as there have been several television series that featured young characters who frequently wore pantyhose, there are even more movies that did the same thing, also possibly being the influence of some awesome young celebs who’ve become known for being dedicated pantyhose wearers today.
With all due respect to “Adventures in Babysitting,” for this post, I’m not talking about movies that had one or two scenes in which a character appeared in pantyhose, but rather ones in which the main character(s) wore pantyhose through most of the film. And one of my favorites is …
Set in Beverly Hills, Calif., “Clueless” stars a young Alicia Silverstone as the beautiful, super popular and fabulously wealthy Cher, a sweet and innocent, but totally superficial teenage girl who is oblivious to anything but her status atop her high school social scene. The 1995 comedy is cute, fun and funny.
But, I’m not a film critic, and the reason “Clueless” makes this post is because Alicia wears beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer (thankfully, nude or suntan) pantyhose throughout most of the movie.
While “Clueless” was never going to win any awards, it was considered a “sleeper” hit in 1995, and helped to launch other lucrative offers for Alicia, who herself won five awards for her performance, including Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Female Newcomer (Blockbuster Entertainment Awards), Best Female Performance, and Most Desirable Female (MTV Movie Awards), and Best Breakthrough Performer (National Board of Review).
Alicia has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist, but unlike the young celebs featured above, Alicia, who was just 19 when she starred in “Clueless,” never really became what I’d think of as a pantyhose kind of girl.
Indeed, it is nearly impossible to find a picture of her in pantyhose on a Google image search. Too bad because she looked so fabulous in pantyhose in “Clueless.”
Still, because the film was released in 1995, just at the cusp of the onset of the awful bears legs movement, Alicia should hold a special place in our hearts for her role in “Clueless.”
“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”
This cute teen comedy released in February 2004 starred, in particular, two young actresses, each of whom have become high profile celebrities in their own rights. Today, each has a pretty strong connection to pantyhose; one I would call an absolute pantyhose goddess.
Lindsay Lohan (27)
With 26 movies to her credit so far, starting with the 1998 Disney movie, “Parent Trap,” in which she won Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress, and a lead role in the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls,” for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Lindsay is an accomplished actress.
But before “Mean Girls,” her first lead role was in the 2004 movie, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” for which she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star.
Throughout the majority of the movie, Lindsay’s character wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
As Lindsay was only 18 years old at the time she made the movie, I wonder if it was the influence of her character’s wardrobe that ultimately led to her becoming a bona fide pantyhose kind of girl?
Lindsay may not exactly have a Disney image anymore, but the drama queen at least gets my praise for being a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose in movie roles, TV show roles, modeling gigs, work as a professional recording artist, and perhaps more importantly, in public appearances on and off the clock.
Megan Fox (27)
If Lindsay Lohan could be considered a frequent, if not devoted, pantyhose wearer, then Megan Fox is the ultimate pantyhose goddess of the universe. There! I said it.
Beginning her acting career in 2001, Megan already has been nominated for awards 19 times, and won six times, including: For her role in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, a Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star Female and a Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actress; for her starring role in “Jennifer’s Body” in 2010, two Teen Choice Awards for Female Hottie, and Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller.
But it was in 2004 when Megan made her film debut in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” co-starring opposite Lindsay in a supporting role as Lindsay’s character’s rival. And, as lovely as Lindsay looked in a dress and pantyhose and heels, Megan looked incredibly amazing dressed the same way.
Like Lindsay, Megan was 18 years old when “Confessions” was released. Today, the actress and professional model is in every sense of the word a devoted pantyhose goddess, always dressing beautifully in a dress, high heels and sheer (thankfully, usually, nude or suntan) pantyhose when appearing as a guest, a host, or just making a public appearance.
From what I’ve observed, and with all due respect and thanks to Zooey Deschanel, there may not be any other young female celebrity on the planet who more consistently is seen wearing sheer pantyhose.
With so many young women and girls in their late teens all over the world demonstrating their love for wearing pantyhose today, the future indeed looks bright. And much of the credit for this should go to young actresses, models, singers and entertainers for setting such good examples.
This is why we shouldn’t expend any energy worrying about the negative propaganda by so-called fashion experts, and the haterizing by proponents of the bear legs culture, potentially causing a whole generation of young women to miss the opportunity of dressing professionally, femininely, and with class and elegance by including sheer pantyhose in their wardrobes.
Undoubtedly, I’ve left out lots of young celebs, TV shows and movies that honor our love of pantyhose. So, my friends, here’s your chance to recognize your favorites. Send me your comments and tell me who else deserves Credit “Wear” Credit is Due.
Meanwhile, here is a gallery of pics of some of the celebs featured in this post, and some who weren’t (only because of space issues). And, if you’re nice, I’ll keep this section fluid, so you can send me your own pics of your favorite young celebrities in pantyhose, and I’ll add them here.
In addition to the many great comments and suggestions from the wonderful readers of this blog since 2009, during ActSensuous’ 12 years in business, I’ve also been contacted out of the blue many times by pantyhose lovers. Along the way, I’ve made a few friends.
I love it when a professional photographer asks for ActSenuous pantyhose to do a photo shoot. A year or so ago, I was contacted by Kim who is an amazing photographer. She asked to shoot several models in ActSensuous for a new website she was developing. I saw the preview of her site and was extremely impressed, so I was only too happy to agree to the project.
Kim’s new website, PantyHoseClass.com, officially launched this month, and you can find it at One of the reasons I love the site is that it is in a fairly unique genre’ – sort of “The Girl Next Door in Pantyhose.”
Sure, there are thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, but Kim’s is different because it features “real girls” who truly love wearing pantyhose – and what’s even more unique – most of them are college students.
Yes, you read that correctly – COLLEGE STUDENTS. I love Kim’s website for a couple of reasons. First, the site is extremely well done. It’s professional, it’s classy, and the photography is outstanding. Second, it’s COLLEGE GIRLS. Well, mostly. At least a couple of them are college-age professionals.
This is further evidence that one of the biggest objections that pantyhose haters cite, and use in a feable attempt to brainwash today’s girls, is that pantyhose are outdated – something only older women would wear.
Of course, we know this argument doesn’t hold water because we continue to find young celebrities today who are devoted pantyhose wearers. You know who they are: Anne Hathaway, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove, Paris Hilton, Selina Gomez, and Zooey Deschanel to name only a few.
But college-age girls who love to wear pantyhose all the time? That is such a positive.
Some of you may remember it was Kim who shot the pictures of her friend, Lacey, who I featured in a recent post, so you understand the kind of girls Kim finds and features in her new website, and you know the quality of Kim’s photography.
I am impressed with each of the many models on PantyHoseClass.com, but I have singled out a few I simply cannot resist. You will find them featured here one at a time, wearing ActSensuous pantyhose.
This feature is about Yesenia. The 20-year-old Yesenia is an artist in Philadelphia. A pantyhose size A, Yesenia, loves to dress professionally and glamorously for work and all other occasions. And that means pantyhose. The young professional of European and Latin ethnicity says she wears pantyhose to work, to her yoga classes, around the house, and even to sleep in.
I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?
“Pantyhose are good for every day and every season of the year,” she said. “Pantyhose feel like such a great piece of apparel to have on because they have many uses, and of course, pantyhose go with everything.”
Yesenia said she first realized she loved pantyhose at a young age, but the feeling took off when she was around 9 years old, starting ballet classes and wearing pink tights every day.
“It used to be the best feeling in the world, and to this day, still is,” Yesenia said. “When I put on those pink tights, I wasn’t Yesenia – I was someone else. I was a strong ballerina. I could be anyone I wanted.”
Yesenia is quick to give credit to her dance instructor, who once told her: “In these pink tights, you will live and become this beautiful work of dancing art.”
“So, of course, naturally, being a little girl, I was very eager to throw those tights on and get to dancing,” she said.
Today, Yesenia loves the feeling she gets when she slips into a pair of sheer pantyhose, saying it’s “Overwhelming and awesome that this delicate fabric could make my legs look so good.”
Yesenia isn’t sure whether men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose, than when she isn’t, but then again, she’s in pantyhose most of the time, and she certainly attracts a great deal of attention. Describing herself as a “natural born Gothic,” Yesenia likes to stand out, and she gets attention because of the way she dressses in general. Still, she feels that a pair of black pantyhose will always make her look better.
Asked if she could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, Yesenia wasn’t sure how to respond.
“I haven’t been with a guy who has had a pantyhose fetish,” she said. Then, she added: “I mean, I am sure if I worked it a certain way and worked it right, I could totally make a guy fall for it.”
No doubt about that.
Yesenia did say she frequently gets compliments from strangers about the pantyhose she wears.
“Anywhere I go, I hear all the time: “Hey, I love your pantyhose.”
Of course, not everyone appreciates her commitment to looking professional, glamorous and classy.
“I have had female friends ask me why I wear pantyhose,” Yesenia said. “Back in high school, when it really wasn’t so popular to wear them, I would get questions all the time – and not like positive ones, but more like negative ones.
“I wouldn’t say they tried to discourage me, but rather they just didn’t understand the world of pantyhose and all its wonders. I tried to explain to them it’s a magical world and pantyhose go with everything. Of course, now that it’s popular to wear tights, I never get questions anymore.”
In any case, Yesenia doesn’t consider herself special because she wears pantyhose during a time when other women find it old-fashioned to do so, or just refuse to wear them. Rather, she said she considers herself “One of those lucky old-fashioned women who love pantyhose because of all the beautiful things they can do for you and your body.”
Yesenia doesn’t pay much attention to the “bare legs culture” of today. What she would tell women who think pantyhose are so terrible? “Hah! More for me and none for you. No, really, I wouldn’t say much,” Yesenia said.
One thing Yesenia could never imagine is not wearing pantyhose to a job interview.
“I have always worn, and will always wear, pantyhose to a job interview, even if it were for something less than a very high-level professional position.
“I think it’s very unprofessional for high-level businesswomen to not wear pantyhose. It’s almost like you have this amazing suit on, but you forgot to put on your pants if you understand what I mean. I would feel so bare without pantyhose, I wouldn’t feel like I had a suit on at all.”
Wise and mature beyond her years, Yesenia says she doesn’t watch TV or movies, and doesn’t know anything about celebrities or pay attention to what they’re wearing.
“I don’t have any role models. I just try to do what’s good for me and leave it at that.”
For now, that means being a devoted daughter, sister and girlfriend who works to support her family and herself, she said.
“I believe in being good to people. I believe in putting my family first. I believe in being loyal and honest, and to never be bad to others. I always try to be understanding of everyone, and realize that the person next to you or 10 feet away from you is fighting a battle every day.”
Asked if there was anything she wanted to say that she wasn’t asked, Yesenia said:
“Sure. I love your pantyhose. Great feeling and great colors. My personal favorite is Suntan.”
Well, that was nice.
Yesenia is a lovely young lady. She is professional, classy and quite feminine. My thanks to her for wanting to model ActSensuous pantyhose for PantyHoseClass.com and my blog.
Enjoy the gallery (below) of Yesenia in ActSensuous pantyhose, and see many more photo sets of her wearing all kinds of different brands and styles on Kim’s website at (http://www.PantyHoseClass.com).
Note: I don’t know what I did, but somehow the gallery below is linked to another page where the gallery actually lives. Trust me, there are more than 2 pictures in the gallery. Clink that link, and you’ll find the real gallery.
ActSensuous is thrilled to be a sponsor and exclusive supplier to several Mrs. America State beauty pageant organizations, and I was especially proud that one of our customers, Kristie Bear, won the Mrs. Idaho-America contest in 2011 wearing our Act II Suntan.
And a couple of months ago, Chanthy Birch won the Best Gown competition during this year’s Mrs. Idaho-America pageant, wearing our Act II Suntan.
Earlier this year, a former Mrs. Michigan-America, Stephanie Hunt, now the CEO of the MWI International (formerly, Ms. World International) beauty pageant organization, contacted ActSensuous with an invitation to become a sponsor. MWI (Magnificent Women Icons) International celebrates beauty, elegance and sophiscation in highly accomplished women all over the world.
Wow, an international beauty pageant. Where do we sign?A few months ago, we got an order from our first MWI delegate. Here’s an excerpt from the email I received from her:
I just purchased six pairs of your pantyhose to be shipped to me in the UK. Do you think they will get to me in England in time for the competition? I leave here on the 3rd of August. Thanks,
I assured Juanita that she would get her order in time, told her she was our first (and still only) MWI customer, and added: “I want pictures if you win.”
Here’s an excerpt from the subsequent email I got from Juanita:
It just hit me that I never followed up with you to let you know that … I won! I wore your hoisery the entire time – including the judges interview – and they gave me such confidence. I also wore them during a photoshoot here in London shortly after the competition. I absolutely LOVE them!!! God bless,
In keeping with our new “real girls in pantyhose” theme, meet Juanita Ingram, international beauty pageant winner and corporate lawyer.
The 5’3, 117 pound beauty is no novice when it comes to wearing pantyhose. The native of Chattanooga, TN – now living in London – dresses professionally every day for her career as a business lawyer, and she says pantyhose are “a must.”
But it’s not only at work and during beauty pageants that Juanita, 35, dresses for success. In fact, she is a volunteer at a Dress For Success organization, and she’s a motivational speaker for several organizations, including the Elevate Youth Conference, Dublin, Ireland; Girl’s Inc., Chattanooga, TN; as well as several organizations in Indianapolis, IN, including: Real World for Real Girls Conference; Project Concern; Indiana Healthy Marriage & Family Conference; Growing, Empowering, Myself, Strongly Conference; Dr. Betty Shabbaz Girl’s Academy Education Summit, and Girl’s Inc.
Indeed, Juanita practically lives in pantyhose.
“I love the confidence that pantyhose give me,” Juanita said. “There is nothing worse than having to worry about a particular aspect of your look at any given moment. When competing in beauty pageants, every aspect of your look is being examined – from head to toe. Your confidence shows through on your face. If you feel the least bit insecure about anything, the judges will see it.
“And the camera doesn’t lie. You will be able to see it on film. It’s amazingly true. So for me, hosiery gives me that extra competitive edge that I need to know that my legs are looking their absolute best. I don’t have to worry about it.
“I also feel that they make women look polished, sophisticated and complete. I look at the starlets years ago and they just looked so pulled together and elegant. I look at some of the women in the spotlight today who love hosiery and they just exude sophistication.
“In short, pantyhose help accessorize my confidence.”
The wife and mother (4-year-old daughter, 2-year-old son) said she first realized her love for pantyhose in her late 20s and early 30s, working in corporate America and in the legal field for more than 10 years. She feels that, as a female lawyer, it’s crucial to exude a polished look, and she realized how “complete” a pair of pantyhose could make her feel.
Role models and friends also influenced Juanita. She said she hangs with a very sophisticated crowd by design, believing that the people you surround yourself with either make you sharper or dumb you down.
“I began to notice that a lot of the more successful and influential women in my life had an element of class to them,” Juanita said. “Of course, this was more than just their appearance. It emanated from within. But like any good accessory, I just noticed that they all chose to wear hosiery. It added to what was a very polished and refined presence.”
Asked to describe the feeling she gets when slipping into a pair of sheer pantyhose, Juanita said:
“It’s a good feeling when they are light, smooth and comfortable. I get a feeling of my look is perfected, that now, I am ready to step out. I feel young, professional, classy and ready.”
In addition to family, friends and her own little crowd, Juanita credited some of her favorite celebrities for being devoted pantyhose wearers. Living in London, of course, she said she adores Kate Middleton. She also loves TV personality Wendy Willams, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, and lawyer, journalist and TV personality Star Jones – all frequent pantyhose wearers.
Juanita also praises entertainer Beyonce’ Knowles, and said she loves seeing many of today’s young stars, such as Emma Watson, Jessica Alba and Carrie Underwood, who are known for wearing pantyhose.
Asked about today’s bare legs culture, Juanita said she doesn’t believe pantyhose ever have, or ever will go out of style.
“I think there is a lot of pressure on women of all ages to yield to a bare legs trend,” she said. “But if you feel good in hosiery, you should wear them. It is just a matter of personal choice. I think you have to have a level of boldness and confidence to do what is best for yourself.
“To wear what makes you feel at your best is not easy when others are giving in to trends and fads that may not even be the most complimentary. I think all women should be assured enough in who they are to step out in what suits them best. For me, that’s a beautiful dress, killer heels, and a rockin’ pair of pantyhose. I love it. Hosiery will always be in style with me.”
Juanita doesn’t buy in to the current philosophy that pantyhose are irrelevant in today’s society, including at the office or formal settings.
Asked if she would always wear pantyhose to a job interview for a professional career opportunity, Juanita said:“I’d better. If you want to be taken seriously in some of the more professional corporate environments that I work in, you need to always present yourself with class and sophistication.
It is a matter of professionalism. I would never show up to a job interview, to court, or to a formal functon and not wear hosiery. I just think you should be polished and respect yourself at all times. I think wearing hosiery is a bonus that adds to our beauty.”
Even in the world of beauty pageants, Juanita said that sometimes fellow contestants ask her why she wears pantyhose, or try to discourage her from doing so.
“There are some who feel that you will get points taken away from you if you wear hosiery, or that the judges will see it as a sign of not being fit. But I have shattered those beliefts. I won several times while wearing hosiery.
“It’s about having the right sheer pantyhose like ActSensuous that still allows the beauty of your own legs to show through. They act to accentuate, not hide, the beauty of your legs. I love them, and I think judges of Mrs. And Ms. pageant systems are coming around and finding a new respect for a great pair of hosiery.”
Just the facts
Height: 5′ 3″
Weight: 117 pounds
Where born: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Live now: London, England
Favorite colors: Gold and ivory
Favorite song/favorite artist: CeCe Winans – Alabaster Box
Favorite movie alltime: Tie between “The Color Purple” and “Braveheart”
Your other awards/titles/honors:
JD/MBA – University of Memphis
LLM – University of London c/o 2014
Licensed to practice law (passed bar exams for TN and IN on first sitting)
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society Inductee (Top 10%)
Golden Key Member (Top 10%)
Tennessee Practice and Procedure Law Journal
Adjunct Pofessor of business law at Butler University
Chattanooga “Top 40 under 40” Award in 2003
Indiana Leadership in Law “Up & Coming Lawyer” Award in 2007
Published several articles in Legal Journals in 2004 through 2006 (Commercial Real Estate & Business Law)
Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012
Covergirl & National Campiagn for Moms – Best for Babes Organiation 2010 to present (www.bestforbabes.org)
Mrs. Indiana United States 2007 (highest score in every category – interview, swimsuit, on-stage question, and evening gown)
Mrs. U.S. Beauties National Queen (highest score in every category – interview, high fashion, on-stage question, and evening gown)
First Runner-Up Mrs. Indiana America 2011 (Winner of Fitness/ Swimsuit award; Highest score in Interview)
Selected to Represent Great Britain at the 2011 Mrs. World international pageant competition
Founder: Happy To Be You Ministries (www.happy2bu.org)
Author: Winning With Christ: Finding Victory in Every Experience
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Kind Kinsley
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Confident Keynan
The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents: Wonderfully Made Wanita
Elevate Youth Conference – Dublin, Ireland
Real World for Real Girls Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Project Concern – Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Healthy Marriage & Family Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Growng , Empowering, Myself, Strongly (G.E.M.S.) Conference – Indianapolis, Indiana
Dr. Betty Shabbaz Girl’s Academy Education Summit – Indianapolis, Indiana
Girl’s Inc. – Indianapolis Indiana
Girl’s Inc. – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Getting to know …
The Q&A from the interview between Juanita Ingram and ActSensuous:
Who are your heroes or role models in life?
My grandmother; Michelle Obama; Lena Horne; Diane Carol, and most importantly, Jesus Christ.
What are your hobbies or interests?
I LOVE to travel. Clearly, this is what led us as a family to live outside of the US for a while. I absolutely love seeing new places and exploring different countries. My favorite activities while traveling are eating, visiting art museums, and visiting historic cathedrals. Some of my favorite cities are Seville, Spain; Florence, Italy; Crete, Greece; London; and Paris. We try to visit three or four new countries a year – at least that is the goal while we are living abroad.
I also like exercising (or at least the benefits that come from exercising), and I love music. I grew up in a household of music (my mother is a retired school music teacher), and I learned to play the piano, piccolo and flute. I also love to paint.
Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children (ages 2 and 4). I love taking them to new places and experiencing things through their eyes, such as going to the zoo, seeing a play, or visiting theme parks. My husband and I still enjoy date night every week after eight years of marriage, and I just really enjoy being around family.What do you believe in (personal values)?
I am a Christian. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal savior. My relationship with the Lord is very important to me. I study the Word of God daily, and it is truly the guiding force in my life. I’ve written a book called “Wining with Christ: Finding the Victory in Every Experience” and I have written three Christian children’s books as part of my series, “The Wonderfully Made Pals.” My relationship with the Lord is what sustains me through every season of life.
Of what are you most proud in your life? What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in life?
I am most proud of being a wife, and most importantly, a mother. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son. There is nothing more important in my life than those two little angels. They are the best blessings that I have ever received. Beyond all of the other rewards that I have obtained, being a great mom is something that I will always be most proud of and continuously strive for.
What do you love most about the MWI International beauty pageant?
It focuses on celebrating magnificent women all over the world. I love all of the women that I had an opportunity to get to know, and I love having an opportunity to help more women through the work that I do with my charity of choice: Dress For Success Worldwide, and my personal platform/organization – Happy To Be You (www.happy2bu.org).
The only reason I compete in pageants is to have greater opportunities to be of service to women and young girls who are in need of encouragement and a boost in confidence.
I am truly committed and passionate about my platform. It is the only reason that I continue to strive to have titles in the world of pageantry. It is more than just a hobby for me – it is an avenue and a form of ministry and true service.
My primary goal is to have an international platform to help women and young girls have increased confidence and self-esteem. When we feel better about ourselves, we perform better in life, we make better decisions and we are able to accomplish our dreams.
I’ve been extremely blessed to have women in my life who have sowed into my self-worth. I want to be that person for as many women as I possibly can.
Please describe your journey from entering this year’s beauty pageant to being crowned Ms. MWI International 2012, and what the honor means to you
First, let me say that wearing ActSensuous through every stage of the competition, from interview to swimsuit, gave me that extra boost of confidence that made all the difference in the world. I knew that my legs looked their best. Your hosiery is a PERFECT match to my skintone and they are truly sheer to waist – which is a MUST during the swimsuit competition. I don’t know what I would have done without them during the competition and I greatly appreciate your willingness to be an official sponsor with the system.
I think a lot of people would be surprised to find out just how hard it is to win an international beauty pageant. You don’t just waltz in and blow the judges away and obtain the scores that I did without a lot of thought, hard work and dedication. What is most important is being true and authentic to why you are there and what you plan to do with the title. I am always confident in my pageant interviews because I know that I am coming from an authentic place. Integrity, honesty, consistency and truthfulness are characteristics that make you a winner in my book. I think that’s what a lot of judges look for.
Most systems attribute 50% of your score to interview. So while it is still a “beauty” pageant, it is far more important to focus on who you are as a person than anything else. You have to have a vision and purpose for wanting the title. When I signed up to compete, I wanted a title that would have enough significance and recognition to open more doors internationally for me to help more women and youth. It was as simple as that for me.
Once I was crowned, I hit the ground running and I put in a lot of time, effort, and work to obtain international appearances that would further the purpose of my platform. I made more than 10 appearances with the first 60 days. That’s more than some queens do during an entire reign! I’ve always been a self-starter and I’ve had a lot of drive since my youth. Thus far, it has been a great growing experience and has even shown me that with or without a particular title, I can create opportunities for me to help women and youth in some really impactful ways.
In 2013, I will continue on my book tour and continue my international service through Dress For Success, especially at the London affiliate. It is an honor to be in the position to help so many, and I attribute that purely to God’s grace and favor upon my life. We are indeed blessed to be a blessing to others.
Juanita Ingram surely is a wonderful ambassador for beauty pageants, for groups devoted to enhancing women’s lives, and for pantyhose lovers everywhere.
My thanks to Juanita for taking the time to share her story with us.
Also, I’d like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and much happiness in 2013.
I don’t think there’s quite as much negative press about wearing pantyhose today as there was during the past decade. Oh, it’s still out there, yes, but it seems as if pantyhose are finding their legs again in ever-increasing numbers.
Still, there will always be the “fashion expert” haters out there haterizing on pantyhose. And there’ll always be some women who refuse to wear for their own personal or political reasons. But what I see happening today is more and more women who just aren’t sure whether they should wear or not. Their dilemma: They think they don’t know what the “rules” are anymore. It amazes me how, seemingly, the majority of women in this country are deciding what to wear or not wear based on what some individual or groups of perceived “fashion experts” preach. Are pantyhose out? Are they in? It’s amazing how frequently these questions are popping up everywhere you look in magazine articles, on television talk shows, online.
What amazes me is women’s inability or unwillingness to make their own decisions. I’m OK with human beings wanting to be “in fashion.” Let’s see, it was bellbottoms in the 1970s, big hair in the 80s, a little of everything in the 90s, and bare legs in the 2000s. There were narrow lapels, wide lapels. “Dogs and cats living together.”
Fashion changes with the times. But through the decades, fashion choices never were about being unprofessional in the workplace, disrespectful at formal venues, or displaying a lack of good taste simply out and about. Except in the case of going bare-legged during the 2000s.
And this is where it should come down to the individual making her own decision about what is right versus wrong; what is “in” or “out” versus what is appropriate for the venue and occasion.
Doing the right thing
A case in point: Last week, a reader of this blog, Dr. Ray of San Antonio, Texas, wrote this email to me:
“About a year ago, my wife and I went to a funeral of a close friend of mine for many years. Almost all of the women friends and family wore black dresses, black stockings and black high-heeled shoes. Why does it take a sad event before women want to look attractive?”
My response to Dr. Ray: At least, those women had the good sense and good taste to dress appropriately for that occasion.
But Dr. Ray’s larger point is that it took a funeral to get the women in his circle to wear hosiery. To me, that means they know better. They accept that an event as formal as a funeral warrants the wearing of hosiery, but why then do they go bare-legged at every other opportunity?
I think the answer is because they can. They can because the bare legs culture exists, so the excuse is out there.
Dr. Ray wrote to me again last night, saying that a similar situation presented itself this past Sunday, when he and his family attended a wedding. He said his wife dressed elegantly, including wearing pantyhose, while his 17-year-old daughter did not. That’s likely because the bare legs camp has had some success in convincing today’s younger generation that pantyhose are something only older women wear.
Of course, we know that is not true, as we are seeing more and more young entertainers wearing pantyhose today. I believe the positive example being set by the likes of Selina Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyonce’ Knowles, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Miranda Cosgrove and Zooey Deschanel to name a few, will begin to influence more young women.
And, thankfully, there are a few good television shows today that feature young women who frequently wear pantyhose. One such show is the teen drama series, “Gossip Girl,” starring Blake Lively, who appears to be a devoted pantyhose wearer on the set and in real life.
I’ve never watched an episode of “Gossip Girl,” but lately I’ve been seeing many pics of Blake Lively on Internet sites devoted to celebrities in pantyhose. She appears to be a very professional and classy actress, and she looks fabulous in pantyhose.
Perhaps, shows like this one will someday help to mold a generation of younger women, such as Dr. Ray’s daughter, who will have a positive view about wearing pantyhose.
For now, it’s easy to see how the competing negative and positive press about wearing pantyhose causes confusion among many women today.
No deal, divas
Another longtime reader of this blog, MJ Gruskin, last week, sent me the link to a story published in the online edition of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper:
Six writers (all women) apparently form a column, “Deal Divas,” in which they comment about all things fashion today.
In this case, a young woman wrote to the “Divas” about a wedding she attended, at which every woman but her wore hosiery. The lady is confused as to how this happened, as she had thought that pantyhose were dead and gone.
Here’s the woman’s letter:
I recently went to a wedding in Hunters Green in early November. Very upscale, posh and elegant. I haven’t had many opportunities to dress to the nines so to speak in a few years. So I went all out, new dress, handbag and shoes sans hose of any kind. The bridesmaids age range was 26 to 40 and they wore hose, as well as the
bride. All the female guests were wearing sheer hose in colors from nudes to tans and blacks, and many with some pretty killer sandals, too. The women were in their 20s to older than 50. There were even a couple of women wearing them with pants. I was at a table with four other couples, all women I work with (we work with the bride).
None of us are older than 32. I never saw a single one of them in hose before, and I’ve known them for a few years. I was the only woman that wasn’t wearing any.
I have to admit I felt nearly naked and almost embarrassed. I had a fleeting thought to have my boyfriend drive me to the nearest Walgreens or CVS and buy a pair to put on. I thought hose were long gone.
Am I wrong? So what is a girl to do? Are hose coming back or have they been back and I deleted the memo?
The reply by “Deal Divas” was written by only one of the columnists, Katie Sanders, but who knows whether the other five put their stamp of approval on it? In some places, Sanders personalizes the response with “I,” and in other places, she uses “we.”
In part, Sanders wrote:
“It depends on whom you ask. Since you asked us, we think it’s reasonable to assure you that you weren’t dressed down for your friend’s wedding.
“It seems odd that all of your young friends wore pantyhose. I haven’t done that as a bridesmaid or a wedding guest, and neither have my friends. We left it behind with our flouncy church gowns, you know?”
Blind leading the blind
Everyone at the wedding had the good sense and good taste to wear hosiery to a formal event, but the “Divas” say that the one woman who didn’t wear hose was not “dressed down.” That’s the official statement of the “Divas?” Wow. It gets worse. You should read the piece.
It certainly seems to prove my point: Today, women seem to want to do, not necessarily what is right, but what some “fashion experts” tell them is “now.” And in this case, a woman who thought no one else would wear hose, so didn’t herself, finds that everyone else did, leaving her feeling out of place and slightly embarrassed. Thus, she questions her belief that pantyhose are “out,” only to be told by the “experts” that it was odd that all those other women would do the unthinkable and wear hose (to a wedding no less), and that the hoseless woman did the right thing.
In fairness, the “Divas” reply does acknowledge (begrudgingly) that the wearing or not wearing of pantyhose is a personal issue. Also, the reply admits that an earlier attack they made on Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s devotion to wearing sheer nude pantyhose was met with objections from many of their readers. So, at the very least, the “Divas” do the proper journalism thing by telling both sides of the story, and leaving the matter up to the reader.
Still, it’s a shame that so many unprofessional and not-too-classy women who put themselves in the position of being “fashion experts,” use their forum to try to influence everyday women of society to view a fashion accessory as elegant and decidedly feminine as pantyhose as something to be disdained and avoided, simply because they have a personal dislike of it.
Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Isn’t that pretty much what I’m doing? Sure, but at least I’m using my blog to extol the virtues of pantyhose in dressing for professionalism at the office, class and elegance at the formal venue, and beauty and femininity in general, simply because I have a personal love for it.
In other words: Idiot, classless, “fashion expert” – bad guy; wise, classy me – good guy.
Also, last week (wow, all these things happened last week), another longtime reader of this blog, Brian W., wrote a comment and attached this link:
If the “Deal Divas” are bad, these women are horrible. They’re Britain’s makeover queens, Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall, of the original “What Not to Wear” television show, which aired on British TV for five years beginning in 2001.
During a recent interview conducted by Celia Walden of The Telegraph (a UK-based online newspaper), the pair offered – among other annoyances – their fashion advice for Kate Middleton:
Constantine: “She should wear her hair up more. When she wore that sheer green Jenny Packham dress and her hair up, it was simple but stunning.”
Woodall: “Oh, and the flesh-coloured tights have got to go. You can wear flesh-coloured fishnets, but that’s it.”
Unbelievable. Of the 28 readers comments to this piece, only 25 show up at the end of the piece.
I didn’t see a comment from Brian W., but I am sure he wrote a good one.
Perhaps, my feelings can best be described by the first comment from someone who calls himself or herself “the_sentinel.”
“Shame they can’t get a makeover themselves. What utter shite.”
Beauty no accident
ActSensuous has been a proud sponsor of the Mrs. America State beauty pageant organizations for the past few years.
Last year, Kristie Bear, one of our customers, won the Mrs. Idaho-America pageant, and posed in her swimsuit wearing her sash, crown and Act II Suntan pantyhose. I was very proud. Kristie is pictured in the News section of the ActSensuous website.
Two months ago, Chanthy Birch, also an ActSensuous customer, competed in this year’s Mrs. Idaho-America pageant. While she didn’t win it, she did take the honor in the Best Evening Gown category. Chanthy wore Act II Nude and Act III Suntan throughout the pageant.
“I have to tell you it was pretty funny,” Chanthy said. “During full dress rehearsals, I wore your pantyhose and a couple of the ladies came up to me afterward and asked me if I was plannning on wearing them during competition. I told them yes, and they said they didn’t understand what I was trying to hide. I simply replied: I’m not hiding anything, I’m accentuating what I have.
“They, of course, thought I was completely insane! Ha ha.
“A couple of the ladies told me they didn’t even realize I was wearing pantyhose because they looked so natural and perfect for my skintone.”
Chanthy made a point I’ve been trying to get women to understand forever: Wearing pantyhose isn’t an issue of “have to.” Rather, it’s a case of “want to.” Pantyhose are designed to enhance the natural beauty of a woman’s legs.
Funny that men all across the world understand this, while so many women don’t. Men say that pantyhose are like makeup for the legs. Do women have to wear makeup? No. But does makeup enhance their natural beauty? Uh, that would be a big yes.
I might never understand why so many women try so hard to villify something as soft, delicate and decidedly feminine as pantyhose. It’s much easier for me to just appreciate and honor the special women who truly “get it,” and go the extra mile to complete their look; to enhance their natural beauty.
Thank you, Chanthy, for sharing your experience and some pictures of you in ActSensuous.
Note: Photos by J. Wolfe Productions, Boise, ID
Also, I want to thank Dr. Ray, MJ Gruskin and Brian W. for their comments and emails, which led to my writing this post.
Remember the slogan “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” written several years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council? That campaign created an effective awareness about the death toll from driving impaired, and introduced the concept of the Designated Driver.
I like to think that The ActSensuous Blog has similarly wide-reaching influence, and I’m sort of the designated person trying to drive women to wear pantyhose.
Let’s count the ways this blog has impacted what you’re now enjoying, shall we?
During the 2010-11 NFL season, I complained in my blog about Faith Hill’s awful “bear” legs in her Sunday Night Football intro song. And then, what happened in the 2011-12 season? That’s right: She donned pantyhose and looked 100 times better. Oh yeah, I’m taking credit for that. (Hey, you’re welcome!)
Not convinced? OK, how about this: Devoted watchers of NFL Network have to admit they cringed every time they saw one of the show’s hosts, Kara Henderson, who always wore way-too-short skirts for those horrid pasty white legs of her’s, which she flashed all too often. And what happened not long after I called her out for this (Nov. 4, 2011: “Pantyhose happenings on my mind”)? That’s right. She has been wearing pantyhose regularly on the show — quite beautifully, too. Coincidence? I don’t THINK so.
Check out this video of Kara Henderson in studio on the NFL Network:
I can picture how the conversation around the NFL Network studio must have gone: “Kara, we love ya, girl, but those bear legs of yours are killing our ratings. We get that you women today hate pantyhose, but listen, we don’t want you to end up getting The ActSensuous Blog’s next Grizzly Award. That’s the kind of thing that can end a gal’s career. So, c’mon now, why don’t you break out the pantyhose? Our ratings will soar, and Robin will probably heap loads of praise on you for how good you’ll look. It’ll be a win for everyone.”
Yeah, it likely went something like that, I’m pretty sure.
Now, if you Google Kara Henderson, you won’t find a single photo of her in pantyhose. But on NFL Network, she has become a pantyhose babe. But, I’m not done with the NFL Network yet. Now, it seems every female host on the show has gone all pantyhose on us. Check out this video of the lovely Lindsay Soto (now, Rhodes):
Wow. Those are some killer legs in beautiful sheer nude pantyhose, eh? Do you just see how influential the ActSensuous Blog really is?
I feel some of you slipping away from me. You want more evidence, don’t you? Fine, fine.
One of my regular columns on this blog is “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due,” in which I recognize and glorify the little people (you know, like Ann Curry and Julianna Margulies) for dressing beautifully, including wearing pantyhose. Otherwise, probably no one would ever pay these budding celebs much attention.
You remember my post in January 2011, “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due — Who’s that T-Mobile Girl?” In that one, I lavished so much praise upon the up-and-coming Carly Foulks for how pretty she looks in those pink dresses, high heels and very sheer nude pantyhose. Yeah, that’s right — I put that girl on the map! And what happened after that? Verizon goes out and gets the beyond-beautiful model, Cherub Moore, to wear that fabulous gray skirt and dark wine-colored blouse, complete with gorgeous sheer pantyhose for last year’s Black Friday TV commercial. Need I say more?
Again, if you Google Cherub Moore (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), you won’t find one picture of her wearing pantyhose. But it’s pretty clear that when advertisers write spots for their clients, they think of me and the influence of The ActSensuous Blog. Obviously, they realize the value of featuring their lovely models in pantyhose. And, again, I take full credit for that. (What?)
Too much power?
But, as Peter Parker’s uncle taught us in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Did I mention Kirsten Dunst wore pantyhose in those Spidey movies because of me? But, I digress …) And now, I have to live with the fact that this far-reaching influence I wield actually could be starting to back-fire. That’s right. Those people who are equally devoted to the bear legs movement — the people I like to call, you know, the villains — are beginning to take notice of all the good I’m doing out there for truth, justice and the American way, and they’re fighting back.
I didn’t write a post about this next subject (although I did think about doing it), but you guys beat me to the punch when you wrote some comments about the CitiBank TV commercial, in which (actual professional rock climber Katie Brown) says:
My boyfriend and I were going on vacation, so I used my Citi Thank You card to pick up some accessories: A new belt, some nylons, and what girl wouldn’t need new shoes? …
A few of you praised that commercial for its obvious reference to nylons of the hosiery variety. I loved that you picked up on that and made a big deal about it. But have you noticed that the writer(s) recently modified that line? Now, when the lady rock climber talks about picking up some things she’ll need for her vacation, she says “A new belt, some nylon (instead of nylons) …”
Are you kidding me? Is the writer of that commercial such a pantyhose hater that he or she (more than likely, she) had to take away that cute play-on-words in order to not encourage us pantyhose lovers? I can just picture some little Kelly Ripa-like writer thinking to herself: “I’ll show those pantyhose lovers!” Is it just me, or is this edited line a retaliation for all the excitement I (OK, you this time) generated about this commercial’s use of the word “nylons?”
Similarly, Cherub Moore has since appeared in (at least two Verizon commercials that I’ve seen), but now she’s actually wearing pants that do nothing for her lovely figure. I hope Verizon is happy with themselves for dressing her down, and making her look just average, after I (yeah-yeah, you guys, too) bragged about how beautiful she looked in the Black Friday commercial.
Are the writers/directors/producers of these commercials making adjustments based upon what we’re doing in this blog? OK, well, probably not. But it does kinda make some sense. We brag them up for dressing their spokeswomen in pantyhose during a time when, let’s face it, the majority of the world’s women hate pantyhose. You’d have to think those responsible for these commercials might realize that they could attract a larger audience for whatever they’re selling if they suck up to the bear-leggers rather than to those in the minority who appreciate and value pantyhose.
Reality setting in
Similarly, I’ve been sooooooooo disappointed lately in many of the celebs on whom I’ve heaped tons of praise for their devotion to wearing pantyhose. And when some of the usually-pantyhose-friendly ones don’t, I make excuses for them and blame it on the costume designer for dressing them in bear legs. But, when celebs appear on late night talk shows, or are out and about town, and dress in nice outfits but with bear legs, that’s clearly on them.
Stars I’ve complimented for their devotion to class and elegance, especially in dressing up and wearing pantyhose, have been letting me down lately. For example, I have never seen Morena Baccarin wear pantyhose on a single talk show or awards show. Not Dana Delany either. Not Jennifer Lopez. And lately, I’ve seen Milla Jovovich more often bear-legged than in pantyhose. And don’t even get me started on Angelina Jolie and her constantly popping her bear leg out from her high-slit dress during the Academy Awards show. Bimbo.
Still, the only celeb who seems to always do the right thing when it comes to how she dresses for public appearances is Julianna Margulies. But, is she wearing pantyhose in the photo above? If so, those are the sheerest nude pantyhose on the planet. I actually saw this episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman” and thought she was wearing, but at least one of our readers commented on this post that she is actually bear-legged. I guess my eyes aint what they used to be, or more likely, I saw what I wanted to see. What say you? Did Julianna Margulies actually appear on Letterman bear-legged?
I’ve often written that Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose during public appearaces. And, maybe to a large extent, that’s still the case, but increasingly, it seems that 99.5 percent of celebs are brainwashed and believe they have to appear in public bear-legged because “that’s what everyone is doing.” Pitiful.
One celeb I thought I could count on more than most to wear pantyhose during public events is gorgeous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, but she’s killing me these days. I really thought of her as very strong-willed and independent — someone who would always do what she wanted to do — not what everyone else was doing. Yet, while she once frequently wore pantyhose during publicity events, presumably because it is the right thing to do, and because she has the class and traditional values to do the right thing, it is increasingly rare to see her in pantyhose. Still, I have confidence in her. I believe (I need to believe) she’ll go back to doing what she knows is right. She looks incredible in pantyhose and even (gasp) bare-legged (no bear here for her), so I can only hope she chooses pantyhose just because she wants to.
And lovely little Lucy Liu? Forget about seeing her in pantyhose, which is practically a crime since she looks stunning in them. And the extremely rare times we do see her in pantyhose, they’re too often the thick black ones that just don’t suit her.
But I am most dismayed by the way Sandra Oh dresses. I know what you’re thinking, but unlike her character on “Grey’s Anatomy,” she truly is gorgeous in a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
Sadly, it seems lately that we’ll just never see her in pantyhose anymore.
She’s a perfect example of a star who grew up with traditional Korean values, used to dress beautifully and appropriately in the proper situations, but now has seemingly become just another brainwashed Hollyweird go-along-er.
A case in point occurred in October 2011 when Sandra Oh was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame for her long career in film and television.
If ever there were a time for Sandra Oh to wear pantyhose, this was it, especially since she grew up in Canada. Instead, she did the “ugly American” thing and showed up bear-legged.
As much as I appreciate when veteran celebrities do the right thing and wear pantyhose during public appearances, I think I love it even more when very young up-and-coming stars set themselves apart from the pack in the way they dress, wearing pantyhose with their pretty dresses and high heels.
You know how I’ve gushed over the likes of Lady Gaga and Katie Perry for being frequent wearers of pantyhose when out and about. And that can be said for Paris Hilton, too. I’ve almost resigned myself to realize and admit that EVERY celeb is going to have days where they just can’t be bothered to dress nicely.
But recently, I’ve been seeing two 19-year-olds, Selena Gomez and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
I have to say I had never heard of Miranda until I saw her on a couple of late night talk shows and was so proud of her for dressing up and wearing pantyhose for the occasions. This is such a great sign of hope for the future.
So I’ll go ahead and give myself credit for that. I’m funny that way, ya know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
If the “bear” legs movement won the decade of the new millennium, pantyhose certainly got their legs back in 2011.
(NOTE: I’m putting quotes around “bear” just once and then running with it as-is. Seasoned readers get my play on words, which have their origin in one of my earlier posts: “Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose.”)
No, I’m not proclaiming that everything’s back to normal; far from it. But I think greater strides were made in 2011 than at any time from 2000 on.
I do think 2011 gave us much for which to be thankful, and optimism for years to come. While things looked pretty bleak from 2000 through 2010, I am thrilled by the number of new and seasoned celebrities we saw wearing pantyhose in 2011.
In movies, on TV shows, in TV commercials, on singers/performers taking the stage, on game shows, across fashion runways, in magazines, and practically everywhere we looked in the community, we saw more pantyhose in 2011 than I think we saw in the previous 10 years. And if you want to see beautiful women in pantyhose, just do a google search, and you’ll find that pantyhose are indeed alive and well.
Pantyhose took us by storm in the late-1960s, absolutely ruled in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and enjoyed a good run through most of the ‘90s before “Sex and the City” reared its ugly head in 1998.
And, in the ’70s, no one did more for pantyhose than actress Catherine Bach in her role as Daisy Duke on the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Bach took sheer pantyhose to icon status, wearing them with her signature short-shorts and heels on the show.
It’s difficult to imagine how and why so many women in the world would try so hard to distance themselves from the look made famous by Bach.
Looking at this picture of Catherine Bach, I can’t see how anyone could believe that pantyhose are old-fashioned and irrelevant in society today. A look of sheer beauty and the truest sense of femininity is never irrelevant, and it never goes out of style.
I honestly didn’t believe the bear legs culture would catch on, and I never dreamed it would flourish, almost to the demise of pantyhose.
It has taken a great deal longer than I imagined, but women have begun coming to their senses again. That was clear in 2010, and never more evident than during 2011.
Still, through the darkest times of the 2000 decade, I was so pleased and encouraged by the vast number of men throughout the world voicing their displeasure over the bear legs movement. There are thousands of pantyhose forums, websites and blogs about the love and devotion that (at least) men feel for pantyhose.
I still can’t believe that so many women don’t seem to care that seemingly 99 percent of the male population loves them in pantyhose. The fact that women almost universally reject the beauty, femininity, class, elegance, and sensual characteristics inherent in pantyhose remains a complete mystery to me.
I should acknowledge that, along the way, there have been many women who never bought into the bear legs culture. Occasionally, I read on an online forum about a woman or two who, like me, just don’t get the hostility other women have toward pantyhose. It is so heartwarming and encouraging to read the words of some women who say they love pantyhose, and the attention and appreciation they get from wearing pantyhose for men who love it so much. We can’t know about these everyday women on a large scale, so unfortunately, I cannot give them the praise they deserve. Still, we know they’re out there, so if you’re reading, thank you for remaining professional at the office, classy about town and always feminine in all situations.
Similarly, I’ve been delighted and encouraged by all the support from readers of The ActSensuous Blog this year. I greatly appreciate all your comments, compliments and well wishes. So, in addition to my usual ranting and raving about celebs and the state of the pantyhose industry, in this year-in-review post, I want to share with you some things you might find interesting – the stuff you guys contribute.
You guys write some well-conceived and thought-provoking comments. You have a real understanding of what’s going on in the world of pantyhose. You know the celebs who are devoted wearers, and you know the ones who aren’t. In many of your comments, you attach links to pictures, videos and online articles about pantyhose.
I love it when you write about a colleague at work who routinely wears, or doesn’t. I love when you write about your most memorable pantyhose experiences and the affects they had on you.
And, of course, I appreciate all the nice things you write about my different posts. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t think you cared and appreciated it. So thank you for all your support.
In case you ever wondered, most of those who comment on my blog are not ActSensuous customers. Sometimes, it’s a bit embarrassing when a customer writes a comment and closes with how much he loves our products and our customer service. I’m not asking for that, but it’s always nice to read the positive feedback, and I am sure it’s good for business. So, to those customers/readers, I’ll say this: That’s not what the blog is about, you don’t have to endorse us in your comments, but I know it comes from the heart, and I do appreciate very much your good intentions.
One reader complimented me a long time ago for keeping the blog separate from the business. I never expected anyone to notice or care about that, but I always appreciated that this guy got it and pointed it out. In fact, of the 48 (before this one) posts I’ve written since May 2009, only one was blatantly about ActSensuous – the one on April 25, 2011, called “Return of Pantyhose TV ads a Good Sign.” In it, I shared my vision (OK, fantasy) of having a celebrity become the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous. I wrote about the celebs I’d choose if I could. That post was pretty popular and got some good comments, but I really thought it would get more response from you, telling me which celeb you thought would be perfect to represent ActSensuous.
And that leads me to this:
I thought polls would be a good way to be heard for those who don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on a blog post. What could be more anonymous than that? Even I don’t know who clicks an answer on a poll on my blog. Yet, the response numbers seem low to me.
To those who have voted on my various polls, I thank you. Your answers to the poll questions – your voice – give me an insight as to what you think about the state of pantyhose in society today. To demonstrate that point, I’ll share with you the results of some of those polls, starting with:
- “Which celebrity would be perfect to represent ActSensuous?”
Of the 50 votes this poll generated, Anne Hathaway garnered 14 (30%). To put that in perspective, the next highest vote-getter was Milla Jovovich with 9 (20%).
They beat out the likes of Sandra Bullock, Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, and four write-in names: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Christie Brinkley and Morena Baccarin.
I was not surprised you chose Anne Hathaway. I love that, even though she is so young, she gets it. While probably every celeb has her days when she just isn’t going to wear for any occasion, Anne is pretty consistent. She has the maturity, the class and sense of femininity to wear for all the right reasons and at the right venues. I believe Anne has a bright future as a Hollywood star, and I’d be proud to have her represent ActSensuous.
Of course I love Milla Jovovich. She is beautiful, extremely professional, ultra classy and just plain cool. She is a great actress, and if the truth were known, I’d choose her if I could.
Of the others, I love Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li, and I would be thrilled if any of them would even consider being the face (legs) of a pantyhose campaign, but that seems rather remote to me.
Now, Christie Brinkley as the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous ….. that seems pretty realistic and very appealing to me. I’ve always liked Christie. She’s always been extremely professional, very classy and ultra feminine.
I would have thought the same thing about Morena Baccarin, but even though she can always be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose with her outfits in TV series (“The Visitors” and “Homeland”), I’ve never seen her wear during visits on late night talk shows. I find that so frustrating because it kills my image of her. I want to believe she is what I see in her TV roles, but have to face the reality that when she’s on her own time, she chooses not to wear. That amazes me because she looks 100 times better in pantyhose. Then again, isn’t that true of all of them?
- “Which Celebrity do you most want to see in pantyhose?”
This poll generated 91 votes, of which Sandra Bullock took 34 (37%).
She overwhelmed the likes of Jessica Alba with 22 votes (24%), Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Kidman, Bai Ling, and seven write-in answers, including Fran Drescher, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Bette Middler, and Jenna Fisher.
Good for Sandra Bullock to win that poll.
It goes to show the popularity of the veteran action, dramatic and comedic actress among the ranks of pantyhose lovers.
Why not? Sandra always has had the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose for the right occasions.
I would have liked to see Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling and Lucy Liu score higher, but they do in the next poll.
- “Which Asian actress do you most want to see wearing pantyhose?”
Out of 34 total votes (only 34 – what’s wrong with you people?), Lucy Liu won with 13 votes (38%).
Very impressive, as she beat out whom I think is the world’s most gorgeous woman, Zhang Ziyi, who came in second with 8 votes (24%).
This poll was won because of the popularity/familiarity of Lucy Liu. I mean who doesn’t love her?
Ironically, from what I’ve observed, Ziyi is a much more prolific wearer of pantyhose than Lucy will ever be.
In fact, as much as I adore Lucy Liu, she breaks my heart by doing the bear legs thing much more often than wearing pantyhose.
Further, it seems the rare occasion on which we see Lucy Liu in pantyhose, she’s wearing the thick, black ones. Yet, to behold her in sheer nude pantyhose is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. At least the black pantyhose she’s wearing in this photo are fairly sheer.
Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Rush Hour 2”) is only just becoming known to Western audiences, and since she lives in China, she’s not quite the household name Lucy Liu is.
But Ziyi is the Asian actress I most want to see in pantyhose. To me, she is total perfection.
Other vote-getters in this poll were Tia Carrere, Michelle Yeoh, Devon Aoki, Bai Ling, Gong Li, Maggie Q, Karen Mok and Brenda Song.
Besides Zhang Ziyi, I next most want to see Michelle Yeoh in pantyhose. I still love her more than any other Asian actress, and she is simply awesome in pantyhose, although, sadly, that’s a rare sight these days.
It’s so frustrating that Maggie Q doesn’t wear pantyhose on her hit show, “Nikita,” (or any other thing I’ve ever seen her in.) There was a time (early 1990s) when Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World,” “High School High,” “True Lies”) was the most beautiful thing that pantyhose ever happened to, but those days appear to be long gone. I would guess most of you have no clue as to who Karen Mok is (“Black Mask” and “So Close”), but someday I’ll do a whole post about her.
Young model/actress Devon Aoki (“Debs” is my favorite movie of hers) is a frequent pantyhose wearer and looks amazing in them. I haven’t seen enough of Brenda Song, but it’s neat that someone voted for her.
I love Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Karen Mok, and they all look fabulous in pantyhose, but to me, there is just something truly remarkable about seeing Bai Ling in pantyhose. Maybe that’s because it’s so unexpected.
Bai Ling is an enigma.
She is extremely intelligent and has great talent. She is incredibly beautiful. But she fits in perfectly within the Hollyweird culture. I don’t really get her, but I can’t help but love her.
She is known for wearing the skimpiest and strangest outfits, and looking awesome in them.
But when she wears pantyhose, it is so heartwarming to me. She kills me in a good way.
- “Pantyhose – To Wear or Not to Wear (ladies only please)”
This was not the poll that saw the widest margin of victory, but the winning answer got 19 of the 24 votes (79%). The winner, I’m happy to say, is this answer:
“I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose.” Coming in second was the answer: “I am not on one side or the other and would wear or not wear pantyhose based on the appropriateness of the situation/environment.” That answer got 3 votes (13%).
I wrote (ladies only please) at the end of the poll question because I knew what answer men would give, and I really wanted to see what women would say. I always wondered if the votes were indeed by women only. I don’t know, but there were 2 votes (8%) for the answer: “I choose not to on my own personal volition because I think pantyhose are uncomfortable, impractical and/or unnecessary.” We know women cast that vote.
But here’s the real news: Not a single vote came in for the answers: “I choose not to because I believe in and completely support the cause for the bare legs movement … period;” or for: “I choose not to because the excuse now exists thanks to the bare legs movement.”
Hey, I’ll take our minor victories anywhere I can get them.
- Today’s “Bear Legs culture:”
This is the poll, attached to the post “Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,” that launched my whole “bear” legs terminology. The answer that won this poll was: “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough.” Still, it got only 60 votes out of 110 (55%). Taking second place with 26 votes (24%) was the answer: “Is to punish men (for being men).” Sorry about that, guys.
OK, are you wondering what poll got the most activity and won by the very widest margin? This won’t come as a surprise to most of you. It was attached to my first (and arguably best) post of 2011 (Jan. 9), titled “Why Not Pantyhose and Open-Toe High Heels?” This post still gets comments and generates discussions, remaining one of the most popular on this blog.
- “Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?”
This poll generated 160 votes – by far, the most activity of all the other polls. The winner was the answer: “Absolutely! Yes, please!” You gave that answer 151 votes (94%). I’m so proud. Getting only 7 votes (4%) was the answer: “No way! No How! Never!” And just 2 voters (1%) selected the answer: “Who cares?”
More than any of my other posts, “Why Not Pantyhose with Open-Toe High Heels?” struck a huge chord with you. This was the post in which I first bashed all the so-called “fashion experts” for making up hard and fast rules that dictate what they say is acceptable or not for you to wear. That anyone listens to these people is unfathomable to me.
I had no idea when I wrote it that this post would generate so many comments and poll votes. I am so glad you overwhelmingly support the wearing of pantyhose with dress sandals.
Even more, I love it when celebs (by far the greatest influencers of fashion) completely disregard the advice of the “experts” and always wear pantyhose with open-toe heels.
Looking at the picture of Paula Abdul, I can’t imagine how there could be even a few people out there who still think this look is wrong.
As much as I love my self-appointed mission of being the voice of hope and reason for the return of pantyhose to favor in all aspects of society, I couldn’t write this blog without your participation. I try to make my posts compelling and entertaining, hoping to generate comments and discussion among you. And I throw in polls to give you another avenue to express your views about pantyhose.
Sometimes, when more time than usual goes by between posts, I’m struggling to stay motivated or to come up with something I think you’ll care about. The point is I do this for you. I hope you will continue to contribute, and I hope more of you will get involved.
Finally, I could say this (and probably will) until I turn blue, but we owe our thanks to so many wonderful celebrities all over the world who turned out in droves wearing pantyhose this year. There’s not enough space to acknowledge all of them, but let me recognize a few we couldn’t have done without this year.
Ann Curry: She is beautiful, classy and professional. We owe her so much gratitude for keeping the bar high in TV journalism.
Carly Foulkes, the beloved T-Mobile Girl: Now we know it wasn’t a fluke. I don’t know how many commercials she’s made now, but she’s always in one of those famous pink dresses, with awesome pumps and sheer nude pantyhose. She’s a young hottie who potentially can influence an entire generation to dress more femininely.
Julianna Margulies: She has always been professional and classy, and now, as the star of “The Good Wife,” she can do no wrong.
She’s a great actor on arguably the best show on TV, and so, in her we have a highly visible celeb who wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose.
Hopefully, Julianna will influence those career women who don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing up for work with bear legs.
What I like most about Julianna is that not only does she always wear pantyhose on the job, but also out in public and on late night talk shows. She’s truly a devoted wearer.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and other young professional entertainers are doing the right thing.
Perry and Gaga, and Paula Abdul are practically pantyhose ambassadors because they wear not only on stage, but also out in the public eye.
These women are priceless contributors to our cause.
Kate Middleton: Obviously, much has been made of her commitment to wearing pantyhose, and rightfully so. She clearly is all about class and elegance and doing the right thing. In all fairness, she may be the one woman who singlehandedly changes the course of pantyhose’s fate in global fashion circles.
Yes, 2011 was a great year for pantyhose. We’ve made up so much ground, and I am looking forward to more of the same in 2012 and beyond.
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Readers of this blog have come to know and appreciate my column, Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due, in which I heap loads of praise on some worthy celebrities for their devotion to wearing pantyhose.
And we’ve had some great ones, haven’t we? Ann Curry, Fran Drescher, The T-Mobile Girl (Carly Foulkes), Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, and Carrie Ann Inaba (for doing a complete 180 and finally wearing pantyhose on every episode of the game show “1 vs. 100,” which she hosted recently.)
Minus that headline, I’ve also glorified some other devoted pantyhose wearers, such as Anne Hathaway, Julianna Margulies, Milla Jovovich, Meredith Vieira, Katy Perry, Parker Posey, Linda Fiorentino, Kim Basinger, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. And there are many, many more who deserve such recognition.
Then, a couple of months ago, I introduced a whole different column. This one shines the spotlight on those celebs who completely miss the boat, just don’t get it, lack the finest sense of true femininity, and always miss opportunites to show some real professionalism, elegance or class.
So, for only the second time, I am handing out the coveted (NOT) ActSensuous Grizzly Award.
And this time, the hardware goes to one Stacy London.
That’s right, the co-host of TV’s “What Not to Wear,” a reality makeover show, in which London and her wonder boy sidekick, Clinton Kelly, use their superior brains and good taste (yes, I’m being sarcastic here) to completely trash the wardrobe of their guests and reinvent them in their own fashionwise images.
And, as many normal people have written in comments to online postings by or about these two “fashion experts,” they often do it in a completely arrogant and insulting manner.
As readers of this blog know, I despise so-called “fashion experts” who make universal rules and tell everyone what they can and cannot wear, as if their likes or dislikes about fashion trends are somehow more appropriate and obviously more sound than what anyone else on the planet thinks. It’s “fashion experts” like these two who’ve come up with the “rule” that one can never wear pantyhose with open-toe high heel dress shoes — a rule that, incidentally, is almost never followed by anyone with half a brain, and one that is standing up less and less to scrutiny everywhere.
So Stacy London, possibly the queen of all “fashion experts,” gets the second Grizzly Award (after Sarah Jessica Parker for obvious reasons)? But it’s not just because she’s a “fashion expert.” Rather, it’s because she’s on record as stating that she likes bare legs for all seasons. That, and she’s using her credentials and influence to further her own agenda — a personal dislike and distaste for pantyhose as a fashion accessory.
Here’s are a couple of excerpts from a 2008 segment of TODAY.com where London is a style contributor, answering readers’ questions about fashion:
Q: I was watching “What Not to Wear” when you appeared horrified by the idea of wearing hose. I know it’s not really the style now to wear nylons, but I have terrible spider veins on my white legs. What do I do now that skirts are knee-length and those veins are so obvious? Any advice?
A: First of all, the only hose I really hate are the semi-sheer ones in suntan or black. They look dated and remind me of a time when women would walk to work in their suits, those hose, white sweat socks and white leather aerobic sneakers. Blech. Might as well throw in a whole can of hairspray, too. Too ’80s! Stay away from anything that has a mid-range denier number that indicates the sheerness of the hose (10 is very sheer, 30 is semi-sheer and 50 is opaque).
I recommend a good self-tanner for the pale-leg situation, but also realize that won’t help with spider veins. Look for opaque tights and try them in a subtle color, like a burgundy or deep purple, when wearing a neutral-color knee-length skirt or suit. They will hide your legs and add a visual punch to your outfits!
Q: You indicated that pantyhose were no longer proper attire. You stated that in summer, go with bare legs and in winter, wear tights. I enjoy wearing pantyhose and want to know if I am old-fashioned if I wear them?
A: I did not mean to indicate in my last segment that pantyhose are no longer appropriate attire. My feeling is that those that are considered day sheer or mid-denier don’t look modern, but a bit dated. The denier number on hose shows you how sheer the stocking will be. The lower the number, the more sheer they are.
For example, a denier of 10 will be supersheer. These are great for evening, especially with a little shine or a back seam, as they look natural and simply enhance the legs for evening. A denier of 30, is what I have most trouble with; it’s neither here nor there. It’s not sheer. It’s not opaque. You know? It’s like a relationship: Either you’re in or you’re out. This wishy-washy sheerness dates an outfit to the ’70s or ’80s, when this style was most popular. But when you get to a denier of 50 or above, and the stocking is clearly opaque, I think this becomes a more modern and relevant look. A shiny tight like this can be used for day or evening.
OK, first, the country’s leading fashion expert comes out and blatantly tells women to go with bare legs in the summer? She also tells women to use self-tanner for pale legs? Seriously? Second, she recommends opague tights in a subtle color, “like burgundy or deep purple?” (Those colors are subtle?)
Hey, look, I respect others’ opinions, and the fact that London is considered a fashion expert, if that’s her best advice about leg coverings, then too bad for her and anyone who listens to her. While I completely disagree with London about everything she says about pantyhose, I’ve got no problem with her actually saying it. She’s entitled to say what she wants. Where I have a problem with her is on her point about denier ratings.
She specifically says that it’s pantyhose with a denier rating of 30 that she finds objectionable. She even cautions “If they come in an egg, you don’t want to wear them,” referring to the L’Eggs brand (owned by Hanes) of the 1970s and 80s. But she’s wrong. L’Eggs and their competitors (the most widely-known one being No Nonsense) made their pantyhose in a 20 denier rating.
As she said, denier rating determines how sheer the nylon fabric is. The lower the number, the more sheer the pantyhose. When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I looked into the 10 denier rating she referred to, and yes, they are super sheer, but the fabric is coarse and not very natural looking. They are not soft or silky at all, and while there may be a market for them, it’s not a very big one. You almost never see anyone wearing pantyhose like these. And, yes, denier ratings as high as 50 are available, but they are tights that are thick and, in my view, not suitable in some venues, such as a formal dinner engagement, nor for proper business attire.
No, my problem with London’s remarks are about the pantyhose of the 1970s and 80s being so awful. I loved pantyhose in the 70s and 80s, and I’ve never known of a 30 denier rating. But what do I know? The pantyhose of those decades were made almost entirely of 100 percent nylon fabric in a 20 denier, which is exactly why I made ActSensuous in a 20 denier. I think those are precisely the kind of pantyhose that true pantyhose lovers love. Those are the style, the look and the feel that we all miss. Maybe London meant to say a 20 denier rating is what is so awful.
By the way, ActSensuous has hundreds and hundreds of customers from all over the world, literally from Atlanta to Bangkok, from California to Denmark, from New York to New Zealand. We’re big in England, France and Australia. We have customers from China, Korea and Japan. I don’t think there is a country in which we don’t have customers. And they all tell us ActSensuous are the softest, sheerest and sexiest pantyhose they’ve worn. But, really, what do we all know? We’re not “fashion experts” like Stacy London and Boy Wonder.
In doing the research for this post, I ran across this forum on the Internet:
To the question: “What’s your honest opinion of Stacy London and Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear? Do you like this Show …?, most answers were negative, but even some of the supportive ones came out against their obvious negative slant against pantyhose.
I particularly love this response:
… Why is (Clinton Kelly) telling me what all men find sexually alluring on women?
A lot of gay men know a lot about fashion, but to get such advice on that subject, I would like a 2nd & 3rd & straight opinion.
… These two complete followers of Brittany and Sarah Jessica Parker have agreed that they do not like pantyhose, (fine), however, they dictate to their audience and columns that, “No one likes them.” “Everyone looks bad in them.” Etc…
I think my legs are my best feature and every boyfriend I have ever had have all confessed to me, after that shyness period passed, that they were all ‘ga ga’ for me (girls in general) when wearing sheer silky pantyhose (hence my nickname, given to me by my current boyfriend sitting kind of to the side here & still a little shy) and tights, but mostly the sheer nude/tan/beige hues.
Lastly, the show was/is not only incorrect on so many levels, but caters to and from their mindset only. Falling into this show would have you most likely ending up as a follower. Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Be stylish. Be sexy. Be yourself. Not what they insist on.
Let me tell you something: this LindsaySheers gets it. Good for her.
You know, I want to like Stacy London.
She’s a beautiful and charismatic woman, she’s very intelligent, and she has accomplished great things in her life.
Before co-hosting “What Not to Wear,” she started her career as an editor at Vogue magazine, then, became a stylist for celebrities and designers, then, a fashion contributor on many Today show formats.
She is or has been a spokeswoman for several brands, including Revlon, Pantene, Woolite and Dr. Scholl’s® For Her Comfort Insoles.
Along with Kelly, she’s written a book, “Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body.”
I actually felt a little bad when I named Sarah Jessica Parker the first recipient of the ActSensuous Grizzly Awards because, when researching her for the piece, I actually found several pictures of her wearing pantyhose. That’s right, the one celeb universally “credited” with creating the bare legs culture with her “Sex and the City” TV series and movies, actually wears pantyhose fairly regularly. It was more symbolic that SJP had to get the first Grizzly Award.
But I don’t have any reluctance about bestowing upon Stacy London the second Grizzly Award. I can’t find a single photo of her wearing pantyhose. Granted, some of the pics of her on the Internet are of low resolution and too small a file to really be able to tell if she’s wearing or not. But based on everything London says and stands for, I am pretty sure she is not wearing pantyhose in any of the pics on the Internet. Certainly, she comes across as if she hates pantyhose, thinks they are old-fashioned and irrelevant today.
I liked “What Not to Wear” when it debuted in 2002.
I watched quite a few episodes and I remember longing to see London wearing pantyhose with those beautiful dresses and high heels she always wore. But it never happened.
I thought that was such a missed opportunity on her part — a chance for her to show professionalism, class and elegance in the role she held. But, to her, it wasn’t a missed opportunity at all.
This lady just doesn’t believe in pantyhose … period.
Like LindsaySheers, I too was upset and offended when I saw a video of London and Boy Wonder “explaining how to wear pantyhose,” especially when they admitted the video was made only because they were getting so many inquiries from consumers about why they never talked about pantyhose. Then, when they said that nobody looks good in suntan pantyhose and no one should ever wear them, I realized that there is probably no one more deserving of the second ActSensuous Grizzly Award than Stacy London.
Here’s that video:
So, what do you think? Could there be a more worthy recipient of the ActSensuous Grizzly Awards than Stacy London?