UPDATE — Thursday Sept. 26, 2013:
OK, well, that was rather anti-climatic. Not only were there very few scenes of Lucy Liu wearing sheer nude pantyhose during tonight’s Season 2 premiere episode of “Elementary,” but no real great camera views.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t change the fact that Lucy Liu actually did wear sheer nude pantyhose for (the first time ever on the show?), and at least we have the still shots to enjoy what we didn’t get to see enough of during the actual episode.
Original post — Tuesday Sept. 24, 2013:
I know that at least some of you are like me (so sorry for that) in that you make decisions about which movies or TV shows you watch based on the likelihood of the female lead character wearing pantyhose.
Being a huge Lucy Liu fan, I have tried to watch the CBS reimagined Sherlock Holmes TV drama series, “Elementary,” in which she plays Dr. Joan Watson — a sober companion-turned-apprentice-detective to Holmes.
While I love Lucy Liu and think she’s a fine actress, I haven’t been able to stick with Elementary for two reasons:
First, she has too much of a backseat role for my liking; Second, I don’t care for her wardrobe (usually, some fluffy skirt, with ankle booties and thick, dark tights; sometimes, slightly not as thick and lighter-colored tights, but always the tights). Tights! Tights! Always, the tights.
This also appears to be Lucy Liu’s preferred real-life look — or worse, not with the tights even, as she all-too-often does the “bear” legs thing.
That’s a shame because when she occasionally dresses elegantly, and when she extremely rarely wears sheer pantyhose, Lucy Liu looks absolutely spectacular.
A sheer miracle
Now, something earth-shattering is about to happen. In this Thursday’s (Sept. 26) Season 2, Episode 1 premiere of Elementary at 10 p.m. on CBS, Dr. Watson is going to be wearing a fluffy dress, those goofy ankle booties and … wait for it … SHEER NUDE PANTYHOSE.
In the episode, “Step Nine:” Holmes and Watson travel to London to help a former mentor of Holmes’ investigate an unsolved mystery.
Now, since the show is on Thursday, I don’t know the details, but I was fortunate enough to find some pics from the scenes, which were shot last month. It’s a bit confusing because Watson is wearing two similar-looking outfits, one in New York, where the show is set, and the other during the London scenes.
During the scenes shot in NY, Watson is “bear”-legged, but while in London, she wears sheer nude pantyhose. Hmmmmm.
Two things here: First, most of the outfits Watson wears at least include tights, so why she appears out in the streets of NY in bear legs actually surprises me; Second, the fact that she wears pantyhose while in London is very interesting.
Is this a sign of respect directed toward Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, while on Kate’s turf? After all, it was Kate Middleton who almost single-handedly brought back, not only pantyhose, but more specifically, sheer nude or suntan pantyhose, to mostly the whole world. (Thanks again for that, Kate.)
And if this is a sign of respect, was it the decision of the costume designer of Elementary, or was it Lucy Liu’s decision or suggestion herself?
Either way, I’m happy, but I’d like to think that Lucy Liu wanted to wear sheer nude pantyhose.
Again, since we won’t see the show until Thursday, I don’t know how the bear legs outfit and the sheer nude pantyhose outfit are worn during the same episode. It sounds as if the show begins with Holmes and Watson traveling to London, so I don’t know whether the NY scenes come up first, or if it is after the characters’ return home, or perhaps, the NY scenes are in the following week in Epsidode 2.
Either way, it appears that the photos from both NY and London were shot around the same time last month. Well, we’ll see, but the thing that is particularly significant here is that this episode, or episodes will serve as a wonderful compare/contrast deal.
To actually have the opportunity of the whole Elementary-viewing public to see for themselves and compare/contrast Watson’s bear legs with pantyhose-adorned legs in one episode (or two), is fantastic.
And what a tremendous difference there is.
When I wrote earlier that I want it to have been Lucy Liu’s decision that she wear pantyhose for the London scenes, it’s because I hope that she didn’t care much for the way her legs look in the NY scenes. Do you realize the significance of that?
How many times have you read my words on this blog, expressing my dismay at how a celebrity could see herself on camera after going bear-legged and not say to herself afterward: “What was I thinking?”
Whether that happened in Lucy Liu’s case or not, Elementary has just gotten a great deal more interesting and appealing to me.
OK, I feel some of you slipping away. What’s the big deal whether she wears pantyhose or not, you ask?
Listen, I love Lucy Liu. I think she is an incredibly beautiful lady. And I think she’s beautiful whether she’s wearing pantyhose or not.
Check out those legs.
I adore Lucy Liu, and I think she’s got some world-class legs.
But, after seeing this picture of herself, do you really believe Lucy Liu would be happy with how she looked in this short a skirt … and bear legs?
It doesn’t mean she’s not still beautiful. It doesn’t mean she isn’t a wonderful actress and a great person.
So for those who wonder why it matters, this is why: Do you think Lucy Liu would go without makeup during a TV episode or a movie?
I doubt it. She’s a superstar. She’s always going to present herself in the best possible light.
And, just as makeup can improve every actor’s face, sheer pantyhose can enhance the beauty of every girl’s legs.
I’m not saying Lucy Liu should never go bear-legged. I am saying that when she wears sheer nude (or any skin tone shade) pantyhose, she goes from beautiful to incredibly amazing. That’s all.
Make a difference
Now, here’s where you come in. Here’s your homework assignment. Whether you’re a Lucy Liu fan or not; whether you like Elementary or not, you should tune in Thursday at 10 p.m. on CBS and watch this episode.
Let’s make the ratings skyrocket at least for this episode. Will that make a difference? Would anyone associated with the show realize that people watched because Dr. Watson finally wears sheer nude pantyhose on Elementary? Probably not, but it couldn’t hurt.
Maybe those of you who are Internet savvy will write in to the show, lauding Lucy Liu’s and/or the costume designer’s decision to dress Watson this way.
If nothing else, the sharp contrast between Lucy Liu’s bear legs and pantyhose-graced legs will be permanently preserved on filmprint for critical scrutiny. If anyone really cares. I do, and I know you do, too.
As of this writing, of the 45 votes you cast, 17 were for Lucy Liu (38%). The next highest vote-getters were Tia Carrere with 10 (22%), followed by Zhang Ziyi (my personal favorite) with 9 (20%). And the field included some other very impressive candidates.
Actually, I’m shocked that Gong Li got no votes. She looks amazing in pantyhose, but sadly, you won’t find many pics of her in them. One exception is in her role in the “Miami Vice” movie.
In any event, at least for one episode of Elementary, we get to see Lucy Liu in sheer nude pantyhose, and suddenly, all seems right in the world. I hope it leads to many more episodes in which she dresses this way.
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!
Miss the old days when pantyhose TV commercials were a staple of advertising during the 1970s, 80s and certainly into the 90s, but not since?
Well, Hanesbrands announced recently that its L’eggs brand will return to television commercials for the first time since 1997. “You’re in luck: You’re in L’eggs” apparently is the new message.
Is this an indication that pantyhose are officially back? Not exactly. An Associated Press article quoted a Hanesbrands report of a nearly 70 percent drop in sales in 2006 compared with the volume that the “Number One seller of hosiery” enjoyed in 1995.
And during the past several quarters, the company reported sales drops in sheer hosiery, including a 9 percent decrease during the fourth quarter of 2010 (reported on January 27, 2011), while innerwear, outerwear and men’s underwear all posted double-digit growth.
Still, there is reason for optimism, as noted in Hanesbrands’ announcement.
Apparently, the new L’eggs commercials follow an animated character as she prepares various outfits (each with pantyhose) for different parts of her day from dressing for the office to going out at night. The idea is to show how L’eggs pantyhose complement various fashion niches. Animated, huh? Hmmmmmmm.
I’ve often fantasized about how great if would be if a Hollywood actress endorsed ActSensuous? I don’t mean as an official spokesmodel. We’re not there yet. But it’s fun to imagine having a celebrity who makes it known that, when she wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.
I like to contemplate which star would be perfect for ActSensuous? While there are so many beautiful and glamorous celebs out there, the list of those who actually would be perfect for ActSensuous would seem to me to be quite small. That’s because, while any pantyhose looks fabulous on a beautiful celebrity, let’s face it – the Number One feature of ActSensuous is THEY’RE EXTREMELY SEXY!
Since ActSensuous are 100 percent nylon and completely sheer to waist, the actress who makes ActSensuous her preferred pantyhose would have to be … you know, really sexy! She couldn’t be just a beauty who has the class to always wear pantyhose, but rather, someone who truly “gets it;” someone who honestly believes that pantyhose are sexy.
See how the list would have to be a short one? Here are some of my favorite actresses, and the pros and cons about their being the right celebrity to represent ActSensuous:
Nicole Kidman – She is a very talented actress. She’s gorgeous and just oozes femininity.
She’s also very classy, which I like. She always wears pantyhose in all the right settings.
Yes, Nicole is one Hollywood actress I would love to see in ActSensuous pantyhose.
She is sexy, but does she really think pantyhose are sexy, or is it that she just has the class to always wear for the right occasions?
Nicole is “To Die For” in pantyhose, but I’m not sure she’d really be the perfect celeb for ActSensuous. But I do love the idea of it.
Julianna Margulies – She wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose for the camera or during a public appearance, which is reason enough for me to love her. And she’s a great actress. But do you think she sees pantyhose as sexy? I doubt it.
Parker Posey – A few years ago, she might have been the obvious choice. She actually carried the nickname “Miss Pantyhose” because of her devotion to wearing in her movies. I have to think that she is one who truly thinks pantyhose are sexy, which makes her perfect for ActSensuous. My only concern is that she isn’t as visible today as some of the other stars I’ve mentioned. But she remains a very intriguing possibility.
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Another talented actress whose beauty is compelling. She has so much class and grace. I never see her not wearing pantyhose for the right occasion. She’s sexy, but I think her commitment to wearing pantyhose is all about the class.
Lucy Liu – She is awesome! She is gorgeous, very sexy and just plain adorable. When she wears pantyhose and high heels with a suit or a dress in some of her TV or movie roles, she is incredible.
Unfortunately, I don’t see her in those outfits often enough, and rarely in pantyhose during public appearances or awards shows.
I love her, but sadly, I don’t really think of her as “a pantyhose girl.”
Michelle Yeoh – Maybe a few years ago. Today, I just never see her in pantyhose anymore.
I put her on my list because I love her more than any other actress. I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world for the many qualities she possesses. She epitomizes femininity, class, grace and elegance, while projecting a physically powerful persona.
Hollywood directors say she is the most professional actress out there, and she is completely genuine.
She looks awesome in a dress and pantyhose and high heels, but one would be hard pressed to see her dressed that way today. It hurts me to admit that she’s not the one to represent ActSensuous, but I’ll never make a list of beautiful and wonderful actresses that doesn’t include Michelle Yeoh.
Zhang Ziyi – If Michelle Yeoh is the most beautiful woman in the world, then Zhang Ziyi is the most gorgeous woman in the world.
Literally, from head to toe, Ziyi is total perfection. Most of the movies she’s in are kung fu period pieces, which means she’s wearing robes and pajamas.
But of all the stars out there, no one wears beautiful skirts, dresses or suits with pantyhose and high heels in real life as often as Ziyi.
Ziyi might not necessarily be “a pantyhose girl,” but she has the class and sense to always do what’s right and wear pantyhose for all public appearances.
She might not be the household name in the U.S. that Michelle Yeoh is, but her recent track record of appearing in Hollywood movies (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hero,” and “Rush Hour 2,”) makes it just a matter of time before she is.
She is magnificent in every way, and to be able to say that Zhang Ziyi wears ActSensuous pantyhose would make my mission in life complete.
Could it really happen? The very thought of it is too thrilling for me to be able to believe that it could.
Karen Mok – Someone who truly “gets it,” Karen Mok seems to live in pantyhose. She is ultra feminine, very lovely, and has killer legs.
Karen Who? Precisely. No one in the U.S. knows who this very talented Chinese singer/actress is. You might have seen her in Jet Li’s “Black Mask,” in which she plays a quirky library coworker to Li’s character.
Karen isn’t as known to us as the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Shu Qi because “Black Mask” might be the only “mainstream” movie she’s been in, but she’s huge throughout Asia.
Probably her best role was in “So Close,” a Chinese movie in which she starred, alongside Shu Qi.
Karen is brilliant. I think she speaks five languages. I believe it’s just a matter of time before Karen becomes more of a household name in the Western world. When she does, she’d be my choice to represent ActSensuous. As lovely as she is, she’s also very cute and has a great personality. But mostly, she exudes sexiness, and I would think as devoted to pantyhose as she is, she and ActSensuous would be a perfect match.
Milla Jovovich – Yes, Miss “Resident Evil” herself. Let me tell you, she is awesome. What’s not to love? She is beautiful and adorable.
She can shoot and kick zombie butt with the best of them, yet, she also does dress-up extremely well.
And not just in her movies. I’ve seen her wearing pantyhose during public appearances, awards shows and talk shows more than anyone.
Milla is cool, and she is HOT. I don’t know if she thinks pantyhose are sexy, but from what I’ve seen of her, I wouldn’t doubt it. One thing is for sure: She is incredibly sexy in them.
It would be awesome to say that when Milla Jovovich wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.
Bai Ling – I know what you’re thinking … Bai Ling? Seriously? YES! I mean she is a little wild, a bit strange, definitely out there. But she is unique and really cool, and I just love Bai Ling.
For one thing, she is a fine actress. I’m not kidding. If you don’t think so, you probably haven’t seen her in “Red Corner” opposite Richard Gere, or “Paris.” Those were excellent roles for her and she was fantastic in them.
Bai has tremendous talent. It’s just that she usually doesn’t choose quality roles or well-written screenplays.
Bai always seems to wear wild outfits, but she is a breathtakingly beautiful girl and she’s got gorgeous legs and feet.
And in the few times I’ve seen her in a pretty outfit with pantyhose and high heels, she’s unreal.
She might not give pantyhose much thought, but I’ll bet that when she does, she’d prefer to wear pantyhose that were created and designed to be very sexy. Just like she is.
Yes, when it is all said and done, I can’t help but feel that Bai Ling belongs in ActSensuous pantyhose. If I could have whomever I wanted, I would choose Bai Ling to be the Hollywood actress who makes it known that when she wears pantyhose, she wears ActSensuous.
Please, someone get me Bai Ling.
NOTE: There certainly are other suspects I’ve considered, but I left them out for space reasons. But here are a few who deserve honorable mention:
Obvioulsy, I love Sandra Bullock, but while she most often wears pantyhose in movies and sometimes during public appearances, she’s another one who I think chooses to do so because she has class and professionalism. I don’t really consider Sandra a “pantyhose girl.
Named one of the “50 Most Beautiful Women in the World,” Chinese actress Gong Li is amazing. She is devastatingly gorgeous and looks incredible in pantyhose and heels.
Unfortunately, it’s not often one can see her in pantyhose when she makes public appearances, but this one at right, makes me wonder why she doesn’t show off this look all the time.
While she is a superstar throughout Asia, she’s been in a few Hollywood movies, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hanibal” and “Miami Vice,” where she looked stunning in a suit and pantyhose and heels.
In the end though, I’ve seen too many cases where Gong Li embraces the bare legs look in the public spotlight, which, of course, means she’s not the most likely candidate to represent ActSensuous.
Finally, I just adore Chinese-American Hollywood actress Joan Chen. I’ve never seen her in a movie in which she didn’t wear beautiful dresses and pantyhose and high heels. She is so gorgeous and glamorous, but I can’t find one photo of her wearing pantyhose in public. Not one.
I am so intrigued by her, but she has become too Americanized and follows the trend of most Hollywood actresses in doing the bare legs thing. To me, that is just sad.
Tell us, who do you think should be the celebrity who, when she wears pantyhose, chooses to wear ActSensuous?
Since I started my blog in May 2009, I’ve written 30 posts. I am really proud of a few of them: “Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,” “A good time to be Asian,” “Even Aliens wear Pantyhose.”
But the post that has been, by a wide margin, the most read, and seemingly, the most appreciated, is the one I wrote in January of this year, “Why not Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?” So, as 2010 comes to a close, and I want to finish as strongly as I began this year, I feel compelled to give you what you obviously want.
Now, please don’t think that I couldn’t come up with something fresh and so decided to reheat this one. OK, that’s actually pretty much the case, but seriously, during this entire year, I’ve been struck with what the stats show – that, when I have, for example, 200 visits in a day, 120 people read “Why not Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?”
Similarly, more readers have participated in the poll attached to that post than any of the others. And the results? As of this writing, of the 109 votes cast, 106 (97 percent) were for “Absolutely! Yes, please!” (to wearing pantyhose with open-toe high heels); only three were for “No way! No how! Never!” (3 percent); and zero for “Who cares?”
Because this post, and the ongoing debate over the subject, struck such a nerve with you, I decided to dig a bit further into the matter. In January, my post began this way:
Lately, I’ve read several posts on various blogs in which girls are asking for advice about what to wear to a special event. Often – and I love this – they are open to wearing pantyhose but for the fact that they want to wear some sexy open-toe high heels and believe one is not supposed to wear pantyhose with such shoes. Who made that rule?
Today, my question is: Who made these people “fashion experts?”
This time, instead of stating my views, I went the scientific route and visited some websites of fashion magazines. Like everything else on the Internet, you can find tons more information than you’re looking for, so if you want to see some of what I saw, you can write this in your Google search engine: top fashion experts on pantyhose and open-toe shoes
In the interest of keeping the length of this post reasonable, I’ve selected for your viewing pleasure just three excerpts of advice/opinions about the topic from “fashion experts.’’
Here’s the question posed to the experts: “Should you wear stockings with open-toe shoes?”
(Stockings? Who wears stockings today? I’m already offended. Why couldn’t they just write pantyhose?)
Below, you’ll see a direct quote from some of what these people wrote, a blurb about who they are and their qualifications, as well as mug shots where available, and my polite response to their idiotic statements.
- “I view it as one of the worst fashion offenses a woman can commit… “When I see a woman wearing stockings with open-toed shoes, my first thought is that she must have some kind of nasty toenail fungus or calves covered with varicose veins. Wearing stockings when it is not appropriate to wear stockings always makes it look as though you have some dirty little secret to hide. So if you must wear stockings, wear them with sensible shoes. And if you must wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toes are showing. After all, that is the whole point of open-toed shoes in the first place.”
(Marlin Bressi: An award-winning hairstylist and beauty expert whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers on several websites, such as Suite101.com, where he was Beauty Editor for two years.)
Hey, Marlin, it could be that the reason you used to be the beauty editor for two years is that someone finally discovered that you have no sense of fashion. “If you must wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toes are showing…” Uh, two things for you, dude: 1.) Toes most certainly will be showing in open-toe shoes; 2.) Toes do show through pantyhose. Nylon is sheer. That means they’re see-through. Go back to strumming your guitar and smoking dope, dope. By the way, nice outfit.
- “Breathless with anticipation and wondering if you can wear pantyhose with bare toes? Relax, take a breath. The answer is no. Pantyhose and bare toes are not complimentary.”
(Anne Warchol: A retired mother of three married children. People think I’m in my 30s, and I never tell them I’m 50.)
I got news for you, Anne. It aint just that people think you’re in your 30s. They also think you’re a moron. “…wondering if you can wear pantyhose with bare toes?” Seriously? You can’t even pose the question properly. Of course one can wear pantyhose with bare toes. What – you think pantyhose are usually worn over socks? “Pantyhose and bare toes are not complimentary.” Huh? Anne, you’re not only not qualified to weigh in on the topic at hand, you’re not qualified to leave your house. And get a hairdo.
- “Tights and stockings should not be paired together. No way. No how…”
(Chelia Copeland: Highly motivated, creative and versatile journalist with a graduate degree in journalism. Over five years of writing/editing experience at a variety of newspapers, magazines, web sites, publishing companies and organizations. No photo available.)
Chelia, you’re a journalist with a graduate degree in journalism? You’ve been a professional writer and an editor? Well, so have I, and when I see two mistakes in one paragraph, I stop reading. First, the issue is whether one should wear stockings with open-toe shoes, yet, your opening statement is “Tights and stockings should not be paired together.” Huh? Then, you write that you have “over” five years of writing/editing experience …” Didn’t you learn in journalism school that the word “over” refers to a position in space, such as over the hill, or over the rainbow? You should have written that you have “more than” five years of writing/editing experience …
Whenever professional writers get the little details wrong, they lose credibility in my book. You lost me after your first paragraph, and I stopped reading. So, while I don’t know why you are arguing against wearing hose with open-toe shoes, I really just don’t care what you have to say. You have no credibility with me because, if you’re this sloppy in your own profession, you’re not qualified to comment on what is or isn’t fashionable.
There, see how delicately I handled these so-called experts? Sorry, but I have little patience with stupid people – especially those who tout themselves as experts and then have the nerve to publish their views, despite the fact that they can’t construct a simple sentence. I mean one knucklehead wrote that wearing pantyhose with open-toe shoes is ugly because the “seem” shows. I guess he means the “seam.”
I wonder if any of these people have seen a woman wearing sheer pantyhose lately? In many cases, unless you get probably way too close and/or stare with great intensity, you can hardly tell if she’s wearing pantyhose or not. And today, even the seams are delicate and sheer. And what if they do show? I think it’s sexy.
Seriously, who made these people “fashion experts?”
As long as barely-educated windbags have a forum to express themselves, unfortunately, some women will be influenced by their stupid opinions. I should point out that, thankfully, there are several writers taking the exact opposite position, so perhaps it all balances out.
One positive about this raging debate is that there is one. I mean as long as so many women are asking, and so many “experts” are answering, at least it’s a good sign for pantyhose lovers that so many people care. Unfortunately, I believe the prevailing thought is this:
“The universal no-no is to never wear sheer nude hosiery with open toe shoes or strappy sandals — it just looks tacky.”
So states fashion expert Sharon Haver of www.focusonstyle.com
I disagree with her. Fortunately, so do many women who most influence fashion – actresses from throughout the world. Check out the celebrities below. Who’s going to tell them they are committing a fashion no-no?
Happy New Year, everyone!
Last year, in one of my first-ever blog posts, I wrote that I was going crazy for all things Asian – especially because Asian women appear to be much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than their Western counterparts.
I say it’s A Good Time to be Asian because it seems as if the whole world is discovering their selling power. Today, Asian women are highly visible and they’re everywhere:
They’re on television shows and in major motion pictures. All over the world, they are the face of every huge cosmetics company. They have at least a bit part in almost every TV commercial. They’re in every magazine, they’re on billboards, on staff at every news organization.
Why? Because they are practically perfect. They are beautiful, glamorous, sexy. They are the epitome of what’s female. They are classy, graceful, elegant. They are delicately beautiful, yet physically, mentally and emotionally powerful. They are awesome.
My best friend is Vietnamese. She is extremely intelligent (she has two bachelors degrees and a pilot’s license); she has a wonderful sense of humor, she is tons of fun to be around, and she is beautiful (although she doesn’t know it). She’s also totally devoted to her family. She gives and gives and never asks for anything for herself.
I have read about and seen documentaries about Asian culture, and I admire their work ethic, positive attitudes and commitment to values.
Mostly, I love their devotion to femininity. I’ve read that it is considered rude in Korea for women not to wear pantyhose in public. In Japan, women apparently embrace pantyhose not only at the office and during formal events, but (and I love this), also in everyday settings. Those of you who’ve read my blog know how I love watching Ninja Warrior because some of the female contestants wear pantyhose even though they know they are likely to fall into the muddy waters beneath the toughest obstacle course known to man. And even the female spectators sitting in the bleachers at the outdoors event can be seen in dresses or skirts and pantyhose.
But of all the Asian cultures, my heart still is owned by the Chinese. I’ve read more and seen more documentaries about China than any other Asian country. For me, it began a long time ago with my becoming a Bruce Lee fan, but that’s a whole other story.
I set my DVR to record anything starring Asian actresses. There are at least 30 Asian actresses (mostly Chinese) I regularly follow. Of course, I love Asian-American actresses like Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling, Sandra Oh and Joan Chen, but I also love many who are popular mostly in their own countries.
Below, I’ve put together a photo gallery for you of a few of the more famous Asian actresses wearing pantyhose. In the captions, which you can read by expanding the pictures, I’ve written a note about the movies you can see them in.
I’m sure I’ve left out a few of your favorites Asian actresses because of space issues. I would love to know who your favorite Asian actresses are.
(Have pictures of Asian actresses wearing pantyhose? If so, please email them to me at Robin@ActSensuous.com and I’ll use them in a future blog/gallery.)
What do you think? Is it A Good Time to be Asian?
“The judges have (get) their scores!
Carrie Ann Inaba . . . . . 4!”
I don’t watch the Tonight Show. I like Jay Leno OK, but I’m more of a Late Show with David Letterman fan. But for the first time ever, I watched the Tonight Show last night.
Why? Because I wanted to see if Carrie Ann Inaba would make me proud, or disappoint me. I fully expected to be disappointed, and I wasn’t disappointed, because she did disappoint me, as I expected.
See, I figured she’d wear some kind of short black dress during her appearance along with fellow judge Bruno Tonioli from the hit TV series Dancing with the Stars. A small part of me had held out hope that Carrie Ann would wear pantyhose, but I knew I was kidding myself.
Carrie Ann gets to hide behind long gowns and a desk as a judge on DWTS, so I suppose she’s pretty much off the hook with whether to wear pantyhose on the show. But I’ve seen a few photos of her during public appearances, and never have I seen her wearing pantyhose. So, as I feared, she is one of those brainwashed celebs who’ve jumped on the bare legs bandwagon.
Now, I hate to be judgmental. I mean she is a beautiful woman and she has tons of charm and personality. But her legs looked perfectly AWFUL last night.
And those shoes! I can never understand how so many women don’t seem to realize that big, cloddy shoes make their legs look so dumpy. Sheer pantyhose and pumps would have been so much more attractive, not to mention appropriate.
There are so many reasons I am bothered by Carrie Ann’s choosing to do the bare legs things:
- Lack of judgment, misplaced values, missed opportunity, no self awareness, no sense of pride in how she looks, or maybe she just doesn’t care
- She could have/should have been an ambassador for the No. 1 rated TV show she represents had she bothered to dress for the occasion. (She represents ballroom, which is a classy thing, yet, she must not think it deserves to be held in such a lofty place)
- Her willingness to follow the pack when she must have had better sense. (Didn’t her mother tell her she should wear pantyhose for the occasion?)
- She’s Asian, so I’d hoped she would know better
Those of you who’ve read my blogs know that I hold Asian women in the highest esteem. For one thing, Asian women appear to be more committed to femininity and have a higher sense of values than most of their Western counterparts. And Asian women are far more prolific wearers of pantyhose – in the office, on screen and in everyday life. Especially, Japanese women.
But, of course, I am speaking of “real” Asian women. Carrie Ann Inaba, of Chinese, Japanese and Irish descent, is too Westernized. She’s similar in that respect to Lucy Liu, whom I adore. And it pains me to have to say this but Lucy Liu, a Chinese-American woman who was born and grew up in New York, almost never wears pantyhose during the many charity events, awards ceremonies and other high profile venues she attends. At least, Lucy Liu wears pantyhose when it counts the most – her TV and movies appearances.
I think it’s sad that Carrie Ann doesn’t seem to care about her image. I really want to like Carrie Ann, but I’ve lost some respect for her.
Am I being too harsh? I welcome your comments. Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery from the Tonight Show:
Lately, I’ve read several posts on various blogs in which girls are asking for advice about what to wear to a special event. Often – and I love this – they are open to wearing pantyhose but for the fact that they want to wear some sexy open-toe high heels and believe one is not supposed to wear pantyhose with such shoes.
Who made that rule?
While pantyhose of the 1960s predominantly were made with a reinforced heel and toe, beginning in the early 1970s, pantyhose evolved to sheer heels and toes, specificially for wear with dress sandals.
In fact, some pantyhose are so sheer, it can be difficult to tell whether a woman is wearing them with open-toe high heels or not. And on a TV show or a movie, without a closeup, it’s practically impossible to tell.
I say it can be beautiful and extremely sexy to wear sheer pantyhose with open-toe high heels. Pantyhose can make nice legs lethal weapons. Likewise, they can make nice feet incredibly gorgeous and erotic. Remember, that’s the whole idea behind pantyhose – they enhance a woman’s natural beauty. Most guys get that. Funny how so many girls don’t seem to.
To support my case, I’ve attached this photo for your viewing pleasure. Now, you tell me ….. pantyhose, or no pantyhose, with open toe high heels?
Happy New Year, everyone.
Here’s a gallery of celebrities (what do they know?), who must not have gotten that memo about not wearing pantyhose with open-toe high heels. Enjoy!
That’s what I tell my best friend/employee. She’s Vietnamese-American, and an absolute doll.
You see, Asian women today are showing up everywhere in the world on TV, TV commericals, movies, magazines. Why? First, Asians are probably the world’s most beautiful women. Second, it seems they are much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than Westerners and all other nationalities.
Maybe it’s just part of the Asian culture – they seem to do everything elegantly and gracefully – and they appear to be much more professional-minded in the workplace, always wearing business suits, high heels and pantyhose. I read on the Internet that it’s considered rude in Korean culture for girls to show bare legs in public. I think I love Korea.
So, it’s a good time to be Asian because it seems like the whole world is discovering Asia. Not since the superhuman Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts and introduced it to movie audiences throughout the world and brought global attention and pride to China, has there been such an explosion of Asian talent in the mainstream media of today.
I admit, I am hooked. I can name 20 major Asian actresses off the top of my head. I’m sure I could think of many more if I really tried, but the ones I’m counting are well known (including Lucy Liu (love her), Sandra Oh, Joan Chen, Michelle Yeoh (OMG), Maggie Cheung, Gong Li (gorgeous is not enough of a compliment), Ziyi Zhang (the most perfect woman in the world), Bai Ling (wow), Shu Qi (adorable) and Maggie Q). Wow, all of them except Maggie Q (mostly Vietnamese) are Chinese. OK, so there’s Devin Aoki (Japanese) who starred in “D.E.B.S.,” and Jet Li’s “War.” And, one of my faves, Uhm Jung-hwa (Korean) who starred in “Princess Aurora” (an exciting, heartwrenching mystery/drama, which also is beautifully written and acted).
I’m trying to get our little Asian employee to model for us because she looks absolutely awesome in ActSensuous pantyhose, but she is so modest.
Quick Question: Would you like to see a gallery of pics of our lovely little Vietnamese girl modeling ActSensuous pantyhose? If so, please leave a comment below.
We have a few Asian customers, but I’d love to have many, many more. Please tell your Asian friends about ActSensuous. Also, I am pleading with our Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai customers out there: Send us photos of you wearing our beautiful, sexy and decidedly feminine pantyhose. I’d like to start an all-Asian models category of the gallery on our website. Please honor us with your beauty and grace.
What do you think, readers? Are you Asian crazy yet? Please click on the comment link below this post and tell us your thoughts. It’s completely anonymous to participate. Only the name you provide will appear along with your comment.