Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due II — Going Ga-Ga over the Lady

Known for some outlandish costumes, Lady Gaga is a true pantyhose ambassador on and off the stage.

     After just my second ever blog post (June 2009), Calling out Professional Entertainers, in which I blamed Sarah Jessica Parker (yuk) for creating the “bare legs culture” with her TV series, “Sex and the City,” I’ve been dilligent in criticizing celebrities who buy into this awful trend.  

     Then, in August 2009, I wrote the post, Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due, giving props to some special celebs who are classy and professional enough to wear pantyhose.  I praised the likes of Olivia Munn (co-host of Attack of the Show) and model/actress Milla Jovovich. 

     Obviously, there are many celebs who deserve such praise.  I particularly appreciate and like very much Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock and Linda Fiorentino.  And, even though I don’t see these two pantyhose goddesses much anymore, I’ll always love Kim Basinger and Geena Davis.  Then, there’s Parker Posey, once known as Miss Pantyhose.  These actors have the class and elegance to always wear pantyhose on the set.  I know you have your favorites, too.  (You gotta write in and tell us who.)

     But today’s post is devoted to one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also  known as Lady Gaga.   You know the story:  She has exploded on the dance music scene with four No. 1 hits off her debut album, “The Fame,” has won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, has written songs for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls and others, and has become one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2009.”  And she’s just 23 years old. 

      From what I’ve read and heard in interviews with her, Lady Gaga is more than just a flashy new entertainment phenom.  Already, she is a dance, music, entertainment, fashion icon.  She is wise beyond her years, probably an old soul in a young body.  

     You might not like her music, her dancing, her fashion designs, her lifestyle, or her outspoken ways, but you gotta admit she is a force, and a successful one at that.   I do like her sound, her look, and her style.  What I really like is her sense of values.  First, she is devoted to her mother, father and sister.  Second, she is committed to dressing up all the time, and she is a devoted wearer of pantyhose – not just on stage, but everywhere she’s seen.  

     Consider this quote from Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls during an interview last month with Elle Magazine

     “She (Lady Gaga) is incredible … We’ll be at the airport and she’ll have full fishnets … on even then. I’ll be there with my hair tied up, old sweatpants and top that doesn’t even match, and she’s there in fishnets and not much else.”   

     Said Lady Gaga:  

     “When I meet celebrities and they’re in casual clothes, I’m always like: ‘Whaaat?’ I don’t mean to be judgmental, but it would do them better to be who they really are, all the time. This is really who I am all the time. When I get out of a car and there are 30 fans waiting for me, I know I’m dressed the way I should be. There’s a reason they have that emotional reaction.   I think you should look nice all the time.”

      Lady Gaga has even publicly promised we won’t see her wearing pants.  Her commitment to look good for her fans and to always present herself with class and style whenever she’s in public, to me, is very admirable.  And she’s only 23. 

      I remember when the “bare legs” movement was just gathering steam in the mid-1990s, some show biz industry columnist wrote something to the effect that it would take a young entertainer, “maybe like a Britney Spears,” who would wear pantyhose on a regular basis to set an example for young women, who otherwise might never even consider wearing pantyhose. 

     I never forgot that statement, pretty much figured it would never happen, and now, truly appreciate Lady Gaga’s sense of glamour and style for creating some much-needed press about pantyhose.  

“I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at a time,” she told Elle Magazine last month.

 I don’t know about you, but I’m ga-ga over Lady Gaga.

20 thoughts on “Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due II — Going Ga-Ga over the Lady

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    • Wow, thanks for your comment, Gina. Nice to know my work has some real meaning to some, rather than being just entertaining. Welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.

      Most of our readers are men (surprise!), and they often lament the fact that there are so few comments from the ladies. Nice to know that men are so interested in, and even crave, the female perspective on this topic that is so significant to them.

      Take care.


  • I think Gaga helps the cause. She may be a little on the crazy side and out of this world side also. I like seeing her in pantyhose and she can continue to wear them and help the cause.

  • Hi AJ
    Thank you for your comments…

    I would like to say… I am a truther not a conspiracy theorist. See the world as it really is.. Not as we given..

    It is not only the music industry that has a lot of deception.. Here is a few others.. Banking..Medicine..Television..Schooling..Government.. Law..Etc..

    Two Quotes from a dictator from the past..

    “The more often and bigger the lies..The more people will believe them”

    “Lucky for leaders.. Men do not think for themselves”

    Lady Gaga and pantyhose.. Yes i do think that she is good for pantyhose wearing..

    One thing i cannot get my head around is that in some picture she looks like that she has a penis bulge and in others not..
    There has to be a reason or a meaning behind this.. The only word that comes to my mind is “unisex”

    Take Care

  • Hello Everyone
    Everyone please accept my deep apologies..
    I had no right to bring up the Babylon System on a pantyhose blog..
    I was only trying to give you the truth what goes on in the music industry..
    A good part of the music industry is just a fake..
    People are picked out and groomed into how to be a pop star.. How to act.. Songs are written for them to sing..What to wear.. etc.. Just puppets on strings.

    Bob Marley’s “Babylon System” song…

    “Freedom” Is to truly express yourself.. Not to be controlled by the people who pay you.. You have very little freedom

    “Vampires” Is the music industry.. They make all the money and give you very little.. They just suck all the blood(money) from you..

    “Tell the children the truth” This is the part about controlling and influencing people.. Tell the children the truth.. Not a fake lie..

    Lady Gaga.. I am very sorry if i have offended anyone..
    I will not go much further on this subject..
    She uses a lot of subliminal suggestion.. A very powerful tool..
    The covering of one eye a lot and wearing a telephone on your head.. Are just a few clues..

    Yes she will change attitudes about wearing pantyhose..

    A famous Quote “What can you be made not to believe”…

    Take Care

    • Carl, no need to apologize. Expressing your perspective on Lady Gaga’s wearing of pantyhose and how it ties in to the music industry is a perfect example of what this blog is all about. Not everyone may understand your viewpoint or agree with it, but it is most welcome here. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and keep them coming! Robin

      • Absolutely no need to apologize, Carl and thanks for clarifying your points.

        So are you saying that there may be some string pulling going on as far as Lady GaGa is concerned, or was that a comment about the music biz in general? I have not seen many interviews with Lady GaGa, but she seems to be following in the path of Madonna, who likewise wears attention-getting outfits, including pantyhose,on a regular basis. Thankfully for me the visuals partially compensate for music I have a hard time listening to!

  • Good points, Robin! And I certainly am a fan of some of her outfits, especially when lots of legs in pantyhose can be seen, so I likewise applaud her “ambassador role”. If she remains popular, it will be interesting to see if she influences 20-somethings fashion sense, or general lack thereof these days…

  • “I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at a time,”

    Just for interest… When popular music is used to influence and change Society’s is called ” The Babylon System ”

    Take Care

    • Thank you for your comment, Carl. I’m not familiar with the “Babylon System.” Assuming that I’m not the only one who doesn’t know about this, please tell us more.

      Do you think Lady Gaga is a good ambassador for women wearing pantyhose?

      • Hi
        I am going to try and explain as simply as i can..
        Music is a very powerful media that can be used to Influence what people think and do..
        Bob Marley’s “Babylon System” song sums up a lot a lot of the truth about the music industry.. Read the lyrics

        We refuse to be
        What you wanted us to be;
        We are what we are:
        That’s the way it’s going to be. If you don’t know!
        You can’t educate I
        For no equal opportunity:
        (Talkin’ ’bout my freedom) Talkin’ ’bout my freedom,
        People freedom (freedom) and liberty!
        Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
        Rebel, rebel!
        Yes, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
        Rebel, rebel!

        Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
        Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
        Me say: de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
        Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
        Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! –
        Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
        Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers;
        Look out now: they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
        Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)

        Tell the children the truth;
        Tell the children the truth;
        Tell the children the truth right now!
        Come on and tell the children the truth;
        Tell the children the truth;
        Tell the children the truth;
        Tell the children the truth;
        Come on and tell the children the truth.

        Lady Gaga.. Positive for women and pantyhose..

      • So is the idea of mentioning Babylon System that music can influence pantyhose wearing? Not sure I see the connection?

        As for Lady GaGa, not a fan of her music and while I applaud her wearing pantyhose in public, many of her outfits are designed to be over the top to gather attention, so I have to wonder if her pantyhose gets lost in the buzz generated by her outfits.

        • Hi, AJ. Thanks for your comment.

          I don’t get the connection either. In fact, I don’t get anything about this at all. I certainly agree with Carl that music is a powerful medium that can influence what people think and do, but I don’t get how the lyrics of freedom, vampires and telling children the truth connect to Lady Gaga or pantyhose wearing.

          Regarding your point about whether Lady Gaga’s wearing of pantyhose possibly gets lost in the buzz generated by her over-the-top outfits, I don’t think so. I believe the very fact that her outfits are outlandish and intended to gather attention makes her devotion to wearing pantyhose all the more meaningful.

          Three things here:

          First, Lady Gaga is a true fashionista. She actually designs the outfits she and her fellow performers wear on tour specifically to capture the mood of a particular song or presentation. The fact that she sees pantyhose as an integral piece of the puzzle, whether the outfit is outlandish or not, is to me, very gratifying.

          Second, a young and exciting pop star advocating the wearing of pantyhose can only do good in influencing the social consciousness of young people about a fashion accessory we’ve seen all but disappear in the social, business and entertainment communities.

          Third, Lady Gaga has captured a diverse audience among the dance music genre, and whether one likes her music or not, here is a young entertainer who is devoted to many of the traditional values of a much older generation. You should watch the television interviews she does. She shows up in conservative, almost formal, dress, complete with high heels and pantyhose. She talks intelligently and thoughtfully about her love and commitment to her family, she advocates abstinence, and she believes it is her responsibility as an entertainer to always “dress nicely” for her fans during public appearances. How many far more conservative entertainers can you name who measure up to those standards?

          Like her or not, Lady Gaga is one of only a few true pantyhose ambassadors in the entertainment industry. I’m just glad she’s on our side.

  • I FINALLY got around to reading this blog about Lady Gaga — I’ve been so out of touch with American pop culture the last few years and that’s before I went overseas.

    Wow — where do I buy a post and a banner to carry for Lady Gaga? Forget about China — forget about Gong Li or Karen Mok — Lady Gaga, gimme a torch to carry for you. How perfect is that — talent, looks, fashion sense, and a committment to things such as pantyhose backed up by a fearlessness for getting her word out — my dream woman.

    In the time it took me to read this blog, she just took all things I had recently been blabbing about with respect to China and slammed the door shut on them, leading me by the hand to her corner. Oh, mighty is the Lady Gaga. And the photo with the shades — this is just about the most idyllic photo I’ve come across — flawlessly energizing.

    Lady, Lady I’m your newest fan.

  • Here’s an oldie but yet it speaks volumes. My kids were watching old “Partridge Family” episodes and I sat down to watch an episode and noticed that the Mom and oldest daughter often wore pantyhose.

    Now it is debateable as to whether or not they were “performers”, and since that show was a bit before my day, I don’t know if it was representative of women’s fashion in the early 70’s, or, it was television in a more formal age.

    Either way, it was surprising when they showed the public walking by, a majority of the women were wearing fairly short skirts/dresses and pantyhose. Almost the anti-Sex In The City!

  • Hi Dave,

    I always liked Madonna, too. (At least, I like her music.) She could always be counted on to wear pantyhose on stage and in movies.

    The same was true of Cyndi Lauper, and before her, Cher.

    I’m not a Britney Spears fan, so I don’t know, but I hear that she wears on stage (to what extent, I have no idea.)

    Now, Katy Perry, she’s another one I like. So young, yet, she “get’s it” too.

    Is there hope then? Are the examples being set by these popular young entertainers likely to influence girls to embrace pantyhose? I hope so.

    Thanks for your comment, Dave.

  • Lady GaGa is truly an amazing talent and is absolutely gorgeous on top of it all. She is a perfect pantyhose ambassador. Think of how Madonna impacted what young women wanted to wear. LG could have that same type of effect.

    Is it just me? I mean the whole bare leg look from “Sex in the City” is an odd paradox. The show is about 4 women and their disfunctional relationships with men. The girls insist on being bare legged, and the boyfriends all go insane because their girlfriends won’t wear pantyhose. LOL!! Just goes to show ya that pantyhose are not only sexy, they’re good for your health!

  • A few good ones. Thanks, Peter.

    Now, who else out there has some favorite actresses or celebrities who always can be counted on to wear pantyhose?

    Would love to know who you appreciate.

  • Of the many celebs that do wear hosiery quite often, and this includes Paris Hilton (yes, she is a pantyhose girl), I also love to see Hayden Panettiere or Kate Beckinsale (yum) and we can’t forget Katy Perry.

  • I’m gaga too. You can never underestimate what celebs and especially music stars have fashion wise over their fans. LG is just as big if not bigger in Europe and Europeans have a far better fashion sense than North Americans. Interesting to see how all this plays out.

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