A Good Time to be Asian II


 
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     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?

Lady Gaga “a hit” at Yankee Stadium?


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     As I’ve written in this blog before, you may not love Lady Gaga, but you gotta hand it to her – she’s a force. 

     One of the things I admire about her is that she always wears pantyhose – not only on stage, but everywhere.  She’s showing no signs that her commitment to (in her own words) “always dressing nice in public” is merely a passing fancy.  

     And, while it might not have been the nicest outfit to wear when crashing Yankee Stadium during a Yankees game last Friday night against the New York Mets, at least Lady Gaga wore pantyhose with her pinstriped Yankees jersey (unbuttoned to reveal a black bra) and black bikini bottom, presumably with black high heels. 

     If she had only showed up in the clubhouse before the game started, her appearance might have inspired a win out of the Yanks.  As it was, her visiting the clubhouse after the loss didn’t inspire everyone associated with Yankees management, but at least the players enjoyed the event.

     Apparently, Lady Gaga talked her way past Security to visit the players in the clubhouse after the game.  While there, she reportedly drank whiskey, as players Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano visited with her.

     OK, so maybe she doesn’t win points for tact or playing by the rules, but hey, she’s a fan.  Fans can be crazy.  Whadaya gonna do? 

Pop star Lady Gaga, far right, poses for photos as the New York Yankees play the New York Mets during a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

     I love it when pantyhose show up at unexpected places.  I mean today, you almost never see a celebrity wearing pantyhose with her million dollar gown on the red carpet during those awards shows.  Most of them wouldn’t wear pantyhose to a wedding or even a funeral.  Sadly, formal events just don’t demand the respect of pantyhose with these celebs anymore.

     That’s why I gotta hand it to Lady Gaga.  She may be a bit off, but she’s got more class and a better sense of femininity and style than most of her star contemporaries.

Entertainer Lady Gaga, left, stands for the singing of "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch, as the New York Yankees play the New York Mets in a baseball game Friday, June 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

     My thinking is that if Lady Gaga influenced even one young woman by choosing to wear pantyhose at that venue, then she deserves credit “wear” credit is due.

     What do you think about Lady Gaga’s fashion sense?

Pantyhose – To Wear or Not To Wear II


    

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     Two months ago, I wrote what was originally going to be a follow-up to last year’s post: Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose.  But the headline, and ultimately, the post, changed because I realized I first had to gather some current solid intelligence. 

     So I wrote the above-titled post in April and attached a poll under the same heading: Pantyhose – To Wear or Not To Wear.  The poll invited (ladies only) to select whether they choose to wear or not wear pantyhose and why/why not.  

     The choices for answers I offered were pretty strong: 

  • I choose not to because I believe in and completely support the cause for the bare legs movement … period
  • I choose not to because the excuse now exists thanks to the bare legs movement
  • I choose not to on my own personal volition because I think pantyhose are uncomfortable, impractical and/or unnecessary
  • I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose
  • I am not on one side or the other and would wear or not wear pantyhose based on the appropriateness of the situation/environment
  • Other 

     I thought I was opening the door for those women with “bear” legs to pounce.  I figured that, once armed with the reasons real women gave for not wearing, I would write Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose II and completely debunk all their ridiculous excuses. 

     Unfortunately, two things have kinda killed that plan.  First, no one has taken the poll (as of this writing on June 12, we’ve gotten only eight responses.)  Second, of those who did take the poll, only one of the eight chose a negative answer – the first one. 

     Now, of course, I am delighted that 88 percent of the poll takers selected the most positive response – I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose

     Makes me wonder whether, despite my plea that ladies only take the poll, it was actually men who so overwhelmingly voted positively. 

     I am leaving that poll open, but I’m not expecting much more activity out of it.  

     I have seen many blogs in which women totally haterize about pantyhose and swear they never will wear them.  Yet, I give them a golden opportunity to anonymously trash the wearing of pantyhose (all they had to do was pick a button), and they don’t bite.  

     So tell me, readers (men and women), what do you think this means? Could there be a shift in fashion attitudes brewing out there?  Maybe those who’ve been committed to “bear” legs are starting to come over to the good side.  

We’re seeing more and more pantyhose these days.  They’re in magazines, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, concerts.  Are pantyhose getting a leg up in the marketplace again?