Pageant winner, devoted pantyhose wearer lives life of beauty


ActSensuous is thrilled to be a sponsor and the 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:

Hi Robin,
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,
Juanita

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:

Robin,
It just hit me that I never followed up with you to let you know that … I won!  I wore your hosiery the entire time – including the judges interview – and they gave me such confidence.  I also wore them during a photo shoot here in London shortly after the competition.  I absolutely LOVE them!!!   God bless,
Juanita Ingram

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.”

Juanita was crowned Ms. World International (known now as MWI International) eariler this year.
Juanita was crowned Ms. World International (known now as MWI International) eariler this year.

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.

Juanita Ingram prepares for the judges interview during the recent MWI International pageant.
Juanita Ingram prepares for the judges interview during the recent MWI International pageant.

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 Ingram says she has been inspired by accomplished women who always wear pantyhose.
Juanita Ingram says she has been inspired by accomplished women who always wear pantyhose.

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

Age: 35

Height: 5′ 3″

Weight: 117 pounds

Ethnicity: African-American

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

Motivational Speaker:

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

Juanita relaxes lounges in her home in London, wearing Act II Suntan.
Juanita lounges in her home in London, wearing Act II Suntan.

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)?

Jaunita prepares to leave for a Christmas party earlier this month in London.
Jaunita prepares to leave for a Christmas party earlier this month in London.

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).

Juanita Ingram sets the right example as she prepares to leave for a
Juanita Ingram sets the right example as she prepares to leave for a “Dress For Success” event earlier this month.

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.

Final thoughts

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.

Santa’s sexy little helper


Santa's sexy little helper

Christmas pictures contest

Readers (female), send us pics of you, or (male), send us pics of your wife/girlfriend wearing a Christmas costume/outfit and pantyhose.  I’ll choose the best ones and publish them here, and our readers can vote on who they like most.

Winner will receive 6 pairs of ActSensuous pantyhose.

Deadline to submit photos is Jan. 15, 2013

Send to Robin@ActSensuous.com
(Tell me whether she’s you, your wife/girlfriend, a friend, etc.)

Please include:

Your name and contact info (email address)
Model’s name (first name only or stage name OK) and email address
City, state, or country

(Note: Contact info will be seen by me only, and not published.)

If the pantyhose she’s wearing are ActSensuous (not necessary), please let us know whether Act II or Act III and the shade.

Note: My thanks to Jacques of Montreal, a longtime reader of this blog, for the idea.

Confusion, lack of conviction spur bare legs look


I don’t think there’s quite as much negative press about wearing pantyhose today as there was during the past decade.  Oh, it’s still out there, yes, but it seems as if pantyhose are finding their legs again in ever-increasing numbers.

Still, there will always be the “fashion expert” haters out there haterizing on pantyhose.  And there’ll always be some women who refuse to wear for their own personal or political reasons.  But what I see happening today is more and more women who just aren’t sure whether they should wear or not.  Their dilemma: They think they don’t know what the “rules” are anymore.

It amazes me how, seemingly, the majority of women in this country are deciding what to wear or not wear based on what some individual or groups of perceived “fashion experts” preach.  Are pantyhose out?  Are they in?  It’s amazing how frequently these questions are popping up everywhere you look in magazine articles, on television talk shows, online.

What amazes me is women’s inability or unwillingness to make their own decisions.  I’m OK with human beings wanting to be “in fashion.”  Let’s see, it was bellbottoms in the 1970s, big hair in the 80s, a little of everything in the 90s, and bare legs in the 2000s.  There were narrow lapels, wide lapels.  “Dogs and cats living together.”

Fashion changes with the times.  But through the decades, fashion choices never were about being unprofessional in the workplace, disrespectful at formal venues, or displaying a lack of good taste simply out and about.  Except in the case of going bare-legged during the 2000s.

And this is where it should come down to the individual making her own decision about what is right versus wrong; what is “in” or “out” versus what is appropriate for the venue and occasion.

Doing the right thing

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

A case in point: Last week, a reader of this blog, Dr. Ray of San Antonio, Texas, wrote this email to me:

“About a year ago, my wife and I  went to a funeral of a close friend of mine for many years. Almost all of the women friends and family wore black dresses, black stockings and black high-heeled shoes.  Why does it take a sad event before women want to look attractive?”

My response to Dr. Ray:  At least, those women had the good sense and good taste to dress appropriately for that occasion.

But Dr. Ray’s larger point is that it took a funeral to get the women in his circle to wear hosiery.  To me, that means they know better.  They accept that an event as formal as a funeral warrants the wearing of hosiery, but why then do they go bare-legged at every other opportunity?

I think the answer is because they can. They can because the bare legs culture exists, so the excuse is out there.

Dr. Ray wrote to me again last night, saying that a similar situation presented itself this past Sunday, when he and his family attended a wedding.  He said his wife dressed elegantly, including wearing pantyhose, while his 17-year-old daughter did not.  That’s likely because the bare legs camp has had some success in convincing today’s younger generation that pantyhose are something only older women wear.

Of course, we know that is not true, as we are seeing more and more young entertainers wearing pantyhose today.  I believe the positive example being set by the likes of Selina Gomez, Katy Perry, Beyonce’ Knowles, Rihanna, Blake Lively, Miranda Cosgrove and Zooey Deschanel to name a few, will begin to influence more young women.

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

And, thankfully, there are a few good television shows today that feature young women who frequently wear pantyhose.  One such show is the teen drama series, “Gossip Girl,” starring Blake Lively, who appears to be a devoted pantyhose wearer on the set and in real life.

I’ve never watched an episode of “Gossip Girl,” but lately I’ve been seeing many pics of Blake Lively on Internet sites devoted to celebrities in pantyhose.  She appears to be a very professional and classy actress, and she looks fabulous in pantyhose.

Perhaps, shows like this one will someday help to mold a generation of younger women, such as Dr. Ray’s daughter, who will have a positive view about wearing pantyhose.

For now, it’s easy to see how the competing negative and positive press about wearing pantyhose causes confusion among many women today.

No deal, divas

Another longtime reader of this blog, MJ Gruskin, last week, sent me the link to a story published in the online edition of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper:

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

Six writers (all women) apparently form a column, “Deal Divas,” in which they comment about all things fashion today.

In this case, a young woman wrote to the “Divas” about a wedding she attended, at which every woman but her wore hosiery.  The lady is confused as to how this happened, as she had thought that pantyhose were dead and gone.

Here’s the woman’s letter:

I recently went to a wedding in Hunters Green in early November. Very upscale, posh and elegant. I haven’t had many opportunities to dress to the nines so to speak in a few years. So I went all out, new dress, handbag and shoes sans hose of any kind. The bridesmaids age range was 26 to 40 and they wore hose, as well as the bride. All the female guests were wearing sheer hose in colors from nudes to tans and blacks, and many with some pretty killer sandals, too. The women were in their 20s to older than 50.  There were even a couple of women wearing them with pants. I was at a table with four other couples, all women I work with (we work with the bride).

None of us are older than 32. I never saw a single one of them in hose before, and I’ve known them for a few years. I was the only woman that wasn’t wearing any.

I have to admit I felt nearly naked and almost embarrassed. I had a fleeting thought to have my boyfriend drive me to the nearest Walgreens or CVS and buy a pair to put on. I thought hose were long gone.

Am I wrong? So what is a girl to do? Are hose coming back or have they been back and I deleted the memo?

The reply by “Deal Divas” was written by only one of the columnists, Katie Sanders, but who knows whether the other five put their stamp of approval on it?  In some places, Sanders personalizes the response with “I,” and in other places, she uses “we.”

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

In part, Sanders wrote:

“It depends on whom you ask. Since you asked us, we think it’s reasonable to assure you that you weren’t dressed down for your friend’s wedding.

“It seems odd that all of your young friends wore pantyhose. I haven’t done that as a bridesmaid or a wedding guest, and neither have my friends. We left it behind with our flouncy church gowns, you know?”

Blind leading the blind

Everyone at the wedding had the good sense and good taste to wear hosiery to a formal event, but the “Divas” say that the one woman who didn’t wear hose was not “dressed down.”  That’s the official statement of the “Divas?”  Wow.  It gets worse.  You should read the piece.

It certainly seems to prove my point: Today, women seem to want to do, not necessarily what is right, but what some “fashion experts” tell them is “now.”  And in this case, a woman who thought no one else would wear hose, so didn’t herself, finds that everyone else did, leaving her feeling out of place and slightly embarrassed.  Thus, she questions her belief that pantyhose are “out,” only to be told by the “experts” that it was odd that all those other women would do the unthinkable and wear hose (to a wedding no less), and that the hoseless woman did the right thing.

In fairness, the “Divas” reply does acknowledge (begrudgingly) that the wearing or not wearing of pantyhose is a personal issue.  Also, the reply admits that an earlier attack they made on Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s devotion to wearing sheer nude pantyhose was met with objections from many of their readers.  So, at the very least, the “Divas” do the proper journalism thing by telling both sides of the story, and leaving the matter up to the reader.

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

Still, it’s a shame that so many unprofessional and not-too-classy women who put themselves in the position of being “fashion experts,” use their forum to try to influence everyday women of society to view a fashion accessory as elegant and decidedly feminine as pantyhose as something to be disdained and avoided, simply because they have a personal dislike of it.

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking:  Isn’t that pretty much what I’m doing?  Sure, but at least I’m using my blog to extol the virtues of pantyhose in dressing for professionalism at the office, class and elegance at the formal venue, and beauty and femininity in general, simply because I have a personal love for it.

In other words: Idiot, classless, “fashion expert” – bad guy; wise, classy me – good guy.

Makeover madness

Also, last week (wow, all these things happened last week), another longtime reader of this blog, Brian W., wrote a comment and attached this link:

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

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

If the “Deal Divas” are bad, these women are horrible.  They’re Britain’s makeover queens, Susannah Constantine and Trinny Woodall, of the original “What Not to Wear” television show, which aired on British TV for five years beginning in 2001.

During a recent interview conducted by Celia Walden of The   Telegraph (a UK-based online newspaper), the pair offered – among other annoyances – their fashion advice for Kate Middleton:  

   Constantine: “She should wear her hair up more. When she wore that sheer green Jenny Packham dress and her hair up, it was simple but stunning.”

   Woodall:  “Oh, and the flesh-coloured tights have got to go. You can wear flesh-coloured fishnets, but that’s it.”

Unbelievable.  Of the 28 readers comments to this piece, only 25 show up at the end of the piece.

I didn’t see a comment from Brian W., but I am sure he wrote a good one.

Perhaps, my feelings can best be described by the first comment from someone who calls himself or herself “the_sentinel.”

It reads:

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

Exactly.

Beauty no accident

ActSensuous has been a proud sponsor of the Mrs. America State beauty pageant organizations for the past few years.

Last year, Kristie Bear, one of our customers, won the Mrs. Idaho-America pageant, and posed in her swimsuit wearing her sash, crown and Act II Suntan pantyhose.  I was very proud.  Kristie is pictured in the News section of the ActSensuous website.

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

Two months ago, Chanthy Birch, also an ActSensuous customer, competed in this year’s Mrs. Idaho-America pageant.  While she didn’t win it, she did take the honor in the Best Evening Gown category.  Chanthy wore Act II Nude and Act III Suntan throughout the pageant.

“I have to tell you it was pretty funny,” Chanthy said.  “During full dress rehearsals, I wore your pantyhose and a couple of the ladies came up to me afterward and asked me if I was plannning on wearing them during competition. I told them yes, and they said they didn’t understand what I was trying to hide.  I simply replied: I’m not hiding anything, I’m accentuating what I have.

“They, of course, thought I was completely insane! Ha ha.

“A couple of the ladies told me they didn’t even realize I was wearing pantyhose because they looked so natural and perfect for my skintone.”

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

Chanthy made a point I’ve been trying to get women to understand forever: Wearing pantyhose isn’t an issue of “have to.”  Rather, it’s a case of “want to.”  Pantyhose are designed to enhance the natural beauty of a woman’s legs.

Funny that men all across the world understand this, while so many women don’t.  Men say that pantyhose are like makeup for the legs.  Do women have to wear makeup?  No.  But does makeup enhance their natural beauty?  Uh, that would be a big yes.

I might never understand why so many women try so hard to villify something as soft, delicate and decidedly feminine as pantyhose.  It’s much easier for me to just appreciate and honor the special women who truly “get it,” and go the extra mile to complete their look; to enhance their natural beauty.

Thank you, Chanthy, for sharing your experience and some pictures of you in ActSensuous.

Note: Photos by J. Wolfe Productions, Boise, ID

Also, I want to thank Dr. Ray, MJ Gruskin and Brian W. for their comments and emails, which led to my writing this post.