Love of pantyhose nurtured by our most iconic female superheroes


Robin Maryland
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Last year, we discussed how one of the earliest influences on our pantyhose fetish was seeing pantyhose so many times on our elementary school teachers, mothers, aunts, neighbors, etc.  (OK, we didn’t really discuss it; I just wrote about it.)

Another major influence on our delicate psyche as we were growing up had to be the dawning of the superhero characters as depicted in comic books and, eventually, on our television and movie screens.

Often, I’ve wondered just how helpless we were rendered by the super powers wielded by some beautiful superheroines wearing fabulous costumes in which sheer pantyhose played an integral part.

Wonder who

Lynda Carter played perhaps the most iconic of female superheroes, Wonder Woman.
Lynda Carter played perhaps the most iconic of female superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Probably the all-time best female superhero who can still turn our heads today is Wonder Woman as deliciously portrayed by actress Lynda Carter in the popular TV series that ran from 1975 to 1979.

Who can forget the image of her in that iconic red, white and blue skimpy costume, complete with the famous 1970s-style all-nylon sheer-to-waist suntan pantyhose on those legs that seemingly went for miles?

Like its predecessors — the Batman TV series of the 60s and Superman of the 50s — Wonder Woman was never going to win an Oscar for its scripts or acting (and, certainly, not its special effects), but if someone came up with a hall of fame for TV superheroines, Lynda Carter would have to be at the top of the list for enshrinement.

Case in point: There have been many Superman and Batman blockbuster movies made in every decade since the 1990s, but have you seen a new Wonder Woman since 1979?  There hasn’t been a live-action Wonder Woman TV series or movie since Carter’s WW days, and the lone attempt by NBC to create one in 2011 failed miserably.

Proposed Wonder Woman costume for 2011 TV project upset WW fans everywhere.
Proposed Wonder Woman costume for 2011 TV project upset WW fans everywhere.

That might be in part because veteran costume designer Robert Blackman, a multiple Emmy nominee, and three-time winner, messed with Wonder Woman’s costume, changing those iconic briefs to (gasp) pants.

“I was vilified and vindicated (by Wonder Woman fans) on an hourly basis,” Blackman told Entertainment Weekly. “There was outrage over everything from the fact that she was wearing pants to the boot color.”

Yes, and rightfully so. What in the world was this guy thinking? Why do people want to change something that’s worked beautifully for decades?

Eventually, in some promotional photos I saw ahead of the would-be show’s release, the costume did include an updated version of the classic briefs or short-shorts, but the star who was to play Wonder Woman was modeling them in “bear” legs.

Which costume would you rather see on Wonder Woman?
Which costume would you rather see on Wonder Woman?

Uh, yeah … that was never gonna work, folks.  You don’t mess with an icon.

What makes a superhero character iconic?  Webster’s Dictionary offers a couple of definitions of the word, icon: “Any person or thing that is revered; someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.”

Listen, Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman (at least on TV) wears those briefs with sheer pantyhose.  Period.

If we didn’t have a thing for pantyhose already, those of us who grew up watching Wonder Woman during the 70s might have become forever hooked because of the beautiful and charming character Lynda Carter portrayed.

Just for kicks

In my mind, after Wonder Woman, the next great superheroine who very well could have influenced our early pantyhose fetish has to be the awesome video game character, Chun-Li.

Introduced in the original Street Fighter II video game in 1991, Chun-Li is an undercover Interpol agent seeking to avenge the death of her father at the hands of Bison and his criminal organization.

Chun-Li wearing brown pantyhose in the Street Fighter video games, became an instant iconic character figure in the 1990s.
Chun-Li wearing brown pantyhose in the Street Fighter video games became an iconic character figure in the 1990s.

Chun-Li, the first well-known female playable character in a fighting game, was designed with muscular legs because of her strong martial arts kicking skills, necessary to hold her own in combat against the standard roster of powerful male characters.

The first well-known female playable character in a fighting video game, Chun-Li has all the right moves.
The first well-known female playable character in a fighting video game, Chun-Li has all the right moves.

In the game, and subsequently, in movies, Chun-Li wears a traditional Chinese qipao dress with long side slits to accommodate her powerful kung fu kicks.

But let’s be honest here — it’s those brown pantyhose that make the outfit, and made us fall in love with Chun-Li.

I played that game in the 90s with friends, and I was always Chun-Li.

As far as I know it was the first time anyone had made a video game in which a female character was clearly wearing pantyhose, and that was cool.

Like Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, could you ever imagine the Chun-Li character not being dressed in pantyhose?  Icon, people.

Right or Wong

Most artwork depicts the Ada Wong character in the Resident Evil video games as wearing sheer pantyhose.
Most artwork depicts the Ada Wong character in the Resident Evil video games as wearing sheer pantyhose.

I’m not certain whether another superheroine who captured our hearts first in video games should be counted here or not because in almost half the pictures I can find of her she appears to be “bear”-legged. But in slightly more than half of the others, Ada Wong of the Resident Evil video games, clearly is wearing pantyhose.

Sadly, when Ada Wong finally made it to the silver screen last year in Resident Evil: Retribution, she didn’t appear to be wearing pantyhose through most of the movie.

I say didn’t appear to be, as it is very hard to tell because gorgeous Chinese actress Li Bingbing has such perfect porcelain-like skin.

I would swear that Miss Li is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes and in some of the promotional photos for the movie, but as thoroughly as I’ve investigated, the truth is I just can’t tell.

Still, I included Ada Wong here for two reasons:  First, the official artwork for the Resident Evil video game clearly shows that her legs are smoother and have a slight shading, which is different from the rest of her skin, indicating she is wearing sheer pantyhose;

Second, the majority of professional and everyday cosplay models who portray her do wear pantyhose with the costume.

A model beautifully cosplays Ada Wong in a costume featuring some delicious-looking pantyhose.
A model beautifully cosplays Ada Wong in a costume featuring some delicious-looking pantyhose.

I’d like to think that means those models consider pantyhose integral to the Ada Wong costume, but I could be just as happy thinking that they at least have the brains and class to wear pantyhose just to look good in the costume.

Hopefully, the models who don’t think it’s necessary to wear pantyhose with their Ada Wong costumes regret their decisions when they see the pics of themselves later on.

Either way, Ada Wong in pantyhose totally rocks her beautiful red qipao dress better (in my opinion) than Chun-Li because Ada wears black pumps, whereas Chun-Li’s clunky white army boots are so less feminine looking.

Super supporting characters

Naturally, there are many other female superheroes in comic books, video games, TV series and movies, but I can’t point to any who are always depicted wearing pantyhose. But there are some very significant supporting characters whose beautiful pantyhose-adorned legs might equally have helped to nurture our pantyhose fetish in the early stages.

Teri Hatcher gave Lois Lane some sexy pantyhose-adorned legs in the 1990s Superman TV series.
Teri Hatcher gave Lois Lane some sexy pantyhose-adorned legs in the 1990s Lois & Clark TV series.

One of the most iconic is Lois Lane, originally portrayed by Noel Neill in the 1950s TV series, The Adventures of Superman.

While, of course, pantyhose weren’t around during the 1950s, Neill always wore nylon stockings in the role, and set the bar high for future Lois Lanes.

And of all those who’ve played the part since, so far, my favorite Lois Lane is the one turned in by Teri Hatcher during the 1990s TV series, Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1993 to 1997.

While the show was mostly pretty goofy, it was fun, and no expense was spared for Hatcher’s wardrobe, which dressed Lois Lane in some great business suits, dresses and gowns, always with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

As the dreaded “bear” legs movement was just taking off in the late 90s, I was happy that Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane never compromised on class and glamour, and I hoped her example would do much to keep pantyhose from being “run” off too soon. Either way, I like what she contributed to the role.

Smooth as silk

Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson wears sheer nude pantyhose in a scene from the 2002 Spider-Man movie.
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson wears sheer nude pantyhose in a scene from the 2002 Spider-Man movie.

A special nod must go to another great supporting character to a superhero — Mary Jane Watson, the love interest of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Actress Kirsten Dunst deserves credit for her great performance as MJ in the Spider-Man movies of 2002, 2004 and 2007.

Likewise, the costume designer for all three movies should be commended for consistently dressing MJ with the class, grace and femininity of her iconic comic book character, as Dunst was always in dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.

And Dunst had never looked better.

“The truth is out there”

“I want to believe” there’s another great character who might have influenced late bloomer pantyhose lovers. While she wasn’t a female superhero, she certainly was special — Special Agent Dana Scully, that is, on TV’s The X-Files.

Dressed professionally as FBI agent Dana Scully in the X-Files TV series of the 1990s, Gillian Anderson always wore sheer pantyhose.
Dressed professionally as FBI agent Dana Scully in the X-Files TV series of the 1990s, Gillian Anderson always wore sheer pantyhose.

In the breakout role of her career, Gillian Anderson gained international recognition, winning several awards for her portrayal of Scully, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards for “Best Actress in a Drama Series.”

In the lead female role on the series, which ran from 1993 to 2002, Anderson was fantastic playing the strong, independent, intelligent FBI agent. The character was extremely professional, as were the outfits she wore, which often consisted of skirt suits, complete with pumps and sheer pantyhose.

The costume designer and Anderson are to be commended, as so many female cop characters are dressed like men, down to the pants suits and ugly shoes.  Worse, those characters come across as masculine as they look.

But not Special Agent Scully.  Even during the times when she wore a pantsuit, she wore those pumps and sheer pantyhose.  She was professional, but always feminine and quietly glamorous.

Honorable mention

There have been many great superheroines and even more super female lead characters that we grew up with during the awesome pantyhose era of the 1960s to the mid-1990s.

Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt in the 1980s TV series, Remington Steele always looked amazing in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
Stephanie Zimbalist as Laura Holt in the 1980s TV series, Remington Steele, always looked amazing in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.

Who could forget Stephanie Zymbalist as Laura Holt in the TV series Remington Steele, opposite Pierce Brosnan as the title character?

In that private detective series, which ran from 1982 to 1987, we could always count on Laura Holt to wear beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

And how about Cybill Shepherd opposite a young Bruce Willis in the private detective TV series, Moonlighting, which aired from 1985 to 1989? Like Laura Holt, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes always wore dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.

There’s no doubt the decade of 1980 was great for pantyhose, but probably nothing tops the 1970s as the ultimate pantyhose era.  There were so many TV shows that might have helped to shape our love of pantyhose, starting right in 1970 with The Mary Tyler Moore show.  That show, which lasted until 1977, featured the title actress/character in mostly professional attire that always included heels and pantyhose.

No matter what the scene or the outfit, Joyce DeWitt's character, Janet Wood, always wore suntan pantyhose on Three's Company.
No matter what the scene or the outfit, Joyce DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always wore suntan or nude pantyhose on Three’s Company.

Then, there was the sitcom, Three’s Company, which aired from 1976 to 1984 and featured Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers, both of whom became known for their legs in pantyhose.

But it was Joyce DeWitt, perhaps, the greatest pantyhose ambassador of all time, who outright refused to be shot on the set in any outfit that didn’t include pantyhose.  Fortunately, she most often wore dresses or skirts, but regardless of the scene, whether she appeared in a towel, a robe, gym shorts or pants, DeWitt’s character, Janet Wood, always would be in sheer suntan pantyhose.

Of course, later, DeWitt went on to star in many TV commercials for L’eggs pantyhose.

From 1966 to 1969, the original Star Trek aired.  As iconic characters go, could you imagine Lt. Uhura not wearing pantyhose with that skimpy uniform?

Am I wrong, people?  Do you doubt that these classic and iconic characters could have influenced our love for pantyhose during these early years?

I vividly remember a scene that really moved me.  For this post, I tried to find a still picture of it, but couldn’t.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a You Tube video of it either. It was from the original 1960s British TV series about secret agents, The Avengers.

Now, peter_a (once, a frequent commenter), don’t be outing me here.  I am hereby stating that I was way too young to have experienced first-hand this show, which aired from 1961 to 1969, so I guess I must have seen the reruns a couple of decades later during my tender formative years.  [Insert snide remark here]

Diana Rigg, who played British spy Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series, The Avengers, was feminine, cool and dangerous.
Diana Rigg, who played British spy Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series, The Avengers, was feminine, cool and dangerous.

I remember my sisters and I watching this show and cracking up every time we saw this scene in the opening sequence intro:

The female lead character, Mrs. Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg), is driving (very fast) in a hot British convertible on a remote road in the English countryside when she comes across a hitchhiker.

One of televisions first strong female characters, Mrs. Peel is an expert in karate’, judo, guns and fencing, and often kicked some major booty in the long-running espionage series.

Mrs. Peel picks up the hitchhiker. Of course, she’s wearing the iconic mini skirt of 1960s England, complete with very sheer nude pantyhose (that’s about the only kind that was made back then). Well, the hapless hitchhiker playfully places his hand on Mrs. Peels pretty thigh just as the car is entering a tunnel.  For a second or two the viewer sees only the other end of the tunnel from the outside.

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel often wore mini-skirts, flat or low-heeled shoes and extremely sheer pantyhose on TV's The Avengers.
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel often wore mini-skirts, flat or low-heeled shoes and extremely sheer pantyhose on TV’s The Avengers.

Then, the speeding car emerges from the tunnel and we see Mrs. Peel … but no one else in the car with her. Even as dumb kids, we knew that meant Mrs. Peel dispatched the poor slob without skipping a beat.

I don’t know why, but we laughed over this scene every time.  We just thought that was so funny, but I never could get that image of the guy’s hand lightly atop Mrs. Peel’s beautiful pantyhose-adorned thigh … if only for a brief ecstatic moment for him.

Note:  OK, apparently, I am wrong here.  I was called out (politely) by a reader, Tony, who wrote the comment below.

The scene you mentioned about Mrs Peel picking up someone…it wasn’t Mrs Peel. The scene you refer to didn’t happen on The Avengers. I’ve got every surviving episode of The Avengers and I can confirm that there was never a scene like that. You seem to refer to Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) in ITC’s The Champions episode, Full Circle (and shown in a shortened form in a later episode). It happened in a short scene right after the opening credits. A show that was shot at the same studio as the Rigg/Thorson episodes of The Avengers from early 1967-early 1968.

Thank you for that, Tony.  No wonder I couldn’t find any art from that scene anywhere.

In any event, naturally, I could never have dreamed way back then that I’d end up the president of my own pantyhose company.  At least now, you all have a clue as to why I make the kind of pantyhose ActSensuous are.

Could the classic and iconic superheroines and other strong female characters who looked amazing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose in comic books, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, and even video games, which have captured our hearts and minds, be responsible for influencing our love for pantyhose today?

I think so.

Official disclaimer:  It would be impossible to even attempt to mention every superheroine or strong female character whose lovely hosiery-adorned legs graced comic book pages and TV and movie screens from the 1950s through today.  Please let us hear from you about which ones I left out who influenced you the most.

Meanwhile, here are some photos of iconic characters we loved during the amazing pantyhose era of the 1960s through mid-1990s:

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel of The Avengers.
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel of The Avengers.
Diana Rigg - Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg – Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg - Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg – Emma Peel.
Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
Lt. Uhura of Star Trek
Nichelle Nichols – Lt. Uhura
Lt. Uhura - Star Trek
Nichelle (not a typo) Nichols – Lt. Uhura
Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully on X-Files
Gillian Anderson – Dana Scully on X-Files
Gillian Anderson - Dana Scully
Gillian Anderson – Dana Scully
Kirsten Duntst - MJ
Kirsten Dunst as MJ in   Spider-Man movies
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Teri Hatcher – Lois Lane
Lois Lane cartoon
Even in cartoons, Lois Lane is depicted wearing pantyhose
Lois Lane cartoon 2
Lois Lane cartoon 2
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in 1970s Superman movie
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in 1970s Superman movie
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Margot Kidder – Lois Lane
Ada_Wong cosplay by Yukilefay1
Ada Wong cosplayed
Ada Wong cosplay by hyokenseisou
Ada Wong cosplay by hyokenseisou
Yaya Han cosplays Chun-Li
Cosplay model - Chun-Li
Cosplay model – Chun-Li
Model cosplays Wonder Woman
Model cosplays Wonder Woman

Model cosplays WW

Adrianne Curry - WW
Adrianne Curry – WW
Rhona Mitra - WW
Rhona Mitra – WW
Sandra Bullock - WW manipulated image
Sandra Bullock – WW (manipulated image)
Kate Beckinsale - WW
Kate Beckinsale – WW
Olivia_Munn_- WW
Olivia_Munn_- WW
Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter is Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter as Diane Prince. Ahhh, the 70s - even at the pool, pantyhose ruled.
Lynda Carter as Diana Prince/WW  (Ahhh, 1970s TV — even at the pool, pantyhose would rule.)
Lynda Carter - WW/Diane Prince
Lynda Carter – WW/Diana Prince
Perhaps no one exemplifies the Golden Age of Pantyhose during the 1970s as much (or as beautifully) as Catherine Bach, portraying Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazard TV series.
Perhaps no one exemplified the “Golden Age of Pantyhose” during the 1970s as much (or as beautifully) as Catherine Bach, portraying Daisy Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series.
Catherine Bach - Daisy Duke
Catherine Bach

65 thoughts on “Love of pantyhose nurtured by our most iconic female superheroes

  • When Wonder Woman was on I was in front of the TV during the 70s. Lynda Carter looked great as Diana Prince or Wonder Woman and she had killer legs. Her legs in the shiny hose when in her Wonder Woman costume always caught my eye.

    • Ahhhhh, the 1970s and 80s … those were the days (or so I’m told; of course, I am too young to know first hand.) Yes, Wonder Woman rocked everyone’s world back then. And today, Hollyweird can keep churning out “bear”-legged Wonder Womans all they want. They will NEVER top Lynda Carter’s depiction of that character.

      Thanks for your comment, billsrandomthoughts.

  • When I was a kid they had super heros posters at the store. My mother told me I could have one and I chose Wonder Woman. She said, I thought the Incredible Hulk was your favorite. I said, no I like Wonder Woman. The reason I wanted it was obviously because she had on pantyhose. LOL

  • I absolutely love to watch the reruns of Wonder Woman. It is amazing to see Lynda Carter wearing beautiful pantyhose. It is fun to watch old television shows with all of the scenes of nylons and pantyhose.

  • Thanks for recognizing Chun-Li Robin. I did a pin up piece of her a few years ago. I think it captures her powerful presence nicely.

  • Love your blog. I myself have this delightful fetish. All my life I’ve been hypnotized just by the light and shine from hosiery, luckily my wife is a tease and loves to “control” me through her hosiery wearing, of course I also have a very rare marriage since my wife is an alpha woman that rules out marriage which I have no problem with and in fact support her in every way.

    In your tv women of pantyhose influence you forgot to mention one serious tv contender Andrea Parker which ironically played her own named character on the show pretender. Anyone who saw the show knows what I mean. Thanks

    • Hello, Jeff.

      Thank you for your comment, and welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.

      I didn’t forget to mention Andrea Parker. I had never even heard of Andrea Parker before your mention of her here. Still have no idea who she is, but if she’s pro pantyhose, I’m all for her.

      • Oh yeah! Andrea Parker on that show was stunning. Amazing legs, properly adorned, always in hose. This was early 90’s and the show only ran about 4 years. She had dark hair back then and penetrating blue eyes. I have only seen her since then about a year ago on a cop show. I think it was “Rizzoli & Isles “. She was in a skirt, but alas, bear legged. Disappointed to say the least.

  • Today I went to Wendy’s Resturant to get some chili. I decided to go inside and eat it in the dining room. I am so glad I did, it was pantyhose paradise. 5 separate women, as in not together, had on hose. From a middle aged to a early 20s. I felt like I was in the 1980s again.

  • I recently found your blog and love it!!! I agree 100%. All of the above mentioned ladies had a huge impact on me too.

    Three’s Company probably had the largest impact due to the timing of it and being a rampaging teenager who had actually tried a pair on. That did it for me and it’s still with me today. Love seeing them and wearing them everyday!!!

    Btw, you can watch Three’s Company on Logo, they run episodes back to back 🙂

    • Hi Niki,

      Thank you for your comment, and welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.

      It’s nice to get another comment from a young lady. The predominantly male readers here must be thrilled to finally get their wish of hearing the points of view from females (besides mine all the time).

      Hope to hear more from you, Niki.

  • Hi Robin I was bored a few hours ago and I started flipping thru channels when I noticed the threes company show. And I noticed Joyce Dewitt sitting on the couch with tan pantyhose on and when the guy did something to startle her There was an upskirt view of her with tan pantyhose on.Quite a beautiful site and I got the YouTube video of it.I was born in the late seventies which is around the time that show came out. I then realized you had an article about her. Mostly on television anymore I watch sports.Nowadays on television you don’t see too many female celebs wearing pantyhose.The first television show I liked where you could see a lot of pantyhose was the nanny where Fran Dresdner and sometimes Nicholl Tom wore them quite frequently.

  • Wonder Woman!!! WOW!!! I remember watching that. I think she was seriously no joke. My first #*t dream. What a beautiful lady.

  • Oh, I forgot to mention that Annabelle Hurst (played by Rosemary Nicols), the resident computer and scientific expert of Department S is almost always seen wearing pantyhose as she helped to solve bizarre and mystifying crimes.

    • When The Champions finished, the team immediately made two series at the same time, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (US title: My Partner The Ghost) and Department S with Peter Wyngarde, Joel Fabiani, Rosemary Nicols and Dennis Alaba Peters.

      Oh, lovely site and Merry Christmas!

    • OK, well, I guess this explains why I wasn’t able to track that scene down in any episode of The Avengers. This certainly looks like the scene I described, although I don’t remember there being two hitchhikers.

      In any event, thank you for supplying this link for all to see.

      Thanks, Tony.

  • The scene you mentioned about Mrs Peel picking up someone…it wasn’t Mrs Peel. The scene you refer to didn’t happen on The Avengers. I’ve got every surviving episode of The Avengers and I can confirm that there was never a scene like that. You seem to refer to Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) in ITC’s The Champions episode, Full Circle (and shown in a shortened form in a later episode). It happened in a short scene right after the opening credits. A show that was shot at the same studio as the Rigg/Thorson episodes of The Avengers from early 1967-early 1968.

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you for your comment, and welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.

      Also, thanks for setting me straight. Of course I’m too young and wasn’t around for the first-runs of The Avengers. I saw some of the episodes during re-runs many years later. And I have no memory of The Champions. Then again, the youtube.com link you provided in another comment does seem very much like what I thought I saw in The Avengers.

      My sisters and I definitely watched The Avengers, but now I’m thinking we must have watched at least that one episode of The Champions, and I just associated that scene I described as being from The Avengers.

      Again, thank you, Tony, for sharing your knowledge with me and my readers.

  • Hello. I see that despite we live on the opposite side of the big pond (France here) we have the same references: personally Lynda Carter rocks in my pantyhose world, Catherine Bach being close second and Diana Rigg third (yet it was hard to spot a pantyhose scene in The Avengers, as Diana wears mostly leather outfits).

    Pantyhose adds the inescapable touch of refinement to the legs of women. I don’t like “bear” legs, like you say.

  • Excellent post! Unfortunately, I saw an interview with Gillian Anderson on Fox News this week discussing her new novel and she was in a skirt and heels with bare legs. What’s worse is she had an obvious scar just below her knee. She used to always dress so nicely on the X-Files back in the ’90s.What happened?

    • Hi, Andrew. Thank you for your comment, and welcome to The ActSensuous Blog. I know what you mean. I always thought of Gillian Anderson as a professional and classy lady. I also considered her to be fairly pantyhose-friendly, as she was usually wearing in many of the pictures I’d seen of her (post X-Files days). To appear on a news special not wearing is a negative sign. I hope she hasn’t gone the way of the grizzly.

  • “As iconic characters go, could you imagine Lt. Uhura not wearing pantyhose with that skimpy uniform?”

    Not only Uhura. Nearly ALL actresses on the Enterprise wore pantyhose in the original series.

  • This is a great discussion, thanks for all the points. In my opinion one character, while an anti-hero not a hear, epitomizes the pantyhose generation more than any other: Fran Drescher as The Nanny. The show itself was of some interest but by far the biggest attraction was Fran Fine in all those wonderful high-hemline outfits, Himalayan-height heels and always, always, always pantyhose.

    Sad that today so few women see the value of looking their most feminine and alluring…

  • Let’s not forget the beautiful Mitzi Kapture of Silk Stalkings, a romantic detective show, who wore colorful skirted suits more often than pants! http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=mitzi+kapture+silk+stalkings&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detail&id=C1CBE221180BC125458653551BEEDA937D999350&selectedIndex=0

    If you watched the opening credits to the show, you may remember lots of models in pantyhose and black silk holdups with a gun and switchblade! Here it is in case you forgot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yp3_zOaz9w

    • Wow, there’s a blast from the past. If there were a reward for participation on this post, you’d win for that one. I vaguely remember the show (too young, ya know …) :), but now that you brought it up, who was the girl in the detective show, “Hunter,” around that same era, I suppose?

      Hey, I guess Kapture is a good name for a detective, eh?

      Great comment, thathatlady. Thanks.

      • Hi Robin,
        The actress from the TV show Hunter is Stepfanie Kramer, who plays Hunter’s (played by former NFL defensive lineman Fred Dryer) partner Dee Dee McCall, nicknamed the Brass Cupcake. She is always wearing nude hose with her dress and skirts especially with open and peep toe shoes. In one episode from the show’s first season, she was chasing a guy from a restaurant barefoot in nude hose. There were also some glimpse of her hosed feet as well. Hunter is one of the best 80s cop shows seeing women wearing pantyhose in Los Angeles where the series is set. That was the time when women dressed femnine wearing pantyhose with their outfits. Its too bad that they don’t dress like that today.

  • I am late to this blog, so if I repeat, apologies. Some other TV women in the 70’s and 80’s that wore pantyhose- Joan Lunden of GMA. She looked fabulous in nylons. Made my mornings. Don’t forget variety shows like Carol Burnett. She and Vicki Lawrence wore pantyhose in many of their skits. Amazing how in 10 to 15 years this garment has vanished from the national scene.

    • Thanks, Sheer Mike. Some good names there.

      One thing though — while pantyhose were practically “run” out of the national scene starting in the mid-to-late 90s, they never really vanished. Thankfully, there were always at least a handful of truly professional and classy women who never bought-in to the “bear” legs movement. And now, it appears that pantyhose are finding their legs again everywhere you look — not only nationally, but throughout the world.

      Yes, there is still a long way to go for pantyhose to once again win global acceptance as a fashion staple, but I see clear evidence that it’s happening now. One thing about fashion trends — they come, they go, they come back. Thank God.

      • Hi Robin. Yes of course pantyhose have never vanished from the scene. I stand corrected. Should have said maybe women wearing pantyhose have been marginalized in the current culture. I agree and thankfully trends do go in cycles. So glad to see classy beautiful women such as you never going with the awful “bear” trend going on today. Thank you for your crusade to change hearts and minds of women to again embrace wearing this exquisite garment.

  • I really enjoy your blog. Who can forget Wonder Woman, Daisy Duke, Princess Di, Barbara Walters, Diane on Cheers, etc., I also remember the low budget martial arts movies where the heroins wore pantyhose. I am on the constant look out. Even get caught looking. Hehe.

    • Hi jwgrossignol65,

      Thank you for commenting, and welcome to The ActSensuous Blog.

      Hopefully, you’ve read (or will read) some of my earlier posts about beautiful Asian women wearing pantyhose in Chinese, Japanese and Korean martial arts movies.

  • In the 70’s and 80’s, on television where there happened to be a “damsel in distress” type scene, very often it seemd the woman was wearing hose. There was always something about those scenes with the woman wearing pantyhose that made her seem that much more desirable. Perhaps that might indicate a part of me that is attracted to the “helpless” female but the hose were always the first thing I noticed. The villian might have been wanting to rob or murder my first thought was to touch her legs and feel the soft nylon on her leg. It was a real turn on for me. Anyway juvenlie thought of a long time ago,,,,

  • The ’70s and ’80s were spectacular for pantyhose clad women on TV and in movies. I can remember dreaming about actress Erin Gray from “Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century.” Later in the show’s run, she’d wear short dresses/skirts and sheer pantyhose..in the future!

    On some nights, NBC had the silly “Battle of the Network Stars” where many of the actresses would wear pantyhose during the competitions. Girls today don’t even wear tights to the gym like they used to.

    You could watch almost any show during that era and see pantyhose on the actresses. “The Love Boat,” “The Brady Bunch,” and especially “Three’s Company.” Pantyhose were simply acceptable.

    Robin hit it right on the nail about Wonder Woman from the 70s compared to the stupid update in 2011. Pants on Wonder Woman? How about the lame Halle Berry attempt at “Catwoman” in which she wears open toed high heels without pantyhose.

    In recent remakes of TV shows into movies, characters like Lois Lane (in “Superman Returns”) wear nice suits but no pantyhose! One of the iconic shots in “Superman: The Movie” was Lois dangling from a helicopter as the camera shoots down to see her pantyhose legs and feet. I’m no fan of Margot Kidder, but her legs sure looked great. Even “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” has some great pantyhose shots.

    In the most recent Batman movie, hardly any of the female characters wear pantyhose (even though Anne Hathaway has at least one brief pantyhose moment).

    Sorry for the rambling, but your article brought back fine memories!

    • Hi Albert,

      Thank you for your comment, and welcome to the ActSensuous blog.

      Great comment. I agree with everything you wrote. Hope to hear more from you in the future.

      Robin

  • “Lynda Carter as Diana Prince. Ahhh, the 70s – even at the pool, pantyhose ruled.”

    Great to see pantyhose at the pool…. Swimsuits and pantyhose go together perfectly…

  • Hello Robin

    A very interesting piece on where pantyhose fetishes may have originated. Some of my earliest memories are the Matt Helm movies in the 60’s which starred Dean Martin and quite a few beautiful women including Ann-Margret, Nancy Kovak, Tina Louise and probably many more supporting actresses. I think I remember seeing movies back in the 70’s with Dyan Cannon well attired in nice looking pantyhose but I could not find any examples to support my memories. All and all I’d say that Ann Margret probably had the biggest influence on my feelings for the look of women’s legs in pantyhose.

    Thank you for the interesting blog posts Robin!

    George 

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    • Hey George,
      Thanks for your comment. Ironically, I did intend to mention and include some photos of Ann Margret, specifically, as well as Victoria Principal, Rachel Welch, Joan Collins, Morgan Fairchild and others, but the post was getting too long. Maybe that’ll be a post for another day. Thanks again.

  • Another great article Robin. When you spoke about Three’s Company it got me thinking of Bewitched which is another classic sitcom. My wife and I have been watching a lot of it lately on Netflix and although season 1 and 2 are black and white if you search the late Elizabeth Montgomery you will find many fantastic photos of her pantyhose clad legs.

  • hello Young Robin. it was kind of you to mention me. I wanted to get the first comment in but took a nap and missed it. ah well….. but someone not mentioned – Julie Newmar! Catwoman! and she has a pantyhose patent to boot. (#3914799). so now that I’m well rested, I’m ready to do more digging. a great blog too Robin. thanks

    • Hi, peter_A. Thank you for your comment (and for not calling me out regarding my suspected altered dates). I did think of Julie Newmar, but I thought, as Catwoman, she wore only black Spandex and not sheer pantyhose. Anyway, I’m too young to remember that show, too. 🙂

      • Robin, another great article. I feel just the look of a beautiful woman in pantyhose kindled my appreciation of pantyhose early on in my life. I belief it was further enhanced by the use of pantyhose on gorgeous women on televsion in particularly the 1970’s and 1980’s. In the 1970’s Angie Dickenson wore them on “Police Woman.” Lea Meriwether wore them in “Barnaby Jones.” As you mentioned, who can forget Joyce Dewitt or Lynda Carter. What about Markie Post in “Night Court”? That lady always wore hose and was very sexy doing it. Pamela Hensley wore them in her outrageous costumes as Princess Ardala in “Buck Rogers in the 21st Century.” It seemed that on the show “Matlock”, in the court room, all of the woman that took the stand had on pantyhose and the camera shots were particularly good at giving very good looks at the legs of these beautiful women.
        The one show that really showed them at their best in that time frame was Catherine Bach in The Dukes of Hazard.” No red blooded American male can ever forget Daisy Duke. She epitomized the beautiful woman with the long legs, sheathed in suntan hose, that any straight man would have loved to have had wrapped around him.
        I believe I could go on giving example after example of prime time shows that definitely promoted the cause of pantyhose. Sadly now in this day and era that is not the case. I long for thase days to return.

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