Wearing pantyhose a lifelong pursuit of business-bound college babe


While more and more young women today are discovering

the beauty, glamor and femininity in wearing pantyhose, at least one college girl has celebrated its virtues for about as long as she can remember.

Mylani, one of my favorite models on my friend, Kim’s, new website — PantyhoseClass.com — wouldn’t have it any other way.

A Business Management major in college, Mylani is intelligent, professional and goal-oriented, convicted in her own personal values, while also possessing a keen self-awareness as it relates to all aspects of life in today’s society.

To that end, Mylani understands how rare it is to be a young lady who is devoted to wearing pantyhose, but to her, it’s more about just doing what she thinks is right.

Mylani is devoted to dressing elegantly, and to her, that means always wearing pantyhose.
Mylani is devoted to dressing elegantly, and to her, that means always wearing pantyhose.

“I don’t see myself as special,” she said.  “I just see myself as knowing how to be sexy and sensual.  I like to look my best and have allure.  For me, that includes wearing pantyhose.”

And, while she can’t help but attract a great deal of attention for how she dresses, Mylani doesn’t concern herself about what others think.

Asked if she thinks men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose than when she isn’t, Mylani said the answer is yes.

“I have gotten many compliments on my pantyhose.  As a waitress, I wear shiny pantyhose.  Lots of guys seem to love that.

“It is easy to tell that you get more looks when wearing pantyhose — especially, shiny pantyhose — but your question is flawed.  I get more looks from men AND women.”

Mylani said some women (not surprisingly) question her about why she wears pantyhose so often, but they have never tried to talk her out of wearing them, and she says, a few have started wearing after seeing her in them so much.

Getting to know her

Name: Mylani
Age: 21
Height: 5′ (152cm)
Figure: Slender
Pantyhose size: A, XS
Ethnicity: Chinese-American
Favorite hosiery styles: Shiny, Beige Pantyhose, Tights

Overview: “Mylani is a business major in college. She loves to shop and rarely finds a pair of heels she doesnt like. On the weekends, she works as a waitress in one of the hottest nightspots in the city. The other girls wear tight pants but Mylani wears short skirts, shiny Peavey pantyhose and heels. Can you guess who gets more tips?” – PantyhoseClass.com

At work in a hot nightspot, or on her college campus, Mylani always looks her best in a skirt, heels and pantyhose.
At work in a hot nightspot, or on her college campus, Mylani always looks her best in a skirt, heels and pantyhose.

Asked what it is that she loves so much about pantyhose, Mylani said it’s the way they make her legs look.

“When I wear pantyhose, it is obvious my legs stand out.  Even with pantyhose so sheer, you can barely tell I am wearing, they just accent my legs so nicely.

“For me, I feel naked without pantyhose.  Not only do I love how my feet feel when they slip into the silky nylon, but it makes me feel dressed and ready.”

I wondered if Mylani could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t realize how lucky he was and appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, and her answer surprised me.

“Well, men are men,” she said.  “I don’t wear for them.  If they love me in pantyhose, that is fine, but I am going to wear no matter what they think.”

(I don’t think it’s a matter of IF.  Men, those with at least a pulse anyway, would definitely love her in pantyhose.)

But when did Mylani first realize that she loves pantyhose?

“I’ve always loved tights since I was little, but wanted to wear sheer pantyhose,” Mylani told me.  “Pantyhose look sexy.  From very young, I have been in tights and pantyhose.”

Crediting her Chinese heritage and glamorous aunt, Mylani is a big believer in the virtues of femininity inherent in wearing sheer pantyhose.
Crediting her Chinese heritage and glamorous aunt, Mylani is a big believer in the virtues of femininity inherent in wearing sheer pantyhose.

For Mylani, it was the influence of her culture and heritage as a Chinese-American girl, as well as the example set by her aunt that shaped her love of pantyhose.  A love that would continue to blossom and is in full bloom today.

“When I was 12, I saw my aunt at a wedding,” Mylani said.  “Her legs looked so spectacular in her pantyhose.  She and I talked about clothes and pantyhose.  She took me shopping to buy my first pair of pantyhose.  I still love my tights, but pantyhose make me feel more mature.”

To this day, Mylani credits her aunt as her hero and role model in her life.

“She was a cocktail waitress at a casino and always wore the sexiest uniforms with shiny pantyhose,” Mylani said.   “When she wasn’t working, she usually wore pantyhose too.  Her legs always looked so elegant and sexy.”

Frequent readers of this blog know that I believe Asian women are the world’s most prolific wearers of pantyhose.  I’ve often written that I believe part of the reason for this is Asian women are more devoted to femininity, and carry themselves with grace and elegance much moreso than women of other nationalities.  I wanted to know if Mylani agrees with this.

I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.

“Asian culture is more gender strict,”  she said.  “Asian women are supposed to look like women, and being bare-legged is not an option.  To me, American women have forgotten what being feminine is.  They wear T-shirts, jeans, sneakers and baseball caps.  Those are men’s clothes. Yes, they tailor them for women, but it is not feminine to me.”

For every occasion, at every venue, Mylani can be seen in a  beautiful outfit, complete with heels and pantyhose.
For every occasion, at every venue, Mylani can be seen in a beautiful outfit, complete with heels and pantyhose.

What a great answer.  I couldn’t help pursuing the issue, so I asked Mylani whether she was aware that Asian women are appreciated all over the world for their feminine qualities, especially, for wearing pantyhose, and wondered how this makes her feel.  And, in typical, Mylani fashion, this was her answer:

“I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.”

Cute the way she worded that — “I am just doing my job …”

I love the commitment Mylani has to being beautiful and sexy.  I asked whether she would would wear pantyhose to a job interview for a high-level professional career opportunity?  It was a feeble attempt on my part to test her professionalism.  Who was I kidding.?

“That is a no-brainer,” she said.  “Of course.  When I go for an interview, it is always in a pencil skirt, pantyhose and heels.  It just makes me stand out among the other women in pants suits.”

I asked Mylani what she is studying in college, and what her career aspirations are, and her answer was priceless.

“Business Management.  I hope to someday have my own office with lots of people at my pantyhosed feet.”

Guys, is she a dream-come-true, or what?

Maggie Q, a professional model and actress of Vietnamese heritage, often wears sheer pantyhose on her hit TV show, "Nikita."
Maggie Q, a professional model and actress of Vietnamese heritage, often wears sheer pantyhose on her hit TV show, “Nikita.”

Of course, Mylani was showing off her cute sense of humor, but her commitment to her college studies is no joke.  I asked whether she had ever considered a career in acting or as a professional model and she said, “Yes, I thought of modeling as a career, but it probably will be just more of a hobby.  I think my future lies in the business world.”

But speaking of actresses and professional models, I wanted to know who Mylani’s favorite Asian celebrity is, and she was quick to name one who is both:  Maggie Q.

“I always loved Maggie Q,” Mylani said.  “She looks so sexy, but is also very athletic.  She is compact, super cute, and has great legs.”

Very true.

Finally, as I always do, I asked if there were anything she wanted to say that I hadn’t thought to ask in our interview.  I didn’t expect this answer, but it is appreciated:

“I love your pantyhose,” Mylani said.  “I wish you would make some with shine and gloss, but I know that probably would take away from their feel.”

Wow, another thing to love about Mylani.  She “gets” about pantyhose what I love about them, and what ActSensuous pantyhose in particular are all about — besides how beautiful they look, what’s amazing is the way they feel to the touch, and how they feel on.

My thanks to the beautiful and sexy Mylani for sharing her story with us.

You can see lots and lots of photos of Mylani in her beloved shiny pantyhose and tights on Kim’s website at http://www.PantyhoseClass.com .  You’ll even find a few pics of her wearing  ActSensuous pantyhose on Kim’s site.

Thankfully, Kim, a professional photographer, also shot lots of pics of Mylani wearing her favorite ActSensuous Act II colors for this blog.  Enjoy them in the gallery below.  And please leave some comments, telling Mylani what you think of her in pantyhose.

Happy New Year to our Chinese and other Asian friends


Xin nian yu kuai.

Robin Maryland,president, ActSensuous
Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

To our many Chinese customers, readers and my friends, Xie-Xie Ni for your loyalty to ActSensuous.

And to our Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese customers, and all our Asian friends who celebrate the Chinese New Year, ActSensuous wishes you much happiness, good health, prosperity and love in 2013, and always.

And now, in alphabetical order by how they’re most known (some by first name, others by last name):

Ann Curry:  You are amazing.  In addition to being a great journalist, you are classy, elegant and beautiful.  Thank you for always having the professionalism and sense of femininity to always wear sheer pantyhose.

Bai Ling:  You are an incredible actress, but you have become too Hollywierd and don’t choose the best roles.  You are unusually beautiful, but never moreso than when you wear a nice dress, pretty high heels and sheer pantyhose.  Thank you for the few times you do.  More than anyone else, you don’t let anyone or any movement determine what you wear.  I love it when you dress elegantly, especially when you wear sheer pantyhose.  But please, less sheer black, and more nude or suntan.

Gong Li was never more beautiful than in her role in the movie, "Miami Vice," wear she wore elegant suits and sheer nude pantyhose.
Gong Li was never more beautiful than in her role in the movie, “Miami Vice,” where throughout most of the film, she wore elegant suits and sheer nude pantyhose.

Gong Li:  You are devastatingly beautiful. You have the face of an angel from heaven.  And you have great legs and the most gorgeous feet in the whole world.  You are very strong-minded and strong-willed.  Please don’t follow a fashion trend. You always dress elegantly.  Just please wear sheer nude pantyhose more often. The few times you do, you rule the universe.

Jeon Ji-hyeon:  Loved you in “Blood, the Last Vampire” and “My Sassy Girl” and “Snowflower and the Secret Fan.”   You are incredibly beautiful.  You are one of the few young models/actresses out there who frequently wears beautiful outfits, including sheer pantyhose.  Thank you, and please continue to live up to the reputation Asian women have for carrying themselves with poise, class, grace and ultra femininity.

Joan Chen:  Wear have you been?  You are an awesome actress, and you are stunningly beautiful.  I’ve never seen you in a movie (other than a period piece) in which you didn’t wear sheer nude pantyhose when wearing a dress.  Yet, I can find only about six pictures of you in pantyhose. Someone as feminine and glamorous as you should live in a dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose.  Please, Joan.

Chinese actress, singer and model Karen Mok is a devoted pantyhose wearer.
Chinese actress, singer and model Karen Mok is a devoted pantyhose wearer.

Karen Mok:  You are the coolest of them all.  You are gorgeous, but you’re also just plain cute.  And you are known for your killer legs.  And you are appreciated by those in the know for being one of the few who always can be depended on to wear sheer pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.

As adorable as you are, you have so much class.  You’re also very intelligent.  I think you speak five languages, you are a singer, dancer, model, actress, and now a wife.  Congratulations.  And really, I cannot thank you enough for your devotion to wearing sheer pantyhose.  You are amazing.  Please don’t ever change.

Kelly Hu, what in the world?  I’ve seen you in sheer pantyhose I think once.  You are gorgeous.  What are you thinking?  Please give the world the gift of seeing you in a dress, high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.  Oh my goodness, you’d be a total knockout.

Lucy Liu, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t adore you, but please lose those ugly think black tights and go back to wearing nude or suntan sheer pantyhose.  You really look incredible in them.  In a poll on this blog, “Which Asian actress do you most want to see in pantyhose?”, you are far and away the Number One choice.  When I see rare pics of you in sheer nude pantyhose, I shake my head in wonder at how anyone who looks that beautiful in them would ever choose not to wear them as often as you do.

Chinese actress Maggie Cheung always could be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose in her many movies and ads.
Chinese actress Maggie Cheung always could be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose in her many movies and ads.

Maggie Cheung:  Where, oh, where have you been, Maggie?  Back in the day, no one had more incredibly beautiful legs than you.  And you always wore sheer pantyhose.  In the Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh movie, “SuperCop” you played a tour guide and when you stepped off the bus in that short skirt, high heels and sheer nude pantyhose, I thought you were a total goddess.  Even today, in the rare pictures I see of you, you’re usually wearing pantyhose.  So, thank you, Maggie.  I’d just like to see you more often.

Maggie Q:  How adorable you are.  You are super talented.  You are becoming a great actress, yet, you maintain a sweet and genuine quality. Good for you.  I thought I was never going to see you in sheer pantyhose, but all of a sudden, during this season of “Nikita,” you are wearing them much more often, and looking great.  Thank you for that.

Michelle Yeoh:  You are still my favorite.  I think Zhang Ziyi is the most gorgeous woman in the world, but to me, you are the most beautiful woman in the world.  The difference?  To me, beautiful means so much more than just physical beauty.  You are so professional, so classy, so caring, so devoted to good causes.  You are a kind and good person.  But, Michelle, you have never been more lovely in your whole life than when you wear sheer nude pantyhose.  Lately, you’ve been doing the “bear”-legs thing during public appearances.

Malyasian actress and humanitarian Michelle Yeoh is considered by moviemakers to be the most professional in the business.
Malyasian actress and humanitarian Michelle Yeoh is considered by moviemakers to be the most professional in the business.

I once read a comment you made in a magazine interview about Asian women having surgery to change their single-eyelid, and you admonished them, saying something to the effect of “Don’t change your appearance to meet Western standards of beauty.”  I was so happy you said that.  I think the single-eyelid is one of the things that makes Asian women so beautiful.  But, Michelle, you have been following the fashion trend started by Western women of going “bear”-legged.  You are way too professional and have way too much class and elegance to allow yourself to dress the way these Hollywierd celebrities do.

Please, Michelle, do what you know is right — dress those lovely legs of yours in sheer pantyhose, the way you did many times during premiere or publicity events for “The Lady.”  You must have felt the occasion called for a more formal look, and you made the right decision in wearing pantyhose.  And you looked incredible.  Please dress this way more often. You are the most visible Asian actress in the world.  Asian women are known for dressing more elegantly and femininely than Western women. You are the perfect role model for all Asian women.  You could set such a good example for all the other Asian celebrities.  Please do that, Michellle.

The few times Korean actress Sandra Oh wears an elegant outfit with sheer pantyhose, she is among the most beautiful Asian stars.
The few times Korean actress Sandra Oh wears an elegant outfit with sheer pantyhose, she is among the most beautiful Asian stars.

Sandra Oh:  The same goes for you.  You can do the slob routine as well as the typical Westerner.  But you just as often wear some fantastic dresses and awesome shoes.

And here’s something many people probably don’t realize — you have gorgeous feet.  But it is so rare (if ever these days) to see you in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.

You really should go back and look at the pictures of you in that TV series you starred in, ‘Arliss,” about the sports agent, your movies “Last Night,” Double Happiness” and “Bean.”

How can someone who looks as incredible as you do in sheer pantyhose opt to go bare-legged, or almost worse, wear those thick black ugly tights.  Yuk.  You have great legs, Sandra.  They’ve never looked better than in sheer pantyhose.

Shu Qi:  You made a movie titled “Gorgeous,” and you are.  And you’re the cutest Asian actress ever.  More than most others, you are a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose and you look incredible when you do.

For a good portion of the movie, "The Transporter," Chinese actress/model Shu Qi wore a lovely outfit with sheer nude pantyhose.
For a good portion of the movie, “The Transporter,” Chinese actress/model Shu Qi wore a lovely outfit with sheer nude pantyhose.

You were never more lovely and adorable than in “The Transporter.”  Here’s what petite women don’t seem to understand: Nothing looks better on you than a short skirt and high heels.  And, in “The Transporter,” that’s what you wore, with very sheer nude pantyhose.  Your legs never looked prettier.  Thank you, Shu Qi.  You are awesome.

Tia Carrere:  What happened to you?  You have disappeared.  I don’t know what you’re up to, and in the few pics I’ve seen of you, you’re doing the “bear”-legged thing.  I don’t know why because in your day, every movie I saw you in, you were wearing a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.  And, oh my gosh, did you have incredible legs.  You had to know that those pantyhose made your legs.  Yet, today, you’ve turned your back on them.  I don’t know why.  But thank you for how incredible you looked in pantyhose, particularly in “Wayne’s World,” High School High,” and “True Lies.”

Korean actress/singer Uhm Jung-hwa was deadly but delicious in sheer pantyhose in "Princess Aurora."
Korean actress/singer Uhm Jung-hwa was deadly but delicious in sheer pantyhose in “Princess Aurora.”

Uhm Jung-hwa:  You broke my heart in “Princess Aurora.”  What a beautiful, sad and powerful movie.  And what an amazing acting job, Jung-hwa.  I became a fan for life.  I know you also are an awesome model and singer/stage performer in Korea.

I know you always wear sexy outfits, including sparkly tights or sheer pantyhose during your performances. But it’s the look you portray in your movies that make me a fan. I’ve tried to buy all your movies on DVD, but only a handful are available to the U.S.  I’ve got four so far, but for me, “Princess Aurora” will always be the one that defines you.  You looked stunningly beautiful in that role, and I love that you wore sheer nude pantyhose throughout the movie, including during the fight scene with that lawyer.  Wow. Thank you for your commitment to femininity.  Still, I wish you were a more frequent pantyhose wearer when making public appearances.  I just hope you realize that, as beautiful as you look in everything you wear, you look twice as amazing in pantyhose.

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, speaking during a media event last year in Toronto, routinely dresses professionally and beautifully, including wearing sheer pantyhose.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, speaking during a media event last year in Toronto, routinely dresses professionally and beautifully, including wearing sheer pantyhose.

Zhang Ziyi:  Fittingly, your name allows me to save the best for last. I think you are the most gorgeous woman who has ever walked the planet. From head to toe, you are perfect.  In your movies, you are exciting, thrilling, powerful, beautiful, cute and funny.  You are amazing.  Of course, most of the movies you’ve made are kung fu period pieces, so no pantyhose.  But among all the other fabulous qualities you possess, I respect, admire and greatly appreciate you for being extremely professional, classy, glamourous and the very definition of feminine.  No one is more feminine than you.

And thank you, ZZ, for more often than not wearing sheer pantyhose when you make public appearances.  I’ll say this though:  If anyone could get away with NOT wearing pantyhose, it’s you.  You look incredible even bare-legged (no “bear” description for you.)  Still, when you do wear pantyhose, you are breathtakingly beautiful, and extremely sexy.  Also, while I said Gong Li has the most gorgeous feet of anyone, your’s are right there, too.  So please realize that nothing makes pretty feet look even prettier than sheer nylons. Thank you, Ziyi, for being such a perfect example for women everywhere.  You are the best ever and my hero.

Of course, there are many other Asian celebrities I could have mentioned, but this blog post would have gotten too long if I thanked each one individually.

Likewise, I know that there are a million Asian everyday women out there who go to work, go shopping, go to school, go to the grocery store, or just hang out — almost always wearing pantyhose.  I’ve heard that many Japanese housewives in particular wear pantyhose.  Now that is the ultimate commitment to beauty, grace and femininity.

My thanks to Asian women all over the world because it is common knowledge that you are more devoted pantyhose wearers than women of all other nationalities.

To all of you, Happy Chinese New Year 2013.

Professional tennis champion Li Na presents an autographed photo to a fan during a publicity event held by a sponsor, ice cream maker Haagen-Dazs, in 2011 in China.
Professional tennis champion Li Na presents an autographed photo to a fan during a publicity event held by a sponsor, ice cream maker Haagen-Dazs, in 2011 in China.

And, finally, to Li Na: I love you so much.  You are my all-time favorite WTA player.  Since I have the Tennis Channel on DirecTV, I can watch every match you play during the Grand Slam events.

It broke my heart that you didn’t win the Australian Open last month.  I rooted and cheered during every shot you made, and I will be there for you during the upcoming French Open, hoping you can repeat as the 2011 champion there, Wimbledom and the U.S. Open.

I hope you win them all, but whether you do or not, you are nothing but a winner in life.

Li Na, you are the most powerful, yet, graceful player in the WTA. You are the most fierce competitor, yet, the most gracious person.  You have so much class.  And you have the best smile ever.  Ni hen mei li, Li Na.

Oh, and you have the most beautiful legs of any player in the WTA.  Sadly, I’ve got only one picture of you wearing pantyhose, and not surprisingly, you look incredible in them.  I hope to see you wearing pantyhose more often, but whether you do or not, I will always love you.

Now, please enjoy these pictures of some of my favorite Asian celebrities:

American actress of Chinese heritage, Joan Chen almost always can be seen in sheer pantyhose in her movie roles.
American actress of Chinese heritage Joan Chen almost always can be seen in sheer pantyhose in her movie roles.
Chinese superstar Zhang Ziyi, mostly known to Western audiences for her roles in such movies as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hero,” and “Rush Hour 2,” isn’t seen in pantyhose much because her roles are set in ancient China. But, as she is frequently the recipient of awards, and during other public appearances, the gorgeous and talented actress most-often shows up (quite beautifully) in sheer pantyhose.
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi
Actress/model Shu Qi likely is best known to Western audiences for her role in the movie, “The Transporter,” starring Jason Statham.
Western audiences might also recognize Taiwan actress Shu Qi from the Jackie Chan movie, appropriately named (for her) “Gorgeous.”
The always professional and lovely TV journalist/anchor Ann Curry.
Actress Maggie Cheung might best be known to Western audiences for her roles in the Jackie Chan movies, “Supercop” and “Twin Dragons,” as well as a great character in the Jet Li movie, “Hero.”
Zhang Ziyi
Shu Qi is very professional and can almost always be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose during publicity events and other public appearances.
Zhang Ziyi
Jeon Ji-hyeon (aka Gianna Jun) might best be known to Western audiences for her role in the movie, “Blood, the Last Vampire.”
Zhang Ziyi
Beautiful and elegant singer/actress Uhm Jung-hwa stars in Korean TV series and movies. Publicity photo from the Korean movie, “Insadong Scandal.”
American actress of Chinese descent, Jamie Chung, can be seen in movies, such as “Sucker Punch” and “Premium Rush.”
Karen Mok
Kristin Kreuk
Zhang Ziyi
Fabulous American actress of Chinese descent, Lucy Liu isn’t often seen in pantyhose, and the few times she is, they’re usually black. Too bad because she looks amazing in sheer nude pantyhose.
Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
The fabulous pantyhose-adorned legs of beautiful Chinese Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, best known to Western audiences for her roles in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Supercop,”  “Silver Hawk” and the James Bond movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies,” alongside Pierce Brosnan.
Canadian actress of Korean descent, Sandra Oh, in a scene from the HBO TV series, “Arli$$,” in which Sandra regularly dressed professionally and beautifully in business outfits, including sheer pantyhose.
Sandra Oh played a great part in the movie, “Last Night,” (as in the last night on Earth), in which she wore a red dress, high heels and sheer suntan pantyhose.
Known for her (almost-always pantyhose-adorned) legs, Karen Mok might be recognized by Western audiences for her roles in the Jet Li movie, “The Black Mask,” and the Stephen Chow movie, “Shaolin Soccer.”
Shu Qi might also be known to Western audiences for her role in the Jackie Chan movie, "Gorgeous."
Shu Qi was never more cute and lovely than in her role in the Jason Statham movie, “The Transporter.”
Shu Qi
In addition to her many starring roles in movies, Shu Qi is a professional model.
Sandra Oh during a scene from the movie, “Bean,” in which she wears this awesome outfit, complete with sheer black pantyhose.
American actress of Chinese heritage Tia Carrere could almost always be counted on to wear sheer nude pantyhose, as she does in this scene from the movie, “True Lies.”
Korean actress Uhm Jung-hwa might be known to Western audiences only for her amazing role in the Korean thriller, “Princess Aurora,” occasionally shown on premium movie channels in the U.S.

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As a professional singer, model and actress in Korea, gorgeous  Uhm Jung-hwa most often can be seen wearing sheer nude pantyhose on the job.
Zhang Ziyi
Always-amazing Zhang Ziyi not only is the highest paid actress in China, but also a desired model. Probably the most prolific wearer of sheer pantyhose among all actresses anywhere.
Zhang Ziyi looks incredible even as a blonde.
Almost every time she makes publicity appearances or attends awards ceremonies, Zhang Ziyi  dresses elegantly, complete with sheer pantyhose.

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The always-stunning Zhang Ziyi.
Her smile can light up the world, but Zhang Ziyi’s amazing legs, most often adorned in sheer pantyhose, can make the world smile back.
Absolutely perfect Zhang Ziyi.
Zhang Ziyi, second from left.
Zhang Ziyi, second from left.

Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due (and even where not) – Michelle Yeoh


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

OK, I know you’re used to seeing this column titled, Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due, so what’s up with this (and even where not) thing?

It means, while this column recognizes and praises those special celebrities who almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose in all the right situations and venues, when it comes to Michelle Yeoh, well, she can do whatever she wants and I’ll still always love her.

There is a very special place in my heart for Michelle Yeoh.  As a huge Bruce Lee fan, I had stopped watching martial arts movies in the 1990s because they just didn’t measure up in any way, especially in realism when it came to fight scenes.  It had been more than 15 years since I watched a kung fu movie, when in 2007 I stumbled across an old Jackie Chan movie, I hadn’t seen before, “Police Story III, Supercop” (1992), and couldn’t resist its co-star, Michelle Yeoh, whom I had never heard of before.  I thought she was very charming and a great fighter, too.  Turns out she actually studied Wing Chun, the first style Bruce Lee learned.  Hmmmmm.

A great movie for showcasing her beautiful legs in sheer nude pantyhose, Michelle Yeoh poses as the title character in "Silver Hawk."

Not long after that, I watched a James Bond movie I had not seen before, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), starring Pierce Brosnan, whom I love, and one Michelle Yeoh.  OK, now this was getting interesting.  I searched my DVR for movies she’s in.  Of course, I found “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), but it wasn’t until I saw “Silver Hawk” (2004) that I became a full-fledged Michelle Yeoh fan.  She’s done some great movies, but “Silver Hawk” remains my favorite because, silly as it is, it’s the one that best features her personality, her sense of humor, her glamorous side, and was the first one I saw that showed off her legs in sheer pantyhose a lot.  And, wow, did she look amazing.

Michelle Yeoh during premiere of "Tomorrow Never Dies."

While I started ActSensuous back in 2001, it wasn’t until 2009 that I began The ActSensuous Blog, and in only my second post, June 16, 2009, “Calling out Professional Entertainers,” after I had just learned how to post a photo in the blog, the first-ever picture I used was this one, at left, of Michelle Yeoh.

I was using it as an example of the beauty and elegance she displayed during her appearance at the premiere event for “Tomorrow Never Dies,” in contrast to all the other celebrities who were appearing at similar events, wearing spectacular dresses and high heels, but with bear legs.

How gorgeous Michelle Yeoh looked in that dress with the slit up the side and sheer nude pantyhose.

Since that time, I was able to find (and post in this blog) other pics of her in pantyhose, particularly, at the premiere of “Supercop,” wearing a short dress and sheer nude pantyhose.

At the time, I wasn’t thinking that the event likely took place in 1992, before the “bear” legs movement had its origin.

Michelle Yeoh attending the "Supercop" premiere.

I never dreamed in 2009 that those pics from the 1990s would be about the last time we’d see Michelle Yeoh wearing pantyhose in public.

I never dreamed she would be someone who would follow a fashion trend instigated by Hollywood, but that’s exactly what happened.

No, I imagined that someone of her professionalism, class, elegance and sheer beauty – to say nothing of the fact that she’s Malaysian of Chinese ethnicity – would have the conviction to do her own thing, especially when it comes to how she presents herself in the public eye.

For years now, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Michelle Yeoh, and time after time after time, she’s done the bear legs thing no matter how formal the occasion.

Director Luc Besson and a bare-legged Michelle Yeoh attend a press conference about their new movie, "The Lady," on Oct. 12, 2011 during the Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany.

Seeing this was very disheartening to me.  This was my new hero after all.

How could Michelle Yeoh be a devoted bear-legger?
Fortunately, in her movie roles that weren’t period pieces set in ancient China, she does wear pantyhose whenever she’s in a dress.

Of course, this made me love her even more, but I couldn’t justify the disconnect between her being so professional in her movies, but way too casual during awards shows or other public appearances.

I grew so frustrated that I actually considered making her the next recipient of The ActSensuous Grizzly Awards.  But I just couldn’t pull the trigger on that, as evidenced by the title of this post, and its subject.

I find Michelle Yeoh to be so professional and classy that she just can’t do any wrong by me.  I decided I could live with it if she never wore pantyhose again because she is such a wonderful person in real life.  She sponsors several global charities, speaks out against social injustices but always with a positive and uplifting slant, and apparently is nothing but kind, caring and extremely gracious.   Of course, secretly, I held out hope that one day she’d glam it up again the next time a situation or venue called for it.  And that time has come.

The Lady

Michelle Yeoh stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in "The Lady," the true story of the Burmese pro-democracy leader's life, opening in select theaters in the U.S. April 13, 2012.

While she’s made a great many popular and successful martial arts movies, dramas and documentaries, ultimately, nothing may be more compelling and more significant than her latest work, which opens in select U.S. theaters on Friday.

In the role she was born to play, Michelle Yeoh stars in “The Lady” – the true story about the life of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who, in reality, just last week hailed a “new era” for Myanmar (Burma) after her National League for Democracy (NLD) party claimed a major victory in landmark by-elections.

The movie’s limited U.S. release comes not even two weeks after the vote in Burma that will fill just 45 vacant seats in the country’s 664-seat Parliament, yet, took on historic significance because of Suu Kyi’s presence.  After 20 years as a political prisoner, Suu Kyi won a victory that marked a turn in her political career and for the country, as it emerges from a half-century of military rule.

Even bare-legged, Michelle Yeoh still can turn some heads, as she does during the 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2010 in Cannes, France.
Michelle Yeoh looks perfect in this outfit with sheer nude pantyhose during the premiere of "The Lady" on Feb. 12, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

Of course, this movie is so meaningful and historically important, I don’t really care if Michelle Yeoh wears pantyhose or not in her role as Suu Kyi, especially because it might not be an accurate portrayal from a costume design point of view.

Nevertheless, it never stops surprising me that someone who looks so amazing in pantyhose would settle for looking – OK, in Michelle Yeoh’s case,  still pretty awesome bear-legged – during awards ceremonies and publicity appearances.  Still, the difference when she is wearing pantyhose is astounding.

I’m so happy to see any situation today in which Michelle Yeoh shows up in public, dressed professionally and formally again, wearing sheer pantyhose with her outfits.  Perhaps, it’s the significance of the role she’s playing that has made her more aware of how she presents herself to the media, her peers and the public.

Michelle Yeoh and director Luc Besson speak durig a special screening of "The Lady" recently at an Asia Society event.

“The Lady” tells the stuggle of Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi, who had been detained by the government of Myanmar and held under house arrest for 15 of the past 21 years (ending on Nov. 13, 2010), and the tragedy of her 10-year separation from her Western husband, who remained in England, rearing their two sons and campaigning behind the scenes for her release.

The story’s heart-wrenching reality is felt as Suu Kyi’s husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer and the Burmese authorities refuse permission for him to visit her – offering instead that she could leave and return to Oxford, but would never be allowed back into Burma. Suu Kyi is confronted with a terrible choice – the consequences of which are irrevocable – her husband and children, or her country.

Said one of the film’s producers, Andy Harries:

“It’s not just a political story – it’s a tragic love story. This is a woman educated at Oxford, married to an Englishman, and who has two sons. She goes to her homeland to help for a few months and it turns into a 20-year house arrest.

“It’s a love triangle. She is torn between her love of her country, which looks to her as a symbol of hope, and her family … We are talking about someone who is the Nelson Mandela of Asia.”

At the helm of “The Lady” is French director Luc Besson who gave us “The Professional” (the assassin movie starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman), and “The Fifth Element” (starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis.)

While she is a veteran of action films, in which she has received much praise and fame for performing her own stunts, Michelle Yeoh has said the lead role in “The Lady” was very challenging, as she had to learn to speak Burmese to play Suu Kyi, and had to lose nearly 20 pounds (quite a sacrifice for someone who probably didn’t weigh a buck-twenty to begin with) to make herself look more like her character.

And during the months leading up to the filming of “The Lady,” Michelle Yeoh got a taste of Burma’s tight military/government control, as she was deported several times by the government when she tried to meet Suu Kyi in person for research.

Michelle Yeoh said she considers “The Lady” one of her most important works to date, calling Suu Kyi “an extraordinary role model for every woman in Asia.”

I’m not a film critic, and this blog post isn’t about my reviewing “The Lady” for you.  There have been and will continue to be many great articles that will do that.  All I know is that it’s based on a true story that needed to be told, and it stars Michelle Yeoh.  Of course it’s going to be great.

So far, I haven’t found a theater in my area that is showing “The Lady,”  but I will see it at my first opportunity.  I hope you see it, too, and, if you haven’t already, will fall in love with Michelle Yeoh.

Here are some reactions from film industry and other dignitaries who’ve seen the premiere of “The Lady:”

Michelle and director Ang Lee.

I always thought Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the pinnacle of Michelle’s career.  In fact, it is The Lady.” – Director Ang Lee

I watched the movie several times and I could not hold back my tears. She scarified so much for democracy in her country.” – Sanlih TV host Isabella Chen

I can feel the pain in her heart. But she continued to do what she needed to do.” – Jui-Ling Chang, Formosa TV News anchorwoman

She is emaciated, but she is brave. She is soft, yet very strong. I am really touched.” – Lin Cheng-sheng, movie director

Michelle Yeoh and Aung San Suu Kyi together during their meeting Dec. 7, 2010 at Yangon International Airport for Michelle's role research.

Michelle Yeoh looks almost identical to the real (Aung San Suu Kyi) character from body to soul. The several sad scenes are extremely touching.” – Director Nelson Yeh

This is a film which stirs the deepest desire in your heart.” – Tammy Darshana Lai, singer and TV host

She brought us the glory of humanity.” – Lee Yong-ping, chair of Taipei Culture Foundation

This is the best movie I have seen in recent years. It has a very deep meaning for me.” – Tsai Ing-wen, former leader of the Democratic Progressive Party

This is a very touching movie and I strongly recommend it!” – Director Feng Kai

This is a movie that no one should miss!” – Jason Hu, Taichung City Mayoriss!” – Jason

Historical facts

In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her native Burma from Oxford, where she had lived for many years. Her visit was prompted by news of her mother’s deteriorating health, but the country was in an uproar. Burma’s military leader, General Ne Win, stepped down, and protestors quickly filled the streets of Naypyidaw to demand democratic reform. Those protestors were beaten and their message suppressed. The charismatic and politically engaged Suu Kyi, whose father was a martyr for Burmese independence, found herself called upon to lead Burma out from under the shadow of military dictatorship as the General Secretary of the newly formed National League for Democracy. In 1990, a general election was held and the NLD won, but Suu Kyi was held under house arrest by the military junta. She remained a prisoner in her own home for most of the next 15 years.

Suu Kyi is the first Asian woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. On Dec. 10, 1991, Suu Kyi’s two sons, Alexander Aris and Kim Aris (ages 18 and 14 at the time), accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf in Oslo, Norway, while she was serving a house arrest term in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar).

The title of the movie, “The Lady,” is the name by which Aung San Suu Kiy is known to the people of Burma, who see her as a beacon of grace and courage against the odds, and who risk incurring the wrath of the authorities for publicly uttering her name.

Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due – Ann Curry


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

“I’m Ann Curry, in for I guess nobody this morning – me, myself and I.  It’s nice to be able to say that, isn’t it?”

That’s how the multiple-award-winning veteran journalist debuted as co-host with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show this morning, replacing Meredith Vieira who held the post the past five years.

Curry, who had been on the “Today” show since 1997 as the news anchor, and was previously passed up for the co-host spot in favor of her friend Vieira, also is anchor of “Dateline NBC,” the network’s award-winning newsmagazine. She also regularly substitute-anchors on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” 

Curry’s been on my radar for some time now, but after two readers of this blog asked me to write about “news anchors and pantyhose,” and now, with Ann making her debut as co-host of “Today,” the timing is right.  

Meredith Vieira, left, co-host of the NBC "Today" television program, embraces her fellow co-host, Matt Lauer, as her successor, Ann Curry, looks on, during her final show, in New York, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Other than when she’s been on-location in a jungle, a desert, or a war-torn environment, I have never seen Ann Curry not wearing a dress or skirt suit with high heels and pantyhose. 

In this sad (OK, being honest here – sickening) time when so many women want to lose the pantyhose even at the highest corporate levels, I greatly admire, respect and absolutely love Ann Curry for her dedication to being professional, glamorous and ultra feminine in the way she dresses. 

In a minute, I’ll get to the part about news anchors and pantyhose, as it appears that it’s the network and cable executives who make wearing pantyhose a policy for their female stars, but it seems to me that Ann Curry would wear of her own volition.  And, of course, we know that Meredith Vieira is famous for her devotion to wearing pantyhose in her roles as co-host of TV news/talk shows, and as host of the game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Ann Curry maintains her professional and elegant look during a recent guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

I love Ann Curry and Meredith Vieira because in addition to wearing on the job, they choose to wear dresses, heels and pantyhose when they make appearances at awards shows, publicity events and late night talk shows.  To me, that is the very height of professionalism, and it shows the true, very fine character of these women. 

This post could be three pages long if I wrote about all of Curry’s accomplishments and the awards she’s won, but there are many great stories on the Internet, which you can find yourself, and I encourage you to do so. 

Suffice it to say that Curry has distinguished herself in global humanitarian reporting, frequently traveling to remote areas of the world to cover under-reported stories.

“I try to do stories that make a difference – stories that affect the way people think, stories that people need to hear – and usually what drives me is to do stories about people who have no voice, people who have no political power, people who are overlooked by society.” – Ann Curry

Ann Curry is consistent in dressing professionally, as well as femininely, always showing her lovely legs in high heels and sheer pantyhose.

If you do a Google search for Ann Curry, you will find many images of her, almost always wearing a dress or a skirt with high heels and pantyhose.  

In fact, she is becoming pretty famous for her beautiful legs.   On Google, there are image categories devoted to just her legs or just her feet.  

I love that she is dedicated to dressing professionally as a journalist, but I think it’s equally impressive that she always looks very feminine, too.     

Of Japanese (mother) and American (father) descent, Ann is a very beautiful woman.  That’s enough to win her the millions of fans she has, but she’s also cute, funny, and sweet. 

Here is an excerpt from an interview last month with TV Guide Magazine: You were certainly the people’s choice to replace Meredith. Why do you think the Today audience likes you so much?

Curry: I would say that — almost to a fault, pretty much — what you see is what you get.  Sometimes I’ve been accused of being too exuberant in the morning. Once, I said “Good morning” three times with a goofy smile on my face. I’m as fallible as the next person. I’m as goofy and dopey and silly and caring as people think I am. Take me or leave me.

TV Guide Magazine: When your co-anchor job was announced, you said you felt like the computer nerd being asked to the prom by the high school quarterback. Does it matter to you that you’re not one of the cool kids?

Curry: I think there are more nerds in the world than there are cool people, so more people might get me than you realize. I do want people to like me, but I don’t want to be loved for something I’m not; I want to be loved for something I am.  What I am is someone who grabs people and hugs them even if other people think that’s weird. I am someone who is gong to wear her heart on her sleeve. I am someone who is going to care about stories when some people think, “Why do you bother?” My motivation is how do I reach the most people to tell the stories that matter most to them. However fallible I am as a human being, my intent is earnest and my effort is constant in the practice of providing viewers good information, which I know gives them power.

Awesome Ann Curry

There’s no denying Ann’s passion and humanity, but she also is extremely professional.  She’s a total class act who has forged a distinguished career. 

Ann Curry so deserves “Credit ‘wear’ Credit is due.”   I wish her much happiness and success as the new co-host of “Today.”

News anchors and pantyhose

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer and Courtney Hazlett.

In the entertainment world, everyone knows that “sex sells.”  While the news industry was never designed to be about entertainment or sex appeal, today’s broadcast news organizations know that in the ongoing battle for audience share, they have to attract and keep viewers coming back for more. 

Perhaps, demographics show that men make up the largest audience of TV news programs, which could explain the current trend that all the powerhouses seem to follow: Feature beautiful female anchors and reporters who wear dresses, skirts and pantyhose. 

 

CNN's Carol Castello dresses up any set in heels and pantyhose.

 

And these women aren’t your daddy’s crop of journalists.  They are well educated, talented professionals.  Oh yeah, and they’ve got legs and they know how to use them.   There’s no shortage of strong, sharp, pretty women anchoring news shows, such as CNN, Fox and MSNBC.  But wait a minute, don’t anchors pretty much just sit behind a desk?  For all we know they’re wearing a suit jacket and pajama bottoms with fuzzy slippers.  Ah, but the executives calling the shots find ways of getting these news babes out behind the desk, often sitting with studio guests, showing their pretty crossed legs with high heels and pantyhose.

And, when it comes to women who are dedicated to beauty and femininity, especially when it comes to wearing pantyhose, no culture understands this power better than Asia.

On its blog, HKTV writes:

“For many years, Bernie Lo was the host of Bloomberg’s morning show. He would inject humor into the daily headlines, which was a great tension reliever for guests or analysts reporting on the show. When Bernie returned to CNBC, Bloomberg had to make some choices. Competition from all directions came from networks including Fox Networks and CNBC.

“Now, … Bloomberg has a new strategy to attract new viewers … Susan Li’s legs.

Susan Li of Bloomberg Asia interviewing a financial analyst.

“Those opinions are clearly overlooking her skills as a broadcast journalist to keep the audience tuned in to “First Up with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television. 

Susan Li's interviews are concise and get right to the point to capture viewer attention. Of course, her legs can do that without saying a word.

“Susan Li also uses clear, simple language during the interview.  She does not let the analysts and fund managers “talk their book,” which is a practice where guests provide recommendations that benefit their investments; instead, Susan Li often politely asks the guests to clarify their statements.

Susan Li of Bloomberg Asia discusses market data with a guest analyst.

“The clarification sometimes leads to more thoughtful discourse, as her use of clear language to highlight the main ideas translates the “analyst speak” for Bloomberg TV viewers. Clarifying analyst comments or recommendations maintains the credibility of the Bloomberg brand, while subtly signaling to the guest that the interview is a discussion and not a sales pitch.”

Of course, there are many other news anchors and in-studio broadcast reporters who are talented and professional, and know how to capture viewers with their glamorous and sexy looks. 

Did I leave out your favorites?   Please let us know who your favorite news anchors in pantyhose are.

Meanwhile, here’s another picture of Susan Li and her gorgeous legs in pantyhose.

Look at the texture of Susan Li's delicious pantyhose. Is that guest trying to discreetly cop a feel?
 

A Treat when Pantyhose show up unexpectedly


Frequent readers of this blog know that I  think pantyhose should be worn for the right reasons, during the right occasions and at the right places.  OK, so pretty much always.

Obviously, I want pantyhose at the office, the courthouse, the wedding, the funeral, the party, the stage, the TV studio, the movie set ….. you get the idea.  When this happens, I am so proud and very happy.

Today, it’s hard enough to see pantyhose worn in movies where the occasion and venues would seem to warrant it.   I like it a lot when it does happen.  So imagine the thrill I get when pantyhose show up on an actress in a role and at a venue where one not only wouldn’t expect them, but in which one would actually forgive the character/actress for not wearing.

This weekend, I watched such a movie: Blood: The Last Vampire.

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Now, I like a good vampire-killer movie, but throw in a Japanese setting, karate fights and samurai swords, and, hey, I’m all in, baby!

So, I was excited to watch Blood: The Last Vampire, but I certainly didn’t expect to see the young heroine, Saya Otonashi, wearing a traditional Japanese schoolgirl uniform, complete with pantyhose so sheer, even I didn’t realize she was wearing until almost halfway through the film.

The delicate-looking, but deadly Saya prepares to dole out destruction.
Striking a pose: The delicate-looking, but deadly Saya prepares to deliver some demon destruction.

I wanted to check out the martial arts action sequences more closely, and when I put the DVR in slow motion to enjoy Saya’s beautiful spinning wheel kicks, I realized she was wearing pantyhose.  Wow!

I was digging the movie anyway, but the fact that the actress (or, perhaps, the costume designer) chose to put the actress in sheer nude pantyhose, even for the samurai sword and karate fight sequences, well, that made me fall in love with Blood: The Last Vampire.

Like the Resident Evil movies being based on a video game, Blood: The Last Vampire movie is based on the wildly popular and multiple award-winning Japanese anime cult classic series.

Saya slices through several demon attackers during a scene from the movie, "Blood-The Last Vampire."
Making sushi: Saya slices through several demon attackers during a scene from the movie, ‘Blood-The Last Vampire.’

I’ve read differing accounts of the time frame in which the live action movie version takes place, but most say it’s around 1966, during a period when the U.S.military is preparing to enter the Vietnam War.  The setting is an American Air Force base in Tokyo.  But while the base is on edge about the war, there’s already an unseen battle going on; a 400-year-long fight waged by vampires and their monstrous bat-like creatures who feed on human blood.

Korean actress/model Jeon Ji-hyeon plays Saya, a centuries-old demon slayer, in the 2009 movie, "Blood - The Last Vampire."
Comes a swordswoman: Saya, a lovely and  innocent-looking schoolgirl, actually is a centuries-old vampire and demon slayer, in the 2009 movie, ‘Blood – The Last Vampire.’

Enter Saya, the lone execution arm of a covert government agency that has been hunting  demons for centuries.  She is installed as a would-be student at a military school on the base to discover which of her classmates are demons in disguise, and to force a confrontation against the most powerful demon of them all — Onigen, who murdered Saya’s father when she was a young girl.

While Saya has the appearance of a 17-year-old student, she really is a 400-year-old samurai of extraordinary ability.  Saya is a half-human/half-vampire being, who preys on demons that feast on human blood.

Joining forces with a secret government agency known as the Council, Saya is tormented at being a half-breed creature with the soul of her human father and the powers (and need of blood to survive) of her vampire mother.

She is obsessed with a desire to finally face the most powerful of demons (the one that killed her father) and, en route to the confrontation she seeks with Onigen, Saya wages a one-girl series of battles in which she dispatches with her samurai sword hundreds of lower level demons.

Not so dark: Always classy and elegant, Jun Ji-hyun is one of the highest paid spokesmodels in South Korea.

The character, Saya, is played by beautiful Korean model/actress Jun Ji-hyun. (Remember, traditionally, Asian people say and write their family names first, and their given names second.  Because she’s young, I am going to call her by her first name here.)

By the way, don’t be confused: For an English audience, Ji-hyun changed her named to Gianna Jun, and the film credits list her as only Gianna.   To complicate things further, some Internet sources list her name as Jeon Ji Hyun and Jun Ji-hyeon.

Since her name is written as Jun Ji-hyun everywhere one can look on the Internet, I will go with that.  But, for the record, a  Korean movie data base site that I trust has her name listed exclusively as Jeon Ji-hyeon.  My feelings about these things is that one should always believe the way the country of origin spells and pronounces a name.   You’d have to think the Koreans know how one of their own spells and says her name.   In any case, I like her name as Jun Ji-hyun (and it’s my blog), so I’ll go with that here, however, my apologies to first generation Koreans if her name really is Jeon Ji-hyeon.

Tender sole: In the role that made her famous, Jun Ji-hyun rubs her foot beautifully adorned in sheer nude pantyhose during a scene from "My Sassy Girl."
Tender sole: In the role that made her famous, Jun Ji-hyun rubs her foot beautifully adorned in sheer nude pantyhose during a scene from ‘My Sassy Girl.’

Whoever cast her in “Blood: The Last Vampire” is brilliant.  Ji-hyun is one of Korea’s most popular young actresses, beloved for her starring roles in romantic comedies.  Who could have imagined her pulling off such an impressive performance in an action thriller, relying on martial arts fight sequences throughout?

During an interview, Ji-hyun said she never imagined she’d play a part in an action movie, but that she had a lot of fun doing it and is now hooked.

While I haven’t seen any of Ji-hyun’s other movies, I am extremely impressed at the transformation she makes of herself from a romantic comedy legend to a role in which her very dark character doesn’t smile once throughout the movie.

Class act: During movies and in ad campaigns, Jun Ji-hyun usually can be seen in sheer pantyhose.

I am happy to have seen Blood: The Last Vampire because I am now a Jun Ji-hyun fan.

I am extremely impressed with her.   For a 27-year-old, she is very professional and classy, almost always wearing dresses, high heels and pantyhose during public appearances and in fashion photo shoots.

It is so heartwarming to see a young professional displaying good taste and showing such grace and elegance in her young career.  I am looking forward to seeing more of  her.

Blood: The Last Vampire is done by one of the producers of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  An extremely good story with wonderful acting and martial arts fights, Hero stars Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi.  It is one of my favorite martial arts movies because the story is so beautifully told (and I love Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi).  And, of course, you know all about Crouching Tiger

While Blood: The Last Vampire will never win any prestigious film awards, it is definitely worth checking out.  It often runs on the DirecTV Encore channels.  If you can’t find it, you really ought to buy the DVD.

Pantyhose in other action settings

Dressed to kill:  Actress/model Milla Jovovich, as Alice in the movie, 'Resident Evil,' typically displays beauty, class and professionalism in wearing sheer nude pantyhose when she's on the clock.
Dressed to kill:  Actress/model Milla Jovovich, as Alice in the movie, ‘Resident Evil,’ typically displays beauty, class and professionalism in wearing sheer nude pantyhose when she’s on the clock.

I’ve often praised Milla Jovovich (and/or the costume designer) of the Resident Evil movies for dressing Milla’s character, Alice, in sheer nude pantyhose for many of the scenes in which she’s shooting and kicking the crud out of zombies.

These rare cases are so impressive to me.   While today, so many movies that are set in business or formal scenes feature lead characters who dress up, except for the awful bare legs look, it’s so rewarding to see that some actresses (and/or costume designers) have so much class that they dress their female star characters in sheer pantyhose.   They truly get what so many others don’t seem to  legs look so much better in pantyhose.

1198423833A couple of my other favorite action movies are Beyond Hypothermia, about a beautiful Chinese professional hit woman, who dispatches countless dudes, while dressed in lovely outfits, including high heels and pantyhose.  There’s just something about a delicately beautiful and petite woman (Wu Chen-Lien at right) dressed all femininely, while toting a high-power rifle that’s bigger than she is, and wielding assorted automatic handguns.  Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of the whole thing — pretty but deadly women, kicking butt, while wearing the most feminine thing in the whole world  pantyhose.  

You’ve read here before how much I love the movie, Princess Aurora.  Don’t let the title fool you.  This is a Korean movie, starring the immensely popular Korean singer/actress Uhm Jung-hwa, who plays a heartbroken mother out to avenge the kidnap/murder of her young daughter (who loved the Disney character, Princess Aurora.)

Taking a stand: Just one of the bad guys meeting his end during a scene from the movie, ‘Princess Aurora.’

Despite the fact that this movie is pretty violent, it is a heart-wrenching, beautiful story, incredibly well-written and superbly acted.   I love Uhm Jung-hwa and will buy anything I can find that she’s done.

Unfortunately, Princess Aurora was not available on DVD, but it is shown on IFC (Independent Film Channel) from time to time on DirecTV.

Besides that I love this actress and this movie, one of the reasons I am recommending you see this is because Jung-hwa wears stunningly beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose throughout the movie.

While not quite as powerful or well done, another two movies I like are Black Angel and Black Angel 2, about a young Japanese woman who, years after witnessing the murder of her Yakuza boss father, becomes an accomplished hit woman, who eventually extracts great vengeance on the new Yakuza clan.

Real-life angel: Japanese actress Riona Hizuki often could be seen wearing sheer nude pantyhose in movies and when out and about in real life.

The beautiful star who plays the Black Angel character is Riona Hizuki, who wears all black (naturally) dresses and sheer pantyhose throughout the entire movie.

Seeing a trend with me here?  I guess I like movies in which women assassins extol the virtues of dressing femininely while blowing (mostly men) away.   Hey, I’m sure men would rather be done-in by a beautiful babe in pantyhose, than killed a little bit each day by women who go bare-legged.   Guys, am I right here?

Recently, I watched the movie Salt, starring Angelina Jolie as a CIA spy (or Soviet Union double-agent?).  In the beginning of the movie, her character wears a skirt suit with high heels, but sadly, no pantyhose.  Too bad.  I thought it would have been very attractive and sexy if she had been wearing pantyhose when she kicked off her heels to fight and flee once her cover was compromised.

How about you?   Do you love it when you see pantyhose in unexpected places?   What’s your favorite action (or otherwise) movie, in which the lead actress wears pantyhose throughout?   Or, do you have a favorite pantyhose scene during a movie?   Please share so that we all can enjoy!

Return of Pantyhose TV ads a Good Sign


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Miss the old days when pantyhose TV commercials were a staple of advertising during the 1970s, 80s and certainly into the 90s, but not since?

Well, Hanesbrands announced recently that its L’eggs brand will return to television commercials for the first time since 1997.  “You’re in luck: You’re in L’eggs” apparently is the new message.

Is this an indication that pantyhose are officially back?  Not exactly. An Associated Press article quoted a Hanesbrands report of a nearly 70 percent drop in sales in 2006 compared with the volume that the “Number One seller of hosiery” enjoyed in 1995.

And during the past several quarters, the company reported sales drops in sheer hosiery, including a 9 percent decrease during the fourth quarter of 2010 (reported on January 27, 2011), while innerwear, outerwear and men’s underwear all posted double-digit growth.

Still, there is reason for optimism, as noted in Hanesbrands’ announcement.

Apparently, the new L’eggs commercials follow an animated character as she prepares various outfits (each with pantyhose) for different parts of her day from dressing for the office to going out at night.  The idea is to show how L’eggs pantyhose complement various fashion niches.  Animated, huh?  Hmmmmmmm.

I’ve often fantasized about how great if would be if a Hollywood actress endorsed ActSensuous?  I don’t mean as an official spokesmodel.  We’re not there yet.  But it’s fun to imagine having a celebrity who makes it known that, when she wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.

I like to contemplate which star would be perfect for ActSensuous?  While there are so many beautiful and glamorous celebs out there, the list of those who actually would be perfect for ActSensuous would seem to me to be quite small.  That’s because, while any pantyhose looks fabulous on a beautiful celebrity, let’s face it – the Number One feature of ActSensuous is THEY’RE EXTREMELY SEXY!

Since ActSensuous are 100 percent nylon and completely sheer to waist, the actress who makes ActSensuous her preferred pantyhose would have to be … you know, really sexy!  She couldn’t be just a beauty who has the class to always wear pantyhose, but rather, someone who truly “gets it;”  someone who honestly believes that pantyhose are sexy.

See how the list would have to be a short one?  Here are some of my favorite actresses, and the pros and cons about their being the right celebrity to represent ActSensuous:

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman – She is a very talented actress.  She’s gorgeous and just oozes femininity.

She’s also very classy, which I like.  She always wears pantyhose in all the right settings.

Yes, Nicole is one Hollywood actress I would love to see in ActSensuous pantyhose.

She is sexy, but does she really think pantyhose are sexy, or is it that she just has the class to always wear for the right occasions?

Nicole is “To Die For” in pantyhose, but I’m not sure she’d really be the perfect celeb for ActSensuous.  But I do love the idea of it.

Julianna Margulies – She wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose for the camera or during a public appearance, which is reason enough for me to love her.  And she’s a great actress.  But do you think she sees pantyhose as sexy?  I doubt it.

Parker Posey

Parker Posey – A few years ago, she might have been the obvious choice.  She actually carried the nickname “Miss Pantyhose” because of her devotion to wearing in her movies.  I have to think that she is one who truly thinks pantyhose are sexy, which makes her perfect for ActSensuous.  My only concern is that she isn’t as visible today as some of the other stars I’ve mentioned.  But she remains a very intriguing possibility.

Catherine Zeta-Jones – Another talented actress whose beauty is compelling.  She has so much class and grace.  I never see her not wearing pantyhose for the right occasion.  She’s sexy, but I think her commitment to wearing pantyhose is all about the class.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu – She is awesome!  She is gorgeous, very sexy and just plain adorable.  When she wears pantyhose and high heels with a suit or a dress in some of her TV or movie roles, she is incredible.

Unfortunately, I don’t see her in those outfits often enough, and rarely in pantyhose during public appearances or awards shows.

I love her, but sadly, I don’t really think of her as “a pantyhose girl.”

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh – Maybe a few years ago.  Today, I just never see her in pantyhose anymore.

I put her on my list because I love her more than any other actress.  I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world for the many qualities she possesses.  She epitomizes femininity, class, grace and elegance, while projecting a physically powerful persona.

Hollywood directors say she is the most professional actress out there, and she is completely genuine.

She looks awesome in a dress and pantyhose and high heels, but one would be hard pressed to see her dressed that way today.  It hurts me to admit that she’s not the one to represent ActSensuous, but I’ll never make a list of beautiful and wonderful actresses that doesn’t include Michelle Yeoh.

Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi – If Michelle Yeoh is the most beautiful woman in the world, then Zhang Ziyi is the most gorgeous woman in the world.

Literally, from head to toe, Ziyi is total perfection.  Most of the movies she’s in are kung fu period pieces, which means she’s wearing robes and pajamas.

But of all the stars out there, no one wears beautiful skirts, dresses or suits with pantyhose and high heels in real life as often as Ziyi.

Zhang Ziyi

Ziyi might not necessarily be “a pantyhose girl,” but she has the class and sense to always do what’s right and wear pantyhose for all public appearances.

She might not be the household name in the U.S. that Michelle Yeoh is, but her recent track record of appearing in Hollywood movies (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Hero,” and “Rush Hour 2,”) makes it just a matter of time before she is.

She is magnificent in every way, and to be able to say that Zhang Ziyi wears ActSensuous pantyhose would make my mission in life complete.

Could it really happen?  The very thought of it is too thrilling for me to be able to believe that it could.

Karen Mok

Karen Mok – Someone who truly “gets it,” Karen Mok seems to live in pantyhose.  She is ultra feminine, very lovely, and has killer legs.

Karen Who?  Precisely.  No one in the U.S. knows who this very talented Chinese singer/actress is.  You might have seen her in Jet Li’s “Black Mask,” in which she plays a quirky library coworker to Li’s character.

Karen isn’t as known to us as the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Shu Qi because “Black Mask” might be the only “mainstream” movie she’s been in, but she’s huge throughout Asia.

Karen Mok

Probably her best role was in “So Close,” a Chinese movie in which she starred, alongside Shu Qi.

Karen is brilliant.  I think she speaks five languages.  I believe it’s just a matter of time before Karen becomes more of a household name in the Western world.  When she does, she’d be my choice to represent ActSensuous.  As lovely as she is, she’s also very cute and has a great personality.  But mostly, she exudes sexiness, and I would think as devoted to pantyhose as she is, she and ActSensuous would be a perfect match.

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich – Yes, Miss Resident Evil herself.  Let me tell you, she is awesome.  What’s not to love?  She is beautiful and adorable.

She can shoot and kick zombie butt with the best of them, yet, she also does dress-up extremely well.

And not just in her movies.  I’ve seen her wearing pantyhose during public appearances, awards shows and talk shows more than anyone.

Milla is cool, and she is HOT.  I don’t know if she thinks pantyhose are sexy, but from what I’ve seen of her, I wouldn’t doubt it.   One thing is for sure:  She is incredibly sexy in them.

It would be awesome to say that when Milla Jovovich wears pantyhose, she chooses to wear ActSensuous.

Bai Ling

Bai Ling –  I know what you’re thinking … Bai Ling?   Seriously?   YES!   I mean she is a little wild, a bit strange, definitely out there.  But she is unique and really cool, and I just love Bai Ling.

For one thing, she is a fine actress.  I’m not kidding.  If you don’t think so, you probably haven’t seen her in “Red Corner” opposite Richard Gere, or “Paris.”  Those were excellent roles for her and she was fantastic in them.

Bai has tremendous talent.  It’s just that she usually doesn’t choose quality roles or well-written screenplays.

Bai Ling

Bai always seems to wear wild outfits, but she is a breathtakingly beautiful girl and she’s got gorgeous legs and feet.

And in the few times I’ve seen her in a pretty outfit with pantyhose and high heels, she’s unreal.

Bai Ling is exotic and ultra sexy.  She might be the one actress who, more than anyone, would truly “get” ActSensuous.

She might not give pantyhose much thought, but I’ll bet that when she does, she’d prefer to wear pantyhose that were created and designed to be very sexy.  Just like she is.

Yes, when it is all said and done, I can’t help but feel that Bai Ling belongs in ActSensuous pantyhose.  If I could have whomever I wanted, I would choose Bai Ling to be the Hollywood actress who makes it known that when she wears pantyhose, she wears ActSensuous.

Please, someone get me Bai Ling.

NOTE:  There certainly are other suspects I’ve considered, but I left them out for space reasons.  But here are a few who deserve honorable mention:

Obvioulsy, I love Sandra Bullock, but while she most often wears pantyhose in movies and sometimes during public appearances, she’s another one who I think chooses to do so because she has class and professionalism.  I don’t really consider Sandra a “pantyhose girl.

Gong Li

Named one of the “50 Most Beautiful Women in the World,” Chinese actress Gong Li is amazing.  She is devastatingly gorgeous and looks incredible in pantyhose and heels.

Unfortunately, it’s not often one can  see her in pantyhose when she makes public appearances, but this one at right, makes me wonder why she doesn’t show off this look all the time.

While she is a superstar throughout Asia, she’s been in a few Hollywood movies, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hanibal” and “Miami Vice,” where she looked stunning in a suit and pantyhose and heels.

In the end though, I’ve seen too many cases where Gong Li embraces the bare legs look in the public spotlight, which, of course, means she’s not the most likely candidate to represent ActSensuous.

Finally, I just adore Chinese-American Hollywood actress Joan Chen.  I’ve never seen her in a movie in which she didn’t wear beautiful dresses and pantyhose and high heels.   She is so gorgeous and glamorous, but I can’t find one photo of her wearing pantyhose in public.  Not one.

I am so intrigued by her, but she has become too Americanized and follows the trend of most Hollywood actresses in doing the bare legs thing.   To me, that is just sad.

Tell us, who do you think should be the celebrity who, when she wears pantyhose, chooses to wear ActSensuous?