Pantyhose appearing everywhere these days


Longtime readers here know I’ll come up with just about any excuse to shine the spotlight on pantyhose.  Hey, that’s my job ya know. 

Case in point:  The movie, Suicide Squad (the latest in the DC Comics films series), which appears to feature its main character, Harley Quinn, wearing fishnet pantyhose (pretty much throughout), was No. 1 for a second weekend in a row (Aug. 5 to Aug. 14), pulling in $222.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo.   This, after posting an August-record $133.7 million opening.

So far, Suicide Squad has earned $466 million globally.

Notice above I wrote “appears” to feature its main character wearing fishnet pantyhose. That’s because I haven’t actually seen the movie yet.

Actress Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Actress Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

Still, there are many promotional photos out there, in which Australian actress Margot Robbie wears some red or purple briefs over torn fishnet pantyhose.  While I am not a huge fan of fishnets, my philosophy (as you’ve read here for years) is: Any kind of pantyhose are better than “bear” legs.

I don’t know much about Margot Robbie.  Check that … I don’t know anything about Robbie.  In fact, until I saw the TV ads for Suicide Squad and looked up the cast, I hadn’t heard of her.  So, I don’t know whether or not she’s really very pantyhose friendly, but a quick Google search seems to indicate, well, not exactly.

To her credit though, earlier this year, Robbie was photographed after landing in London from a flight out of Los Angeles, wearing a black skort (combination of skirt and shorts) with sheer black pantyhose.

Also, in a photo from Suicide Squad, it looks as if Robbie might have on sheer nude pantyhose during an interview scene, in which she wears a more business-like outfit with a white lab coat (below left).

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At least on this occasion, Margot Robbie arrives earlier this year at Heathrow Airport in London, England.

At least on this occasion, Margot Robbie arrives earlier this year at Heathrow Airport in London, England.

I say she might be wearing because the picture isn’t in the highest resolution and the lighting is a bit dim.

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As the chances of my actually going to see Suicide Squad are slim to you-must-be-joking, if you see this movie, please tell me whether Robbie is wearing in that scene.

Since I have no one who would be interested in seeing this film with me, I will wait until it arrives on the DirecTV movie channels.

Oh, and if I did go out to see this movie, I of course, would be wearing a dress, heels and sheer nude pantyhose.

Rio Olympics  

Athletes of China participate in the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Female athletes of China participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony in Brazil.

I was happy to see that, once again, the ladies of the China delegation wore sheer nude pantyhose during the Parade of Nations ceremony at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

I didn’t see the delegations of Japan or Korea, but a Google search showed that those nations’ women did not wear pantyhose.  In all fairness though, that could be because their ladies wore slacks and blazers.  Haaaaaaa

All the U.S. delegation members wore white slacks and blue blazers.

Still, I love that China treats the Olympics ceremonies as a formal occasion, and the ladies always wear skirts, pumps and sheer nude pantyhose.

United Emirates

For some time now, I’ve noticed during ATP and WTA tennis tournaments when the camera pans the crowd, there are a couple of beautiful ladies in skirt suits standing at each of the entrances/exits throughout the different stadiums.  They are always wearing sheer nude or suntan pantyhose and look quite awesome.

They are the flight attendants or air hostesses of United Emirates Airlines.

According to About.com, “Emirates is the national airline of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates city-state that has become the Middle East’s luxury playground.”

Lately, the Emirates air hostesses themselves are becoming luxuriously legendary.  Check out this awesome video I stumbled upon a while back.

http://www.le.com/ptv/vplay/25612915.html

It was shot in May this year, when the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team hosted the Cincinnati Reds, and Dodgers pitching legend Orel Hershiser came onto the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Members of the United Emirates cabin crew take the field earlier this year for a special presentation at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball stadium.
Members of the United Emirates cabin crew take the field earlier this year for a special presentation at the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball stadium.

It’s a short video (definitely worth your time to view it), and I am so impressed with the cute and clever theme.  That, and the fact that the Emirates ladies pulled it off so beautifully and wonderfully. 

Lovely ad lady

I gotta say I really hate stupid car (and truck) TV commercials, but I can handle the Toyota ones featuring the receptionist, Jan, who has all the right answers for consumers who come in to the dealership.

Jan is played by Laurel Coppock, a professional model and actress who has appeared on TV shows and, at least, one movie.   When Toyota first introduced the character, Jan, she was either behind a desk or on the showroom floor wearing slacks.

Lately though, Jan has been on the showroom floor, flashing some shapely legs in short dresses, pumps and sheer nude pantyhose.  Seems Toyota realized what they have in Coppock and they wisely are delivering a great message to those most interested in car commercials — men.

Model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan, shows some leg in sheer nude pantyhose in Toyota car commercials.
Model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan, shows some leg in sheer nude pantyhose in Toyota car commercials.

I don’t know about men (but I’ll bet I’m right here), when I see those commercials, all I focus on is Jan.  I miss whatever message I’m supposed to receive about the automobiles and the deals.

I want to praise Coppock for wearing pantyhose with those attractive outfits, but as always, who knows whether she wants to wear them, or Toyota wants her to?  You guys know I’m always all over these things, so what did I do?  That’s right, I Googled her to see whether she is a devoted pantyhose wearer or not.  Looks like not.

I couldn’t find a single picture of her wearing pantyhose, other than as the character, Jan.  And you guys likely know what my next point is going to be:  When Coppock sees how incredible she looks in those Toyota commercials, why wouldn’t she want to look that fabulous all the time?

We can only hope that Coppock will see the light and start channeling Jan in future appearances everywhere else she lands.

Runway real

How many times have you read here that fashion is inspired by Hollywood?  That was really just my own observation.  I wasn’t sure whether or not that is really an accurate statement, but it’s my blog and I say what I waaaaaaaant.

So when I found and followed this link,

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=lena+hoschek+fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&qpvt=Lena+Hoschek+Fall+2016&FORM=IGRE

A professional model wears a Lena Hoschek outfit.
A professional model wears a Lena Hoschek outfit.

I was thrilled to learn I was, at least, partially right.  I don’t know anything about Lena Hoschek, except that I must love her.

(Lena Hoschek is an Austrian fashion designer and movie costume designer whose style of “Old Hollywood” glamour is all of a sudden all the rage on fashion runways.)

If the last holdouts of the “bear” legs subculture are still clinging to the belief that pantyhose are gone forever, the link above and this one a couple of years ago

http://bcr8tive.com/lena-hoschek-fall-2014/2/

ought to keep them awake at night.

Professional model wears a Lena Hoschek-designed dress.
Professional model wears a Lena Hoschek-designed dress.

I’ve been saying here since 2009 that the few (now many) Hollywood actresses and the scores of professional singers/performers who almost always wear sheer pantyhose during their shows would eventually help to bring pantyhose back.

But when a respected fashion designer has her professional models gliding down the runway, rocking the sheer pantyhose, that can be nothing but a very good sign don’t you think?

It’s in print

I was very pleased to see this piece in the The Saline Courier, an online version of the daily newspaper based in Benton, AR, and covering all of Saline County since 1876.

The publication’s Senior Editor, Lynda Hollenbeck, wrote a great editorial encouraging the return to fashion of sheer pantyhose, along with our common sense.

Give it a read here:

http://www.bentoncourier.com/content/sense-and-nonsense-pantyhose-its-about-time-fashion-comeback

No Wonder

On Aug. 3, in time for the release of the Suicide Squad movie, Instyle Magazine published its picks for The 5 Best-Dressed Superheroes of All Time —

http://www.instyle.com/reviews-coverage/movies/best-dressed-superheroes-all-time

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Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman during the 1975 television series likely is Number 1 in the hearts of fans of superheroes, in large part because of those awesome sheer suntan pantyhose she wore.

And while InStyle led the series off with a picture of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, they actually ranked her Number 4 behind (1.) Jennifer Garner as Elektra, (2.) Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, (3.) Chris Pratt as Peter Quill of Guardians of the Galaxy.  At Number 5, was Will Smith as John Hancock.

Here’s what they wrote:

(4.) Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman TV series

“When Lynda Carter started playing Wonder Woman on TV in 1975, the role would forever be changed. Nerdy Diana Prince turns into va-va-voom Wonder Woman with a simple spin, losing the glasses and button-ups for a revealing and patriotic one-piece. And Carter’s super-toned bod?”

The Best Act

For those of you who are off the grid (not customers, so not on our email list) and didn’t get the memo, we are running a summer promotion.  Buy six pairs in any shade(s) and size(s) of our New Act IV and receive 30% off through Sept. 15.

Just enter code sumpro30 at Checkout.

Sorry, our new vice president is a veteran marketing exec, and she made me add this notice.  I’ll introduce her in a future post.

Incidentally, applying the code can be a bit confusing.  The first time you’ll see “Apply Coupon” is on the Shopping Cart page.  Don’t bother clicking that.  It won’t do anything.  Instead, apply your coupon code at the Checkout page, which comes up next in the process.

You’ll see this:  “Have a coupon?  Click here to enter your code.” (Just click on that link, fill in the code in the little window that appears, and then click the “Apply Coupon” box.)  You will see an indication that you’ve applied your code successfully.

If you have any difficulty, please let me know via email.  Actually, you can’t go wrong because even if you don’t take the discount, I will see that and simply refund the difference back to your PayPal account.

Pantyhose alive and well

Every day, I get emails and comments here from readers who still lament the fact that  pantyhose seem to be all but gone from the landscape.  Not true, I say.  If you really look, you will see pantyhose appearing everywhere these days.

Now, here are some extra pics that didn’t fit anywhere else in this post.  Enjoy!

Members of China's contingent wave as they take part in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium
Female members of China’s contingent look fabulous in sheer nude pantyhose as they take part in the athletes opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Female athletes of China during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.

 

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Chinese female athletes look amazing in sheer nude pantyhose in this social media feed photo ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Bet that one male athlete is feeling lucky.
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Members of the United Emirates Airlines cabin crew present a cute safety-inspired demonstration to celebrate the Emirates’ partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in May at Dodger Stadium.
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In relief for Dodgers pitching legend, Orel Hershiser, who was to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, an Emirates cabin crew member gets the sign from the catcher before a series against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Emirates Airline flight attendant winds up to throw out the first pitch prior to the opening series game against the Cincinnati Reds earlier this year at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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Emirates pitcher lets it fly (quite beautifully).
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Professional model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan rocks her lovely legs in sheer nude pantyhose in a Toyota TV commercial.

A series of pics of Australian actress Margot Robbie as the DC Comics character, Harley Quinn, in Suicide Squad, which opened earlier this month …

Costumes with pantyhose make Halloween nothing but a treat


A few of our favorite “real girls who love pantyhose” models have gotten all decked out in cute costumes and ActSensuous pantyhose for your Halloween viewing pleasure.

You’ve met Yesenia in the preceding feature and gallery, as well as back on Jan. 21, 2013.  Yesenia appears in the gallery below, as does:

Olivia, who (along with her sister, Ariel, and friend Leilani) modeled for us at Christmastime last year.  Today, Olivia, 23, is a secretary who aspires to work in the legal field.

Originally from New York, Olivia currently lives in Pennsylvania and says she wears pantyhose to work every day.

The 5’4″ model of Puerto Rican descent is 115 pounds and wears a size 2 dress.  Her favorite pantyhose shades are nude and black.

Mylani, who was featured here on Feb. 24, 2013, is now a college graduate, climbing her way up the corporate ladder.

“For my internship, I worked in a company that had about 100 employees, mostly female,” Mylani said. “What I noticed was very few women wore skirts, dresses or heels, and hardly any of them wore pantyhose.  It struck me as unprofessional all these women walking around in pants and loafers or oxfords.  I am all for equality in the workplace, but you don’t have to look like a man.”

Mylani, who is Chinese-American, says she wears skirts, dresses and high heels every day.

“And that includes pantyhose,” she added.  “Act IV are my favorite pantyhose to wear to the office, and they look great with all my costumes.  I never miss a chance to get dressed up in a cute costume and show off my pantyhose legs.”

There are no tricks here.  Just treats.  See what you think …

3rd time’s a charm, and so is Li Na in winning Australian Open title


With Chinese New Year only days away, the number 3 (a good one in Chinese culture) loomed large for professional tennis star Li Na, who on Saturday beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 to claim the 2014 Australian Open women’s single’s title in Melbourne, Australia.

Now, Li Na is a two-time grand slam winner, having won the French Open title in 2011. And, at 31, she’s the oldest player to win the Australian Open.

How significant is the number 3 in Saturday’s final?  It was Li’s third Australian Open final in three years, having lost to Kim Clijsters in 2011, and to Victoria Azarenka in 2013.

And, having won today, Li will now be ranked number 3 in the world, edging out Maria Sharapova.

Oh yeah, and TV coverage of the match started at 3 a.m. Saturday on ESPN.  At least this match didn’t go to 3 sets.  (In her two previous finals in Melbourne, Li lost in 3 sets, after winning the first set in both appearances.)

Li Na celebrates on court after winning the 2014 Australian Open.
Li Na celebrates on court after winning the 2014 Australian Open.

Saturday, Li, the highest ranking player (4) remaining in the tournament after the Big 3 (Serena Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka) were all knocked out by the end of the quarterfinals, was serving at set point before losing 3 straight points, sending the first set into a tiebreaker.  Li won the tiebreaker 7-3 (see that, another 3).

Even though Li jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening set, it was pretty obvious she was battling nerves, as she committed 19 unforced errors just off her forehand.   But while Cibulkova had dominated in her earlier matches, easily and boldly dispatching the likes of Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, the Slovakian was feeling the pressure of playing in her first ever championship match.

And, even though she came into the match feeling confident she could win, she finally was facing someone she couldn’t push around.

On the contrary, she found herself dominated against Li who was able to easily push her around, even while Li struggled to find her rhythm.

The first set lasted 70 minutes, with both players alternating between great shots and missed opportunities, but once Li won the tiebreaker, she settled in and played her game, overwhelming Cibulkova en route to a 6-0 second set that lasted only 27 minutes.

Li Na goes after a shot to her backhand during the 2014 Australian Open Women's Single's championship match.

This time, Li was dialed in, hitting forehand and backhand winners on the base line and both sidelines.  She dropped only 4 points on serve.

2014 Australian Open winner Li Na jokes with the crowd during her acceptance speech Jan. 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
2014 Australian Open winner Li Na jokes with the crowd during her acceptance speech Jan. 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

After the match, Li was her usual charming and funny self, delivering an acceptance speech that had the stadium rocking with laughter, as she recognized each member of her team in almost roast-style fashion.

OK, enough of the sports writing.  Time to treat this as a blog.  My blog.  My way.

And since this blog is about all things pantyhose, I must give props to WTA analyst and former World No. 1 professional tennis player Chris Evert (winner of 18 Grand Slam women’s singles titles) who not only did a great job calling the match along with Cliff Drysdale, but who presented the trophies to both players.

Chris surprised me, wearing a nice dress with high heels and sheer pantyhose.  I say surprised because every time I’ve watched pregame commentary by the former female players/now analysts, they are dressed extremely casually on the set sometimes in dresses, but always “bear”-legged, even though their male counterparts are wearing suits and ties.

So I’m proud of Chris for dressing appropriately for the occasion, as I can’t imagine even one of the other big-name former champions/analysts would have worn heels and hose in that situation.

(I couldn’t find a picture of Chris in that outfit to show you here, but you can catch a glimpse of her in this video of the awards presentation.) http://tennis.si.com/2014/01/25/li-na-australian-open-victory-speech/

In case you’re wondering, there are three (get that, 3 again?) reasons I’m writing this post here:

First, I was encouraged by seeing that you’ve been reading the first post I wrote about Li Na when I “discovered” her in 2011  and became a fan.

Second, I am so happy she won a second grand slam, I can’t sit back and not write about her.

Li Na, arrives for a dinner ceremony at the Shenzhen Open held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China.
Li Na, arrives for a dinner ceremony at the Shenzhen Open held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China.

Third, unlike last time, this time, I actually have some pictures of Na wearing pantyhose.  There’s the justification!

Still, this post will be different from what you’re used to getting from me.  You might not want to read this one unless you’re a WTA fan, and particularly, a Li Na fan.

If you do read this one, at least you’ll get a different insight into who I am outside of ActSensuous.

And besides, I have enough pics of Li Na in pantyhose, I need to write a lot to have a place to fit the pictures in. So, if nothing else, you can just enjoy the pictures and move on without really reading all this.

How it started

I had only just started regularly watching The Tennis Channel on DirecTV, and I grew to like Jelena Jankovic.  I thought JJ was very feminine and I liked her game.  But I had been growing weary of her drama queen antics, and then happened to see a Li Na match.  I had never heard of Li Na, even though she had been a professional on the WTA since 1999.

I wish I had been following tennis back then so I could have seen more Li Na matches.  Next month, Na (going with her first name at this point in the post) will turn 32, so I don’t know how much longer she’ll be playing.

Anyway, I loved what I saw.  Na is such a combination of grace, elegance, beauty (best legs in the WTA) and power.  Amazing that the first few matches I saw were during Na’s road to winning the tuneup match prior to the 2011 Australian Open, in which she beat the likes of powerhouse Petra Kvitova and the ever dangerous Kim Clijsters.  Then, she got to the final match of the Australian Open 2011, where she lost to Clijsters, but won an entire country with her charm and sense of humor during post match interviews.

Wow, I had a female tennis hero.  I had been watching the ATP and was an Andrei Agassi fan, then after Agassi retired, I really started liking Roger Federer.  But now, I was watching the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) on The Tennis Channel to see Li Na play.  She was an incredible shot-maker and a sharpshooter, painting the sidelines and baselines.  Her style was all out, and when that wasn’t working, Plan B was to hit the ball even harder.

I fell in love with Li Na and was so happy and proud of her when she became the first Asian player in history to play in a final (that 2011 Australian Open).

Later, Na made history again when she became the first Asian player (man or woman) to win a grand slam event (the 2011 French Open).

The signing among Li Na and Häagen-Dazs on Feb. 8, 2012 in Beijing, China becomes the premium ice cream brand’s first-ever athlete endorsement deal.
The signing among Li Na and Häagen-Dazs on Feb. 8, 2012 in Beijing, China becomes the premium ice cream brand’s first-ever athlete endorsement deal.

But then everyone saw what happened to Na’s psyche once she gained rock star status in China, and a ton of pressure descended on her to do it again.  That, combined with the added pressure of being among the highest paid athletes for sponsors, such as Nike, Mercedes, Haagen Daz, etc., saw her go through the 2012 season winning only one tournament (not a grand slam event) toward the end of the year.

It was difficult to watch Na in 2012  because she should have won so many matches that slipped away in the end because of the pressure, her nerves and a new-found doubt.

Enter new coach Carlos Rodriguez, former coach of Justine Henin, who struck up a partnership with Na.  It would prove to be the best thing to happen for Li Na’s career, as he took immediate steps to adjust Na’s game.  And, perhaps, more importantly, her psyche.

Rodriguez put Na through a training regimen that would have challenged Navy SEALS.  Then, he worked on her forehand and her serve.  All the TV analysts love to talk about how Na’s forehand is the first part of her game to break down.  They do say her backhand is the best in the game, but, oh, that forehand.  Alright, already.  I love Na’s forehand.

When she is in the zone, that forehand cross court shot is devastating. And I’ve seen her win a great many points with tat forehand.  But, in all fairness, Rodriguez did reign it in a bit by getting Na to add a little top spin to control it.

Also, thankfully, Rodriguez changed Na’s service motion, which has added a little more power and consistency to it, and lately, that serve has been winning her some free points, or setting the tone for her to take charge of the point from the start.

Li Na graces the April 29, 2013 cover of Time Magazine, honoring her among the magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Li Na graces the April 29, 2013 cover of Time Magazine, honoring her among the magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.

But the biggest thing is Rodriguez has really worked to improve Na’s emotions.  I knew Na needed an infusion of confidence, but I hadn’t realized how bad things had gotten for her until Saturday when the analysts pointed out that Na earlier confided in Rodriguez that, while so many others believed in her, she didn’t truly believe in herself.

Apparently, all the years she played tennis (started at 8 years old and turned pro at 16), she never got a single compliment about her tennis from any coach in China.  That, along with her almost overnight star power caused Na much stress, as the expectations of an adoring world made it more and more difficult for her to focus during tennis matches.

Rodriguez may be the best coach Li could have, as he has spent a great deal of time reassuring Na and teaching her how to keep her composure during a match, and to forgive herself when she makes a bad shot, as part of the problem is Na is very hard on herself.

Li Na, left, chats with friend and fellow WTA tennis player Peng Shuai during a dinner ceremony for the Shenzhen Open held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China.
Li Na, left, chats with friend and fellow WTA tennis player Peng Shuai during a dinner ceremony for the Shenzhen Open held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China.

Looking back

OK, there’s one other reason I am writing this post about Li Na, and if you’re looking for a place to bail out of this post, here it is. (I’d stop reading if I were you.)

Then again, this is where you’ll see a slightly different side of me.

This time last year, Na was in position to win the 2013 Australian Open.

Because I am a DirecTV subscriber and have the Tennis Channel, I was able to see every match Na played in the 2013 Australian Open.  She looked so much more powerful and confident.

But I was concerned when Na had to play Agneiszka Radwanska in the quarterfinal match.  Radwanska, at that time, was undefeated in 2013 and hadn’t dropped a single set on the year.

That match, I thought, would tell me whether Na was ready to contend for another championship title.

I was excited but nervous when Na won a tight first set, 7-5, Radwanska’s first loss in something like 26 or 28 sets I think.  But then, Na dominated in the second set, winning it 6-3.  I was starting to believe, yet, I still wondered whether Na could carry that over against Maria Sharapova in the semifinal match next.

OK, here’s that side you haven’t seen of me before:

Sharapova — or as I like to call her, “Shriek-a-pova” (because she’s the second-most annoying player of the WTA with that loud, obnoxious war cry on every single shot), had lost only nine games during the Australian Open heading into the match against Li.  But Na destroyed Shriekapova in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.  To me, Na looked ready to capture her second Grand Slam championship, and because this was the Australian Open, I thought it could actually happen.

In the final, Na would face Azarenka, THE most annoying player of the WTA.  I hate Azarenka (whom I call Ass-a-renka since she makes an ass out of herself with that stupid shriek of her’s on every single shot, including her serve), only slightly more than I hate Shriekapova.

Li Na, left, jokes with friend and fellow WTA tennis pro Zheng Jie and an unidentified woman about the marks on Li's knee from the physio tape she wears during play.  The chat was during a dinner ceremony for the Shenzhen Open tournament held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China. (Li won the title.)
Li Na, left, jokes with friend and fellow WTA tennis pro Zheng Jie and an unidentified woman about the marks on Li’s knee from the physio tape she wears during play. The chat was during a dinner ceremony for the Shenzhen Open tournament held from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, 2014 in China. (Li won the title.)

So, that Friday night 2013, I couldn’t sleep.  And on Saturday morning, I watched, I cheered for Na, I spoke to Na through the TV, encouraging her every step of the way.  And when Na took the first set 6-4 (she could have/should have won it 6-2), I was feeling good.

And even when Assarenka went up 3-0 in the second set, I didn’t panic.  I know Na can overcome 0-3.  And, I figured if this went to three sets, it favored Na because she’s the better mover, her conditioning is better, and, hey, it’s the Australian Open.  I loved how 90 percent of the crowd was for Na.  In fact, as the match went on and Assarenka got nastier and nastier, I couldn’t believe anyone other than her coach and her boyfriend, Bozo the Clown, could possibly cheer for her.

But secretly, I was worried.  As much as she disgusts me, I have to say that Assarenka is tough.  She seems perfectly comfortable being the bad guy, and I was afraid the hostile crowd that cheered voraciously every time Assarenka missed a shot, and booed her every time she had words with the chair umpire or slapped a ball down the court after making an error, might backfire by making her more determined.  I was also a bit concerned that the overwhelming support for Li might creep into Na’s psyche.  Who knows how these things work?

Turn for the worst

Li Na grimaces in pain after spraining her ankle during the second set of the 2013 Australian Open women's singles championship match.
Li Na grimaces in pain after spraining her ankle during the second set of the 2013 Australian Open women’s singles championship match.

As I knew she would, Na overcame the 0-3 start in the second set, but I was stunned and extremely upset to see my hero roll her left ankle and fall.

The pain on her face scared me, especially, when she couldn’t put any weight on her leg.  Along with the estimated 20,000 spectators who sat in stunned silence, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

But I know Li Na is tough, and I was not surprised when, after the tournament training staff wrapped her ankle, she was able to continue.  She even leveled the set at 4-4.  And when she eventually lost that second set 4-6, I still believed she would win the third set and claim the trophy.

But with Na ahead in the third and final set 2-1, a scheduled fireworks show to commemorate Australia Day delayed play for 9 minutes.  I sensed a bad omen:  It was a momentum-killer and it forced Li to sit in the cold night air (Australia time), which was not good for her swollen ankle.

Li Na bangs the back of her head on the tennis court when she twisted her ankle a second time during the 2013 Australian Open championship match.  Li temporarily lost her vision and had to be evaluated for a concussion.
Li Na bangs the back of her head on the tennis court when she twisted her ankle a second time during the 2013 Australian Open championship match. Li temporarily lost her vision and had to be evaluated for a concussion.

And, sure enough, after play resumed, and during the first point, Na rolled the same ankle while chasing a shot wide to her backhand side.

This was almost unbelievable to me and the capacity crowd, but worse, this time, the fall caused Li to smack the back of her head hard on the court.  My heart sank.  Only this time, I wasn’t worried about the match — I was worried about Na.

Along with the crowd, I gasped at the site during the many replays.  Everyone sat in disbelief and stunned silence as doctors rushed on to the court to evaluate Li.

Li Na cracks up while WTA trainers evaluate her for a concussion after a fall in which she banged her head on the court during the 2013 Australian Open final.
Li Na cracks up while WTA trainers evaluate her for a concussion after a fall in which she banged her head on the court during the 2013 Australian Open final.

And then it happened.  During the concussion test, Na, in her ever-endearing style, seemingly embarrassed over all the attention, broke into laughter.  Later, she said during an interview she thought it was funny that this was happening on a tennis court and not in a hospital.

But when she laughed, the crowd broke out into laughter too.  It made me laugh and cry at the same time.  Na is such a sweetheart, such a good sport, such a great person.  What a little angel.  She said that for a couple of seconds she lost her vision.  It was a scary moment, but here she was lightening the moment with her cute personality, once again filling the crowd with a sense of awe for this magnificent, yet, humble and all too human a champion.

So many factors were working against Li Na.  The cool weather after it had been so hot for most of the tournament, the falls (the first in her professional career), the 9-minute delay of the match for the fireworks show, the overwhelming support of the crowd, all combined to doom Li Na’s chances to win her second Grand Slam event.  I wanted it for her so badly because I believed it would validate her, and restore her confidence once and for all.  And because the Australian Open is her Grand Slam tournament.  It her favorite event, and Li Na is so loved by most everyone there.

As it turned out, Li Na did what she always does – she was gracious, she was cute and funny.  She joked about falling, saying it was “Because I’m stupid.”  She vowed to be back better than ever.

But the ankle injury was more serious than anyone knew, and it took longer than expected for Na to return.  She missed a lot of tennis, and when she did come back, she played well, but didn’t win much the rest of the year.

Full circle

So, it’s last night Jan. 24, 2014 and Li Na is a finalist again in the Australian Open.  It seems like there is justice in sports that Na has another chance to win grand slam event she covets most.   The match would be aired at 3:30 a.m. today (Saturday).  I thought about going to sleep and recording the match on my DVR so I could watch later and just blow through the commercials.

Li Na displays the 2014 Australian Open trophy for women's singles final championship.
Li Na displays the 2014 Australian Open trophy for women’s singles final championship.

But who was I kidding?  I wasn’t going to be able to sleep.  Besides, I wanted to be there for every second of the match.  I wanted to be part of each point, talking to the TV, cheering after each winning rally and encouraging Na after each lost point.

I am her devoted fan.  I couldn’t not watch her match in real time.  I didn’t want the result to already have happened without me there to help.

My stomach was in knots at 3 a.m.  I wish I had known then about the good fortune that is the number 3 in Chinese culture.  It might have helped me relax a little.

Chinese tradition considers 3 a lucky number. Three has its origin in Confucianism and Taoism.  It stands for Heaven, Earth and Human being; philosophically, Tao means the amiableness among the above three elements. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/lucky-number3.htm

The number 3 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. The number 3 is significant since there are three important stages in a man’s life (birth, marriage and death). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_in_Chinese_culture

In Mandarin, Number 3 sounds like the word, life, so it is considered a good number. http://www.chinese-traditions-and-culture.com/chinese-lucky-numbers.html

A charming New Year?

“Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.

(Chinese New Year begins Friday Jan. 31, 2014 — the year of the horse.)

“Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.”

Li Na celebrates her victory on court after winning the 2014 Australian Open women's singles championship Jan. 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Li Na celebrates her victory on court after winning the 2014 Australian Open women’s singles championship Jan. 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

We know Li Na is all of those things, especially, witty and good with a tennis racket in her hands.

Happy Chinese New Year, Li Na .

I hope you win the next three slams this year (French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).

Either way, at least you won the one you were made to win – the Australian Open.

Congratulations, Li Na.

Love of pantyhose nurtured by our most iconic female superheroes


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

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.

‘Evil’ costume designer no better than the undead


I don’t know if, or how much you liked it, but one of my own favorite posts on this blog is “A Treat when Pantyhose show up unexpectedly” (http://wp.me/pwR4W-eb).  In it, I express my delight in seeing the main character in the movie, Blood: The Last Vampire, battling all sorts of deamons while wearing a traditional Japanese schoolgirl uniform, complete with sheer pantyhose.

To me, there is something super sexy about the juxtaposition that results when horror and martial arts action are combined with the ultimate expression of beauty, femininity and class.  One just wouldn’t expect to see a beautiful young girl dispatching vampires with karate kicks and a samurai sword, all the while dressed in a skirt and pantyhose.

Similarly, the first three installments of the Resident Evil movies offered that same sex appeal:  The beautiful and powerful Alice (played by Milla Jovovich) and/or a couple of her allies wear pantyhose while battling hordes of vicious zombies

Man, those zombies of the Resident Evil (from now on, RE for short) series are the best since the original ones in George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead movie, and more recently, those in the TV series: The Walking Dead.

Like Blood: The Last Vampire, the RE series of movies is based on a video game.  I had never heard of, nor seen before or since, the video games, but the movies are awesome.

In fact, according to the official website, http://www.residentevil-movie.com/site/, the RE film franchise “has grossed nearly $700 million worldwide to date …,” making it the most successful game-to-movie venture in history.

Last week, the fifth installment, Resident Evil: Retribution opened worldwide.  Written and directed by Milla Jovovich’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, here’s the synopsis of the movie (again, straight from the film’s official website):

“The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.”

International model and superstar actress Milla Jovovich sometimes can be seen wearing sheer pantyhose as the main character, Alice, in the original “Resident Evil” movie in 2002.

I loved the first three RE movies: Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).  The fourth installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and now this one, Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), uhhhhh, not as much.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of the entire RE series.  I just prefer the purity of the first three installments, in which Alice and a few of her allies battle everyday scary zombies.  I like the few against the many.  I like the simple premise of trying to survive against the marauding horde.  If you’re strong enough, fast enough and can accurately shoot or strike the zombies in their heads, you survive.

When the writers start adding these unbelievable 11-foot-tall mutated monstrosities that swing 200-pound hammers, and the only way you can kill the things is by somehow blowing them to smitherines by way of an explosion, that’s where I lose interest.  But that’s just me.  The writers don’t have to create ever-more fantastic villains to keep me watching.  I can’t get enough of the humans-versus -undead battle on its own.  That works just fine for me.

Now, don’t worry.  This is still The ActSensuous Blog, and I’m not a film critic.  So I’ll get to the pantyhose now.  The first three RE movies thrilled me in part because of that juxtaposition I described earlier.  I wouldn’t EXPECT to find a single female lead or supporting character wearing pantyhose in a movie about  a zombie apocalypse, but I do APPRECIATE it when it happens.

For one thing, I love realism in movies.  I think it would have been unrealistic if at least a couple women weren’t wearing pantyhose when the undead began menacing the world.  It’s just a little too convenient that every woman would just happen to be dressed in leather, jeans or some other form of otherwise comfortable clothing that would be perfect for running, climbing, falling, jumping, fighting, whatever.

Now, think I’m wrong about my statement that some women wore pantyhose during the first three RE movies?  OK, let’s recap.

Alice (Milla Jovovich) makes fighting vicious zombies beautiful and glamorous in all the Resident Evil movies.

Resident Evil — Alice is wearing sheer nude pantyhose with that skimpy red dress and those black boots.  (By the way, I hate big bulky boots with a dress and pantyhose, but hey, I can’t have everything.)

Milla Jovovich, left, Sandrine Holt and Sienna Guillory comprise a small band of humans trying to survive marauding zombies in Resident Evil-Acpocalypse. Holt, who plays a newsreporter wears a skirt suit, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose, adding beauty to an ugly environment.

 

Resident Evil: Apocalypse — In some scenes, it looks like Alice is wearing pantyhose, while in others, she isn’t wearing with the same outfit.  However, the lovely newsreporter, Terri Morales (played by Sandrine Holt), is wearing sheer nude pantyhose with her green skirt suit and pumps, and she looks awesome.  Wish I could find a still from the graveyard scene in which a zombie comes from under the ground and grabs the reporter’s ankles, bringing her to the ground.  Great scene.  Also, the character, Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory), is wearing very sheer pantyhose in some of the scenes, and at times, not wearing with the same outfit.

Resident Evil: Extinction — While there doesn’t appear to be one scene in which Alice is wearing, at least the character, K-Mart (Spencer Locke), is wearing pantyhose under some jeans that are torn at different places on her legs.

While I would have loved to see more consistent pantyhose wearing in all three of those movies, I am thankful for what we got.  Add to that the fact that Milla Jovovich frequently wears pantyhose during publicity shoots, magazine ads and other movies, and I have an overall very positive feeling about the RE franchise.

But there was no pantyhose in RE: Afterlife.  Not that I remember anyway.  Again, I didn’t really enjoy that installment and thus have seen it only once.

And here’s where I finally get to the point of this post (you’re welcome) and the reason for its headline.  I was soooooooo looking forward to this fifth installment, RE: Retribution, for two reasons.  First, I hoped it would it would be more exciting to me than RE: Afterlife, and be overall more entertaining.

But second, and more importantly, I learned that one of my favorite Chinese actresses, Li Bingbing, would play a major role – Ada Wong (apparently, a popular character in the video games, which again, I’ve never seen).

Now here’s the thing: Frequent readers of this blog know how much I admire Asian actresses (and Asian women in general) for being much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than women of all other nationalities.  And being a mainland Chinese star (unlike Michelle Yeoh, Joan Chen, Bai Ling, who, unfortunately, seem to have become way too Westernized, especially when it comes to how they dress in public, etc.), I figured Bingbing most definitely would wear pantyhose in RE: Retribution.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Li Bingbing as Ada Wong, let, and Milla Jovovich as Alice star in the movie, Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth installment, which opened last week. In this photo, it looks as if Li is wearing pantyhose, but on the big screen, it didn’t actually appear so.

Now, in some of the publicity photos for the movie, I would swear that Bingbing is indeed wearing pantyhose  But in others, it looks like she isn’t wearing.  I thought the only way I could be certain, was to go to see the movie, so last week, I went to a night showing (by myself, by the way.  Couldn’t talk anyone into going to see it with me.)  And, yes, I wore a dress, heels and ActSensuous nude pantyhose.   Anyway, I was determined to see the movie because I thought it might be more clear as to whether Ada Wong was wearing pantyhose or not.   (Also, I realized it had been a long time since you got a new post from me, and this was at least a timely theme.)

I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that costume designer Wendy Partridge didn’t think it was important to dress Ada Wong in pantyhose.  And, I can’t believe that Bingbing didn’t request it, or even insist on it.

I will say that Bingbing is stunningly beautiful and has such perfect skin that maybe if anyone could get away with not wearing pantyhose, it would be her.   Still, I don’t understand why women would ever want to wear leather high heels with bare feet,  especially when they’re going to be walking, running and fighting in them.  It’s not exactly what you’d call comfy.  Also, that dress with the slit-up-to-there showed a lot of leg, and as great as she looked anyway, Bingbing would have been devastatingly gorgeous in pantyhose.  Besides, pantyhose with a dress like that would have been more appropriate, Ada Wong being Chinese would have been much more likely to wear pantyhose anyway, and it just plain would have been sexier — a factor that certainly helps movies of this genre.

I still want to believe that maybe my eyes just ain’t what they used to be, and that Bingbing was wearing very sheer pantyhose with that outfit.   One thing I have learned about readers of this blog is you people know a lot about these things, and some of you will come up with high quality pictures that I couldn’t find, and maybe we’ll know for sure one way or another.  Or, you’ll just write in about what you saw at the movie.  Was she wearing at all?  Ever?

I don’t understand Partridge’s decision to not dress Bingbing in pantyhose.  It’s not as if the story or the period precluded it because at least two female zombies who had prominent parts in fight scenes wore hose.  One was in some funky (ugly) thick striped tights, and the other was in some ripped fishnet hose.  Maybe Partridge is one of those pantyhose haters and dressed those two zombies in hose because they were pretty convincingly killed off early in the film.

Can you feel my pain?  I so hate missed opportunities.  If something can be done better, why not do it?  Bingbing as Ada Wong was lovely and a nice addition to the RE franchise.  RE: Retribution was, in my opinion, better than RE: Afterlife.  It worked, but had Bingbing been dressed in sheer nude or suntan pantyhose, it would have classed up and added a dose of beauty to the film.

OK, the RE franchise will be fine even though Ada Wong was wearing an amazing dress but not wearing pantyhose.  I just think Bingbing deserved better from the costume designer.

Li Bingbing might be better known to Western audiences as the white-haired witch in the fantasy movie, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Think you don’t know Li Bingbing?  I think you do.  She is the white-haired witch in the movie, The Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li.  If you have DirecTV, you’ll see it plays, I don’t know, like every other week for the past two years or so.  Now, The Forbidden Kingdom is a period piece, so naturally, Bingbing wasn’t wearing pantyhose in that movie, but OMG, is she gorgeous!

Bingbing also was the “bad guy” in another cute martial arts movie I’ve talked about here many times before – Silver Hawk, starring Michelle Yeoh (whom I still love despite that comment I made earlier about her having become too Westernized.)  Anyway, both Michelle and Bingbing wear pantyhose constantly throughout Silver Hawk, including all the fight scenes.

In Silver Hawk,Bingbing wears short-shorts and high heel boots with pantyhose, and does a great deal more fighting than she was called on to do in RE: Retribution, so why Partridge might think it somehow  would not work for her to wear pantyhose with that fabulous dress and high heels in RE: Retribution is beyond me?   Certainly, not because of the physical nature of the role.

Recently, Bingbing played a great supporting role in the Chinese movie, A World without Thieves, which appears on the movie channels from time to time.  But none of the women even wear a dress, let alone pantyhose, in that film.  It isn’t so much a period piece, but just not the right setting for dressing up.

And in November 2009, Li won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in the espionage spy thriller, The Message.

Set in 1942 Nanjing, China, following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion for questioning, including stenographer Gu (actress Zhou Xun) and code breaker Li (Li Bingbing). During the next five days, the group is watched, manipulated and tortured as the Japanese officers attempt to extract the identity of the leaders of the resistance.

Throughout the film, both Xun and Bingbing wear beautiful dresses and heels, complete with sheer hosiery.

Bingbing also stars alongside Jeon Ji-hyeon  (known to Western audiences as Gianna Jun of Blood: The Last Vampire) in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, directed by Wayne Wang, who also directed The Joy Luck Club.

If you want to drop about 20 pounds, just watch either of those two movies, and you’ll cry out that much in tears.  Bingbing and Ji-hyeon are beautiful and brilliant in Snow Flower, each playing dual roles, as the film tells the story of undying female friendship while it meanders between modern day and turn-of-the-century China.  There’s at least one scene during the modern day era of the film wear both girls wear beautiful dresses and hosiery.

Milla Jovovich looked amazing during the ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ world premiere Sept. 3, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. While, Jovovich normally would wear pantyhose with such an elegant ensemble, surprisingly, she opted for the bare legs look.
Like her costar, Li Bingbing looked stunning during a premiere event for “Resident Evil: Retribution. Li, who typically, would wear pantyhose for such an occasion, sadly, opted for the bare legs look.

Like Milla, Bingbing frequently wears pantyhose in magazine shoots, particularly those in China, and during public appearances, as well as in movies of modern-era timelines.  Yet, in every photo I could find of Milla and Bingbing making appearances together or separately during publicity events and premiere appearances for RE: Retribution, neither woman is wearing pantyhose.  They both wear beautiful dresses or gowns and beautiful shoes, but with bear legs.

I have to admit that both women look incredible.  Both are amazingly beautiful.  I just don’t understand their all-too-casual approach.  The RE franchise is about to top $700 million, yet, no one feels the premiere event is a worthy enough occasion to warrant pantyhose.

I really love Milla, and I believe in her.  She’s beautiful, super-talented and charming as heck.  And even during the height of the “bear” legs movement in the late 1990s to mid-2000s, Milla always maintained her professionalism, class and elegance, frequently wearing pantyhose during promotional appearances and in public venues.

So, what gives now?  Has Milla finally succumbed to the bear legs culture?  I don’t think so.

But here’s something I find a bit disturbing:  When a superstar like Milla doesn’t bother to wear pantyhose when promoting her own movie, why should Bingbing or anyone else?

Milla, like other famous Hollywood superstars, has a huge influence on celebrities all over the world.  So, even popular stars in China, such as Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi, who traditionally have dressed conservatively and elegantly, especially throughout Asia, now often are showing up at awards ceremonies and publicity functions bear-legged.

It’s bad enough that our celebrities have de“class”ified these events, but when their poor choices negatively influence otherwise more classy stars in other parts of the world, that is a real shame.

Still, I have faith in Milla, and Bingbing.  Check out the gallery below.  You’ll see that both have a good track record of wearing pantyhose in most of their movies, during most formal occasions, and often in public in general.