Are you feeling something in the air these days? That crisp autumn breeze? You know what that means, right?
It’s time for some footballlllll.
With new head coaches, new coordinators, new venues, so many new rookies, free agents and traded players looking to make impacts for their teams, this should be another exciting season.
And the Rams are back where they belong in Los Angeles. So all is right and good in the NFL again.
Oh, and one more thing is new …
SNF opening theme song
Yes, the Sunday Night Football opening theme song is new this year (thank God, as I was getting sick of “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night”), but naturally, one thing hasn’t changed.
For the third consecutive season now, Carrie Underwoodenhead will be prancing around on stage, this time in a couple of dresses that look like they belong in a sci-fi movie, flashing those bony, pasty white “bear” legs of hers.
And for the third season in a row, I am calling her on it here.
Ahead of Underwearer’s debut three seasons ago as the new performer of the SNF intro theme song, an advertisement touted that NBC’s Sunday Night Football would feature Carrie Underwood’s legs “to drive men nuts.”
Hey, men, are you nuts over her legs yet?
How are Carrie Underwood and an out-of-work school teacher alike?
What does Carrie Underwood have in common with Ariana Grande, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Rhianna and Selena Gomez?
Nothing. Those others have the professionalism, class and elegance to grace their legs with sheer pantyhose on stage.
In what way are Carrie Underwood and singer-actress Cher connected?
“Gypsies, (Carrie Underwood) & Thieves” was a #1 single by Cher in 1971.
Yes, even young professional entertainers like Selena (among many, many others) have the good sense and class to wear sheer nude pantyhose on stage, yet, veteran performer Carrie Underdressed (who truly needs to wear pantyhose so much more than those younger ones do in the first place) still doesn’t get it.
And, as I wrote last season, the fact that SNF is like the biggest money maker for NBC against all other shows (and so is the NFL itself for that matter), it is unfathomable to me that the director or producer of the SNF intro theme song also doesn’t have the sense (or the guts) to tell Carrie Underwhelming that she should wear pantyhose.
During the past few years, the NFL has been cracking down on bad behavior by players, drumming into their heads that it is a privilege to play in the league. (Wake up, Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel.) And on Thursday Night Football the other day, LB Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos was the only member of his team not to stand during the singing of the National Anthem before the first regular season NFL game between the host Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.
I was hoping head coach Gary Kubiak, or executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway would bench Marshall for the duration of the game. It was good to hear that head coach Jeff Fisher of the L.A. Rams would have. He said as much recently. I would have, too. One player isn’t bigger than the entire team and organization, and football is not a forum for voicing one’s personal, political or social agenda. Marshall might be a good linebacker, but in my mind, he isn’t a good team guy, which makes me wonder whether he’s not a good guy … period.
Sorry, had to get that out of my system (and it’s my blog, and I can say what I wannnnt). But, now, back to what this blog is all about …
The NFL, rightfully so, is image-conscious these days. So what makes Carrie Understated think that she is too good to do the right thing when representing the league and SNF?
I mean 27 out of 32 NFL teams have professional cheerleader squads who wear sheer nude or suntan pantyhose with their uniforms. (The Bears, Browns, Giants, Packers and Steelers don’t have cheerleaders.)
In honor of the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, I tried to find a photo of the Rams cheerleaders performing during this year’s preseason. I found only one, but it was too small. So instead, here’s a high-resolution pic (above) of the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders ushering in the contest, as the Vikes hosted the Rams in the teams’ fourth preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1.
Can you even imagine today’s NFL’s cheerleaders performing bear-legged?
Check out this photo (left), taken back when I guess there wasn’t color film. And weren’t pantyhose big in the 1970s?
Heck, today, many college football teams’ and even high school football teams’ cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear sheer pantyhose with their uniforms.
Yet, somehow, Carrie Underminer thinks she is above all that.
By the way, I thought of calling her Carrie Underdog, but Underdog is cute, and besides, even a dog hates bare legs (right).
Sooooo, another season in which I will enjoy Sunday Night Football but skip the intro theme song. Not that doing so will make any difference to anybody, but I can’t stand to look at Carrie Underperformer anyway, so at least, I’ll feel better.
The Rhodes home
A few seasons ago, I praised some of the female hosts/reporters, and Lindsay Rhodes (left), specifically, for wearing sheer pantyhose during episodes of NFL Network and NFL Total Access.
Then, Rhodes all of a sudden stopped wearing, and I stopped watching.
The other day, I tuned in to those shows again because of the start of the 2016 season and was pleased to see Lindsay wearing again (at least, during the episode I saw, but hopefully, she’s back to wearing all the time again.)
What? Major League Baseball teams have cheerleaders now? When did that happen?
I’ve been an NFL fan for, I don’t know, a hundred years or so, but MLB? Not so much. OK, practically, never. But when I can find nothing to watch on the 250 or so channels I have on DirecTV, occasionally, I’ll stop in on a baseball game.
And because of where I live, I always can get the Miami Marlins, and recently I was shocked (but quite pleased) to see the Energy Team, especially, since the girls all wear pantyhose with their uniforms.
According to the team’s website, the Energy Team is a high-vitality male and female squad who perform a unique mix of gymnastics, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern jazz, funk and break dancing to provide excitement and entertainment during Miami Marlins home games and appearances throughout the community.
Additionally, the site states the Energy Team is the only co-ed performance pep squad team in Major League Baseball.
To be sure, I Googled that and found that a few MLB teams have some kind of entertainment squads, but the photos showed that the girls on those teams are all bear-legged. Love that Miami sports organizations always show professionalism and class. Way to go, Energy Team!
OK, enough about sports. You’ve read a few times here that I usually decide what I’m going to watch on TV based upon what I believe (hope) is most likely to have pantyhose content in it.
I used to watch Dancing with the Stars, but after a few seasons I could no longer stand seeing professional ballroom dancers strutting around bear-legged. This aint hip-hop, people, it’s BALLROOM. Somehow, the DWTS version of ballroom missed the part about professionalism, class and elegance. I haven’t watched that ridiculous show since.
About 11 seasons ago, I started and am still watching America’s Got Talent even though the judges can be quite annoying, as their egos are so huge, they try to make the show mostly about themselves. Nevertheless, I always liked and miss the old variety shows that were big (I hear) in the 1960s and ‘70s, and AGT truly is a variety show.
Ostensibly, the show is about discovering the next great heretofore unknown super star, and the prize for winning is a headline show in Las Vegas and $1 million.
Seems each year, I fall in love with a few acts, which ultimately get cut, usually, toward the end of the season when audience members and viewers at home cast votes, rather than the judges. Such was the case with, Deadly Games, a husband and wife knife-throwing act. The act was cut during the semifinals.
AGT claims it is looking for an act that is Las Vegas-worthy, but the judges seem to favor singers. (Aren’t there enough stupid singing contest shows out there?)
Not only was Deadly Games exciting and extremely dangerous, the duo of Alfredo and Anna Silva was professional in every way. They stepped up the risk in each performance along their journey, always with a keen sense of timing and great showmanship. The couple were edgy in every way right down to their sexy costumes, and the beautiful and exotic Anna always wore pantyhose.
Deadly Games was made for Las Vegas, and they richly deserved to advance to the finals (and even win). I hope a professional agent contacts the Silvas and gives them their start.
Unfortunately, the AGT voting audience is likely mostly young people who cast their votes based on popularity and sympathy for each act’s personal back story, and they wouldn’t know (or apparently care) what a Vegas-worthy act is. Between the horse’s hiney judges who claim to “love” practically every act, yet, aren’t honest with the ones who really have no chance of winning (i.e., no talent), and these young audience voters who somehow think AGT is really American Idol in different packaging, singing acts seem to get all the love. This, while really truly Vegas-quality acts, such as Russian Bar, ThroWings, a husband and wife high wire act, and another of my favorites this season, a husband and wife act called Quick Change, get cut by goofball judges or unsophisticated audience voting.
Rather than try to explain the Quick Change act here, check out this video of the couple’s first audition:
Of course I love that Victoria always wore beautiful short dresses and pantyhose with every outfit. With Quick Change’s talent, I am sure they will find the fame and success they deserve.
I’ll leave you with this. In the dashboard behind my WordPress blog, I can see the search terms people entered that led them to my blog. One search phrase read: “Do Korean women wear pantyhose?”
Heck, that could be a future blog post for me, but for now, I’ll say this: Probably much of the world realizes that pantyhose are deeply rooted in Asian culture; none more so than in Japan, where wearing pantyhose is a must for reasons of courtesy, femininity and just the right thing to do. I think I love Japan.
I’ve also been following Korean professional models and Korean girl groups (singers/dancers/musicians), all of whom always wear sheer nude or suntan pantyhose on stage and during public appearances.
This picture (left) really caught my attention because … well, it’s really cute, and it shows how deeply seated pantyhose wearing truly is in Korea. So much so that the performer is perfectly comfortable showing the waistband and part of her pantyhose above her shorts.
While I’m not a big fan of fishnet pantyhose, I like this very sexy look. Thought you might like to see it, too.
Note: I noticed that none of the pictures here are expanding to a larger version when you click on them. I always post pics that are in very high resolution (the one of Selena Gomez is 3600 x 2179) for your viewing pleasure.
My blog account was recently updated automatically, and I haven’t figured everything out yet, but this pictures thing is very important to me, so please know I am working on it. For now, if you right click each picture and select View image, some will expand to, at least, a slightly bigger size.
As my loyal readers know, besides their comments here, I receive tons of private emails concerning everything you can imagine about pantyhose (but, almost always clean and classy, which I appreciate).
Naturally, I’m always interested in hearing the views of others, so I am open to receiving unexpected emails or letters to our P.O. Box.
But nothing could have prepared me for the note that was slipped under my door recently. It was like a scene from the X-Files. It’s almost midnight and I’m still working alone in my office.
With the place dimly lit, I notice an ominous shadow cast under the door jam. I’m a little anxious. Who’d be calling on me at this hour? This can’t be good. Then, a note is slid under my door and the shadow just as suddenly disappears.
Typically, I don’t get too excited about a hand-delivered note as long as it’s not a bill or a jury summons.
But this had a strange sense of urgency about it, so I read it at once. Hand-scrawled on scrap paper, it read:
“Dear Rob (I was surprised, as only my closest friends call me Rob),
If you consider yourself a responsible journalist, you won’t pass up the opportunity to expose the discrimination and repression that has been wrought against beardom for the past zillion years or so.”
It was signed simply: The Grizzly
At first, I thought the whole thing was a prank, but the next day an invitation came via a text message (how do these people get my number?) with a time and date to meet The Grizzly at his office (I didn’t know Grizzly bears even have offices) for an exclusive interview. I have to admit, I was filled with some level of trepidation. What could The Grizzly want with me? Was this about my poaching Sarah Jessica Parker — his signature client in his “bear” legs cause? Did he want a piece of me?
So, I reread the note. Yes, he wanted a piece alright. The Grizzly was inviting me to write a piece about … what did he call it … oh, yes, the discrimination and repression of beardom. Hmmmm, my arch enemy was reaching out to me to shed light on an issue that was troubling not only him, but “all of beardom.” (I hadn’t realized there’s a beardom.)
While I probably should have thought better of the idea, the curiosity was too much for me to “bear” (yuk yuk), so I accepted the invitation, and a limousine arrived for me the next morning. Wow, The Grizzly certainly has a sense of class and style, sending a limo for me. And it was a nice ride to a more well-to-do neighborhood than I expected.
The entrance and driveway were impressive enough, and then I looked up at a very large and really tall house before The Grizzly came out to meet me. I was shocked at how big this guy really is. Must be 14 feet tall, and I couldn’t even begin to guess how much he weighs. I was certain my kung fu would be of no use against such a specimen. I had willingly walked into the bear’s domain and was on my own now.
To my relief, The Grizzly was quite formal and engaging. He invited me into his office. He called it the den. (I thought that was clever.) It was warm and cozy, kind of like a man cave, only he’s a Grizzly, so I’d have to say it was a bear cave. He took a seat in the den in a plush chair that probably should have been a lot bigger.
He got right to the point:
“Being The Grizzly is no picnic,” he said.
I stifled a giggle. “No picnic.” That was cute. Bears certainly are linked to picnics, I thought, and I couldn’t stop this image from forming in my head. But somehow he must have gotten that same image because in his version, the bear’s picnic basket was packed generously with ActSensuous pantyhose for food.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he continued. “I mean, yeah, I’m at the top of the food chain and all in my world. But people are really missing the point here. If it weren’t for my role as champion of the bare legs cause, no one would care about bears.”
“Wait a minute, you mean you represent that ugly subculture of women who hate pantyhose just for the attention,” I asked?
“Oh, it’s all PR,” he said. “I do it strictly for the image.”
“Seriously, Grizzly bears have an image problem,” I asked?
“Think about it,” he said. “What kind of images do you associate with bears?”
He was right. The first thing that came to my mind was hunting. Then, all kinds of terrible thoughts hit me, such as a mounted bear inside a cabin at a resort, and those huge bear skin rugs in front of fireplaces.
“Come to think of it, there are a lot of dreadful things humans associate with bears,” I admitted, swallowing hard.
“Yeah, well, that aint the half of it, sister,” he said. “Bears have been pushed around, disrespected and abused since time immemorial.
So, look, you showed up, proving you’re a responsible journalist after all. You want to hear my story, and will you print it in your blog?”
I agreed. And so the interview began. And, being true to my part of the agreement, here is the transcript of the interview between myself and The Grizzly:
Interview with The Grizzly
Robin: So, you’re saying bears have always had it bad?
Grizzly: Oh yeah, we get no respect. Never have. From always being depicted as the bad guys in movies, to being falsely accused of terrorizing campers … heck, just in everyday life, you humans are always dissing bears.
Robin: Really, always in everyday life? Gimme an example.
Grizzly: How much time you got? There are so many examples. Take everyday phrases you people say, using my species’ namesake. They’re all negative: There’s “Bear with me” when you’re taking too long to accomplish something. There’s “I can’t bear it” when you’re dealing with a hardship. There’s “bear down” when you’re taking on a difficult project. And then, there’s my all-time favorite: “Does a bear sh** in the woods?”
Robin: (Again, I tried not to laugh, remembering I had said after reading The Grizzly’s note in my office: “… the curiosity was too much for me to bear.”)
Robin: Well, I’m not sure you had to include that last one, but OK, I’ll give you that there are many things people say that have a negative connotation toward bears, although really, they’re not intended that way. Still, there’s at least one positive “bear” phrase you should like.
Grizzly: Yeah, what’s that?
Robin: “I come bearing gifts.”
Grizzly: I come baring legs.
Robin: Haaaaaaa, good one!
Grizzly: Sorry, couldn’t resist. You walked right in to that one.
Robin: Yeah, I tend to do that. I mean, I’m here, aint I? But, really, not all movies make you the bad guy.
Grizzly: Name one that doesn’t.
Robin: Everybody loves Baloo the Bear in the movie, The Jungle Book. “Look for the bear necessities …”
Grizzly: Please stopping singing that. I won’t be able to get that song out of my head for weeks now. Anyway, humans think that movie is cute, but at its essence, it’s embarrassing at best to bears.
Robin: Really? Sorry to hear that. OK, what about Smoky the Bear? He’s certainly a good guy. He ought to be a role model for all bears. Heck, you’ve got a poster of him on your wall there.
Grizzly: He’s … what’s the word I’m looking for … oh yeah, slow.
Grizzly: Alright, he’s not slow really. But we bears don’t care for him. He’s a little too chummy with you humans.
Robin: OK, that’s a bit disturbing to hear, especially now. I think he’s a positive and endearing figure. We humans love Smoky the Bear.
Grizzly: Remember, only YOU can prevent forest rangers!
Robin: Uh, that’s forest fires.
Grizzly: That’s not how we bears say it.
Robin: OK, now I’m really nervous. On to a different subject. Could it be that you’re too defensive about your role in pop culture?
Grizzly: Look, bears have had a bad rap since as far back as the 1800s when that libelous story first came out about three bears and some snot-nosed little brat.
Robin: Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Oh, c’mon, that’s one of the most popular fairy tales of all time.
Grizzly: Well, it didn’t start out that way. You should Google that title.
Robin: (The Grizzly uses Google?)
Grizzly: Originally, the Goldilocks character was an old hag who busted into a bear family’s cottage all uninvited you know. Today, that’s known as a home invasion. Then, she had the nerve to eat up their porridge and try to stay. Nowadays, you call that squatting. And then, when the bear family comes home, she freaks out and bolts, accidentally falling to her death. But, it was the bears who got the blame for that, and we’ve been the bad guys ever since.
Robin: Yeah, but another author came along later and changed the old hag character into a pretty little girl with golden hair who was actually treated more hospitably by the three bears. What about that?
Grizzly: Oh, sure, that innocent little girl. She broke into the bear family’s cottage, ate up their porridge, broke Baby Bear’s chair and then slept in Papa Bear’s bed. Little brat probably even peed in the bed. Yet, she’s the hero. Little kids all over the world grow up thinking it’s OK to take advantage of bears, all because Goldilocks became a star.
Robin: Well, it’s just a fairy tale. And, I’d hardly call her a star. In fact, for the most part, Goldilocks has been all but forgotten for years.
Grizzly: Not by bears. We’re reminded of her every time we see a Chevy Chase movie co-starring that blonde who just so happens to be a direct descendant of Goldilocks.
Robin: Who’s that?
Grizzly: You know … Goldie Hawn.
Robin: Ohhhhh, Goldilocks/Goldie Hawn. I get it.
Grizzly: She had it all, that Goldie Hawn. Beauty, talent, brains, and she was funny as heck. And she really was a star. And, I’m sure you love the fact that she was a devoted pantyhose wearer in her day.
Robin: Well, sure, I loved Goldie Hawn for all her talent and especially because she always wore sheer suntan or nude pantyhose in every movie of hers I ever saw.
But you ought to feel a little vindicated by the fact that Goldie’s actress daughter, Kate Hudson, doesn’t seem to share her mother’s sense of professionalism, class and good taste, to say nothing of femininity. Shame, too, because the few times she does wear sheer pantyhose, she looks amazing. But for now anyway, it certainly seems she’s more likely to be seen bear-legged.
Grizzly: When you write up the transcript of this interview, how are you going to spell what you just said there?
Robin: What, bear-legged? Uh, b a r e …
Robin: Heh heh heh. Well, speaking of that, you mentioned earlier that you champion the whole bear-legs cause just for the PR. How’s that been working out for you?
Grizzly: During the mid-to-late ‘90s and the entire decade of 2000, it rocked to be The Grizzly. I mean, bare legs was all the rage. Women everywhere were wearing fabulous dresses or skirts, designer shoes with beautiful pedicures and then completely ruining the outfits with their bare legs. That was awesome! It really looked ridiculous, but they were all brainwashed. They even dressed that way at the office. Heck, even to weddings and funerals. Suddenly, bears were getting the love we always deserved.
Robin: Wait, you just said that the bear-legs look was ridiculous. Does that mean you really don’t hate pantyhose?
Grizzly: No-no, not at all. I love pantyhose. They taste great. They’re my main source of fiber these days. C’mon, you’ve seen the pics. You’ve published them in your blog. Bears everywhere love ripping pantyhose — especially your brand — to shreds.
Listen, I’ve got a whole new image to uphold these days. I told you, I’m in this campaign for the good publicity. If women want to bare their legs in even the most professional or formal of venues, no matter how awful they look, that’s just good for business as far as I’m concerned?
Robin: I’ve never been able to figure out how so many women throughout the world lost their minds this way.
Grizzly: Oh, you called it from the beginning: It was that whole Sex and the City thing that gave women the idea they could stop wearing pantyhose, coinciding with the casualization of the office in general. This just got women all over the world to jump on that bandwagon until bare legs turned into pop culture. I told you: Humans are easily influenced by a good story and a convincing actress.
Robin: Yeah, you really did have a pretty good run there with Sarah Jessica Parker, didn’t you?
Grizzly: You really shouldn’t remind me about that while you’re in The Grizzly’s den. But, yeah, we had a good thing going for a while there. She had women everywhere fooled for a long time. I still can’t believe you stole my best client.
Robin: Well, I didn’t really steal her from you. I merely set the record straight. She was just playing a part on TV and in the movies. But it became clear that in real life, she wasn’t truly the pantyhose hater everyone thought she was. I had to give her Credit ‘wear’ Credit is Due.
Grizzly: I gotta admit: It hurt losing SJP. I thought we were close.
Robin: I did feel a little bad about that. But it was touching to see how you tried so hard to win her back. Very romantic you were.
Grizzly: Yeah, I’ll miss her. She and I were good together.
Robin: Actually, I always thought your true signature client was Stacy London. I see you’ve got that picture of the two of you on your table there.
And, boy, does Stacy London deserve it. Still, SJP was a bigger star. And the damage she did, whether intentionally or not, was good enough to sustain the bare-legs cause for probably a while to come still.
Robin: You might be right about that, but surely, you’ve noticed that it’s been more and more difficult for me to find a celebrity who’s truly deserving of The Grizzly Awards.
Grizzly: I have noticed that. And don’t call me Shirley.
Robin: Good gosh, who knew The Grizzly has a sense of humor?
Grizzly: Hey, I told you: It’s all about the PR, and humor is my calling card. But to answer your question, yes, membership in the bare legs club definitely has waned recently. I mean there are still a few celebs who — since the opportunity to not wear was created in the first place — probably will never wear pantyhose again. I’ll go through my Rolodex and send you some names.
Robin: Really, you’d do that for me? Wow, what a guy. Wait a minute, you have a Rolodex?
Grizzly: Hey, you know the saying: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies over for dinner.” Or, something like that.
Robin: Uhhhhh, let’s be friends, not enemies, shall we?
Grizzly: You really shouldn’t consider me the enemy. After all, I made you.
Robin: Uhhhhhh, I’m sorry, come again?
Grizzly: C’mon, your blog would be just another pile of dull crap about pantyhose on the Internet if it weren’t for The Grizzly Awards and your whole “bear” legs thing. I have to admit, that was very clever.
Robin: Yeah, thanks, but I don’t know about that whole “you made me thing.” I kinda think I’ve made you. If you weren’t the face (or the legs, actually) of the “bear”-legs franchise, what would you being doing right now … stealing pic-i-nic baskets?
Grizzly: Oh, that was low …
Robin: Hey, it’s one more example of how you’re wrong about humans’ feelings toward bears. Everyone loves Yogi, ya know.
Grizzly: Uh, yeah, he’s a bit slow, too.
Robin: Oh boy! OK, let’s get back to the fact that it’s increasingly difficult for me to find a celebrity today who is truly deserving of The Grizzly Awards because even if one thinks of her as a bear legger, at least occasionally, she can be seen wearing pantyhose. I don’t want to be thought of as unjustly attacking a celebrity who might be loved by many in either the pantyhose or the bear-legs camps. It would be too easy for someone to counter with: “Wait a minute, look at this picture: She was wearing pantyhose for this occasion, or at that venue.” I could lose credibility if I pick on someone who does wear at least once in a while.
Grizzly: No, no, no, you gotta go with the percentages, kiddo. There are still quite a few celebs out there who wear pantyhose out and about — and I know how much you love that — but then, they go bare-legged to a formal ceremony, such as The Oscars or The Grammy Awards. And I know how much you hate that.
Robin: Exactly. I truly hate that.
Grizzly: So present them with The Grizzly Awards already.
Robin: I would, but sometimes the lines are a bit blurred. It’s tough to tell who’s who in this contest.
Grizzly: C’mon, you know who these people are. I know a part of you feels it would be the right thing to do to hand out The Grizzly Award to Sandra Oh. Am I right? You know I’m right. You really do want to give Sandra Oh the coveted Grizzly Award, don’t you? It’s OK, you can say it. Everyone knows you do. You never see that chick in pantyhose, but you’re torn because the few times she did wear in the past, you think she looked amazing, and you loved her, and now you don’t want to make her look bad.
Robin: Man, you got me pegged. How do you know these things? Who’ve you been talking with?
Grizzly: Hellooooo, I read your blog, ya know. Want me to name others just like Sandra Oh?
Robin: Oh, please do. Wait, you read my blog? What a day this is turning into. The things I’m learning here.
Grizzly: OK, buckle your seatbelt. This aint gonna be pretty. You will not like some of these, but if you’re honest, you’ll have to admit I’m right.
Robin: Go for it.
Grizzly: Let’s just stay on the whole Asian theme. Your beloved Asian actresses you think are so wonderful. Here we go: Bai Ling, Devon Aoki, Gong Li, Jamie Cheung, Joan Chen, Lucy Liu, Maggie Q, Michelle Yeoh — that’s right, I said Michelle Yeoh. That one particularly hurts, doesn’t it?
Robin: Yes, that one really kills me. And the others hurt too.
Grizzly: But wait, there’s more: Jun Ji-hyun, Marie Matiko (has she ever worn a pair of pantyhose in her entire life?), Moon Bloodgood, Olivia Munn, Uhm Jung-hwa.
Robin: Stop, stop already. I love all of them, and they’ve each been known to wear pantyhose so beautifully, at least once in a while. You’re cruel.
Grizzly: Talk to the paw, Honey, talk to the paw. I just call ‘em as I see ‘em.
Robin: Well, you are right about Marie Matiko. I have never ever seen a single picture of her wearing pantyhose. And that is so strange, as she is Japanese and wearing sheer pantyhose is practically the law in Japan. I guess Marie Matiko is too Americanized to care.
But including Jun Ji-hyun (aka Jun Ji-hyeon, aka Gianna Jun) on your list is baffling to me. Ji-Hyun wears pantyhose 10 times more frequently than all of those actresses you mentioned combined. With me, she’ll always get credit for her starring role in the movie Blood: The Last Vampire (above), as she wore sheer nude pantyhose with her Japanese schoolgirl outfit. (Note: Jun Ji-hyun, featured in this blog a few years ago, actually is Korean.)
But, here’s the thing: She often appears wearing sheer pantyhose while attending press conferences (right) and movie premiers, and when performing in television commercials.
And if that weren’t enough, she’s also a professional model who almost always wears sheer pantyhose to cover some of the biggest international fashion magazines (below).
Yes, I love Jun Ji-hyun.
Grizzly: Yeah, yeah … OK, fine. I’ll give you that one. I can understand why you’re so high on her.
She does seem to do everything right in your world.
Robin: Yes, she really is a class act in every way. She is a very popular actress, beloved for her romantic comedies, which is why it was a such a surprise that she starred in Blood: The Last Vampire, and did an excellent job transitioning into a physical/martial arts genre.
And she certainly sets a great example for younger Asian celebs, who might otherwise attempt to emulate the way Hollywood celebrities dress.
Robin: OK, so can we stop now?
Robin: Thank you.
Grizzly: Kelly Hu.
Grizzly: Kelly H … Oh, OK, I see. You got me with that one. Niiiiiiiiice.
Robin: Sorry, couldn’t resist. Yeah, Kelly Hu — a gorgeous woman with great legs. Such a waste that she seems to never have heard of the word, pantyhose. Sure, there’s the extremely rare time when she wears black tights or fishnets with high boots, but that doesn’t count in my book. Why hide those legs in pantyhose under boots?
Grizzly: See what I mean? You’ve got a lot of choices to hand out a Grizzly Award. Want me to name the non-Asian celebs now?
Grizzly: Amy Adams, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Anwar, Jennifer Aniston, Julianna Margulies, Leah Remini, Mila Kunis, Morena Baccarin, Rachel McAdams, Renee Zellweger, Robin Tuney, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Shahi, Teri Hatcher, Yancy Butler …
Robin: But …
Robin: OK, fine. Darn, those are some good names on your list. What happened to them? Of course, pantyhose lovers are happy that Julianna Margulies wears sheer nude pantyhose on The Good Wife, but she never wears during a late night talk show, and I’m guessing never to an awards show, or even when she’s out and about. That means she wears on The Good Wife only because she has to. If it were up to her, I’m sure she wouldn’t wear on that show.
Grizzly: Now you’re getting it. You’ve just been looking at it all wrong.
Robin: Oh my goodness, I’m so confused now.
Grizzly: Listen, just because you’ve seen each one of them wear pantyhose in the past, or even recently on a TV show, or in a movie, you have to look at their complete body of work. Most of them, left to their own devices, are going to go bare-legged. There really are a few of them who most definitely deserve to receive The Grizzly Award. In fact, I’ve got one I am sure you’ve never thought of, whom I would venture to say has never worn pantyhose a day in her whole life.
Robin: Really? Oh, do tell, do tell.
Grizzly: I don’t want to spoil it for your readers by mentioning her here now. Tell you what … I’ll text you later, and you’ll agree with me. Then, she can be your next recipient of The Grizzly Awards.
Robin: Oh, c’mon, just give me a hint? (Wait a minute … The Grizzly can text?)
Grizzly: OK, sure. Actually, it might be fun for your readers. They know these things. In fact, they’ve probably already thought of this one. She’s an actress in her mid-30s and her initials are JB. I guarantee you won’t be able to find a single picture of her in sheer pantyhose.
Robin: Really? Can’t wait to learn who this one is.
Grizzly: Yeah, and here’s another candidate for you. Her initials are BB.
Robin: Game show host?
Robin: Yeah, I hate her. She’s gorgeous, but totally unprofessional. She never wears. She definitely deserves to receive The Grizzly Award. Actually, I wish Grizzlies would just eat her. No one I know would mind if a Grizzly just devoured her.
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Grizzly: Now you’re coming around. You’ve been too nice, especially, when it comes to the borderline types. I say even though they used to be consistent pantyhose-wearers, if they have been seen more often bare-legged, they’re fair game for you.
Robin: Geez, you’re right, Grizz. I really don’t understand some of these people.
Grizzly: Hey, listen, they don’t call it Hollyweird for nothing. (Grizz? Only my closest friends call me Grizz.)
Rob: OK, now on the other hand … check that … on the other paw (snicker), who would you say are some of the more famous celebrities who never bought in to the bear-legs culture from the get-go, or at least the ones who most consistently wear pantyhose for all the right reasons.
Grizz: Oh, you gotta go with Anne Hathaway, Christine Baransky, Christie Brinkley, Jessica Alba, Kim Basinger, Katie Holmes, Megan Fox, Meredith Vieira, Milla Jovovich, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Sofia Vergara, Zooey Deschanel, and of course, that gal named Kate who’s now in England.
Rob: Oh, yes, Kate Middleton should get a Nobel Peace Prize for practically bringing pantyhose back from the grave. That’s very good. You really know your celebs.
Grizz: Rosario Dawson.
Rob: I’m sorry …
Grizz: Rosario Dawson.
Rob: Oh my goodness, you are soooooo right again. She is extremely classy all the time. I don’t think she ever bought in to that whole bear-legs deal. That lovely woman always wears the most sheer, sexy pantyhose and looks absolutely stunning in them.
Note: Well, that’s what I thought anyway. In doing a search on the Internet for a current picture to use here, I didn’t see one new picture of Rosario wearing pantyhose since the many I had filed away during the past few years. That makes me wonder whether she ultimately gave in to the pressure from other bear-legged celebrities. That would be such a shame.
Grizz: Now, listen: I’ve given up some good leads for those who deserve consideration for your Credit “wear” Credit is Due feature. That, and because you stole my signature client away from me, it’s time for a little quid pro quo here. I want the name of the celebrity you feel is the most devoted bare-legger, the one you hate the most, to replace SJP as my signature client. C’mon, give it up. Who’s my next recipient of the prestigious Grizzly Awards?
Rob: OK, sure, that’s fair. Here’s a hint for you: Her first name is the same as the main character on that show that is generally credited with starting the bear-legs movement.
Grizz: OK, Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. Carrie … Carrie … Ohhhhhhhh, Carrie Underwood. Yeah, good one. I’ll take her. That’s a great trade.
Rob: Yeah, I really hate that bimbo. How unprofessional of her to perform the Sunday Night Football theme song in bear legs and cowboy boots in back-to-back seasons. And, in every appearance she makes on other shows I’ve seen, she does the whole bear legs thing. That one has zero class. You can have her and keep her. And please eat her, too. I don’t ever want to have to look at those pasty white bony legs of hers again.
Grizz: OK, done. By the way, I will say this: You’ve definitely nailed the one young celeb who really deserves all the praise you’ve heaped upon her and the huge amount of love for how devoted to pantyhose she is.
Rob: Oh, I know who you’re talking about — Ariana
Grizz: Grande. Yes, l can foresee her causing me all kinds of trouble in my efforts to recruit future bare-leggers. She is a gem in your camp. How can a girl that young have so much professionalism, class, grace and femininity during a time when your young people prefer to dress like homeless people? Does she have stock in your company? Be honest, you’ve bought her, right?
Rob: Haaaaa, I would have, but no, she’s done this completely on her own. I’m as amazed as you are. She certainly appears to be the real deal, and I hope she stays that way because right now, she’s one in a million. I know pantyhose lovers everywhere appreciate Ariana for her devotion to wearing sheer pantyhose, not only on stage, but at publicity functions, most often at awards shows, and even just out and about. She is setting such a good example for her young fans, and like Kate Middleton, Ariana, might some day be credited with helping pantyhose make a comeback. Yes, she is almost too good to be true.
Grizz: Exactly, too good to be true. So enjoy her while you can.
Rob: Wait. What do you mean by that?
Grizz: Oh you know as well as I do that good things like her don’t last forever. You’ll see. Whatever it is that causes her to dress so nicely and wear sheer pantyhose is likely to change some day, and then I will be there to scoop her up. She’ll be my new prized client.
Rob: Now that would be a real shame. I hope you’re wrong. OK, now here’s one more thing I’ve been dying to ask you about. Hope you’re ready because this one hits close to home.
Grizz: Fire away …
Rob: What’s with so many celebs, professional models and even everyday ladies from all over the world wearing pantyhose while hobnobbing with bears? I would have thought you’d forbid “beardom” (love that word) from partaking in such debauchery. Yet, it’s out there. Some very beautiful ladies wearing pantyhose while snuggling with bears.
Grizz: Oh, sure, throw that in my face.
Rob: Warned ya.
Grizz: I’ll have to see it to believe it.
Rob: You will when you see my finished piece. I think you’ll find it disturbing, this trend of beautiful models and other celebs getting all lovey dovey with bears.
Grizz: I’ll tell you right now, those must be rogue bears who are not part of the union. I can’t be held accountable for their actions.
Rob: Well, I like the pics because they bring closer those who should be enemies. Kind of like you and me, Grizz.
Grizz: Don’t push it, Rob. I haven’t eaten yet and I’m as hungry as a bear.
And with that, the interview ended and Grizz walked me out, stopping in the family room this time where he proudly showed off his family portrait.
And don’t think I didn’t notice all the other bear memorabilia in the room where Grizz’s cubs play, including the Goldilocks and the Three Bears dolls, the books, and all the Chicago Bears fan stuff.
In any case, what I had feared would be an uncomfortable meeting turned out to be anything but. The Grizzly was professional and classy. He was even cute and charming. I left feeling like I’d made a new friend. But I ain’t going out to eat with him. That’s for sure.
As I was getting in the limo to return to my office, I thought of my best question, so I blurted out:
“Hey, Grizz. If bears have had it so bad for so long, how are you able to live in a great house like this and have a limo driver at your disposal?”
“When it’s important to maintain a big image these days, one must diversify,” he said. “That’s why I invented these a long time ago.”
Gummy Bears! Wouldn’t you just know it? And I had been feeling sorry for Grizz. Looks like he’s in the game for the long haul, just like me. And that’s a good thing. We are good for one another.
My thanks to J. Aton of ATON DIGITAL STUDIOS for his original artwork for ActSensuous. Check out J. Aton’s artist website and online portfolio atwww.atondigitalstudios.com
Pantyhose babes hobnobbing with bears
Unidentified young lady wearing pantyhose teases bear
Unidentified young lady in pantyhose lounges with her bear
Unidentified young lady wearing pantyhose smooches her bear
Unidentified bear lover wearing pantyhose gives a bear hug
Unidentified performer in sheer pantyhose tames a bear
Chinese star Lin Xiao Nuo is content in the company of bears
Korean professional model Lee Eun Hye holds her bear closely
Korean Professional model Lee Eun Hye cozies up to a bear
Korean professional model So Yeon Yang hugs her bear
Korean professional model Jung Jung Ah plays with her bear
Korean professional model Im So Yeon loves on her bear
Im So Yeon snuggles with her bear
Im So Yeon lies with her happy bear
Im So Yeon pouts with her bear
A bear takes a back seat to Korean professional model Han Ga Eun. Anyone would.
Unidentified Korean professional model has a leg up on her bear
June 30, 2013 — Earlier this week, one of our readers, Jan, wrote a comment expressing his (yes, his) dismay about a lack of attention many women give to the condition of their pantyhose while they’re wearing them.
Here’s Jan’s comment (and by the way, I don’t edit readers’ comments):
I have often wondered, why some pantyhosed women never pay any attention on how the pantyhose is doing during the day or what’s happening to the pantyhose on duty?
My well trained pantyhose eye will spot all kinds of pantyhose miss treats on any given day. You can find toe caps not in line or vertical toe caps, sole reinforcements almost upp side on the wrist, heel caps twisted up sideways and damaged.
Also, there’s long runs from heel upp to waist and heavy tear and damaged pantyhose legs.
I wish some women could take more care of their pantyhose and put some thought into what’s going on pantyhosewise. Maybe take a pantyhose moment and adjust reinforcements and check seams etc. This is probably even more important when using the classic 100% polymide pantyhose.
I personally approve of all kinds of pantyhose use, but I also think that a the pantyhose is a delicate and beautiful thing that need a bit of handling and care. Mature women knows this, they know how to handle a pantyhose. But the “next gen” pantyhose users….
Sometimes I wish I could just start a pantyhose handling centre.
Often, I have an idea for a new post, but after doing the research, looking for the right art to go with the writing, or even just over-thinking, I’ll talk myself out of writing it. In case you’re keeping score at home, that’s why you don’t get a post from me every day, every week, or even every month. I prefer to deliver quality, rather than quantity, and I’m a harsh judge of what that means.
I had long been thinking of writing a post about a topic similar to Jan’s, and, as is often the case with me, it took his comment to tip the scales in favor of my writing it. So, first, let me encourage every one of you to please continue to write comments that reflect the pantyhose topics on your mind, and/or feel free to suggest subjects about which you’d like for me to write.
In my reply to Jan’s comment, I wrote (in part) “… I’m just so happy whenever I see a woman wearing pantyhose today, I don’t care what condition they appear to be in.”
I didn’t go into more detail because I had decided at that point to write this post. So here it is.
While I created ActSensuous to make the style of pantyhose I loved but could no longer find, I have always realized and appreciated that people all over the world love a great variety of styles. These include the thickest and shiniest kinds to the most delicate and sheer types that challenge one to discern whether a woman is actually wearing or not.
My feeling is any pantyhose are better than no pantyhose. Similarly, I find beauty and extreme femininity in the very concept of pantyhose.
So, I truly meant what I wrote about not caring what condition pantyhose are in, as long as they’re on. In fact, since I love and appreciate most the kind of pantyhose that are practically invisible on the wearer, more so than patterned or thick and shiny kinds, I love subtle little indicators that make it obvious that pantyhose are being worn.
Often, that means seeing some of the condition “mistreats” about which Jan wrote.
In fact, I think it’s kind of sexy when the seam at the toe ends up a bit vertical, or when there is a run up the leg, or those little fabric wrinkles over toe cleavage or at the ankles.
Often, I’ve wondered if anyone out there is as sick as me. Do you hate it when you see these little pantyhose condition mistreats, or do you love it? Are those things awful, or are they kind of sexy? Do you love it when you see a girl adjusting the nylon fabric up her leg, or smoothing it with her hands over her legs?
Long before I ever dreamed of creating my own company, I was profoundly influenced by the image of Christie Brinkley pulling the fabric of her sheer nude pantyhose up her leg during a scene in the “Uptown Girl” music video from Billy Joel’s hit single in 1983.
It is a beautiful scene that was not uncommon to see in real life during the great pantyhose decade of the 1980s (all of the 1970s and the late 1960s I’m told, but was too young to have experienced it for myself), but just the fact that someone was wise and creative enough to include it in this music video (2:14/3:23) is awesome.
I would love to meet the person who was responsible for that scene because he or she (probably he) obviously understood the beauty, femininity and extreme sensual qualities of pantyhose back then, and probably suffered like all of us during the height of the “bear” legs movement in the late 1990s to 2000s.
Would love to hear what that person has to say today.
Further, to her credit, Christie Brinkley is still a beautiful and classy woman who never bought in to bear legs culture.
Maybe she, too, was influenced in the virtues of pantyhose-wearing from the making of that music video, as she still wears sheer pantyhose (quite beautifully) today.
When I see images of girls running their hands over their pantyhose legs, sometimes subconsciously it seems, they’re not only smoothing the fabric, but also feeling it themselves.
I’ve always thought that has to be exciting to see for the guys who love pantyhose.
So, what do you think? Do you hate the little condition mistreats inevitable in pantyhose-wearing, or do you love them? Are they ugly, or beautiful and kind of sexy?
Again, my thanks to Jan for his comment, which motivated me to write this post.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
As you must know by now, I am nothing if not fair. I’ve criticized Carrie Ann Inaba in earlier posts because she didn’t wear pantyhose during appearances that called for it, be it on late night talk shows, red carpet events, or on Dancing with the Stars.
I have searched for pics of Carrie Ann on the Internet, and here’s what I’ve found. I have NEVER seen a photo of her wearing pantyhose. Let me repeat that: NEVER! Not one picture out of the hundreds and hundreds of them on the net.
So when I learned she was going to be the host of the new version of the game show, 1 vs. 100, I figured she wouldn’t wear dresses or skirts, and certainly not pantyhose, but I hoped with all my energy that she would.
Well, I am so happy to say that she has not let me down. I’ve watched … I don’t know … half a dozen or so episodes, and in each case, she has worn a nice dress or skirt and sheer pantyhose – every single time. I am so proud of her.
Does this mean she is maturing? Exercising good judgment? Showing she has class and professionalism? Or maybe it’s the producer of the game and/or the Game Show Network (GSN) who is making the calls here.
Either way, she looks fantastic. I mean she is such a beautiful woman, it was such a shame that she never showed any class or professionalism the way she dressed before.
As a TV game show hostess, well, she’s no Bob Saget, who hosted the original version of the game show, but hey, who is?
In fact, many fans of the show have complained (justifiably so) that her voice is annoying, she has no sense of timing and she seems very uncomfortable. That was all true, but I figured with time, she would improve, and she has.
The show may not survive, but it wouldn’t be Carrie Ann’s fault. It just isn’t compelling with the top prize (if a contestant outlasts 100 opponents in answering multiple choice questions) being a whopping $50,000, when it was $1 million in the original version. And then there’s the mob itself – 100 people who are shown via web cams, instead of live on the set as in the original. I think for this show to survive, it has to make some major adjustments.
But this post is about Carrie Ann stepping up in a new role for herself – game show hostess. I am proud of her for dressing professionally and with class and grace. Of the several episodes I’ve seen, there were only two in which she (sorry) looked ridiculous – the ones where she wore a short skirt and knee-high boots. Yuk!
Since I can’t find stills from the show online, I decided to take some pics myself with my cheap digital camera on my 15-year-old 60-inch TV. I couldn’t get close enough because the set lighting is so bright, and the picture quality of my TV is better viewed from at least 12 feet away.
So while the pics I’m posting here aren’t of good quality, at least they’ll give you the idea of the outfits Carrie Ann is wearing.
Here’s what I want to know, and not just about, Carrie Ann: When you look this good in a skirt and high heels and pantyhose, why would you ever wear goofy, dumpy, sloppy, ugly boots? It’s the least feminine look there is.
Since the two episodes in which she wore those awful boots, Carrie Ann has worn high heels the past four or so episodes in a row. I would hope that she sees what she looks like in boots, as compared to high heels, and made a conscious decision to pretty up her look.
I hope this is not just a fluke. I hope Carrie Ann sees the light now, and that this is the beginning of a career choice for her – to dress femininely, and with class and professionalism when appearing on nationally televised shows.
For what it’s worth, Carrie Ann finally has won me over. Like another game show hostess – Meredith Vieira – she is doing the right thing. She is showing class, and she looks beautiful and glamorous in a skirt, sheer pantyhose and high heels in a venue that calls for it.
Ever since the global bare legs movement began right around the year 2000, I’ve tried to figure out how and why this happened.
We know that it was actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex and the City that is universally “credited” with running pantyhose as a fashion staple out of Hollywood. As the show was set in New York City – fashion capital of the world – it’s easy to see how women everywhere would jump on the bare legs bandwagon.
Its effect has been felt all over the world – although nowhere more prevalent among modern nations than in the United States.
Initially, the reason women gave for arbitrarily ending their decades-long commitment to wearing pantyhose was that the accessory had gone out of vogue, as evidenced by the fashion fad Parker’s show spawned.
But fads in fashion typically don’t stay around long, and eventually, women’s excuses for not wearing pantyhose turned to:
They’re uncomfortable (the fabric being hot, itchy and saggy most often cited)
They’re not necessary (my legs are tanned enough)
I’ve never bought into the fad thing because I believe fashion always should be about good taste – especially when it comes to being professional in the workplace.
As for the excuse: “I don’t need to wear pantyhose because my legs are tan enough,” I think some women are just missing the point. It’s not that simple. Nylons do so much more than add a little color to your skin. They cover minor skin blemishes, soften lines, and enhance the shape of your legs, giving them a look of perfection that bare or oiled legs will never have. More than all that, pantyhose offer an allure, a sense of glamour and good taste.
If you read almost any blog about pantyhose, you’ll always find some women complaining that they’re uncomfortable. Oh, come now! That is a weak excuse given by those who are lazy, spoiled and apparently not well educated, as most of them can’t even spell the word pantyhose correctly.
I Googled this subject: “most uncomfortable women’s clothes” and was pleased to see that pantyhose, while they certainly made the list, weren’t exactly the Number One bad guy. Most women cited high heels, bras and thongs as the most uncomfortable things they wore.
Somehow, I got sidetracked to uncomfortable uniforms, and found that female police officers in almost every country except the USA wear much more feminine uniforms, complete with high heels and pantyhose. Check out this picture of Russian policewomen.
In the U.S., where everyone is spoiled, we can’t get most women to wear pantyhose with a business suit in an air conditioned office. Our women wouldn’t last a day in Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and most other countries, who clearly have higher standards of what constitutes proper dress, if not good taste.
But I’m not picking on just women here. I stumbled across one blog in which the founder of some computer software company wrote that he didn’t wear business suits anymore and couldn’t imagine why anyone ever would. His post elicited 416 comments – most agreeing with his point of view.
I think we have lost some of our good sense, our values and our judgment about how we present ourselves. Pretty soon, Casual Friday will turn into Casual Tuesday-through-Friday-but-wear-something-businessy-on-Monday, just for old times sake.
Here are some pics of female police officers in other countries. And if you think these female officers are decked out in dress uniforms for only ceremonial occasions, notice that they’re also dressed this way on the street for routine duty.
Last year, in one of my first-ever blog posts, I wrote that I was going crazy for all things Asian – especially because Asian women appear to be much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than their Western counterparts.
I say it’s A Good Time to be Asian because it seems as if the whole world is discovering their selling power. Today, Asian women are highly visible and they’re everywhere:
They’re on television shows and in major motion pictures. All over the world, they are the face of every huge cosmetics company. They have at least a bit part in almost every TV commercial. They’re in every magazine, they’re on billboards, on staff at every news organization.
Why? Because they are practically perfect. They are beautiful, glamorous, sexy. They are the epitome of what’s female. They are classy, graceful, elegant. They are delicately beautiful, yet physically, mentally and emotionally powerful. They are awesome.
My best friend is Vietnamese. She is extremely intelligent (she has two bachelors degrees and a pilot’s license); she has a wonderful sense of humor, she is tons of fun to be around, and she is beautiful (although she doesn’t know it). She’s also totally devoted to her family. She gives and gives and never asks for anything for herself.
I have read about and seen documentaries about Asian culture, and I admire their work ethic, positive attitudes and commitment to values.
Mostly, I love their devotion to femininity. I’ve read that it is considered rude in Korea for women not to wear pantyhose in public. In Japan, women apparently embrace pantyhose not only at the office and during formal events, but (and I love this), also in everyday settings. Those of you who’ve read my blog know how I love watching Ninja Warrior because some of the female contestants wear pantyhose even though they know they are likely to fall into the muddy waters beneath the toughest obstacle course known to man. And even the female spectators sitting in the bleachers at the outdoors event can be seen in dresses or skirts and pantyhose.
But of all the Asian cultures, my heart still is owned by the Chinese. I’ve read more and seen more documentaries about China than any other Asian country. For me, it began a long time ago with my becoming a Bruce Lee fan, but that’s a whole other story.
I set my DVR to record anything starring Asian actresses. There are at least 30 Asian actresses (mostly Chinese) I regularly follow. Of course, I love Asian-American actresses like Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling, Sandra Oh and Joan Chen, but I also love many who are popular mostly in their own countries.
Below, I’ve put together a photo gallery for you of a few of the more famous Asian actresses wearing pantyhose. In the captions, which you can read by expanding the pictures, I’ve written a note about the movies you can see them in.
I’m sure I’ve left out a few of your favorites Asian actresses because of space issues. I would love to know who your favorite Asian actresses are.
(Have pictures of Asian actresses wearing pantyhose? If so, please email them to me at Robin@ActSensuous.com and I’ll use them in a future blog/gallery.)
I don’t watch the Tonight Show. I like Jay Leno OK, but I’m more of a Late Show with David Letterman fan. But for the first time ever, I watched the Tonight Show last night.
Why? Because I wanted to see if Carrie Ann Inaba would make me proud, or disappoint me. I fully expected to be disappointed, and I wasn’t disappointed, because she did disappoint me, as I expected.
See, I figured she’d wear some kind of short black dress during her appearance along with fellow judge Bruno Tonioli from the hit TV series Dancing with the Stars. A small part of me had held out hope that Carrie Ann would wear pantyhose, but I knew I was kidding myself.
Carrie Ann gets to hide behind long gowns and a desk as a judge on DWTS, so I suppose she’s pretty much off the hook with whether to wear pantyhose on the show. But I’ve seen a few photos of her during public appearances, and never have I seen her wearing pantyhose. So, as I feared, she is one of those brainwashed celebs who’ve jumped on the bare legs bandwagon.
Now, I hate to be judgmental. I mean she is a beautiful woman and she has tons of charm and personality. But her legs looked perfectly AWFUL last night.
And those shoes! I can never understand how so many women don’t seem to realize that big, cloddy shoes make their legs look so dumpy. Sheer pantyhose and pumps would have been so much more attractive, not to mention appropriate.
There are so many reasons I am bothered by Carrie Ann’s choosing to do the bare legs things:
Lack of judgment, misplaced values, missed opportunity, no self awareness, no sense of pride in how she looks, or maybe she just doesn’t care
She could have/should have been an ambassador for the No. 1 rated TV show she represents had she bothered to dress for the occasion. (She represents ballroom, which is a classy thing, yet, she must not think it deserves to be held in such a lofty place)
Her willingness to follow the pack when she must have had better sense. (Didn’t her mother tell her she should wear pantyhose for the occasion?)
She’s Asian, so I’d hoped she would know better
Those of you who’ve read my blogs know that I hold Asian women in the highest esteem. For one thing, Asian women appear to be more committed to femininity and have a higher sense of values than most of their Western counterparts. And Asian women are far more prolific wearers of pantyhose – in the office, on screen and in everyday life. Especially, Japanese women.
But, of course, I am speaking of “real” Asian women. Carrie Ann Inaba, of Chinese, Japanese and Irish descent, is too Westernized. She’s similar in that respect to Lucy Liu, whom I adore. And it pains me to have to say this but Lucy Liu, a Chinese-American woman who was born and grew up in New York, almost never wears pantyhose during the many charity events, awards ceremonies and other high profile venues she attends. At least, Lucy Liu wears pantyhose when it counts the most – her TV and movies appearances.
I think it’s sad that Carrie Ann doesn’t seem to care about her image. I really want to like Carrie Ann, but I’ve lost some respect for her.
Am I being too harsh? I welcome your comments. Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery from the Tonight Show:
It is said that millions of people struggle with the question of what to wear to a job interview.
Having worked in an executive search and recruitment business for nearly 20 years, I’ve coached hundreds of women (and men, although not about wearing pantyhose) on this subject, but just to be fair, I researched the subject on the Internet today to learn what is being taught right now.
Happily, Ive found that the advice of career experts is exactly the same as it’s been forever. Yes, women should wear pantyhose to a job interview.
Look, if you’re going to interview for a job at Wendy’s, you don’t need to wear a corporate grey skirted suit, with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose. Unless the opportunity there is for a regional manager or higher level position.
So let’s say you’re interviewing for an office position in corporate America, and the company adheres to a business-casual dress code. What then? Still, you wear a suit, heels and pantyhose. Why? Because you’re on duty.
It doesn’t matter what the company’s dress code is, or if you’re just lucky enough to be interviewing on casual Friday. You are the one who needs to make a good impression. You should always dress the way a senior manager would, or should, because it shows good character, a good attitude and demonstrates that you are serious about wanting to work at that company.
You will never not get a job offer because you dressed better than you needed to during the interview. But not dressing according to accepted standards of business attire could cost you an opportunity.
In his book, When Job-Hunting: Dress for Success, Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., of Quintessential Careers, writes:
“The standard job interviewing attire for women is a conservative dark navy or gray skirted wool blend suit. Job experts and employers seem split on the notion of pants suits, so a skirted suit is a safer choice. Makeup should be minimal, with lipstick and nail polish conservative tones. Pantyhose should be flawless (no runs) and conservative in color.”
Yes, but he’s a man, you say? OK, well, according to Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, 55 percent of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look. Her Dressing for Success suggestions:
Solid color, conservative suit
Neat, professional hairstyle
Tan or light hosiery
OK, think that’s just old school?
How about what CollegeGrad.com has to say:
Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
Shoes with conservative heels
Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
It’s not rocket surgery (a cross between rocket science and heart surgery) here, people. Just because Hollywood created the bare legs phenomenon to which women all over the world now subscribe, it doesn’t change the fact that in the real world, there still are standards of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable.
And in the workplace, especially during a job interview, pantyhose should always be worn.
That’s what I tell my best friend/employee. She’s Vietnamese-American, and an absolute doll.
You see, Asian women today are showing up everywhere in the world on TV, TV commericals, movies, magazines. Why? First, Asians are probably the world’s most beautiful women. Second, it seems they are much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than Westerners and all other nationalities.
Maybe it’s just part of the Asian culture – they seem to do everything elegantly and gracefully – and they appear to be much more professional-minded in the workplace, always wearing business suits, high heels and pantyhose. I read on the Internet that it’s considered rude in Korean culture for girls to show bare legs in public. I think I love Korea.
So, it’s a good time to be Asian because it seems like the whole world is discovering Asia. Not since the superhuman Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts and introduced it to movie audiences throughout the world and brought global attention and pride to China, has there been such an explosion of Asian talent in the mainstream media of today.
I admit, I am hooked. I can name 20 major Asian actresses off the top of my head. I’m sure I could think of many more if I really tried, but the ones I’m counting are well known (including Lucy Liu (love her), Sandra Oh, Joan Chen, Michelle Yeoh (OMG), Maggie Cheung, Gong Li (gorgeous is not enough of a compliment), Ziyi Zhang (the most perfect woman in the world), Bai Ling (wow), Shu Qi (adorable) and Maggie Q). Wow, all of them except Maggie Q (mostly Vietnamese) are Chinese. OK, so there’s Devin Aoki (Japanese) who starred in “D.E.B.S.,” and Jet Li’s “War.” And, one of my faves, Uhm Jung-hwa (Korean) who starred in “Princess Aurora” (an exciting, heartwrenching mystery/drama, which also is beautifully written and acted).
I’m trying to get our little Asian employee to model for us because she looks absolutely awesome in ActSensuous pantyhose, but she is so modest.
Quick Question: Would you like to see a gallery of pics of our lovely little Vietnamese girl modeling ActSensuous pantyhose? If so, please leave a comment below.
We have a few Asian customers, but I’d love to have many, many more. Please tell your Asian friends about ActSensuous. Also, I am pleading with our Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai customers out there: Send us photos of you wearing our beautiful, sexy and decidedly feminine pantyhose. I’d like to start an all-Asian models category of the gallery on our website. Please honor us with your beauty and grace.
What do you think, readers? Are you Asian crazy yet? Please click on the comment link below this post and tell us your thoughts. It’s completely anonymous to participate. Only the name you provide will appear along with your comment.