Conviction needed from celebrity pantyhose wearers


In the ongoing battle between pantyhose and “bear” legs, I’m no expert (wait a minute … yes, I am), but it seems these days we’re in a one step forward, one step back situation.

Lately, I’ve learned how to keep my blood pressure from spiking out of control:  I don’t watch movies or TV shows that I intuitively know are going to piss me off because the actresses who should be wearing pantyhose likely ain’t gonna be.

Case in point: I steered clear of last Sunday’s American Music Awards (AMA) show because I knew it would disappoint me.  However, I did DVR it so that I could later blow past stupid commercials and much of the ugliness that this freak show has become.

Note: Pitbull should never be a host.  He’s too much in love with himself, and other than singing, does he have any real talent? I think not.  Second, much of what they were calling entertainment doesn’t sound like music to me.  More like a train wreck maybe.

I actually worry that other countries will see the AMA show and wonder what happened to America?  With a few notable exceptions, looking at how the presenters, guests and performers dressed and conducted themselves, it appears that values, decency and class are disappearing from pop culture.  If what I glimpsed is any indication of what the future holds for this country, I’d prefer that the big meteor crash into Earth now, wiping out … oh, I don’t know … most of the population?

Naturally, I got what I expected out of the AMAs: Most of the female artists (including Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, both of whom I hoped wouldn’t disappoint me) wore beautiful gowns and fabulous heels, but no pantyhose.

Professional singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez delivers a high-octane performance during the 2014 AMAs.
Professional singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez delivers a high-octane performance during the 2014 AMAs.

Only the two I thought would — Jennifer Lopez and Ariana Grande — wore pantyhose.  (OK, and so did Iggy Azalea during her performance with J-Lo, so I give her credit “wear” credit is due).

DISCLAIMER: Again, I didn’t actually watch the AMA show, but instead fast-forwarded at 4-speed on the DVR remote, stopping only when something promising-looking caught my eye.  Thus, if I missed a female presenter or performer who actually was wearing pantyhose, feel free to correct me in your comments.  And, if I diss one of your favorite stars just because she was bear-legged, hey, this is a pantyhose blog.  It’s what I do!

J-Lo always delivers a high-energy, exciting performance, and the vast majority of the time, she shows professionalism and class in wearing pantyhose with her outfits on stage.  For those reasons, I am always interested in seeing her perform.

Always professional and classy, singer/actor Ariana Grande dazzled during  the AMAs.
Always professional and classy, singer/actor Ariana Grande dazzled during the AMAs.

But the artist who stole the show (for me, anyway) was Ariana Grande.  Amazing that it’s just about the youngest performer out there who consistently is the most professional and classiest of them all.  I love this girl.  Now, I have to say her voice makes me want to pull my hair out, and I can’t understand 90 percent of her lyrics (which, actually, might be a good thing), but I am extremely impressed with Ariana for sticking to her core values (or, at least, her good taste), always wearing cute outfits, high heels and her signature suntan sheer pantyhose.

During the AMA show performance, Ariana was part of a threesome that included Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.  Jessie J usually is very pantyhose-friendly, but she didn’t wear for this number, and neither did Minaj.  I know nothing about Minaj, so I have no idea whether she typically wears or doesn’t.

But I know this: Jessie J and Nicki Minaj might want to rethink the idea of performing alongside Ariana because they looked awful next to her.  I think, anyway.

From left, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform a number together during the AMAs.
From left, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform a number together during the AMAs.

My eyes were glued on Ariana only, and I suspect that also was the case among most men watching the performance.  Ariana is tiny next to Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, but with her professionalism and class, she stood (figuratively) 10 feet taller than them.

Think I am overdoing it with my praise for Ariana?  Here’s the thing:  If pantyhose are going to win the battle against the bear-legs crowd, we need a superstar celeb who consistently wears pantyhose on stage, to awards shows, as a guest on television specials, and even just out-and-about.  Ariana has showed many times that she is a devoted wearer.

Actress/singer Selena Gomez is one of the more devoted pantyhose wearers, even out-and-about.
Actress/singer Selena Gomez is one of the more devoted pantyhose wearers, even out-and-about.

Taylor Swift appears to be 50-50 at best.  In pantyhose, she looks awesome, but she’s not consistent in wearing during concert performances or anywhere else.  Of course, she does sometimes and looks great in those cases, but then she arbitrarily shows up on the biggest entertainment stages bear-legged.

On the other hand, Selena Gomez is far more consistent in wearing pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.  Selena might be a close second to Ariana as a dedicated pantyhose wearer, including when she’s just out and about.  And, like Ariana, when Selena wears, she looks stunningly beautiful.

Of course, longtime readers here know that I’ve praised Katy Perry big-time in this blog.  Yet, too many times, I’ve seen photos of Katy on stage and off in bear legs.  I still love Katy, but she’s just not as consistent a wearer as Ariana.

Consistently wearing beautiful outfits, complete with her signature sheer pantyhose, Ariana Grande always delivers an exciting show.
Consistently wearing beautiful outfits, complete with her signature sheer pantyhose, Ariana Grande always delivers an exciting show.

Let me tell you something: Ariana is the real deal.  She might be the one performer who truly sets a good (and right) example for her legions of adoring young fans.  When those girls become 17, 18 and older, they might be more likely to wear pantyhose to emulate their idol.

Besides Ariana, is there a celebrity we could describe as a truly consistent pantyhose wearer? If there is one, it’s Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.  Pantyhose sales throughout the UK and to some extent, the U.S., already are thriving again thanks to her.  Kate should win the Nobel Peace prize for that.

Actress Sofia Vergara almost always wears  pantyhose for all the right reasons.
Actress Sofia Vergara almost always wears pantyhose for all the right reasons.

Certainly, Zoey Deschanel has demonstrated she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.  I’m sure she has appeared bear-legged once or twice on TV shows, movies or at public appearances, but in those cases, I’d have to believe the venue called for a more casual look.  Otherwise, Zoey must be one of the most dedicated and consistent pantyhose wearers anywhere.

How about Sofia Vergara?  It seems she’s everywhere now, pitching airlines, clothes, cosmetics, furniture, soft drinks.  Most often, she wears sheer black pantyhose.

The other day, I saw her in a TV commercial for Rooms ToGo, and it looked as if she were wearing nude pantyhose, but the few pictures of that ad I could find online weren’t of a high enough resolution, and she looked to be (gasp) bear-legged.

Sofia, a consistent pantyhose wearer?  You’d have to say yes, but I couldn’t believe the number of pics I found of her in bear legs during publicity appearances.

One step forward, one step back

Seems we have a long way to go still.  You can look on the Internet and find millions of pictures of celebrities and real women wearing pantyhose.  There are so many, I sometimes wonder how the bear-legs culture is still around.

Usually more classy, Taylor Swift inexplicably goes bare-legged in an elegant evening gown, which gave way to a sexy little number even for a formal set on stage at the AMAs.
Taylor Swift inexplicably goes bare-legged in an elegant evening gown (which gave way to a sexy little slip or something).  Those bare legs look awful with her outfit and the otherwise formal set during her performance at the AMAs.

But then on the world’s biggest stages, including the AMA show, presumably, the grandest show of the year for celebrities in the music industry, Taylor Swift and the overwhelming majority of women show up bear-legged.  Why is that?  I think it’s because today too many celebs still have a bear-legs consciousness.  When the movement dawned during the late 1990s to early 2000s, the concept of bears legs was a bit shocking, but soon enough women from all walks of life jumped on the bandwagon.  Once the excuse to not wear pantyhose was out there, it quickly took roots among almost all women.

Of course, it’s pretty clear now that pantyhose are making a big comeback.  Nothing in the fashion world lasts forever.  What’s hot turns cold, and what’s cold eventually turns hot.  I have every confidence that pantyhose will some day be the preferred look again.  We can see evidence of that everywhere we look.  But, as long as there is some measure of doubt about what’s “in” today, we’ll see inconsistency among even those celebs we would view as devoted wearers.  Many of them just don’t have the conviction yet, and so they aren’t sure which way to go.  And, not wanting to appear out of touch, it seems that they choose the lesser course to be safe.

While that is frustrating, I still find this to be an exciting time.  When a celebrity shows up at an event wearing pantyhose, it’s a thrill.  Now, it’s like the celebs who wear are the cool ones since everyone else is doing the same old bear-legs thing.  The ones who wear today are like the first ones to not wear.  They are now challenging what became the norm just a decade or so ago.  That will cause a stir and create doubt the other way — that perhaps women should be wearing pantyhose today.

A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly

That was the headline of my post (May 16, 2011) that featured South Korean model and actress Jun Ji-hyun, starring in the movie, “Blood: The Last Vampire?”  I was reminded of that headline this past Sunday, when I watched “Talking Dead,” the post-show to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” in which host Chris Hardwick and a few guests analyze that night’s preceding episode.  Usually, the guests (often at least one from the cast of TWD) don’t exactly dress up, and lately, I’ve been skipping the post-show.  But as that night’s episode of TWD was ending, the network flashed a quick peak at what was to come on TD and I caught a glimpse of a guest wearing what I thought might be sheer nude pantyhose.

So I tuned in and was thrilled to see Christian Serratos (who plays Rosita Espinoza) wearing a little black dress, black heels and, indeed, sheer nude pantyhose.

“The Walking Dead” actresses Christian Serratos (Rosita), center, and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), right, and comedian, actor and writer Paul F. Tompkins discuss last Sunday’s episode with “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, not shown.

And, wow, did she look incredibly gorgeous.  I like her character, Rosita, but I had no idea who the actress is because I had never seen her in anything other than TWD.  I’ve since learned she is, (or was maybe) on “Twilight.”  I don’t really know because I’ve never seen a single episode of that TV series (or is it a movie, or movies?).  Obviously, I don’t have anything against vampires.  I just don’t care for the whole young romance theme, which Twilight appears to be about from scenes I’ve noticed during promotions.

Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinoza on
Christian Serratos (Rosita Espinoza on “The Walking Dead”) plays a feminine but capable survivor of the zombie apocalypse.

Anyway, Christian Serratos is petite (like me) and, as Rosita on TWD, she’s the most feminine of the female characters, her signature outfit being shorts and a cropped shirt that exposes her midriff.  Naturally, in the wasteland that has become the zombie apocalypse, we don’t expect to see a woman in pantyhose (with the exception of fabulous Milla Jovovich as Alice in the awesome “Resident Evil” movies), and I always wondered why the female cast members of the show wouldn’t want to appear on the post-show dressed all girly for a change.

Wouldn’t they want their audience to finally see a different (more elegant) side of them?  Many of the actresses do dress up on TD, but they never wear pantyhose, but now that Christian did, she is my new girl crush.

Actress Christian Serratos appears in a sexy outfit, complete with beautiful pantyhose during a recent advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Actress Christian Serratos appears in a sexy outfit, complete with beautiful pantyhose, during a recent advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Of course, I Googled her to see if she’s really a pantyhose kind of girl, or if this appearance on TD was a total aberration.  I found only a few pics of her in pantyhose, but that’s OK.  To me, it actually makes it even more meaningful that she viewed the occasion of being on TD significant enough to dress beautifully, including wearing sheer nude pantyhose.

Does it seem to you that when a woman today actually does wear pantyhose with a black dress and black heels, it’s almost always black hose?  Of course I get it (what we’ve always been taught), but I wish women today didn’t think it’s mandatory to match the shade of hosiery with the color of their shoes.  Nude pantyhose are such a beautiful look with a black ensemble (and all other colors really.)  So I love Christian Serratos all the more for her good taste in wearing sheer nude pantyhose to go along with her class and elegance.

In all fairness, in looking for the photo of Christian Serratos from TD, I found that there actually was at least one other female star from TWD, Lauren Cohan, who also appeared on the post-show wearing a skirt and pantyhose.

“The Walking Dead” executive producer Robert Kirkman, left, Lauren Cohan (Maggie),
and Scott Wilson (Hershel) appeared last season with Chris Hardwick, host of “Talking Dead.”

Like Christian, Lauren (who plays prominent character, Maggie) is very feminine in real life.  I don’t know any other works she’s done, but in searching the Internet for pics of her in pantyhose, I could find only one, other than the few from her appearance on TD.

That’s really too bad because she is a beautiful girl and has spectacular legs.

Another unexpected treat

I’d never watched the TV series, “Person of Interest,” but not for any reason other than that it just didn’t occur to me to do so.  I don’t know at what point it was, but I saw during scenes for an upcoming episode that actress Sarah Shahi had been added to the cast.  That got me interested in POI, and I watched an episode or two and liked all the characters, although I am so late coming to the series I really don’t understand much about what’s going on.

For someone who looks this amazing wearing pantyhose, Sarah Shahi, sadly, hardly ever does.
For someone who looks this amazing wearing pantyhose, sadly, actress Sarah Shahi, hardly ever does.

I’ve had a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with Sarah Shahi because, while I thought she was great in the old “Life” TV series, in her role as a detective, she was always dressed in pants.

Later, when she starred in “Fairly Legal,” I figured that was a role in which it would be appropriate for her to wear pantyhose, but nooooooooo.  She went bear-legged.  (Hated it.  Didn’t watch it.)

I had seen on the Internet the same (like, 3) whole pics you’ve seen of Sarah Shahi in pantyhose (always black), so I was glad to see that she at least knows what pantyhose are.  And, oh my gosh, does she look gorgeous in them.  But I’d given up any hope of seeing this talented beauty ever wear them on a TV show or movie.

Sarah Shahi typically wears a black dress and heels, with her usual bare legs as the character, Samina Shah, on the CBS drama,
Sarah Shahi often wears a black dress and heels, with her usual bare legs as the character, Sameen Shaw, on the CBS drama, “Person of Interest.”

And, as expected, I found that on POI Sarah’s character (Sameen Shaw) wears mostly all black pants outfits as, I guess, one of the muscles on the team.  Otherwise, she wears a black dress and black heels, but, sadly, she’s always bear-legged.

Still, I’d become intrigued with POI, and I was ready for the new season (4) which started Sept. 3.  I recorded the premiere episode, but didn’t actually watch it until recently.

The show opens with a female blonde character (she’s a bad guy) in a black dress and heels (bear-legged) who meets a journalist in a bar, and murders him because he’s on to something about Artificial Intelligence about to take over life as we know it.

Subsequently (still in the first few minutes of the show), the scene changes to a fashion department store, the camera fixed on a pair of beautiful sheer nude pantyhose-adorned feet and legs in black heels and a black dress, and as the camera slowly pans upward, I am thinking to myself, please let that be Sarah Shahi’s character, Miss Shaw.  And, to my sheer delight, it is.

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I could hardly believe it.  Finally, I am seeing Sarah Shahi in a little black dress with black high heels and sheer pantyhose.  And not black pantyhose, but sheer nude pantyhose.  And she looks spectacular.

Of course I am hoping this is a sign of things to come — that we’ll see more of Miss Shaw in sheer nude pantyhose.  I also like that the show sticks to some sense of realism, in that the Shaw character, working as a sales associate (as a cover) in a big upscale department store (such as Macy’s) indeed would be expected to wear a dress, heels and pantyhose.

Not amused at working in a department store as part of her new  cover ID, Sameen Shah (Sarah Shahi) approaches a team member who came up with the role for her.
Not amused at having to work in a department store as part of her new cover ID, Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi) approaches a team member who came up with the role for her.

After watching that episode, I tried to find that awesome picture of Miss Shaw (bored and feeling the assignment was beneath her), standing in an aisle of the store offering customers a sample of perfume.  Unfortunately, it was nowhere to be found, however, I got one (above) that shows just enough of her legs to see that she’s wearing.  And, of course, I did find the premiere teaser video for your viewing pleasure.  (You’re welcome.)

Like me, do you ever wonder how some photos from TV and movie scenes make it to the Internet, and some (the best ones) don’t?  And if only you or I were in charge, we’d make sure that priceless gems such as this one of Sarah Shahi in sheer nude pantyhose would definitely make it?  It’s like, who’s in charge of these things?  Doesn’t he or she know the significance of such a shot?

Mycroft (Rhys Ifans, middle) enlists Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller, right) and Watson (Lucy Liu, left) to help solve a case in an episode of the CBS detective series,
Mycroft (Rhys Ifans, middle) enlists Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller, right) and Watson (Lucy Liu, left) to help solve a case in an episode of the CBS detective series, “Elementary” last season. Photo: Jeff Neumann /CBS

Not since Lucy Liu wore sheer nude pantyhose in one or two episodes of “Elementary” last season, have I been this excited about a character in one of the TV shows I follow, but I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Miss Shaw in sheer pantyhose again, any more often than we’ve since seen Joan Watson in them.

One step forward-one step back.  Still, it’s “A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly,” and until our favorite celebs become more consistent in choosing this look we love, we can, at least, savor the next surprise.

Pantyhose showing they have legs again, yet, minor snags persist


Since the “bear” legs movement first reared its ugly head (and legs) during the mid-to-late 1990s, women throughout America have been trying to permanently “run” pantyhose out of town.

(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, please see my explanation in the About Me section.)

But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.

Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day.  There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.

And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are hundreds of websites, featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject.  In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures.  Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear legs movement.

Actress Jessica Alba appeared during the 2006 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studio in 2006 in Culver City, Calif.
Always classy:  Actress Jessica Alba made a stunning appearance  during the 2006 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, Calif.

In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due, has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers.  But here’s the thing:  Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.

One exception is actress Jessica Alba (left), who never stopped being classy, elegant and professional enough to always wear sheer pantyhose even during the heyday of the bear legs movement.

Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are very frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind).  Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including most of the aforementioned, more often than not, appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.

Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.

Ariana Grande, always wearing sheer suntan pantyhose and high heels, greets young adoring fans before performing a concert recently in New York City.
Trendsetter:  Ariana Grande in her signature sheer suntan pantyhose and high heels greets young adoring fans before performing recently in New York City.

And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer.  And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her.  And grateful to her.

And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.

From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.

First snag

So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?

I don’t get it.  These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievements among their peers, and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman, attend bear-legged.

Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes.  But pantyhose?  Nah!

I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.

Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs.  Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife.  So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs.  I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.

Singer Taylor Swift wins Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album awards during the 2013 American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif.
Not too swift: Singer Taylor Swift showed a lot of “bear” leg during the 2013 American Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif.

Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.

I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs.  Then, I saw.  Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice.  And it was super short.  And I liked her high heel dress sandals.

But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?

Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what-the- what?

And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.

Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs.  However, she didn’t wear.

Singer Ariana Grande was the most elegantly dressed artist at the American Music Awards.
Beyond her years:  Singer Ariana Grande was the most elegantly dressed artist at the American Music Awards.

Then, there was my new fave, Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.

It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the “New Artist of the Year” award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.

I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.

I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject.  Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many-just-like-it songs/videos that glamorize a lack of values in society today.

The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit.  Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did.  Nuff said about her, though.

Singer Jennifer Lopez stole the show during the American Music Awards with a high-energy Salsa performance.
Flying high:  Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, who typically wear pantyhose on stage, stole the show during the AMAs with a high-energy Salsa performance.

What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez.  Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).

Second snag

In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose.  Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 1990s through most of the decade of 2000.  But they’re still out there.

Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.

Taiwanese model/actress Shu Qi attends opening of a Jimmy Choo accessories store last month in Hong Kong.
So cute:  Taiwanese model/actress Shu Qi attends opening of a Jimmy Choo accessories store last month in Hong Kong.

Here’s that picture (left).  It’s of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.

She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout the world.  Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with English actor Jason Statham.

Qi (her given name, pronounced Chee) is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.

But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Qi for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.

The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:

The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.

On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.

It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model …  I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (Robin’s note: I added the bold to highlight my point.)

And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”

A model, left, and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi wear the same outfit, but Shu rocks it in sheer tights.
Not even close:  A model, left, and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi wear the same outfit, but Qi rocks it in sheer tights.

Wait a minute.  Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic on the left?  Really?  Uh … I don’t think so.   First, she looks like a refugee from a third world country.   (Please … someone give that girl a cheeseburger.)  How did she even get a job as a model?   Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what.  OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …

I think Qi looked adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is for sheer nude pantyhose), Qi absolutely rocked in them.

gone-with-the-bullets
Legs, legs, legs:  Shu Qi (front, center) most often can be seen in sheer nude pantyhose in movies, including ‘Gone with the bullets,’ an offbeat love story set in China.

Fortunately, Qi almost always can be seen in sheer nude pantyhose in the many movies she’s starred in, whether romantic comedies, action or dramas.

And, another thing:  While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t call it “conservatively,” as Kallon does. Certainly, I love that Qi has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s were an eyesore, they really haven’t seen anything.

Qi has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.

Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:

Nat39 says:

July 10, 2013 at 21:06

The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.

OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$.  Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is?  You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there.  Hey, good job with that.  And, I think we all can tell what Nat’s gender preference is.

Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.

Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year) this time, putting down Megan Fox.  Seriously, Megan Fox?

Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan wore it with pantyhose.

Online fashion magazine editor thinks the bare-legged model on the left looks better in this outfit than Megan Fox who had the class and elegance to wear it with pantyhose.
No comparison:  Online fashion magazine editor thinks the bear-legged model on the left looks better in this outfit than Megan Fox, who had the class and elegance to wear it with pantyhose.

OK, you decide:  Who looks better, the model or Megan?

Here’s what Kallon wrote:

Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.

… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.

She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.

This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (Note:  Again, I added the bold to highlight my point.)

CKPosted by Catherine Kallon (right) on Dec. 13, 2012 RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards).

What’s next, Kallon?  You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose?  Unbelievable.

Now, if like me, you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s example for you:

The Fashionable Teacher Grading Red Carpet Fashions Everywhere.  Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.

This site is run by mochababe73.

Jennifer Hudson looking snazzy in this ensemble, complete with sheer pantyhose.
Much maligned: While Jennifer Hudson’s ensemble was questionable, at least, she had the class to wear it with sheer pantyhose.

In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson (left) wore to a movie premiere in April of this year.

Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:

Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.

“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.

On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.

“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?” (Note:  Well, you get it by now …)

This must be the Jennifer Hudson look RCFA prefers. Actually, Hudson looks great in this photo, but those "bear" legs certainly would benefit from a pair of sheer pantyhose.
Way of the bear:  This must be the Jennifer Hudson look (above) that RCFA prefers. Actually, Hudson looks great in this photo, but those bear legs certainly would benefit from a pair of sheer pantyhose.

Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73.  And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.

Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.

Actually, I don’t disagree with what the “fashion expert” said about the ensemble.  That was a really strange-looking outfit.  I disagree only with her nasty comment about the pantyhose Jennifer wore.

I decided to look for other photos of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose. Unfortunately, I found only two.  

Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.

Nice shoes, but no pantyhose.
Nice shoes, but the “bear” feet and ankles hurt the look.
How could anyone object to pantyhose with these shoes?
How could anyone object to pantyhose with these shoes?

I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.

I suppose the pic of Jennifer (above, right) in the red dress with bear legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?

In any case, here is the author’s profile:

mochababe73mochababe73

Houston, TX baby!

I am a wife and mother.  I am a teacher.  And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.

Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher?  Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline (way up above at the start of the whole Jennifer Hudson bit) with a question mark, not a period?  You have:  Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail.  It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?

Unbelievable.

More ‘expert’ advice

Finally, it would amaze me if anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts.  I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.

CCA frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?”  And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza.  Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.

It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.

Fortunately, no one’s listening.

Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung (right).  What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels?  She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.

Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.

Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world choose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.

Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:

Underwood drops ball in Sunday Night Football theme song premiere


We’ve been waitin’ all (off season) for Sunday Night.

Well, it’s back!  And tonight features the Week 1 opening of the 2013 NFL season on Sunday night, as the New York Giants are taking on the Dallas Cowboys right now at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

So, the good news is the NFL is back.

The bad news for me and fans of this blog is country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood made her debut as the new voice and face (OK, legs) of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” to what was estimated to be 25 million viewers.

Or, wait, was that actually Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” prancing on stage in those “bear” legs?

“Obviously, we wanted to make it sound like me,” Underwood said of her new version of the theme song that Faith Hill had performed the past six seasons, “but we definitely wanted to bring a fun edge to it.”

I do like Underwood’s sound better, but it would have been nice if she had given the performance a new look, too — a little class by wearing sheer pantyhose with those short-shorts.  But like Hill before her, Underwood must think that the $30 billion business the NFL is (wiki.answers.com) calls for a casual look on stage.

Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC's Sunday Night Football theme song.  (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Underwood wore dark blueish/blackish denim short-shorts, a dark blue tank top and dark blueish/blackish cowboy boots.  And, unfortunately, bear legs.  [Note: I use quote marks on only the first reference to bear legs — my way of making fun of today’s bare legs culture.]

I guess you can take the bumpkin out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.

Somewhere, Hill must be smiling.

I was afraid Underwood would disappoint in this manner, but I so hoped she wouldn’t.  I don’t know anything about Underwood (I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol), and I couldn’t name a song she’s ever written or sung.

In doing the research for this piece, one thing I did learn — something that stands out — is everyone makes a huge deal about her legs.

And being a country music singer, it makes sense that most of the photos I found were of her performing for country music audiences.  So, not surprisingly, in the majority of the pictures, she is wearing denim shorts or dresses with cowboy boots and bear legs

But I did find some pictures of Underwood wearing a fancy dress with peep-toe stilettos and sheer fishnet pantyhose during — of all places — the 2009 CMA (Country Music Awards) show in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.
Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.
Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

That made me think there was hope that she’d dress like this for SNF.  But, then I found pics of her a year later wearing shorts, cowboy boots and bear legs during the 2010 CMA presentations.

That appears to be Underwood’s preferred look.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  She looks good.  I just don’t think the look is professional or classy enough for the intro theme to SNF.

In 2012, Sunday Night Football averaged 21 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen.

According to Wikipedia, American football is the most popular sport, and Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest annual sporting event held in the United States.  In fact, the Super Bowl game is always among the highest-rated programs of all-time in Nielsen ratings.

Now, I’m wondering about the demographics of the national fan base of the NFL?  What is the connection between the NFL and country music?  In researching this question on the Internet, I couldn’t find that answer.

And what I could find about the average NFL viewer surprised me (only because the numbers are smaller than I anticipated):  Men make up 62.8 percent, compared with women (37.2%), and the highest percentage of viewers by age is in the range of 35-44, which is 21.2 percent.

I don’t know.  Apparently, the findings were in 2003 by Scarborough Research, so maybe the numbers are more impressive today.

Carrie Underwood performs during the  2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

I don’t think there’s ever been an official poll that measures the percentage of men in the world who say they prefer women in pantyhose over bear legs (I couldn’t find anything official), but my own poll that posed that question last year returned predictable numbers: Out of 485 total votes, 465 (96%) answered Yes.

So, here’s what perplexes me: If (we’ll be conservative here) more than half of the men in the world prefer women in pantyhose, and more than 50 percent of men watch the NFL, why would Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill before her perform the SNF intro theme bear-legged?

Conversely, most other professional singers perform on stage throughout the world’s largest venues wearing pantyhose.

To me, the answer is Underwood and Hill don’t have the professionalism or class that most other professional entertainers do.

Back in April, I wrote this post:

Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF? in which I featured the professional singers I hoped would be considered to replace Hill.  My first choice was Katy Perry, and most of you agreed, as supported by the poll I attached to that post:

Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.
Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.

Which celeb should be next to perform SNF intro?

Katy Perry               51 (59%)

Beyonce’                 10 (12%)

Lady Gaga               10 (12%)

Jennifer Lopez          5 (6%)

Taylor Swift               5 (6%)

Rihanna                     3 (3%)

Other                         3 (3%)

Selena Gomez 1

Gwen Stefani 1

Frankie Sanford 1

One thing I knew was, had NBC selected Katy Perry to perform the SNF theme song, she would have dressed beautifully in a great dress or shorts/jump suit with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

And so would Beyonce’, Rihanna, Taylor Swift …

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.
Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.

I’ve written this before (and AKH just wrote this in his comment already) — NFL cheerleaders always wear pantyhose with their uniforms.  Why?   I mean it’s usually hot on the field, or raining, or cold, or snowing.

So why do the NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose?  Because it’s more professional than bear legs.  It’s classy.  It looks awesome on them.

And it’s the NFL.  The NFL has always cared about its image.  Never more than in recent years.   So, if the cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose as the integral part of their uniforms that they are, why would Underwood, and Hill before her, think their bear legs are appropriate in representing the NFL?

In the case of Carrie Underwood, well, all I can say is it’s a missed opportunity to build a professional and classy image.

Too bad.  I am officially not a Carrie Underwood fan.

All we can do now is just be happy that football is back.

 

Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF?


“I been waitin’ all (these years) for Sunday Night (without Faith Hill’s “bear” legs).”
Yesterday, one of our devoted readers (and our most prolific commenter), Brian W., alerted me that country singer Faith Hill announced on Monday that she no longer will perform the lead-in to Sunday Night Football.

Well, here’s a song for ya: “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”

If it sounds like I won’t be missing Faith’s SNF intro, you got that right. I hate missed opportunities, and Faith certainly passed up the chance to class up the joint with her skimpy outfits and those pasty white “bear” legs prancing around the stage, belting out that Joan Jett-like tune. Hate that song … mostly because once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head, along with the image of those “bear” legs.

I so wanted Faith to bring a little elegance to the SNF intro, but she just wouldn’t do it.

Bare legs and these goofy-looking shoes did nothing to help Faith Hill's image during her SNF lead-in shows.
Bare legs and these goofy-looking shoes did nothing to help Faith Hill’s image during her SNF lead-in shows.

Maybe she felt that because this was a sports venue, it called for a more casual look. Wrong!   Hey, Faith, even professional sports cheerleaders (some college and even high school cheerleaders) wear pantyhose with their uniforms.

And, if those “bear” legs weren’t bad enough, I don’t know what Faith was thinking with that”prostitute look” (below left).faithhill

So, yes, I am glad Faith no longer will be doing the introduction number to Sunday Night Football.

Now, I’m wondering who NBC will draft next for that role.

While finally, once again, we’re seeing more and more Hollywood actresses wearing pantyhose during publicity and public appearances, professional singers/dancers today (Faith notwithstanding) always wear pantyhose on stage.

So, I see no shortage of female candidates who could easily step into the SNF intro role.

Beyonce' can light up any stage, always showing off her legs in sheer pantyhose.
Beyonce’ can light up any stage, always showing off her legs in sheer pantyhose.

Here are my top few choices and why.

Beyonce

Well liked and respected, Beyonce’ is always professional and classy.  She’s a great singer/dancer/entertainer, and she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.

And, in addition to always wearing pantyhose on stage, she often wears for publicity events and guest appearances on talk shows.

Of course, Beyonce’ has done a Super Bowl halftime show, so she’s not exactly off the radar to NBC or the NFl.

She’s not controversial.  I’d say, on the surface, she seems to be a natural fit.

[She … could … go … all the way!]

Always professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose during her performances onstage, Rihanna should be a candidate for the next SNF lead-in role.
Always professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose during her performances onstage, Rihanna should be a candidate for the next SNF lead-in role.

Rihanna

Another good candidate who always wears pantyhose with her sexy but tasteful costumes on stage.

But, wait a minute.  Doesn’t she have an idiot rapper boyfriend who has used her face for a punching bag? I doubt NBC and the NFL would want Rihanna to be the poster girl for SNF.

Too bad because she otherwise would be a good choice.

[Fumble]

Lady Gaga

OK, just kidding.  She definitely is a devoted pantyhose wearer, but, well, too often she wears practically nothing but pantyhose.  NBC probably would be frightened by her.

[Sack]

Katy Perry is ultra-talented, exciting and always professional.
Katy Perry is ultra-talented, exciting and always professional.

Katy Perry

Now, here’s my favorite. Katy is nothing but classy, lovely, and just plain cute.

She writes some very compelling songs and appeals to audiences of all demographics.

Add to that a fantastic voice, great stage and screen presence, and very contemporary songwriting, and NBC would have a true winner.

Oh, and Katy Perry never goes anywhere not dressed beautifully.  And she’s one of the most prolific pantyhose wearers among all professional entertainers.

I just love her, and I bet that NBC would, too.

[Touchdown, Katy!]

Taylor Swift

If NBC wanted to stay with a country/pop singer, Taylor might be a pretty swift choice. That girl can write some entertaining songs.  She’s got a pleasant sound. She’s got a wholesome persona.

It could work.

[Long field goal]

Selena Gomez

Great voice. Wears lovely outfits, complete with pantyhose, on stage.  But … uh, no.  Cute, but probably too young. Probably not an NFL fan either. Anyway, she wouldn’t get my vote because too many times I’ve been disappointed in her for not wearing pantyhose with her beautiful outfits on late night talk shows.

[Tackled for loss]

(Photo by Seth Browarnik / Rex Features)
Jennifer Lopez is an experienced entertainer who has a connection to the NFL.

Jennifer Lopez

Now, we’re talking.  What a performer!  She can sing. She can dance. She can definitely rock it. She knows how to dress on stage.

But is she an NFL kind of girl?  Uh, yeah.  She’s part owner of the Miami Dolphins.

In one of her movies (the one of her’s I like best), “Out of Sight,” she plays a U.S. Marshall pursuing a career bank robber (George Clooney).

The movie is set in Miami, and in one scene, J-Lo wears short-shorts and a Dan Marino jersey.  But when she is on the job during a good portion of the movie, she’s wearing a skirt with sheer nude pantyhose and heels, and she looks great.

Sadly, I’ve seen her in a couple of TV commercials and print ads doing the “bear” legs thing.  So, she gets a personal foul penalty (15 yards), but I’d still give her the nod to do the SNF intro.

[First down, J-lo]

Gloria Estefan

Another great candidate, the Cuban-American pop singer can belt out a song like no one, and she’s got all the right moves on the stage.  But is she an NFL kind of gal?  Uh, hello, another part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a “diehard” fan since the Phins’ 1972/73 perfect season, she says.

Makes sense to me.  Hey, NBC, if Gloria sings the SNF intro, I can tell  you this:  “The rhythym is Gonna Get You.”

[First and goal]

Christina Aguilera

Why not?  She’s got the pipes and the dance moves.  And she’s classy enough to wear pantyhose on stage.

[Extra point]

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

I have never seen Paula on stage not wearing pantyhose. She can sing and dance.  She’d be a fine candidate.

[Makes the playoffs]

Madonna

I’m not kidding.  OK, yes, I am.

Then again, she’d still be an upgrade over Faith Hill.  At least Madonna has the sense to wear pantyhose on stage.

[Holding penalty]

Singer/actress Cher was known for her exotic costumes on stage, always with suntan or nude pantyhose.
Singer/actress Cher was known for her exotic costumes on stage, always with suntan or nude pantyhose.

Cher

Now I’m kidding, of course.

But if this were the 1990s, she’d likely be my first choice. She most definitely would be classy, exotic and entertaining.

Back in the days of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher was the entertainment bomb, and so were her on-stage costumes, such as this one (left) from 1978.

Before the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper (both likely influenced by her), Cher was the girl who “just wanted to have fun.”

OK, so today Cher isn’t a candidate to perform the Sunday Night Football introduction, but it would be nice if when NBC considers the next star to take that stage, they choose someone who has the professionalism, glamour and exotic looks that Cher had.

[End of regulation]

OK, now it’s your turn.  Who’d I leave out?  Who would be your choice to perform the introduction number to Sunday Night Football, and why?   Take the poll below to let me know.

Also, next up is a photo gallery I’ve made for you featuring some professional entertainers who probably should be considered.  By the way, when you click to expand the pictures, you know you can comment on any one you like, right?  Just saying …

Who should be the next SNF intro performer?


Katy Perry would be a great choice to perform NBC's Sunday Night Football intro number.  She is a talented and professional star, and she always wears pantyhose onstage.
Katy Perry would be a great choice to perform NBC’s Sunday Night Football intro number. She is a talented and professional star, and she always wears pantyhose onstage.

New website features college-age women who love pantyhose


In addition to the many great comments and suggestions from the wonderful readers of this blog since 2009, during ActSensuous’ 12 years in business, I’ve also been contacted out of the blue many times by pantyhose lovers. Along the way, I’ve made a few friends.

I love it when a professional photographer asks for ActSenuous pantyhose to do a photo shoot. A year or so ago, I was contacted by Kim who is an amazing photographer. She asked to shoot several models in ActSensuous for a new website she was developing. I saw the preview of her site and was extremely impressed, so I was only too happy to agree to the project.

Kim’s new website, PantyHoseClass.com, officially launched this month, and you can find it at One of the reasons I love the site is that it is in a fairly unique genre’ – sort of “The Girl Next Door in Pantyhose.”

Sure, there are thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, but Kim’s is different because it features “real girls” who truly love wearing pantyhose – and what’s even more unique – most of them are college students.

PantyHoseClassYes, you read that correctly – COLLEGE STUDENTS. I love Kim’s website for a couple of reasons. First, the site is extremely well done. It’s professional, it’s classy, and the photography is outstanding. Second, it’s COLLEGE GIRLS. Well, mostly.  At least a couple of them are college-age professionals.

This is further evidence that one of the biggest objections that pantyhose haters cite, and use in a feable attempt to brainwash today’s girls, is that pantyhose are outdated – something only older women would wear.

Of course, we know this argument doesn’t hold water because we continue to find young celebrities today who are devoted pantyhose wearers. You know who they are: Anne Hathaway, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove, Paris Hilton, Selina Gomez, and Zooey Deschanel to name only a few.

But college-age girls who love to wear pantyhose all the time? That is such a positive.

Some of you may remember it was Kim who shot the pictures of her friend, Lacey, who I featured in a recent post, so you understand the kind of girls Kim finds and features in her new website, and you know the quality of Kim’s photography.

I am impressed with each of the many models on PantyHoseClass.com, but I have singled out a few I simply cannot resist. You will find them featured here one at a time, wearing ActSensuous pantyhose.

Yesenia, a model on the new website, PantyHoseClass.com, is a devoted pantyhose wearer.
Yesenia, a model on the new website, PantyHoseClass.com, is a devoted pantyhose wearer.

This feature is about Yesenia. The 20-year-old Yesenia is an artist in Philadelphia. A pantyhose size A, Yesenia, loves to dress professionally and glamorously for work and all other occasions. And that means pantyhose.  The young professional of European and Latin ethnicity says she wears pantyhose to work, to her yoga classes, around the house, and even to sleep in.

I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?

“Pantyhose are good for every day and every season of the year,” she said. “Pantyhose feel like such a great piece of apparel to have on because they have many uses, and of course, pantyhose go with everything.”

Yesenia said she first realized she loved pantyhose at a young age, but the feeling took off when she was around 9 years old, starting ballet classes and wearing pink tights every day.

“It used to be the best feeling in the world, and to this day, still is,” Yesenia said. “When I put on those pink tights, I wasn’t Yesenia – I was someone else.  I was a strong ballerina.  I could be anyone I wanted.”

Yesenia is quick to give credit to her dance instructor, who once told her: “In these pink tights, you will live and become this beautiful work of dancing art.”

“So, of course, naturally, being a little girl, I was very eager to throw those tights on and get to dancing,” she said.

Yesenia looks awesome, wearing Act II Light Taupe pantyhose.
Yesenia looks awesome, wearing Act II Light Taupe pantyhose.

Today, Yesenia loves the feeling she gets when she slips into a pair of sheer pantyhose, saying it’s “Overwhelming and awesome that this delicate fabric could make my legs look so good.”

Yesenia isn’t sure whether men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose, than when she isn’t, but then again, she’s in pantyhose most of the time, and she certainly attracts a great deal of attention. Describing herself as a “natural born Gothic,” Yesenia likes to stand out, and she gets attention because of the way she dressses in general. Still, she feels that a pair of black pantyhose will always make her look better.

Asked if she could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, Yesenia wasn’t sure how to respond.

“I haven’t been with a guy who has had a pantyhose fetish,” she said. Then, she added: “I mean, I am sure if I worked it a certain way and worked it right, I could totally make a guy fall for it.”

No doubt about that.

Home from her work as an artist, Yesenia kicks off her high heels, but leaving on her Act II Suntan pantyhose.
Home from her work as an artist, Yesenia kicks off her high heels, but leaves on her Act II Suntan pantyhose.

Yesenia did say she frequently gets compliments from strangers about the pantyhose she wears.

“Anywhere I go, I hear all the time: “Hey, I love your pantyhose.”

Of course, not everyone appreciates her commitment to looking professional, glamorous and classy.

“I have had female friends ask me why I wear pantyhose,” Yesenia said. “Back in high school, when it really wasn’t so popular to wear them, I would get questions all the time – and not like positive ones, but more like negative ones.

“I wouldn’t say they tried to discourage me, but rather they just didn’t understand the world of pantyhose and all its wonders. I tried to explain to them it’s a magical world and pantyhose go with everything. Of course, now that it’s popular to wear tights, I never get questions anymore.”

In any case, Yesenia doesn’t consider herself special because she wears pantyhose during a time when other women find it old-fashioned to do so, or just refuse to wear them. Rather, she said she considers herself “One of those lucky old-fashioned women who love pantyhose because of all the beautiful things they can do for you and your body.”

Yesenia doesn’t pay much attention to the “bare legs culture” of today. What she would tell women who think pantyhose are so terrible? “Hah! More for me and none for you. No, really, I wouldn’t say much,” Yesenia said.

Yesenia heads off to the job in a professional outfit, complete with Act II Off Black pantyhose.
Yesenia heads off to the job in a professional outfit, complete with Act II Off Black pantyhose.

One thing Yesenia could never imagine is not wearing pantyhose to a job interview.

“I have always worn, and will always wear, pantyhose to a job interview, even if it were for something less than a very high-level professional position.

“I think it’s very unprofessional for high-level businesswomen to not wear pantyhose. It’s almost like you have this amazing suit on, but you forgot to put on your pants if you understand what I mean. I would feel so bare without pantyhose, I wouldn’t feel like I had a suit on at all.”

Wise and mature beyond her years, Yesenia says she doesn’t watch TV or movies, and doesn’t know anything about celebrities or pay attention to what they’re wearing.

“I don’t have any role models. I just try to do what’s good for me and leave it at that.”

For now, that means being a devoted daughter, sister and girlfriend who works to support her family and herself, she said.

“I believe in being good to people. I believe in putting my family first. I believe in being loyal and honest, and to never be bad to others. I always try to be understanding of everyone, and realize that the person next to you or 10 feet away from you is fighting a battle every day.”

Yesenia loves the look and feel of sheer pantyhose, such as Act II Suntan.
Yesenia loves the look and feel of sheer pantyhose, such as Act II Suntan.

Asked if there was anything she wanted to say that she wasn’t asked, Yesenia said:

“Sure.  I love your pantyhose. Great feeling and great colors. My personal favorite is Suntan.”

Well, that was nice.

Yesenia is a lovely young lady. She is professional, classy and quite feminine. My thanks to her for wanting to model ActSensuous pantyhose for PantyHoseClass.com and my blog.

Enjoy the gallery (below) of Yesenia in ActSensuous pantyhose, and see many more photo sets of her wearing all kinds of different brands and styles on Kim’s website at (http://www.PantyHoseClass.com).

Note:  I don’t know what I did, but somehow the gallery below is linked to another page where the gallery actually lives.   Trust me, there are more than 2 pictures in the gallery.  Clink that link, and you’ll find the real gallery.

 

Confusion, lack of conviction spur bare legs look


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

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

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

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

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

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

Doing the right thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No deal, divas

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

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

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

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

Here’s the woman’s letter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In part, Sanders wrote:

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

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

Blind leading the blind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Makeover madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It reads:

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

Exactly.

Beauty no accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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