The power that comes with wearing pantyhose unrealized by most ladies


It is said that “Knowledge is power” (Francis Bacon).

We’ve also heard that money is power, and that there is power in numbers.  And, two music artists: Huey Lewis and the News, and Celine Dion, sang two different songs called The Power of Love.

Male or female, many people possess such power, but there’s a very special power reserved strictly for the ladies.  Ironically,  however, very many more men than ladies appear to be aware of it.

What am I talking about here?  The power women wield when wearing sheer pantyhose today.

Some ladies do get it, and they embrace this power.  Most of the celebrity ones, you’ve read about many times here.  But this time, we’re talking about everyday real ladies.

How would wearing pantyhose give me this power, you ladies ask?  Apparently, most of you today don’t realize this (or don’t care), but the vast majority of men from practically every civilized country in the world love and adore you when you wear pantyhose.  And they will do almost anything you want when you wear.

You’ll get tons more looks from gentlemen out in public and at the office.  And, more compliments will be given to you, more doors will be held for you, more opportunities will open up to you, and more favors will be done for you.  Mostly, more men will notice you, admiringly.

You see, most gentlemen feel that ladies who wear sheer pantyhose for all the right reasons and at all the proper venues are very special.   And this is all the more significant in today’s time where too many women think, act and even try to look more like men.

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Standing apart:
 A lovely young lady in beautiful pantyhose has inadvertantly captured the attention of a man who can’t take his eyes off her, even while the woman he is with is trying to conduct a conversation with him.

And guess what?  You not only have power over men when you wear sheer pantyhose, but also over other women who don’t.  When you wear (and get all the attention and adoration of men), that makes the women who don’t wear feel uncomfortable, insecure and jealous.

Don’t think so?  Look around.  Sheer pantyhose aren’t just coming back.  They’re already back.   If you pay attention, you can see that pantyhose are showing up everywhere again — on TV shows, TV commercials and print ads, in movies … and (hold your breath) … even on fashion runways.  There’s your biggest proof (and your worst nightmare if you’re a devoted “bear” legs practitioner).

That’s why I wrote above that women who don’t wear are uncomfortable in the presence of the special ladies who do.  Those bear-leggers are beginning to notice more and more ladies wearing pantyhose, and they’re feeling insecure about it because deep down they knew all along that this bear legs thing is ugly and stupid, but because it existed, they jumped on and stayed on that bandwagon.

And now, they are being confronted with the reality that (as fashion always does) the bear legs trend is swinging in the opposite direction, back toward sheer pantyhose again.

tumblr_ncj17fwbcq1s4rbj2o1_1280This makes the bear legs disciples jealous of the lovely ladies who already have returned to pantyhose (or never abandoned them in the first place), as those ladies have the courage and convictions of femininity, which includes class, grace and elegance, which the bears don’t possess.

The bears know pantyhose are returning, but most of them can’t accept it, or are hibernating in denial.

As the president of ActSensuous, who’s self-imposed mission in life since 2001 is to carry the torch for the return to favor of pantyhose, I wear every day.  And when I say every day, I mean Sunday through Saturday no matter how hot it is in Florida.  When I go out into the real world, I set an example, whether anyone notices or appreciates it or not.

For a while there, I was beginning to think that men were so long-beaten-down by the bear-leggers, they had gotten conditioned to seeing only Carrie Underwood legs, as they seemed not to even glance my way.  This just couldn’t be, I thought.

So, recently, I resorted to blending into the shadows, while observing my best gal pal, Angela, as she gallivants out and about in our NewAct IV line.

That’s when I came to realize, oh, men are most definitely looking.  It’s just that they’ve become all Jason Bourne about it, adept at very discreetly surveilling a babe in pantyhose.  These guys don’t miss a single delicate (but totally in-control) step, as Angela glides down streets, aisles and parking lots.

even-other-women-lookAnd here’s something interesting I found along the way: Unlike what I expected, the looks from many women weren’t always those of daggers flying from their eyes, as much as ones that carried a hint of envy in them.

They were seeing someone else doing what they probably secretly want to do, but wouldn’t, for fear of seeming out of place according to what they viewed as “just the way things are these days.”

Here’s the reality:  Being out and about in sheer pantyhose — the most beautiful, delicately sensuous and decidedly feminine thing a woman could ever wear — has an effect on men (and many women), which can make the wearer feel like a million bucks because she is setting herself apart from the masses in the most classy and elegant of ways.

Readers saying it, too

Many of you have read comments here from some of those real ladies who get it.  Case in point: Kim, who wrote this comment last month:

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Picture from file, not of Kim.

As a woman, I love my position and the attention I get from my hub especially when I dress up and put on my pantyhose and heels.

And believe it or not, I think he likes the attention I get from other men in the room. They…notice.   It’s a real turn-on for him.

(The results are very good for me at the end of the night too, wink wink.)

What I find funny are the cady reactions I see from other women. “What is she wearing? Look.”  I actually find that more funny.

As so many of the comments we read here are from men who express their dismay and sadness at their wives’ or girlfriends’ refusal to wear (and not just in general, but not even once in a great while for their men’s enjoyment), it’s refreshing to see such a positive comment from a real lady out there who definitely gets it.  Go, Kim.

That reminded me of a similar comment we saw here last year.  It came from Aimelous:

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Picture from file, not of Aimelous.

For me personally I like wearing (pantyhose) for the man I’m with because I like the fact that it turns him on and it makes me feel desired and in control. It is such a simple request by a man asking me to wear a pair, who would say no?

I’m confused by all the women that do say no or think it’s weird there are so many fetishes and I find this one to be so easy to accommodate. I also like the feeling of somebody rubbing my legs or feet while I have on a pair.  It feels nice and I actually really do like it.

I do read the men’s comments and they seem to have problems asking women or finding women that want to do this and I can’t understand why a woman wouldn’t? Again that is just how I feel because it’s just so easy.

I do also find the nylons to be a very intimate thing and that is more my style. I’m sure I could wear a pair for a guy who didn’t really like them because men basically do whatever you want and ask him to rub my legs but it simply would not be the same feeling to me as a man who truly enjoyed that.

I would rather have a relationship now with a man who prefers them and likes them than a man who didn’t.

power-in-phAhhhhh, now there’s a lady who truly gets it.  Notice that in Aimelous’ very first sentence, she writes “ … and it makes me feel desired and in control.”

This is the power I’m talking about.  Sadly, most women today don’t seem to realize they could wield that power if they would wear sheer pantyhose.

Rather, they must find it easier to just complain and cite the same old lame excuses about how bad pantyhose must be.  I say “must be” because I believe most of them don’t actually know, as they are merely following along, riding the bandwagon that others like them started a decade-and-a-half ago.

Back to Aimelous: A bit later when a male reader (who mentioned that his wife doesn’t wear), asked Aimelous what her favorite shade of pantyhose is, she responded:

For me its the nude and i prefer a better quality nylon. I like very soft/silky feels like cashmere. Since you like them so much as do most men here im confused why you all forgo them (i know its not your choice).

How important is it to you in your relationship on a scale from 1/10. Im confused why people are with others when they cant really be themselves?  I dont think i could ever do that.  Dont get me wrong i understand life obligations, jobs, kids, wife, etc and nylons shouldnt be more important by any means, but isnt it a part of you and who you are or no?

And that is exactly what I’ve been saying for years to men who write comments here, or letters they email me.  It is so refreshing to hear another lady ask:  Why do you guys forgo so easily the thing you love most in life?  And how important is it to you in your relationship?

Therapy

Now, I’m no therapist, and it’s a good thing I’m not a marriage counselor either.  I wouldn’t be a good one because I’d tell these guys to send their wives or girlfriends packing when they refuse to do such a simple and innocent little favor for their husbands or boyfriends.

Think I’m too harsh?  How many times have I written here:  It’s not as if guys are asking their ladies to wear leather from head to toe, stilettos or corsets?  We’re talking about soft, sheer pantyhose here, people.  They weigh like 1.6 ounces and that includes the packaging.  They are like silk.

Well, that’s true about ActSensuous pantyhose, anyway.  Ours are 100 percent nylon (no spandex).  Any woman who would say these are uncomfortable is simply fooling herself.  In such a case, the real issue must be that she has no sense of femininity, elegance, beauty or glamour.

Comments on this blog like those from Kim, Amielous and a few others are very encouraging, as it’s good for everyone to see in writing that not all women out there are simple cows who just don’t get (or worse, don’t care) what their men want.

Also last year, came this positive, but at the same time, heart-wrenching comment from Annie:

I’m twenty four, I live in the UK and I’ve just come out of a relationship with a guy who I absolutely adored and he had a tights (that’s what we call them here!) fetish.

Before meeting him I thought of tights as nothing special really. I assumed men preferred bare legs. I had to wear them for work and I never even took a second glance at deniers or finishes when buying them. But now, I see the true beauty of them. I can tell which denier and finish someone is wearing when they pass me in the street.

I absolutely loved the fetish and it became a huge part of my life. I found the entire concept of it so exciting and I now wear them every single day. I also notice that a pair of heels and low denier black tights have turned more than a few heads when I’ve walked by! I do think there’s something about them now!

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Picture from file, not of Annie.

The hardest thing I’m finding now that we’ve broken up it’s kind of like ‘Well what now?’ Do I just hope someone will find me who has the same fetish?  Do I actively look for someone with this fetish? I’ve looked online and found websites and forums but something about looking for someone with a fetish seems a bit ‘not right’ to me?

I don’t have the fetish myself, but I feel I have been conditioned to link tights with sex now and I find the thought of having sex without them very mundane, I enjoyed it so much!

It made me feel so much more attractive, and teaming them with outfits became something I absolutely threw myself into with enthusiasm.

At first, I thought it was just because I missed him, but it would seem not.

I’ve posted this here because I feel this blog is the most ‘clean’ and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I felt I might get some kind of helpful feedback as opposed to people responding with crude comments followed by their telephone numbers! Thanks.

Wow, what a great girl Annie is.  She truly is a dream come true for most of the men on this planet.  I hope she will follow up and let us know how things are going for her today, and whether she’s found a new boyfriend who surely would consider himself  among the luckiest guys in the world.

In today’s world filled with negativity, hatred, madness (and ugliness in how most women present themselves), it’s wonderful to see that there still are some very special ladies out there who truly get it?  They have learned, accepted and embraced (or, in some cases, always knew in the first place) the reality that they wield true power when wearing pantyhose.

However, this comment came through last year from Elsa:

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Picture from file, not of Elsa. Sadly, though, these sheer pantyhose likely found the trash bag in Elsa’s house.

I recently started dating a guy with a pantyhose fetish. I don’t know what to think about it.  I’ve tried indulging him as much as he wants, but honestly I just don’t like the feel of them and can only take them on my legs for a short period of time.

Should I just give up on him and hope he finds someone who enjoys them as much as he does?

It’s not a big deal to endure a little discomfort now and then for his pleasure, but honestly, why is his fetish more important than my aversion to these not-so-natural clothing items?

I get it you guys love the look and feel of them, but isn’t it just a tad bit unhealthy to be so obsessed with an item of clothing? It’s starting to cause problems when he wants me to wear them and I don’t feel like it. It’s not like I haven’t happily gone along with it countless times already, but it can’t be every time. It is just getting boring.

OK, I appreciate that Elsa at least tried to indulge her boyfriend’s love for pantyhose.  Yet, while perhaps she isn’t quite the man-hating bear who couldn’t care less about the wants and needs of the one in her life, she is one of those females I find so perplexing.  She just doesn’t like the feel of pantyhose, and “can take them on her legs for only a short period of time?”  Uh, could that be because they are too tight maybe?

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Open market: A business lady already wearing (above, and two others below, right), inspects a pair of sheer pantyhose from a street vendor.

This is one of those issues I’ve been trying to educate women about for … I don’t know, a hundred years now?  For a woman to say she doesn’t like the feel of pantyhose on her legs, tells me she doesn’t know how to choose pantyhose.

As I’ve said for (ever), women have choices!  I suppose even I wouldn’t like the feel of pantyhose on my legs if I were buying the kind with a high concentration of spandex in them.

Of course, I realize there are thousands of men who love the tight-fitting shiny kind of pantyhose, which might actually have more to do with an encasement or bondage fetish than a pantyhose fetish.

Spandex, a synthetic compound of rubberized particles, was invented in the 1980s for athletic apparel, such as compression shorts.

street-vendor-2Their application in pantyhose allowed manufacturers to make a (money saving) one-size-fits-all style because spandex would allow the garment to stretch, but then return to it’s original size and shape.

My belief is that probably most women, but definitely the ones who are slightly willing to “sacrifice” (I’m using that word sarcastically) their comfort and principles for their man’s pleasure, have little if any education or experience in shopping for pantyhose.

So they either buy a brand/style haphazardly, or just wear whatever their men buy for them.

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Ouch: Made with a great amount of spandex, pantyhose like these are going to be super tight, something many ladies likely would find uncomfortable.

Now, wearing pantyhose made with a ton of spandex on one’s legs for an extended length of time certainly could be considered uncomfortable.  And since the vast majority of pantyhose today have some degree of spandex in them, it stands to reason that those are the kind most women are buying.

They must not realize they have more than just that style from which to choose.

Those are the women who try pantyhose once or maybe a couple times and come away with a negative feeling about them.

In Elsa’s case, she admits she has an aversion to pantyhose, and calls them a “not-so-natural” item of clothing.  Her hostility toward pantyhose is obvious, making me surprised that she tried to indulge her man’s love for them even once.

Excellent viewpoints

Have you noticed the well-conceived and brilliantly written comments that have been appearing here lately?  They’re quite impressive.  A couple of months ago, Russell, a reader I believe is a lawyer, wrote (in part) this:

kate-middleton-006In this season of presidential election politics, I pose the question “Do women who lean toward the right or conservatism tend to wear pantyhose more frequently than their left or liberal leaning cohorts?”

I submit the answer is yes and here is my argument in support of my position. Conservative women favor preservation of tradition, class, good looks, being well dressed and polished. They are typically not subject to what I call the lemur phenomena, meaning they will not follow others off a cliff just because that’s the direction the rest of the crowd is heading.

Liberals, or left leaning women follow current trends and fads. Once pantyhose became a pariah of feminists who viewed them as a symbol of male oppression and sexism, they followed suit and continue to do so in the honest belief that they have no other function save for objectifying women.

Well, I don’t disagree with anything Russell wrote, although clearly, there’s more to it than that.

Similarly, writer Kinsley Goldman of Celeb Dirty Laundry, an Internet entertainment news publication, on March 26, 2012 wrote:

Kate Middleton (above left) is becoming a fashion leader and this means that the conservative look is definitely on rise.  Duchess Catherine is now the most looked-at woman in the world, as well as the most admired.  Her clothing choices are elegant, modest, and conservative while always fresh and never dowdy.”

A couple of weeks ago, another wise reader, JA, expanded on Russell’s comment, writing (in part) this:

I see the women who refuse to wear pantyhose today as falling into either one of two categories: “Copy Cats” or “Scaredy Cats”.

The Copy Cats are followers who simply do whatever they’re told and what everyone else does because they are incapable of acting out of independent thought. When wearing pantyhose was in vogue, they wore them, and would never think of doing otherwise. When pantyhose fell out of favor, they followed suit and perpetuated the trend. Lemmings, pure and simple.

The Scaredy Cats know better than this, but lack the confidence to do what they feel is right because doing so would make them look like outcasts and subject them to ridicule.

Both groups lack conviction, and both groups share the blame for our current “drought”, but there is one startling difference between the two. Since the Scaredy Cats are not being true to themselves, they feel guilty for going “bear”. The Copy Cats, on the other hand, feel a sense of pride.

That’s an interesting and entertaining way of putting it, and I agree with JA.  But it was something else JA wrote that really resonated with me, as it is something I have believed for a long time.

Here’s how JA put it (in part):

… like it or not, “bear legs” have become the traditional style of dress. As recent comments on this site point out, it is the women who wear pantyhose in today’s world who are looked upon as being the “non-traditional” ones, whose actions are viewed as being “radical”, “pushing the envelope”, “upsetting the status quo”, “being risque”, and who are actively testing modern society’s comfort levels. A decade and a half ago, it was the “bears” who fell into this category.

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Beauties and the beasts

The reason I like JA’s statement is its reality takes away what I believe was always the beasts’ greatest goal in life — to change the decent and good values of society in the areas of professionalism, class, elegance and good taste — probably mostly for the sake of just being counter culture, but maybe also because those are the standards they fear the most.  I believe they can’t handle the pressure of living up to such values, and view it as easier to look and act like beasts than to carry themselves with any kind of grace and elegance like the beauties.

The best part is that the beasts sought attention for trying to bring all of society down to their level, but it backfired, as it’s now the outnumbered beauties (those who continued to embrace the traditional values by daring to wear sheer pantyhose for all the right reasons) who are now getting all the attention the beasts so craved in the first place.  And that attention is growing stronger and faster than the beasts ever could have imagined for their own cause.

And, men everywhere are noticing and applauding the beauties.  So tired men are of beast mode.  They’ve had it with this ugliness and their voices are beginning to get a little louder.  For the most part, look at the advertising on TV, which too often portrays women as wanting to look, act and dress like men.

This Checkers

This currently airing TV commercial (right) for a Checkers steak burger, features a woman dressed in leather from head to toe, ratcheting up her jaw to about three times normal size to take a huge bite.  This look isn’t attractive to civilized men, and it doesn’t do women any favors, unless they aspire to be biker chicks maybe.

And garbage like this is only helping to perpetuate beast mode in America.

A few years ago, I stumbled across this site: boycottamericanwomen.blogspot.com

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You’ve got to be kidding.

It’s about the ever-growing number of men who are dismayed and disgusted at how so many American women have long lost their sense of beauty and femininity, and when I first saw it, the main example was the way women dress these days, particularly, the fact that they had stopped wearing pantyhose.

Today, I had to search to find the site again.  I Googled what I thought was the website’s name: Don’t date American women.  OK, that wasn’t it, but there were at least 10 pages of links to that subject.  I say “at least” because I stopped at page 10.  It was getting too depressing.

Sadly, most women today continue to miss or ignore two great principles:  (1.) The vast majority of men throughout the world always profess that they love and desire women in pantyhose; (2.) Women appear to have no clue about the power they could wield if they wore sheer pantyhose.

(Or, they don’t care, which is even worse.)

It's much more routine for ladies throughout Europe to wear sheer pantyhose with attractive outfits.

Maybe women today think it doesn’t matter what men love and want.  If that’s their attitude, they are selling themselves and sealing their own doom, as more and more men are becoming fed up with the beasts in America and are now getting the conviction to seek foreign beauties who have strong values, enjoy being female, and dress and act like ladies.

Indeed, the ladies in most civilized countries throughout the world embrace the wearing of sheer pantyhose as part of their culture of beauty, class and elegance.  (As pantyhose once were here, where they were invented.)

It’s much more routine for ladies throughout Europe to wear sheer pantyhose with attractive outfits.

almost-obscureAnd, women throughout Asia in particular don’t have to be persuaded (or begged) to wear pantyhose.

They wouldn’t think of doing otherwise, as sheer pantyhose are that ingrained in their culture.  It’s almost funny to me to see that Asian men often don’t even offer a glance when a beautiful woman in pantyhose walks by.

That might be because, to them, it’s no big deal.  They see it all the time, every single day.

To the beasts who have no interest in the values of femininity and beauty, those who don’t think it’s important to wear pantyhose to the office, to a wedding or even to a funeral; who wouldn’t consider wearing even on date night, or for just 20 minutes to please their men on special occasions, know this: Time is running out for you.   And men are keeping score.

For men, time is now

Back in 2012, I wrote a post here: Future of pantyhose in men’s hands?

https://actsensuous.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/future-of-pantyhose-in-mens-hands/

In it, I suggest that men need to do a better job of communicating with the ladies.  They need to express (the right way) their feelings about pantyhose.

I still believe that to some extent it is men who can bring pantyhose back into the mainstream.  It’s already beginning to happen.  We can see pantyhose coming back a little every day.

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Ticking away: It’s high time for pantyhose to be back in the mainstream in America.

The timing is right for all good men to make it known to their wives/gfs they want to see them wearing pantyhose.

I could be wrong here (it happened once … unless I’m mistaken).  So, to those men whose wives/gfs refuse to wear pantyhose to work, out and about, and definitely not for you, there are two things you should consider:

  1. Life is short. Do you really want to waste your youth, energy and passion?  Find the right match for yourself.
  1. Sacrifice and denial can be good (if you’re into the whole zen thing), but can you live with regret?

I understand that you’re responsible, loyal, and don’t want to seem as if you’re too shallow, and that’s very noble of you.  But, at some point, shouldn’t you ask yourself:

“How strong is my marriage (or relationship)?  Isn’t this thing supposed to be a partnership here, like you know, 50-50 or something?   What message is my wife (or gf) sending me if she won’t do such a simple thing as wear pantyhose for me even once in a while?

“And, do I really want to be with a woman anyway, who thinks it’s OK to go ‘bear’-legged at the office, or to a formal event?  Seriously, can I really be with a woman who has such hatred and aversion to something as beautiful, delicate and decidedly feminine as pantyhose?”

Sorry, but to me, it sounds as if too many of your wives/gfs aren’t trying all that hard to be in their marriages/relationships.  That can’t be good.

Still, all these factors aside, if you’re willing to live without your passion, and you can justify to yourself this whole issue, even though you get no fairness in your relationship (not even a little quid pro quo), here are some things you can do for yourself so that you can at least achieve some measure of sick satisfaction:

Retaliation strategies for men

Longtime readers here might remember, I once suggested a few things men whose wives/gfs refuse to wear pantyhose for them should do in retaliation.  I meant it as a joke back then, but now I really think you ought to try these things.

So, here you go …  If your wife or girlfriend won’t wear pantyhose for you, try these things:

  • Don’t wear a necktie — If she loves to see you in a tie, don’t wear one. Tell her ties are uncomfortable, out of style, too grandpa, and irrelevant in today’s more casual dress styles.
  • Don’t wear a belt — When you go out with her, wear dress pants with a tucked-in dress shirt and dress shoes, but skip the belt. Tell her the same as above.
  • Don’t wear socks — See above explanation.
  • If she doesn’t like a beard, grow one.
  • If she does like a beard, shave or don’t grow one.

Well, guys, there you have it.  I’ve showed you how you can solve the biggest dilemma in your life.  Now, the results are up to you.

Ladies, you knew “Knowledge is power.”  Now, you should know Wearing pantyhose is power.

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This post is composed of 5,141 words, and the largest number of photos (20) I’ve ever used in one post.   It takes a few days to write something like this, and a few more days to search, choose and insert just the right pictures to help tell this story.  Thousands of you will read this post, and so far (the post has been up for about a month now), it has received (25) 5-Star ratings.  If you like this post, please keep them coming.

Thank you, and best wishes always.

 Robin

Pantyhose appearing everywhere these days


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MR 3Anyway, I hope she’s wearing in that scene.

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

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

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

Rio Olympics  

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

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

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

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

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

United Emirates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lovely ad lady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runway real

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

So when I found and followed this link,

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

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

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

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

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

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

ought to keep them awake at night.

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

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

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

It’s in print

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

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

Give it a read here:

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

No Wonder

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

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

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

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

Here’s what they wrote:

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

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

The Best Act

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

Just enter code sumpro30 at Checkout.

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

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

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

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

Pantyhose alive and well

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

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

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

 

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

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

Grizzly confronts pantyhose maven


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.

Office scene.jpg 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.

Welcome .jpg FinalThe 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.

Picnic BearI 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?”

Brown bear taxiHe 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:

The interview

Interview with The Grizzly


Robin: So, you’re saying bears have always had it bad?

Grizz movie posterGrizzly: 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.

Robin: What?

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.

No matter the role or the scene, Goldie Hawn could be counted on to wear sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.
No matter the role or the scene, Goldie Hawn always could be counted on to wear sheer suntan (left) or nude pantyhose (above).

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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 …

Grizzly: Riiiiiiight.

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 snackGrizzly: 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.

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“Fashion consultant” Stacy London of the reality TV show, ‘What Not to Wear,’ received the first Grizzly Award, on Dec. 6, 2011, and she appeared to be quite pleased about it.

Grizzly: Oh, what a great moment for beardom it was when she was bestowed with the inaugural Grizzly Award.   https://actsensuous.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/a-grizzly-goes-to-london/

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.

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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.)

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Jun Ji-hyun attends a press conference for her movie, The Thieves, a few years ago in Korea.

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.

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Jun Ji-hyun covers a recent edition of  fashion magazine, Vogue, in Korea.

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?

Grizzly: Sure.

Robin: Thank you.

Grizzly: Kelly Hu.

Robin: Who?

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?

Robin: No.

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 …

Grizzly: Yeah?

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?

Grizzly: Bingo.

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.

Readers, know the celebs (JB and BB) The Grizzly and Robin are talking about?  Tell us who they are via email (robin@actsensuous.com), and if you’re right, win one or two free pairs of ActSensuous pantyhose.

Receive one free pair for correctly naming one celebrity; get two free pairs for correctly naming both.

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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.

Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - ArrivalsRob: 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.

b7Grizz: 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.

Bear tour

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?”

Farewell Grizzly Candy“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 at www.atondigitalstudios.com


 Pantyhose babes hobnobbing with bears

 

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The late Elizabeth Montgomery, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Samantha Stevens in the 1960s TV sitcom, “Bewitched,” was friendly with at least one bear.

 

 

Why that Bear still won’t Wear — the Grizzly Awards


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

It was one of my first ever (and still favorite) posts.  It was Oct. 9, 2009.

Originally, it was called “Why women don’t wear pantyhose” but when I added a poll at the end, which I accidentally titled:  Today’s “Bear Legs Culture,” the name stuck, and I renamed the post “Why bears don’t wear pantyhose.”

In that post, I debunked the dumb reasons women give for not wearing pantyhose, and I proposed that we refer to those women from now on as having “bear” legs instead of bare legs.

Many of you picked up on that, and in your comments or letters, you refer to women going bear-legged.  Thanks for playing along.  I love that.

Since 2009, thankfully, we’ve seen quite an increase in the number of women wearing pantyhose.  We see it on TV, in TV commercials, in movies, in magazines, on the runway, and on stage.  That is great.

Yet, the majority of stories on Internet-based magazines, features and blogs about pantyhose remain negative, if not hostile.  And women still are giving dumb reasons for why they hate and won’t wear pantyhose.

So, like in October 2009, I feel it is my duty to set these bear-legged women straight.  Here’s their lame excuses for not wearing pantyhose, my response, and the logic behind my thinking:

Bears:  Pantyhose are hot. (Read that with a whiney tone).         

Robin:  Wrong, bimbo!   It’s that you’d look HOT if you were to wear pantyhose.                                                                                                    

Logic:   I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating.  You work in an office.  It’s air-conditioned.  In fact, you drive to work with the AC blasting in your vehicle.  And if pantyhose really were too hot, why then during the winter, do you complain it’s too cold to wear pantyhose?  Sorry, hater.  You gotta do better than that.

Bears:  Pantyhose are uncomfortable.

Robin:  What?  Pantyhose are soft and silky.  They’re the most delicate, decidedly feminine thing a woman could ever wear.  Pantyhose don’t weigh a pound soaking wet.  How could they be uncomfortable?

Logic:   If you wear control top or the super support kind that are made with too much Spandex, yes, pantyhose could be too tight and uncomfortable.   But instead of just swearing off pantyhose altogether, you should try 100 percent nylon pantyhose that are ultra soft and silky.  Then, if you still say that pantyhose are uncomfortable, you’re just looking for a reason to  hate on things that are feminine and that men want you to wear.

Logic II:  I know for a fact that pantyhose are not uncomfortable because it was not one of the correct answers to a question on Family Feud.   The question was “Name something women wear that hurts.”  A lovely Korean family correctly guessed 1.) Bra, 2.) Girdle, 3.) High Heels.   But when one of the family members guessed pantyhose, he got an “X” and the other family got a chance to steal the points.   They correctly guessed:  4.) Thong.   And that family won the game.

The lovely girls in the Korean family were wearing pantyhose and looked very beautiful, and I was sorry that they lost.   But, I think we can all agree now that pantyhose are not uncomfortable!

Bears:  Pantyhose are old-fashioned.

Robin:   Really?  Try telling that to Kate Middleton, Anne Hathaway, Milla Jovovich, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies.  Not convinced?  Tell that to Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce’.

Logic:   This has got to be the dumbest excuse women give for not wearing pantyhose.  Consider this:  Undergarments were invented in the 13th century.  Pantyhose were invented in the late 1960s (stockings during the 1950s).  High heels were invented sometime around the 15th century, and the first shoes were said to have been invented between 1600 and 1200 BC.  So should we all stop wearing shoes and undies now because they’re even more old-fashioned than pantyhose?  Come on, haters!

Bears:  Pantyhose are not necessary because my legs are tan enough, and pantyhose are irrelevant today because of relaxed dress code standards, even at the office.

 Robin:  Big mistake!  Sure, for informal occasions, bear legs look fine, but tan as they may be, they’re still no match for how much nicer they’d look in pantyhose.  Don’t kid yourself.  Unless you’re Zhang Ziyi (and even she wears pantyhose more than the average bear), those bear legs of your’s still have flaws.  Between uneven skin tone, blemishes, etc., your legs are less attractive without pantyhose.

Now, if you’re shopping at the supermarket on a day off, by all means, go bear-legged.  But, if you’re going to a wedding, a funeral, a fancy restaurant or any formal venue and you don’t wear pantyhose, you have no class.  If you work at a McDonald’s or Taco Bell, you don’t need to wear pantyhose.  If you work in a business office and don’t wear pantyhose, you are completely unprofessional.  Period!

Logic:   We’ve dumbed down enough in society.  Do we have to dress down, too?  The everyday people in almost every civilized nation in the world have more class, more grace and more elegance than us.  And they all dress better than we do.  It’s beyond time we improve in these areas.

When you break it down, the reasons women give for not wearing pantyhose have little or no merit.  They are giving very lame excuses.  Pantyhose were the standard of elegance throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and most of the 90s.  Women wouldn’t think of being seen in public without makeup or pantyhose.  And pantyhose were the standard for professionalism in the business world.

But during the 2000s, an excuse was created for not wearing pantyhose, and millions of women jumped on the bandwagon and have been trying to justify going bear-legged ever since.

As you know, in this blog, I’ve recognized and praised professional entertainers who are devoted pantyhose wearers in my series: Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due.  And while we’ve seen more and more entertainers wearing lately, there still are far too many women going bear-legged.

So, I am starting a new series.  This one will recognize those celebrities who never or almost never wear pantyhose.

Introducing …

That’s right, the Grizzly Awards will “honor” those celebrities who contribute to the bear legs cause by never wearing pantyhose on their TV shows, in movies, awards events, appearances on late night talk shows, and whenever they are in the public eye in general.

And the first celeb to receive this “honor” has to be:

Sarah Jessica Parker

You know the story.  SJP is “credited” with creating the bear legs movement because her character and others on the TV show and movies, ‘Sex and the City,” ditched the pantyhose with their fancy dresses and sexy shoes as they gallivanted through New York City — the fashion capital of the world.

That started it all.  Hollywood always has influenced fashion, and what SJP’s charaters did was set a bad example for women everywhere.

For the first time, pantyhose were seen as being out of style.  Then, as more and more celebrities followed suit, and everyday women in droves jumped on the bandwagon, pantyhose were practically run out of existence.

Worse, the anti-pantyhose sentiment that resulted from SJP’s show grew into outright hatred for pantyhose, which became villified among women on a global scale.

In fairness to SJP, when I searched for a photo of her for this post, I found as many pics of her wearing pantyhose as not.  That really surprised me.

Here’s what I want to know:  When SJP looks as awesome in pantyhose as she does in this picture at right, why wouldn’t she want to be seen this way all the time, or at least much more often?

As I’ve written before, I have no way of knowing whether it was SJP or the costume designer for “Sex and the City” who ultimately made the decision to feature her character without pantyhose.

Is it possible that SJP doesn’t really have an agenda against pantyhose?  Is it time for us to forgive and forget?  I’d like to say yes, but the bear legs movement that was created as a result of her character on “Sex and the City” persists today in way-too-high numbers.

And she is bear-legged in her TV commercials for Garnier, so it doesn’t seem as if she’s trying too hard to distance herself from the bear legs movement.

Fair or not, the bear legs culture has a figurehead, and the pantyhose industry has an arch enemy.  Every good story needs a villain.  Whether truly earned or not, that person will always be Sarah Jessica Parker — our first honorary recipient of the Grizzly Awards.

Stay tuned.  There’ll be more recipients in future blog posts here.

NOTE:   My thanks to Bridget Brown, owner of Solarity Design, a professional graphic arts design company, and an ActSensuous customer, for her clever artwork featuring bears and our pantyhose.

Two Jolie thrillers – One a thrill for Pantyhose lovers


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

This month, I’ve watched two very different Angelina Jolie thrillers on DirecTV, both of which I had missed at the theater.  One was a Hitchcock-inspired thriller set against the beautiful backdrops of Paris, France and Venice, Italy, “The Tourist,” complete with classic film noir glamour in its costumes.  The other was a better action-oriented, spy movie that wasn’t worth its “Salt” when it came to the costumes.

Oh, the difference a movie’s costume designer can make. 

Responding to one of my earlier posts, “A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly,” Julio commented about Jolie wearing pantyhose throughout “The Tourist.” 

“The Tourist,” tells the story of an American tourist, Frank, (played by Depp) who meets a mysterious beauty, Elise, (Jolie) on a train, while traveling through Europe.  While the flirtatious encounter appears innocent, we soon learn that Elise deliberately crosses Frank’s path as part of a much more sinister plot, leading to a whirlwind romance and dangerous pursuits, as both dodge deadly criminals through historic streets of Paris, and the winding canals inVenice.

Angelina Jolie looks stunning in 'The Tourist.'

While “The Tourist” is a pretty good thriller on its own merits, the movie is helped by the beautiful scenery, which includes Jolie herself. 

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood dressed the characters in classic, contemporary clothes “to complement but not overwhelm the breathtaking settings of Paris andVenice.”   

Atwood, who won Oscars for costume design for “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” told People Magazine, “My inspiration for Elise’s costumes were the Hitchcock movies – minimal elegance.  In a Hitchcock movie, everyone looked great, even if (he or she) was not a particularly chic or fashionable character.”

Jolie dressed in classic film noir glamour in "The Tourist.'
Mission accomplished in “The Tourist.” 
 
From the outset, one cannot take one’s eyes off Jolie.  In the opening sequences of the movie, Jolie wears a cream silk dress, a mocha wrap, elbow-length leather gloves, towering stilettos, and very sheer nude pantyhose, which in some lighting seem to have a cream tone themselves. 

It was so nice seeing Jolie in those very sheer and soft-textured pantyhose, especially because of the shoes she wore with that outfit, supplied by legendary designer Salvatore Ferragamo. 

Those suede, rose-colored stilettos with gold metal heels quickly earned their own identity (the Elise), named after Jolie’s character in “The Tourist,” and available at retail for $750 a pair.

Knowing Atwood’s work on such films as “Chicago” and “Nine,” as well as her devotion to classic film glamour, it’s no surprise that Jolie wore pantyhose throughout the entire film.

What is a surprise, however, is that wonderful scene our reader, Julio, described earlier.

Said Julio:

Another lovely surpise happened in “The Tourist” starring the always sexy Angelina Jolie.  About halfway through the movie, both she and Johnny Depp start to undress, each in their own rooms, and there it was – a very short glimpse of Angelina stepping out of her shoes, revealing the most lovely pantyhosed feet.  Too bad the surprise only lasted a second, but the image lasts forever.

Right then, I made a mental note to see “The Tourist,” and I got that opportunity, as it was on one of the Starz channels last night. 

That scene is exactly what’s been missing in film for decades.  When Elise slips out of her heels, the camera doesn’t cut away or pull back, or come at an inconvenient (for us) angle.  Rather, the scene is shot close up, and we get a close, clear look at Jolie’s very pretty nylon-covered toes, albeit, for only a couple of seconds.  It’s the sexiest such scene I’ve seen in about a hundred years.  

It makes me wonder why a scene like this is never shot today, and why it was shot in “The Tourist.”  For the past, well, ever really, a scene like this – if it were done at all – would be shot far away, the angle would be wrong, and the actress would have curled her toes in a way that the audience wouldn’t have gotten a good look.  And, if she were actually in pantyhose, they would have had a reinforced toe, or would have been so dark or so thick, you wouldn’t have been able to see anything. 

But in “The Tourist,” this scene is delicious.  The pantyhose is so sheer and delicate that they do what they’re supposed to do – enhance the beauty of what they cover.  This is what so many women today don’t get.  

If those stilettos Elise was wearing were open-toe or even peep-toe shoes, all the “fashion experts” would have said that the character shouldn’t have been wearing pantyhose with them.  Yet, this scene in “The Tourist” clearly shows why that thinking is just ridiculous.  The pantyhose Jolie wore were completely sheer.  One couldn’t even see a seam (not that it would matter to me because I think it’s sexy anyway), and the nylon made Jolie’s feet absolutely beautiful. 

It makes me wonder how this scene even made it into the final cut.  It wasn’t essential to the story in any way, but it was done so beautifully and tastefully.  Could this mean that someone with influence over the script – a writer or director – “gets it?”   Is this a case of someone giving the millions of people out there with a foot fetish or a pantyhose fetish (or both if we’re truly tortured souls) what they so long for – a closeup of pretty toes in pantyhose? 

Or, could it be that this scene was shot to focus our attention on those fabulous shoes, and Jolie’s pantyhosed feet were just a freebie for us?  I guess if you’re the sexiest shoes on the planet, you deserve a closeup, and ….. wait for it ….. the lovely lady wearing you had better be in pantyhose to honor your true beauty and sexiness. 

More often than not, I am disappointed in movies because the costume designer ruins the look of its female lead by dressing her in fabulous costumes, but bare legs.  

Jolie flees CIA headquarters in Washington, D.C. during a scene from the movie, 'Salt.'

A case in point is the other thriller starring Jolie, “Salt.”  Jolie plays a CIA agent named Evelyn Salt, who, while interrogating a Russian defector, is told (as her superiors listen) that she is actually a Russian sleeper agent who will assassinate the president of Russia during his upcoming visit to New York City. 

The movie then goes into practically nonstop action, as Salt employs all her spy skills to elude capture.  She runs, climbs buildings, jumps on moving trucks, and pretty much just kicks everyone’s rear end who tries to stop her, while she tries to learn the truth about her identity and clear her name. 

 In this movie, Jolie is at first dressed in what would seem to be the usual “spy wear” for a female agent, a skirt suit, pumps and ….. wait, no pantyhose?  That can’t be.  I can’t believe a CIA agent based in Washington, D.C. would be bare-legged.  

This is all the more disturbing because it follows the same thinking as another disappointing spy show, starring Piper Perabo, who is almost always bare-legged in the TV drama, “Covert Affairs.”  

While I have no way of knowing whether real-life female spys routinely wear pantyhose as part of their usual dress, I know this: costume designer Sarah Edwards didn’t do Jolie any favors in calling for bare legs with her suit.  

I hate missed opportunities, and so when Salt tries to extricate herself from CIA headquarters, there’s a scene where she kicks off her pumps, exposing some Casper-like white tootsies with bright red toenail polish.  I thought then (before I saw “The Tourist”) that this scene would have been really sexy if she had been wearing pantyhose. 

Now that I’ve seen just how gorgeous Jolie’s feet were in pantyhose in “The Tourist,” I feel even stronger that costume designer Edwards blew it in “Salt.”

For those who think it doesn’t make much difference, consider these movie stills from “Salt” and “The Tourist.”  

When seen in their expanded state, who could honestly say that Jolie’s character in “Salt” looks equally as lovely as her character in “The Touist?”

I have to wonder how much credit the costume designer in movies gets, versus how much influence the actress has over what she wears.   I would have to think that someone of Angelina Jolie’s status would insist on her character wearing pantyhose if she felt strongly about it, but maybe it doesn’t work that way.

But how can Jolie watch herself in “Salt” after seeing how much more beautiful she looked in “The Tourist?”

Maybe next time, she’ll demand more say over her wardrobe and choose pantyhose.

Pantyhose wearers catch more eyes


    

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     From time to time, I hear from ladies who say they love wearing pantyhose because of the extra attention they get from men when they do.  

    They say they love it when they catch men staring at their pantyhose-adorned legs out in public. 

     Others tell me that their boyfriends or husbands are so grateful whenever they wear pantyhose, that they wear them often to please their men.

   More than anyone else, I hear from ladies who wear pantyhose at the office, sometimes because it’s required, or at least, expected. 

     In offices where the wearing of pantyhose is not required or particularly encouraged, it’s the ladies who are highly professional and classy who wear pantyhose of their own volition.  Those are my heroes. 

     These ladies tell me that when they wear pantyhose, they get a great deal more attention from their male co-workers.  But they say that this often causes a sense of uneasiness or even resentment among their fellow female employees.

Office girls in Korea would never not wear pantyhose to work.

     They tell me that female co-workers will approach them and say something to the effect of “You know, you don’t have to wear pantyhose.  You can go bare-legged.”  Or, “How can you stand to wear pantyhose every day?” Or (and I love this one), “Pantyhose are so  ‘out’ these days.” 

     Well, you know me – I think it’s downright pathetic when women blindly jump on the bandwagon in the name of what is thought to be “in or out of fashion,” especially if it gives them an excuse to be less feminine and not as desirable.  And I think it’s just plain wrong when women use that same excuse to go against time-honored business acumen, and then try to encourage others to do so, as well.    

     Anyway, it got me thinking:  How many of you have been approached by your co-workers about your wearing pantyhose at the office?   Or how many of you have noticed that you get more attention from co-workers, those in your circle, or people on the street when you wear pantyhose?

     Are you seen as a threat to your fellow females who don’t wear pantyhose and don’t want you to wear them either?   (And is that to keep you from garnering the attention of men, or to help them somehow  justify their own choice to not wear pantyhose?) 

     I’ll bet you have some stories to share.  Please do.

Office girls in China gather for a meeting. Wonder if the businessmen at this office find it difficult to concentrate?

‘Ladies, please …’ Class or No Class


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

If you’re like me (and really, for your sake, I hope you’re not), there are a few TV shows that piss you off. 

You see, it really irks me when people miss opportunites:  To make a statement, to do the right thing, to be special.  With that in mind, here are the most obvious: 

TV shows that piss me off

  •  Deal or No Deal 

Like the game – hate the dumb models.  Sorry, but the models rely on their short and beautiful dresses, their fancy high heels, their big hair and big – you know – brains, rather than glamming it up for the big occasion and wearing pantyhose.   Not impressed. 

Now, I will say this:  The few times it’s aired, the special Deal or No Deal Around the World is great. 

The Real Deal

A case in point, the models of the Phillipines, left, not only have the class and grace to wear pantyhose, they come out and do a rousing little coordinated dance routine to the show’s opening theme music. 

It’s very creative and really cool.

Likewise, the models in Estonia have the good taste to wear pantyhose.  In fact, I’m sure the models in all the countries except the good old USA “get it” and wear pantyhose. 

Back to DOND in the U.S., when the banker makes a statement with a special gimmick offer, he usually has one of his Robert Palmer band-looking girls deliver it, and she always wears pantyhose and looks incredible.  Why the other models (or at least the idiot costumer for the show) doesn’t see that and say, “We should really dress up all the models” is beyond me.  

OK, one more reason I hate this show:  The idiot contestants, the idiot audience members, and the idiot models always boo or put down the banker at every opportunity, which I understand is part of the act, but the banker is hillarious, and he should get credit for his antics.  Idiots! 

  • Covert Affairs

 That’s right, I said it.  I had such high hopes for this show after seeing it advertised and watching the pilot, both occasions on which the star, Piper Perabo, wore a skirt suit with high heels and pantyhose.  

No longer a "special" agent

Well, that lasted all of that one whole episode.  Since then, the bimbo agent (uh huh) is always bare (bear) legged.  Yeah, like you’re going to go to work at the CIA in a suit and bare (bear) legs. 

Sorry, not a fan! 

 

A TV show that probably will piss me off 

  • Nikita 

Coming later this month, it’s another version of the “La Femme Nikita” professional assassin story, this time, starring Maggie Q (“Balls of Fury,” “Mission Impossible II or III,” “Live Free or Die Hard”).  

Now, you’ve read my blog – you know how I love and appreciate Asian actresses for always having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose.  Well, I can tell you that I’ve NEVER seen Maggie Q in pantyhose and I am sure she won’t be wearing them in “Nikita.”  I do hope I’m wrong. 

TV shows that make me proud 

  • The Good Wife 

Thank God for this show.  It’s a bigtime corporate lawyer show, so it would really have  infuriated me if the the female cast members weren’t dressed lawyerly.   

Always classy
But they are, and it’s an awesome show, too.  It’s very well written and acted.
Its star, Julianna Margulies, appeared on “The Late Show with  David Letterman” recently, left, and again one night last week, where she wore very sheer nude pantyhose.  I am really liking Julianna for being professional and doing things right.
  • The Closer 

Never watched it, but I have seen it advertised many times and ALWAYS the lovely little Kyra Sedgwick is wearing a skirt suit with pantyhose and heels.  Good for her.  I probably will begin watching that show just to support her. 

  • Ally McBeal 

No, seriously, the series is being re-aired and it’s the first time in 10 years that I’ve seen it.   Wow, talk about pantyhose city!   Calista Flockhart, below right, as the title character, along with fellow lawyers, including Portia de Rossi and Lucy Liu, make this show a real pleasure to watch. 

Adorable attorney

Watching the show is kinda sad though because it harkens us back to a very special time in our past, as even in the scenes where people (extras) are just walking through the streets of Boston, all the women are wearing pantyhose. 

Ahhhh, those were the days. 

OK, readers, what TV shows piss you off because the female stars don’t wear pantyhose in them? 

Or what shows make you proud because they do? 

Let us know.