Fall brings football, and very often, more pantyhose


Are you feeling something in the air these days?  That crisp autumn breeze?  You know what that means, right?

It’s time for some footballlllll.

With new head coaches, new coordinators, new venues, so many new rookies, free agents and traded players looking to make impacts for their teams, this should be another exciting season.

And the Rams are back where they belong in Los Angeles.  So all is right and good in the NFL again.

Oh, and one more thing is new …

 

SNF opening theme song

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Yuk: Carrie Underwood’s dress looks like bad use of tape on gift wrapping paper.

Yes, the Sunday Night Football opening theme song is new this year (thank God, as I was getting sick of “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night”), but naturally, one thing hasn’t changed.

For the third consecutive season now, Carrie Underwoodenhead will be prancing around on stage, this time in a couple of dresses that look like they belong in a sci-fi movie, flashing those bony, pasty white “bear” legs of hers.

And for the third season in a row, I am calling her on it here.

Ahead of Underwearer’s debut three seasons ago as the new performer of the SNF intro theme song, an advertisement touted that NBC’s Sunday Night Football would feature Carrie Underwood’s legs “to drive men nuts.”

Hey, men, are you nuts over her legs yet?

Quick quiz:

  1. How are Carrie Underwood and an out-of-work school teacher alike?

No class.

  1. What does Carrie Underwood have in common with Ariana Grande, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Rhianna and Selena Gomez?

Nothing.  Those others have the professionalism, class and elegance to grace their legs with sheer pantyhose on stage.

  1. In what way are Carrie Underwood and singer-actress Cher connected?

Gypsies, (Carrie Underwood) & Thieves” was a #1 single by Cher in 1971.

 

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Stunning: Professional singer/actress Selena Gomez always looks beautiful, classy and decidedly sexy in pantyhose during her stage performances.

Yes, even young professional entertainers like Selena (among many, many others) have the good sense and class to wear sheer nude pantyhose on stage, yet, veteran performer Carrie Underdressed (who truly needs to wear pantyhose so much more than those younger ones do in the first place) still doesn’t get it.

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Scary Carrie: In this dress, Carrie Underwouldn’t looks like a villain in an old Star Trek movie.

And, as I wrote last season, the fact that SNF is like the biggest money maker for NBC against all other shows (and so is the NFL itself for that matter), it is unfathomable to me that the director or producer of the SNF intro theme song also doesn’t have the sense (or the guts) to tell Carrie Underwhelming that she should wear pantyhose.

During the past few years, the NFL has been cracking down on bad behavior by players, drumming into their heads that it is a privilege to play in the league.  (Wake up, Colin Kaepernick and Johnny Manziel.)  And on  Thursday Night Football the other day, LB Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos was the only member of his team not to stand during the singing of the National Anthem before the first regular season NFL game between the host Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

I was hoping head coach Gary Kubiak, or executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway would bench Marshall for the duration of the game.  It was good to hear that head coach Jeff Fisher of the L.A. Rams would have.  He said as much recently.  I would have, too.  One player isn’t bigger than the entire team and organization, and football is not a forum for voicing one’s personal, political or social agenda.  Marshall might be a good linebacker, but in my mind, he isn’t a good team guy, which makes me wonder whether he’s not a good guy … period.

Sorry, had to get that out of my system (and it’s my blog, and I can say what I wannnnt).  But, now, back to what this blog is all about …

The NFL, rightfully so, is image-conscious these days.  So what makes Carrie Understated think that she is too good to do the right thing when representing the league and SNF?

NFL cheerleaders

I mean 27 out of 32 NFL teams have professional cheerleader squads who wear sheer nude or suntan pantyhose with their uniforms.  (The Bears, Browns, Giants,  Packers and Steelers don’t have cheerleaders.)

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Now, that’s an entrance: Members of the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders take the field to open a home preseason game against the LA Rams earlier this month.

In honor of the Rams’ move back to Los Angeles, I tried to find a photo of the Rams cheerleaders performing during this year’s preseason.  I found only one, but it was too small.  So instead, here’s a high-resolution pic (above) of the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders ushering in the contest, as the Vikes hosted the Rams in the teams’ fourth preseason game Thursday, Sept. 1.

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Not so nice: Members of the 1978 LA Rams cheerleaders during a public appearance.

Can you even imagine today’s NFL’s cheerleaders performing bear-legged?

Check out this photo (left), taken back when I guess there wasn’t color film.  And weren’t pantyhose big in the 1970s?

Heck, today, many college football teams’ and even high school football teams’ cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear sheer pantyhose with their uniforms.

Yet, somehow, Carrie Underminer thinks she is above all that.

even-dogs-hate-bare-legged-womenBy the way, I thought of calling her Carrie Underdog, but Underdog is cute, and besides, even a dog hates bare legs (right).

Sooooo, another season in which I will enjoy Sunday Night Football but skip the intro theme song.  Not that doing so will make any difference to anybody, but I can’t stand to look at Carrie Underperformer anyway, so at least, I’ll feel better.

 

The Rhodes home

lindsay_rhodesA few seasons ago, I praised some of the female hosts/reporters, and Lindsay Rhodes (left), specifically, for wearing sheer pantyhose during episodes of NFL Network and NFL Total Access.

Then, Rhodes all of a sudden stopped wearing, and I stopped watching.

The other day, I tuned in to those shows again because of the start of the 2016 season and was pleased to see Lindsay wearing again (at least, during the episode I saw, but hopefully, she’s back to wearing all the time again.)

 

Fair ball

What?  Major League Baseball teams have cheerleaders now?   When did that happen?

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Something to cheer about:  Members of the Miami Marlins Energy Team rev up the home crowd during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season.

I’ve been an NFL fan for, I don’t know, a hundred years or so, but MLB?  Not so much.  OK, practically, never.  But when I can find nothing to watch on the 250 or so channels I have on DirecTV, occasionally, I’ll stop in on a baseball game.

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Relief pitcher: A member of the Energy Team prepares to throw T-shirts into the crowd during a recent Marlins game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

And because of where I live, I always can get the Miami Marlins, and recently I was shocked (but quite pleased) to see the Energy Team, especially, since the girls all wear pantyhose with their uniforms.

According to the team’s website, the Energy Team is a high-vitality male and female squad who perform a unique mix of gymnastics, hip-hop, acrobatics, modern jazz, funk and break dancing to provide excitement and entertainment during Miami Marlins home games and appearances throughout the community.

Additionally, the site states the Energy Team is the only co-ed performance pep squad team in Major League Baseball.

To be sure, I Googled that and found that a few MLB teams have some kind of entertainment squads, but the photos showed that the girls on those teams are all bear-legged.   Love that Miami sports organizations always show professionalism and class.   Way to go, Energy Team!

Questionable voting

OK, enough about sports.  You’ve read a few times here that I usually decide what I’m going to watch on TV based upon what I believe (hope) is most likely to have pantyhose content in it.

I used to watch Dancing with the Stars, but after a few seasons I could no longer stand seeing professional ballroom dancers strutting around bear-legged.  This aint hip-hop, people, it’s BALLROOM.  Somehow, the DWTS version of ballroom missed the part about professionalism, class and elegance.  I haven’t watched that ridiculous show since.

About 11 seasons ago, I started and am still watching America’s Got Talent even though the judges can be quite annoying, as their egos are so huge, they try to make the show mostly about themselves.   Nevertheless, I always liked and miss the old variety shows that were big (I hear) in the 1960s and ‘70s, and AGT truly is a variety show.

Ostensibly, the show is about discovering the next great heretofore unknown super star, and the prize for winning is a headline show in Las Vegas and $1 million.

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Strong marriage:  Alfredo and Anna Silva, a husband and wife knife-throwing act called  Deadly Games, perform their dangerous feat during an episode of AGT this season.

Seems each year, I fall in love with a few acts, which ultimately get cut, usually, toward the end of the season when audience members and viewers at home cast votes, rather than the judges.  Such was the case with, Deadly Games, a husband and wife knife-throwing act.  The act was cut during the semifinals.

AGT claims it is looking for an act that is Las Vegas-worthy, but the judges seem to favor singers.  (Aren’t there enough stupid singing contest shows out there?)

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What a gal: And your wife said no to just wearing pantyhose for you.

Not only was Deadly Games exciting and extremely dangerous, the duo of Alfredo and Anna Silva was professional in every way.  They stepped up the risk in each performance along their journey, always with a keen sense of timing and great showmanship.  The couple were edgy in every way right down to their sexy costumes, and the beautiful and exotic Anna always wore pantyhose.

Deadly Games was made for Las Vegas, and they richly deserved to advance to the finals (and even win).  I hope a professional agent contacts the Silvas and gives them their start.

Unfortunately, the AGT voting audience is likely mostly young people who cast their votes based on popularity and sympathy for each act’s personal back story, and they wouldn’t know (or apparently care) what a Vegas-worthy act is.   Between the horse’s hiney judges who claim to “love” practically every act, yet, aren’t honest with the ones who really have no chance of winning (i.e., no talent), and these young audience voters who somehow think AGT is really American Idol in different packaging, singing acts seem to get all the love.  This, while really truly Vegas-quality acts, such as Russian Bar, ThroWings, a husband and wife high wire act, and another of my favorites this season, a husband and wife act called Quick Change, get cut by goofball judges or unsophisticated audience voting.

Rather than try to explain the Quick Change act here, check out this video of the couple’s first audition:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=quick+change+magic+act&view=detail&mid=6C6EF86C7803396D3E6D6C6EF86C7803396D3E6D&FORM=VIRE

Of course I love that Victoria always wore beautiful short dresses and pantyhose with every outfit.  With Quick Change’s talent, I am sure they will find the fame and success they deserve.

Last word

I’ll leave you with this.  In the dashboard behind my WordPress blog, I can see the search terms people entered that led them to my blog.  One search phrase read: “Do Korean women wear pantyhose?”

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Red hot: Professional singer/dancer Hwasa of the Korean girl group, Mamamoo, is A-OK in red fishnet pantyhose.

Heck, that could be a future blog post for me, but for now, I’ll say this:  Probably much of the world realizes that pantyhose are deeply rooted in Asian culture; none more so than in Japan, where wearing pantyhose is a must for reasons of courtesy, femininity and just the right thing to do.  I think I love Japan.

I’ve also been following Korean professional models and Korean girl groups (singers/dancers/musicians), all of whom always wear sheer nude or suntan pantyhose on stage and during public appearances.

This picture (left) really caught my attention because … well, it’s really cute, and it shows how deeply seated pantyhose wearing truly is in Korea.  So much so that the performer is perfectly comfortable showing the waistband and part of her pantyhose above her shorts.

While I’m not a big fan of fishnet pantyhose, I like this very sexy look.  Thought you might like to see it, too.

Note: I noticed that none of the pictures here are expanding to a larger version when you click on them.  I always post pics that are in very high resolution (the one of Selena Gomez is 3600 x 2179) for your viewing pleasure.

My blog account was recently updated automatically, and I haven’t figured everything out yet, but this pictures thing is very important to me, so please know I am working on it.  For now, if you right click each picture and select View image, some will expand to, at least, a slightly bigger size.

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).
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Professional model/actress Laurel Coppock as Jan rocks her lovely legs in sheer nude pantyhose in a Toyota TV commercial.

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

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.

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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.

 

 

Costumes with pantyhose make Halloween nothing but a treat


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love of pantyhose a constant in young woman’s life


For years, this blog has shined the spotlight on many wonderful celebrities whose consistent wearing of pantyhose has helped turn back the once seemingly-unstoppable “bear”-legs movement.

Along the way, this blog also has featured a handful of “real girls who love pantyhose.”  One extraordinary young woman we got to know about a year-and-a-half ago here, continues to rock the world of those who love pantyhose, as she wears practically every day for work and for fun.

She’s a young businesswoman, a part-time painter, a part-time model and a full-time romantic who is devoted to her family and friends.  And, thankfully, her love of pantyhose continues to grow, and she remains a dedicated wearer.

We caught up with Yesenia, and you won’t believe what she’s up to these days.

While still completing a college degree, somehow the dynamic Yesenia already has a career (professional accountant), but still finds the time to paint, play video games with her young brother, and, oh yeah, she’s working in construction — sort of as a hobby, she said.  (Yes, construction.)

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TOP DRAWER:   Yesenia searches for a file while working from her home-based office.

“Being an accountant, most days I can work from home,” Yesenia told us.  “Sure, I do have to go to the office occasionally, but most of my work can be done from my home-based office. “

So that means most of the time, Yesenia doesn’t have to wear pantyhose, right?

“Many people, not having to leave the house, probably would just work in sweats or something comfortable,” she said.  “For me, it is all about professionalism.  I still want to dress as a professional.  You never know when a client might stop by to drop off paperwork, or I have to do a video conference with the office or a client.  What does that mean?  Skirts, blouses, heels, and oh yes, ActSensuous Act IV pantyhose.”

Really?  Yesenia routinely chooses ActSensuous pantyhose?  That’s nice, but this feature would have been written no matter what brand of pantyhose she wears.  Why ActSensuous?

“ActSensuous are the sheerest pantyhose I have ever worn,” Yesenia said.  “They are very soft and do not bind.  In other pantyhose I’ve worn for work, they have Lycra (spandex), and by the end of the day in those pantyhose, I feel like a sausage all squeezed in.  With Act IV, you can barely feel you are wearing pantyhose, but, you sure can see how great my legs look in them.”

As Yesenia is a woman in only her early 20s, I wondered where this love and devotion to wearing pantyhose originated.

“Having Latin culture in my background, I learned from a very young age how to look, act and be a lady,” Yesenia said. “When I turned 15, I followed the custom for Latin girls to start acting like ladies, and wearing high heels instead of flats.  And a lady is never to wear heels without pantyhose.  A girl can wear tights or leggings with flats, but a lady must be in skirts, dresses, heels and pantyhose.”

 

Getting to know Yesenia

Age:                            23

Height/weight:       5’2, 110

Dress size:                4

Shoe size:                  7

Pantyhose size         A (Small)

Where from:             Puerto Rico

Ethnicity:                  Spanish, Italian and Scottish

Marital status:        Single

Favorite color(s):   Black, blue and yellow

Favorite food:          Sushi

Favorite drink:        Boba (Bubble tea)

Favorite snack:       Chia pods

Favorite song:       “Stay with me” by Sam Smith

Favorite book:       “Red as Blood” by Tanner Smith

Favorite movie:     “Spirited away”

Top 3 TV shows:    “The Walking Dead,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Freak Show”

Favorite actors:     Ginnifer Goodwin and Evan Peters

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YOU KITTEN ME?: Just another way Yesenia can enjoy working from home (unless kitty snags her pantyhose with those claws).

Yesenia is such a delight, we sat down with her to find out what really makes her tick.

ActS:    If you weren’t an accountant, what would you be doing for a living?

Yesenia:     I would own a contracting business.  I am absolutely in love with everything about construction.  It’s a big hobby for me.  I am currently building a new home.  Sometimes, it’s quite the pain, but it’s worth it.  I couldn’t be happier.

ActS:            If you owned your own construction business, would you still wear skirts and heels and pantyhose?

Yesenia:     I certainly would.  As the owner, I’m sure I’d be doing many jobs, such as the secretary, the bookkeeper, the foreman, etc.  I would wear skirts and heels and pantyhose to set a good example. And when I was on the construction site, I’d be the only one in a hard hat and pantyhose.  That probably would motivate the work crews.

ActS:      What are your goals in life?

Yesenia:    Simply, doing everything I can to help those around me.  I’d like to get certified in construction one day, I want to finish college, and, of course, be able to continue to model for a very long time.

ActS:        What do you believe in? What are your values?

Yesenia:      Honesty is a big thing for me. Knowing the difference between right and wrong, and being able to admit when you are wrong.

ActS:         What are you most passionate about?

Yesenia:       That’s a rough one.  I would like to say construction, but it would have to be playing video games.  I love that for a few hours, you can forget about yourself and all your problems and become this character that can whisk you away to another world.  Video games can capture our emotions.

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MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Bet the guys at the corporate office hate it when Yesenia works from home, as they don’t get to see beautiful sights like this.

ActS:   What are the top three things you couldn’t live without?

Yesenia:     My cell phone, Twitch.tv and Xbox. (And pantyhose.)

ActS:   That’s four things.

Yesenia:   I know, but aren’t you glad I added that one?

ActS:    Indeed I am.  What’s the secret to winning your heart?

Yesenia:   If you want to win my heart, you must never judge yourself or those around you.

ActS:    What do you want people to know about you?

Yesenia:  That I am an odd, old soul with much to offer when it comes to friendship.  I can promise that things will never be dull with me.

ActS:    OK, let’s get to the real questions now.

Yesenia:   Thought you’d never ask.

ActS:   Why do you love pantyhose?  What do you love so much about them?

Yesenia:  I love everything about pantyhose.  They come in all styles and colors and can make or break your look.  Pantyhose are like foundation for your legs.  Pantyhose aren’t just an article of clothing, but a very important accessory.  Pantyhose are a never-ending way you can express yourself.

ActS:   Do you have a pantyhose fetish, or do you wear just because you’re a classy girl?

Yesenia:   I’d say both.  I love pantyhose and I feel like you should wear them for almost any occasion.

ActS:   On average, how many days per week do you wear pantyhose?

Yesenia:  I wear pantyhose nearly every day.  Unless I’m doing something that may rip my pantyhose, I am always wearing them.

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AT HER FINGERTIPS: Yesenia has everything she needs to conduct business from her home-based office.

ActS:  Do you carry a spare pair of pantyhose in case you get a run while you’re out and about, or do you think a run is actually kind of sexy?

Yesenia:   I can actually say that in my entire life, I have only ever had a run in one pair and that was at the park doing a photo shoot a few years back, but to be safe, I always have an extra pair on me.  I myself am not a fan of runs in pantyhose unless they were made that way.

ActS:   Do people notice your legs more when you’re wearing pantyhose?

Yesenia:   Absolutely.  Pattern or no pattern, shiny or not, smooth legs can just capture some attention, and never in a bad way.

ActS:   Do you ever get compliments from strangers about your wearing pantyhose?

Yesenia:  I get compliments occasionally about the kind of pantyhose I am wearing, or overall, how they look on my legs.

ActS:   What’s the best remark about your wearing pantyhose that anyone ever said to you?

Yesenia:  That I have perfect legs and could make any pair of pantyhose look good.

ActS:   What did you say back?

Yesenia:   I simply said: Thank you, you’re being too kind.

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COMFORTS OF HOME: While this screen saver would be inappropriate at the main office, Yesenia can surround herself with the things she loves at her home-based office. And, yes, that is ActSensuous pantyhose (Act IV Black) on that model.

ActS:   Has a stranger ever asked if he or she could feel the pantyhose you were wearing?

Yesenia:   Yes, it happened only once.

ActS:    What did you say?

Yesenia:   I said sure.  The person could not tell at first that I was wearing pantyhose until she noticed the shine.  I also told her the brand and where she could purchase them.

ActS:   Do you ever wonder how it must feel to someone else who touches your legs in pantyhose?

Yesenia:    Yes, all the time.

ActS:   Have you ever felt the pantyhose on another girl’s legs?

Yesenia:  I have.  I met a girl wearing these new trendy pantyhose from Japan, and I asked if I could feel them.

ActS:   How did you like it?

Yesenia:   I loved it.  I was amazed at how thick, but so sheer looking her pantyhose were.

ActS:   What would you say to a girl who thinks it is too hot or too cold to wear pantyhose, or that they are uncomfortable, or that pantyhose are not in style or are irrelevant today?

Yesenia:   I would tell her she simply needs to find the right balance.  If it’s too hot, she needs to find a sheerer pair.  If it’s too cold, she should wear a thicker pair.  If she thinks pantyhose are uncomfortable, I would suggest that she may be wearing them wrong (maybe the wrong size, or ones with too much spandex).  If she said to me that pantyhose are not in style, or are irrelevant today, I would tell her that you make your own style — not the other way around, and your own personal style is never irrelevant today.

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FINISHING TOUCHES: Yesenia adds a little jewelry to complete her outfit, but to her, the best accessory for a business suit is her Act IV Light Taupe pantyhose.

ActS:   OK, finally, are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse, and when it comes would you still wear pantyhose all the time?

Yesenia:   I am totally prepping for zombies to take over the world.  I am totally ready for it, as well.  Pantyhose can serve as warmth, not just for my legs, but for my upper body. I could use pantyhose as a bag if needed to carry supplies.  I could use pantyhose to carry my weapons, but the main thing would totally be wearing them.  If I had to make myself look like a zombie to be invisible to a herd, I would put a few tears in the pantyhose and add some zombie blood to make it look as if I have some tearing flesh.  I could use that to get past a herd. I’m going totally Walking Dead style here.

ActS:    And you’d likely be the only girl wearing pantyhose during the zombie apocalypse (with the exception of myself, of course, and don’t ever forget I thought of it first, kiddo) so the guys in survivor groups would look after you more than anyone else, right?

Yesenia:  Right.  (In both cases.)

Yesenia, truly is a special young woman.  She told me she likes to keep her legs toned and her feet soft with a pedicure.  But she said her legs are not perfect, and that’s another reason she loves pantyhose.

And even though I didn’t solicit it, she added:

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SERVICE WITH A SMILE: Yesenia answers a client’s questions. Or, she’s talking with a friend. Either way, she always looks like she’s working.

“When I wear ActSensuous pantyhose, my legs look perfect.  Act IV are the best, and the shades are great to match with different outfits to change my skintone ever so slightly.  The Nude are great if I want to highlight my natural skin color, Suntan are perfect when I am wearing something a little bit lighter and want my legs to stand out.  The Light Taupe are my favorite because they go with so many outfits and give the look that you are wearing pantyhose, but still show off my skintone. And, Black, well, I am sure everyone knows how essential black is to any wardrobe.”

Yesenia said she still loves to wear tights and patterned pantyhose, but she considers ActSensuous “a must.”

“I am so glad you make these wonderful pantyhose,” she said.  “I have worn ActSensuous for years, and Act IV are the best yet.  If I run out of one shade, I panic.  Most women pick the outfit first, then choose the pantyhose to match.  For me, I start with the pantyhose, slip them on and see how they look, then decide what outfit I will wear to show off my pantyhose legs.”

Whatever brand or style of pantyhose Yesenia wears, I am just happy to know her.  You don’t have to look hard to find hundreds of thousands of pictures on the Internet of celebrities wearing pantyhose.  And you can find pictures of professional models wearing pantyhose with the latest fashions — further evidence that this boring “bear”-legs culture is wearing thin with most people these days.

What might be most encouraging though is finding thousands and thousands of pictures of real girls from all over the world wearing pantyhose.  Who are these girls?  Where are these girls?  How do we find girls like them walking around in everyday situations and venues?

Well, Yesenia is as real as they come.  She’s professional, she’s classy, she’s beautiful, and she’s really, really cool.  And she’s just 23.

And now, at least, you know her.  Somewhere, steve is smiling.*

*Steve (written as steve on this blog) is a longtime reader here, who’s made many comments, especially, about how much he and his girlfriend admire the photos of Yesenia.

Below, please enjoy the special gallery of Yesenia in the full shoot of her during a typical day at the (home) office.

Design of new product, website a statement about our commitment


This week was one of the most eventful in the 13 years ActSensuous has been in business.  On Wednesday, we launched a brand new website, coinciding with the introduction of an all-new product — Act IV.
Longtime readers know that I keep this blog separate from the business end of ActSensuous.   In other words, I write the blog for your (and my own) entertainment, and that’s its purpose.  It has always been for everyone, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re an ActSensuous customer or not.  (The vast majority of you aren’t, including those who are the most loyal readers and commenters.  And that’s perfectly OK.)

Many of you have written to me stating your respect and appreciation for my keeping the blog at arm’s length from the company.  (And I appreciate that you appreciate that.)  But, at least a couple of times, I’ve broke my own rule.  Always for a good cause though.

This is one of those cases.  I thought you might like to know the back story behind the launch of Act IV and the new website.

Inauspicious beginnings

I conceived and created ActSensuous in 2001 after discovering I could no longer find the kind of pantyhose I’d always loved.  I had been buying only 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose for years, and all of a sudden this style was nowhere to be found.  I looked everywhere, even online, but at the time, they just weren’t around.  As this was 2001 — the very heyday of the “bear” legs movement (new readers, see explanation in the “About me” section here), it shouldn’t have been a surprise.

ActSensuous customer and friend, Sofie, wearing Act IV Black.
ActSensuous customer wearing Act IV Black.

I finally met the buyer at my favorite department store and asked her about this.  She told me the manufacturer her store was getting these pantyhose from was going out of business.  Just another casualty in what would become an all-too-frequent occurrence in this new era of women preferring to go bear- legged.

Long story short (you’re welcome), I and my partner contacted that manufacturer and offered to buy the last of their inventory.  ActSensuous was born.  My thinking:  If I was distraught about no longer being able to buy 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose, maybe at least a handful of other women were feeling the same way.  I never imagined at that time that hundreds of thousands of women (and men) actually do love this style.

For the first few years, it looked as if I had grossly overestimated the love and desire for — not just this style — but for pantyhose of any kind … period.  Nevertheless, fully understanding the gamble (if not insanity) in starting a pantyhose business during the very height of the bear legs movement, I was determined to try to lead the cause to bring back all-nylon, all-sheer pantyhose — even if singlehandedly.

Somehow, the product I acquired from the manufacturer that was going under wasn’t exactly what I was used to buying.  (Still not sure how THAT happened.)  The quality just wasn’t there, but I was not going to be deterred.  I called our product simply ActSensuous after the name I chose for my company, and at that time, I never dreamed we’d have anything but this one product in three colors (Black, Nude and Suntan).

Enter Act II

But after two years of struggling with a pretty cheap product in a bad market, I created a new product to replace the original.  I called it Act II (thought that was pretty clever) .

Act II was a huge improvement over the original line.  And for the next 10 years, it served its purpose well.  Act II are 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose.  What does that mean?  They are made of nothing but nylon (no Lycra/spandex), and have no gusset panel.  But even though they are sheer-to-waist, I never liked that reinforced area that sits just below the waistband.  It’s called the finger band, and its purpose is to prevent one from puncturing the fabric with the thumb when putting the pantyhose on.

Professional model, Kayla, wearing Act IV Suntan.
Professional model, Kayla, wearing Act IV Suntan.

Since they are all-nylon, we made Act II with a slightly tight knit to prevent sagging.  Act II were wildly popular, and even though I was living with the finger band, there was just one thing that I felt I hadn’t accomplished in Act II.

The reason I always loved 100 percent nylon pantyhose is because of the sensual feel of the fabric moving on the leg (and in the hand of the person touching the leg).  If you don’t know, or can’t imagine that feeling, you ought to investigate this.

To me, there is nothing sexier.  The ActSensuous style of pantyhose is decidedly delicate.  Wearing ActSensuous is like flirting with trouble.  There’s a sense of vulnerability — for the wearer, and for the one who wants the wearer.   The pantyhose have to be treated as the beautiful, delicate, delicious little number they are.  What could be more feminine?

Act II are like that, but that slightly tight knit we used was for more practical applications.  They are delicate and they move.  But not much.

Act III takes stage

So, in 2009, I invented Act III.  It had all the design features of Act II, except they were made in a slightly loose knit.  For a while, Act III captured the hearts of everyone.  Our customers from nearly every country in the world (even Bangladesh), told us that Act III were the softest, silkiest and most comfortable pantyhose they had every worn.  Oh yeah, and the sexiest.

Sofie in Act IV Light Taupe.
A customer models Act IV Light Taupe.

Voila!  I had done it.  Now, customers had a choice: Sexy but practical (Act II), or really, really sexy (Act III).  My work was done here.  Oh wait, not so fast.  Eventually, we experienced some issues.

First, the nylon fabric of Act III was so delicate, the pantyhose were not standing up to the production process.  They were being ripped to shreds.  The answer appeared to be making the panty area out of a slightly more durable nylon mesh fabric, which was supposed to blend with the rest of the product.  It’s pretty much invisible in Cinnamon, Nude and Suntan, but in Coffee and Pink, that mesh area stands out a little.  Black was something else altogether.  It just seems too grainy in places.

Act II changed too.  An unintended cross-stitch crept into the production line, causing a slight reinforcement where the panty and the legs join.  A couple of batches came out that way, but we didn’t know about the issue for a while because the new inventory was integrated into old inventory.  It wasn’t until a few customers asked what the deal was that I even learned about it.

A new door opens

For a while, I was depressed.  My dream pantyhose had flaws.  Under the circumstances, I felt I could no longer state that our pantyhose were “completely sheer-to-waist.”  Let me take a minute here and say that we must have the most loyal customers in the world.  Whenever someone alerted me to an issue in either product, of course, I immediately made adjustments, and our customers were amazingly understanding and supportive.  And loyal.

I vowed to fix the issues, but there was a bit of resistance within our plant in North Carolina surrounding how things were to be done.  Even after repeatedly emphasizing the changes in the production process I wanted, it was a hit-or-miss process in getting Act II and Act III fixed to my own satisfaction.

Ultimately, I saw this as an opportunity.  Since I couldn’t rely on the process for fixing Act II and Act III, I’d just ditch the two lines altogether and start over with a brand new product.   Really, it was the excuse I needed to create Act IV — my vision for the most beautiful, decidedly feminine and sexiest pantyhose available anywhere in the world.

After another missed opportunity for a special campaign honoring Valentine’s Day 2013, I sat down with my buddy, Deb R., Director of R&D, and her assistant, Salina D., and explained my dream of Act IV.

No way!

Both women were totally receptive, but both are also more experienced (and more realistic) than me, and they politely told me the last thing I wanted to hear:  “It can’t be done.”

Professional model Yesenia demonstrates the 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist  design of Act IV (here, in Nude).
Professional model Yesenia demonstrates the 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist design of Act IV (here, in Nude).

They said “We really just can’t (translation: ‘shouldn’t’) make 100 percent nylon pantyhose in a slightly loose knit and completely sheer-to-waist in an ultra delicate fabric.  But, if we added a little Lycra to the fabric … maybe.”

Were they kidding me?  They know how I feel about this.  But they said “Just a little spandex.  It’ll make them more durable.”

I might be a bit stubborn (who, me?), and I am the president after all, so we somehow agreed to try anyway.  We came close a few times, but I was never in love with the color, or the texture, or the knit, or the look, or the feel.  We kept trying.  And trying.

I can’t tell you how many times NC sent me samples (I’m in Florida).  When we finally all agreed on something that was close, I’d have a dozen or so pieces made and send them to a few loyal customers/guinea pigs.

I am so grateful to them (they know who they are) for their honest feedback.  I was wise enough to realize I was too close to the process.  I either liked everything or nothing.  I needed the feedback of other girls (some of them professional models).  Their input was so helpful because it gave me the conviction I needed to continue pushing R&D and Quality to go back to the drawing board.

Way!

There were times even I believed Act IV would never happen.  But thanks to the open-mindedness, dedication, hard work and positive attitudes of Deb and Salina, we finally did what we weren’t supposed to be able to do.  We made Act IV to the exacting standards of my longtime vision.

It ended up taking 13 months before we could launch Act IV.  Along the way, we missed Christmas 2013, Valentines Day 2014 and even a March 2014 Mrs. America beauty pageant.  But Act IV are here and all is right in the world (my world anyway).

Act IV are made in a 100 percent premier nylon fabric, and are completely sheer-to-waist.  There is no finger band:  Just a one-piece luxurious nylon yarn from waist to toe for complete evenness in fabric and shade.

We even improved the waistband, making it softer, flatter and more comfortable.

I fully realize that my vision for the perfect pantyhose may be worlds apart different than most people’s.  I know Act IV aren’t for everyone.

All I can say is Act IV are everything I always wanted them to be.  They are the product I dreamed of when I created ActSensuous 13 years ago, and I am proud to offer them to our devoted customers everywhere in the world.

Website

Whenever I need expertise in a support area, I reach out to our customers first.

A longtime customer, Bridget, a professional graphic designer who owns her own studio, has done many projects for ActSensuous.  She’s created some beautiful full-page ads for the program books that are handed out during the beauty pageants we sponsor.

Bridget also created the original artwork of various grizzly bears ripping up our pantyhose for my blog posts, “Why bears don’t wear pantyhose,” playing on my whole “bear” legs terminology.  Bridget also designed the Act III packaging.

Professional graphic design artist David Joseph's packaging cover for Act IV.
Professional graphic design artist David Joseph’s packaging cover for Act IV.

Another, relatively new customer, David, has contributed artwork to ActSensuous, too.  David, also a professional graphic artist who owns his own business, M28create, (dmjdesigner.com), designed the Act IV packaging.  It is the most beautiful and classy packaging we’ve ever used.

And, David gave me a great price — four pairs of Act IV for his wife, Sheri.

Then, he “volunteered” to design our new website.  I was so excited about launching Act IV, I wanted a brand new website to usher it in.

I’m so glad David started when he did because it ended up taking him three months to finish, timing it perfectly with the arrival of Act IV.

After seeing the beautiful packaging design David produced, my thinking was that David would improve the look of the original site.  I had no idea his thought was to create a full ecommerce website.  I couldn’t understand how it was taking him so long, but I knew he was doing this mostly as a favor, and figured he was simultaneously working on other projects for actual paying customers.

Professional model, Melissa, wearing Act IV Suntan.
Professional model, Melissa, wearing Act IV Suntan.

Have you seen the new website?  It is awesome.

I’m still learning how to use it.  Finally, it gives us some control, as in the case of if/when we temporarily run out of a size in a particular color.  Before, we had no way of alerting anyone in real time, meaning customers would order something we didn’t have, and then I’d have to tell them we were temporarily out, and make other arrangements or resolutions.

David is the total professional.  He is easy to talk with, very patient and completely devoted to his work, sometimes staying up until 3 a.m. working on several sites at a time, and making a bunch of little adjustments every time I think of something new I want for mine.  The guy is a saint.

My sincerest thanks to David for creating a website worthy of ushering in Act IV, and reflective of the commitment ActSensuous has to waging the good fight against the bear legs culture.

To our customers all over the world, I appreciate your positive and supportive comments about Act IV and our new website.

We’re all in this together, and together, we’ll bring pantyhose back to prominence.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First snag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second snag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nat39 says:

July 10, 2013 at 21:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what Kallon wrote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This site is run by mochababe73.

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

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

Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:

Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mochababe73mochababe73

Houston, TX baby!

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

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

Unbelievable.

More ‘expert’ advice

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

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

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

Fortunately, no one’s listening.

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

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

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

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