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.

Waitin’ all day for another disappointing SNF intro theme


It’s baaaaaaaaack.  Just a week from today, the NFL kicks off.  Finally, life has meaning again.
My mind is filled with questions:

Will Big Ben and the Steelers be the Stillers again?  (That’s how we say it “in the burgh.”) RB Le’Veon Bell returns in his sophomore season finally healthy, and RB LeGarrette Blount joins the backfield as a free agent.  Will the black and gold’s offense resemble the Jerome Bettis days?

Will the Dolphins finally challenge for the AFC East?  We’ll find out next Sunday, as the Fins host the Patriots.  It’s a 1 p.m. game, and I’m hoping it’ll be 98 degrees with 95 percent humidity.  QB Ryan Tannehill enters his third season with a brand new offense installed by new OC Bill Lazor, who was with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.  So there will be lots of speed, motion and quick decision-making by #17, but behind an offensive line that features five new starters, after center Mike Pouncey underwent offseason surgery.

Will the Rams be able to overcome the loss of QB Sam Bradford?

Will Peyton Manning and the Broncos match or top last season’s record-setting offensive production?

Will the Seahawks dominate again, or experience a letdown?

Wait a minute.  I’m off track here for the theme of this blog.  Let’s get to the burning question that’s really on my mind:

Will Carrie Underwood go classy, or once again, slobby for the opening theme song of Sunday Night Football?

Having “Faith” in Underwood, assures she’ll go slobby again, and that thought has been driving me crazy for weeks.

Singer Faith Hill wore some strange outfits while performing the SNF intro theme.
Singer Faith Hill wore some strange outfits while performing the SNF intro theme.

During her reign as performer of the “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night” theme song for SNF, Faith Hill went the way of the bear, wearing dresses or short-shorts, always bare-legged.

I suppose it’s possible she was wearing pantyhose under these very weird boots, but even if she did, it doesn’t count since she’s not showing enough leg anyway.

In any case, one would be hard pressed to call any of the outfits she wore to perform the SNF intro theme professional or classy.

In replacing Hill last season, I so hoped Underwood would show a little class, but that didn’t happen.

Instead, she wore denim short-shorts, a sleeveless top and cowboy boots, complete with “bear” legs.

Singer Carrie Underwood could have performed in a biker bar with this getup.  (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
Singer Carrie Underwood could have performed in a biker bar with this getup. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

What will Underwood wear for the opening act of SNF this season?  Probably something else equally disappointing, including, of course, bear legs again.

I do hope I’m wrong, but whatever she wears, the chances that she will have on pantyhose are about as good as completing a Hail Mary pass for a touchdown.

As it turns out, in searching for Carrie Underwood on the Internet, I stumbled upon this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDNSxm–sew

So, if this is the final wardrobe selection, we have our answer:  Underwood once again will underwhelm, wearing a very short and strange-looking dress that appears tattered, comfortable-looking high-heel sandals, and, you guessed it, bear legs.  Pause frame at 0:12/2:50.

I’ve written it before (last year, actually), but it’s worth repeating: The NFL has gone to great lengths to improve its image during the past several years.  It’s a privilege to play in the league and to be associated with the NFL in all capacities.

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar business.  (In the preview video, Fred Gaudelli, Coordinating Producer, Sunday Night Football, says “Sunday Night Football is the Number 1 show on television …”)

And, in almost every case, everyone associated with the NFL who appears on TV dresses very professionally.  The guys in the booth, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who call and comment on the game, wear business suits and ties.

Similarly, the female hosts on NFL Network wear pantyhose with their dresses and heels, alongside the male hosts and analysts who wear suits. (I’ve since been corrected about this.  Well, for a while there, Lindsay Rhodes used to wear quite beautifully, though I haven’t seen her in a long time, so I really don’t know now, and Amber Theoharis was wearing for a while, but apparently now, she’s gone the way of the Grizzly.  Too bad.  She used to look awesome.)

And remember, all NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose with their uniforms, even in the hottest months in the hottest cities.

The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform a routine before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers  Aug. 12, 2011 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
The Washington Redskins cheerleaders perform a routine before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Aug. 12, 2011 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood has been known to wear sheer pantyhose during performances.
Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood has been known to wear sheer pantyhose during performances.

If all these people dress with professionalism and class, why can’t Carrie Underwood, an otherwise professional singer/songwriter, do the same when representing the NFL?

It’s not like she doesn’t know what pantyhose are.  She’s worn sheer pantyhose to perform on other stages.

No, sadly, this is a choice made by Underwood, the costume designer, the director, the producer, and/or anyone associated with bringing this act to the SNF stage.

And shame on all of them for wanting their star to prance around the stage of the most-watched show on Sunday night as if she were ushering in a barbeque for the big ho-down.

Way to go, folks.

NFL losing its mind

Seems to me that the NFL is getting goofy these days anyway.  I get trying to protect players by making it illegal for tacklers (and ball carriers) to initiate contact by leading with the head, using the helmet as a weapon.  I agree with penalties for grasping the facemask and for horse-collar tackles.

I can even see the point of emphasizing the enforcement of illegal hands to the face, but, c’mon, this is football. Things like that are going to happen occasionally, accidentally.

But this business of moving the starting point of the kickoff up to the 35 yard line to discourage a runback — ostensibly, the most exciting play in the game?  What genius came up with that one?

And I understand the NFL wants more scoring, but not allowing the DBs to touch a receiver after 5 yards?  And don’t get me started on PI.  Today, all a veteran quarterback has to do on 3rd and forever is throw deep, knowing there’s a better than average chance the defender will be called for pass interference, resulting in an automatic first down.

Then, there’s roughing the passer.  Since the days of Hall of Famer Dan Marino, and soon-to-be HOFers Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, the NFL has wanted to protect the quarterback.  I appreciate that.  But today, you can barely touch a QB without getting penalized.  You’ve seen it:

A defensive end or a rushing outside linebacker (or even a Safety on a corner blitz) gets to the QB, makes contact, but the signal caller magically wiggles out of a sure sack, scrambles to find a now-open receiver and completes a pass for a first down.  And I’m not just talking Big Ben here.  He does that routinely because he’s like 6-5, 265 pounds, and that’s just part of his game.  He’s practically patented that move.  I am talking about almost any QB today is able to escape being sacked, and I think it’s because defenders are concerned about getting penalized for roughing the passer.  I’m not saying it’s a conscious decision by defenders.  I just believe it’s in the back of their minds, causing them to hold up a bit.

C’mon, NFL, let these guys play football.

That’s right, I’m a petite little thing who wears nothing but dresses or skirts and heels and  sheer pantyhose every day … and I know football.  (A dream come true, aint I?)

Sorry for the rant, but these things have been bothering me for some time now, and what am I gonna do — write to the NFL?  Puh-leeeeease.

Back to reality

Longtime readers here know I do not like, and cannot tolerate missed opportunities for entertainers to do the right thing.

I wrote this last season, and I’ll write it again here:  There are so many more professional, credible, exciting performers who are much more glamorous than Carrie Underdog (not a typo).

If whoever is behind the production of the SNF opening theme song cared (obviously, he or she, or they don’t), a more professional and glamorous performer could do an exciting version of “Waitin’ all day for Sunday Night,” and look fabulous at the same time.

That guy I mentioned earlier, Fred Gaudelli, Coordinating Producer, Sunday Night Football, says of the SNF intro theme show for 2014: “It’s got a major star in Carrie Underwood.  That’s the right star to open up a show like Sunday Night Football.”

Seriously?  I soooo disagree.

Pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry can always be counted on to wear a fabulous outfit complete with sheer pantyhose during every performance she makes.
Pop singer/songwriter Katy Perry always can be counted on to wear a fabulous outfit complete with nude, suntan or black pantyhose during every performance she makes.

In April of last year before Underwood was announced as the new SNF intro theme performer, I had written a post recommending a few stars I hoped would be considered to replace Hill (Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF?) and my first choice was Katy Perry.

When I found out it was Underwood, I was disappointed.  Why another country singer like Hill?  Why someone else who likely would dress like she’s performing in a saloon?

In that post last year, I included a poll, and most of those who participated picked Katy, as well.  (I like being right.)

Jennifer Lopez always puts on a high-energy show, and always wears sheer pantyhose with exotic outfits.
Jennifer Lopez always puts on a high-energy show, and most often wears sheer or sparkly pantyhose with exotic outfits.

Today, I still believe Katy Perry, Beyonce’, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez would be better choices to do the SNF opening, as each is more professional and much classier than Carrie Underwear (again, not a typo).

I know those ladies would wear a fabulous costume that included sheer pantyhose.  And this time, I’d add to that list Jessie J, and maybe Ke$ha and Shakira.

As far as I am concerned, consideration still should go to Selena Gomez and now Ariana Grande, but I do believe both are a bit too young and don’t have the credibility for such a venue yet.

Still, I am convinced both would at least have the good sense, good taste, professionalism and class to wear sheer pantyhose with their outfits.  Something Carrie Underwhelming doesn’t seem to have.

Really, if I were producing the SNF opening theme, I’d probably feature a different performer each week singing her own version of that song.

And if SNF really wanted Underwood to do the singing for the first episode, I’d go for that.  She could sing the song, but I’d get the Radio City Rockettes to do the actual performance.

The Radio City Rockettes are the epitome of class and glamour when it comes to performing at high-profile events.  And what are the Rockettes most famous for?  Their legs adorned in sheer nude pantyhose.
The Radio City Rockettes are the epitome of class and glamour when it comes to performing at high-profile events. And for what are the Rockettes most famous?  Their fabulous legs always adorned in sheer nude pantyhose, of course.

That’s how you open Sunday Night Football, people!

Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I will watch the SNF intro performance next Sunday, but as Johnny Dangerously would say — “Once!”

I just want to see the pageantry and imagine what could have been one time.  But after that, every Sunday night, I will have the telecast on until the intro theme comes on, at which time I will change the channel until I think it’s over, and then I’ll rejoin the program.  My little way of protesting this missed opportunity.

Will you join me in this?  Not sure it will make any difference, but it’ll make me feel better.

OK, your comments please.  And please take the new poll.  Tell us who you’d rather see perform the SNF intro theme.

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:

Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due — today’s young celebrities


In a comment earlier this week, one of our newest readers, Sheer Mike, made an interesting observation about a potentially negative effect of the “bear” legs movement that isn’t being talked about.

In part, this was Sheer Mike’s comment:

If we’re not careful and the “bear” legs trend continues another 8 to 10 years, I’m concerned we’ll lose a generation of women wearing pantyhose.  Yes, we need to continue finding ways to get more women under 40 to dress up and wear pantyhose … Maybe think about focusing on a younger demographic — girls age 10-16.

It’s a legitimate perspective (the prospect of losing a whole generation of potential pantyhose wearers) that probably has crossed many minds.  But not mine.  For some time, I’d been contemplating writing a post praising the many girls in their late teens and women in their 20s who already are devoted pantyhose wearers.

Occasionally, I visit some of the hundreds of websites on the Internet that are devoted to women in pantyhose, and am always happily amazed at the uncountable number of pictures they feature of women in pantyhose.  It makes me wonder how there ever was a bear (I quote the use of bear for the word bare on the first reference only) legs culture.  It also makes me wonder how the proponents of the bear legs movement sleep at night, because their collective hopes surely must be dying on the vine every day and in ever-increasing numbers.

Zhenia
Zhenia, a real, but otherwise unidentified teen pantyhose wearer.

While it is clear that there are millions of real girls throughout the world today who love pantyhose, there’s no way to begin to recognize them.  So this post is my attempt to praise the many young celebrities out there who seem to be devoted pantyhose wearers.   First, it’s easier to identify celebrities because they’re in the public eye, and second (and you’ve heard me say this a million times), celebrities have almost always been among the main influencers of society on fashion.

We owe a great thank-you to the hundreds of thousands of celebrities throughout the world who today continue to buck the once-widely-popular-but-not so-much-anymore-yet-still-lingering-in-some-numbers bear legs culture.  And they are doing that every day by wearing pantyhose in astounding numbers for all occasions and at all venues.

And while in this blog I have praised the likes of veteran actresses Milla Jovovich, Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeifer, Linda Fiorentino, Fran Drescher, and others who seemed to never buy in to the bear legs movement, today’s post shines the spotlight on young celebrities who are frequent pantyhose wearers.

And it’s long overdue because these younger wearers are in the best position to influence the very generation Sheer Mike expressed concern over possibly losing.

Before we get into it, let me say that it is impossible to recognize everyone who deserves Credit, “Wear” Credit is Due, so please bear with me here.  I’m going to feature the young celebs I’ve observed as the most deserving of credit, not only because they most often wear pantyhose in the roles they play on TV or in the movies, but also, and actually more importantly, because they wear even when out in the real world, even when they don’t have to, and certainly, when no one would expect them to.  That is extremely credit-worthy.

Note: When investigating the hundreds of websites that post pictures of celebs in pantyhose, the numbers are so staggering, it’s almost impossible not to find a star who isn’t wearing at least once or twice.  Obviously, those celebs who wear that infrequently don’t really count as much, but hey, if they wear at all today, they deserve a bit of credit.

It’s possible that a couple of the young celebs I’ve chosen for this feature might actually belong in that only-once-in-a-while category, but they made it here because they look so good in pantyhose.  Case in point …

Kylie Jenner (16)

Kylie Jenner arrives on the red carpet for the Nickelodeon-26th-Annual Kids Choice Awards earlier this year.
Kylie Jenner arrives on the purple carpet for the Nickelodeon-26th-annual Kids Choice Awards earlier this year.

Let’s start with the youngest celeb (for this feature), Kylie Jenner.  Actually, I know nothing about her.  I’ve read that she is best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Well, that explains why I’d never heard of her.  I am not a fan of reality TV shows.  But here’s why she’s in this post.  She’s 16, and look at the outfit she wore (right) to Nickelodeon’s 26th annual Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.

I did a quick Google images search about the event and didn’t see one other celebrity wearing pantyhose.  Hate the booties, but love that they are open-toe and love her toenail polish under the sheer black pantyhose.  (Or is it that I love that she is not in the least influenced by those so-called fashion experts who try so hard to convince everyone that not only should pantyhose never be worn, but especially not with open-toe shoes?)

In researching Kylie, I saw no evidence that she is a dedicated, or even frequent pantyhose wearer, but the fact that she was convicted enough to wear this outfit during an event that was seen by an estimated 350 million households around the world, to me, she deserves praise.  Talk about setting a positive example for young women and girls in their late teen years!  Way to go, Kylie.

Molly Quinn (19)

Molly Quinn
Molly Quinn

An American actress of theatre, film and television, Molly might best be known for playing the daughter of mystery novelist and consultant to the New York Police Department Richard Castle on the ABC TV show, “Castle.”

I’ve watched the show occasionally and it’s pretty entertaining, but I never paid much attention to Molly’s character, so I’m not sure how often she’s in pantyhose on the show.  But considering the show’s been on since 2009, Molly would have been only 15 during the first season.

In any case, I’ve seen many pics of Molly wearing sheer pantyhose during publicity events or other public appearances, and at 19, that gets her the nod for this post.

AnnaSophia Robb (19)

AnnaSophia Robb most often can be seen in sheer nude pantyhose.
AnnaSophia Robb most often can be seen in sheer nude pantyhose.

Star of “The Carrie Diaries” teen television series on The CW, AnnaSophia plays a young Carrie Bradshaw in the prequel to HBO’s “Sex and the City” TV series.

Frequent readers of this blog know how I feel about that whole SATC thing, so suffice it to say that AnnaSophia is recognized here not so much because her infamous character actually wears pantyhose, as the show is set in 1984 (a fabulous year for pantyhose during an incredibly great pantyhose decade), but more because she is a frequent wearer in real life.

The few times I’ve paid attention, I’ve never not seen AnnaSophia appear as a guest on a talk show in which she didn’t wear a beautiful dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose.

Considering so few of today’s veteran TV and movie stars bother to wear pantyhose with their lovely outfits during talk show appearances, AnnaSophia deserves much credit for being a role model to young women.

Victoria Justice (20)

Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice

Here’s another young star I know nothing about, but in doing the research for this post, I’ve learned that she is an actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer who has appeared in several films and television series including Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and “Victorious.”

She has performed several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical, “Spectacular,”  in which she starred. She has recorded a number of songs for the Victorious series.  Victoria  earlier this year announced the release of her debut album.

At first, I wasn’t sure she belongs on this post, as she was bear-legged in most of the photos I could find of her.  But after further review, I was able to find several pics of her wearing sheer pantyhose in some of her roles on stage, TV shows and movies.

And while I didn’t find as many pics of her wearing just kind of out-and-about, ultimately, she makes this post because of the pics I’ve found of her wearing sheer pantyhose during her appearances on the red carpet, and as a hostess or a guest on TV awards and talk shows.

Hey, she’s only 20, and she most often presents herself professionally and with grace and elegance.  And, in the pics I have seen of her in sheer pantyhose, it would be difficult to find someone much more beautiful.

I hope Victoria continues to dress professionally and elegantly and set a positive example for other young women.

Ariana Grande (20)

Young artist Ariana Grande practically lives in pantyhose.
Young artist Ariana Grande practically lives in pantyhose.

Yet another young American actress, singer/songwriter I know nothing about, as I’ve never heard of any of the movies she’s been in, nor any of the songs she’s performed.  I just know this: There must be thousands of pics of Ariana in pantyhose.

Oh, and she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida — you know, where it’s hot.  All the time.  I’m sure there are many times she doesn’t wear pantyhose, but everytime I stumble across a photo of her, she’s wearing.  And, thankfully, her tights and pantyhose are most-often in a nude shade — not black.

If young women and girls in their late teens follow Ariana, she most certainly is setting a good example in the way she dresses, not only on stage, but also during promotional events and public appearances.  I am impressed.

Actress Miranda Cosgrove greets fans as host of a Nickelodeon event March 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder-Getty Images)
Actress Miranda Cosgrove greets fans as host of a Nickelodeon event March 11, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder-Getty Images)

Miranda Cosgrove (20) 

Probably my favorite 20-year-old celeb, Miranda starred in “iCarly”, a teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 2007 until November 2012.

I’ve watched the show a couple of times just to see her, and I can tell you that “iCarly” is most definitely a teen comedy, meaning it’s far too silly for me to watch for very long periods of time.  Nevertheless, Miranda is awfully cute.  And it’s not unusual to see her wearing sheer pantyhose in one or two scenes.

Considering that her age range was 14 to 19 during the show’s run, I think Miranda is truly exceptional for the sweet and good character she played, as well as for dressing pretty nicely while she was at it.

More importantly, today at 20, she frequently dresses professionally and quite femininely.  Appearing on TV shows, movies and talk and awards show, and performing on stage as a singer/songwriter, Miranda always seems to dress beautifully, most often wearing sheer pantyhose.

She is adorable, and I am becoming a fan.

Selena Gomez (21)

Even out-and-about, Selena Gomez most often dresses beautifully.
Selena Gomez

As much as I am lovin’ me some Miranda Cosgrove, you had to know Selena Gomez would make this feature.

The American singer and actress has a long list of hits, and always seems to conduct herself professionally, mostly dressing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

While it’s perfectly understandable that any 21-year-old woman today is going to want to dress comfortably, casually and for fun, what makes Selena special is how often she wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose not only on the job and for publicity appearances, but also just going shopping or out on the town.

I don’t know whether Selena is truly a devoted pantyhose wearer, but it certainly appears that she wears more often than not.

I like what I’ve seen of Selena and I believe she deserves much credit for setting a good example for other young women in the way she dresses.

Taylor Swift (23) 

Taylor Swift maintains a feminine look, often wearing sheer pantyhose.
Taylor Swift

During the early days of her career, it seems we’d often see Country pop/pop rock superstar singer/songwriter Taylor Swift in a dress with bear legs and cowboy boots or flat shoes.  Then, for a while there, she was more likely to be seen bear-legged, or in some cotton-ish tights, or sometimes in funky patterned hosiery.

But lately, I am seeing Taylor in heels and sheer pantyhose in her on-stage performances, as well as during public appearances.  And she looks awesome.

I am amazed at her songwriting prowess and it seems she can’t miss today, chalking up hit after hit.

I like Taylor Swift, and I hope she continues to grow as an artist and a role model in the way she dresses as a professional young entertainer.

Emma Watson (23)

Emma Watson often wears sheer pantyhose during public appearances.
Emma Watson

Emma is an English actress and model who likely is best known for her role in the Harry Potter movies.

I know nothing about Emma.

(I’m trying to be the only person on the planet to not read the books or see the movies about Harry Potter).  I’m funny that way.

Consequently, I don’t know whether or not she’s really a devoted pantyhose wearer, but in tooling about pantyhose websites on the Internet, it’s not particularly difficult to find pics of her wearing, and that’s good enough for me.

TV shows

While I love that so many of today’s young celebrities more often than not seem to favor wearing pantyhose, I have to wonder why that is?  How did they develop this devotion to pantyhose during an era when it was not considered fashionable to do so?   Was it because of values they learned from their parents, or the influence of some veteran actresses who always wore?  Or, was it their own desire to be professional?

Or was it something else?  Many of the young celebs I researched to feature in this post earned their claim to fame on TV shows or in movies in which their characters wore pantyhose.  So maybe it was the different costume designers’ decisions that their characters should be dressed in pantyhose, and the experience carried over into the young stars’ lives.

Gilmore Girls

Alexis Bledel appears to be a devoted wearer of sheer pantyhose.
Alexis Bledel appears to be a devoted wearer of sheer pantyhose.

One of the first young celebs I chose to feature in this post is Alexis Bledel because she is a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose.

Alexis, 31, probably is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the comedy/drama television series, “Gilmore Girls.”

As the series ran from October 2000 to May 2007, Alexis was 19 to 26 years old when she was exposed to the fancy costumes she would wear as her character, Rory, a member of the wealthy Gilmore family.  Of course, all those beautiful outfits she wore for those seven years were typically paired with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.

Today, as a star of TV shows and movies, and as a professional model, Alexis continues to dress beautifully, and often is seen in high heels and sheer pantyhose during many publicity events and public appearances.

Cast members of the CW's teen drama TV series, Gossip Girl, were routinely dressed in tights and sheer pantyhose
Cast members of the CW’s teen drama TV series, Gossip Girl, were routinely dressed in tights and sheer pantyhose

Gossip Girl

If my theory is accurate, and we should thank “Gilmore Girls” for positively influencing a young pantyhose goddess in Alexis Bledel, then we should all get down on our knees and worship “Gossip Girl.”  That’s because the CW’s teen drama television series must have instilled a pantyhose mentality in at least four young celebs who appear to be devoted wearers today.

OK, I’ll let you in on a little secret:  I’ve never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl.”  The title alone was enough to keep me away, and I never gave it a chance.  So, I admit that I might be completely wrong here.  I may have no idea of what I’m talking about.  But in the few advertisements I’ve seen for the show, both on TV and in photos, it appears that the girls are usually wearing pantyhose or tights.  Somehow, anyway, I came away with the idea that “Gossip Girl” was a pantyhose kind of show.

Blake Lively
Blake Lively

One thing is certain:  The show, which ran from September 2007 to December 2012, produced the likes of Blake Lively (26), Leighton Meester (27), Michelle Trachtenberg (27) and Taylor Momsen (20), each very often photographed wearing pantyhose during public appearances today.

Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester

During the show’s run, Blake ranged in age from 20 to 25; Leighton from 21 to 26; Michelle from 20 to 25; and Taylor from 14 to 19.

Again, we have young stars who wore tights and pantyhose in their roles on a popular TV drama series for a teen audience, each of whom went on to become (seemingly) devoted pantyhose wearers.

Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg

Obviously, there’s no way (that I am aware of) to know for certain whether these celebs (or any of the ones featured in this post)  truly are devoted pantyhose wearers, so I am basing my reasoning on how easy it is to find pictures on the Internet of them wearing.

Taylor Momsen
Taylor Momsen

And in the case of all of them in this post — and particularly, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Taylor Momsen — my conclusion is they indeed are devoted wearers of pantyhose.

Incidentally, since I’ve never watched “Gossip Girl,” my apologies if there were other young actresses on the show who equally deserve to be featured here.  These four are the ones with whom I am familiar.

Movies

Just as there have been several television series that featured young characters who frequently wore pantyhose, there are even more movies that did the same thing, also possibly being the influence of some awesome young celebs who’ve become known for being dedicated pantyhose wearers today.

With all due respect to “Adventures in Babysitting,” for this post, I’m not talking about movies that had one or two scenes in which a character appeared in pantyhose, but rather ones in which the main character(s) wore pantyhose through most of the film.   And one of my favorites is …

“Clueless”

Alicia Silverstone as Cher prepares to go out on the town in a scene from
Alicia Silverstone as Cher prepares to go out on the town in a scene from “Clueless.”

Set in Beverly Hills, Calif., “Clueless” stars a young Alicia Silverstone as the beautiful, super popular and fabulously wealthy Cher, a sweet and innocent, but totally superficial teenage girl who is oblivious to anything but her status atop her high school social scene.  The 1995 comedy is cute, fun and funny.

But, I’m not a film critic, and the reason “Clueless” makes this post is because Alicia wears beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer (thankfully, nude or suntan) pantyhose throughout most of the movie.

While “Clueless” was never going to win any awards, it was considered a “sleeper” hit in 1995, and helped to launch other lucrative offers for Alicia, who herself won five awards for her performance, including Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Female Newcomer (Blockbuster Entertainment Awards), Best Female Performance, and Most Desirable Female (MTV Movie Awards), and Best Breakthrough Performer (National Board of Review).

Alicia has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist, but unlike the young celebs featured above, Alicia, who was just 19 when she starred in “Clueless,” never really became what I’d think of as a pantyhose kind of girl.

Indeed, it is nearly impossible to find a picture of her in pantyhose on a Google image search.  Too bad because she looked so fabulous in pantyhose in “Clueless.”

Still, because the film was released in 1995, just at the cusp of the onset of the awful bears legs movement, Alicia should hold a special place in our hearts for her role in “Clueless.”

 

“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”

Lindsay Lohan in a scene from
Lindsay Lohan in a scene from “Confessions.”

This cute teen comedy released in February 2004 starred, in particular, two young actresses, each of whom have become high profile celebrities in their own rights.  Today, each has a pretty strong connection to pantyhose; one I would call an absolute pantyhose goddess.

Lindsay Lohan (27)

Lindsay Lohan has proved she is a devoted wearer of sheer pantyhose.
Lindsay Lohan has proved she is a devoted wearer of sheer pantyhose.

With 26 movies to her credit so far, starting with the 1998 Disney movie, “Parent Trap,” in which she won Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress, and a lead role in the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls,” for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Lindsay is an accomplished actress.

But before “Mean Girls,” her first lead role was in the 2004 movie, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” for which she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star.

Throughout the majority of the movie, Lindsay’s character wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.

As Lindsay was only 18 years old at the time she made the movie, I wonder if it was the influence of her character’s wardrobe that ultimately led to her becoming a bona fide pantyhose kind of girl?

Lindsay may not exactly have a Disney image anymore, but the drama queen at least gets my praise for being a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose in movie roles, TV show roles, modeling gigs, work as a professional recording artist, and perhaps more importantly, in public appearances on and off the clock.

Megan Fox (27)

Always professional, classy and elegant, Megan Fox always wears beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
Always professional, classy and elegant, Megan Fox is dedicated and consistent in wearing beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

If Lindsay Lohan could be considered a frequent, if not devoted, pantyhose wearer, then Megan Fox is the ultimate pantyhose goddess of the universe.   There!  I said it.

Beginning her acting career in 2001, Megan already has been nominated for awards 19 times, and won six times, including: For her role in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, a Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star Female and a Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actress;  for her starring role in “Jennifer’s Body” in 2010, two Teen Choice Awards for Female Hottie, and Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller.

But it was in 2004 when Megan made her film debut in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” co-starring opposite Lindsay in a supporting role as Lindsay’s character’s rival.  And, as lovely as Lindsay looked in a dress and pantyhose and heels, Megan looked incredibly amazing dressed the same way.

Like Lindsay, Megan was 18 years old when “Confessions” was released.  Today, the actress and professional model is in every sense of the word a devoted pantyhose goddess, always dressing beautifully in a dress, high heels and sheer (thankfully, usually, nude or suntan) pantyhose when appearing as a guest, a host, or just making a public appearance.

From what I’ve observed, and with all due respect and thanks to Zooey Deschanel, there may not be any other young female celebrity on the planet who more consistently is seen wearing sheer pantyhose.

With so many young women and girls in their late teens all over the world demonstrating their love for wearing pantyhose today, the future indeed looks bright.  And much of the credit for this should go to young actresses, models, singers and entertainers for setting such good examples.

This is why we shouldn’t expend any energy worrying about the negative propaganda by so-called fashion experts, and the haterizing by proponents of the bear legs culture, potentially causing a whole generation of young women to miss the opportunity of dressing professionally, femininely, and with class and elegance by including sheer pantyhose in their wardrobes.

Undoubtedly, I’ve left out lots of young celebs, TV shows and movies that honor our love of pantyhose.  So, my friends, here’s your chance to recognize your favorites.  Send me your comments and tell me who else deserves Credit “Wear” Credit is Due.

Meanwhile, here is a gallery of pics of some of the celebs featured in this post, and some who weren’t (only because of space issues).  And, if you’re nice, I’ll keep this section fluid, so you can send me your own pics of your favorite young celebrities in pantyhose, and I’ll add them here.

Who should be the next SNF intro performer?


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

New website features college-age women who love pantyhose


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No doubt about that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, that was nice.

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

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

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

 

Confusion, lack of conviction spur bare legs look


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

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

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

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

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

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

Doing the right thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No deal, divas

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

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

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

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

Here’s the woman’s letter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In part, Sanders wrote:

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

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

Blind leading the blind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Makeover madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It reads:

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

Exactly.

Beauty no accident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friends Don’t Let Friends Go ‘Bear’-Legged


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Remember the slogan “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” written several years ago by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Ad Council? That campaign created an effective awareness about the death toll from driving impaired, and introduced the concept of the Designated Driver.

I like to think that The ActSensuous Blog has similarly wide-reaching influence, and I’m sort of the designated person trying to drive women to wear pantyhose.

Let’s count the ways this blog has impacted what you’re now enjoying, shall we?

During the 2010-11 NFL season, I complained in my blog about Faith Hill’s awful “bear” legs in her Sunday Night Football intro song.  And then, what happened in the 2011-12 season? That’s right: She donned pantyhose and looked 100 times better.  Oh yeah, I’m taking credit for that. (Hey, you’re welcome!)

Not convinced? OK, how about this: Devoted watchers of NFL Network have to admit they cringed every time they saw one of the show’s hosts, Kara Henderson, who always wore way-too-short skirts for those horrid pasty white legs of her’s, which she flashed all too often. And what happened not long after I called her out for this (Nov. 4, 2011: “Pantyhose happenings on my mind”)? That’s right. She has been wearing pantyhose regularly on the show — quite beautifully, too. Coincidence?  I don’t THINK so.

Check out this video of Kara Henderson in studio on the NFL Network:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Ym7_Ji4Zf_s

I can picture how the conversation around the NFL Network studio must have gone: “Kara, we love ya, girl, but those bear legs of yours are killing our ratings. We get that you women today hate pantyhose, but listen, we don’t want you to end up getting The ActSensuous Blog’s next Grizzly Award. That’s the kind of thing that can end a gal’s career.  So, c’mon now, why don’t you break out the pantyhose? Our ratings will soar, and Robin will probably heap loads of praise on you for how good you’ll look. It’ll be a win for everyone.”

Yeah, it likely went something like that, I’m pretty sure.

Now, if you Google Kara Henderson, you won’t find a single photo of her in pantyhose. But on NFL Network, she has become a pantyhose babe. But, I’m not done with the NFL Network yet. Now, it seems every female host on the show has gone all pantyhose on us. Check out this video of the lovely Lindsay Soto (now, Rhodes):

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d826f8ad8/Rolle-looks-back-on-championship-run

Wow. Those are some killer legs in beautiful sheer nude pantyhose, eh? Do you just see how influential the ActSensuous Blog really is?

I feel some of you slipping away from me.  You want more evidence, don’t you?  Fine, fine.

One of my regular columns on this blog is “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due,” in which I recognize and glorify the little people (you know, like Ann Curry and Julianna Margulies) for dressing beautifully, including wearing pantyhose. Otherwise, probably no one would ever pay these budding celebs much attention.

You remember my post in January 2011, “Credit ‘Wear’ Credit is Due — Who’s that T-Mobile Girl?” In that one, I lavished so much praise upon the up-and-coming Carly Foulks for how pretty she looks in those pink dresses, high heels and very sheer nude pantyhose. Yeah, that’s right — I put that girl on the map!  And what happened after that? Verizon goes out and gets the beyond-beautiful model, Cherub Moore, to wear that fabulous gray skirt and dark wine-colored blouse, complete with gorgeous sheer pantyhose for last year’s Black Friday TV commercial.  Need I say more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w34kGqZb52c

Again, if you Google Cherub Moore (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), you won’t find one picture of her wearing pantyhose. But it’s pretty clear that when advertisers write spots for their clients, they think of me and the influence of The ActSensuous Blog. Obviously, they realize the value of featuring their lovely models in pantyhose.  And, again, I take full credit for that. (What?)

Too much power?

But, as Peter Parker’s uncle taught us in Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” (Did I mention Kirsten Dunst wore pantyhose in those Spidey movies because of me? But, I digress …) And now, I have to live with the fact that this far-reaching influence I wield actually could be starting to back-fire. That’s right. Those people who are equally devoted to the bear legs movement — the people I like to call, you know, the villains — are beginning to take notice of all the good I’m doing out there for truth, justice and the American way, and they’re fighting back.

I didn’t write a post about this next subject (although I did think about doing it), but you guys beat me to the punch when you wrote some comments about the CitiBank TV commercial, in which (actual professional rock climber Katie Brown) says:

My boyfriend and I were going on vacation, so I used my Citi Thank You card to pick up some accessories: A new belt, some nylons, and what girl wouldn’t need new shoes? …

A few of you praised that commercial for its obvious reference to nylons of the hosiery variety. I loved that you picked up on that and made a big deal about it. But have you noticed that the writer(s) recently modified that line? Now, when the lady rock climber talks about picking up some things she’ll need for her vacation, she says “A new belt, some nylon (instead of nylons) …”

Are you kidding me? Is the writer of that commercial such a pantyhose hater that he or she (more than likely, she) had to take away that cute play-on-words in order to not encourage us pantyhose lovers? I can just picture some little Kelly Ripa-like writer thinking to herself: “I’ll show those pantyhose lovers!” Is it just me, or is this edited line a retaliation for all the excitement I (OK, you this time) generated about this commercial’s use of the word “nylons?”

Similarly, Cherub Moore has since appeared in (at least two Verizon commercials that I’ve seen), but now she’s actually wearing pants that do nothing for her lovely figure. I hope Verizon is happy with themselves for dressing her down, and making her look just average, after I (yeah-yeah, you guys, too) bragged about how beautiful she looked in the Black Friday commercial.

Are the writers/directors/producers of these commercials making adjustments based upon what we’re doing in this blog? OK, well, probably not. But it does kinda make some sense. We brag them up for dressing their spokeswomen in pantyhose during a time when, let’s face it, the majority of the world’s women hate pantyhose. You’d have to think those responsible for these commercials might realize that they could attract a larger audience for whatever they’re selling if they suck up to the bear-leggers rather than to those in the minority who appreciate and value pantyhose.

Reality setting in

Similarly, I’ve been sooooooooo disappointed lately in many of the celebs on whom I’ve heaped tons of praise for their devotion to wearing pantyhose. And when some of the usually-pantyhose-friendly ones don’t, I make excuses for them and blame it on the costume designer for dressing them in bear legs. But, when celebs appear on late night talk shows, or are out and about town, and dress in nice outfits but with bear legs, that’s clearly on them.

Stars I’ve complimented for their devotion to class and elegance, especially in dressing up and wearing pantyhose, have been letting me down lately. For example, I have never seen Morena Baccarin wear pantyhose on a single talk show or awards show. Not Dana Delany either. Not Jennifer Lopez. And lately, I’ve seen Milla Jovovich more often bear-legged than in pantyhose. And don’t even get me started on Angelina Jolie and her constantly popping her bear leg out from her high-slit dress during the Academy Awards show. Bimbo.

Actress Julianna Margulies is always professional and classy during appearances on late night talk shows, such as “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Still, the only celeb who seems to always do the right thing when it comes to how she dresses for public appearances is Julianna Margulies.  But, is she wearing pantyhose in the photo above?  If so, those are the sheerest nude pantyhose on the planet.  I actually saw this episode of  “The Late Show with David Letterman” and thought she was wearing, but at least one of our readers commented on this post that she is actually bear-legged.   I guess my eyes aint what they used to be, or more likely, I saw what I wanted to see.   What say you?  Did Julianna Margulies actually appear on Letterman bear-legged?

I’ve often written that Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, almost always can be counted on to wear pantyhose during public appearaces.  And, maybe to a large extent, that’s still the case, but increasingly, it seems that 99.5 percent of celebs are brainwashed and believe they have to appear in public bear-legged because “that’s what everyone is doing.” Pitiful.

One celeb I thought I could count on more than most to wear pantyhose during public events is gorgeous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, but she’s killing me these days. I really thought of her as very strong-willed and independent — someone who would always do what she wanted to do — not what everyone else was doing.  Yet, while she once frequently wore pantyhose during publicity events, presumably because it is the right thing to do, and because she has the class and traditional values to do the right thing, it is increasingly rare to see her in pantyhose.  Still, I have confidence in her.  I believe (I need to believe) she’ll go back to doing what she knows is right.  She looks incredible in pantyhose and even (gasp) bare-legged (no bear here for her), so I can only hope she chooses pantyhose just because she wants to.

And lovely little Lucy Liu? Forget about seeing her in pantyhose, which is practically a crime since she looks stunning in them.  And the extremely rare times we do see her in pantyhose, they’re too often the thick black ones that just don’t suit her.

While it is great that Sandra Oh was honored recently in Canada’s Walk of Fame, it’s sad that she didn’t think the occasion called for pantyhose with that nice dress.

But I am most dismayed by the way Sandra Oh dresses. I know what you’re thinking, but unlike her character on “Grey’s Anatomy,” she truly is gorgeous in a dress, high heels and sheer nude or suntan pantyhose.

Sadly, it seems lately that we’ll just never see her in pantyhose anymore.

She’s a perfect example of a star who grew up with traditional Korean values, used to dress beautifully and appropriately in the proper situations, but now has seemingly become just another brainwashed Hollyweird go-along-er.

A case in point occurred in October 2011 when Sandra Oh was inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame for her long career in film and television.

If ever there were a time for Sandra Oh to wear pantyhose, this was it, especially since she grew up in Canada. Instead, she did the “ugly American” thing and showed up bear-legged.

Terrible, Sandra.

Always hope

Actress Miranda Cosgrove shows class and grace, appearing on the Red Carpet wearing a beautiful dress and pantyhose during a Screen Actors Guild awards show recently in Los Angeles.

As much as I appreciate when veteran celebrities do the right thing and wear pantyhose during public appearances, I think I love it even more when very young up-and-coming stars set themselves apart from the pack in the way they dress, wearing pantyhose with their pretty dresses and high heels.

You know how I’ve gushed over the likes of Lady Gaga and Katie Perry for being frequent wearers of pantyhose when out and about. And that can be said for Paris Hilton, too. I’ve almost resigned myself to realize and admit that EVERY celeb is going to have days where they just can’t be bothered to dress nicely.

But recently, I’ve been seeing two 19-year-olds, Selena Gomez and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) wearing pantyhose during public appearances.

I have to say I had never heard of Miranda until I saw her on a couple of late night talk shows and was so proud of her for dressing up and wearing pantyhose for the occasions. This is such a great sign of hope for the future.

So I’ll go ahead and give myself credit for that.  I’m funny that way, ya know.

2011 a Great Year for Pantyhose


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

If the “bear” legs movement won the decade of the new millennium, pantyhose certainly got their legs back in 2011.

(NOTE: I’m putting quotes around “bear” just once and then running with it as-is. Seasoned readers get my play on words, which have their origin in one of my earlier posts: “Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose.”)

No, I’m not proclaiming that everything’s back to normal; far from it. But I think greater strides were made in 2011 than at any time from 2000 on.

I do think 2011 gave us much for which to be thankful, and optimism for years to come. While things looked pretty bleak from 2000 through 2010, I am thrilled by the number of new and seasoned celebrities we saw wearing pantyhose in 2011.

In movies, on TV shows, in TV commercials, on singers/performers taking the stage, on game shows, across fashion runways, in magazines, and practically everywhere we looked in the community, we saw more pantyhose in 2011 than I think we saw in the previous 10 years. And if you want to see beautiful women in pantyhose, just do a google search, and you’ll find that pantyhose are indeed alive and well.

Pantyhose took us by storm in the late-1960s, absolutely ruled in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and enjoyed a good run through most of the ‘90s before “Sex and the City” reared its ugly head in 1998.

In the role that made her famous, actress Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke on the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” made sheer pantyhose famous.

And, in the ’70s, no one did more for pantyhose than actress Catherine Bach in her role as Daisy Duke on the TV show, “The Dukes of Hazzard.”  Bach took sheer pantyhose to icon status, wearing them with her signature short-shorts and heels on the show.

It’s difficult to imagine how and why so many women in the world would try so hard to distance themselves from the look made famous by Bach.

Looking at this picture of Catherine Bach, I can’t see how anyone could believe that pantyhose are old-fashioned and irrelevant in society today.  A look of sheer beauty and the truest sense of femininity is never irrelevant, and it never goes out of style.

I honestly didn’t believe the bear legs culture would catch on, and I never dreamed it would flourish, almost to the demise of pantyhose.

It has taken a great deal longer than I imagined, but women have begun coming to their senses again. That was clear in 2010, and never more evident than during 2011.

Still, through the darkest times of the 2000 decade, I was so pleased and encouraged by the vast number of men throughout the world voicing their displeasure over the bear legs movement. There are thousands of pantyhose forums, websites and blogs about the love and devotion that (at least) men feel for pantyhose.

I still can’t believe that so many women don’t seem to care that seemingly 99 percent of the male population loves them in pantyhose. The fact that women almost universally reject the beauty, femininity, class, elegance, and sensual characteristics inherent in pantyhose remains a complete mystery to me.

I should acknowledge that, along the way, there have been many women who never bought into the bear legs culture.  Occasionally, I read on an online forum about a woman or two who, like me, just don’t get the hostility other women have toward pantyhose.  It is so heartwarming and encouraging to read the words of some women who say they love pantyhose, and the attention and appreciation they get from wearing pantyhose for men who love it so much.  We can’t know about these everyday women on a large scale, so unfortunately, I cannot give them the praise they deserve. Still, we know they’re out there, so if you’re reading, thank you for remaining professional at the office, classy about town and always feminine in all situations.

Similarly, I’ve been delighted and encouraged by all the support from readers of The ActSensuous Blog this year. I greatly appreciate all your comments, compliments and well wishes.  So, in addition to my usual ranting and raving about celebs and the state of the pantyhose industry, in this year-in-review post, I want to share with you some things you might find interesting – the stuff you guys contribute.

Your comments

You guys write some well-conceived and thought-provoking comments.  You have a real understanding of what’s going on in the world of pantyhose.  You know the celebs who are devoted wearers, and you know the ones who aren’t.   In many of your comments, you attach links to pictures, videos and online articles about pantyhose.

I love it when you write about a colleague at work who routinely wears, or doesn’t.  I love when you write about your most memorable pantyhose experiences and the affects they had on you.

And, of course, I appreciate all the nice things you write about my different posts.  I couldn’t do this if I didn’t think you cared and appreciated it.  So thank you for all your support.

In case you ever wondered, most of those who comment on my blog are not ActSensuous customers.   Sometimes, it’s a bit embarrassing when a customer writes a comment and closes with how much he loves our products and our customer service.  I’m not asking for that, but it’s always nice to read the positive feedback, and I am sure it’s good for business.  So, to those customers/readers, I’ll say this:  That’s not what the blog is about, you don’t have to endorse us in your comments, but I know it comes from the heart, and I do appreciate very much your good intentions.

One reader complimented me a long time ago for keeping the blog separate from the business.  I never expected anyone to notice or care about that, but I always appreciated that this guy got it and pointed it out.  In fact, of the 48 (before this one) posts I’ve written since May 2009, only one was blatantly about ActSensuous – the one on April 25, 2011, called “Return of Pantyhose TV ads a Good Sign.”  In it, I shared my vision (OK, fantasy) of having a celebrity become the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous.  I wrote about the celebs I’d choose if I could.  That post was pretty popular and got some good comments, but I really thought it would get more response from you, telling me which celeb you thought would be perfect to represent ActSensuous.

And that leads me to this:

The polls

I thought polls would be a good way to be heard for those who don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on a blog post.  What could be more anonymous than that?  Even I don’t know who clicks an answer on a poll on my blog. Yet, the response numbers seem low to me.

To those who have voted on my various polls, I thank you.  Your answers to the poll questions – your voice – give me an insight as to what you think about the state of pantyhose in society today.  To demonstrate that point, I’ll share with you the results of some of those polls, starting with:

  • “Which celebrity would be perfect to represent ActSensuous?”
Following her breakout role in the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” Anne Hathaway has maintained a classy and feminine look, including wearing pantyhose for all the right occasions and venues.

Of the 50 votes this poll generated, Anne Hathaway garnered 14 (30%).  To put that in perspective, the next highest vote-getter was Milla Jovovich with 9 (20%).

They beat out the likes of Sandra Bullock, Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, and four write-in names: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Christie Brinkley and Morena Baccarin.

I was not surprised you chose Anne Hathaway.  I love that, even though she is so young, she gets it. While probably every celeb has her days when she just isn’t going to wear for any occasion, Anne is pretty consistent.  She has the maturity, the class and sense of femininity to wear for all the right reasons and at the right venues.  I believe Anne has a bright future as a Hollywood star, and I’d be proud to have her represent ActSensuous.

Of course I love Milla Jovovich.  She is beautiful, extremely professional, ultra classy and just plain cool.  She is a great actress, and if the truth were known, I’d choose her if I could.

Of the others, I love Bai Ling, Nicole Kidman, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li, and I would be thrilled if any of them would even consider being the face (legs) of a pantyhose campaign, but that seems rather remote to me.

Christie Brinkley

Now, Christie Brinkley as the official spokesmodel for ActSensuous ….. that seems pretty realistic and very appealing to me.  I’ve always liked Christie.  She’s always been extremely professional, very classy and ultra feminine.

Those are some incredible legs, and she certainly understands the appeal of sheer pantyhose.

I would have thought the same thing about Morena Baccarin, but even though she can always be counted on to wear sheer pantyhose with her outfits in TV series (“The Visitors” and “Homeland”), I’ve never seen her wear during visits on late night talk shows.  I find that so frustrating because it kills my image of her.  I want to believe she is what I see in her TV roles, but have to face the reality that when she’s on her own time, she chooses not to wear.   That amazes me because she looks 100 times better in pantyhose.  Then again, isn’t that true of all of them?

  • Which Celebrity do you most want to see in pantyhose?”
Sandra Bullock performs a scene in her new movie, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” in Brooklyn.

This poll generated 91 votes, of which Sandra Bullock took 34 (37%).

She overwhelmed the likes of Jessica Alba with 22 votes (24%), Kate Beckinsale, Nicole Kidman, Bai Ling, and seven write-in answers, including Fran Drescher, Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Bette Middler, and Jenna Fisher.

Good for Sandra Bullock to win that poll.

It goes to show the popularity of the veteran action, dramatic and comedic actress among the ranks of pantyhose lovers.

Why not?  Sandra always has had the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose for the right occasions.

I would have liked to see Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling and Lucy Liu score higher, but they do in the next poll.

  • Which Asian actress do you most want to see wearing pantyhose?”
The lovely and multi-talented Asian-American actress Lucy Liu sometimes wears pantyhose during public appearances, and when she does, she looks fabulous.

Out of 34 total votes (only 34 – what’s wrong with you people?), Lucy Liu won with 13 votes (38%).

Very impressive, as she beat out whom I think is the world’s most gorgeous woman, Zhang Ziyi, who came in second with 8 votes (24%).

This poll was won because of the popularity/familiarity of Lucy Liu.  I mean who doesn’t love her?

Ironically, from what I’ve observed, Ziyi is a much more prolific wearer of pantyhose than Lucy will ever be.

In fact, as much as I adore Lucy Liu, she breaks my heart by doing the bear legs thing much more often than wearing pantyhose.

Further, it seems the rare occasion on which we see Lucy Liu in pantyhose, she’s wearing the thick, black ones.  Yet, to behold her in sheer nude pantyhose is a breathtakingly beautiful sight. At least the black pantyhose she’s wearing in this photo are fairly sheer.

Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Rush Hour 2”) is only just becoming known to Western audiences, and since she lives in China, she’s not quite the household name Lucy Liu is.

Classy Chinese movie star Zhang Ziyi almost always wears pantyhose during public appearances.

But Ziyi is the Asian actress I most want to see in pantyhose.  To me, she is total perfection.

Other vote-getters in this poll were Tia Carrere, Michelle Yeoh, Devon Aoki, Bai Ling, Gong Li, Maggie Q, Karen Mok and Brenda Song.

Besides Zhang Ziyi, I next most want to see Michelle Yeoh in pantyhose.  I still love her more than any other Asian actress, and she is simply awesome in pantyhose, although, sadly, that’s a rare sight these days.

It’s so frustrating that Maggie Q doesn’t wear pantyhose on her hit show, “Nikita,” (or any other thing I’ve ever seen her in.)  There was a time (early 1990s) when Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World,” “High School High,” “True Lies”) was the most beautiful thing that pantyhose ever happened to, but those days appear to be long gone.  I would guess most of you have no clue as to who Karen Mok is (“Black Mask” and “So Close”), but someday I’ll do a whole post about her.

Young model/actress Devon Aoki (“Debs” is my favorite movie of hers) is a frequent pantyhose wearer and looks amazing in them.   I haven’t seen enough of Brenda Song, but it’s neat that someone voted for her.

I love Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Karen Mok, and they all look fabulous in pantyhose, but to me, there is just something truly remarkable about seeing Bai Ling in pantyhose. Maybe that’s because it’s so unexpected.

Bai Ling dressed beautifully, complete with brown pantyhose, during an appearance at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Nov. 4, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.

Bai Ling is an enigma.

She is extremely intelligent and has great talent.  She is incredibly beautiful.  But she fits in perfectly within the Hollyweird culture. I don’t really get her, but I can’t help but love her.

She is known for wearing the skimpiest and strangest outfits, and looking awesome in them.

But when she wears pantyhose, it is so heartwarming to me.  She kills me in a good way.

  • Pantyhose – To Wear or Not to Wear (ladies only please)

This was not the poll that saw the widest margin of victory, but the winning answer got 19 of the 24 votes (79%). The winner, I’m happy to say, is this answer:

“I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose.” Coming in second was the answer:  “I am not on one side or the other and would wear or not wear pantyhose based on the appropriateness of the situation/environment.” That answer got 3 votes (13%).

I wrote (ladies only please) at the end of the poll question because I knew what answer men would give, and I really wanted to see what women would say. I always wondered if the votes were indeed by women only. I don’t know, but there were 2 votes (8%) for the answer: “I choose not to on my own personal volition because I think pantyhose are uncomfortable, impractical and/or unnecessary.”  We know women cast that vote.

But here’s the real news: Not a single vote came in for the answers: “I choose not to because I believe in and completely support the cause for the bare legs movement … period;” or for: “I choose not to because the excuse now exists thanks to the bare legs movement.”

Hey, I’ll take our minor victories anywhere I can get them.

  • Today’s “Bear Legs culture:

This is the poll, attached to the post “Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,” that launched my whole “bear” legs terminology.  The answer that won this poll was: “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough.”  Still, it got only 60 votes out of 110 (55%).  Taking second place with 26 votes (24%) was the answer:  “Is to punish men (for being men).”  Sorry about that, guys.

OK, are you wondering what poll got the most activity and won by the very widest margin?  This won’t come as a surprise to most of you. It was attached to my first (and arguably best) post of 2011 (Jan. 9), titled “Why Not Pantyhose and Open-Toe High Heels?”  This post still gets comments and generates discussions, remaining one of the most popular on this blog.

  • Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?

This poll generated 160 votes – by far, the most activity of all the other polls.  The winner was the answer: “Absolutely! Yes, please!”  You gave that answer 151 votes (94%).  I’m so proud.  Getting only 7 votes (4%) was the answer: “No way! No How! Never!”  And just 2 voters (1%) selected the answer: “Who cares?”

Professional singer/dancer and TV personality Paula Abdul always wears sheer pantyhose during public events, and looks perfect in open-toe heels.

More than any of my other posts, “Why Not Pantyhose with Open-Toe High Heels?” struck a huge chord with you.  This was the post in which I first bashed all the so-called “fashion experts” for making up hard and fast rules that dictate what they say is acceptable or not for you to wear.  That anyone listens to these people is unfathomable to me.

I had no idea when I wrote it that this post would generate so many comments and poll votes.  I am so glad you overwhelmingly support the wearing of pantyhose with dress sandals.

Even more, I love it when celebs (by far the greatest influencers of fashion) completely disregard the advice of the “experts” and always wear pantyhose with open-toe heels.

Looking at the picture of Paula Abdul, I can’t imagine how there could be even a few people out there who still think this look is wrong.

 

Wrap-up

As much as I love my self-appointed mission of being the voice of hope and reason for the return of pantyhose to favor in all aspects of society, I couldn’t write this blog without your participation.  I try to make my posts compelling and entertaining, hoping to generate comments and discussion among you.  And I throw in polls to give you another avenue to express your views about pantyhose.

Sometimes, when more time than usual goes by between posts, I’m struggling to stay motivated or to come up with something I think you’ll care about.  The point is I do this for you.  I hope you will continue to contribute, and I hope more of you will get involved.

Finally, I could say this (and probably will) until I turn blue, but we owe our thanks to so many wonderful celebrities all over the world who turned out in droves wearing pantyhose this year. There’s not enough space to acknowledge all of them, but let me recognize a few we couldn’t have done without this year.

Ann Curry: She is beautiful, classy and professional. We owe her so much gratitude for keeping the bar high in TV journalism.

Carly Foulkes, the beloved T-Mobile Girl:  Now we know it wasn’t a fluke. I don’t know how many commercials she’s made now, but she’s always in one of those famous pink dresses, with awesome pumps and sheer nude pantyhose.  She’s a young hottie who potentially can influence an entire generation to dress more femininely.

Julianna Margulies is one the most professional Hollywood actress, always dressing professionally, especially wearing elegant outfits with sheer pantyhose everywhere she goes.

Julianna Margulies:  She has always been professional and classy, and now, as the star of “The Good Wife,” she can do no wrong.

She’s a great actor on arguably the best show on TV, and so, in her we have a highly visible celeb who wouldn’t be caught dead not wearing pantyhose.

Hopefully, Julianna will influence those career women who don’t think there’s anything wrong with showing up for work with bear legs.

What I like most about Julianna is that not only does she always wear pantyhose on the job, but also out in public and on late night talk shows.  She’s truly a devoted wearer.

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and other young professional entertainers are doing the right thing.

Perry and Gaga, and Paula Abdul are practically pantyhose ambassadors because they wear not only on stage, but also out in the public eye.

These women are priceless contributors to our cause.

Kate Middleton: Obviously, much has been made of her commitment to wearing pantyhose, and rightfully so.  She clearly is all about class and elegance and doing the right thing.  In all fairness, she may be the one woman who singlehandedly changes the course of pantyhose’s fate in global fashion circles.

Yes, 2011 was a great year for pantyhose. We’ve made up so much ground, and I am looking forward to more of the same in 2012 and beyond.

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Pantyhose happenings on my mind


It seems that the current-but-maybe-not-for-much-longer “bear” legs movement came upon us all of a sudden.   One day things were normal and good, and then suddenly pantyhose were public enemy No. 1 (among women that is).  

  It’s been a long decade-plus of the awful bear legs look, but gradually, in ever-increasing numbers, pantyhose are gaining their legs again.  Have you noticed? 

  They’re in movies and TV shows more and more.  They’re in TV commercials all the time.  They’re even on fashion runways, and that’s a real good thing.  They’re in magazines, too.   And now, they’re also the subject on more and more women’s minds as one can see on Internet discussion boards, where there’s always that question: “Are pantyhose back?”  To which some answer: “I never realized pantyhose were out.”  Love that.

  Yes, it’s looking more and more like pantyhose are starting to cling to more willing wearers each day.  With that in mind, here are some recent pantyhose happenings that are getting my attention:

Celebs deserve our thanks

   Probably the biggest reason that pantyhose are once again in mainstream consciousness is the vast and ever-growing number of Hollywood actresses, entertainers and pop stars wearing during their performances.  

As fabulous as she looks like this, it’s surprising Cameron Diaz doesn’t wear pantyhose more often.

  In only my second ever blog post (June 2009) titled “Calling out Professional Entertainers,” I blasted celebrities for instigating and perpetuating the bare legs movement (back then, I hadn’t come up with the idea of referring to it as “bear” legs.)   My, how far we’ve come.  I am so proud of the many veteran celebs who never left, or have now come back to pantyhose.  And that includes Cameron Diaz, who until recently, I thought would be the next recipient of my new column, “The Grizzly Awards.” 

  But I’m even prouder of the young, up-and-coming celebs who are outright pantyhose goddesses.  Yes, we’ve still got a long way to go, but I think it would be difficult to name more than a few young celebs today who are just complete bear leggers — ones you’ll NEVER see wearing pantyhose.  

A young, rising star, Selena Gomez has the class and professionalism to wear pantyhose on stage.

  I think we have to recognize and thank the likes of Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Juliana Margulies, Milla Jovovich, Nicole Kidman, Kate Middleton, Sofia Vergara, Paris Hilton, Zooey Deschanel, and of course, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce’ and Selena Gomez. 

  There are hundreds of others who deserve credit, but this is a good start. 

  Since nothing influences fashion in everyday life like what we see our favorite celebs wearing, I think we’re in a very good time and place right now with all the professional performers out there donning pantyhose. 

 

Waitin’ all day for Sunday night

  Hey, Jack, it’s a fact … the outfits Faith Hill is wearing this year during the intro theme to  Sunday Night Football are soooooooo much better.   

While this photo appears “doctored up” a bit, Faith Hill’s bare legs during last year’s SNF theme were an eyesore.

  Last year, she wore that way-too-short black dress with some funky, chunky (OK, ugly) shoes, and Casper-white bear legs  that (I have to say it) looked awful.  Sorry, Faith. 

This year, she wears mid-calf length pants, but with pumps and pantyhose.   

While a leather skirt would have been better, Faith Hill looks so much better in pantyhose during the SNF intro theme.

As I’ve written before, doesn’t she (whomever I’m dissing at the time) see herself on TV later and say “What was I thinking?” or “Why didn’t someone tell me ?”

  Well, one of those things must have happened in Faith’s case.   Thank you.

  Another win for pantyhose.   

More football 

  One of the hosts on NFL Network on DirecTV, Kara Henderson, was doing the bear legs thing during interviews with fellow analysts and guest coaches and players.  Uh, Kara,  “Come on, man!”  (Yeah, I know — that’s a bit featured on ESPN prior to Monday Night Football — but I couldn’t resist.)

  Again, she must have seen herself on TV or someone told her how awful her legs looked.  Now, she wears pantyhose and looks sooooo much better.  Good call.  

  Remember, I am writing just random thoughts here.  Suzy Kolber is one NFL analyst, host, sideline reporter I always liked.  She is very professional.   She used to wear pantyhose with nice suits and heels all the time.  Lately, I’ve seen her wearing pants more than anything.  I hope she doesn’t allow herself to be influenced by the vast majority of other female NFL types and stop wearing skirts and pantyhose and heels.  

Why always black pantyhose? 

  Seems when we see a celeb wearing, especially one who typically doesn’t, it’s always black pantyhose.  I mean sheer black pantyhose are nice, and certainly better than bear legs, but somtimes, I think women think it’s all they can wear.

Popular movie star Jessica Alba looks awesome in a black dress, black heels and sheer nude pantyhose.

  There used to be a line of thinking that was one should always match one’s pantyhose to the color of one’s dress. 

  And we all know how popular the LBD (little black dress) is.  I always thought that thinking was lame. 

  OK, you’re wearing a black dress, but you know … your face, your neck, your arms, your hands … they’re not black (unless you’re Minnie Mouse).  Why do you think your legs should be black just because you’re wearing a black dress? 

  Nude and Suntan are such a nice, refreshing look these days when it seems that all we ever see is black. 

Those awful ‘fashion experts’ 

  If you’ve read this blog, you know how I detest those people called fashion experts.  They probably gave themselves that title.  Since my post, “Why not pantyhose and open-toe high heels?” remains the most popular on this blog, you know how hard I’ve been on these monkeys for making that “rule” that you can NEVER wear pantyhose with dress sandals.  

Veteran model and entertainer Christie Brinkley looks incredible in sheer nude pantyhose, especially in those open-toe high heels.

  It still amazes me that everyday people seek out the advice of these fashion gurus.  It’s not like these guys’ opinions have any more value than your own good judgment, but I still see on Internet threads cases where someone wants to know if it’s OK to wear pantyhose with dress sandals.  Recently, and I love this, I’ve been seeing the fashion police cave a little on this issue.  The last piece of advice I read was that it’s OK as long as the hose is sheer at the toe (well, duh), or (and get this), if it’s thick, opaque hose.  Well, OK, I s’pose that’s better than their previous blanket “NO WAY” answers.  

  I love countering their idiot opinions with the fact that some of today’s most popular Hollywood stars (again, the number 1 influencers of fashion) always wear pantyhose with open-toe high heels.  It’s like these so-called fashion experts think they know better than everyone else, yet, the whole world is doing exactly what they tell us not to do.

Thanks but no thanks 

  The other day, I stumbled across a video made by the stars of the TV show “What Not to Wear.”  I used to watch that show, but after you’ve seen 5,000 episodes, you start to realize it’s pretty much the same story over and over again.  In any case, I never saw the show’s beautiful star, Stacy London, wearing pantyhose, and I hate missed opportunities (meaning a beautiful fashion expert who has great legs, but sadly, doesn’t enhance them with sheer pantyhose).  And now, she’s making TV commercials and still not wearing.  Guess she is squarely behind the bear legs movement. 

  So I was surprised to find a video she and her partner, Clinton Kelly, made, titled “How to wear pantyhose.”  Wait, they are talking about wearing pantyhose?  Well, I certainly wanted to hear what they had to say on the subject.

Not only is singer/songwriter Katy Perry immensely talented, she also has the class and professionalism to always wear pantyhose in public appearances. Now, how can fashion experts ever say that suntan pantyhose don’t look good on anyone?

  Turns out their advice was pretty much that most women don’t want to wear pantyhose, but if you do, “That’s cool.”  Kelly advised that if you’re going to wear pantyhose, make it look deliberate; not a half a shade or two off your skin tone, but rather make it appear that you’re intentionally wearing hose, such as opaque tights.  He’s standing next to a mannequin wearing a dark blue dress, with black tights and black shoes.  

  London talks about denier ratings (the sheerness or thickness of the fabric).  Her mannequin is wearing a black dress. London recommends a very low denier (sheer) black pantyhose with a back seam to make it more elegant.  

  OK, I don’t have any real issue with their advice, except that both agreed that whatever you do, you should NEVER wear suntan pantyhose because, Kelly said, “They don’t look good on anybody.”  What?

  Meanwhile, London appears to be wearing some kind of dark blue, almost purple, dress that just didn’t do anything to flatter her lovely figure. 

  And worse, she is wearing some really ugly shoes.  Ironically, it looks as if she is wearing pantyhose (must be my eyes are bad) and if she is wearing, they sure look like suntan to me.  

Here’s the link.  See what you think:

http://video.tvguide.com/What+Not+to+Wear/How+to+Wear+Pantyhose/10335428?autoplay=true

   On one hand, I’m glad they talked about pantyhose, but I am disappointed that they admitted to covering the topic only because they had been getting questions from many viewers about why they don’t talk about pantyhose.  London’s and Kelly’s remarks have a bit of a negative tone about pantyhose, but they didn’t do any real damage.  But look at the face that London makes as she’s signing off.  Her expression seems embarrassed, almost apologetic, for even mentioning pantyhose. 

  What really bothers me is that they put down suntan.  I can tell you suntan is still far-and-away the most popular pantyhose color among devoted wearers.  I love suntan. 

  Fashion experts … whadaya gonna do?