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.

Wearing pantyhose a lifelong pursuit of business-bound college babe


While more and more young women today are discovering

the beauty, glamor and femininity in wearing pantyhose, at least one college girl has celebrated its virtues for about as long as she can remember.

Mylani, one of my favorite models on my friend, Kim’s, new website — PantyhoseClass.com — wouldn’t have it any other way.

A Business Management major in college, Mylani is intelligent, professional and goal-oriented, convicted in her own personal values, while also possessing a keen self-awareness as it relates to all aspects of life in today’s society.

To that end, Mylani understands how rare it is to be a young lady who is devoted to wearing pantyhose, but to her, it’s more about just doing what she thinks is right.

Mylani is devoted to dressing elegantly, and to her, that means always wearing pantyhose.
Mylani is devoted to dressing elegantly, and to her, that means always wearing pantyhose.

“I don’t see myself as special,” she said.  “I just see myself as knowing how to be sexy and sensual.  I like to look my best and have allure.  For me, that includes wearing pantyhose.”

And, while she can’t help but attract a great deal of attention for how she dresses, Mylani doesn’t concern herself about what others think.

Asked if she thinks men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose than when she isn’t, Mylani said the answer is yes.

“I have gotten many compliments on my pantyhose.  As a waitress, I wear shiny pantyhose.  Lots of guys seem to love that.

“It is easy to tell that you get more looks when wearing pantyhose — especially, shiny pantyhose — but your question is flawed.  I get more looks from men AND women.”

Mylani said some women (not surprisingly) question her about why she wears pantyhose so often, but they have never tried to talk her out of wearing them, and she says, a few have started wearing after seeing her in them so much.

Getting to know her

Name: Mylani
Age: 21
Height: 5′ (152cm)
Figure: Slender
Pantyhose size: A, XS
Ethnicity: Chinese-American
Favorite hosiery styles: Shiny, Beige Pantyhose, Tights

Overview: “Mylani is a business major in college. She loves to shop and rarely finds a pair of heels she doesnt like. On the weekends, she works as a waitress in one of the hottest nightspots in the city. The other girls wear tight pants but Mylani wears short skirts, shiny Peavey pantyhose and heels. Can you guess who gets more tips?” – PantyhoseClass.com

At work in a hot nightspot, or on her college campus, Mylani always looks her best in a skirt, heels and pantyhose.
At work in a hot nightspot, or on her college campus, Mylani always looks her best in a skirt, heels and pantyhose.

Asked what it is that she loves so much about pantyhose, Mylani said it’s the way they make her legs look.

“When I wear pantyhose, it is obvious my legs stand out.  Even with pantyhose so sheer, you can barely tell I am wearing, they just accent my legs so nicely.

“For me, I feel naked without pantyhose.  Not only do I love how my feet feel when they slip into the silky nylon, but it makes me feel dressed and ready.”

I wondered if Mylani could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t realize how lucky he was and appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, and her answer surprised me.

“Well, men are men,” she said.  “I don’t wear for them.  If they love me in pantyhose, that is fine, but I am going to wear no matter what they think.”

(I don’t think it’s a matter of IF.  Men, those with at least a pulse anyway, would definitely love her in pantyhose.)

But when did Mylani first realize that she loves pantyhose?

“I’ve always loved tights since I was little, but wanted to wear sheer pantyhose,” Mylani told me.  “Pantyhose look sexy.  From very young, I have been in tights and pantyhose.”

Crediting her Chinese heritage and glamorous aunt, Mylani is a big believer in the virtues of femininity inherent in wearing sheer pantyhose.
Crediting her Chinese heritage and glamorous aunt, Mylani is a big believer in the virtues of femininity inherent in wearing sheer pantyhose.

For Mylani, it was the influence of her culture and heritage as a Chinese-American girl, as well as the example set by her aunt that shaped her love of pantyhose.  A love that would continue to blossom and is in full bloom today.

“When I was 12, I saw my aunt at a wedding,” Mylani said.  “Her legs looked so spectacular in her pantyhose.  She and I talked about clothes and pantyhose.  She took me shopping to buy my first pair of pantyhose.  I still love my tights, but pantyhose make me feel more mature.”

To this day, Mylani credits her aunt as her hero and role model in her life.

“She was a cocktail waitress at a casino and always wore the sexiest uniforms with shiny pantyhose,” Mylani said.   “When she wasn’t working, she usually wore pantyhose too.  Her legs always looked so elegant and sexy.”

Frequent readers of this blog know that I believe Asian women are the world’s most prolific wearers of pantyhose.  I’ve often written that I believe part of the reason for this is Asian women are more devoted to femininity, and carry themselves with grace and elegance much moreso than women of other nationalities.  I wanted to know if Mylani agrees with this.

I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.

“Asian culture is more gender strict,”  she said.  “Asian women are supposed to look like women, and being bare-legged is not an option.  To me, American women have forgotten what being feminine is.  They wear T-shirts, jeans, sneakers and baseball caps.  Those are men’s clothes. Yes, they tailor them for women, but it is not feminine to me.”

For every occasion, at every venue, Mylani can be seen in a  beautiful outfit, complete with heels and pantyhose.
For every occasion, at every venue, Mylani can be seen in a beautiful outfit, complete with heels and pantyhose.

What a great answer.  I couldn’t help pursuing the issue, so I asked Mylani whether she was aware that Asian women are appreciated all over the world for their feminine qualities, especially, for wearing pantyhose, and wondered how this makes her feel.  And, in typical, Mylani fashion, this was her answer:

“I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.”

Cute the way she worded that — “I am just doing my job …”

I love the commitment Mylani has to being beautiful and sexy.  I asked whether she would would wear pantyhose to a job interview for a high-level professional career opportunity?  It was a feeble attempt on my part to test her professionalism.  Who was I kidding.?

“That is a no-brainer,” she said.  “Of course.  When I go for an interview, it is always in a pencil skirt, pantyhose and heels.  It just makes me stand out among the other women in pants suits.”

I asked Mylani what she is studying in college, and what her career aspirations are, and her answer was priceless.

“Business Management.  I hope to someday have my own office with lots of people at my pantyhosed feet.”

Guys, is she a dream-come-true, or what?

Maggie Q, a professional model and actress of Vietnamese heritage, often wears sheer pantyhose on her hit TV show, "Nikita."
Maggie Q, a professional model and actress of Vietnamese heritage, often wears sheer pantyhose on her hit TV show, “Nikita.”

Of course, Mylani was showing off her cute sense of humor, but her commitment to her college studies is no joke.  I asked whether she had ever considered a career in acting or as a professional model and she said, “Yes, I thought of modeling as a career, but it probably will be just more of a hobby.  I think my future lies in the business world.”

But speaking of actresses and professional models, I wanted to know who Mylani’s favorite Asian celebrity is, and she was quick to name one who is both:  Maggie Q.

“I always loved Maggie Q,” Mylani said.  “She looks so sexy, but is also very athletic.  She is compact, super cute, and has great legs.”

Very true.

Finally, as I always do, I asked if there were anything she wanted to say that I hadn’t thought to ask in our interview.  I didn’t expect this answer, but it is appreciated:

“I love your pantyhose,” Mylani said.  “I wish you would make some with shine and gloss, but I know that probably would take away from their feel.”

Wow, another thing to love about Mylani.  She “gets” about pantyhose what I love about them, and what ActSensuous pantyhose in particular are all about — besides how beautiful they look, what’s amazing is the way they feel to the touch, and how they feel on.

My thanks to the beautiful and sexy Mylani for sharing her story with us.

You can see lots and lots of photos of Mylani in her beloved shiny pantyhose and tights on Kim’s website at http://www.PantyhoseClass.com .  You’ll even find a few pics of her wearing  ActSensuous pantyhose on Kim’s site.

Thankfully, Kim, a professional photographer, also shot lots of pics of Mylani wearing her favorite ActSensuous Act II colors for this blog.  Enjoy them in the gallery below.  And please leave some comments, telling Mylani what you think of her in pantyhose.

Pantyhose wearers catch more eyes


    

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Ladies, please …’ Class or No Class


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

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

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

TV shows that piss me off

  •  Deal or No Deal 

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

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

The Real Deal

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

It’s very creative and really cool.

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

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

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

  • Covert Affairs

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

No longer a "special" agent

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

Sorry, not a fan! 

 

A TV show that probably will piss me off 

  • Nikita 

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

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

TV shows that make me proud 

  • The Good Wife 

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

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

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

  • Ally McBeal 

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

Adorable attorney

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

Ahhhh, those were the days. 

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

Or what shows make you proud because they do? 

Let us know.

A Good Time to be Asian II


 
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     Last year, in one of my first-ever blog posts, I wrote that I was going crazy for all things Asian – especially because Asian women appear to be much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than their Western counterparts. 

     I say it’s A Good Time to be Asian because it seems as if the whole world is discovering their selling power.  Today, Asian women are highly visible and they’re everywhere:  

     They’re on television shows and in major motion pictures.  All over the world, they are the face of every huge cosmetics company.  They have at least a bit part in almost every TV commercial. They’re in every magazine, they’re on billboards, on staff at every news organization.     

     Why?  Because they are practically perfect.  They are beautiful, glamorous, sexy.  They are the epitome of what’s female.  They are classy, graceful, elegant.  They are delicately beautiful, yet physically, mentally and emotionally powerful.  They are awesome. 

      My best friend is Vietnamese.  She is extremely intelligent (she has two bachelors degrees and a pilot’s license); she has a wonderful sense of humor, she is tons of fun to be around, and she is beautiful (although she doesn’t know it).  She’s also totally devoted to her family.  She gives and gives and never asks for anything for herself. 

      I have read about and seen documentaries about Asian culture, and I admire their work ethic, positive attitudes and commitment to values. 

      Mostly, I love their devotion to femininity.  I’ve read that it is considered rude in Korea for women not to wear pantyhose in public.  In Japan, women apparently embrace pantyhose not only at the office and during formal events, but (and I love this), also in everyday settings.   Those of you who’ve read my blog know how I love watching Ninja Warrior because some of the female contestants wear pantyhose even though they know they are likely to fall into the muddy waters beneath the toughest obstacle course known to man.  And even the female spectators sitting in the bleachers at the outdoors event can be seen in dresses or skirts and pantyhose.  

     But of all the Asian cultures, my heart still is owned by the Chinese.  I’ve read more and seen more documentaries about China than any other Asian country.  For me, it began a long time ago with my becoming a Bruce Lee fan, but that’s a whole other story.   

     I set my DVR to record anything starring Asian actresses.  There are at least 30 Asian actresses (mostly Chinese) I regularly follow.  Of course, I love Asian-American actresses like Lucy Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Bai Ling, Sandra Oh and Joan Chen, but I also love many who are popular mostly in their own countries. 

     Below, I’ve put together a photo gallery for you of a few of the more famous Asian actresses wearing  pantyhose.  In the captions, which you can read by expanding the pictures, I’ve written a note about the movies you can see them in. 

     I’m sure I’ve left out a few of your favorites Asian actresses because of space issues.  I would love to know who your favorite Asian actresses are.  

(Have pictures of Asian actresses wearing pantyhose?  If so, please email them to me at Robin@ActSensuous.com and I’ll use them in a future blog/gallery.) 

     What do you think?  Is it A Good Time to be Asian?

Carrie Ann, how could you?


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     “The judges have (get) their scores!

Carrie Ann Inaba  . . . . .  4!”

     I don’t watch the Tonight Show.  I like Jay Leno OK, but I’m more of a Late Show with David Letterman fan.  But for the first time ever, I watched the Tonight Show last night.  

     Why?  Because I wanted to see if Carrie Ann Inaba would make me proud, or disappoint me.  I fully expected to be disappointed, and I wasn’t disappointed, because she did disappoint me, as I expected. 

     See, I figured she’d wear some kind of short black dress during her appearance along with fellow judge Bruno Tonioli from the hit TV series Dancing with the Stars.  A small part of me had held out hope that Carrie Ann would wear pantyhose, but I knew I was kidding myself.  

     Carrie Ann gets to hide behind long gowns and a desk as a judge on DWTS, so I suppose she’s pretty much off the hook with whether to wear pantyhose on the show.  But I’ve seen a few photos of her during public appearances, and never have I seen her wearing pantyhose.  So, as I feared, she is one of those brainwashed celebs who’ve jumped on the bare legs bandwagon. 

     Now, I hate to be judgmental.  I mean she is a beautiful woman and she has tons of charm and personality.  But her legs looked perfectly AWFUL last night. 

     And those shoes!   I can never understand how so many women don’t seem to realize that big, cloddy shoes make their legs look so dumpy.  Sheer pantyhose and pumps would have been so much more attractive, not to mention appropriate.

      There are so many reasons I am bothered by Carrie Ann’s choosing to do the bare legs things:  

  • Lack of judgment, misplaced values, missed opportunity, no self awareness, no sense of pride in how she looks, or maybe she just doesn’t care
  • She could have/should have been an ambassador for the No. 1 rated TV show she represents had she bothered to dress for the occasion.  (She represents ballroom, which is a classy thing, yet, she must not think it deserves to be held in such a lofty place)
  • Her willingness to follow the pack when she must have had better sense. (Didn’t her mother tell her she should wear pantyhose for the occasion?)
  • She’s Asian, so I’d hoped she would know better

      Those of you who’ve read my blogs know that I hold Asian women in the highest esteem.  For one thing, Asian women appear to be more committed to femininity and have a higher sense of values than most of their Western counterparts.  And Asian women are far more prolific wearers of pantyhose – in the office, on screen and in everyday life.  Especially, Japanese women. 

      But, of course, I am speaking of “real” Asian women.  Carrie Ann Inaba, of Chinese, Japanese and Irish descent, is too Westernized.  She’s similar in that respect to Lucy Liu, whom I adore.  And it pains me to have to say this but Lucy Liu, a Chinese-American woman who was born and grew up in New York, almost never wears pantyhose during the many charity events, awards ceremonies and other high profile venues she attends.  At least, Lucy Liu wears pantyhose when it counts the most – her TV and movies appearances.

      I think it’s sad that Carrie Ann doesn’t seem to care about her image.  I really want to like Carrie Ann, but I’ve lost some respect for her. 

      Am I being too harsh?  I welcome your comments.  Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery from the Tonight Show:

Should I wear Pantyhose to a Job Interview?


    

Seriously, how could anyone get any work done with Asakawa dressed this way for the office?

     It is said that millions of people struggle with the question of what to wear to a job interview.  

     Having worked in an executive search and recruitment business for nearly 20 years, I’ve coached hundreds of women  (and men, although not about wearing pantyhose) on this subject, but just to be fair, I researched the subject on the Internet today to learn what is being taught right now. 

     Happily, Ive found that the advice of career experts is exactly the same as it’s been forever.  Yes, women should wear pantyhose to a job interview.  

     Look, if you’re going to interview for a job at Wendy’s, you don’t need to wear a corporate grey skirted suit, with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.  Unless the opportunity there is for a regional manager or higher level position.

      So let’s say you’re interviewing for an office position in corporate America, and the company adheres to a business-casual dress code.  What then?  Still, you wear a suit, heels and pantyhose.  Why?  Because you’re on duty. 

     It doesn’t matter what the company’s dress code is, or if you’re just lucky enough to be interviewing on casual Friday.  You are the one who needs to make a good impression.  You should always dress the way a senior manager would, or should, because it shows good character, a good attitude and demonstrates that you are serious about wanting to work at that company. 

     You will never not get a job offer because you dressed better than you needed to during the interview.  But not dressing according to accepted standards of business attire could cost you an opportunity.

     In his book, When Job-Hunting: Dress for Success, Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., of Quintessential Careers, writes:

“The standard job interviewing attire for women is a conservative dark navy or gray skirted wool blend suit.  Job experts and employers seem split on the notion of pants suits, so a skirted suit is a safer choice.  Makeup should be minimal, with lipstick and nail polish conservative tones.  Pantyhose should be flawless (no runs) and conservative in color.”

     Yes, but he’s a man, you say?  OK, well, according to Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, 55 percent of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look.  Her Dressing for Success suggestions:

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery

     OK, think that’s just old school?  

     How about what CollegeGrad.com has to say:
  • Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
  • Shoes with conservative heels
  • Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)

     It’s not rocket surgery (a cross between rocket science and heart surgery) here, people.  Just because Hollywood created the bare legs phenomenon to which women all over the world now subscribe, it doesn’t change the fact that in the real world, there still are standards of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable. 

     And in the workplace, especially during a job interview, pantyhose should always be worn.