Sensuality Reads

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goude’s Paper Magazine Images Pt 1

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry

Robyn Lawley in ‘Size Does Matter’ By Kenneth Willardt

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

18 Vaginas & Plenty Of Talking Points On Women’s Bodies After Sydney University Newspaper Censored

Christina Hendricks Talks Flower Shops & Pencil Skirts By Max Abadian for Flare Magazine May 2013

Marilyn Monroe Photographer Bert Stern Looks To Kate Upton As Next Muse

Red Genitals Not Arousing In Recent Study, But Men Do Tip Red Shirt Waitresses Better

2013 Is A Year of Revelation and Artistic Rejuvenation for Anne

Sexual Politics & Fashion, 50 Shades of Grey Meets YVVY’s Nude Edition

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Wilhelm Reich & Sexual Healing Without Fashion Body Armor

Joe Wehner | Anne Enke Unplugged | ‘Talk to Me’ #1

Study | Charming Porsche-Driving Men are Peacocks Seeking Sex

Sensual Dames Love Stockings & Garter Belts from Secrets & Lace

Female Deception | Vagina or Vajayjay

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Vill Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West | ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

Christina Hendricks Reveals Our Inner Lilith Woman

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’ | Images Nicola Vallotto

Reflections on Female Sexual Desire: Anais Nin, Marilyn Monroe & Isabelle Allende Join Forces with Anne

 

Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 | Body Love Articles

Body Psychotherapist Ellen Gayda Defines Body Inhabitance | Do You Live In Your Body Or Has It ‘Gone Fishing’?

Science Pursues Ideal Breast Proportions With Strong Concensus Among Men, Women and Doctors

Victoria’s Secret Pulls Perfect Body Campaign Days Before Annual Fashion Show Flies To London

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile
Aerie Lingerie Launches ‘The Real You Is Sexy’ Campaign

Renoir’s ‘The Large Bathers’ 1887How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real

Doutzen Kroes Says She’s No Size 0 & Wears Her Curves Proudly

Gisele Bundchen & Johan Lindeberg Say Basta To ‘Flawless’ Women

Does Fashion Industry Promote Anorexia? So Models Eat Tissue Paper To Stay Thin?

Serena Williams Aces Body Confidence in Beach Shoot & Readers Agree

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Erotic Sensuality at its Best - Pt 1 from Vogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality from the Masters - Pt 2 from Bogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality by Master Photographers Pt 3 | Vogue Russia Fall 2012

Kate Upton @ Muse Magazine, Says Gisele Is Footballer’s Wife

What’s Wrong With Our Bodies Anyway? Plus Model Magazine Asks

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ to Fashion Body Images You Hate

Tara, Candice & Robyn | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia June 2011 | ‘Belle vere’

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Ines de la Fressange | 53, French Chic & Divinely Delicious

Stella Tennant on Vogue Italia as Ethel Granger | Body Image Research Update

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size 0 Fashion Ads

Lizzie Miller Body Image Model and Beauty Debate Update

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972 | Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat

If the Supermodels Are Now ‘Fat’, It’s Time To Reprogram Our Fashion Brains

Cindy Crawford | 90’s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus-Size Today

More Anorexia in Kids | Are Girls Afraid of Getting Curves?

Codie Young, Chadwick Tyler & Topshop Join Size 0 Model Debate

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Anorexia in Thirds | 1/3 Die, 1/3 Relapse, 1/3 Recover

‘Black Swan’ | George Balanchine | Battling BMI Beauty in Ballet

‘Just Being a Woman’ | Isabelle Caro Sought Control of Her Body

Every Woman Should Own a Copy of “Uncovered” & Watch Meredith Viera’s NBC “Today Show” Interview with Jordan Matter

New Day Beauty: The Style Individual Is Running the Show

For a Long, healthy Life, Embrace an Hourglass Figure

NieNie’s Stephanie Nielson Faces ‘Flawless’ Beauty Head-on

Diet & Health

Chantal Thomass, Red Wine Is More Sensual Than Coca-Cola Light

Is Marc Jacobs Defying Obesity Science Promoting Diet Coke?

5 Anti-Aging Reasons To Smile Your Way to Good Health & Lower Stress

Health Benefits of Apples ” Rianne Ten Haken By Yu Tsai

Sensual and Superyoung

Healthy, Sensual Living Blogs

Anne’s Sensual Vitality Blog

Health: Libido, Sexuality, Superyoung Longevity

 

Monday
Jan262015

Body Beat | Julianne Moore For L'Oreal Paris | Twiggy As Brand Ambassador | Good Girls Like Isaia 

Twiggy Named L’Oreal UK Brand Ambassador

Swinging 60’s model Twiggy is now a L’Oreal brand ambassador, representing L’Oreal Professionel’s new Majirel High Lift, a cool blonde formula used in the brand’s ‘Shimmering Blonde’ salon service. AOC shares comparatively unretouched images of the mega model above and a snap from the L’Oreal campaign (left).

Twiggy, 65, joins fellow blonde Dame Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles, Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, and new mother American Blake Lively in a long list of celebrities and models worldwide.

The Business of Aging

In the UK, women over age 50 account for 47 percent of the adult population. The over 50 age group also accounts for 80 percent of the UK’s wealth — a fact that speaks volumes about where cosmetics companies will be targeting growth.

The Telegraph UK’s Lisa Armstrong cautions us on reading too much into the Twiggy announcement or the proliferation of older models in Spring 2015 ad campaigns.

For every 68‑year‑old Charlotte Rampling fronting a Nars make-up campaign or Jessica Lange, 64, in Marc Jacobs Beauty, there are scores of older models who long ago gave up hope of finding work. The Telegraph’s fashion team is constantly trawling for 60-plus models - and failing to find them. But if Mirren and Twiggy make business sense for L’Oréal, older models may become a new normality, rather than news; not objects of curiosity on Twitter, but part of a more diverse mix. That surely is progress.

Twiggy on Being a Blonde

Julianne Moore’s New L’Oreal Paris Commercial & SAG Trophy

L’Oreal Paris released several timely photos from brand ambassador Julianne Moore’s upcoming campaign, captured by Peter Lindbergh in New York. Two days ago L’Oreal Paris president Cyril Chapuy shared this image of Moore at New York’s historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, part of the same campaign.

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Thursday
Jan222015

Renata Sozzi Shares Private Moments With Photographer Blair Getz Mezibov

Eroticism and a full-blown sensuality come quietly to photographer Blair Getz Mezibov’s intimate images of model Renata Sozzi. Lilli Milhiser styles Renata with discretion in an unusually penetrating, private glimpse of a woman’s body and her inquiring spirit.

 

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Tara Lynn By Henrique Gendre For S Moda January 17, 2015

Top model Tara Lynn shows off her delicous curves, captured by Henrique Gendre in the studio. AOC is happy to move Tara’s editorial to Sensual Fashion with most lingerie-inspired shoots, but her S Moda interview focuses on Tara’s position as a role model for girls with low self esteem, due to their body structure. In her editorial, Tara showcases lingerie-inspired dresses styled by Irene San Segundo and Francesca Rinciari for Spanish weekley S Moda January 17, 2015.

 

 

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Friday
Jan162015

Body Beat | Anja Rubik By Mario Testino 'Towel Series' | Pope Francis & Breastfeeding | Meryl Streep's Beauty Then & Now

Anja Rubik by Mario Testino for Towel Series

Top model Anja Rubik, who joined the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid models is a late bloomer as #60 in Mario Testino’s ongoing towel series. It’s not for fear of taking her clothes off. Rubik is a defender of tasteful nudity, exposing the female body in her 25 Magazine and saying in a recent interview for The Edit:

“I’m not saying in a spread -eagle position, but if someone feels very comfortable with their body, why not show it in a beautiful way? I think a woman’s body is beautiful, so why is a topless image so terrible?”

Meryl Streep 1979 and Now

This image is a huge hit on my Facebook page. Actress Meryl Streep models the same dress at age 64 that she wore in 1979, about 36 years ago. Indeed, she was a beauty then and now.

Pope Francis Invites Breastfeeding at Vatican

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has no policy on breast-feeding, but encourages the practice. Most churches and religious institutions offer nursing mothers a private place to breastfeed. While no one wants to criticize openly, large numbers of parishioners are uncomfortable with a woman nursing discretely during the service. Better that she should miss the liturgy than taking one of the most natural, fundamental actions on earth — that of feeding her child.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics implore new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for a minimum of six months for reduced rates of leukemia and obesity in children, coupled with lower risks of ovarian cancer and diabetes in mothers, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Only 16.4% of American mothers exclusively breastfeed babies as advised by these health organizations. WSJ cites five key reasons:

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Sunday
Jan112015

Body Beat | Kim Kardashian Fronts Vogue Australia | Solveig Mork Hansen For Wonderbra | Is Clavicle Fat Back?

Kim Kardashian: Vogue Australia Beach Goddess

We couldn’t be happier to read the cover message on Vogue Australia’s February 2015 featuring Kim Khardashian lensed by Gilles BensimonFashion’s new sensuality.

These words about sensuality are music to AOC readers ears, although prudence and rational thinking demands that we wait to see if this strong message permeates the fashion universe.

After all, fashion monasticism is alive and well in the minds of many designers as a deliberate suppression of breasts and curves, body attributes more likely in the physiques of women who aren’t size 0.

More important in the current world of fashion is the implicit message that women should quell our sexual appetite and joys of responsible sex and buy designer clothes instead. We are the sum of our clothes, not the sum of our spirits.  How much better would it be to spend less money on our clothes and invest more of ourselves and our money in the planet and its people? This challenge is deeply embedded in Anne of Carversville and is best understood by reading this article xxxxx

Note that women can be sensual at every size from 0 to 20. But it’s also true that muscles and a certain amount of body fat are necessary for women’s physical health and wellbeing. AOC argues that muscles and fat are also necessary for psychological wellbeing and libido.

We have reams of writing on this topic: the intersection of physicality and sexuality and were busy organizing these articles over the Christmas holidays.

Solveig Mork Hansen for Wonderbra

The Danish ‘it’ girl and IMG model Solveig Mork Hansen expands her Wonderbra relationship for 2015.Hanse follows a string of beautiful Wonderbra women launched by Eva Herzigova in the original Wonderbra ‘Hello Boys’ campaign. Eva’s billboard has been voted the best of all time and caused multiple car crashes around the world.

As a staunch feminist, I love the Wonderbra campaign and wish it had evolved to a different result for American women around our sensuality — instead of witnessing the sad downsizing of fashion-industry models when we began flexing our Smart Sensuality muscles.

One of the most graphic examples of downsizing models from US size 4-6 (always with exceptions, of course) to size 0 is the evolution of Eva Herzigova’s body and the topic of clavicle (or collarbone) fat.

Read my essay and see images of a more robust Eva Herzigova. When Herzigova was lensed in Cannes, she had absolutely no clavicle fat (left), compared to her earlier Wonderbra days.

The Ever Shrinking Eva Herzigova | 1992 Vogue UK vs Cannes 2010

Just to be clear, Eva rebounded into a more sensual, healthy body type whi AOC showcased in Eva Herzigova’s Clavicle Fat by Nicolas Moore for Elle France January 2013.

Just in case you believe I’ve exaggerating the topic of clavicle fat — which I find more sensual than bones — read one of our first posts on that topic, referencing a May 2007 article in the NYTimes:

As the rest of women’s bodies recede in spring fashions, the clavicles, or collarbones, and the upper chest between them, is rising to prominence. Toned shoppers who want to show off their self-discipline in the face of dessert are choosing dresses with a low, but not plunging neckline, a look that is transforming the area above the breasts into an unlikely new subject for women to obsess over.

Monday
Jan052015

Body Beat | Is Rita Ora Shaped 'Right' For DSquared2? | Christie Brinkley At 60 | Spring 2015 Hair Trends

Rita Ora Spills Out of Control In DSquared2

Rita Ora looks anything but confident, as she makes her way towards the red carpet for the launch of The Voice UK. Ora is the newest judge, replacing Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Rita chose to wear a jaw-dropping, cobalt blue dress from DSquared2’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection.

It’s not often that real people of every size have the opportunity to compare a dress on the fashion industry’s preferred model body type of super slender with minimal breasts and hips, and then worn by a woman like Rita Ora, who — for better or worse — has both.

Anne of Carversville has written about this topic of on and off the runway since 2007, primarily as a reflection on fashion’s misogyny against breasts and hips. Over the last two decades, average model size has shrunk from size 4-6 US to size 0-2. There have always been exceptions, of course. Yet, any 80s supermodel from Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell will tell you that their 1990s bodies — achievable by 25% of American women with exercise and diet — are considered gross by today’s standards.

Research confirms that only 8% of American women can today achieve a runway figure. I doubt that the Brits are far behind us in that reality. French women and Italians, too, are more blessed — if the look is your personal preference.

More Reading:

Cindy Crawford: 90s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus Size Today

A Formerly Fat Karl Lagerfeld Again Lashes Out At Curvy Women With The Kaiser’s Cruel Misogyny

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size Zero Fashion Ads

Why Fawn Over Imperious Fashion Designers When We Have Choices?

Christie Brinkley: Swimmingly Sexy at 60

Positive aging powerhouse Christie Brinkley soaks up the rays on the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, drifting in a shower of sunlight and unpolluted water.

The vast majority of AOC readers don’t have a Christie Brinkley body at any age, but if seeing is believing in the power of potential, then Christie inspires us to connect with sun, spirit and swimming at every age.

Swimming and water activities are fantastic as low-impact exercise for women of every age.

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