Sensuality Reads

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

 

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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

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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

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

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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

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Monday
May262014

Anais Pouliot Celebrates Health Benefits Of Topless Sunbathing For L'Officiel France June/July 2014

The lovely Anais Pouliot reminds us that the French have a far more positive relationship with the sensuality of nudity than we Americans. Anais is styled by Noemie Beltran and lensed by Hannah Khymych for the June/July issue of L’Officiel. Haiar by Kayla Michele; makeup by Christine Cherbonnier.

After all, it was Coco Chanel who invented the concept of suntanning.

While one should always wear sunscrean to protect our bodies from the harmful effects of the sun’s, out of a concern for skin cancer and premature aging, the health benefits of sunshine often are downplayed.

Health Benefits of Sunshine

We know sunlight to be great mood enhancer. Sunlight increases production of serotonin, known to regulate appetite, sleep, memory and mood. Less sunlight is a predictor for depression and a key reason why we get the winter blahs in dreary climates.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University concluded that hospital patients placed in bright rooms self-reported less stress and requested less pain medication per hour than those patients in dim rooms.

Because sunlights shuts down the body’s melatonin production, it’s a great aid in helping us maintain our individual circadian rhythms. Note that not wearing sunglasses helps the brain process sunshine, sending a signal to stop melatonin production because it’s morning and not time to be sleeping.

In the concerns of avoiding wrinkles and skin cancer, we neglect the conversation that sunlight can reduce other cancers including colon, kidney and breast cancer. Add the reality that sunshine is linked to improvements in bone health and overall mortality rates, it’s time to get healthy with sunlight. Positive outcomes in avoiding neurological, cardiovascular and immune diseases are also tied to sunlight.

Fair Skin vs Dark Skin Sun Exposure

Sun exposire should remain moderate. If one has fair skin, it’s best not to remain outside at the hottest part of the day without sunscreen. Those of us who tend to tan and not burn can go 15 minutes, while a person with darker skin can require significantly longer — as much as six times the sun exposure as the fair-skinned person to reap the same benefits of vitamin D.

Previously known as the British writer Belle de Jour, Dr. Brooke Magnanti agrees that Americans have a far different relationship with going topless than the French. Amid reports that topless sunbathing is falling out of favor, apparently not all French women have gotten the message.

Sunbathing, Sexual Guilt and Loving Our Bodies

As for the French approach to sunbathing, I embrace it and hope they don’t become conservative at a time when they inspire me. It’s believed that the increasing influence of France’s Muslim population is one factor in this trend.

Personally, I’m emerging from a very difficult period of my life and remain committed to returning — as much as possible — to what I believe was my best physical self of a decade ago.

Suffering from a major injury that nearly left me permanently disabled, I’ve lost 45 pounds and am now only about 10 pounds over my lowest weight. The trigger to my 2003/4 weight loss was sunbathing nude. Over that period, I accepted not only my physical self but my sexuality. Many times I’ve written on AOC regarding my perceived connections between weight gain, sexual guilt and self-loathing.

It’s this aspect of the European and South American acceptance of going topless that intrigues me. Some of the most Catholic countries in the world haven’t embraced America’s fundamental discomfort with nudity.

Earlier AOC articles on the health benefits of sunlight include:

Swedish Study of 40,000 Women | Sun-Exposed Women Live Longer

Vitamin D and a Healthy Relationship with Sunlight

On that note, let me pencil in 15 minutes of sunshine today. My loft faces north, although it does have two wonderful sets of French doors that fill the interior with fresh air. ~ Anne

 

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Monday
Feb032014

Jacky O'Shaughnessy For American Apparel Lingerie

Vogue Italia has tracked American Apparel model Jacky O’Shaughnessy since 2012, after she was first discovered by the LA brand in 2011. Initially Jackie promoted American Apparel’s Advanced Basics line and was interviewed by Fashionista. Last week American Apparel released these images of 62-year old Jacky on Instagram with the message: ‘Sexy has no expiration date. Jacky in Floral Lace Lingerie.’

Sunday
Feb022014

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Photo illustration by The New York Times; Getty ImagesPubic hair is back, writes The New York Times Fashion & Style’s Marisa Meltzer.  Gwyneth Paltrow, who once said the J Sisters Brazilian wax “changed her life” joked with Ellen that she now “works a Seventies vibe.” Jezebel chimed in “Ha! Retrobush.”

Lady Gaga posed on the cover of the Winter 2013-14 Candy Magazine, leaving no questions about her pubic hair preferences in the Steven Klein images.

Just recently, American Apparel jumped into the conversation when its Lower East Side Manhattan store put pubic hair on its mannequins.

“One of our merchandisers did that display to show off our semitransparent mesh lingerie for Valentine’s Day, and we’re longtime supporters of natural beauty, so we liked it,” said Marsha Brady, creative director for American Apparel, which is based in Los Angeles. “It just seems like everybody’s got it all backward. Pubic hair isn’t a trend, removing it is. It’s like everybody’s suddenly acting like having hair is a new idea.”

 

 

 

The queen of porno chic Carine Reoitfeld teamed up with Steven Klein and always game model Crystal Renn  for this visual shocker in Vogue Paris’ May 2010 issue.The image came at a time when I was in Google’s Internet image jail for writing about food porn.

Here is the actual Crystal Renn by Steven Klein image, now filtered.

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Friday
Jan312014

IMG Signs Five 'Plus-Size' Models For Main Board

Vogue Italia’s Lauren Chan shares news that IMG Models has signed former FORD+ New York models Ashley Graham, Danielle Redman, Inga Eiriksdottir, Julie Henderson, and Marquita Pring. They join IMG’s Tara Lynn in a new initiave that will feature then on the main board and not a segregated plus board. In even better news, the five are included in IMG’s show package, with hopes of walking Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week.

Read the interview on Vogue Italia.

Tuesday
Jan212014

Suvi Koponen's Sexy, Healthy Lingonberries For Stella McCartney

Finland’s Suvi Koponen intoxicates in Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, lensed by Mert & Marcus. The contrast of Suvi’s intellectual elegance juxtaposed with almost erotic images of her lips and lingonberries (called cherries by multiple bloggers) is smashing.

In my case, FAB blog saved me from myself with the comment shared below. Hey — I was camped out in a blizzard overnight at University of Pennsylvania hospital with a critically ill friend. Beyond that, I have no excuse! Thanks FAB for keeping me from looking like a total ignoramus. Luckily, I read the comment at 3am, unable to sleep.

We never miss a health tip at AOC and this week I can shift with ease from cherries to lingonberries.

Health Benefits of Lingonberries

Swedish scientists said Thursday that lingonberries, a fruit found widely in Scandinavian cuisine, may act against weight gain and high sugar and cholesterol levels. True, the study was conducted on mice with a genetic predisposition to put on fat, but that’s a common first step in research.

The animals were fed a high-fat diet and different types of berries including lingonberry, bilberry, raspberry, crowberry, blackberry, prune, blackcurrant, acai berry or no berries over three months. Another group of mice stayed on a low fat diet.

After 13 weeks of the various diets, the biologists measured the mice’s weight and other health indicators. Lingonberries emerged as the health food champ, while several other berries also proved beneficial.

“This study demonstrated that daily supplementation with lingonberries and also blackcurrants and bilberries had pronounced antiobesity and beneficial metabolic effects in high-fat fed mice,” wrote the study authors in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. via Discovery News

It’s important to note that up to 20 percent of the mice’s diet was lingonberries and not feasible for humans. Joining the lingonberry with positive results were blackcurrant, raspberry and bilberry-munching mice. Of great note are the negative results with the Internet-promoted acai berry.

Health Benefits of Cherries

Not only are cherries mouthwatering and seductive, they build more muscle and less fat mass due to having anthocyanins. The anti-inflammatory properties of cherries helps reduce muscle soreness and joint pain. Cherries contain melatonin that helps the brain regulate sleep. Because cherries contain 17 different antioxidant compounds — the most of any fruit — they may slow the aging process. Cherries are a very effective natural diuretic and their vitamins A and C are believed to be libido enhancers.

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Saturday
Jan182014

Aerie Lingerie Launches 'The Real You Is Sexy' Campaign

With messaging born out of the Dove Campaign For Real Beauty,  American Eagle’s Aerie lingerie brand has launched a new Aerie Real campaign using models who have no airbrushing or Photoshopping to render them ‘flawless’.

By now any devoted AOC reader knows that I detest the word ‘flawless’ as it’s applied to women in ‘buy me products; I will make you ‘flawless’. I detest the word equally when used by fashion bloggers. #aeriereal celebrates real women with real individual physical traits that make us unique, not flawed. As Dove did in 2008, Aerie promotes the message that young women should embrace their own beauty, rather than striving for the impossible-to-achieve ideal promoted by the fashion industry.

Aerie’s message ‘Time to get real’ resonates with me. Make no mistake. I have absolutely nothing against models, just what they have become in today’s supersized world. Research reveals that in the 1990’s — when I was the fashion director of Victoria’s Secret — 25% of American women could achieve the size 4-6 bodies of the great supermodels if they ate healthy and worked out regularly. Today, it’s estimated that only about 8 percent of women can achieve a model’s body, no matter how hard they try.

Personally, I don’t believe any of us should spend our time trying to be someone else. But to define beauty and desirable body type so narrowly as today’s fashion industry does, frankly infuriate me.

As to what’s sexy, one of the Aerie models says: “What’s really sexy to me, I think, is imperfections and embracing your imperfections. “

Adweek’s Emma Bazilian told Good Morning America, which premiered the campaign this week, that American Eagle is setting themselves apart from other brands that retouch their photos to perfection. “The difference between the Aerie real campaign and, for instance, a Victoria’s Secret campaign is that Victoria’s Secret … they completely airbrush out every single blemish or stretch mark.”

Bazilian adds: “Hopefully, this is a new age in advertising for female empowerment.”

Having written since 2007 about the fashion industry’s takedown of strong, empowered 1990s women, I say “Amen”! ~ Anne

 

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