Sensuality Reads

Natasha Poly Explores Vagina Dentata & More For Lui Magaziner March 2015

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

 

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Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 Models

France Debates New Fashion Model BMI Laws & Pro-Ana Websites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lizzie Miller Body Image Model and Beauty Debate Update

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972 | Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat

Photoshop

Charlene White Tweets A Cindy Crawford Reality Check & Now Women Feel Sooooo Much Better

Body Love Articles

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

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

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

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

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile

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

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

Serena Williams Aces Body Confidence in Beach Shoot & Readers Agree

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

Sex & Culture

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

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

 

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

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

Diet & Health

For a Long, healthy Life, Embrace an Hourglass Figure

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

 

Tuesday
Mar172015

France Debates New Fashion Model BMI Laws & Pro-Ana Websites

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld leads the demand for ultra-thin models in France.French lawmakers are continuing debate today on a ban on fashion models with BMIs lower than a to be determined number. Reuters reports the proposed legal BMI to be 18, or about 121 lbs for a model 5’9” tall. (Note, the 5’7” 121 lbs BMI claim is some articles in incorrect.)Two amendment initiatives are supported by French health minister Marisol Touraine.

One amendment prevents model agencies from having girls on their roster with the medically-deemed unhealthy BMI lower than 18. Agencies would be required to provide a medical certificate for each model or face up to six months in prison and a 75,000 euro fine for anyone ‘glorifying anorexia’.

The second amendment outlaws pro-anorexia websites, making it illegal to promote excessive thinness. France estimates that about 40,000 citizens suffer from anorexia, most of them teen girls.

‘The image the fashion industry gives, where women have to be pathologically thin to be beautiful … has a strong social impact, says Socialist politician Olivier Veran, a neurologist at the University Hospital of Grenoble, who is proposing the amendments.

France’s modelling agencies argue that they are in global competition and will suffer unless a Europe-wide approach on model’s health is embraced. Gerald Marie, former European head of Elite Agency says: ‘There is anorexia and there are girls who are … very thin naturally and you can make them eat all day (and) they would stay thin.’ Marie argues that one needs to define anorexia as a psychological disorder.

France would not be the first country to focus on models in their fashion industries. Italy, Spain and Israel adopted laws against too-thin models on catwalks or in advertising campaigns in 2013. Brazil is now considering banning underage and too thin models. Many in the fashion world see France as the central catalyst in the demand for size 0 and less models.

We assume that Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld finds the BMI proposal to be utter stupidity. After losing 42 kilos of weight (about 92 pounds), Lagerfeld adopted the stance that one cannot possibly be too thin in the world of fashion, stating emphatically that ‘no one wants to see curvy women on the catwalk.’

Lagerfeld inflamed women previously, arguing ‘It’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their crisps who say slim models are hideous.’

British writer Imogen Edwards-Jones wrote of models’ excessive laxative use in her book ‘Fashion Babylon’. In 2007, Isabelle Caro, an anorexic 28-year-old model died after posing for a campaign to raise awareness around anorexia. Ex Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements published ‘The Vogue Factor’ in 2013, arguing that the fashion industry encouraged models to eat tissues and cotton balls, in order to stay thin enough to get work.

Fashion directors, editors, photographers and designers share complicity in the pursuit of extremely thin models. British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman explained to The Telegraph in March 2014 that ‘nobody really wants a ‘real person’ on the cover of Vogue. Shulman continued her interview saying she’s bored with the discussions about why models are thin.

‘I think Vogue is a magazine that’s about fantasy to some extent and dreams, and an escape from real life.’

Shulman is long on the record arguing that designers should cut bigger sample sizes and use bigger girls on the catwalk. Her view is mostly one of throwing her hands up in the air. Pressed to describe what her readers like best, the fashion leader responded someone ‘quite conventional, probably smiling, in a pretty dress; somebody looking very lovely. The most perfect girl next door.’

Takedown Of The Supermodels

What the fashion industry has never explained is the reasons why the world’s top models in the late 80s and into the 90s were size 4-6. AOC has written about the topic of size 0 models for years. The downsizing of supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and all the glory girls to today’s size 0 and smaller has never explained.

The closest the industry comes is to acknowledging that their embrace of Kate Moss’ ‘heroin chic’ look, one popularized in the mid-1990s, did make vibrant, healthy-looking girls like Crawford and company suddenly undesirable.

In May 1997 President Bill Clinton accused the US fashion industry of portraying heroin use, coupled with emaciated models, androgynous looks and dark circles under their eyes, as glamorous to sell clothes

The glorification of heroin is not creative, it’s destructive,” Clinton said. “It’s not beautiful, it is ugly. And this is not about art, it’s about life and death.

Clinton’s remarks were prompted by the recent death of Davide Sorrenti, brother of Mario, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 20. In a note of irony, Mario photographed Kate Moss, his girlfriend at the time, in the Calvin Klein ‘heroin chic’ Obsession campaign.

Clinton’s comments were not the first time he has leveled criticism at the fashion industry or reached into the world of popular culture for a political issue, wrote the LA Times. At a campaign fund-raising dinner in 1995, for instance, he complained that Calvin Klein ads depicting youthful models in provocative poses were ‘outrageous.’

 

Amy Spindler wrote of Sorrenti’s death and the fashion industry’s love of ‘heroin-chic’ looks:

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Sunday
Mar152015

Blake Little's Honey-Covered 'Preservation' People

American artist Blake Little’s show ‘Preservation’ is at LA’s Kopeikin Gallery until April 18, 2015. Moving away from photographing the ‘beautiful people’, Little is focused on skin and the human body in a vast array of subjects covered with buckets of honey. This diverse crowd of human shapes and skin colors evokes both sensuality and drama, as if frozen in time by the sweet goo.

Little says that the honey has a way of democratizing people, transforming them in a universal way as they are ‘preserved’ in amber while minimizing their individuality. Many people compare the images to those of people preserved in Pompeii. His portraits are meant to celebrate the human body. Little added that some people were able to stay in the moment for more than an hour, while others clearly wanted the process to be sped up. (See website)

When I normally take portraits, the person’s connection and their eyes are the most important part of the photograph, how they connect to the camera,” Little said. “So with the honey their eyes are shut so the physicality of being covered in honey and the physical experience replaces the emotion of the eyes. People react differently to the experience and that creates the emotion of the picture.

That’s why the photographs are still portraits: People are reacting individually to the experience.

There have been accusations made against Little for mistreating bees and wasting precious honey.

 

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Friday
Mar132015

Body Beat | Kathy Griffin Quits Fashion Police | More 'Real' Kerry Washington Marie Claire April 2015 Cover Contrasts With InStyle March 2015

Refused To Be Cruel

After hosting just seven episodes of Fashion Police, Kathy Griffin has walked — and for all the right reasons. Griffin announced Thursday night on Twitter that the cruel jokes about women management expected her to make were in direct conflict with her values as a prominent feminist and equal rights activist. Griffin wrote:

I thought that I could bring my brand of humor to ‘Fashion Police’ so that beautiful people in beautiful dresses could be teased when appropriate. My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about context. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it … I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.’

Here is Griffin’s entire statement via Fashionista.

The Real Kerry Washington Fronts Marie Claire April 2015

Scandal star Kerry Washington looks ravishing on the cover of Marie Claire’s April issue. The cover shot contrasts significantly from InStyle’s Jan Welter’s cover of the star, an image that prompted outcries of skin whitening, which InStyle denied. The magazine issued these comments:

‘We have heard from those who have spoken out about our newsstand cover photograph, concerned that Kerry’s skin tone was lightened,’ InStyle said.

‘While we did not digitally lighten Kerry’s skin tone, our cover lighting has likely contributed to this concern.’

 ‘We understand that this has resulted in disappointment and hurt. We are listening, and the feedback has been valuable. We are committed to ensuring that this experience has a positive influence on the ways in which we present all women going forward.’

Besides the lighting or skin-whitening issue, we note a significant different in the amount of Photoshop used on the two covers. Kerry is much more ‘real’ looking on the Marie Claire cover.

Model Nidhi Sunil Talks ‘Dusky’ Skin

Nidhi Sunil In ‘Summer Kind of Wonderful’ By Porus Vimadalal For Verve India March 2015

In an unplanned editorial intersection today, Bangalore model Nidhi Sunil was featured in our upcoming AOC Shop channel, lensed for luxury lifestyle magazine Verve India.

Nidhi says that being ‘dusky’ is not a drawback for getting jobs in the Indian fashion industry, that she has gotten assignments because of her skin colour. However, she is limited in the TV commercial and music video world, because they prefer a lighter skin tone, in Nidhi’s own words.

Saturday
Mar072015

Robyn Lawley, First Curvy SI Swimsuit Model, Births Daughter Ripley

Top model Robyn Lawley gave birth to a daughter with partner Everest Schmidt on Thursday, Feb. 26. Baby girl Ripley Dorothy Lawley-Schmidt was born in Santa Monica, California on Robyn’s maternal grandmother’s birthday. The date is poignant due to her grandmother’s death during Lawley’s pregnancy.

Robyn Lawley, one of 2015 Sports Illustrated’s Rookies of the Year, was photographed by James Macari against the majestic backdrop of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. In her interview with The Cut, the positive body-image advocate revealed that she was pregnant at the time Macari shot her. As a size 12 US, Lawley was the curviest model to ever appear in the SI Swimsuit issue.

MJ Day, assistant managing editor of Sports Illustrated, highlighted Robyn Lawley as a model, not a ‘plus size’ model, a term that Lawley is trying to change.

‘She sort of embodies the classic SI girl — she’s interesting, she’s beautiful, she has an incredible body, and I felt that she would make a great addition to the issue,’ Day says. ‘It was simple as that.’

New mom Lawley told TIME she never imagined that she would appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. ‘When I started my career 10 years ago, I had to painfully go to castings and people would look at you and say, ‘What the hell are you doing here?’… I want to be there for the regular girls who are my size.’

Robyn also reminded The Cut about the problem of designers making only small sample sizes, a reality that has major impact on fashion shoots in magazines.

I can’t get clothes for events. I’m very excluded from a lot of that, and it sucks. If designers had more sample sizes, they would make the magazines shoot size 8 on a size 8.

More Robyn Lawley editorials & features

 

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Thursday
Mar052015

Body Beat | Pro-Vegetarian Diet Reduces Heart Disease | Coffee Reduces Heart Disease | Potassium Deficit in Older Women 

Health Benefits of Pro-Vegetarian Diet

A new study of 450,000 Europeans concludes that those who ate a semi-vegetarian diet — one in which 70 percent of food intake came from plant sources — had a 20 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease. This conclusion is compared to folks to ate a more carnivorous diet, where less than 45 percent of food intake was from plant sources.

Dr Camille Lassale, an epideminologist at Imperial College London, where the study was carried out, explained that the study started in 1992 in 10 different countries. On average, the participants aged between 35 and 70 were followed for 12 years.

Nutrition scores gave participants extra points for eating food from seven food groups — vegetables, fruit, cereals, potatoes, nuts, and olive oil. Points were subtracted for five animal food groups including meats, animal fats, eggs, fish and other seafood, and dairy products.

Results were adjusted based on age at start of study, gender, daily calories, body mass index, smoking, physical activity, education and alcohol intake.

For individuals not wanting to become totally vegetarian, eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy, skinless poultry and fish brought excellent results. via Daily Mail

Attacking Your Massive Potassium Deficit

A Critical Need For Potassium-Rich Foods In Our Diet AOC Shop

In a study of 90,137 postmenopausal women over a period of 11 years, only 2.8 percent of women met the US Department of Agriculture daily recommendation of 4,700 mg of potassium daily. The World Health Organization’s daily potassium recommendation for women is lower, at 3,510 mg or more. Unfortunately, only 16.6 percent of women met this nutritional standard.

The American Heart Association published a study in September 2014 confirming significantly lower risks of stroke and death among older, postmenopausal women who ate potassium-rich foods. The results were especially significant among women who didn’t have high blood pressure.

Relevant to me — someone not taking any blood pressure medication or suffering from high blood pressure — increasing potassium intake to recommended levels resulted in a 27 percent lower ischemic stroke risk and a 21 percent reduction in all stroke types. The results were signiciant but almost half these numbers for women already taking blood pressure medication.

New Health Benefits For Coffee Drinkers

A new study of over 25,000 people measured levels of calcium in their coronary arteries. The presence of coronary artery calcium is one indicator of future coronary atherosclerosis, known as ‘clogged arteries’. This condition is known to have a strong association with future strokes and heart attacks.

Participants in the study had an average age of 41 and no known heart disease. Researchers divided the coffee drinkers into four groups from less than one cup a day to five or more cups a day. Medical News Today writes:

In subgroups defined by different variables such as age, alcohol consumption and diabetes status, the association found was similar, suggesting the participants that consumed between three and five cups of coffee a day had the lowest prevalence of clogged arteries.

Doctors note that the study was conducted on South Koreans, who have a different diet than the typical western diet.

Related: Caffeine and a healthy diet may boost memory, thinking skills; alcohol effect uncertain Harvard Medical School

Thursday
Feb262015

Natasha Poly Explores Vagina Dentata & More For Lui Magazine March 2015

Top model Natasha Poly explores a wide range of sexual fantasies and fears, styled by Sally Lyndley. The incomparable hair dresser and now photographer/creative director Luigi Murenu HAD to be the vision behind Natasha’s vagina dentata references, lensed with now partner Iango Henzi for Lui Magazine’s March issue.

If ever there was an ultimate example of a male paranoid fantasy, it’s the ‘vagina dentata’. The fear that a woman’s vagina contains teeth that will castrate a man is rooted in the notion that the female body has hidden and dangerous secrets that can be lethal.  Freud actually said ‘Probably no male human being is spared the terrifying shock of threatened castration at the sight of female genitals.’

Women have been the contorted focus of male fears for thousands of years, as they sought to control that which they didn’t understand. Freud’s assertion that such a negative response to female genitals is innate, rather than learned over centuries from traditions and negative teachings about women remains suspect. We know that vaginas were once revered as mystical, spiritual female attributes. It seems more likely that placing these hideous burdens on the female body is deeply rooted in the collective unconscious.

Related: The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning To Love Our Genitalia

 

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