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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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Wednesday
Nov062013

Robyn Lawley In 'Vive La Riviera' For Cosmopolitan Australia 

Aussie beauty Robyn Lawley continues her editorial roll, today in the pages of Cosmopolitan Australia, The December issue taps Lawley for a swimsuit shoot inspired by the south of France and featuring classic swimwear chosen by fashion director Nicole Adolphe.  styles Robyn in a mix of bikini and one-piece styles with hair and makeup by Budi Juspandi.

 

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Sunday
Nov032013

GQ Australia Calls Robyn Lawley One Hot Woman In November 2013 Issue

GQ Australia opened their sexy November spread featuring model Robyn Lawley lensed by Pierre Toussaint with the empowering message: “Label Robyn Lawley a plus-size model if you want. Or, why not go with our preferred adjective — hot.”

“We didn’t feature Robyn because she’s larger than your typical model,” says editor Ceri David. “We featured her because she’s beautiful, and she has a very relaxed, laid-back energy to her, which made her the perfect fit for our Feelgood Issue.” 

It seems their readers agree. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” David says. “People just think she’s smoking hot - size doesn’t even come into it.”

Lawley has previously shared her thoughts on being pegged as the ‘real woman’ because of her curves, calling it “blatantly offensive to thin women — my sister, for one. Curves don’t epitomise a woman. Saying ‘Skinny is ugly’ should be no more acceptable than sayng fat is.” Amen to that statement, Robyn. Real women comes in all sizes. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Nov032013

Tara Lynn By Xavi Gordo For Elle Spain November 2013 In 'El Exito de una Mujer Real'

Elle Spain taps Tara Lynn for its November cover story lensed by Xavi Gordo.  Tara strikes a series of fierce, sensual poses, wearing pared down casual clothes like a leather jacket or simple black tee. Fashion editor Inmaculada Jiménez adds an animal print blouse to enhance Tara’s purr, with beauty by David Carreiro.

The magazine headlined its cover with the message ‘El Exito de una Mujer Real’. Translated, the message is ‘The Success of the Real Woman’.

TheGloss.com takes issue with this message that only a plus-sized woman is a “real woman”:

The fashion industry—and the media as a whole—should be working towards more inclusive depictions of a range of shapes, sizes, and skin colors in both editorials and advertisements. But the rhetoric that follows that inclusion, that self-congratulatory, faux body positive ‘real woman’ terminology and mindset ultimately proves to further solidify the dichotomy between women who look like ‘models’ and women who do not. Headlines like this, campaigns like this…only put up more barriers between women and serve to perpetuate the idea that there are only two ways to be a woman, both in the world of fashion and outside of it: You can be a thin model type or you can be a ‘real woman.

One commenter points out that ‘real’ has a different subtext in Spanish, including concepts like majestic, royal or splendid. “I think the editors may have been intentionally playing on words there. Obviously I can’t say this for sure but I’d love to take a look at the article and parse the other adjectives they use for her,” she cautions.

Writing for The Gloss.com, Carrie Murphy also rips into Project Runway judge and Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia, for telling the Huffington Post:

I’ve seen many locations where the girls are very, very thin. It’s interesting because we live in a country where the obesity is so enormous. And then the reflection on the runways is girls that are so thin. So there’s two extremes that are almost like a reflection of themselves, and it’s very hard to be in the middle with girls that are just healthy.

I’m not entirely sure why Murphy takes such issue with Garcia. Her statement seems to reinforce a key point made at AOC that when the 90s models were downsized from an average size 4-6 to size 0, they no longer represented an achievable body type for the majority of women in many countries of the world. That’s just a fact.

In the same way that the moderate, sensible middle has disappeared in American politics, a once-celebrated body type like Cindy Crawford’s is now considered to be plus size. It’s all a head trip, one that saps women’s mindsets.

Two comments on the Huff Po article sum up the reality of today’s fashion models:

The problem I have is that it is impossible to get into modeling unless you are rail thin. I was 6’1 at 155 pounds and was told I needed to be at least 135 to find work.

At 155, this woman has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 20.4, the low end of an average BMI range. At 135, her BMI is 17.8. Technically, that BMI is not anorexic.

My daughter is just breaking into the industry. She is 5’10” and weighs 120. She is called thin by all her friends, but both Elite and LA Models told her she needed to be thinner.

At 120, this woman’s daughter has a BMI of 17.2, considered at risk for health problems and anorexia by health professionals.

Meanwhile Tara Lynn looks fabulous in her Elle Spain editorial, and she is much more representative of the female population at large. Murphy does have a point about the divisive strategy of suggesting that rail thin women aren’t real women. And the beat goes on … and on … and on. If you haven’t read the first installment in our new review of research on body image, jump over to Feanne’s article How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Nov032013

'Figures de proue' by David Sims for Vogue Paris November 2013

Photographer David Sims captures a vast range of female faces in this Vogue Paris beauty editorial for the November issue.  Anja Rubik, Sasha Pivovarova, Edita Vilkeviciute, Catherine McNeil, Charlotte Coquelin, Iselin Steiro and Suvi Koponen supply the body parts, styled by Emmanuelle Alt./ Makeup by Diane Kendal; Hair by Paul Hanlon

 

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Thursday
Oct312013

How Body Image Affects Women's Health For Real

In Peter Paul Rubens’ 1608 painting, Venus At Her Toilet, the voluptuous goddess Venus enjoys peaceful contentment gazing at herself in the mirror. We must learn to do the same, for our own sakes. 

Scientific studies about body image in 2013 continue to confirm that body image has a real impact on health. Negative body image is linked with chronic inflammation, while positive body image is linked with health-protecting behavior, including safer sex. Empowerment and body appreciation talk encourage positive body image, while protecting against eating disorders and depression.

AOC is devlving deeply into the topic of body image, self image and women’s health in a three-part series that updates our previous writing.

Negative body image is strongly linked with poor health

A disturbing study, Impact of negative cognitions about body image on inflammatory status in relation to health, published October 2013 in Psychology & Health, established a link between body image dissatisfaction and inflammation indicators.

Inflammation in this context is not acute inflammation, which is how the body responds to damage in order to heal. The study investigated chronic and systemic inflammation, which is when the normal healing mechanism is broken, and the body is in a constant state of low-level inflammation— it is acting as if it’s under attack all the time. This condition is linked with chronic and metabolic disorders such as allergies, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and so on. Healthy lifestyles with balanced diets, adequate exercise, proper rest, and moderate stress encourage the body’s functions to work properly. Unhealthy lifestyles with junk food, inadequate exercise, dysfunctional rest, and too much stress disrupt normal bodily functions such as the inflammation response.

Anxiety about body image is a form of stress, so it is not too surprising to learn that it is connected to poor health. What is disturbing is just how much of a risk factor it actually is. The study’s results showed that body image dissatisfaction “uniquely predicted inflammation biomarkers”. This means that body image dissatisfaction is a significant risk factor in inflammation, even after accounting for other risk factors such as body mass index, and waist-to-hip ratio. So, even if you have a healthy BMI and small waist-to-hip ratio, if you also have negative body image, then your risk level for inflammation is just as high as someone who has an unhealthy BMI and large waist-to-hip ratio.

The good news is that this also works in reverse: positive body image works wonders for health.

Rembrandt’s Bathsheba at Her Bath 1654Positive body image promotes healthy, self-nurturing behavior

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Friday
Oct252013

Stef van der Laan Says 'Witness the Fitness' & Be Happy With Your Body

Dutch beauty Stef van der Laan fronts two subjects very dear to our Smart Sensuality hearts: happiness and fitness for the November issue of Elle Netherlands. Photographer Cornelie Tollens captures Stef’s buff body wearing structured, modern lingerie in ‘Witness the Fitness’.

The Netherlands nearly always ranks in the top 5 of the world’s happiest nations and for multiple reasons. A love of exercise and the outdoors is a key factor. Research has long shown the positive correlation between regular exercise and becoming a more joyful person.

Exercise dampens the effects of rising cortisol levels associated with stress, frustration, fear, anger and anxiety. Intense exercise dreases the amounts of cortisol in the body, resulting in a more positive attitude and outlook.

In addition the body releases endorphins during exercise. Not only do endorphins numb pain and stimulate the brain. Endorphins help create feeling of contentment and elation. These are all great reasons to join Stef van der Laan as a member of the better body brigade. ~ Anne

 

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