Sensuality Reads

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goule’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 Articles

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

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

Thursday
Aug282014

Luma Grothe By Ellen von Unwerth Celebrates A Sensual Body For Vogue Brazil September 2014

Ellen von Unwerth contributes another body-loving editorial to Vogue Brazil’s September 2014. (See Alessandro Ambrosio in ‘Mais Amor, Por Fabor’).  Model Luma Grothe is styled by Pedro Sales, with beauty by Silvio Giorgio. 

I marvel at the sensual openness of Brazilian society, with an embrace of nudity that would never happen in America. Turning to the book ‘Brazil: The Once and Future Country’, author Marshall C. Eakin observes:

As a rule, Brazilians are simply less inhibited and uptight about the human body and physical contact than peoples of the developed world. The string bikinis (tanga), for example, for which Brazil is famous, are worn by women of all shapes and sizes. The willingness to expose flesh, whether one’s physique be fit and trim or fat and flabby, reflects a people much more comfortable with the human body. This “laid back” attitude, however, does not stop the wealthy from resorting to cosmetic surgery. Rio de Janeiro has become the world capital for plastic surgery, and Ivo Pitanguy is its best-known plastic surgeon. The affluent are obviously not completely comfortable with physical imperfections.

Brazilians are also a much more expressive and physical people than North Americans and Northern Europeans. When friends meet, they invariably greet with physical contact. Men shake hands and embrace… Like so many Latin peoples, Brazilians also have a sense of personal space that often seems non existent to North Americans. Many times I have seen a Brazilian (literally) back a North American around a room as the latter tries to move away from the former. Brazilians want to be close and touching. North Americans want to keep more distance.

 

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Monday
Aug252014

Elizaveta Adamenko By Pamela Hanson As 'Sogni e risvegli' For Vanity Fair Italia

Model Elizaveta Adamenko is lensed by Pamela Hanson in ‘Sogni e risvegli’. Stylist Sciascia Gambaccini chooses sensual lingerie with ready-to-wear accents for Vanity Fair Italia./ Hair by Maurizio Kulpherk; makeup by Adalberto P.

 

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Monday
Aug252014

Marloes Horst For Intimately Free People - For Love and Lemons Lingerie Collaboration

Dutch model Marloes Horst smolders in a fresh but sensual lingerie collaboration between between Intimately Free People and LA-based brand For Love & Lemons. The exclusive collection launches today with its emphasis on simple cuts, romantic sheer bras and lace essentials. Note that the brand launched in early August a similar collaboration with Jena Malone called ‘Flower Hopes’.

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Sunday
Aug242014

Ana Beatriz Barros By Russell James For Intimissimi Fall 2014

Sensual maestro Russel James turns his lens on Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros, capturing the seductive glamour of lingerie brand Intimissimi’s Fall 2014 collection. Captured against the backdrop of the Arena di Verona, Ana smolders in all black, lace embellished silhouettes that are seduction ready.

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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. Hair 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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Thursday
May152014

Kate Upton Is 'Venus Rising' By Mario Testino For Vogue UK June 2014

British Vogue June cover girl Kate Upton brings her winning charisma to Mario Testino’s beach babe images. Lucinda Chambers mixes retro with modern athletic swimwear in Kate’s all-American girl images ‘Venus Rising’ for the June 2014 issue. 

If you missed Kate’s interviews in April 2014 American Vogue, link here. Bobbie Brown describes Upton in distinctly AOC Smart Sensuality terms and we could not be more delighted:

Besides being strong and confident, she is really smart. She knows exactly who she is and who her brand is. She told me she called her mom and her sister right away when she found out about [becoming the face of the brand]. She was so excited about doing it! That’s what I love about Kate: She’s a real girl. And she’s not a waif-y supermodel. She was an athlete, so she’s comfortable with her body. She’s really kind of every woman.

 

 

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