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

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For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

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Female Deception | Vagina or Vajayjay

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

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

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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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Friday
Oct182013

Arizona Muse, Constance Jablonski, Joan Smalls & Liu Wen For Estee Lauder's 'Every Woman Can Be Beautiful' Campaign

 

Mrs. Estée Lauder built her cosmetics empire on the firm conviction that every woman can be beautiful. That phrase ‘Every Woman Can Be Beautiful’ remains as relevant today as when the founder first said it, notes Jane Hertzmark Hudis, Estée Lauder Global Brand President. “It is inclusive, empowering and a universal truth that appeals to women around the world. It defines modern and global beauty and it acknowledges that this beauty comes in many forms. We are proud to take the words of our founder and use them to bring together the heritage, the image, the products and the conversations the Estée Lauder brand is having with women today.”

In support of this brand philosophy, Estee Lauder has names three new faces to its global ambassador lineup: Constance Jablonski from France, Joan Smalls from Puerto Rico & Liu Wen from China.

In this film Arizona Muse joins Constance, Joan and Liu Wen appear on behalf of Estée Lauder to discuss what beauty means to them.

Thursday
Oct172013

Jade Beall Celebrates Real Beauty And Reminds Us That Giving Birth Is Beautiful

Jade Beall Celebrates Real Beauty

Photographer Jade Beall has started an incredible, commendable project. She never saw herself as someone who was considered to have “traditional standards of beauty” and after giving birth herself, she made the courageous decision to post a semi-naked self portrait onto her Facebook profile page. The untouched image was an instant hit, with women all over the world sharing and liking the photo. It wasn’t long until they started sending Jade request’s to capture their own post-partum bodies too. Of course, she accepted and so began the ‘Beautiful Body’ project.

After she began lensing other women, the project turned into a mission for Jade, who saw it as the perfect opportunity to “redefine beautiful,” with countless women feeling empowered and attractive because of this project. They began to stop looking at themselves as ruined and began to take great pleasure in embracing themselves, with their families and children showing an unbelievable amount of love and admiration for them.

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Tuesday
Oct152013

Les Merveilleuses De Ladurée Adds Sensual Blush To Paris Landscape

In my 10-year run at Victoria’s Secret, we had few rituals. In my case, as fashion director and head of product development, I was always supposed to be thinking outside the box. In Paris with my colleagues, I learned to think inside the box — inside a box of Ladurée macorons, chosen for their sublime color and mouth-watering tastes of every ice cream flavor imaginable.

Laduree is one company I always celebrate as a truly sensual brand and example of the relationship the French have with guilty pleasures. Unlike Americans, the French are perfectly at peace with sinning on occasion. After all, this is the country that installed Adam’s first wife Lilith right there with Eve atop the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Les Merveilleuses de Laduree was inspired by the Merveilleuses of 18th Century France, who were known for their extravagant, decadent behavior and fashion styles inspired by the ancient Greek and Romans. Laduree developed a makeup line that places a great emphasis on blushes with three different formulas, as during the age of the Merveilleuses. Blushing the cheeks was the main means of playing up one’s feminine allure back in the day, prompting me to ask if western women blush ever these days.

The French understand that eating an occasional macaron does not make a woman fat. And thinking about food doesn’t cause us to eat more of it. In fact, scientific research indicates that Imagining Food Pleasures Decreases Actual Consumption.

I’ve long believed that America’s obsession with sin, sex and guilt is a major factor in our obesity epidemic. Granted, the French are more vigilante in monitoring food consumption than Americans. But they also enjoy pleasure and their bodies, too. Food is not a substitute for the denial of life’s other pleasures.

Within this mindset, blushing and bathing with Les Merveilleuses De Ladurée products makes perfect sense and a divine personal treat, like wearing that splendid French lingerie that only its owner may see. Facing herself in the mirror, she sees a real treat, a feast better than food — a woman at peace with herself. ~ Anne

Related: Ladurée’s Most Sensual Macarons Nurture Fantasy & Pleasure Worldwide with its reminder that American women can be scandalous when in France.

 

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Thursday
Oct102013

'Love Washes Over All' Models Karlie Kloss, Emily Ratajkowski, Marlon Teixeira + More, Captured By Bruce Weber For CR Fashion Book #3 Fall 2013

Gracing the pages of the CR Fashion Book #3 are models Karlie Kloss, Emily Ratajkowski, Marlon Teixeira and more, as they star in ‘Love Washes Over All’. This graceful, relaxed editorial is photographed by Bruce Weber and will be out this fall, showing the models in a sensual, outdoor shoot.

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