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

Lane Bryant Launches #ImNoAngel Campaign Asking Women To Post Selfie Love Across Social Media

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

 

Entries in Beauty Industry (71)

Saturday
Apr252015

Body Beat | Eva Mendes For Estee Lauder | Hilary Duff In Shape | Models Skirt BMI Rules

Eva Mendes For Estee Lauder

Cuban-American beauty Eva Mendes joins Carolyn Murphy, Joan Smalls, Stephanie Seymour and Kendall Jenner as an Estee Lauder ambassador. Mendes will front Lauder’s New Dimension skincare line.

Models Beat the System

The Cut shares news from the New York Observer that models are trying to get around new laws on minimum BMI for the industry. Are models actually gaining weight? No, says a former model who worked in Spain, where BMI rules have been in place.

Jennifer Sky, a former model writing for the New York Observer, spoke with a model, “Lauren” (not her real name), who worked in Spain, where BMI restrictions were worked around by way of an obvious-seeming loophole. “[The agencies] gave us Spanx underwear to stuff with weighted sandbags so the thinnest of girls had a ‘healthy’ weight on the scales. I even saw them put weights in their hair,” she said.

Perfection Pressure

Actor Hilary Duff fronts the May issue of Shape magazine, returning to TV in the new show ‘Younger’ after the birth of her son Luca. Duff also has a 3-year-old.

Hilary talks about the pressure to be perfect by Hollywood:

There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it. You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that’s acceptable.

On her new TV show:

I embrace the mess. I had to be careful not to screw up in public as a child actor. So on my new show,Younger—which is written by Darren Star, who created Sex and the City—it’s really fun for me to play Kelsey, a 27-year-old book editor whose personal life is a hot mess. She always chooses the wrong guy, drinks way too much, and has to cover for herself the next morning.

Tuesday
Apr142015

Models 1 Curve Girls Share No Photoshop Images & Thoughts About Natural Beauty

#DropThePlus-Models 1 Curve April 2015 Karmi Pinning, Charlotte Quita Jones, Iskra Lawrence and Anna FritzdorfBritish modeling agency Models 1 puts its Curve girls in the spotlight, lensed without Photoshop by Michelle George. Curve writes that the Photoshoot was the idea of the girls themselves, that they wanted to be shot in their ‘most true and natural form’. By abandoning retouching or air brushing, the four models Karmi Pinning, Charlotte Quita Jones, Iskra Lawrence and Anna Fritzdorf are trying to bring a more authentic conversation to the world of beauty and fashion.

Photographer Michelle George talks about the project, explaining:

As a photographer, I work a lot with models of diverse shapes and sizes, yet what I’ve found with curvier models, is that they are often pigeonholed and either used in editorial in a tokenistic gesture, or the style of shoot is limited to either sexy pin up or lifestyle. What I want to show in this shoot is that that these girls are in fact naturally beautiful and can be used across the board, without being labelled as curvy or plus size. With all the recent controversy over the numerous, leaked, unretouched images of celebrities, I also felt it was important to be honest and show these girls unretouched in their natural form.

I feel very strongly, as a woman, that we need to empower each other and show that beauty is not defined by size. We need to start to push these boundaries and reach outside the tightly closed box of the fashion industry and embrace our beauty in its holistic, raw form.

This idea is really about showing the confidence you can have in your own body and not having to rely on retouching.

While this project highlights the fact that the four models are unretouched, it also embraces the idea of pushing back on a separate category of ‘plus size’ models. Hence the hash tag #JustAModel. The girls share their thoughts about beauty and body love in our Photoshop world.

Anna Fritzdorf

To me this idea is really about showing the confidence you can have in your own body and not having to rely on retouching. Especially as we’re not straight sized models people may think we have more retouching than everyone else but that is not the case… You can be beautiful and confident in your own skin.

Curve 1 model Anna Fritzdorf by Michelle George.

Charlotte Quita Jones

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Thursday
Apr022015

Lupita Nyong'o: 'It's 2015, man. We could all use some diversity' She Tells Harper's Bazaar UK April 2015

Lupita Nyong’o is adjusting well as an international spokesperson for beauty. Interviewed in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, the 32-year-old actress is confident, dazzling, and joyful. Speaking of changing beauty standards, Lupita says with her usual, earnest candor: ‘It’s 2015, man. We could all use some diversity. I don’t feel like the responsibility I feel comes from any place other than my gut.’

Nyong’o - who was raised in Kenya and attributes much of graceful elegance to the ceremonial nature of her culture - feels that her ‘unique position’ gives her a responsibility to speak out for what she describes as ‘her demographic’.

‘I wish that I took it more lightly sometimes because it costs a lot,” she says. “Which is why I can’t do those speeches every weekend, because it costs a lot to share from such a deep place, if you will. But I don’t know how to speak from any other place. Kenyans are very ceremonial. There is a formality that comes with gatherings and comes from our colonial conditioning… Oratory is something that’s really important to Kenyans, the way one speaks to the masses, it’s an art almost.’I feel a responsibility to speak about certain things because I wish someone had spoken about them for me,” she said.

I know I’m in a unique position where lots of people all over the world are seeing me and connecting with me, and perhaps because of my demographic and how limited representation is for my demographic, I do feel not a responsibility but an impetus to speak.

Personally, I am struggling with the comments of HuffPo beauty editor Dana Oliver’s comments about Lupita, who she personally praises.

Labeling Nyong’o as the “new face of beauty” is a harsh reminder that the fashion industry encourages a standard of beauty where black women such as Nyong’o are considered “exotic,” or worse, simply ignored. The reality is that Nyong’o is beautiful even if she wasn’t an ambassador for Lancôme or a red carpet darling. Black will always be beautiful.

Lupita Nyong’o has the grace, elegance and warmth of Audrey Hepburn. If that makes her ‘exotic’, so be it. She is articulate and hardly being buttoned up by Lancome’s PR team. I am lost in Oliver’s argument.

Lupita is lensed by Alexi Lubomirski, who has shot her on several occasions now.

 

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Wednesday
Feb182015

Alisa Ahmann Does 'The Art of Illusion', Lensed By Mario Testino For Allure Magazine March 2015

Model Alisa Ahmann does a reality check on all the body modifications on the modern woman’s beauty shopping list. Paul Cavaco styles Alisa for Mario Testino’s Allure Magazine March 2015 editorial. Akki Shirakawa does hair and Lucia Pica the makeup for ‘The Art of Illusion’.

 

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Thursday
Jan012015

Donna Trope Explores Beauty Industry In 'Mask Layer' For 'Under the Influence' Magazine Winter 2014/15

So many thoughts came rushing through my mind when I saw ‘Mask Layer’, lensed by Donna Trope for ‘Under the Influence Magazine’. Models Holly Rose Emery and Samantha Gradoville confront the concept of self-improvement and plastic surgery in the Winter 2014 issue. Masha Orlov styles ‘Mask Layer’ with Georgina Graham on makeup and Rominana Manenti on hair.

Several months ago I was contacted by a prominent plastic surgery group about promoting their research on AOC. Their research confirmed that procedures among teen girls are rising faster than ever, driven largely by Selfies. Couple this reality with a leveling off of the market among middle-aged and older women — driven largely by the economy, I assume — and it makes sense that beauty businesses plant more doubts about real beauty among our young women to keep the cash register ringing.

Make no mistake — as I explained to the West Coast professionals — I have used Botox and fillers and will do so again. I’m not anti-physical enhancements and particularly when they look natural. What I flat-out reject, though, is the website message that greeted me, when I took a look at the firm’s research. To paraphrase:

‘We Can Make You The Woman You Always Wanted To Be’

I explained tactfully that under no circumstances could I embrace such a message to AOC readers because I don’t believe that cosmetic procedures have much relevance at all to my essence as a woman. Rather, the issue is my grace, empathy, intelligence, creativity, conscience, and a host of other factors that have nothing to do with needles and injections and the perfect pout.

I referred them to two earlier articles written about cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. You might enjoy them, too ~ Anne

Read on:

Beauty, Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem

First Impressions: Women and the World of Plastic Surgery

 

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Monday
Nov172014

Science Pursues Ideal Breast Proportions With Strong Consensus Among Men, Women and Doctors

Few men alive understand Smart Sensuality women better than designer Tom Ford. Four years ago today, I shared Tom Ford’s views on his lack of appreciation for ‘bombshell breasts. 

Tom Ford tells Vogue: “The seventies is what I love. Soft, touchable beauty is what I love. I want to be touching the skin; I prefer no bra — I want to be able to slip in my hand.”

Oh Tom! Can you imagine Karl Lagerfeld making such a statement!

I rest my case to Victoria’s Secret: we are TIRED of bombing up the world. We want to be Snake Charmers not bombshells.  Glad to see that Tom Ford agrees with me.

British Researchers Discover Preferred Breast

Before and after breast images from breastenlargementi.comBritish researchers now conclude in a study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that Tom Ford probably knows what he’s talking about. The doctors surveyed 1,315 men, women and plastic surgeons, asking them to look at multiple breasts photos and pick their preferred proportions. In a world where unanimity — let alone general agreement — on any topic is impossible to achieve, all three groups picked the same ratio: 45:55, meaning that 45 percent of breast tissue falls above the nipple line and 55 percent below. 

This ‘natural’ shape is nothing like the bombshell-orbs so many American women seek. Note that European women are more circumspect on this subject, especially in France where it’s all about one’s fesse (derriere). We are speaking of a primarily American pursuit of bombshell breasts. 

“Particularly in the United States in previous decades, plastic surgeons have used implants that were often round due to being filled with saline,” wrote researchers Dr. Patrick Mallucci of The Cadogan Clinic and Dr. Olivier Branford of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust in an email. “These inevitably gave an unnatural football-like or ‘Baywatch’ breast with overfilling of the top of the breast due to the implant shape and lack of understanding as to what to aim for.

The only exception to the preferred 45:55 proportion ratio in breasts was in women over 40. “As the breast ages,” wrote the researchers, “it becomes more fatty, the skin sags and the nipple falls, often with breast volume loss.” It’s understandable that women over 40 are sensitive to these bodily changes. 

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