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

 

Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

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

 

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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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Monday
Mar302015

Body Beat | Denmark Joins Model Ethics Debate | More Bad News For Diet Soda | Karlie Kloss Is Pink For L'Oreal But Sees Big Green In Real Estate Deal

Denmark Joins Healthy Model Debate

Denmark’s fashion industry is joining the debate over ‘skinny models’, but with an approach that isn’t punitative and not driven exclusively around standards of BMI (body mass index), as is under consideration in France.

Writing for the New York Times, Vanessa Friedman is more enthusiastic about the Danish approach, which will focus on peer pressure and not what Friedman calls a ‘Big Brother’ approach to managing eating issues, which are notoriously complex and not the result exclusively of reading fashion magazines.Her point is scientifically correct.

However, Friedman never even acknowledges that a problem exists, as if the fashion industry has somehow accidentally downsized models from a size 4-6 in the days of the great supermodels to size 0 and smaller … just because … well, who knows, it just happened drip by drip, year by year.

Unlike The Council of Fashion Designers of America Health Initiative, The Danish Fashion Ethical Charter offers a code ethics that goes beyond the health of models. Models must be paid money and not in clothes for their work. Oh dear!!!

While there are no penalties for non-compliance, only companies that sign the charter can take part in Copenhagen Fashion Week. Warnings of not honoring the charter would eventually result, not only in exclusion from Copenhagen Fashion Week, but being part of an official online blacklist.

Karlie Color and Co-op Riche

Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss appears in the pink in today’s new release of an ad for L’Oreal Paris. But Kloss should be wearing green, with news that she will make back more than twice her investment price on a two-bedroom West Village apartment that she purchased in 2012.

The board at her Charles Street, 12-unit building has agreed to sell the whole structure to an investor who will likely raze it. Kloss paid $1.98 million for her Manhattan home and will more than double her money, reports Manhattan real estate blogs. Total price for the 12 apartments is $59 million.

Diet Soda Sales Plummet

Financial blog Motley Fool reports that for the 10th year in a row, soda consumption declined in the US. Total sales of ‘fizzy’ beverages fell 0.9% in 2014, with Coca-Cola shipments sliding by 1.1% and Pepsi losing 1.4%.

The continued drop is not a surprise as Americans become increasingly health conscious and restrict their intake of carbonated soft drinks and other products seen as empty calories. But while soda sales are down across the board, the biggest impact from changing consumer tastes is on diet sodas. Diet Coke sales fell 6.6% last year after tumbling 15% over the two years prior. In the process, it slipped from No. 2 in U.S. market share to No. 3 behind Pepsi.  Diet Pepsi sales, meanwhile, were down 5.2% last year.

Financial analysts report that Coke and Pepsi consider the problem to be aspartame and its after taste. Scientists are focusing on stevia as the solution.

The abandonment of diet sodas is a sign that consumers are not just concerned about calories. There is a growing wholesale movement in the country against processed foods — consumers are demanding greater transparency about the products they put in their bodies. While the stevia plant is natural, the idea of drinking something produced in a lab might be off-putting to consumers. 

What no soda company wants to address is the brain chemistry research around diet drinks. Just last week a new study of adults over 65 concluded that drinking diet soda caused people to gain more belly fat — the most harmful location for fat — than drinking regular soda. TIME writes:

The kind that pads the abs from the inside, called visceral fat, is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, inflammation and Type 2 diabetes.

As The Atlantic wrote last fall, and AOC has written on numerous occasions, several studies around diet sodas have ‘suggested that eating/drinking these nutritive sweeteners actually leads to weight gain. That has to do with satiety signals, effects on insulin levels, changes in the body’s fluid balances, and other not-immediately-apparent downstream factors.

The evidence that diet sodas may well promote weight gain has roots as far back as the 1970s when a study of 31,940 women found that saccarin users gained more weight than non-users. An even larger study of 78,694 women in the 1980s found that users of artificial sweeteners were more likely to gain weight.

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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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.

Thursday
Feb192015

Candice Swanepoel By Sebastian Kim For Self Magazine March 2015

Candice Swanepoel works hard… real hard. ‘I’m up and on-set pretty early, usually by 5am,’ Candice tells the March issue of Self Magazine. It’s easy to imagine the Victoria’s Secret Angel glamming it up into the wee hours all over New York, South Beach and LA.  Her reality is another story.

‘I’m up and on-set pretty early, usually by 5am.’ Candice explains that the light for shooting swimwear is best at sunrise and sunset. After shooting for 12 hours a day, often seven days a week, the blonde beauty hits the gym.

‘I’m an athlete,’ she says. ‘I use every single muscle, especially my core and arms, when I pose. It’s so important for me to feel strong.’

Growing up on a dairy farm in South Africa, Candice saw her dad start his day at 4am.Being surrounded by real-world life and death shaped her determined personality. ‘Africa is not for wussies. It’s in our culture to be hard workers.’

Candice surprised many with her revelation that she almost quit modeling because she was alone and lonely in Europe.

‘Every day, I was working with different people who were speaking different languages, so I was never able to form any relationships. I just wanted to go home.’ During that time, she was also told that she needed to lose weight. ‘I was so used to people criticizing me for being too thin that it was shocking to me,’ she says. ‘I was crying.’

Yes, you read that correctly. Candice Swanepoel was told to lose weight, leaving her so frustrated and depressed that she was ready to quit modeling entirely. And then she got a call that changed her life. And it wasn’t Avon calling.

Candice is lensed by Sebastian Kim wearing the Apple Watch, a factoid not called out loud and clear in the online interview. This makes Candice the first woman to wear the Apple Watch in a US magazine, writes Apple Insider. Melissa Ventosa Martin styles the shoot.

Candice is also circulating as the cover girl and sexy centerfold in Maxim’s newly upgraded debut. Candice Swanepoel By Gilles Bensimon For Maxim Magazine March 2015

 

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Tuesday
Feb172015

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

I would never give British media personality Charlene White a serious journalism assignment based on her unethical, unprofessional mangling of Cindy Crawford’s photo. Now that the facts — rather than White’s purported explanation of what she was doing with Crawford’s unretouched photo — have come to light, we are reminded of the incredibly low standards embraced by so many people who call themselves journalists.

A Tweet That Rocked Cindy’s World

For background, Charlene White came into possession of an unretouched photo of Cindy Crawford (above), one purported to be from an upcoming April 2015 spread in Marie Claire Magazine in which the supermodel purposefully had no Photoshop work done on her images.

White Tweeted the image with the message ‘Cindy Crawford’s April spread in Marie Claire features 100% non-retouched photos. Take a bow Ms. C.’

I’m not sure anyone working in the fashion world, or any follower of fashion, has ever called Cindy Crawford ‘Ms. C’. Ms. White is sounding very insider in her Tweet, but reality is that she isn’t at all ‘in the know’ in the world of fashion supermodels.

Naomi Campbell should read White the riot act, Brit girl style.

Marie Claire responded, clarifying that the photo’s origins are actually from a December 2013 cover story from Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America — and that the unretouched version is a leak.

Woops, Charlene!

The Published Photoshoot

Here are two images of Cindy from that photoshoot and a link to the entire editorial at AOC.

Marie Claire then wrote:

No matter where the photo came from, it’s an enlightenment—we’ve always known Crawford was beautiful, but seeing her like this only makes us love her more. And as she told us at the premiere of her new documentary last week: ‘I really think—at any age—it’s learning to be comfortable in your own skin. …If women would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves. …What makes you the most attractive is self-confidence. That’s what people see.’

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