Sensuality Reads

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry

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

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

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Fashion & Feminism | Crystal Renn's Miss America Chanel Moment

Two sets of images dramatically illustrate how fashion has redefined fat bodies. This Cindy Crawford editorial, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US June 1991 issue shows the Supermodel size 4-6 US ‘pinup’ body that was the vision of beauty in those years.

It’s so difficult for me to look at these images of Cindy Crawford and see her as fat or ‘plus size’, which I know is defined differently in the fashion model industry than in retail size assortments. As Crawford has said many times, none of the great Supermodels would get hired today.

This series of images of Emily Baker lensed by Dima Hohlov show today’s ideal fashion model woman.

HintMagazine writes:

Hailing from Matamata in rural New Zealand comes captivating kiwi Emily Baker. Already a recognizable face back home, thanks to appearances in local magazines 1am and Fashion Quarterly, the 16-year-old lithe Libran has world domination in her sights—starting with New York Fashion Week.

Jezebel enters the forray today with a blistering rant Women’s Fitness Magazines Are Bullshit.

We’ve long suspected that “fitness” is secret ladymagcode for “neurotic thinness,” and a perusal of three of this month’s “health” and “fitness” offerings — Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health — has shown that there’s some serious subliminal self-worth eroding shit going on. Readers are sold the idea of being healthy and strong and fit and end up with a stack of weight loss ads and splashy graphics about having pretty hair. The pervasive “lose weight” message is fed to us like a dog pill slathered in peanut butter, and we’re expected to just take it and go happily scampering off.

I go back and forth with Jezebel, because I never read them actually acknowledging that America’s obesity problem is a national health issue. Jezebel’s mantra is that cake is good for you whereas women in Italy, France, Scandinavia, Brazil, Argentina and China — to just get started — know that a little cake goes a long way.

Jezebel never writes that sugar is addictive or that fast food shrinks the critical thinking faculties of our brains.

Today’s Jezebel rant does make the key point that I find to be the linchpin view of the fashion industry. Morning Gloria writes her list of key messages coming out of health and fitness magazines:

Never stop wanting to be smaller than you are. Your ultimate goal should be to shrink to the point of complete invisibility. We should not be able to see you when you turn to the side.

Bingo! Now you’re talking Morning Gloria.

Is Crystal Renn Just a Bit Hypocritical?

When Crystal Renn speaks out about her losing weight again, insisting that she is healthy and now feels pressured by the public and the media to be a plus-size model — meaning 4-6 and not the size 2 that her model card says — she is only half right.

I’ve defended Renn’s right to be a healthy woman at whatever size she chooses. I became a bit disenchanted, however, listening to her new Models.com video.

As Renn lost weight last year and especially when she appeared in Chanel’s St Tropez show, I thought she was on her way to becoming the glamorous Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell pinup girl.

Today I agree with Michael Gross, author of ‘Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women’, who told ABC News:

“She has cashed in on gaining weight and now she’s losing weight,” he told ABCNews.com. “I don’t know whether it’s hypocrisy … but it’s worth making an observation about.”

Watching Crystal Renn all but lick Karl Lagerfeld’s German boots in the Models.com video, I’m removing her as a positive voice for Anne of Carversville readers trying to come to grips with a healthy body relationship.

Crystal Renn is a beautiful woman who is dazzled by being a fashion model. I believe she actually agrees that a woman cannot be too thin — which is her prerogative.

On this issue our AOC philosophy is clear. I believe that the Supermodels like Cindy Crawford were too hot to handle. The fashion patriarchy doesn’t believe in sensual women just as the Vatican doesn’t. This argument is about power and sexual politics, not fashion.

Karl Lagerfeld is on record saying that hot sexuaity is not a good thing even in marriage or a partnership. Sex is best with prostitutes while women cultivate our minds in a monastic relationship with pleasure. Therefore, the curves must go — just as radical Islam says ‘get under your burqa’ because you will burn in hell exposing your flesh.

Lagerfeld admits that he was crushed by the AID epidemic and the toll it took on creative people. I argue that women have paid the price for that backlash, too.

Chanel Renn Interview Special

With the evolution of monotheism, men have sought to control women’s bodies. Today in Congress, the men are debating a new law that leaves a pregnant woman to die in an emergency room, rather than give her a legal abortion.

Body size is about politics, and today’s ideal woman is so thin that she couldn’t kick an ounce of butt if she tried. Her toe would break. There is no room in today’s fashion world for a bit of strong woman muscle lust, because a healthy woman is a threatening, independent woman.

Some members of the fashion patriarchy can’t tolerate that possibility. This entire discussion is just about making women invisible, as Jezebel argues with passion today.

I’ve made every excuse that I can think of about why fashion is naturally embracing a thinner woman as luxury brands move to Asia. And you’re never heard me argue that fashion media is wrong for not filling their pages with size 12 women, even if the world is gaining weight.

When Karl Lagerfeld argues in public that muscles must be avoided at all cost and a woman’s ribs should be showing as a sign of her beauty, I can’t support that message. This is different than saying such a woman isn’t beautiful or healthy.

We stand firm that the confident, healthy, size 4-6 90’s Supermodels were the best role models for American women. I can’t imagine that any of them would have sounded as breathless as Crystal Renn does in her new Ford Model video.

I am so glad Renn had her Miss America Chanel moment in St. Tropez. I’ll take Cindy Crawford any day. The Supermodels models didn’t begin to know how to kiss butt with such reverence. Anne

Remaining images of Cindy Crawford’s Patrick Demarchelier Vogue US Juna 1991 editorial.

Cindy Crawford images via Ru_Glamour

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