Sensuality Reads

Sharon Stone Showcases Her ‘Flapjack Ass’ in Mark Abrahams Images for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2015

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

 

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

Ashley Graham Tells TED: I’m Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

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

Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter

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

Kate Upton

All Kate Upton

Kate Upton Once Asked By Fashion Assostant Why She Would Wear A Cross, Based On Her Reputation

Sensual and Superyoung

Healthy, Sensual Living Blogs

Anne’s Sensual Vitality Blog

Health: Libido, Sexuality, Superyoung Longevity

 

Entries in fashion models (19)

Wednesday
Jun032015

Ashley Graham Tells TED: I'm Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

IMG model Ashley Graham gave one of the most inspiring talks ever before a sold-out audience of 450 people in Valencia, Spain during an April 2015 TEDxBerkleeValencia event.

Dominating the stage with confidence and enthusiasm for her commitment to being a body-image activist for all women, Graham who is a 27-year-old Nebraska native said:

‘My body, like my confidence, has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who didn’t necessarily understand it. I had to learn to reclaim my body as my own, and in reclaiming my body as my own, I understood as a woman that I had a greater purpose to redefine feminine beauty.’

Graham reflected on the reality that the fashion industry — and a society defined by attitudes cultivated by the fashion industry —  defines perfection only from the outside, citing a recent Dove study of thousands of women in 10 countries that found only two percent of women willing to describe themselves as beautiful. 

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model challenged the audience to embrace themselves with her own experience.

‘I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the mold that society wanted me to fit in… . Rolls, curves, cellulite, all of it — I love every part of me.’

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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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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.

Thursday
Nov062014

Lauren Hutton & Angelica Huston On Feminism: Exactly. I think women have been in the secondary position for 4,000 years, and it's contra naturam, against nature

The Violet Files brings us a warm and wonderful story about gal pals Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston. Deciding at once that they were kindred spirits working as kindred spirits during the late 1960s.

Both were fiercely intelligent and vocal about their independence in an era when women weren’t expected to be either. Both also exuded the kind of worldly glamour one can only cultivate from jetting around the globe with the likes of Jack Nicholson, enfant terrible fashion photographer David Bailey and then-Vogue-editor Diana Vreeland.

For her pact, Hutton is interviewed by Huston and also shares these glam images shot by Pamela Hanson at New York’s Lotos Club with styling by Lawren Howell.Hair by Anthony Campbell; makeup by Pati Dubroff

We mix photos with some precious interview dialogue.

AH: DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A FEMINIST?

LH: I don’t even know what that is anymore.

AH: I ALWAYS FIND THAT TO BE SUCH AN ODD QUESTION. IT’S SORT OF LIKE ASKING, “ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF HANDS?”

LH: Exactly. I think women have been in the secondary position for 4,000 years, and it’s contra naturam, against nature.

 

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Sunday
Nov032013

GQ Australia Calls Robyn Lawley One Hot Woman In November 2013 Issue

GQ Australia opened their sexy November spread featuring model Robyn Lawley lensed by Pierre Toussaint with the empowering message: “Label Robyn Lawley a plus-size model if you want. Or, why not go with our preferred adjective — hot.”

“We didn’t feature Robyn because she’s larger than your typical model,” says editor Ceri David. “We featured her because she’s beautiful, and she has a very relaxed, laid-back energy to her, which made her the perfect fit for our Feelgood Issue.” 

It seems their readers agree. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” David says. “People just think she’s smoking hot - size doesn’t even come into it.”

Lawley has previously shared her thoughts on being pegged as the ‘real woman’ because of her curves, calling it “blatantly offensive to thin women — my sister, for one. Curves don’t epitomise a woman. Saying ‘Skinny is ugly’ should be no more acceptable than sayng fat is.” Amen to that statement, Robyn. Real women comes in all sizes. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Nov032013

Tara Lynn By Xavi Gordo For Elle Spain November 2013 In 'El Exito de una Mujer Real'

Elle Spain taps Tara Lynn for its November cover story lensed by Xavi Gordo.  Tara strikes a series of fierce, sensual poses, wearing pared down casual clothes like a leather jacket or simple black tee. Fashion editor Inmaculada Jiménez adds an animal print blouse to enhance Tara’s purr, with beauty by David Carreiro.

The magazine headlined its cover with the message ‘El Exito de una Mujer Real’. Translated, the message is ‘The Success of the Real Woman’.

TheGloss.com takes issue with this message that only a plus-sized woman is a “real woman”:

The fashion industry—and the media as a whole—should be working towards more inclusive depictions of a range of shapes, sizes, and skin colors in both editorials and advertisements. But the rhetoric that follows that inclusion, that self-congratulatory, faux body positive ‘real woman’ terminology and mindset ultimately proves to further solidify the dichotomy between women who look like ‘models’ and women who do not. Headlines like this, campaigns like this…only put up more barriers between women and serve to perpetuate the idea that there are only two ways to be a woman, both in the world of fashion and outside of it: You can be a thin model type or you can be a ‘real woman.

One commenter points out that ‘real’ has a different subtext in Spanish, including concepts like majestic, royal or splendid. “I think the editors may have been intentionally playing on words there. Obviously I can’t say this for sure but I’d love to take a look at the article and parse the other adjectives they use for her,” she cautions.

Writing for The Gloss.com, Carrie Murphy also rips into Project Runway judge and Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia, for telling the Huffington Post:

I’ve seen many locations where the girls are very, very thin. It’s interesting because we live in a country where the obesity is so enormous. And then the reflection on the runways is girls that are so thin. So there’s two extremes that are almost like a reflection of themselves, and it’s very hard to be in the middle with girls that are just healthy.

I’m not entirely sure why Murphy takes such issue with Garcia. Her statement seems to reinforce a key point made at AOC that when the 90s models were downsized from an average size 4-6 to size 0, they no longer represented an achievable body type for the majority of women in many countries of the world. That’s just a fact.

In the same way that the moderate, sensible middle has disappeared in American politics, a once-celebrated body type like Cindy Crawford’s is now considered to be plus size. It’s all a head trip, one that saps women’s mindsets.

Two comments on the Huff Po article sum up the reality of today’s fashion models:

The problem I have is that it is impossible to get into modeling unless you are rail thin. I was 6’1 at 155 pounds and was told I needed to be at least 135 to find work.

At 155, this woman has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 20.4, the low end of an average BMI range. At 135, her BMI is 17.8. Technically, that BMI is not anorexic.

My daughter is just breaking into the industry. She is 5’10” and weighs 120. She is called thin by all her friends, but both Elite and LA Models told her she needed to be thinner.

At 120, this woman’s daughter has a BMI of 17.2, considered at risk for health problems and anorexia by health professionals.

Meanwhile Tara Lynn looks fabulous in her Elle Spain editorial, and she is much more representative of the female population at large. Murphy does have a point about the divisive strategy of suggesting that rail thin women aren’t real women. And the beat goes on … and on … and on. If you haven’t read the first installment in our new review of research on body image, jump over to Feanne’s article How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real. ~ Anne

 

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