Sensuality Reads

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

 

Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 | Body Love Articles

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

Victoria’s Secret Pulls Perfect Body Campaign Days Before Annual Fashion Show Flies To London

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile
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

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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Sunday
Jan112015

Body Beat | Kim Kardashian Fronts Vogue Australia | Solveig Mork Hansen For Wonderbra | Is Clavicle Fat Back?

Kim Kardashian: Vogue Australia Beach Goddess

We couldn’t be happier to read the cover message on Vogue Australia’s February 2015 featuring Kim Khardashian lensed by Gilles BensimonFashion’s new sensuality.

These words about sensuality are music to AOC readers ears, although prudence and rational thinking demands that we wait to see if this strong message permeates the fashion universe.

After all, fashion monasticism is alive and well in the minds of many designers as a deliberate suppression of breasts and curves, body attributes more likely in the physiques of women who aren’t size 0.

More important in the current world of fashion is the implicit message that women should quell our sexual appetite and joys of responsible sex and buy designer clothes instead. We are the sum of our clothes, not the sum of our spirits.  How much better would it be to spend less money on our clothes and invest more of ourselves and our money in the planet and its people? This challenge is deeply embedded in Anne of Carversville and is best understood by reading this article xxxxx

Note that women can be sensual at every size from 0 to 20. But it’s also true that muscles and a certain amount of body fat are necessary for women’s physical health and wellbeing. AOC argues that muscles and fat are also necessary for psychological wellbeing and libido.

We have reams of writing on this topic: the intersection of physicality and sexuality and were busy organizing these articles over the Christmas holidays.

Solveig Mork Hansen for Wonderbra

The Danish ‘it’ girl and IMG model Solveig Mork Hansen expands her Wonderbra relationship for 2015.Hanse follows a string of beautiful Wonderbra women launched by Eva Herzigova in the original Wonderbra ‘Hello Boys’ campaign. Eva’s billboard has been voted the best of all time and caused multiple car crashes around the world.

As a staunch feminist, I love the Wonderbra campaign and wish it had evolved to a different result for American women around our sensuality — instead of witnessing the sad downsizing of fashion-industry models when we began flexing our Smart Sensuality muscles.

One of the most graphic examples of downsizing models from US size 4-6 (always with exceptions, of course) to size 0 is the evolution of Eva Herzigova’s body and the topic of clavicle (or collarbone) fat.

Read my essay and see images of a more robust Eva Herzigova. When Herzigova was lensed in Cannes, she had absolutely no clavicle fat (left), compared to her earlier Wonderbra days.

The Ever Shrinking Eva Herzigova | 1992 Vogue UK vs Cannes 2010

Just to be clear, Eva rebounded into a more sensual, healthy body type whi AOC showcased in Eva Herzigova’s Clavicle Fat by Nicolas Moore for Elle France January 2013.

Just in case you believe I’ve exaggerating the topic of clavicle fat — which I find more sensual than bones — read one of our first posts on that topic, referencing a May 2007 article in the NYTimes:

As the rest of women’s bodies recede in spring fashions, the clavicles, or collarbones, and the upper chest between them, is rising to prominence. Toned shoppers who want to show off their self-discipline in the face of dessert are choosing dresses with a low, but not plunging neckline, a look that is transforming the area above the breasts into an unlikely new subject for women to obsess over.

Monday
Jan052015

Body Beat | Is Rita Ora Shaped 'Right' For DSquared2? | Christie Brinkley At 60 | Spring 2015 Hair Trends

Rita Ora Spills Out of Control In DSquared2

Rita Ora looks anything but confident, as she makes her way towards the red carpet for the launch of The Voice UK. Ora is the newest judge, replacing Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Rita chose to wear a jaw-dropping, cobalt blue dress from DSquared2’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection.

It’s not often that real people of every size have the opportunity to compare a dress on the fashion industry’s preferred model body type of super slender with minimal breasts and hips, and then worn by a woman like Rita Ora, who — for better or worse — has both.

Anne of Carversville has written about this topic of on and off the runway since 2007, primarily as a reflection on fashion’s misogyny against breasts and hips. Over the last two decades, average model size has shrunk from size 4-6 US to size 0-2. There have always been exceptions, of course. Yet, any 80s supermodel from Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell will tell you that their 1990s bodies — achievable by 25% of American women with exercise and diet — are considered gross by today’s standards.

Research confirms that only 8% of American women can today achieve a runway figure. I doubt that the Brits are far behind us in that reality. French women and Italians, too, are more blessed — if the look is your personal preference.

More Reading:

Cindy Crawford: 90s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus Size Today

A Formerly Fat Karl Lagerfeld Again Lashes Out At Curvy Women With The Kaiser’s Cruel Misogyny

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size Zero Fashion Ads

Why Fawn Over Imperious Fashion Designers When We Have Choices?

Christie Brinkley: Swimmingly Sexy at 60

Positive aging powerhouse Christie Brinkley soaks up the rays on the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, drifting in a shower of sunlight and unpolluted water.

The vast majority of AOC readers don’t have a Christie Brinkley body at any age, but if seeing is believing in the power of potential, then Christie inspires us to connect with sun, spirit and swimming at every age.

Swimming and water activities are fantastic as low-impact exercise for women of every age.

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Monday
Oct062014

Robyn Lawley Sizzles In Athletic Swimsuits For Marie Claire Australia November 2014

Aussie model Robyn Lawley’s beauty message to women is clear: beauty comes in many sizes. In fact, Lawley resents being called a plus-size model, rather than what she is by profession: a model.

Robyn Lawley at 6’2” and a size 12 is considerably slimmer than the average woman. But in the fashion industry, she is — well, a model who somehow can’t control her eating patterns.

Body image expert Robyn Silverman explains that instead of describing a clothing size, the term ‘plus size’ has morphed into a negative term associated with a woman’s character.

Lawley says she has tried. ‘Even at my lightest, I just couldn’t get there,’ she explains. ‘I genuinely really tried. I was counting calories, I was taking diet pills, I was dabbling in starvation.’

 

Robyn Lawley share more thoughts on living a high quality life in the November issue of Marie Claire Australia. Labeled Australia’s next top mogul, Lawley wears sports-inspired swimwear where curve-hugging neoprenes meet plunging necklines in bold colors, lensed by David Gubert.

 

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Friday
Jan312014

IMG Signs Five 'Plus-Size' Models For Main Board

Vogue Italia’s Lauren Chan shares news that IMG Models has signed former FORD+ New York models Ashley Graham, Danielle Redman, Inga Eiriksdottir, Julie Henderson, and Marquita Pring. They join IMG’s Tara Lynn in a new initiave that will feature them on the main board and not a segregated plus board. In even better news, the five are included in IMG’s show package, with hopes of walking Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week.

Read the interview on Vogue Italia.

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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Tuesday
Sep102013

Doutzen Kroes Says She's No Size 0 & Wears Her Curves Proudly

Victoria’s Secret Angel and L’Oréal superstar, Douten Kroes fronts The Telegraph Fashion’s Fall/Winter 2013/14 Fashion Supplement, lensed dressed down by Will Davidson.

Ten years ago, Kroes emigrated from her village of Eastermar in Holland, seeking a bit of extra pocket money working as a model. Today, Doutzen Kroes if the fifth-highest-paid model, according to Forbes.

Arriving in Amsterdam, she was signed up immediately and on her way to New York. Her big break came with Steven Meisel and the cover of Italian Vogue.

See all AOC Doutzen Kroes editorials

Very active on Instagram, Kroes worries that unintentionally, she puts pressures on young women. ‘I feel I’m such a big part of that insecurity that some girls might have because of my job, that girls think they have to be that picture. And even boys, they think that that picture exists and it’s so frustrating because I don’t look like that picture - I wake up not looking like that picture.’

Occasionally posting makeup free, natural pics of herself, Doutzen says people ‘want the fantasy’.

Doutzen Kroes stresses the fact that she is no size zero and doesn’t aspire to be, saying ‘I’m not a sample size at all. At some shows I know they have been using very young girls who have not gone into the change of the body yet - no hips, no boobs. I’m 28 and I’ve had a baby. I have a woman’s body.’

The top model does stress the importance of fitness and healthy eating in her life. Her personal trainer is the former boxer Michael Olajide, and she is also working with Mary Helen Bowers, the founder of Ballet Beautiful’. Kroes likes the combo of both boxing and ballet, calling it “very extreme”.

But then many people in today’s world would find her biking about 25km back and forth to school every day ‘extreme’.

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