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
Nov242014

Body Beat | Mind Control of Food Cravings | Ashley Graham For Navabi | Christie Brinkley's New Skin Care Line

 Can Short Distractions Reduce Food Cravings?

Richard Weil, M.Ed. CDE, the director of the Weight Loss Program at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City, conducted a small study on the impact of three short distraction tasks, plus a control task, on 55 obese males and females. On average, participants had an average body mass index of 43.7. meaning they were on average 83 pounds overweight.

The 30-second tasks in Weil’study included forehead tapping, ear tapping, toe tapping and imagining a blank white wall. Forehead-tapping with the participant able to watch in a mirror was 10% more effective than the other distractions like toe tapping or imagining a blank wall. But all distractions were effective in focusing brain activity elsewhere and away from the food craving.

In a second study reported by psychiatrist Dr Kathryn Demos of Brown University, 25 overweight and obese participants were coached to alter their thoughts about a food craving, when shown a picture of it.

Brain scans in the Demos stody confirmed that ignoring the craving or thinking negative thoughts about it, such as the long-term, negative health consequences associated with eating it, had an impact on the pleasure center of the brain.

“We found that simply thinking in a different way affects how the brain responds to tempting food cues in individuals with obesity,” Dr Demos said.

“Our results show the promising possibility that focusing on the long-term consequences of consuming unhealthy foods could help diminish cravings and, as a result, potentially enhance weight-loss efforts.”

Anne here. Anecdotally,  I have engaged in these practices for years, coming to grips with my own cravings as the primary vehicle for controlling my weight. When I see photos of a Big Mac or other fat-drenched burger, my mind says ‘poison’ and I actually have a response of disgust, not desire. 

Brain science suggests that we can employ the same tactics in reprogramming our brains to resist size 0 fashion models as the ‘ideal’ vision of female beauty and a body image we women should regard as aspirational. This AOC article deserves updating, because science clearly is on my side in the assumption that we CAN control our response to advertising and commercial messaging, as well as our own private desires for food and drink. It’s tough going in the beginning, but we CAN do it!

Just Say ‘No’: Programming Your Brain to Hate Size Zero Fashion Ads

Christie Brinkley’s Skin Care Line

Christie Brinkley remains a true beauty at age 60. The top model and businesswoman is long-gone from CoverGirl and will again enter the beauty space with her own range of skincare products, called the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection.

Brinkley — an iconic, late-60s beach babe — will promite her products battling effects of “the sun’s less publicized infrared radiation”, writes Fashionista. Brinkley’s status as a sun goddess give her a strong, recognizable voice with older women on this subject.

The Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection will be available at HSN (Home Shopping Network and Kohl’s in March 2015. We’ll be checking for the opportunity to promote it online, as part of our upcoming online shopping venture.

Ashley Graham Navabi Lingerie Collaboration

Model Ashley Graham introduces a new lingerie collaboration with online label Navabi. Bra sizes in the collection range from size 36DD to 44DD. Panties and chemises are sized 10 to 20. Belissima!

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Thursday
Nov202014

Sara Sampaio Graciously Fires Back At Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan

Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio sent a candid, confrontational message to Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan regarding the short but attention-getting headline about her: Helpful Victoria’s Secret Reminder: Even Models Hate Themselves

Ryan’s post was in response to a brief video message by Sara Sampaio that addresses to what many have called online bullying about her very thin physique. Can we ALL take a time out please!!!

Where Jezebel gets off saying that Sampaio’s comments reflect the reality that even models hate themselves is headline-grabbing poppycock. NOTHING in Sara Sampaio’s brief comments suggest that pseudo-psychologist Ryan is watching the same video that I am. Note that I am fast to criticize Victoria’s Secret, but this is not one of those moments. 

 

For background on this rather absurd, body-image, ping pong match, Victoria’s Secret was recently criticized for their ‘Perfect Body’ campaign. Your truly signed the petition calling out my former alma mater for their tone-deaf campaign that undermined women’s body confidence. VS pulled the campaign, renamed it and released a few short videos — Sara Sampaio’s being one — talking about her body shape being different from Candice Swanepoel’s. Hence the curvy-hands motion — a gesture that I’ve made more than once in life talking about other women. 

Sara Sampaio then fired back at Ryan with her own confidant-woman moxie. Sampaio projects far more diplomacy and restraint than Jezebel has demonstrated in a lifetime:

“I think sites like Jezebel have been great for women’s rights. I wouldn’t take my reaction to that one bad article as a sign that I dislike Jezebel.  One article doesn’t represent all the great work they have done. They just took a short video clip, that was part of a much larger interview, and used it to try to twist my words and make a point. I’m over it. I just think that as women we need to support each other and not try to bring each other down. It goes beyond women and feminism, but to all society.”

Addressing Erin Gloria Ryan directly, Sampaio also writes:

Dear Erin from Jezebel, I don’t hate myself! I was actually taught by my family to respect and love myself and indeed others! I feel sorry that you were not able to see beyond your own self-serving interest to sensationalise a story, by creating a negative spin on a positive message and making a foregone conclusion about a young ‘model’ you have never met before!

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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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Thursday
May152014

Kate Upton Is 'Venus Rising' By Mario Testino For Vogue UK June 2014

British Vogue June cover girl Kate Upton brings her winning charisma to Mario Testino’s beach babe images. Lucinda Chambers mixes retro with modern athletic swimwear in Kate’s all-American girl images ‘Venus Rising’ for the June 2014 issue. 

If you missed Kate’s interviews in April 2014 American Vogue, link here. Bobbie Brown describes Upton in distinctly AOC Smart Sensuality terms and we could not be more delighted:

Besides being strong and confident, she is really smart. She knows exactly who she is and who her brand is. She told me she called her mom and her sister right away when she found out about [becoming the face of the brand]. She was so excited about doing it! That’s what I love about Kate: She’s a real girl. And she’s not a waif-y supermodel. She was an athlete, so she’s comfortable with her body. She’s really kind of every woman.

 

 

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