Sensuality Reads

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

Lea Seydoux Seduces In Lui Magazine Relaunch, Lensed By Mario Sorrenti

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

Science Argues Women Like Men With Bigger Penises

Kate Upton As Marilyn Monroe & Amanda Marcotte’s PC Madness


Victoria’s Secret Angels have Appeared Often In GQ & Esquire

Marilyn Monroe Photographer Bert Stern Looks To Kate Upton As Next Muse

‘Mine’ By Alvaro de la Herran Starring Marina Jamieson & Garret Neff

The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ BDSM Devil Seduces in the Eternal Submission Collection
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

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Loving Relationships | 32 Health Benefits of Sex

American Culture Promotes Female Sexual Dysfunction

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

Strong American Results in Female Sexual Desire Drug

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ to Fashion Body Images You Hate

Saint Shakira Calls Libido the “Engine of the World”

Male Ego, Women Faking Orgasms & Sensual Chaos in Our Bedrooms

‘Pretty Boy’ Andrej Pejic Talks Sex, Love & Leaving His Gender to ‘Artistic Interpretation’

Find Your Sensual, Sovereign Self with Lone Morch in Paris

Sensual Dames Love Stockings & Garter Belts from Secrets & Lace

Tara, Candice & Robyn | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia June 2011 | ‘Belle vere’

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Givenchy Transgender Model Lea T Stars in French Vogue (2010)

Tom Ford Embraces Natural Breasts, Not Bombshells

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’

Ever Woman Should Own Jordan Matters’ ‘Uncovered’

Men More Likely Than Women To First Look at Face in Porn Films

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Statistics Say Conservatives Buy More Porn

Forniphilia | Women As Doormats and Other Art Furniture

Women As Muses: What Is Our Place in the Modern World? Or Are We Just ‘Slut Girls’ Today?

Are Stay-at-Home Moms Majority of Cheaters On Ashley Madison?

Fashion Model Andrej Pejic’s Video Interview | A Star Is Born

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Controlling Women’s Bodies Is a Fight to the Finish

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Aphrodite Joins Yemaya and Mami Wati for a Swim in Human Consciousness

Smart Sensuality Women as Envisioned by Ellen von Unwerth

A Somewhat Decadent but Fundamentally Good Group of Lubna Ahmed Hussein Lovers Hear Her Calm, Steady Voice: “I Want to Change This Law’

Drawing a Line in Lubna’s Sand, Saying ‘No More’ to the Growing, Global Erosion of Women’s Rights in the Name of Any Man’s Religion

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Arriving At Le Yacout | Dark Drabness Into Sensual Splendor

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Sunday
Mar022014

'Here's To Loving Our Bodies By Our Own Standards' Says Jada Pinkett Smith

What stands out in Jada Pinkett Smith’s recent image above versus her November one below is the reality that both are beautiful. In embracing her 8-10 pound weight gain, the 42-year-old actress hardly went to hell in a handbastet.

“I think I will keep it,” she posted on her Facebook page, adding “Here’s to loving our bodies by our own standards.”

I so concur. In my case, a key reason for my own scaled down presence at AOC is my need to spend an hour each day — at a minimum — in the gym. Of course, there are several other key factors driving this pause, but regaining my old body is a core one.

By my own standards, I must lose another 15-20 pounds. This isn’t as daunting as it seems, with 35 gone already over the last two years. After finding and keeping my best physical self in 2003/4, a crippling gym injury in 2009 followed by a horrific fall in 2011 left me on a cane for 18 months and suffering a huge weight gain.

Depressed but determined, I began my own road to recovery in July 2011. Now I’m in the home stretch with my injury almost fully healed thanks — not to my doctor — but to my dearest friend and masseuse Iman. Week by week we ripped apart scar tissue while enhancing range of motion and flexibility in my right leg. The process has been very painful — as have my sessions in the gym — but I’m so much better.

The biggest change I see in Jada is in her face. Her sunken cheeks are fuller. In my case, I’m determined to regain the body I love most and worked so hard to create a decade ago. A declining scale tally and increased muscle and mobiity are the only acceptable reads for me until I reach my former size eight self. At 5’8”, that hardly makes me svelte. In my playbook, it does make me Smart Sensuality sexy — and healthy. ~ Anne

Tuesday
Feb182014

Bombshells And Femme Fatales Aren't For Fashion Posers

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel fronts the campaign for the brand’s newest fragrance update Bombshells In Bloom. I was never a fan of the Michael Bay, testosterone-driven bombshell mentality of VS Angels jumping out of helicopters and strutting across the tarmac like they were about to cut off some guy’s testicles. Nor did I like the vulgarity of a Diamond Bombshell Bra. But this Bombshell In Bloom positioning is one I like: Forever flirty. Always sexy. Decidedly playful.

The word ‘Bombshell” and more often ‘Blonde Bombshell’ first made it into the dictionary around 1942. In practice Jean Harlowe had already been called a ‘bombshell’, before dying at age 26 of kidney failure. The term ‘bombshell’ preceded sex symbol — describing both men and women — a term that was first used in the mid-1950s to describe film stars like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

Our bombshell conversation comes as Vogue Paris takes on the ‘femme fatale’ in their March issue. While we’ve seen several superb editorials:

Malgosia Bela in Belle De Soir By Katja Rahlwes

Malgosia Bela In ‘Belle De Soir’ By Katja Rahlwes For Vogue Paris March 2014

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ By Mario Sorrenti

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ Lensed By Mario Sorrenti For Vogue Paris March 2014

And The Smashing ‘Fatale’ With Lara Stone, Amanda Wellsh and Anna Luisa Ewers By Mert & Marcus

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Tuesday
Feb182014

Kate Upton Defies Fashion Copious With Third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

As a big Kate Upton fan and supporter of Smart Sensuality women, I noted the comment on Fashion Copious last week in posting the Sports Illustrated cover above: “Kate Upton and what she represents does not seem to be the future.”

What does that mean, John? Exactly what does Kate Upton represent that offends you?

Imagine my delight just now to learn that Sports Illustrated has for the first time released two covers — the first one featuring Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teige and a second one for Kate Upton lovers. Kate goes three in a row.

Bravo for all you represent, Kate. Now if only certain men would shut up and stop making pronouncements about certain types of women, the world would be a better place for all of us. ~ Anne

All Kate Upton at AOC

Monday
Feb172014

Anja Rubik Performs Both Tricks & Treats With Nude Editorials

Of all the bare breasts and nipples that Anja Rubik revealed last week, these two shots by Luigi & Danielle + Iango for the new Intermission Magazine are the sexiest in my playbook. Her Vogue Russia editorial borders on cheap trash compared to her Intermission preview, along with Natasha Poly, Sasha Luss and Anna Ewers. As I wrote on Facebook last night and in AOC for years, any photo shoot with Luigi Murenu involved as a creative catalyst will be a tribute to female power and sensuality, and executed with vision and artistry. ~ Anne

Friday
Feb142014

Why Is Anja Rubik Bare Breasted On Vogue Russia March 2013 Cover?

Top model Anjs Rubik is lensed bare breasted by Patrick Demarchelier for the March cover of Vogue Russia. The image begs the question of ‘why’. The issue is most assuredly not devoted to the full emancipation of Russian women, including lesbians.

One assumes that the decision is purely gratuitous and designed to generate controversy and online page views. Unlike many blogs and fashion websites, AOC embraces artistic nudity in fashion. However, we don’t embrace nudity to create page views.

Unlike several blogs that come to mind, we never excerpt the nude shot — choosing that single nude view of the female body to showcase — when eight clothed choices exist. I call that objectifying women and dialing for page views.

I agree with Avogadro at TFS that this preview shot of Anja’s editorial is far stronger and is a far better cover shot. ~ Anne

 

Wednesday
Feb122014

Lara Stone Leads Vogue Paris March 2014 Look At Femme Fatales

Personally, I can’t imagine Vogue Paris Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt having any inkling of what makes women femme fatales. With a few rare exceptions, she has stripped Vogue Paris of its sensuality and any exploration of eroticism. When I sense that perhaps Vogue Paris is swinging its attitude towards a more sensual balance, Alt leaves me with sterility all over again.

The prelude to Vogue Paris’ March issue, with a dramatic Lara Stone on the cover, lensed by Mert & Marcus promises us:

“What is a femme fatale?” asks Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in her March 2014 editorial. “Is she a miracle of nature? A vamp? A master of sartorial enhancement? She’s a fantasy figure, sure, but so complexly drawn that try to name just one or two of these women and you’ll realize that they are all very different.”

To answer the question, we called on not just one, but four generations of muses. Fashion superstar Lara Stone lays bare a troubling beauty in deep black and magnetic red for Mert & Marcus on the cover and from the flaming-hot figure of the model launched by Vogue Paris back in 2007 as she raises the temperature in tuxedos, to Jane Birkin’s essentials and the magnetism of Betty Catroux, via the disturbing innocence of Marine Vacht, the muse takes shape inside the magazine. But she’s not just one woman, the femme fatale is more an iconic, astounding allure that breaks all the rules. This same refusal of classic codes also runs through editorials featuring some of the biggest girls of the moment, including Natasha Poly, Edie Campbell and Karlie Kloss, who readily play with their femininity as they explore what the term really means. And no-one more so than Toni Garrn, who sacrificed her honey blonde locks live for the magazine, in favor of an assertive bob in this issue. Stunning Amazonian women have always been at home in the magazine, evidenced in this month’s supplement of beautiful vintage images from Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast, a new exhibition at Paris’ Palais Galliera March 1 - May 25.

Here are some recent Vogue Paris, femme fatale editorials that encouraged me in the last year that the magazine would once again embrace a more erotic mindset. Overall, though, Vogue Paris under Emmanuelle Alt has not kept up with more interesting magazines like W Magazine or Interview.

Is this March 2014 Lara Stone on fire cover a signal of change? It reminds me of an Interview cover.  To be determined. With Emmanuelle Alt, I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Vogue Paris has become fashion milktoast, as I feared it would when sharing my thoughts:

Must Emmanuelle Alt’s French Vogue Lose All It’s Sensual Soul?

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Will Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

All Vogue Paris editorials

Saskia de Brauw By Terry Richardson For Vogue Paris February 2014

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Friday
Feb072014

The Ashanti Necklace: Anne's Journey To Glam Tribale #1

Anilez Silva ‘Africa’ by Daniel Bracci Delves Into Woman’s Collective Unconscious

Anne here. Yes, really here, crawling out of a very deep hole that has defined the last six months of my life. I share all the details on GoFundMe.

Many people have asked me about my journey to my online jewelry and gift business GlamTribale. When we have a large enough space at an event, we have a presentation board with key elements in the GlamTribale story. I’ve decided to share the journey with AOC and GT readers, with links to other articles in which I discuss events in greater detail.

Ashanti Bazaar New York

Back in the ’70s, there was a store on Lexington Avenue called Ashanti Bazaar and it specialized in beautiful clothes made from African fabrics. I was what I call a “lipstick liberal” in those days — just another form of the Smart Sensuality woman. I was a corporate executive Monday to Friday, but on weekends you would often find me wearing clothes from Ashanti Bazaar.

One Saturday my husband and I went shopping at Ashanti Bazaar, where I saw a magnificent necklace and also a heavy string of glass wedding beads. Note that we were stone sober and not on drugs that morning. There is no explanation for what happened next.

Totally smitten with the necklace, I wanted to try it on. The young woman helping me was much shorter than I am, requiring me to bend down as she clasped the magnificent agate medallion around my neck. For the next five minutes, I was not present at Ashanti Bazaar. Both my husband and the young woman were talking to me and tapping my arm, but I didn’t respond.

For my part, I was transported to Africa, where I saw no people and only the natural landscape including acacia trees.I would like to tell you that I saw elephants, but it would be a lie. I only saw a daytime landscape similar to this one, with no clues to its actual place.

When the trance broke, I was perfectly normal and felt fine. Of course I bought the necklace — which was not the positive talisman I thought it would be. The day it fell to the floor in my trip to a hospital emergency room, I decided not to have it repaired in any way.

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