AOC Smart Sensuality favorite powerhouse woman Charlize Theron joined good friend and new lover(???) Sean Penn at his Help Haiti Home event last night in Beverly Hills. Press reports are that the duo rivaled a rare appearance of couple Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin in PDAs.
Bette Midler said of Penn and the event, “Everybody’s a fan. But his intelligence, sense of humor and sense of idealism in the face of so many roadblocks and constraints – the fact he keeps going – is really inspirational to a lot of people. Sometimes you get exhausted and tired, he doesn’t.”
People reports that the event, sponsored by Georgio Armani and hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, raised $6 million in donations.
To better understand why Charlize Theron is a Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with great heart — read our December 2013 feature Just Why Does the Rape Of Women & Children Worldwide Continue? Charlize has some choice words.
Smart Sensuality women also have a confounding relationship with status and money. We like both but don’t buy the mantra that a woman is a sum of her possessions. Charlize Theron made that very clear in her 2010 J’Adore L’Or commercial — one of my all-time favorites. ~ Anne
Penelope Cruz delivers a smashing, sensual set of images — in one case wearing only a trench coat — in Loewe’s Spring/summer 2014 ad campaign lensed by Mert & Marcus. A brand ambassador for luxury brand Loewe since 2012, Penelope sizzles six months after giving birth to her second child Luna, with husband Javier Bardem. On a sidenote Fitness Magazine just awarded Cruz top honors on their 2013 best body list.
Tom Ford is his usually provocative, devilish self behind the lens for his Spring/Summer Accessories campaign. Models Esther Heesch, Conrad Bromfield and Carlos Peters enjoy gender-fluid, sensual exploration with a nod to 50 Shades. But then, Tom Ford has always had his finger on this pulse — and especially for women in charge. Look closely. Ouch!
Seducing a female canary isn’t easy. They are picky, frankly, looking for males particularly adept at singing “sexy syllables” that may indicate their overall genetic robustness. Researchers have previously determined that unlike most vocal notes produced by a male canary, the sexy trills require “extraordinarily fast and coordinated alternation between the left and right sides of the syrinx (the avian vocal organ) more than 16 times a second.
For the male canary capable of executing this performance — even on tape — caged female canaries assume postures inviting copulation.
Now researchers at John Hopkins University have bathed the entire brain of male canaries with testosterone to see if male canaries sing better songs capable of seducing females. It’s known that the medial preoptic nucleus part of a canary brain — or POM — controls sexual motivation. POM operates in humans as well.
In this recent study, researchers created three groups of male canaries: 1) POM only testosterone application; 2) entire brain testosterone application; and 3) no testosterone given. The results confirmed that while male canaries receiving the POM only applications of testosterone sang more frequently than the control, they couldn’t hit the seductive trills required to inspire the female canary to copulate. Only males receiving the entire brain bath of testosterone could pull off the five-star performance.
“The quality of the song that is required to successfully attract a mate and then the process of attending to the female, or singing to her, when she is there … requires the coordination of multiple brain regions,” says graduate student Beau Alward, the lead investigator.
Promising insights may also come for seduction among humans, given the reality that like humans, the canary brain is able to change its neural pathways and synapses in response to changes in behavior, the seasonal environment, and injury. “The hormones in these birds are identical to those in humans and they can regulate brain changes in a similar manner,” said Gregory F. Ball, vice dean for science and research infrastructure and professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. via
Keira Knightley covers Harper’s Bazaar UK’s February issue, wearing looks from Chanel’s spring-summer 2014 collection. Keira, who is lensed by Alexi Lubomirski, chats up a number of topics with Bazaar’s Sophie Elmhirst. At the top of the list: feminism.
I think it’s great that the discussions are finally being allowed to be had [about feminism], as opposed to anybody mentioning feminism and everybody going, ‘Oh, f***ing shut up,’” says Keira. ”Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it’s great that we’re coming out of that.
Models Josehine Skriver and Marlon Teixeira sizzle in this —quite literally — in-your-face, sexy editorial ‘Some Like It Hot’, lensed by Tom Munro for Lui Magazine’s December issue. George Cortina styles the couple in tattered and torn denim and the requisite sheepskin-lined coat and thigh-high boots — but who’s looking and who cares! / Hair by Rudi Lewis; makeup by Frankie Boyd
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