Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Springtime Venuses by Alphonse Mucha

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and here in the south of England we have had our mildest winter since records began and records began in the seventeenth century!  All of the daffodils, which usually come out in March or April were in flower before Christmas so are now almost all dead.  Very odd.  That said, it was zero degrees this morning and they keep giving out dire warnings about snow at Easter.  In 1975 we had a good fall in mid-April so it could happen, given Easter is early this year. 

So to welcome Spring we offer up a trio of interpretations of the season by Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939).  All are part of different versions of the four seasons which he produced during his time in Paris, at the end of the nineteenth and the begining of the twentieth centuries.  The top one was from a set produced by the publisher Champenois in 1895, the year of Mucha's first great triumph with his original poster of Sarah Bernhardt.  The prints were such a success that Champenois commissioned another set of four seasons pictures in 1897 (above) and in 1900 (below) to tie in with the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

Now all we need is the warmer weather!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Personally Selected Venus 10: Tessa Hewitt

Possessor of one of the most magnificent bushes of the early eighties, Page 3 girl Tessa Hewitt brings some gold flecked heat to a pretty cold evening here in south east England tonight.

As an eighteen year old she was picked up by Sylvester Stallone, then in his thirties, in Tramp nightclub in London in 1979 and they had a two week affair. "I'd like to say that he was amazing in bed and that we did it all night, every night, but the truth is he wasn't and we didn't." she later said, rather ungraciously, although she admitted she was 'smitten' with him.

In 1981 she was the girlfriend of pop singer Adam Ant who she had also met at a nightclub.  Just after he met her he went off on tour in America without her, although they resumed their relationship on his return.

Carole Caplin

She introduced him to a topless dancer she knew called Carole Caplin and, unbeknown to Hewitt, Ant started an affair with Caplin and gradually distanced himself from Hewitt.  Many years later Caplin became famous as style advisor to UK prime minister Tony Blair's wife, Cheri, and also gave massages to Blair as his 'fitness advisor'.

Hewitt in Oui

Hewitt appeared in a pictorial in the July 1980 issue of Oui, shot by John Kelly, looking characteristically sparkly.  That year Hewitt had a walk on part in Flash Gordon (1980) as a Hawk woman.  Six years later she had an equally small role as a model in the film Instant Justice.

She is a wonderful example of why bushy women are visually superior to bald ones, anyway.  Sorry Adam Ant, you made the wrong decision!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Unshaven Venus 2: Monique Offner

I recently had a comment from someone, commenting on one of my my Pubic Wars posts covering 1972, who enjoys unshaven armpits on ladies and he mentioned that the progenitor of this particular interest was this photograph from the August 1972 issue of Playboy.  This lady is Monique Offner who appeared in the pictorial The Girls of Munich.  Triple P has enjoyed interacting with several German ladies and they all had this natural state.  

We also remember the appearance of German punkette Nena who appeared in her video for her hit 99 Luftballoons in 1983 in a similarly delightful  unkempt state.  This is much less common that it was  in Germany, apparently.  Certainly Triple P's particular German friend B is now quite smooth.  But then British girls were hairier in the late seventies and early eighties too!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Super Bowl Venuses from Victoria's Secret

Prinsloo, Aldridge, Lima, Kroes and Swanepoel

It's Super Bowl weekend, which means a late night for Triple P on Sunday!  Sadly, watching on the BBC we won't get to see any of the famously expensive Super Bowl commercials from the likes of Victoria's Secret. Usually we feature cheerleaders in our Super Bowl post but this year Victoria's Secret have dressed up some of their supermodels in football gear and very fine they look too!  There has been a suggestion that the rather more dressed than usual models are a reaction to NFL incidents of domestic abuse and advertisers this year are backing away from exploitative images of women as a result.

They have used a number of different girls in their stills and video so first we will  look at the five ladies depicted in the stills, shot in Los Angeles.

Wearing number 15 is Brazilian model Adriana Lima.

Age: 34
Height: 5' 10"
Statistics: 34-24-35.5

Lima, a devout Catholic, has appeared in Victoria's Secret Super Bowl commercials before.  Last year she was the second highest earning model in the world.  She has two children.

Wearing number 28 is Dutch model Doutzen Kroes.

Age: 31
Height: 5' 9"
Statistics: 34.5-24.5-34.5

Unfortunately saddled with a name that sounds like a digestive complaint, Kroes also has two children.  When she was younger she wanted to be a speed skater like both her parents.

Wearing number 12 is South African model Candice Swanepeol

Age: 27
Height: 5' 9.5"
Statistics: 33-23-34.5

Swanepoel is one of the top ten earning models in the world and last year became engaged to her boyfriend of ten years.

Wearing number 57 is American model Lily Aldridge.

Age: 30
Height: 5' 8"
Statistics: 33-23-33

Aldridge is also a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and is the daughter of February 1976 Playboy Playmate of the Month, Laura Lyons.

Wearing number 42 is Namibian model Behati Prinsloo.

Age: 26
Height: 5' 11"
Statistics: 32-25-35

Prinsloo is married to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

Ambrosio, Hill, Tookes, Hosk and Lima

In the accompanying Victoria's Secret video of the girls playing a mock football game there is a different line up, with only Adriana Lima being included from the stills.

Wearing number 83 is Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio.

Age: 34
Height: 5' 9.5"
Statistics: 34-25-34

Ambrosio also has two children and had a cameo role in the James Bond film Casino Royale in 2006.

Wearing number 61 is American model Taylor Hill.

Age: 19
Height: 5' 10"
Statistics: 32-22-33

Hill is one of the most recent Victoria's Secret models here, first appearing as such in 2015 and is also the youngest of the nine featured.

Wearing number 18 is Swedish model Elsa Hosk.

Age: 27
Height: 5' 9.5"
Statistics: 34-23-35.5

Hosk began modelling at the age of 13 but also played professional basketball in Sweden for two years.

Wearing number 42 is American model Jasmine Tookes.

Age: 25
Height: 5' 9"
Statistics: 34-24-34

Tookes is also a new Victoria's Secret Angel, starting with them last year.