It’s all about that #CorsetLife.
If you’re old enough to remember a topless Fergie’s 1992 toe-sucking Texan scandal in St-Tropez – while the Duchess of York was still married to Prince Andrew – you’ll recall the somewhat cringe-worthy tabloid photos of said hot foot lovin’.
The photos, which showed American financial manager John Bryan with a mouth full of one of Fergster’s feet while they holidays and canoodled by the pool in full view of the world (and Fergie and Andrew’s toddler daughters) in southern France, were first splashed across British tabloids.
And the Queen was not amused – the Duchess is said to have been at Balmoral with the rest of the royal family when the story broke, with Her Majesty effectively banishing Fergie from the royal household henceforth.
Whether this was due to the Duchess’ refusal to toe the line (pardon the pun) or the royals’ horror at the said foot fetishism, I guess we’ll never know, but public toe-sucking has arguably suffered a tarnished public image ever since.
However, fast forward some 20 plus years and foot fetishism (er, arguably best celebrated in the privacy of your own home) is seemingly now so popular, it’s virtually cool. However, it does seem to be more popular among men.
Famous foot fetishists who’ve gone on the record of late include perennial-cool singer/songwriter Pharrell Williams, actor Jack Black, singer Ricky Martin and director Quentin Tarantino.
What’s more, Elvis himself is arguably one of the best known foot fetishists, with a well-documented obsession, allegedly as a result of having to massage his mother’s feet as a child – shudder. There’s some serious Oedipus complex going on there! And The King’s handlers are even said to have screened the rock’n’roll icon’s female love interests on the basis of their feet attractiveness, er as you do.
While foot fetishism is nothing new – indeed, it’s the most common form of sexual fetish related to the body – it’s certainly not something I’d personally encountered prior to the advent of social media. You see, I recently joined Instagram and wow, what an eye-opener it was for me when I recently innocently posted several random pictures of my feet post-pedicure, one of my favourite beauty indulgences.
A recent such pic I posted got a lot of attention from said foot fetishists in Insta-land: countless pervy comments and requests this time to both share and repost said pic to others in the foot-worshipping community. In addition, it gained me no less than nine new foot fetishist followers?! What rock had I been living under? Was foot fetishism really that much of a thing? Apparently so!
Foot worship, or podophilia, is a pronounced sexual interest in feet. For a foot fetishist, attractive traits include the shape and size of the foot and toes; foot jewellery, such as toe rings and ankle bracelets; treatments, such as pedicures or massaging; state of dress, such as barefoot and/or thongs; odour, and/or sensory interaction such as smelling, licking, kissing, tickling and biting the foot.
As we all know, it takes a lot of different types to make the world go ‘round and if feet (mine included) blow your hair back, I say go for it, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone.
The hilarious part for me though, and I mean no disrespect to said foot fetishists, is that my feet are my least favourite body part; indeed my right foot has been damaged beyond repair by years of high-heel abuse. I’ve even got a small bunion, for God’s sake! Are bunions hot?!
Sydney sexologist, Dr Michelle Mars (pictured), who specialises in the sociology of sex gender and sexual well-being, says foot fetishism is so popular, in part, because feet are fairly non-offensive.
“One reason we hear about foot fetishes so much is that as far as fetishes go they are quite vanilla; it’s okay to admit you have a foot fetish in comparison to BDSM [bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism] or being into golden showers, for example,” Dr Mars says.
“It can be a submissive act for men and they can enact that without going too far down the submissive path and compromising their masculinity.
“Feet are accessible. There are lots of options, toes, shoes, stockings… And the options are often elegant.
“In addition, feet are an area of the body with lots of nerve endings!”
And while feet aren’t my thing, shoes are another story altogether…
What do you think? Have you ever encountered foot fetishism in a partner?
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New dad Josh Duhamel can’t stop gushing about his one month-old son Axl Jack, or wife Fergie, saying she looks better now than before giving birth!
“We can’t stop staring at him. He’s our little man, we made him together,” Duhamel told E! News. “There’s something you can’t really describe until you go through it. I think any parents out there would understand that…It’s just an incredible time for both of us.”
The actor also joked about life with a newborn.
“They tell you that at his age, all they do is eat, sleep and poop.
“And what I’ve learned — what surprises me — is they can actually do all three at the same time. He can actually eat, sleep and poop at the same time. Who knew?”
The couple released another photo of their adorable son last week, but it’s the first photo taken by wife Fergie that at his first hearing test that had everyone wondering if he was already following in his mum’s musical footsteps.
“It was just funny — it wasn’t his cutest photo — but it was very fitting considering who his mother is,” Duhamel explains. “It looked like he was jammin‘ to music at two days old. And so, that was the photo she wanted to put out first.”
He added, “I don’t know if it’s because of what she’s been eating or what, she looks really, really great.”
Fergie and Josh Duhamel have welcomed their first child – a baby boy named Axl Jack Duhamel!
Axl was delivered by C-section in an L.A. hospital early Thursday Pacific time and weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz.
Duhamel, 40, was by his wife Fergie’s side, and was reportedly calm and chatting with staff throughout the day.
Fergie, 38, recently celebrated not one but two baby showers in L.A. with friends.
The new parents knew their baby’s sex but kept it under wraps until Duhamel gave it away on morning TV show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, picking out a blue onesie.
In April the Black Eyed Peas singer revealed that Duhamel wanted to start a family after the first date. “He’s going to be an amazing father. He’s got natural parenting instincts,” she said. The pair started dating in 2004 and married in 2009.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Fergie has celebrated her baby shower in a star-studded party in L.A.
The singer, who is due in September, took over the SLS with friends – including Kelly Osbourne, Julianne Hough, Molly Sims, Ru Paul, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass and Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubrey – with Fergie welcoming guests by announcing “it’s my baby boy’s first party!”
Fashion Police’s George Kotsiopoulos tweeted this adorable photo with Fergie and co-star Osbourne, calling it the ‘best #GaybyShower ever!!!’
Hubbie Josh Duhamel was also in attendance, enjoying Ferg-aritas with guests and his wife’s own-label Ferguson Crest wine. Burlesque drag performers entertained guests, who also enjoyed a four-tied cake designed with the black, white and blue theme in mind, with one layer being decorated in baby blocks spelling out BABY, with a teddy bear on top.
Younger guests at the baby shower were entertained with teal and clear balloon animals, and everyone took home blue and white sweets.
Earlier this month, Duhamel, 40, announced he was preparing a push present for Fergie, 38 (real name Stacey Ann Ferguson), around the time that she took his last name, legally changing her name. The couple married in 2009.
Duhamel is excited at being a hands-on dad, saying they’ll make their schedules work to make sure they’re around for their little boy.
“I can’t imagine having a kid and then not being able to be there – that would just drive me crazy. My head would be at home with mom and baby,”he explained.
“We want to work it out so that we can be together; whether I am working, they can come with [me] or if she is working I can go with them. I can’t see myself ever wanting to be away from my wife and kid.”