Sex symbols have been a part of Hollywood for decades. Both women and men have been sex symbols that are desired by people all over the world. They grace the covers of the top fashion women and men magazines such as GQ and Maxim. There are times these sex symbols can find themselves in the center of controversy for what they represent, yet others can snap a classic seductive picture that can transcend time and controversy. Since the very early days of Hollywood, sex symbols also find themselves challenging censorship and pushing the boundaries. Here’s a look at eleven of the hottest, sexiest and most unforgettable celebrity sex symbols.
11) Pamela Anderson
In the 1990’s, Pamela Anderson simply running along the beach was enough to qualify her as a sex symbol. She was one of the most popular celebrities in the 90s and was best known for her two biggest assets; her blue eyes. She started out her career in modeling and was eventually cast as the Tool Time Girl on the sitcom, Home Improvement. Her best known role was opposite Tommy Lee in their sex tape…no sorry…it was the highly successful series Baywatch which starred, David Hasselhoff. She also has appeared in Playboy several times and has appeared on the cover more than any other celebrity.
10) George Clooney
If someone was to look up the definition of handsome it would probably have a picture of George Clooney. George Clooney started out his career in TV with small roles on shows like The Golden Girls and Roseanne, but would have his greatest success as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s, ER. The series was massively successful and Clooney was a central character from 1994 to 1999, until he left the series. He was nominated twice for an academy award. He shifted into film appearing in Out of Sight, The Three Kings and The Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Also, he’s directed several films including, Confession of a Dangerous Mind and Leatherheads. He won best supporting actor at the Academy awards for in role in Syriana in 2005.
9) John F. Kennedy Jr.
Being the son of one of the most famous presidents of all time would put pressure on anyone, but John F. Kennedy Jr embraced his celebrity status and did it with style. He was the son of former U.S president John Kennedy, who was assassinated in November 1963. John Jr had a few careers as a lawyer, journalist and publisher and is known for his magazine, George. During the 80s and 90s he was one of the most talked about bachelors and appeared on several talk shows including, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Before marrying Carolyn Jeanne Bessette he dated Daryl Hannah, Cindy Crawford and Sarah Jessica Parker. Sadly, John Kennedy Jr died with his wife and sister Lauren, on July 16, 1999 in a plane crash.
8) Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth was classy, breathtaking and beautiful. She, at one time, was the most popular pin up girl in the world. She was one of the biggest stars in the 40s and 50s and appeared in a number of highly successful films such as, Cover Girl with Gene Kelly, Lady From Shanghai and Gilda. Rita Hayworth’s role in Gilda is notable for being one of her most sexual and seductive and at the time, had censors worrying. You may also recognize her from the critically and commercially acclaimed film, Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in 1994. She is the first poster that Red gets for Andy that he hangs up in his cell, which later figures prominently into the plot. Rita Hayworth remains one of the most memorable and iconic sex symbols of the 1940s.
7) David Beckham
David Beckham appears on the cover of magazines such as GQ and Details, he’s got a great sense of style and most importantly, he’s considered one of the best soccer players. David Beckham is possibly one of the most desired soccer players, or footballer’s as the say, across the pond. He started out his career playing for Manchester United and since then, he has played on the England National Team and for LA Galaxy. His handsome good looks would lead to a career after soccer, appearing in numerous commercials and a highly successful underwear line for H&M, which are featured on billboards all over the world. He also married former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham and they have four supermodel children.
6) James Dean
One of the most iconic figures in Hollywood is James Dean. He is always remembered for his boyish good looks and rebellious attitude. He is often associated with the disillusioned teenagers of the 1950s and how they felt. Although he is one of the most legendary celebrities of all time, he only appeared in three films during his life; East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Rebel with Without a Cause is his best remembered film and one that came to represent the 50s for many people. Unfortunately, his life was cut short in a car accident and he died at the age of 24, on September 30, 1955. His image and iconic status has transcended time.
5) Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is one of the most talented and beautiful rising stars in Hollywood. She started out her career with small roles in shows like Days of Our lives and eventually, would be cast in Fox’s That 70’s Show as the annoying, spoiled rich girl, Jackie Burkhart. She transitioned into film appearing in, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Max Payne and Ted. She received critical acclaim for her role in Black Swan alongside Natalie Portman. Maxim Magazine has ranked her in their Hot 100 list and GQ Magazine named her 2011’s Knockout of the year.
4) Michael Fassbender
He’s so charming when’s he’s on screen, it’s like he’s talking to you and you’re the only person in the room. Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming one of the top actors in Hollywood and even faster, making women drop their jaws. It’s like the old saying, “Women want him and Men want him to leave town and not talk to any of their wives.” He’s been in several successful films including 300, The X-men Series and Shame. He also earned a nomination at the 2014 Academy Awards for his role in 12 years a Slave.
Rihanna is one of the most popular musicians and sex symbols alive. She has released several highly successful albums including Music of the Sun, A Girl Like Me and Good Girl Gone Bad. She has also spawned several hits singles including; Umbrella, Disturbia, We found Love and Stay. She is also considered one of the hottest and most beautiful celebraties and is praised for her ability to change her image and style. She was also recently named the world’s most desired woman. She is a trend setter and her style and confidence inspires women everywhere. She has appeared on the cover of several magazines including Maxim, FHM and Rolling Stone. She was named Sexiest Women Alive in 2011, by Esquire Magazine.
2) Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett was one of the most popular and most beautiful sex symbols of the 1970s. Her 1976 red swimsuit poster is one of the most iconic sex symbols images of all time. In fact, it was the red swimsuit poster that led to a breakthrough in her career, which eventually landed her the role of Jill Munroe on the enormously popular, Charlie’s Angels on ABC. Although the show made major stars out of all three girls, it was Farah Fawcett that was the center of attention and her popularity soared. She would leave the series after the first season and return as a guest star. She had a very successful film career, appearing in the drama, The Apostle in which she received praise for her performance. She died June 22, 2009 of cancer. The Red Swimsuit Poster was donated to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.
1) Marilyn Monroe
There have been many sex symbols before her and many after her, but the definition of what a sex symbol is might as well have a picture of Marilyn Monroe next to it. Marilyn is by far one of the most iconic sex symbols and proved not all blondes are dumb. She had a very troubled childhood, moving from foster home to foster home. She married very young and during World War II, she worked at a munitions factory where she was discovered by a photographer who urged her to pursue a career in modeling. She struggled early on in her career and posed nude during a difficult time in her life financially. Years later, during her success, the nude pictures were released and instead of denying it, she admitted to it. Instead of ruining her career, the photo gained her sympathy and one was even used as the first playmate of the month in Playboy magazine. She had her breakthrough with Asphalt Jungle in 1950 and would appear in many successful films such as Niagara, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. Marilyn died of a suspected overdose on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36. However, even after death, her star still shines bright and conspiracy theories about her death still circulate.