You’ve read those “hottest women lists” before… you know the ones. Maxim’s “Hot 100” list, Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive”, the many lists that are, on the surface, very entertaining but yet simultaneously demeaning. Indeed, these lists categorically rate female (and male) beauty in such a way that only Hollywood could get away with. Thank you, Hollywood, for that. You never fail to entertain us.
Now, in their defense, these lists do take other aspects of a celebrity into consideration. Things like popularity, critical acclaim or relevancy do factor into their list of who is hot at a given time. Long gone are days of Paris Hilton ever making a hottest women list. Poor, Paris.
So for your entertainment, we have provided a list that trumps all other hottest women lists, by compiling the hottest female celebrities to make all of the lists. This is the hottest hottest women list. Without further ado, here are the hottest celebs of the 21st century, our modern-day sex symbols. Do you agree with Hollywood’s idea of who is hot? Let us know.
15. Megan Fox
It was only in 2007 that you couldn’t go one day without seeing or hearing something about how hot Megan Fox was. At the time, her exotic look and tattoos drew comparisons to Angelina Jolie with many hailing her as “The Next Angelina Jolie.” At the height of her popularity where she was the reigning queen, she was on every possible “hottest women list” around, from Maxim’s Hot 100 list to FHM’s “Sexiest Woman in the World” in 2008, where she was voted as the number one choice. In 2012, People also put her on their list of “Most Beautiful at Every Age.” Megan Fox was our “It Girl” at the time, a title that was relatively short-lived.
While Fox is another one of our modern-day sex symbols, her popularity has waned over the years. With a number of box office failures that were also slammed by the critics (Jennifer’s Body, Jonah Hex and Passion Play, come to mind), Fox is easily on her way to irrelevancy. For the time being, Fox seems to be focusing on her family, aside from her role in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films in 2014 and 2016. It remains to be seen whether or not she will be making any more “hottest women lists” any time soon.
14. Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara has been in the business a long time, but didn’t become widely recognized until she took on the role of Gloria in ABC’s Modern Family in 2009, a role for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award from 2010 to 2013 and increased her popularity ten-fold. Since then, she has landed on a few of those hottest women lists, including People’s list of “50 Most Beautiful People.” Her good looks are undeniable; in fact, she was actually randomly scouted on a beach because of her looks in the first place! Her curves and hourglass figure are especially praised. However, Vergara says that in some ways, her good looks have worked against her, saying, “I can’t just play an ordinary girl. So I try to find roles which will let me capitalize on my looks and my personality and advance my career that way.” In any case, we will be seeing Vergara on these lists for at least a few more years, at least until she can no longer play the pretty woman part.
13. Kim Kardashian
Even Kim Kardashian has made her way onto those hottest women lists, including Maxim’s “Hot 100” list. Scientific analyses have also shown that Kim’s symmetrical face means that she is one of the most beautiful women in the world (Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s former wife, has now moved Kim Kardashian to the second spot, while Kate Moss trails behind her). Even her body type measurements deem her close to physical perfection. While we will be seeing Kim Kardashian on these coveted lists for a few more years, especially now that she is at the height of her career, her beauty will eventually fade and she will be replaced with more relevant celebrities, and quite possibly her very own sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
12. Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke, Mother of Dragons, really needs no introduction. But just in case, she plays the role of Daenerys on Game of Thrones, possibly one of the best and most powerful female television characters in history. While she is one of the newest celebrities to make these types of lists, her popularity is soaring right now and is part of the reason why, in addition to her steamy nude scenes on G0T, is expected to make every “hottest women list” from here to infinity. Indeed, we are seeing one of our newest sex symbols unfold before our eyes. In 2015, Esquire named her “The Sexiest Woman Alive” and for good reason. She may not have been on as many hottest women lists as others on this list, but we expect to see a lot more of Clarke in the upcoming years as she expands her acting career.
11. Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s dark, exotic beauty has made her one of our modern-day sex symbols, reserving her a spot on a large number of hottest women lists, including Maxim’s “Hot 100” list in 2007. Empire magazine also hailed her as one of the “100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the World.” She has also been on AskMen.com’s “Most Desirable Women” list multiple years in a row while in 2014, Esquire named her the “Sexiest Woman Alive.” She rose to prominence in the late 80s with films such as The Hi-Lo Country, Blow and Vanilla Sky, while in 2008, she received an Oscar for her performance in Vicky Christina Barcelona. Her sultry on-screen presence explains why she is one of the sex symbols of our time and why we expect that the title won’t be going away just yet.
10. Blake Lively
Blake Lively is a more recent contender on all of the “hottest women lists,” only getting her breakthrough role as of 2005’s The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and in 2007’s Gossip Girl. Her critically acclaimed role finally came in the form of 2009’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Even then, she wasn’t yet a household name. Today, she is perhaps more aptly recognized as the wife of Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds, with many outlets claiming that they are the most adorable couple ever. To date, the pretty blonde Blake Lively was hailed as “Most Desirable Woman” by Ask.Men.com in 2011, while in 2012, People Magazine gave her a spot on their list of “Most Beautiful at Every Age.”
Lively’s popularity seems to be on the rise, especially with her relatively high-profile relationship. It is very likely that she will continue to get on more hottest women lists in the future if she can maintain relevancy and a relatively decent career trajectory. Earlier this year, she starred in the box-office success The Shallows, and has another film coming out in September, titled All I Can See is You.
9. Kate Upton
Kate Upton turned into a celebrity sensation seemingly overnight, beginning with her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit appearance in 2011 and the viral video that followed of her doing the dougie hip-hop dance. Her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers in 2012 and 2013 bolstered her popularity even further, with men and women alike praising her blonde bombshell good looks and curvy bod. She landed a spot on a number of “hottest women lists,” from Maxim’s “Hot 100 List” in 2012 to AskMen’s “Top 99 Women” list in 2013.
But, just like Megan Fox, Upton’s popularity is similarly waning. That said, it appears that she is trying to transition into a film career; her most notable role to date was in the 2014 film The Other Woman, where she starred alongside Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz. Although new “It Girls” like Gigi Hadid may have taken Upton’s place for the time being, we won’t count her out just yet. It is possible that she could break into the acting scene and become more relevant over the next few years. She currently has three movies in post-production, including James Franco’s The Masterpiece (a small role), Wild Man and a more prominent role in The Layover.
8. Halle Berry
In the early 2000s, Halle Berry was one of the hottest women in the world (as well as one of the highest paid actresses at the time). In 2003, People put her in the number one spot on their list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”, while FHM put her on their list of “100 Sexiest Women in the World.” In 2008, Esquire named her “Sexiest Woman Alive.” Men’s Health magazine also listed her on their “100 Hottest Women of All Time” list. Her latest title came in 2009 when she reserved a spot on Empire’s “100 Sexiest Film Stars.” Berry was the reigning queen back in the early 2000s when she took on high-profile roles such as Storm in the X-Men series, as well as Bond Girl Jinx in Die Another Day. She has received a fair amount of critical acclaim over the years and is still doing so to this day (Cloud Atlas comes to mind). Halle Berry might not be the hottest girl in town anymore, but that doesn’t mean she won’t still be making those hottest women lists.
7. Charlize Theron
When it comes to gorgeous women in Hollywood, Charlize Theron’s beauty is undeniable, with many even saying that she is on the same level as Angelina Jolie. In 2003 AskMen hailed her as “The Most Desirable Woman.” She was crowned Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” and landed a spot on GQ Magazine’s “The 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century,” to name but a few. But she has done more in Hollywood than simply be a pretty face; she has also received critical acclaim for her film Monster, where she played a serial killer: following her Oscar, she became one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses. Her popularity has soared in recent years with films such as Mad Max. That said, she did cause quite a controversy earlier this year when she said that she was too pretty for certain roles, a sentiment also shared by Sofia Vergara. Theron said, “Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story… How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f—king, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.” Whether you agree or not, Theron’s hotness cannot be disputed.
6. Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis’ exotic beauty is undeniable and is obviously part of the reason why she has landed on a large number of “hottest women lists” over the years. Of course, her charisma also likely plays a part. For one, she has consistently reserved a spot on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list. In 2011, GQ magazine hailed Kunis as “Knockout of the Year”, while Men’s Health put her on their list of “100 Hottest Women of All Time.” In 2012, FHM magazine put her on their “Hot 100” list and went on to take the number one spot on their list of “100 Sexiest Women in the World” in 2013. You get the idea: Kunis is hot stuff. Her popularity soared with her breakthrough role as Jackie Burkhart in That 70’s Show, but she also went on to receive critical acclaim for her performance in Black Swan. Given her popularity, we expect to see Kunis making these types of lists for a few more years yet.
5. Scarlett Johansson
As one of the modern sex symbols of our time, naturally, Scarlett Johansson is on every “hottest women list”, from Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” list in both 2006 and 2013 (a title that has never been awarded multiple times) to Playboy Magazine’s the “Sexiest Woman” list in 2006. Johansson couldn’t be more popular than she is right now: the woman is everywhere. Her interesting look, famous hourglass curves and sex appeal contributed to the coveted titles above, but her popularity is not only due to her beauty. She is popular among the indie crowd with films such as the iconic Lost in Translation, a film that afforded her critical acclaim, as well as the comic book crowd with films like The Avengers, making her the top grossing actress of all time. Johansson has found her sweet spot and we predict that we will all be seeing her on many, many more hottest women lists (not only for her looks alone) for a while yet.
4. Jessica Alba
We may not hear about Jessica Alba very often these days, but back in the early 2000s, she was swimming bikini-clad onto all of the hottest women lists, including taking the number one spot on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list in 2001. In fact, she received a spot on this list every year it was published, all the way up until 2014. In 2005, People named her one of “50 Most Beautiful People”, while Playboy Magazine reserved her a spot on its “25 Sexiest Celebrities” list in 2006. In 2007, FHM ranked her as the number one “Sexiest Woman in the World.” We could go on, but we think you get the point.
Her popularity began with her breakout role in the sci-fi series Dark Angel, a role that won her a Golden Globe nomination. After that, she went on to take a number of eye candy-type roles. Although she was nominated for and received a number of Razzie Awards for Worst Actress, her hotness was not diminished. Today, Alba is a much more successful entrepreneur than actress, even co-founding The Honest Company. She is currently worth a staggering $340 million. While she is still acting, Alba now wants to be more selective with films she does to avoid being typecast as a sex symbol.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez has been hanging on the block for a long time, so naturally she has been on an alarming number of “hottest women lists” over the years. She started out as a dancer and then transitioned into acting, with her lead role coming in the form of 1997’s Selena, before she seamlessly transitioned into that of a popstar. That’s almost two decades in the business. In that time, Lopez has not experienced a particularly striking dip in her popularity like other celebs, even though she was just as overexposed at certain points of her career.
Indeed, Lopez she is another modern sex symbol of our time, with a body (and booty!) that has had everyone hailing her as one of the hottest women in Hollywood. Her high-profile relationships over the years, especially with Ben Affleck, increased interest in her even further. To this day, at 47 years old, Lopez continues to flaunt what she’s got in music videos while also acting in NBC’s crime drama Shades of Blue. She is showing no signs of stopping any time soon, so we expect to see her making those “hottest women lists” for a few years yet.
What can we say about Beyonce? She seems to be hotter than ever these days, successfully transitioning out of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups ever, and turning herself into a popstar. Her career has already spanned nearly two decades. Naturally, in this time she has made countless “hottest women lists,” from People’s “World’s Most Beautiful Women” in 2012, to Complex’s “Hottest Female Singers of All Time.” You get it: Beyonce is on fire. While she is known for her curves and sex appeal, her popularity (and hotness) cannot be attributed to this alone. She manages to stay extremely relevant with girl-power anthems and feminist lyrical themes. She is continually doing new things in music, including experimenting with visual albums like Beyonce and Lemonade, something that had never been done before. She knows how to work the public to get people talking, like that time when she dropped a record out of thin air. There is a reason why they call her Queen B. Beyonce is here to stay.
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s public image is very tightly wound with that of otherworldly beauty and sex appeal, which means that she has basically been on every “hottest women” list in existence. Indeed, many media outlets have referred to her as the “most beautiful woman in the world”, including Vogue, People and Vanity Fair, as well as the “sexiest woman alive,” including outlets like Esquire, FHM and Empire. She is yet another sex symbol of our time, known for her full lips, eyes and tattoos. Interestingly, Jolie is credited with ushering in the idea of the “girl crush,” with men and women alike. She changed the face of beauty again when she underwent her double mastectomy.
Of course, it wasn’t just her beauty alone that fed into media’s fascination with her. Indeed, she has certainly had a very interesting Hollywood experience. She has been in the public eye for a long time, even as a child as the daughter of actor John Voight. In the 90s, the media documented her interest in blood and knives, her bisexuality and rumours of an incestuous relationship with her brother. However, she eventually went on to receive critical acclaim in a number of films but once she took on the role of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films, she became solidified in the Hollywood scene. She went on to have a number of high-profile relationships, adopt children from around the world and engage in various humanitarian work. This was around the time likability soared and she became a recognizable name. Today, she is one of the most highly-paid actresses in Hollywood. At a young 41 years of age, Jolie will be making all of those hottest women lists for years to come.