Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, every model, actress and singer uploads hundreds of pics each year for the world to see. But these pics are here today and gone tomorrow. That’s because there is nothing new or inventive about them. Kim Kardashian’s behind has been passe for years. People are yawning at Katy Perry’s pin-ups. And Kate Hudson isn’t breaking any barriers with her random acts of singing and dancing. Celebs these days have nothing new to offer.
We need to look back at the starlets who paved the way. Innovators such as Bettie Page. Classic beauties such as Audrey Hepburn. And sex symbols like Marilyn Monroe. These ladies were the original hotties – long before the term was even coined. They defined what it was to be a woman, and what made an image a success. So click on to get a look at the best pics of the hotties of yesteryear. Had social media existed back then, you can be positive that these classic pics would have gone viral. And in a way, they did… through re-prints, posters and now to modern audiences via the Internet.
15 Farrah Fawcett
This pic put Farrah Fawcett on the map. It made her career, and immortalized her in the public’s mind. Everything about her is spot on – without airbrushing! Her smile is inviting, her cascading hair is to die for, and she has a naturally toned body. The red bathing suit leaves just enough to the imagination. She’s a true beauty that didn’t need all the enhancements that women today rely on – no breast augmentation, no rhinoplasty, no booty lift. Even after the remakes of Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett is still everyone’s favorite.
14 Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake is classically beautiful. Her face is perfectly proportioned and her swollen lips were all natural. She upped the ante with her trademark hair, which she wore over one eye. She was a seductress in the truest sense of the word. Unlike many actresses today, she was able to have a career at just 4’11” tall. Her petite frame was most admired, and it was an asset on camera as she made her male co-stars seem taller. The dress she is wearing in this pic is typical of the 1940s. It may cover everything up, but that’s part of the allure as it allows her physique to speak for itself.
13 Jayne Mansfield
This classic pic of Jayne Mansfield shows what she was all about – curves, curves and more curves! She was quite the hottie back in the 1950s and 1960s, and was often compared to Marilyn Monroe. Many preferred Mansfield to Monroe, because Mansfield was more buxom and posed in more provocative pics. She even modeled for Playboy back in its early days. She was also the first choice to play Ginger on Gilligan’s Island. She declined the role because, back then, film stars didn’t do TV. Mansfield lived it up as many high-profile actresses today do. She married a baseball player, and toured the country while performing nightclub acts. Look familiar? She's also the late mother of Mariska Hargitay.
12 Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn defined class and sophistication with this pic, taken from her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It made the little black dress a staple. Hepburn added an element of glamor by wearing jewels from head to toe. And her cigarette was a nod to an era when men were men, and women were women. Hepburn was a different kind of sexy, as she showed just enough to make a statement. Her tiny frame made her seem delicate, and her accent added a degree of mystery to her persona. Hepburn exuded an aura that she was not only beautiful, but intelligent. She was the kind of lady that would be a match for one’s desires, and for one’s wits.
11 Betty Grable
Betty Grable is the picture of femininity. She’s everything a woman should be. She has just the right amount of va-va-voom while still being able to play the girl-next-door. Her legs were legendary, and her smile would light up the room. The pin-up style pic is still copied today. It is considered by Life magazine to be one of the 100 pictures that changed the world. An interesting fact is that the pic was photoshopped. The original showed a more prominent cleft between her butt cheeks, which was considered too risqué at the time.
10 Jacqueline Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy is celebrated for her flawless personal style. She is considered the most sophisticated woman of all time. She set the standard for how a First Lady should look and act. But photos taken of her reveal that her looks were versatile, and Kennedy was a total hottie. For example, she wore a ton of strapless gowns. This pic reveals her more sensual side, with her bare shoulders and chest. Ever one to be tasteful, she was careful not to show any cleavage. For those that think women should leave a little something to the imagination, Kennedy fit the bill.
9 Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda became cemented as a bombshell in the cult classic Barbarella. The campy, futuristic costumes she donned were made to accent all of her best features – namely her shapely chest and long legs. A careful study of this outfit reveals that even the areas that were covered up were intended to draw the eye to her lady bits, as noted by the black seams of her nylons and the gold sequins on her top. Even the styling in the movie was designed to showcase her hotness, including her big hair, doe eyes and the phallic-shaped gun she carried. This pic is true Fonda, because it shows her agility even before she morphed into the 1980s aerobics queen.
8 Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch showed off her epic good looks in this pic from 10 Million B.C. She goes beyond hot. In this pic, she oozes raw animal desire. Her perfect, bronzed body is accentuated well by the rugged get-up she has on. Even her cave-girl pose is inviting. In an era when blondes had more fun, Welch challenged the stereotypes with her chocolate eyes and dark, flowing hair. The basic instincts she displayed in this pic made her look like she had just one thing on her mind. Welch had only three lines in the movie this pic was taken from, but they were powerful! Her poster from the movie reached record sales levels.
7 Marilyn Monroe
It’s an impossible task to pick just one classic photo of Marilyn Monroe. She didn’t ever take a bad picture. And each of hers is unique in its own special way. This one of Monroe in a gold lame dress shows off all her best features, and demonstrates her universal appeal. The cut of the dress shows off her figure, and her tousled hair is the ideal mix between polished and just rolled out of bed. But it’s her face that is the real stunner here. Her eyes are downcast, as if she has a secret that she wants to tell you. Her peachy cheeks make her look invigorated and ready for anything, and her red lips are parted just-so, asking you to lean in closer. We bet she smelled great, too.
6 Brigitte Bardot
Take a look at this picture, and you will think you may have seen this girl before. It’s not Georgia Jagger or Lara Stone. It’s the first gap-toothed beauty, Brigitte Bardot. She was a French actress that captivated that world with her sultry beauty. She is credited with having popularized the bikini, and her hairstyle was copied as much as Jennifer Aniston’s was on Friends. This pic typifies Bardot’s appeal. She isn’t showing off any cleavage or leg, yet the viewer cannot look away. Her expressive features hold men and women captive. That’s why she’s still so copied today.
5 Elizabeth Taylor
This shot of Elizabeth Taylor is iconic. Taken from a hit movie called Suddenly Last Summer, it was the first role where Taylor said she took her acting seriously. Her acting may be legendary, but it’s overshadowed by her other-worldly good looks. Here she is, sitting on the shore like so many ladies before and after, yet the viewer cannot look away. The whole of her beauty is more than the sum of its parts. Her black hair frames her face. Her face has an expression of red-hot lust and cool indifference. Her off-the-shoulder bathing suit reveals an ample chest. And for some reason, the black and white of this pic sets the whole thing off.
4 Ginger and Mary Anne
Whether you like Ginger or Mary Anne best, there’s no denying that they are both smokin’ hot by any standard. Ginger was long considered the favorite due to her voluptuous body, throaty voice and deep-necked dresses. But then men made their voices heard, and revealed that many had a thing for Mary Anne, due to her down-home cuteness. Mary Anne may be in a turtleneck in this pic, but she sure fills it out. Gilligan’s Island had a wacky premise, but audiences didn’t mind because they loved watching these girls. Every woman idolized them for their looks, and girls would fight over who got to play who during make-believe.
3 Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress became a household name thanks to this hot pic, taken from the James Bond movie Dr. No. The bikini she wore is legendary. It’s party on the top and business on the bottom. What many still enjoy about this pic is that it shows the body of a real woman. Andress was tall and with waxen hair which is consistent with norms of today. But she also has a little meat on her bones, and a regular-sized chest. She’s au naturel from head to toe, and rocks it. Men of every era respond those good looks on any given day.
2 Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden was a bona fide hottie on TV’s I Dream of Jeannie. Men are most enamored with her costume which, although it didn’t show her belly button, still made their hearts skip a beat. Even today, they’d give their right arm to be invited into her genie den. Women admire her flawless face, with its bright blue eyes, milky-white skin and thousand watt smile. Although I Dream of Jeannie wasn’t a ratings superstar, Eden is forever remembered as being one of the hottest women to ever appear on the small screen. And she still looks amazing today, at 84.
1 Bettie Page
Bettie Page was a sensational pin-up. She is famous for her bangs, which she used to mask a prominent forehead. She often posed in black lingerie which gave her a naughty persona. Page’s pics were considered rather risqué for the 1950s. It’s easy to see why, since even the “tame” pics feature her posing provocatively, and the “hardcore” images show her participating in S&M. Page is considered to have been a woman who broke down conventional barriers by posing for nude photos in a time when it was only legal in the artistic sense. Many claim that if it were not for Page’s groundbreaking work, that there would be no Madonna, no Rihanna and no Katy Perry. That’s one hefty legacy!