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.
14 Sofia Vergara
13 Kim Kardashian
12 Emilia Clarke
11 Penelope Cruz
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.”
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.
8 Halle Berry
7 Charlize Theron
6 Mila Kunis
5 Scarlett Johansson
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.
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.
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.
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