The Best Of The Best: Ranking Esquire's 11 Sexiest Woman Alive

People Magazine may have originated the idea of awarding a celebrity the title of the Sexiest Person Alive, but for whatever reason they limited their scope strictly to the male gender. Fools. Thankfully in 2004, Esquire Magazine finally stepped in and satisfied the people they’d ignored for nineteen years. Keeping the tradition alive every year since its debut, their editorial team gets together, looks at women from all mediums, and narrows the field down until a single female celebrity is left to be given the crown.

Their editors may have had a tough job ahead of them but the work we have in front of us today is no easy task either. Taking the eleven women who’ve held the title and ranking them from top to bottom, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. When we set out to put this list together we sent our minds back to the year each woman was given their award (where necessary). Without any further ado, let’s get to the list.

11 Mila Kunis

10 Emilia Clarke

9 Minka Kelly

8 Kate Beckinsale

7 Penélope Cruz

6 Charlize Theron

5 Angelina Jolie

4 Halle Berry

3 Jessica Biel

2 Rihanna

1 Scarlett Johansson

The only person who Esquire has named the Sexiest Woman Alive twice, as of the time of this writing, we’re going to go ahead and add our voices to the legion of people who celebrated that choice. First coming to fame in a more adult role, when Scarlett played one of the lead roles in Ghost World, her character may have been somewhat frumpy but nobody was fooled. If we list memorable movies she’s appeared in, like Lost in Translation, The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Her, Under the Skin and Lucy, for instance, we still won’t have even brought up her most famous work. Cast as Black Widow/Natasha Romanova in Iron Man 2, she arguably has since become the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s MVP. The character that perfectly puts the plots of the various films in perspective for the audience, her physicality, and dramatic chops have made fantastic films feel grounded in the best way possible. Topping the list in 2006 and 2013, her short, five foot two frame, is voluptuous and when we saw it in the buff after the release of Under the Skin, we knew we had seen a work of art.

Sources: Esquire, Wikipedia

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