If you are anything like us and were alive during the 2000s, there is one thing you can attest to: there was a seemingly never-ending list of women for people to fantasize about. After all, there's billions of people on this planet and odds are that some of them are going to be incredibly attractive. When you consider that society, then and now, is very focused on the physical appeal of anyone in the public eye, it becomes obvious that we’ll be introduced to more hotties each year.
These days if a singer wants to make a name for themselves they most likely have to appear in music videos, interviews, competition shows or some other form of media. The companies that decide who give people those opportunities obviously tend to give attractive people (of either gender) a huge advantage in getting those coveted spots. If you are an athlete who is good enough to make a dent on pop culture through your skills, it is necessary to have a finely tuned body, which inherently makes the likelihood that you looking great much larger. If you try to be a famous actor, you’ll have to go through the grueling audition process, which will more than likely make it impossible for you to become a lead unless you are attractive. While some of these facts are unfortunate, especially in the case of singers and actors, it is the case, so we might as well admit to ourselves that we enjoy the view, right? That is what inspired us to put together this list of the 15 famous females from the 2000s who were fantasy fodder.
In order to be considered for inclusion on this list, you have to be a woman first and foremost. On top of that, you need to have gained some level of fame as it is unlikely that the masses would be thinking of you in their private moments unless you are a known entity. Other than that, we were open to the possibilities, which means actors, singers, athletes, “reality” show stars, and anyone you’d recognize from other professions was up for grabs.
15 Leighton Meester
An actress that spent the last three years of the 2000s playing one of the main characters on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester proved to be very adept at playing someone you didn’t want to mess with. Blair Waldorf, the character she played on the show, carried herself in a very sexy and confident manner that made viewers instantly fall for an actress that many were unaware of previously. Starting out her career with guest performances on shows in 1999, she would spend much of this decade playing minor but memorable roles. For instance, she played a character on House that was obsessed with the curmudgeonly doctor and lord knows we understood why he found her hard to resist despite the age difference. She may not have quite reached the level of fame some of the other actresses on this list did, as she principally performed on TV, but she definitely looked as good as just about anyone.
14 Jennifer Lopez
There have been few people who’ve been better at conquering the media for a time than Jennifer Lopez. Seemingly omnipresent for a time, she was all over the tabloids, due in large part to her relationship with Ben Affleck. Any channels that showed pop music videos in high rotation were bound to show her face and body on a regular basis as she released a long list of songs that performed well and she looked great in the videos. Finally, she conquered the movie world through roles in films like The Cell, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan, Enough, and so much more that it would take too long to list. Fortunately, her consistent presence wasn’t nearly as annoying as it could have been because of her tendency to be seen in clothes that showed off her incredible body. We’re ok with someone like her being overexposed if you know what we mean.
13 Britney Spears
An absolute musical superstar when her first music video captivated the world, in large part due to her outfit fascinating teens and young adults, her career would have true staying power. Doing better than nearly anyone ever could have expected, she was christened the “princess of pop”, a title she richly deserved considering she sold more than one-hundred-million albums. Also starring in a movie during this decade, 2002’s Crossroads, her acting was atrocious but the movie made more than five times its budget at the box office. If that isn’t a testament to the fact that people wanted to see more of Britney we don’t know what is. A dazzling diva whose blonde locks and willingness to show off her flesh in public made her highly desired, she was the crush of millions of youngsters and a lot of adults too.
12 Megan Fox
An actress that made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, a flick that starred someone else to come on this list, Megan Fox became a star in her own right a few years later. Cast as the romantic lead in the first live action Transformers movie, when Michael Bay lovingly filmed her body as she leaned over an engine, the world stood up and took notice that a hottie had arrived. Coming back for that film’s sequel, she once again showed off that her main asset was her physical appearance in a film that many felt was a downgrade from the previous entry. Also starring in movies like Jennifer’s Body, Jonah Hex, and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, not all of her films were smashes at the box office but she at least continued to look magnificent. A beautiful girl that possessed a very tight figure that she showed off in several photoshoots, she always seemed to have an edge to her image which made her all the more attractive.
11 Rosario Dawson
Someone that showed a great deal of maturity in her acting from a very young age, as evidenced by her work in Kids, Rosario Dawson came into her own in the 2000s. Appearing in films like Men in Black II, 25th Hour, The Rundown, Rent, Sin City, Clerks II and more, the characters she played always seemed to have a worldliness to them. Someone that exudes confidence, Rosario has never been the biggest box office draw but there is no question that she is hugely talented and is a joy to watch. Blessed with a bountiful pair of breasts that are always enjoyable to look at, she also has a butt that won’t quit. In short, as far as her body goes, there isn’t anything we see that falls short of being arousing.
10 Natalie Portman
When you first come to the world’s attention as a child actress it is often very difficult to break free of the way people first saw you but that never seemed hard for Natalie. Possibly due in part to the fact that her first roles were far more mature than most actors her age could have pulled off when she became an adult, she was seen by the world as a talented and good-looking woman. The star of films like the Star Wars prequels, Garden State, Closer, V for Vendetta and The Other Boleyn Girl, she is often cast as the romantic interest despite her obvious leading lady abilities due to her looks. A tiny woman who stands at only five foot three, you’d never know it unless you were standing beside her because she doesn’t act like she is small, which is probably the case partly because she is so gorgeous.
9 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan might be known today because of being a tabloid mainstay due to the many controversies that she’s been a part of, some may not remember that wasn’t always the case. At one point a multifaceted performer who recorded hit music and even had notable guest appearances on series like That 70s Show. Of course, her greatest claim to fame though is her work in movies like Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Herbie Fully Loaded, Just My Luck and Mean Girls, that last film is seen as a classic. Arguably the most famous redhead of the decade, her hair color wasn’t the only notable physical attribute she possessed as you’d have to be blind to look past her boobs.
8 Elisha Cuthbert
Coming to the world’s attention due to her role in 24 which ran for the entirety of this decade, her role wasn’t positioned to be sexy at first but as she blossomed her looks became impossible to ignore. Appearing in The Girl Next Door in 2004, her character was a former adult star and although she remained at least partially covered up throughout, it is certainly one of the sexiest performances of the decade. While Elisha Cuthbert never became a big movie star despite that awe-inspiring role, she certainly upped the attractiveness ante on TV. A blonde with a tight body that she was ok with the rest of us seeing in various stages of undress, she is a beauty for the ages.
7 Scarlett Johansson
Named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine in 2006, Scarlett is the only person named that twice as she was given the position again in 2013, which goes beyond this list’s judging time but says a lot. Starring in movies like Ghost World, Lost in Translation, The Island, The Prestige, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Spirit, during the 2000s, she played parts in major movies every year of the decade. An exquisite woman who had a body that looks great in pretty much anything, one of the major things that makes her so remarkably hot is that she is super famous but seems like a lovely woman still. It also doesn’t hurt at all that our minds were pretty much blown when she kissed Penelope Cruz in 2008’s Vicky Christina Barcelona.
6 Angelina Jolie
An actress that oozes sex from every pore, Angelina Jolie is the type of person that all eyes instantly are drawn to when she enters a room. Someone who was more than happy at times to reveal to the world that she had one hell of a sex life with several lovers, including Jonny Lee Miller, Jenny Shimizu and Billy Bob Thorton that made her more desirable to many. One of the biggest actresses alive in the 2000s, she would appear in movies like the Tomb Raider franchise, Taking Lives, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted and Changeling. Carrying herself in a manner that made it seem like she could outdo almost anyone in the sack as well as appearing in the buff many times over the years, you had to describe her as sexy if your eyes worked.
5 Salma Hayek
A diminutive actress who only stands at five foot two, Salma Hayek became an international acting superstar because of her outsized personality and curves. Already a big star in the nineties due to her star-making role in Desperado, in which she appears in the nude, she would go on to do movies like From Dusk til Dawn, Fools Rush In, 54 and Dogma, in that decade to name a few. Keeping the momentum going in the 2000s, she would add greatly to her resume, which now including an Academy Award nomination for Frida and a long list of memorable film roles. With one of the most distinctive voices in Hollywood, she would have been likely to stand out already but her body also took care of that as she was never shy to reveal to the public.
4 Jessica Biel
What is up with actresses that are named Jessica that were famous in the 2000s being incredibly hot? Cast as Mary Camden in the series 7th Heaven, she was expected to portray herself in a squeaky clean manner which was something she quickly bristled against. Taking part in several photoshoots that were controversial in nature, including one where she was topless, it wasn’t too long before she moved on from the show and became a movie star. Known in the latter half of the decade for her roles in movies like The Rules of Attraction, Blade Trinity, Stealth, The Illusionist and Next, among others, she became a bankable star. Having one of the best butts of the decade, as anyone who saw I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry can attest, she also has it going on in virtually every other way.
3 Halle Berry
Starting to make a name for herself in the acting world due to many memorable supporting roles in the 90s, it was in the 2000s that Halle would really become a star. Opting to appear in the nude for the first time on film in 2001, that view was so coveted that there is a belief that persists to this day that she was paid half a million dollars to show her breasts. Becoming a fixture of the X-Men franchise of films starting in the year 2000, she would also go on to win an Academy Award for her revealing work in Monster’s Ball. However, she followed up that career-making role by starring in Catwoman a few years later and any momentum she had at the time dissipated. In fact, things got so slow at one point, and so hectic in her personal life, that she wasn’t in a film between 2007 and 2010. Despite that inactivity, Esquire magazine named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2008 which says more than we ever could.
2 Monica Bellucci
There may be a lot of people in North America who don’t know the name of Monica Belucci but there is no question in our minds that they are obviously missing out. An Italian actress that totally conquered their cinematic scene, there is a long list of films from her homeland that she was great in and because of that she was nominated for several awards there. Additionally, she made one of her first major forays into North American cinema in 2003 when she played the absolutely gorgeous Persephone in The Matrix Reloaded. It makes perfect sense that she existed in that world as programming is one way to explain how someone could look that good. Continuing to appear in movies to this day, she has put together an impressive resume and we’re glad that is the case. Someone who has shown off her body in the nude as part of many films over her career, she has provided the world with a good idea of what her body looks like in the buff. Curvy in the best ways possible but with a body that doesn’t seem to have a single extra pound, her figure would be described in the 2000s as banging.
1 Jessica Alba
A regular fixture of lists put out by magazines like FHM, Maxim and People looking at the most beautiful women in the world, Jessica Alba was the clear choice for the top slot on this list. An actress who first came to prominence with her starring role in the James Cameron created series Dark Angel, once the world got a look at her, most of us wanted more. Fortunately, the powers that be listened to our desires as she would be seen movies like Honey, Sin City, Into the Blue, Good Luck Chuck, and two Fantastic Four movies. While her filmography isn’t exactly filled to the brim with films that are seen as classics, it did ensure that she was regularly featured in photoshoots which we loved. Between her olive skin which always looked soft and supple, her luscious legs, and her more obvious assets, Jessica was always a marvel to behold.