It's hard not to see Rowland as the chick in Destiny's Child who
isn't Beyoncé, and even harder to make that sound like it isn't a
searing insult. Truth is, if you like your beauty with its high-heeled
feet a little closer to the ground, Rowland—reinventing herself
something fierce with a new, uptempo album and a sweet-spot gig judging
next season's X Factor—is most definitely your girl.
100. Kaitlin Olson
One television critic put it best: "beauty meets bawdy." On Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,
Olson's always kept us laughing just hard enough that we never stop to
feel bad about it. And for that, we're eternally grateful.
99. Paris Hilton
You can call her a punchline, but on not much more than a deliciously
lean figure, a royals entitlement, an indelible balance of doe and
vixen, and sheer willpower, Hilton has stamped herself forever in our
consciousness—for better or worse.
98. Rose Byrne
Brad Pitt, Heath Ledger, Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, James
McAvoy...Byrne certainly has colorful taste in leading men, and a
spellbinding gift for transfixing audiences with quirky film choices,
from X-Men: First Class to Marie Antoinette, Bridesmaids to Damages. Whatever she's in, we yearn for Byrne.
97. Lady Gaga
Usually, the combination of raw meat, wheelchairs, and egg-shaped
spacecraft leaves us only a little curious, if quite possibly a little
nauseous. Yet when Lady Gaga employs such madness, matched with an
apparently evergreen dominatrix routine patented by Madonna, we kind of
dig it. Makes us suspect maybe—just maybe—this chick might be more
dangerous than we are.
96. Kate Mara
Adorable may not be what most Hollywood ingénues aim for, but Mara's
stolen our heart with a beauty that's refreshingly optimistic. There's
no sturm und drang to crushing on her. She knocked us out in Brokeback Mountain, 127 Hours, and Peep World. And that was before we learned that her extended family owned both the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Game on.
95. Emma Watson
With the last of the Harry Potter films now in the can, it's
finally safe to confess our crush on the formerly adorable, and now
smoking hot Emma Watson. Look for her to cast another spell on men this
November in My Week With Marilyn.
94. Marion Cotillard
There is virtually nothing more to say about this dark French beauty—Oscar-decorated for her work in La Vie En Rose, spellbinding in Public Enemies, Inception, Midnight in Paris, and sure to mesmerize in the upcoming Batman film—except this: nous vous adorons.
93. Jenna Fischer
Despite The Office’s early efforts to frump all hotness out of
Fischer, draping her in Kmart chic, we still adore her. Thankfully, our
patience has paid off, as her character's recent turn suggests a wild
girl just beginning to get naughty, and loving every second of it.
92. Kate Middleton
She's the Duchess of Cambridge, guys. Face it: What man doesn't wanna' bag a babe two billion people watched get hitched to a Prince?
91. Padma Lakshmi
Now on her ninth season hosting Bravo’s hit series Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi
serves up a potent one-two combination every week—a stunningly
beautiful woman who tempts us with the world's finest cuisine, and
leaves all of us longing for seconds.
90. Dianna Agron
The flaxen-haired goddess of Glee will fill our heart with
gladness, take away our sadness, and inspire an (almost) irresistible
urge to flash a pair of hearty jazz hands. She may have headlined I Am Number Four, but to us, the golden-voiced star is second to none.
89. Jennifer Lopez
F. Scott Fitzgerald says there are no second acts in American lives. Good thing Jenny on the Block
is Puerto Rican, because she's packed more caliente into 40
years—number-one albums, top-selling concert tours, blockbuster movies,
and tabloid-quaking supercouplings—than most chicas can shake a booty
at. And that's not even counting her stint as a judge on American Idol.
88. Ines Sainz
A "bad girl," according to a cheeky pictorial spread in her native Mexico, Sainz is witty, educated, and impossibly seductive.
What's better than that? Well, this: It's her job to love football.
She's one of Mexico's most experienced and most-watched sports
87. Hayley Atwell
It may seem unpatriotic for the bigscreen Captain America to give his
heart to a lady from across the pond, but hell, we were skipping rocks
for Hayley Atwell, ourselves. The raven-haired actress got her break
hawking chips (Pringles, not fries) in London, and then went nocturnal
in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dreams, before offering some fetching TLC to the First Avenger.
86. Victoria Beckham
David Beckham scored the biggest goal of his career when he hooked up with this diamond-dripping, Bentley-cruising, brunette hottie who formerly made up one-fifth of the Spice Girls—leaving the rest of us to dribble.
85. Anna Paquin
As you're no doubt aware, she's gone all-out kinky as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's arousing vampire series, True Blood. Is it too easy to say we'd like to sink our teeth into Paquin?
84. Lena Headey
What ever would Freud make of the potent cocktail of sex, violence,
and motherhood that is this exquisite British beauty—a veteran of A Game of Thrones, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and 300? Let's skip the analysis and get straight to the conclusion: The more we see of Headey, the better.
83. Hope Solo
Tall, blonde, and impossibly agile, Solo
nearly carried Team USA to a gold medal on willpower alone with her
otherworldly play in goal during the Women's World Cup. The only tragedy
is that we may have to wait four years before her face—and that
body—graces our big-screen again.
82. Julie Benz
Once the 12th best ice dancer in the nation, the breathtaking Benz
has drawn us in playing vampires and victims alike. One moment she's a
superhero, and the next she's the true love of serial killer Dexter. (Perhaps we’ll keep our distance, after all.)
81. Krysten Ritter
A study in contrasts, Ritter is at once a former international
fashion model, a burgeoning comic screenwriter, and a dramatic actress
who went deep, dark, vulnerable, and ultimately doomed as the girlfriend
of Jessie Pinkman on AMC's Breaking Bad. This fall, she'll be telling meta-fictive knock-knock jokes on ABC's sitcom, Apartment 23.
80. Kristen Stewart
Hypnotically sensual, Stewart caught our eye with her sleepy, sexy
hippie-teen turn in Sean Penn's 2007 meditation on off-the-grid living,
then lent astonishing gravity—her critics might choose other words—to
the Twilight franchise. Next up, she'll play Snow White in the 2012 live-action remake.
79. Jessica Biel
Exotic hottie Jessica Biel escaped the goodie-goodie prison of television's Seventh Heaven by going naughtie in Rules of Attraction, bloody in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, badass in Blade, and bodice-ripping in The Illusionist.
She's a force of nature off the screen, too, having recently conquered
Mount Kilimanjaro—just before bringing some much-needed sex appeal to
2012’s Total Recall reboot.
78. Emily Blunt
Beneath the dark beauty, the abundant elegance and talent, there must exist in this star of The Devil Wears Prada, The Adjustment Bureau, and the upcoming Salmon Fishing in Yemen
the ability to love a tall, affable, goofball. We appreciate that.
Unfortunately, she already nabbed her tall, affable, goofball; in real
life, she's Mrs. John Krasinski.
77. Evan Rachel Wood
Forget, if you can, that she's one of the best actresses of her generation, that she went DVR-licious, buck-naked in HBO's Mildred Pierce
miniseries, that she was once engaged to Marilyn Manson (we're not Brad
Pitt, but we're pretty sure we top the Mechanical Animal), and you're
still left with those eyes. Look at those eyes. They reveal everything.
76. Cintia Dicker
There's an old Irish proverb about a face without freckles being like a night without stars. If you don't get it, look up Cintia Dicker—a statuesque, redheaded, and sun-kissed Brazilian beauty who has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues and pretty much every high-end fashion catalogue in the world.
75. Tina Fey
Smart girls used to get no love, but Fey has fixed the game from
behind a Clark Kent set of horn-rimmers and an insouciant, wizened
sarcasm that makes us love to loathe ourselves.
74. Emily Browning
From the land of Oz, this Aussie former child star (Lemony Snicket
anyone?) is bound to draw plenty of men to the box office for her
almost-always-nude turn in this fall's hypnotic Sleeping Beauty. We'll be in line with the rest of her potential spell-breakers.
73. Madeline Zima
These days, Zima—whose surname means "winter" in Polish—has ratcheted
up the heat thanks to her turn as a bisexual cheerleader on Heroes and a sexually precocious teen author (debut title? Fucking and Punching) on Showtime's Californication.
72. Sarah Wayne Callies
From Tarzan to Prison Break to The Walking Dead,
there is something fierce, feral, and erotically-charged about Hawaii
native Sarah Wayne Callies, which is a big reason why we're so thankful
she landed the lead role on AMC's mega-hit zombie series.
71. Olivia Wilde
If you thought we were going to pun on this steamy temptress'
surname—well, you were right. Except her last name isn't really
"Wilde;" it's "Cockburn." So write your own jokes. Meanwhile, we'll be
reserving our tickets to her next big flick, the 2011 sci-fi thriller, In Time.
70. Halle Berry
Just when we think we know Ms. Berry—teenaged
beauty queen, prime-time soap diva, big screen crack addict, superhero,
Bond girl, heartbreaker—we end up surprised. From X-Men to Monster’s Ball, Bulworth to Things We Lost in the Fire—she's so fine, even Catwoman couldn't make us turn away.
69. Emmanuelle Chriqui
Canada takes a lot of guff, 'eh? So it's about time we pay proper
respect for something they've done right: the breathtaking Emmanuelle
Chriqui. A former McDonald's commercial actress, we were lovin' it when
Chriqui went toe to toe with Adam Sandler in Don’t Mess with the Zohan, and loved it even more when she got naked and nefarious on Showtime's The Borgias.
68. Rachel Nichols
Her hot-bodied ass-kicking in shows like Alias and films like GI Joe left one national film critic loosening his collar over Nichols' "comely biceps." He can have 'em. We'll take the rest of Nichols, who appears poised to break out in a big way after her recent turn in Conan the Barbarian.
67. Emilia Clarke
Ordinarily, we're not into chicks with pet dragons and an affinity
for wolfing down the raw hearts of stallions, but if they look like this
English lass—currently mixing magic and mayhem as Daenerys Targaryen on
HBO's A Game of Thrones? Consider us spellbound.
66. Alex Morgan
The youngest player on this year's FIFA Women's World Cup team, New
York Flash jersey #13 certainly knows how to use her feet. Watching her
get sweaty on the field proved one theory correct: Teams full of women
like Alex Morgan are how you finally get Americans interested in soccer.
65. Rachel Bilson
We first fell for Bilson when she played Summer, the comely star of The O.C.—and before that, when she toyed with Zach Braff in that 2006 indie flick The Last Kiss.
Millions of dudes the world over understandably continue to lust after
the pixieish, dark-haired beauty, and that's before catching minute one
of this fall's CW series, Hart of Dixie.
64. Elisha Cuthbert
Onscreen, she's been daughter to Kiefer Sutherland and Tim Allen (no, not in the same project; that would be weird) and best friend to Paris Hilton (recall House of Wax, if you must), and will probably always have the word “cougar” attached to her name (her 24
character spent a good deal of season two ridiculously outrunning and
outsmarting the wild creature), but the platinum-blonde beauty is, at
last, enjoying a well-earned reprieve from running away with her new ABC
sitcom, Happy Endings.
63. Frieda Pinto
From Slumdog Millionaire to Rise of the Planet of the Apes,
the ravishing Mumbai native is used to being the pulchritude in
untenable environs. Wait until you see Pinto draw blood, tears, and
other bodily fluids, turning love into a battlefield in this fall's
myth-on-meth movie, Immortals. We’re not worthy.
62. Vanessa Hudgens
She was delightful in her Disney flicks—or, uh, so we've heard—but we
felt more comfortable enjoying Hudgens once she shook the shackles off
the Mouse House's forced chastity and went for broke with Sucker Punch, not to mention those stunning self-portraits.
61. Sasha Grey
Porn stars usually have the shelf life of yogurt, so then why, six
years later, are we still mesmerized by Grey? Because she’s smart and
mysterious and extreme—and, of course, way hot—a lethal, possibly
singular combination in the world of skin flicks.
60. Zooey Deschanel
She’s simply every geek's fantasy—the shapely body, and those blue
eyes opened wide in perpetual curiosity and surprise. She's a goddess of
indie music (She + Him), indie film (All the Real Girls), mainstream hits (Elf, 500 Days of Summer), and a new Fox sitcom (New Girl). In other words, Zooey Deschanel is electrifying in every way that other girls are not—and that's hot.
59. Eliza Dushku
A fanboy fave thanks to her smoldering, bare-knuckled work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse, Dushku is nobody's damsel in distress. And that's too bad, because we'd be first in line to give her an assist.
58. Taylor Swift
A music industry phenom for nearly half her 20 years, Taylor Swift is
nobody’s little girl. Indeed, you can chalk her success up to a
remarkable degree of conviction, strength, resolve—not to mention
cresting melodies, casual wordplay, and yes, really tiny skirts.
57. Erin Andrews
Tow-headed beauty Andrews, a third-ranked Dancing with the Stars
contestant, literally took a ball to the chin when the Mets' Alex Cora
ripped one foul in 2009. Much as we love baseball, inventing excuses to
watch the statuesque ESPN sideline reporter and former college
cheerleader is quickly becoming our real national pastime.
56. Rashida Jones
We'll just say it: we'd be very happy to recline on the couch and watch the Harvard-trained Jones—daughter of Quincy Jones and Mod Squad’s
Peggy Lipton—do everything she does, which is pretty much anything she
dreams of: act, sing, dance, write comic books, tell jokes, write
screenplays. Playing the role of the straight man—er, woman—on Parks & Recreation, she even manages to score more laughs than the kooks.
55. Amber Heard
What do Nicolas Cage, horror maestro John Carpenter, and late Gonzo
journalist Hunter S. Thompson have in common? They've all provided
employment for Heard, who may look delicate, but onscreen in films like Drive Angry, The Stepfather, and The Rum Diary, acts with intoxicating grit. Turns out, it’s also true grit—offscreen, she totes around a .357 Magnum.
54. Charlize Theron
Whether it's pure sexiness (2 Days in the Valley), whimsy (Arrested Development), elegance (Cider House Rules), or toughness (Hancock),
this blonde beauty from South Africa is a portrait of female perfection
wrapped in an air of enigma that we would gladly ponder for infinity.
The thought of her as Snow White's Evil Queen next spring has cast a
desperate spell on us.
53. Ximena Navarrete
If aliens were to descend upon Earth, wiping clean all of humankind,
save one man and one woman, we'd like that woman—Eve 2.0—to be this
woman, Miss Universe 2010. And, of course, we'd like that man to be one
52. Katie Holmes
In her signature role as Dawson Creek’s Joey Potter, Holmes
played a sultry go-getter. Most of Holmes’ onscreen appearances, in
fact, were once a volatile mix of darling and dangerous, lovable and
toxic. She had men reeling long before she had her husband freaking out
on Oprah’s couch. Expect this fall’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to put the heat back on Holmes.
51. Ellie Kemper
On The Office, Ellie Kemper's Erin quickly become our favorite
co-worker—she's goofy-hot, whipsmart, matter-of-factly naughty, and
laceratingly satirical. It's starting to make us think Jim Halpert may
have chosen the wrong receptionist.
50. Alison Brie
Hard to believe that this raven-haired beauty, who splits shifts between Mad Men and Community,
once worked as a clown at children’s birthday parties. But it's safe to
say that we'd still dig her even if she were wearing a rainbow wig and a
big red nose—not that we're into that.
49. Cameron Diaz
With great agility, Cameron Diaz has forged a career that's equal parts Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe, Three Stooges and Grace Kelly. And after all these years, there's still nobody in Hollywood that does a better job of rocking a miniskirt.
48. January Jones
There's something haunted and fragile about this voluptuous blonde
beauty, which is why we root for her to triumph over her blazing sadness
on Mad Men and understood Liam Neeson's desperation to find her in the corkscrew thriller Unknown.
47. Milla Jovovich
A teen model turned movie star, Jovovich once played the universe's only perfect being in The Fifth Element. We're not about to argue—especially given her upcoming turn as M'lady DeWinter in this October's Three Musketeers.
46. Kim Kardashian
We don't have Royal Families in America, but when high society and
reality television collide, something approximating kings, queens, and
princesses often emerge. Witness the career of Kardashian, whose greatest contributions to our fair democracy are curves a rainbow would kill for, the occasional, quotable bon mot
from her E! series, a highly watchable sex tape from 2007, and an
endless series of salacious tabloid headlines. Somehow, despite what’s
good for us, we just keep asking for more.
45. Amanda Seyfried
By the time she headlined HBO's recently wrapped Mormon polygamy
soap, we wanted to show Seyfried exactly how big our love was. This
fall, she brings sexy back again with Justin Timberlake in the
futuristic chase thriller, In Time.
44. Kristen Bell
She eats dessert after every meal, speaks a little Klingon, and once delivered babies at a rundown hospital in Brazil. From Veronica Mars to Showtime's razor-sharp House of Lies, Bell is our favorite down-to-earth, geek-friendly goddess.
43. Scarlett Johansson
If we were to write Scarlett a letter, it would say something like:
Thank you for being so jaw-droppingly, curvaceously, knuckle-whiteningly
beautiful. But more than that: thank you for holding on to whatever
that sad mystery is deep inside of you—from Lost in Translation to Match Point to the upcoming We Bought a Zoo.
42. Sofia Vergara
Whatever this Modern Family Latin goddess asks us, the answer is "si." Actually, it's, "si, por favor."
41. Anna Kournikova
Once one-half of "the Spice Girls of tennis," a world-famous,
happy-footed Russian and quite possibly the most beautiful professional
athletes in the history of the universe, Kournikova now hosts NBC's The Biggest Loser—and it makes perfect sense. Anna's all any man would need to make those pounds melt away.
40. Adriana Lima
Brazilian stunner Lima, a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2000, is not only one of the top-earning models in the world, but also pops up on Forbes’
Celebrity 100. It’s not only that she’s one of the sexiest women ever
to grace the Earth; she’s also got a Mother Teresa streak, building
orphanages in South America and attending church every Sunday. What man
doesn’t want to tempt a saint—especially one so divinely beautiful?
39. Blake Lively
There's an all-American allure to Lively, a white picket fence that surrounds a suburban sexiness, and we dig it. From Gossip Girl to Green Lantern, she's our favorite girl next door.
38. Kate Hudson
Almost Famous. One line. William: I need to go home. Penny Lane: You are home. We've loved her ever since, no matter what rocker she marries or romantic comedy she stars in—most recently, 2011's Something Borrowed.
37. Carrie Underwood
American Idol's hottest alumni, Underwood mixes awe-shucks
charm, angelic pipes, and a lean farmgirl frame. Sadly for us, she
paired that lethal, all-American combination with a Canadian
counterpart, Nashville Predators Center Mike Fisher. The couple married
For a while, it seemed like we hadn't heard much from Shakira since
the "Hips Don't Lie" days. Then the World Cup happened, and the curvy
Colombian singer went viral again with her single "Waka Waka (This Time
for Africa)," garnering 370 million YouTube views—third all-time. Few
comebacks were more enthusiastically welcomed.
35. Rachel McAdams
After a decade of Hollywood pundits declaring McAdams "the next Julia
Roberts," we think it's time—especially after doing sexy-smoldering in The Notebook, sexy-uptight in Morning Glory, and sexy-crazy in Wedding Crashers—to call Julia Roberts "the old Rachel McAdams." After all, who would you rather kiss in the rain tonight?
34. Eva Mendes
"Every day she came to set (of The Other Guys)," says director Adam McKay, "you'd understand how the Trojan War happened." What he said.
33. Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz has always been an actress of uncommon depth and
offbeat taste, providing divine inspiration and an erotic charge to the
canons of Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen. Though she failed to win an
Oscar for her sultry song-and-dance in Nine, Cruz is always unquestionably a 10.
32. Elizabeth Banks
She had us bewitched—and sometimes bewildered—with turns in the 40-Year Old Virgin, Role Models, Our Idiot Brother, and 30 Rock. Hell, Banks is so smoking hot we even, uh, “cast a vote” for her as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's W. Look for her in 2012's Welcome to People alongside fellow babes Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer.
We respect her status as one of the best-selling musical artists in
the world, her claim as the youngest artist to post 10 top-10 hits on
the Billboard charts, the 20-million albums sold, and all that jazz. But
when it comes down to it, we love this Caribbean Queen because she's a
"good girl gone bad," as she announced on her 2007 album. Well-inked,
flamboyantly dressed, and defiantly sexual, Rihanna opened our
umbrella-ella-ella a long time ago.
30. Leighton Meester
Gossip Girl star Meester
has us buzzing like we're in Amsterdam, from whence her parents hail.
And that's a high we're unlikely to recover from anytime soon, as she
recently landed the lead in the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy I Hate You, Dad, due out next June.
29. Lea Michele
She's lit up Broadway in Les Miz and Spring Awakening and put the soprano in Glee, but it's Michele's girl-next-door sex appeal—you know, that schoolgirl thing—that's got us hitting high notes.
28. Jordana Brewster
When you're the super-hot daughter of a (super-hot) Sports Illustrated
swimsuit model, you don't necessarily need to be talented or erudite to
win a fan club. But the Panama-born Brewster refuses to rest on her
(super-hot) laurels, earning a BA from Yale and tackling popcorn (Fast & Furious), soaps (the upcoming Dallas reboot), and indie mayhem (D.E.B.S.) with delicious (super-hot) aplomb.
27. Britney Spears
Clearly, there are many moods of Britney, but if you can hack
head-shaving, the soap operatics, and her subconscious obsession with
topping TMZ, you'll get a grown-up schoolgirl who likes to get (almost)
naked, bump and grind, coo a bit, and "do something." In other words,
you get the Britney we saw in 2011—reformed, controlled, and soaring on
the success of a new album. It's good to have the old Britney back.
26. Jennifer Aniston
After a series of failed early '90s sitcoms and a career-curdling run of Irish luck in the slasher-kitsch Leprechaun, Aniston finally got unstuck from second gear as part of television's most famous sextet on NBC's Friends.
A luscious combination of curves, snap, and whip-smart timing, Aniston,
a tabloid favorite and Hollywood powerhouse, is now every man's
favorite dentist after her white-knuckled romp in Horrible Bosses.
25. Aishwarya Rai
Often cited as the most beautiful woman in the world, Rai is known in America only for her brief, but mesmerizing role in Pink Panther 2
(of all things), but on the world stage she's one of the most beloved
and well-decorated actresses. It's pure folly that Rai is better known
in Bollywood than Hollywood. She's a former Miss World, after all.
24. Olivia Munn
The exotic, Irish-Chinese Oklahoman represents the ultimate in geek love, hosting G4's Attack of the Show and trading barbs with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Funny, sexy, and better than you at Gears of War? What more could a man want?
23. Hayden Panetierre
Picture perfect, and more than a little naughty, Scream 4 babe
Panetierre—which means "baker" in Italian—keeps our oven white-hot.
She'll tantalize audiences once more next March when she stars in the
22. Katy Perry
A buxom, raven-haired pastor's daughter who's topped pop charts with
declarations of satisfied girl-on-girl curiosities, dresses with a manic
eccentricity, and married a comedian in recovery for sex addiction? We
don't even care if she tastes like cherry chapstick; we'll like it.
21. Mila Kunis
From perennial ugly duckling Meg Griffin on Family Guy to sublime beauty in Black Swan, the Ukraine-born Kunis has proven she's got range. With this summer's Friends with Benefits, she also demonstrated a sexy, vibrant charm. If only we had friends like Mila.
20. Christina Hendricks
Often reported to be the sexiest woman in the world, Hendricks has a
voluptuous figure that makes hourglasses blush and men go mad. No piece
of fabric, or set of hands, could ever be luckier than to hold Mad Men's curvaceous stunner.
Though coined to describe her, “bootylicious” seems a touch vulgar
for the jaw-droppingly beautiful princess of pop. Thankfully, hip-hop
exhudes accessibility despite her limitless gifts and famous curves,
even with a rap mogul on her arm and 18-carats on her finger. She'll
always keep us crazy in love.
18. Jessica Alba
Always a woman, but now a mother twice over, this former child star has been a Dark Angel for James Cameron, gone to Sin City
with Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and has us friskily counting
the seconds until we can travel to a new dimension with her in this
summer's Spy Kids 4D.
17. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Good thing movie blood is really just corn syrup, because Winstead is this generation's scream queen—a veteran of The Ring 2, Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, Grindhouse, The Thing, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. But it was as the alluring—and thankfully splatter-free—Ramona Flowers that she won us over in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
16. Natalie Portman
What's the female version of Renaissance Man, but also
heart-stoppingly sexy? Maybe we haven't coined that phrase yet, but
we're thinking it should be "Natalie Portman"—child actress, Harvard
grad, Oscar-winner, film director, animal rights activist, and author of
scientific papers like "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object
Permanence"—which somehow, coming from Portman, still sounds sexy.
15. Maria Sharapova
The number-one tennis player four years in a row, this grunting, 6'2"
baseliner nearly saved women's tennis all by herself. That's one reason
the Russian bombshell recently signed an 8-year, $70 million contract
with Nike. Just in case you were worried she might be going anywhere.
14. Angelina Jolie
Wild rumors hug this modern-day Athena more tightly than her Tomb Raider tank tops: she drinks blood, she shoots horses, she has girl-on-girl tendencies and a volcanic temper. Whatever. Onscreen, Jolie
is insatiable and lethal, formidable and then entirely human. Frankly,
we couldn't care less what she does offscreen, we’d still be smitten.
13. Bar Refaeli
Some women need to work hard to maintain their looks. Bar Refaeli
knows nothing of this, having modeled since she was eight months old.
Linked for years to Leonardo DiCaprio, a former Model of the Year, World
Style Award recipient, and occasional TV host, Refaeli is an Israeli
beauty whose intense gaze could stop a tank and bring about world peace.
12. Nicole Scherzinger
A chameleon-like music industry veteran, Scherzinger has sung with hard rock bands (Days of the New) and glam-hussies (Pussycat Dolls), while grabbing the crown on 2010's Dancing with the Stars and the much-coveted wingman position on this fall's X Factor
with Simon Cowell. Like Scheherazade, Scherzinger has a way of raising
the temperature over 1,001 nights, and we can't wait to see what she
does with Will Smith in Men in Black 3.
11. Julianne Hough
Most dudes are born with two left feet, so we'll gladly let this professional ballroom dancer and two-time Dancing with the Stars champ take the lead. With a number-one country album and a head-turning spell in this Fall’s Footloose, she's already got us falling all over ourselves. (We may as well call it dancing.)
10. Megan Fox
Some women were simply born to be hot. That's Megan Fox—the excuse every man needed to plunk down a ten-spot on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and probably once more when she stars in the upcoming comedy Friends With Kids.
9. Miranda Kerr
Mrs. Orlando Bloom is one of the world's most photographed models, a
way-hot version of the girl next door with dimples that could make any
man weak in the knees. Did we mention she's also a serious practitioner
of yoga? Now you're weak.
8. Katrina Bowden
Despite the surname of her 30 Rock receptionist (that would be
Xerox, for the uninitiated), the 22-year old Bowden is a true original.
We can hardly wait to see her treading water in Piranha 3DD or making pastries in the forthcoming American Pie sequel.
7. Brooklyn Decker
Sorry, fellas, but this 24-year old beauty—a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, starring in next summer's blockbuster Battleship—is married to tennis star Andy Roddick. Game, set, match, Andy.
6. Alana Blanchard
Earning the title of hottest surfer in the world
is no small feat, but the Hawaii-born Blanchard effortlessly hangs ten
on the world stage, dodges shark attacks, and steals hearts. Aloha wau
ia 'oe, Alana.
5. Rosie Huntington-Whitely
What's better than looking at this stunning English beauty
in the almost-altogether in a Victoria's Secret catalogue? Watching
this stunning English beauty battle gigantic robots and save the world
in Transformers: Dark of the Moon—in the almost-altogether. Megan who?
4. Minka Kelly
Had this gorgeous brunette
followed through with a career as a surgical assistant, we'd probably
be cracking wise about wanting to play doctor. Instead, we'll have to
praise her heartbreaking work on television's Friday Night Lights and say we're revving our engines to keep up with her street-racing temptress on ABC's upcoming Charlie’s Angels TV series.
3. Zoe Saldana
Black, blue, brown, or polka-dotted, Saldana is one of cinema's most
splendiferous leading ladies, and versatile too—capable of heavy-duty
action (Avatar, Star Trek, this fall’s Colombiana), playful comedy (Guess Who, Death at a Funeral), and more dramatic fare (next year's thriller, The Words). But it was Zaldana's noble, full-bodied, motion-capture Na'vi performance in Avatar that's made us true-blue fans.
2. Emma Stone
She's not only smart, she's clever. And she's not only clever, she's wicked—whether she's earning an Easy A, coping with an intoxicating case of Crazy Stupid Love, or wooing The Amazing Spider-Man.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
We freely admit there aren't many women who could turn us on while
covered head to toe in blue paint—it's just not our thing—and fewer
still who could arouse us with little more than a bow and arrow, yet
20-year old Oscar-nominee Lawrence does both as Mystique in X-Men: First Class and as Katniss Everdeen in next year's hotly-anticipated Hunger Games.