BRASH 50 Women
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By Emmanuel Job January 08, 2009
Best known for her role as the vampire-fighting high school hottie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gellar managed to find success on the silver screen by starring in the popular teen drama Cruel Intentions and the horror flick, I Know What You Did Last Summer (a role which gave her film cred and introduced her to her future husband). Consistently featured on Maxim's "Hot 100" list, FHM's "Sexiest Women" and People's "50 Most Beautiful" list, Gellar can now add "BRASH 50" to her already impressive résumé.
Though Bravo's Top Chef is a brilliant idea in its own right, there's no doubt super hot host Padma Lakshmi has contributed to its runaway success. After coming on board as host in its second season, Indian-born Lakshmi has since been catapulted into the spotlight. Prior to her stint at Top Chef, Lakshmi was a model-earning fame as the first internationally successful Indian model-an actress and cookbook author.
Nicknamed "The Weapon of Mass Seduction" while on Dancing with the Stars, a name earned due to her ridiculously long legs (measuring at an astounding 42 inches), Stacy Keibler has gone on to prove she's more than worthy of that title. Beginning her career as a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, and continuing on to a successful career in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Stacy's sexiness has landed her television appearances on The George Lopez Show, What About Brian, and October Road. Now here's a girl you wouldn't mind taking a "flying clothesline" from.
We could list this musical genius' countless awards, accolades and hit singles, but we think you might tire after the first five lines. Known worldwide for her chops as a singer, songwriter, pianist and cellist, Keys is also dipping her feet into the world of acting, starring most recently in the film adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees. With the looks to match her pipes, this woman holds the key to ours hearts.
Anytime you fantasize about a whipped-cream bikini, chances are the face you envision is that of Ali Larter-the Varsity Blues alum whose memorable character first donned the barely there "swimwear." Following on the heels of her movie success, appearing in films like Final Destination and Legally Blonde, Larter has also found success on the small screen, starring in the Emmy-nominated series, Heroes. Though no longer indulging in edible lingerie, this New Jersey-native has certainly proved she's more than just a pretty face (and hot body).
It seems fitting that this standout LPGA star's last name means "swan." With her long legs and bright blonde falling to her waist, her resemblance to the elegant creature is uncanny. Born of Latvian descent, this standout star has earned $2.6 million in endorsements, and writes a monthly golf column in FHM. Despite winning only one major LPGA title, Gulbis has become, quite literally, the poster girl for women's golf-releasing a best-selling calendar in 2005 that remains taped to the walls of locker rooms across the country.
Say what you may about the silly (OK, stupid) MTV reality TV show, The Hills, but there's one thing that can't be denied-the "cast" is full of babes. Dubbed "Queen of the Hills" by Maxim magazine, Patridge has emerged as the breakout star. Since her stint as Lauren's on-and-off BFF, the Orange County-native has scored the lead role in Into the Blue 2: The Reef and has appeared in countless magazine spreads.
We really can't blame eminent Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar for selecting Cruz as his favorite creative muse. An accomplished actress in her own right, this two-time Golden Globe, two-time SAG and Academy Award-nominated Spanish actress is also completely and utterly breathtaking to look at. Cruz has proven she's a force to be reckoned with-in any of the five languages this talented, worldly hottie speaks.
For all you vegetarians out there, eat your hearts out looking at former American Idol Carrie Underwood. Named PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive" in 2005, this animal-lover has found immense fame and success due to her wholesome image, incredible voice and innate songwriting ability. After winning the title of American Idol, Underwood went on to become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, multiple Grammy Award winner and incredibly the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history belongs to her as well. Not bad for a small-town Oklahoma girl who looks this good.
Think Anna Kournikova is the only super hot female sports star? Well, think again. Maria Sharapova, a fellow Russian and a kick-ass tennis player, has officially stolen the title. And what's one big difference between these two hot Russians? For starters, Sharapova actually wins-a former world No. 1 ranked player who rakes in more than $26 million a year.
A true television queen, Burke found early success as the uber-hot host of the E! Wild On! series. After appearing in issues of Playboy, Maxim, Stuff and FHM, Burke went on to compete in and eventually win the last season of Dancing with the Stars. Married to a former Baywatch babe, Burke has four children-which naturally makes her a MILF in every sense of the word.
The queen bee of Laguna Beach High and now a ratings queen for MTV, Conrad has turned reality TV success into a bonafide career. A spin-off of Laguna Beach, The Hills is entering its fifth season, with guaranteed boy and best friend drama on the horizon. Though now a tabloid darling, "LC" can also credit the show with launching her fashion design career. Conversely, we credit the show (when we are forced to watch, of course) with giving us many a shot of the California cutie lounging poolside with her equally hot friends.
Not even bell-bottoms and hideous 70's blouses could make this chick look bad. Known for her role on That 70's Show and also as the voice of Meg Griffin on Family Guy, Kunis is finding continued success in film, most recently in her role in the blockbuster hit Forgetting Sarah Marshall. With several movies in the works for 2009, we can, thankfully, expect to see much more of this green-eyed Ukrainian beauty.
Set to make a major comeback in the upcoming year despite a recent hiatus from the music industry, this country crooner has been a sex symbol for hicks across the country since her music debut nearly 15 years ago. Though Canadian born, she has earned singing titles worldwide, with her third album, Come on Over, retaining the titles of best-selling album of all time by a female musician and best-selling album in the history of country music. Lucky for us, her sex appeal is just as impressive as her singing chops.
Since going solo and breaking off from hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie's career and her sexiness have only seemed to grow. Her debut album, The Dutchess, spawned five Top 5 Billboard hits and lucky for us, her leather pants-clad performances have become more and more frequent.
Dubbed the "Hispanic Katie Couric" by many, Maria Celeste Ararras is the ultimate woman. Host and managing editor of her own daily program on Telemundo, first-ever recipient of the Latin Emmy Award, frequent co-host of the Today Show and mother of three, Ararras is a true supermom. This woman proves you can have it all and look drop-dead-gorgeous while doing it.
Sun-kissed skin, wavy blonde locks and an out-of-this-world body. A total California girl, Miller is best known for her work modeling lingerie for Victoria's Secret and appearing countless times (and to record-setting numbers) in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Believed by many to represent the return of the great American supermodel, Miller also holds the coveted No. 1 spot on Maxim's 2008 "Hot 100" list. Did we mention her interests include football, muscle cars, boxing, surfing and cooking? Now that's a hot girl.
We can safely say this LA born-and-bred actress was the object of every teenage boy's desire from 2003 to 2005, the years of hit TV series, The O.C.'s run. Playing spoiled Orange County girl Summer Roberts catapulted Bilson into mega-stardom and helped her land another TV role in the series Chuck and a major role in the movie Jumper. No longer considered the "cute" girl next door, Bilson's pretty brunette locks and mesmerizing doe eyes have transformed her into a certifiably hot woman.
Named by The New York Times as "one of pop's finest songwriters, country's foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults," Swift has proved she's more than deserving of such glowing reviews. Born on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, this wholesome hottie not only has the vocal talent of someone twice her age, but she writes all of her own songs too. Add her bubbly personality and good looks to the mix, and we have a truly winning combination.
Rarely do you come across a funny girl who is ridiculously hot too. Lucky for us Anna Faris- the actress who first found fame playing Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films-has that combination down pat. Though not limited to starring in comedies, as evidenced by her roles in Lost in Translation and Brokeback Mountain, it's uncontested that Faris has found most of her success in the world of comedy. And that's OK with us.
Since the age of 11, Panetierre has impressed us with her acting skills, appearing in such hits as Remember the Titans, Joe Somebody and Raising Helen. But since her most recent role on the hit series Heroes, we are beginning to notice Panetierre's serious sex appeal too. No longer the little girl from the Playskool commercial, this New York-native has grown into a full-fledged blonde bombshell. This is one cheerleader we'd love to save-for ourselves.
Men love her and women want to be her. A mixture of class, talent, grace and most of all, beauty, this 5'10" South African is a former fashion model, film producer and Academy Award-winning actress. Best known for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, a role for which she gained 30 lbs. and wore gnarly prosthetic teeth, Theron manages to take her success in stride. She strikes us as the take-home-to-Mom, but also likes-to-wear-naughty-lingerie kind of woman-basically, the perfect woman.
The sight of Kate Beckinsale in black latex for her role in Underworld could undoubtedly make any man take notice. But prior to her role in the action-horror flick, Beckinsale was already an accomplished scholar and actress, appearing in several British films, including the film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and studying French and Russian literature at Oxford. Brains, beauty and a beautiful British accent? We're sold.
With mile-long legs, a smile that shines from ear-to-ear and strikingly blue eyes, this San Diego-born beauty is a ray of sunshine. From her early days as a fashion model to her breakout movie role alongside Jim Carrey in The Mask, Diaz has worked her way up to become, according to Forbes, the highest paid actress in show business, raking in roughly $50 million a year. Whether she's working the red carpet or indulging her love of surfing in a bikini cut-to-there, this Cuban-American superstar is one sexy chica.
They don't call her "Sofia Viagra" for nothing. OK, we know that's a bit crude, but after taking one look at this Colombian-born bombshell, we can understand the motivation for such a nickname. As the former host of Fuera de Serie, a popular travel show on Univision, Vergara has found success as a crossover artist, appearing as a guest star on Entourage, Dirty Sexy Money and in the film, Big Trouble. Though not yet a household name, we suggest you keep an eye out for this sexy import-she's poised to be a megastar.
"Is this chicken or fish?" Who can forget this bubbly blonde's infamous pondering regarding tuna's true identity? Though we have low tolerance for airheads, we are convinced this Texan knows exactly what she's doing. Beginning her career as a pop sensation the likes of Britney and Christina, Simpson has dabbled in acting (who can forget those Daisy Dukes?) and most recently has taken on the world of country music by storm with her album Do You Know? topping the Billbard Country Music charts at No.1. Like we said, this is a woman who knows what she's doing.
It takes a real woman to play a male-to-female transsexual on a hit television series. Turns out that woman is the real-life former supermodel Rebecca Romijn. Best known for her portrayal of Alexis Meade on Ugly Betty, this statuesque blonde is also known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men movie franchise (a role for which she dons blue makeup and a few strategically placed prosthetics on her otherwise nude body). Not to be forgotten, however, are Romijn's early modeling days in which she graced the covers of the Victoria's Secret catalogues and Sports Illustrated's swimsuit editions.
Spoiled, scandalous and sexy. These three words adequately describe Blair Waldorf, the Upper East Side bitch who rules the roost on the hit TV series, Gossip Girl. Though played perfectly by Meester, this doe-eyed beauty really only has one thing in common with Blair-namely, her sexiness. Though only 22, Meester has already compiled an impressive résumé, guest starring in several television shows, including Law & Order, Entourage and House. We bet you'll be (secretly) tuning into CW's hit teen drama a bit more frequently to feast your eyes on this one.
The other hot chick from Gossip Girl, Lively has been described as "all-American," "ultimate California girl," "blonde beauty" and the like, but we think "super hot soon-to-be megastar" suits her best. Born into an acting family, Lively landed her first major role, as one of the lead characters in the hit The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Her current role as ultra rich bad girl Serena van der Woodsen has only made her star rise that much faster.
We don't think this German-American model, actress, TV host, designer, producer and now-singer needs much of an introduction. We all know her from her early days modeling lingerie in Victoria's Secret catalogues and frolicking in swimwear for the pages of Sports Illustrated. In recent years, however, this mom-of-three has proved she's more than just a pretty face, becoming the host, judge and executive producer of Bravo's Emmy-nominated show Project Runway, launching two fragrances and designing several of her own clothing lines. Never have the words "Auf Wiedersehen" sounded so sweet!
"Voluptuous" doesn't even begin to describe her. Home video star Kim Kardashian has been blessed with the kind of assets that most women would kill for. Born to O.J. Simpson trial lawyer Robert Kardashian and the stepdaughter of Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, Kardashian is an exotic mixture of Armenian, Dutch and Scottish descent. Though she has dabbled in acting, and is not quite a singer or model in the traditional sense of the word, this buxom beauty has risen to the top of the Hollywood scene simply by being who she is-an heiress-turned-video-queen-turned-reality-star who is absolutely brimming with sex appeal.
If ballroom dancing conjures up images of stuffy country-clubbers who are well into their 60s, perhaps you should tune into Dancing with the Stars-home to some of the sexiest women on TV. Among them is budding country star and two-time winner Julianne Hough. Though she has been a dancer since age nine, Hough has received fame due to her insane dancing talent, showcased on the hit ballroom dance competition show. As if her samba, waltz and rumba don't impressive you enough, perhaps her self-titled country album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, will.
A former Mouseketeer, Christina Aguilera has left her childhood days far behind her and has grown into quite a woman herself. Known for her ever-changing image and style, Aguilera has reinvented herself from her early pop days, her Dirrty days where she referred to herself as "Xtina" (our personal favorite) and her artsy phase where her music mirrored that of the jazz era. But no matter what her image or music style may be, Aguilera stands out to us as a true BRASH woman-talented, beautiful, independent and undeniably sexy.
Eva Longoria Parker, though diminutive in stature, makes quite a statement wherever she goes-perhaps due to her striking good looks and curvaceous petite figure. A self-proclaimed "la prieta fea" (ugly duckling) while growing up, this Latina has proven she has moved far beyond that title. Earning early fame starring in the Young and the Restless, Longoria's star really began to shine after she took on the role of the sultry model-turned-housewife Gabrielle Solis in the hit series Desperate Housewives. Her frequent appearances in lingerie and her racy scenes with her 17-year-old gardener have only added to her already mouthwatering appeal.
Dubbed "America's sweetheart," we think "America's smokin' hot sweetheart" is a more fitting title. Though 40, Aniston remains one of the most alluring actresses of our day-sporting her signature blonde beach waves and tanned and toned legs wherever she goes. Though known by many as a tabloid fixture, this Greek goddess (literally, her father is a Crete native) has emerged as a bankable star in her own right, earning her a Forbes' title of top-selling celebrity face of the entertainment industry. Aniston has proven, ten-fold, that there is life after Friends.
She's the type of woman who literally exudes sexiness. From her midnight-brown locks to her piercing stare to her ample cleavage, this Mexican-American actress, producer and director has garnered worldwide attention not only for her exotic beauty but also for her acting achievements. The first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award, Hayek is also the executive producer of hit TV show Ugly Betty. In a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly, "65 percent of the U.S. population would use the term "sexy" to describe her. We think those statistics speak for themselves.
Often times in life we encounter a woman whose beauty literally takes our breath away. Halle Berry is one such woman. She is universally H-O-T-meaning we have yet to find a single person (male or female) to dispute her sexiness. From her early days as a beauty queen to her stint as a Bond girl to her history-making Academy Award win, Berry has been making our jaws drop since day one. And with a baby on her arm, she still managed to earn Esquire's coveted 2008 "Sexiest Woman Alive" title.
It's hard to believe that a female comedian could steal the show during the most important presidential campaign of our lifetime. But after seeing Tina Fey's uncanny portrayals of 2008 vice-presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin, you can see how Fey managed to pull it off. Aside from her knack for political satire, Fey also boasts five Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG award and the position as the first female head writer for Saturday Night Live. With her dark brown eyes, side-swept bangs and naughty librarian glasses, Fey is a little bit of sweet, a little bit of mystery and a lot of sexy.
Those lips. Those legs. Those eyes. Is there any feature of Angelina's that isn't borderline perfect? Named "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World" by People and the "greatest sex symbol of all-time" by the British Channel, Jolie possesses otherworldly good looks and the vixenous attitude to match (making her all the more tempting in our opinion). And though her beauty is unparalleled, Jolie has proven it's more than just skin deep through her unrelenting activism and charitable work around the globe. Lest we forget to mention, she's also a brilliant actress, having accumulated three Golden Globes, two SAG awards and an Academy Award.
She gives new meaning to our naughty nurse fantasies playing the hot and somewhat nutty lingerie model-turned-surgeon on Grey's Anatomy. Though an industry veteran since the age of 12, Heigl's portrayal of Dr. Izzie Stevens has no doubt been her most high profile role-to-date. Coupled with her leading roles in the hit comedy Knocked Up and 27 Dresses, this Emmy award winner is proving she's got what it takes to be a major movie star. Aside from her impressive acting skills, Heigl's stunning good looks have garnered much attention as well.
Good Girl Gone Bad. That's the name of Rihanna's latest album, and we have to admit, it intrigues us. Despite having no professional music training, this Barbadian singer has taken the industry by storm-boasting a Grammy, five Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s and the title of the female solo artist with most number ones in this decade (a title she currently shares with fellow singer Beyonce). Top off all that success with a perfect complexion, seductive bright green eyes and frequent figure-flaunting outfits and you've got a recipe for sexy success. This island beauty brings the heat, and we like.
Movies? Check. Music? Check. Fashion? Check. Is there any industry this triple-threat superstar hasn't conquered? Add super hot new mama to her résumé and you've got the whole package. Credited with bringing the voluptuous figure back into style and flaunting her infamous booty in the latest hip-hugging ensembles, J.Lo is one of the most accomplished women in show business. This New York native with Puerto Rican parents worked her way up from being a Fly Girl to becoming, according to Forbes, the richest person of Latin American descent in Hollywood and the most influential Hispanic entertainer in America. And contrary to what she may sing, she's definitely not just Jenny from the block anymore.
Equally recognized for her insane singing talent and her voluptuous (i.e. "bootylicious") figure, the reigning queen of R&B looks to be taking the acting world by storm as well. With album sales of more than 75 million, five Grammys and three Golden Globe nominations, it seems obvious that this unstoppable diva would look for a new industry to conquer. After seeing her in Austin Powers and Dreamgirls, we're convinced she'll find success as an actress and we'll fall more "dangerously in love" with this fierce talent.
OK, so she's worked on a few questionable movies (anyone remember Honey and Into the Blue?), but her sexy roles in Sin City and Fantastic Four have made us all but forget about her early acting misjudgments. Born of Mexican, Danish and French-Canadian descent, Alba's star began to rise with her role on the hit TV series, Dark Angel. Though nominated several awards for her work on Dark Angel, Alba's accolades for her serious good looks seems to be more frequent than those for her acting. Named "Sexiest Woman in the World" by FHM and a fixture on Maxim's "Hot 100" list, we can see why for some it might be difficult to look past the perfect pout, toned body and honey hair that Alba sports.
After losing roughly 170 lbs. in the form of her deadbeat convicted-felon boyfriend, Anne Hathaway has never looked better. With blockbuster hit Devil Wears Prada under her belt, new comedy Bride Wars in theaters and an expected Academy Award nod on the way, this porcelain-skinned beauty is shaping up to have a truly fantastic new year. And we couldn't think of someone more deserving than this intelligent, classy and supremely talented Brooklyn-born star who has been compared to the likes of the great Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland.
This Midwestern beauty has come a very long way from her role as the squeaky-clean Mary Camden on 7th Heaven. If you don't believe us, then take a look at any one of her numerous super sexy spreads in Gear, Maxim, FHM and Esquire. With her toned-to-perfection arms, chiseled cheekbones, muscular derriere and overall athletic body, Biel is a dream of a woman on so many levels. And we have her love of outdoor sports and exotic Native American, German, French, English and Irish ancestry to thank for her unparalleled sexiness.
She possesses almost every desirable feature a man could want-luscious lips, ample cleavage, platinum blonde locks and a bright smile. Add her intelligence and her true talent to the mix and we can see why famed director Woody Allen cites her as his muse. This half-Danish starlet found early success starring in The Horse Whisperer and from then on landed roles in movies like Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. And what we find perhaps the most attractive about this uniquely gifted actress and aspiring singer is her maturity-so rare for a 24 year-old who seems wise beyond her years.
From Mouseketeer to pop tart of the 90s to trainwreck of 2008, this superstar has pretty much been through it all. And though there are times we admit we didn't believe in a comeback, we now stand corrected. Looking tight and toned and nearly back to the physique of her teens, Spears has every reason to celebrate. Her newest album Circus (an ironically fitting title) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard and sold 505,000 copies in its first week, she's gaining back the trust of her fans and best of all, she looks radiant. We vow to never underestimate this dynamic diva again!
It's hard to think of Megan Fox without having your mind drift into naughty places. Though born in Tennessee, this feisty femme fatale is far from a Southern belle. Known for her somewhat crude attitude, dirty sense of humor and unabashed openness about her sexuality, Fox is reminiscent of Angelina Jolie in her early days-sporting an almost too-beautiful face and the acting chops to match. Though not yet a fixture on the Hollywood A-list, we are certain that this tattooed Transformers hottie will have her big break in 2009, with an impressive group of films lined up for the new year. This "fox" is the epitome of BRASH and we cannot take our eyes off her.
Hot. Hot. Hot. That's all we can say about BRASH's No. 1woman-the off the charts sexy Eva Mendes. It seems fitting this Cuban bombshell was born in Miami, the quintessential city of sexiness. And though she once aspired to be a nun, we give thanks to the heavens Mendes decided against a life of celibacy. Shortly after ditching her dreams of the habit, she landed plum roles in Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch and Spirit. Likely due to her mass appeal, Mendes is also a spokeswoman for Revlon, PETA and Calvin Klein (who can forget that steamy ad?!). Best of all, this Jill-of-all-trades recently announced she is adding a line of bed linens to her fast-growing empire. And unfortunately, this is the closest most of us will ever come to having Mendes in our bed. But hey, at least we can dream.
When we sat down and started to compile the list for the BRASH 50 Women, we all agreed that there are plenty of hot girls to pick from. But what set the ones we chose—and ultimately landed on our inaugural list of beauties—apart was something more than good looks. They’re smart, successful, funny and, of course, sexy as all get out. Spend some time with these ladies—the BRASH 50 Women—and consider yourselves lucky. Enjoy. -Allison JohnstonRead More ↓