Esquire magazine started their annual ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ series in 2004. Since then we have seen some of the most beautiful and interesting women take the title. These women are not only stunning to look at, but have gone on to do important charity work, dominate the box office, and often have a great sense of style.
But not all the women who took on the title have gone on to capture the world’s attention. The ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ is certainly objective, but there should be a mass appeal of the women who receive the title. However not all the women on the list reach that criteria. Here are the three celebrities who never deserved to be named the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive.’
1. Jessica Biel
In 2005 the 7th Heaven actress was able to prove that her career could thrive outside the family drama series. She was dubbed the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ while she was still on the show and had three movies released: Elizabethtown, London, and Stealth. These films had the actress stretch her legs as an action star to a rom-com character on the big-screen.
Chances are the male magazine gave the title to the actress because of Stealth. In it she played Lt. Kara Wade who was one of three pilots for the U.S. Navy who goes on a mission to stop an intelligence program from starting the next world war. The movie made a lot of money and showed real promise for the actress’ future.
However that promise seems to have been squandered. The actress went on to do a few more movies, but lately her career has seemed to slow down. Now, not many people even mention her name which doesn’t seem very fitting for the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive.’
Biel is no doubt beautiful, but very forgettable due to changes in her career path. Although she was probably having a good moment when she won the title in 2005, not many would argue today that the actress should keep the title.
2. Kate Beckinsale
The Underworld actress was given the title in 2009. Then she came out with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Whiteout, and Everybody’s Fine. The actress already had the fandom from the Underworld series behind her, so it makes sense that she was getting plenty of media attention.
You would think that the attention and title would give a person an ego boost, but it looks like the attention and title toys with a person’s confidence in a different way than you’d expect. Instead, it backfired and made Beckinsale a bit more self conscious.
“I think the risk of being the sexiest woman alive,” the action star told Allure, “is that you don’t want to ever have sex again. You don’t want to wear a bikini again. You want to wear some nice overalls and a trucker’s hat.” She then continued, “It’s more of the thing of being embarrassing to somebody. I haven’t been embarrassing before.”
The title does give unnecessary pressure to celebrities. Like Biel, Beckinsale has backed away from the limelight since she was given the title. She is still very much involved with the Underworld franchise and has been in a few movies outside of that, however the ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ has been pushed into the background more than other women on Esquire magazine’s list. The actress is very beautiful but could get lost in the shuffle with all the other gorgeous brunette actresses working today.
3. Minka Kelly
In 2010 the actress became the new face of Esquire’s ‘Sexiest Woman Alive.’ That year she finished playing Lyla Garrity in Friday Night Lights, came out with the TV movie True Love, and started playing Gaby in Parenthood. The brunette has often played a young girl on shows who draws the eyes of many suitors.
Many fans of Friday Night Lights would no doubt say that Kelly is sexy as the cheerleader of the football team trying to navigate life. It was also a very popular show at the time so it makes sense why her name might be thrown in the ring.
Unlike Beckinsale, the actress really welcomed the title, especially since she was given it after she had just turned 30. “I’m so excited to be a woman. Done with the twenties,” the actress told Esquire. “I’m confident — confident in my skin, and I’m cool with my flaws and all that stuff. It just feels nice to be at peace with yourself.”
The actress has stuck to television besides starring in the 2011 film, The Roommate. This shows that like the other women on this list, she appeals to a very specific audience rather than the mass appeal of many of the other stars who have been named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive.’ The actress is no doubt a knock-out, however she is one of the women on the list that might give people pause considering that some people may have never actually heard of her before.
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