Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AskMen's Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2011: Hot Young Celebs Take the Lead

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 By Sarah Stefanson, AskMen.com
Who are the world's most desirable women? On its 10th anniversary, AskMen's 2011 Top 99 Most Desirable Women list presents a changing of the guard, as established celebrities drop off and surprising newcomers step in. This new crop -- selected from more than 5 million votes by AskMen's 16 million international readers -- is led by Blake Lively, who seized the top spot in a meteoric rise from No. 85 last year.
Superstars Gisele Bundchen (No. 34) and Angelina Jolie (No. 67) share the distinction of having made the Most Desirable list every single year from 2001 to 2011. With nine appearances, including a No. 1 ranking in 2007, Beyonce (No. 23) has earned the title of Woman of the Decade.

These queens of desirability, along with other mainstays like Alessandra Ambrosio (No. 31) and Megan Fox (No. 49), have moved down the list this year to make room in the Top 10 for up-and-comers like Sofia Vergara (No. 3) of "Modern Family" and Selita Ebanks, whose starring role in Kanye West's 35-minute video for Runaway secured her No. 4 standing this year, up from No. 80 in 2010. Past honorees Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, and Pamela Anderson have disappeared from the list in recent years, and actresses Kate Beckinsale and Eva Mendes have both fallen from the Top 10 after three consecutive years.

 The decline of these perennial favorites shows a shift in men's tastes toward the latest group of hot, young celebrities taking the entertainment world by storm. Fresh faces like Rosie Huntington-Whitely (No. 15), who has replaced Megan Fox in the "Transformers" franchise, Kate Middleton (No. 61), set to marry Prince William, and Lea Michele (No. 91) of "Glee" fame, have been named Most Desirable for the first time. Will these young women become the new Beyonces and Angelinas?

Actresses traditionally make up the majority of AskMen's honorees, but this year's list highlights more TV personalities than in previous years, when movie stars ruled the roost. Glamorous film actresses like Scarlett Johansson (No. 7) and Anne Hathaway (No. 9) still occupy top spots, but the ladies of television experienced an upsurge in popularity in 2011: along with the Top 3 of Lively, Mila Kunis (No. 2), and Vergara -- all of whom have backgrounds in TV -- the list features many faces more often seen on the small screen, including Dianna Agron (No. 81), Christina Hendricks (No. 21), January Jones (No. 29), Jessica Pare (No. 10), Leighton Meester (No. 53), and Olivia Munn (No. 47).

The influence of technological advances in entertainment is also visible in this year's Most Desirable list, with the inclusion of women who operate outside the standard occupations of model, actress and musician, such as UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste (No. 95) and Internet personality Justine Ezarik (No. 84).

A look back on the last decade of AskMen's Most Desirable list provides a snapshot of the changing preferences of men when it comes to the women they want to see on the pages of magazines and on television, movie and computer screens. While their former favorites slowly fade away, modern men are clearly in the mood for something new.

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