The Mother of Dragons is the Sexiest Woman Alive.
So says men’s magazine Esquire, in their annual proclamation on which woman in the world embodies the epitome of hotness at this very moment.
Ten years ago, it was Jessica Biel, last year, it was Scarlett Johannson, at times over the last few decades, for Esquire “sexiness” has been personified by Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis, Kate Beckinsale and Miranda Kerr.
You can tell that Esquire fancies itself as the “thinking man’s” men’s mag, apparently, because almost all of these women are brunettes. No pneumatic, bubble-chested blondes here.
Esquire’s Sexiest Women Alive. Story continues after gallery:
So, the peak of sexiness we should be aspiring to in 2015 is Emilia Clarke. And the reason? Because she embodies the following:
Friendly and fierce. Kid sister and killer. Movie star and girl next door.
She’s an achiever, but she’s not scary. Girls, are you taking notes?
No person with eyes would argue with this choice. Emilia Clarke is the heart-stoppingly beautiful British actress who plays the most admirable character in TV obsession Game Of Thrones. Both she and her character are especially sexy and men, women and animals must concur.
But coming as it does on the day that Playboy magazine has announced it will stop running naked women in the pages of its print edition, there’s something jarring about Esquire’s insistence of powering ahead with its Sexiest Woman Alive schtick.
Playboy admitted that their trademark nudes have been rendered irrelevant and old fashioned by that pesky interloper The Internet. In a statement, the company’s chief executive Scott Flanders said, “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so [nudes are] just passé at this juncture.”
But also true is that for years now, celebrities — who are the people who will sell magazines for you — will happily get their kit off for many, many other magazines, but not Playboy. Think of the undressed megastars you have seen on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and yes, men’s magazines like Esquire, over the past 10 years. And then ponder the strange fact that on Playboy, the celebrities might sign a big-bucks deal, but on the cover, at least, they will generally keep their clothes on.
Take a look at the Playboy covers, post continues after gallery:
Playboy, once a shocking newsletter for a sexual revolution, hasn’t been cool for decades, and something had to be done. Becoming one of the very few magazines that will feature pictures of women with their clothes ON could be heralded as revolutionary indeed, but it remains to be seen if it will save its skin in an impossibly difficult market.
But if PLAYBOY can see that semi-tame pictures of naked women are old fashioned, how long will it be until the more “respectable” magazines will admit that lists grading people on their attractiveness are cringe-inducing in their irrelevance?
It’s a game we’ve all played for decades, and not only with women, of course. People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive is one of Hollywood’s most coveted crowns, with Brad Pitt and George Clooney passing it back and forth for much of the noughties until Chris Hemsworth and Channing Tatum came along and hip-and-shouldered them out of the way.