Her piercing glances and cutting line readings started commanding attention and libidos in , proving that you don't need whips or chains to be every inch the dominatrix. Anita Ekberg You could argue that Fellini made Anita Ekberg a sex symbol with her frolic through the Trevi Fountain in But with a perfect pin-up physique and purposely staged wardrobe malfunctions, the Swedish-American, wide-mouthed blonde probably would've done it on her own. Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Rai is an unreal, uncommon beauty worthy of the title Miss World, which she took home in 1994.
That she remains an international sexual dynamo despite her reserved M. and absence of American film credits only speaks to the potency of her heavy-lidded green eyes and caramel-toned skin. Michelle Pfeiffer Michelle Pfeiffer clad in a plunging red dress, legs spread across a grand piano, growling out "Makin' Whoopee" in seems like a play from a sex-symbol how-to guide. Ava Gardner Though this classic screen actress was often flanked by giants like Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and third husband Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner's incomparable grace needed no foundation to lean on. Kim Basinger One of the many model-turned-actresses to grace this list, Kim Basinger suggests a sharper-edged Brigitte Bardot.
Her fierce, aggressive performances made her a unique sex icon for the '80s and '90s. Betty Grable Thanks to one widely distributed photo, Grable became the predominant pin-up girl for soldiers in World War II.
Her legacy is lasting: Hugh Hefner has cited Grable as the sole impetus for his decision to launch model — to pose as national emblem Marianne, proving once again that sex appeal is high on their list of national virtues. Monica Bellucci Monica Bellucci has the kind of objectively undeniable beauty and genetics-defying figure that make you a sex symbol; that she happens to be a great actress is a considerable bonus. Salma Hayek Salma's gorgeous face and probably award-winning breasts would be enough to unzip the collective flies of straight men globally.
Paired with her intense performances, her bedroom eyes gave her an enigmatic and mesmerizing sexual presence that seemed almost extraterrestrial. Brigitte Bardot We owe this icon of the French New Wave for more than just her staggering loveliness.
Her black-widow vibe places her in a grand tradition of vampy sex symbols stretching back to Theda Bara. Bo Derek Some of the women on this list overcame almost insurmountable odds to hold their title as sex symbols. In 1979's , Derek jogged straight from the beaches of Mexico into the nation's wet dreams. Demi Moore With a sleek curtain of black hair framing a sharp, take-no-prisoners face, Demi Moore resembles no one else on this list.
Pre-Farrah, masturbation fantasies had never been so golden-hued and feathered. Jayne Mansfield Maybe she's been publicized as the watered-down version of Marilyn Monroe, but her hourglass figure could hold its own in a centerfold, and she was a pioneer of the "whoopsi-daisy, did little old me just fall out of my dress? This notorious picture of Mansfield and Sophia Loren more or less tells the whole story. Sophia Loren Her aquiline nose, wide-set eyes, and curvaceous form made the talented Sophia Loren a bedside name.
There was something grand, profound, and subtly charged about her performances that hinted at underlying sexual expansiveness. Anna Karina Giving Brigitte Bardot a run for her fine-ass money, Anna Karina was the enduring muse of the French New Wave.
Taking on iconic and sexually provocative roles was second nature to Dietrich, and though she was often bathed in stark butterfly lighting, her haunting leer needed no cinematic tricks to do its work. Daryl Hannah The '80s belonged to Daryl Hannah. Brooke Shields Winking under her legendary thick eyebrows, Brooke Shields purred at us in the famous jean ad: "You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins?
No one could ever forget the torn fishnets and precocious sexuality of "basic pleasure model" Pris in . Rose Mc Gowan If Jessica Rabbit were not a cartoon character, she would have made this list. Nothing." That and her nudity in made her a uniquely discomfiting jailbait sex symbol. Gina Gershon With her pouting mouth, upturned brow, and long, dark hair, Gina Gershon appeals to men, women, and anyone in between.