So once again, the men’s magazine Maxim has released it’s special Hot 100 issue. And once again, it’s got some good, some bad and some rather unbelievable.
As a photographer in Pittsburgh, my native city, I often work with models and entertainers from around the region and enjoy the opportunity to see what the major national and international magazines choose to convey as the concept of beauty. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don’t. With that in mind, here’s my personal assessment of this year’s collection of what Maxim considers some of the most beautiful women on Earth.
Cheers to the magazine for the inclusion of:
#96 Kellie Pickler
#95 Zoe Deschanel
#88 Elisabeth Harnois
#73 Katherine McPhee
#72 Jessica Chastain
#64 Candice Swanepoel
#60 Stana Katic
#56 Emmy Rossum
#45 Naya Rivera
#44 Sarah Highland
#40 Julianne Hough
#39 Lea Michele
#37 Amanda Seyfried
#29 Ronda Rousey
#21 Emma Stone
Jeers to the magazine for the inclusion of:
#83 Kat Dennings
#69 Manti Te’o's Fake Girlfriend
#49 Sofia Vergara
And about 10-15 women I’ve never heard of.
Snubs and others who could have been included:
Any one of the female pros on Dancing With the Stars
Good and bad calls on positioning within the top 100:
While I applaud the selections of Killie Pickler and Zoe Deschanel, both should be in a higher spot. And although Taylor Swift (#13) moved up from last year, she really should be in the top 10. Speaking of the top 10, this year’s list is ripe with questionable calls. You can’t go wrong with Kate Upton (#7) on any top 10 list but the placement of Selena Gomez at #2 and incredibly shockingly Miley Cyrus at #1 – yeah, that’s not a typo, is more that a bit out of line. No doubt Selena deserves to be on the list, but probably outside the top 20. As far as Miley goes, I’d say it was OK to include her but she should certainly be in the bottom 50.