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Cheers and jeers and even more credibility lost for the Maxim Hot 100

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.

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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:

Carrie Underwood

Tracey Spiridakos

Melissa Benoist

Miranda Kerr

Lily Collins

Megan Massaacre

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.





Cheers and jeers and the loss of credibility of the “Maxim Hot 100”

As a photographer, I spend a lot of my time working with models and entertainers seeking headshots for auditions and such. That being the case, when I have the time, I enjoy viewing other people’s work and what it is that they may perceive as beauty.

For several years, I’ve taken an interest in the “Maxim Hot 100” for just this reason. And of course, it has a little something to do with being a hot-blooded young man as well.

Anyway, here’s my synopsis on this year’s installment of the “Maxim Hot 100.”

Cheers to Maxim for possibly unexpectedly including:

#99. Poppy Montgomery

#87 Paulina Gretzky

#80 Stana Katic

#73 Abby Elliot

#66 Alex Morgan

#56 Lily Collins

#41 Zoe Deschanel

Jeers for Maxim for the decision to add:

#97 Kat Dennings

#85 Lois Griffin

#70 Nicki Minaj

#69 Stephen Colbert

My personal alterations:

Taylor Swift, who sits as #26, should be among the top 10. And not including Carrie Underwood at all is a major snub.

Overall, the list was pretty good this year but sadly, two of the top 100 have seemed to continue the downward spiral that the “Hot 100” has been in for a few years now. Including a cartoon character (Lois Griffin) and especially an average-at –best looking male (Stephen Colbert) is absolutely ridiculous. If they were going to choose a guy, which is like men’s magazine blaspheme, they could have at least made it someone worthy of being called hot.

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