Let’s see…does this list of hotties selected by the readers of AfterEllen match yours?
“Hot” for lesbians and bisexual women comes in all ages, sizes, colors and styles, as the diversity of women on our list demonstrates — from Tina Fey (No. 7) and Helen Mirren (No. 31), to Ellen DeGeneres (No. 50), America Ferrera (No. 30) and Queen Latifah (No. 55). There’s even a conservative Republican in the mix (Angie Harmon, No. 82), proving we can still find a women sexy even if we don’t agree with her alternative lifestyle choice.
The list also shows that we like women who like us ? slightly over half the women on the AfterEllen.com Hot 100 List have played queer characters at one time or another. Eight of the women (nine, if you count Drew Barrymore) are openly lesbian or bisexual; they’re noted with an asterisk (*) next to their name.
See the top 10 after the jump.
1. Leisha Hailey*
As Alice on The L Word, Leisha gets more beautiful every season, and her acting skills have flourished too. Nobody has better comic timing, but she can also make us cry. And before she became our Sunday-night crush, she Murmur-ed in our ears as a pink-haired rocker who dated k.d. lang. Leisha makes it official: You’re even hotter when you’re out. (Editor’s Note: see Leisha’s response to being number one on our list here.)
2. Angelina Jolie*
Ever since she caught our eye as the tattoo-bearing tomboy in Foxfire (1996), Angelina has been an undeniable lesbian favorite. It doesn’t hurt that she played gay in Gia and publicly admits to her attraction to women. So what if she’s shacked up with Brad Pitt? She’s still the hottest bisexual actress — and mom — around.
3. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is practically perfect. A brilliant actress who picks great roles. A beautiful woman who believes you should never skip dessert. A class act who still fancies a dirty joke. Funny. Smart. English. Just go ahead and swoon now and get it over with already.
4. Lena Headey
According to the MTV Movie Awards, she gave a “breakthrough performance” in 300, but we’ve known since Imagine Me & You that Lena is hot stuff. Is it that slow smile, the sexy walk or the hair that can handle any style? Yes ? and let’s not forget the accent (there’s a reason two British charmers made our top five). Watching Lena take down the bad guys in Fox’s The Sarah Connor Chronicles next season will just be icing on the cake.
5. Sarah Shahi
With an Iranian father, a Spanish mother and a Texas childhood, The L Word’s Sarah Shahi is one of the finest examples (and we do mean finest) of multiculturalism we can think of. Shahi is not only a kick-ass hottie, she can kick your ass ? she holds a brown belt in karate. Sarah’s mother discouraged body self-consciousness in her daughter early on, saying, “Your boob is the same as your hand.” Thanks, Mom.
6. Jennifer Beals
The producers of The L Word surely thanked their lucky stars when they snagged Beals for the role of Bette Porter, and we’re down on our knees too. She’s a flawless beauty who knows how to play a flawed character — and how to rock a power suit.
7. Tina Fey
Whether she’s behind the “Weekend Update” desk or running the show on 30 Rock, Tina is living proof that funny is sexy. And that smart is sexy. And that cool shoes and glasses are sexy. And that cleavage and great hair and lovely brown eyes are sexy. Oh, forget it: Tina is just living proof of sexy.
8. Jordana Brewster
She was born in Panama to a Brazilian Sports Illustrated swimsuit-model mother, and we can only hope Jordana follows in the the family tradition someday. Those teeth, those eyes, that luxurious hair. As the fictitious criminal mastermind Lucy Diamond in Angela Robinson’s D.E.B.S., and as a real-life Yale grad, Jordana’s beauty is surpassed only by her brains. Or is it the other way around?
9. Salma Hayek
She’s been a head-turner since she first appeared on film, but Salma solidified her lesbian following when she tangoed with Ashley Judd in Frida. And then she threw some power and business savvy into her bag of tricks, turning a Colombian telenovela into the American prime-time hit Ugly Betty. Speaking of which, how about that eye-popping, button-popping elevator scene? Salma’s appeal is global in every sense of the word.
10. Natalie Portman
“Discovered” at the age of 12 in a pizza parlor by a Revlon agent, Natalie Portman always knew she wanted more than a modeling career. She’s played a quirky girl from New Jersey (Garden State), a queen (Star Wars I, II and III) and a fugitive in an Orwellian state (V for Vendetta) — and in the latter, she even had her head shaved on camera. Bald really is beautiful.
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