#1 Eva Longoria - In addition to memorable roles on The Young and the Restless and Desperate Housewives, this brunette babe has also starred in films including Harsh Times and Over Her Dead Body, and was the winner of our Hot 100 for two consecutive years, in 2005 and 2006, as well as the title of 2014 Woman of the Year. #2 Evangeline Lilly - Says Lost’s resident sex symbol, “Every time I get a script, I go, ‘All right, where’s the Kate nudie scene?’ But it could be worse. They haven’t made me go skinny-dipping or have sex with six men on the island.” #3 Jennifer Garner - This brown-haired beauty has come a long way from her role as Sydney Bristow on Alias, turning herself into one of Hollywood's more diverse leading ladies. After small roles in films like Pearl Harbor and Catch Me If You Can, Jennifer quickly garnered (see what we did there?) marquee billing in Daredevil, Juno, and the nutsack-shriveling Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. She's stars in the comedy The Invention of Lying, playing Ricky Gervais' love interest. No wonder she had morning sickness every day during filming. #4 Lindsay Lohan - Whether she's making cameos in rehab or premiering her privates to paparazzi, Lindsay knows how to keep her name in the headlines. Allegations and photos of cocaine use (Maybe it was Flonase… It is allergy season) have circled the web, but it all smacks of guerrilla PR for her role as an out-of-control teen in Georgia Rule. Sounds like an easy paycheck.
#5 Jessica Alba - She played a stripper in Sin City, had an unforgettable shower scene in Machete, and then the ever-hot knockout did the universe a favor by reprising her roles in the sequels for both. #6 Rachel Bilson - The girl who turns The O.C.'s white beaches into glass will smelt the silver screen when she stars with Zach Braff and Rachel McAdams in this fall's The Last Kiss, a remake of the Italian romantic comedy L'Ultimo Bacio. Belissima! #7 Angelina Jolie - She's starred in a wide array of movies, from Gone in Sixty Seconds to Kung Fu Panda, Girl Interrupted to Beowulf . Leave it to Jolie to turn a heinous mommy monster from an Old English epic poem into a MILF. #8 Brittany Murphy - Britt caught her break playing the brainless Tai in the teen "comedy" Clueless and has since been unable to snap out her character's glassy-eyed blundering. In 8 Mile, she was the fuel that ignited Eminem's battle rhymes and has since starred in sugary true-love flicks like Uptown Girls. #9 Jessica Simpson - Our long national nightmare is over—Jessica Simpson is her own woman again. America's newest redhead gives you a primer on pickup lines, what she wants in a man, and how to kiss her. #10 Sara Foster - We last saw this Malibu-born minx in D.E.B.S., where she played a girl-kissing secret agent in a schoolgirl outfit. We can only hope she's a victim of typecasting in her next movie, Dark Queen. #11 Cameron Diaz - The super-smiley, super-leggy model turned actress had her breakout role in 1994's The Mask, and ever since she's left us laughing in movies like There's Something About Mary, The Sweetest Thing, Bad Teacher, and Sex Tape.
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#12 Eva Mendes - In addition to steaming up the big screen in Training Day with Denzel Washington, this gorgeous Miami native has starred in Hitch, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Other Guys, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.
#13 Ashanti - After splattering the undead in last year’s Resident Evil: Extinction, this feisty, Grammy-winning beauty is back to her day job: splattering hearts on her fourth album of lovelorn R & B, The Declaration. You can also see her in our June issue. #14 Rachel McAdams - Known for her role in Mean Girls, this stellar actress has morphed roles in films such as The Notebook, Midnight in Paris, and Sherlock Holmes. #15 Charlize Theron - When a woman is this mind-bogglingly beautiful, we're more than willing to overlook the fact that she's eerily good at playing a serial killer, an assassin, and now an evil queen in this month's Snow White and the Huntsman.
#16 Christina Aguilera - This gorgeous pop superstar burst onto the scene as a teenager with the hit song "Genie In A Bottle," and, several years (and chart-toppers) later, made a splash as a coach on NBC's The Voice. #17 Beyonce - Beyonce Knowles, a.k.a. Mrs. Shawn Carter, a.k.a. Sasha Fierce, or just simply Beyonce, first grabbed our attention as frontwoman of Destiny's Child, only to later go on to win five Grammys as a solo artist. She starred in films Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records, and more. #18 Jessica Biel - Best known for her role as Mary Camden on 7th Heaven, this gorgeous actress has also starred in films like Total Recall, The Truth About Emanuel, and Hitchcock. #19 Vanessa Marcil - Most casino hosts look like Bill Belichick in drag, which is how we know that Vanessa's role on Las Vegas involves a whole lot of acting talent. #20 Paris Hilton - You've seen her on TV, heard her on the radio, and read about her in the tabloids. This heiress is a successful business woman and total hottie. #21 Uma Thurman - As Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, she made OD'ing sexy. As Black Mamba in Kill Bill, she made revenge terrifying. As a jilted woman with superpowers in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Uma's gonna make you think twice about dumping anyone ever again. #23 Kate Beckinsale - This beautiful Brit has starred in Total Recall, Underworld, and Contraband. #24 Scarlett Johansson - Perched high atop the A-list, this dangerously curvy bombshell (and possessor of Hollywood’s most luscious lips) has the acting chops to back up her mind-melting hotness. We’ve watched her in indie films (Lost in Translation, Match Point). We’ve watched her in chick flicks (The Nanny Diaries, The Other Boleyn Girl). Truth is, we’d rapturously watch her sort her recycling. But first we’ll be in line for her most guy-friendly project yet, the noirish, Frank Miller–directed The Spirit. #25 Sofia Vergara - This sexy Colombian gets us right where it's important - the funny bone - thanks to her role on ABC's Modern Family. #26 Sarah Michelle Gellar - This versatile starlet has gone from slaying bloodsuckers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to playing Robin Williams' daughter on CBS' The Crazy Ones. With any luck, she'll be heating up primetime for a good long while. #27 Maggie Grace - Best known for playing Liam Neeson’s kidnapped daughter inTaken, gorgeous actress Maggie Grace has an impressive resume both on TV (Lost, Californication, The Following) and the big screen (Twilight, The Fog, Lockout). #28 Jaime King - This foxy former model may have stumbled a bit as she transitioned from fashion to acting (Happy Campers, Kitchen Confidential, or Pearl Harbor, anyone?), but she redeemed herself nicely as alluring twins Goldie and Wendy in Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. #29 Anna Kournikova - Before simply being superhot, Anna was a superhot tennis player. In fact, Anna ranked as high as No. 8 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. Now she watches Heroes while listening to Elton John and drinking diet soda... We can only assume. #30 Christina Milian - At 5'2", Milian may be teeny, but she packs a double-threat punch in the form of pop star (three albums since 2001) and actress on the CW’s Eight Days a Week and flicks like Be Cool. #31 Brooke Burns - The two years Brooke spent jogging in the red one-piece on the Baywatch beaches saw a rise in injuries in young males—and probably some mullet-skulled ladies—requiring mouth-to-mouth. #32 Jennifer Love Hewitt - This brunette beauty first entered our lives on the '90s TV drama Party of Five. Since then, she's become a Hollywood favorite with roles in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Can't Hardly Wait, and Heartbreakers, not to mention her stint as a raunchy masseuse on The Client List. She was also voted Maxim's hottest cover girl ever. #33 Mischa Barton - ou might have wept like a baby when she was killed off The O.C., but our January 2008 cover girl couldn't have been more enthusiastic. "I was on the set yelling, 'More blood!'" she told us. Starring roles in three upcoming movies confirm that Mischa has successfully made the leap to the big screen. #34 Salma Hayek - We’ve had a crush on this Mexican señorita and Hollywood power broker for years, but now she’s engaged to some beret-wearing French billionaire who we’re guessing is not at all obnoxious. #35 Ciara - With a hit record and the upcoming movie Rumble, she's on track to reach her ultimate goal: "to be a combination of Diddy and Oprah." Let's hope she's not talking physically. #36 Avril Lavigne - When she's not rocking out with her lingerie out in magazines (like ours), Avril is producing music, designing her own clothing line (Abbey Dawn), and trying her hand at some film work. #38 Kate Bosworth - She’s only 25, but this generation’s Lois Lane is already established as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. As for being one of the sexiest, we’ll let this photo do the talking. We can’t wait to see Kate in the upcoming Laundry Warrior, the tale of an Asian assassin. #39 Shania Twain #41 Halle Berry - She caught our attention playing good girl to Robin Givens’ bad girl in Boomerang. She sizzled in The Rich Man’s Wife, conquered Warren Beatty in Bullworth, and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV movie, for playing screen legend Dorothy Dandridge on HBO. She shows off her beautiful curves all over TV as a Revlon model and blows us away as Storm in the X-Men. #42 Natalie Portman - She was a hot queen in Star Wars, a hot ballerina in Black Swan, and a hot scientist in Thor. Just when you thought there were no hot stereotypes left for her to take on, she becomes a hot mom. If we’d known that the newly crowned Oscar winner would end up with a ballet dancer, we would’ve seriously reevaluated our high school extracurricular activities. #43 Kelly Carlson - She earned a legion of devotees on FX’s edgy drama Nip/Tuck, but this accomplished equestrian is letting us see more of her on the big screen. Next she stars in the high-stakes gambling flick Player 5150—but no word yet on whether she loses her shirt. #45 Poppy Montgomery - The Unforgettable and Without a Trace star not only has the world’s awesomest name but also once told us, “Any guy who hits on me in a bar—even with a terrible line—I always think is sweet.” We have a chance! #46 Ashley Scott - Yes, nuclear holocaust is a bad thing, but if the world’s survivors look like this Jericho star, then go ahead and push the button, Mr. President. We’ll help repopulate the world. #47 Emilie de Ravin - This Lost cutie got off the island to star in Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes, where she was terrorized by a freakish family. That'll teach her to hang with the Jacksons. #48 Sienna Miller - This Layer Cake and Factory Girl starlet will play one third of a love triangle (with Keira Knightley and Cillian Murphy) in The Edge of Love and, in a completely different vein, the Baroness in 2009’s G.I. Joe movie. By the way, did you know Sienna won $75,000 from British tabloids that violated her privacy by running photos from a movie nude scene? #49 Rachel Perry - For years Rachel hosted Maxim's Hot 100 specials on VH1, but now she hosts Strip Search. They should let her compete! #50 Diane Kruger - This trilingual model turned actress is about to star in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. "It is not as fun as people think to shoot love scenes. You feel vulnerable," she says. Don't worry, Diane. You can rehearse with us. #52 Cameron Richardson - Best known for her stint on the CBS drama Harper's Island, Richardson can also be found in Entourage, Murder in the First, and The Lottery. #53 Keira Knightley - It’s easy to dismiss her as just a pretty face—unless you see her act. The talented Brit can handle the highbrow (she received a Best Actress nod for Pride & Prejudice) and movies inspired by a theme park ride (the Pirates of the Caribbean series). Jolly good show! #54 Jordana Brewster - This remarkably good-looking Ivy Leaguer (she graduated from Yale) is the sexy star of the Fast and Furious franchise. #56 Lacey Chabert - This brunette beauty got her start playing Claudia Salinger on the '90s TV drama Party of Five, but she was equally memorable in the role of Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls. #57 Heidi Klum - The Project Runway host has fragrance, clothing, and jewelry lines and an insane body. Heidi, you are truly Germany’s finest export (yes, even better than zinc!). #61 Olivia Wilde - This model turned actress proved her skills in films like Tron: Legacy, The Change-Up, and In Time. She's also our 2009 Hot 100 List Topper. #62 Vanessa Minnillo - “I’ve had to learn that you can’t please all the people all the time,” the outrageously gorgeous Entertainment Tonight correspondent, MTV VJ, and better half of singer Nick Lachey confided to us when she appeared on our October 2006 cover. Which was weird, because we’ve always found Vanessa entirely satisfactory! #64 Kim Smith - If you think the way she looks in a bikini is amazing, get this: Kim has also hit a hole in one! #65 Leila Arcieri #66 Kelly Brook - The sultry Kelly Brook is one of the UK's hottest models and actress (she made Piranha 3D relatively watchable). #67 Kristin Kreuk #68 Kristen Bell - The Veronica Mars cutie has come a long way since her gumshoe days. Catch her as a burlesque dancer later this year in the aptly titled Burlesque. #69 Mena Suvari - The American Beauty alum, up 21 places from last year, gets points for shaving her head for the upcoming Hemingway adaptation Garden of Eden and still looking hot. #70 Krista Allen #71 Molly Sims - She caught our eye as a swimsuit model, then ditched the surf for Sin City as a star of TV’s sexed-up Las Vegas. And while that show might be ending soon, it just means she’ll have more time for movies like Steve Martin’s The Pink Panther 2 and Jim Carrey’s Yes Man. #73 Amber Brkich #74 Natasia Malthe #75 Catherine Bell #77 Laura Prepon #78 Joanna Krupa - Polish model and actress Joanna Krupa is a reality-television goddess. Aside from her stint on The Real Housewives of Miami, the blonde bombshell is known for her guest judge spot on Poland's Next Top Model and for competing on the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars. #79 Joanne Montanez #80 Rebecca Romijn - Whether it’s her blue skin in the X-Men movies or her gender confusion on Ugly Betty, Rebecca keeps looking for ways to make us forget about her swimsuit-model body—and keeps failing. #81 Grace Park - This Canadian beauty first gained recognition on the TV show Battlestar Galactica, and continued to steam up the small screen in shows like The Border, Human Target, and American Dad. She also ranked #60 on our Hot 100 list in 2010. #82 Milla Jovovich - This supermodel turned actress turned singer-songwriter has been around since the '80s, and she still looks good. #83 Tricia Helfer - Along with The Sopranos, Seinfeld, and Mr. Belvedere, Battlestar Galactica is one of the best shows ever made. While the series ended in March, Tricia Helfer’s sexy Cylon number six will pop up once again in the upcoming movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. #84 Donna Feldman #87 Alexis Bledel #88 Jennifer Aniston - You get dumped and sit around the house eating Cheetos. She gets dumped and makes millions of dollars for starring in the upcoming The Break-Up. So not fair! #90 Sarah Shahi - Ever since she got us hot and bothered as Tony’s scorching seductress in The Sopranos, Sarah Shahi has been making her case as the small screen’s most lust-worthy star with roles on The L Word, Person of Interest, and Fairly Legal. #91 Summer Altice #95 - Cute-as-a-button Arielle made waves in the scary-as- hell movies The Uninvited and The Grudge 2. Next up, Mardi Gras, in which she shows us her…talents. #99 Moon Bloodgood - She braved Christian Bale’s tantrums on the set of Terminator Salvation, and now this ass-kicking action babe has five projects in the works. You go, Moon! #100 Adrianne Curry - She was the first winner of UPN's America's Next Top Model and later came back to reality TV on the fourth season of VH1's The Surreal Life where she fell for Chris "Peter Brady" Knight. Look out for the spin-off series about their relationship, My Fair Brady, in the fall.
You voted, we counted, and the rest is super sexy history. From mind-bogglingly seductive supermodels to Hollywood,s most awe-inspiring actresses (with a bevy of beauties in between), the women of 2005 make up a roster so undeniably breathtaking you may get light-headed just reading it.
Eva Longoria Evangeline Lilly Jennifer Garner Lindsay Lohan Jessica Alba Rachel Bilson Angelina Jolie Brittany Murphy Jessica Simpson Sara Foster Cameron Diaz Eva Mendes Ashanti Rachel McAdams Charlize Theron Christina Aguilera Beyonce Jessica Biel Vanessa Marcil Paris Hilton Uma Thurman Katie Holmes Kate Beckinsale Scarlett Johansson Sofia Vergara Sarah Michelle Gellar Maggie Grace Jaime King Anna Kournikova Christina Milian Brooke Burns Jennifer Love Hewitt Mischa Barton Salma Hayek Ciara Avril Lavigne Nicole Richie Kate Bosworth Shania Twain Pamela Anderson Halle Berry Natalie Portman Kelly Carlson Malia Jones Poppy Montgomery Ashley Scott Emilie de Ravin Sienna Miller Rachel Perry Diane Kruger Nikki Cox Cameron Richardson Keira Knightley Jordana Brewster Samaire Armstrong Lacey Chabert Heidi Klum Brittany Lee Angela Marcello Brittny Gastineau Olivia Wilde Vanessa Minnillo Lauren Bush Kim Smith Leila Arcieri Kelly Brook Kristin Kreuk Kristen Bell Mena Suvari Krista Allen Molly Sims Aisha Tyler Amber Brkich Natasia Malthe Catherine Bell Shana Hiatt Laura Prepon Joanna Krupa Joanne Montanez Rebecca Romijn Grace Park Milla Jovovich Tricia Helfer Donna Feldman Ana Hickmann Emma Heming Alexis Bledel Jennifer Aniston Bonnie-Jill Laflin Sarah Shahi Summer Altice Bali Rodriguez Lokelani McMichael Amy Cobb Jennie Finch Julie Berry Ivana Bozilovic Moon Bloodgood Adrianne Curry