For Maxim's 2017 Hot 100, we looked for beautiful and bold
women who use their platforms—whether Instagram or
celebrity megaphone—to define and express themselves. They
are actresses, athletes, musicians, and models, yes, but also
brand builders, entrepreneurs, and voices of a generation.
You've already met Hot 100 cover girl Hailey Baldwin—now say hello to the rest of the list:
THE SISTER ACTS
Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner)
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians superstar has managed to avoid many of the paparazzi-baiting antics that have plagued her sisters, which is why we love all 5'10" of her even more.
Bella Hadid (@bellahadid)
She may have only 12.4 million Instagram followers compared to her sister's 33.5 million, but the younger Hadid is nonetheless a covetable catwalk queen: She was awarded Model of the Year by industry heavyweights in 2016.
THE BAYWATCH BABES
Alexandra Daddario (@alexandradaddario)
After gaining attention for her captivating turn in the first (and best, for that matter) season of True Detective, Daddario stars as the brainy and beautiful Summer Quinn on Baywatch.
Kelly Rohrbach (@kellyrohrbach)
Can anyone really live up to the epic babeness of Pamela Anderson as C.J. Parker? The luscious blonde hair…the don't-make-sense curves… the red bathing suit, oh my! Well, the Connecticut-turned-Cali girl Kelly Rohrbach accomplished the unthinkable in the movie of the summer: She made us (almost) forget about her predecessor.
Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra)
The former Miss World was already a huge star in her native India before she set her sights on the States. Now, with television series Quantico and the Baywatch movie behind her, she's out to conquer the world.
Ilfenesh Hadera (@ilfenator)
Jumping from Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It Netflix reboot to Baywatch proves this actress with model-worthy good looks has range. "This is a really good time in my career," Hadera reveals. "Work is consistent, but more than that I'm busy with projects that are all really different from one another." As for the blockbuster of the summer, she exclaims, "It's my biggest break!"
Charlotte McKinney (@charlottemckinney)
Known for her envy-inducing bikini body, mode l and actress McKinney was practically made to be cast in Baywatch. But the 23-year-old was thrilled to show off her natural wit to audiences. "I'm excited for people to see me in a different light," she explains.
THE WILD ONES
Thandie Newton (@thandieandkay)
Her character on Westworld, the robotic madam Maeve Millay, is possibly the hottest thing on television. Not only is she smart as hell, but Newton's enviable assets are on full display.
Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood)
Like Thandie's Maeve, Wood's Dolores is a total badass, not unlike the actress herself, who wears sexy suits on the red carpet and is one half of the alternative electro-pop band Rebel and a Basketcase.
Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne)
Quirky and cool, not to mention gorgeous, this "It Brit" has successfully transitioned from the runway to Hollywood, starring in Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
THE GOOD SPORTS
Danielle "Summer Rae" Moinet (@daniellemoinet)
The blonde WWE bombshell is as tough as she is sexy, which is she just how she likes it. As she explains, "Hot has no boundaries. It no longer has to fit in a box. Hot is confidence, it's strength, it's athletic, it's smart, it's curvy or slim, and nothing is hotter than a woman loving herself."
Anna Gasser (@annagassersnow)
A world-class snowboarder, the 25-year-old Austrian has collected gold medals at the Winter X Games and FIS World Championships. Sponsored by Red Bull, the Big Air competitor will be a threat for gold at next winter's Olympic Games.
Hilary Knight (@hilaryknight)
Knight is a leader of the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team, not to mention one of the top female players in the world. Fresh off a high-profile, successful team salary renegotiation with USA Hockey, the 27-year-old University of Wisconsin grad is busy readying for next winter's Olympics, where the Americans are expected to compete for gold. "It's simple," Knight explains. "Gold or bust. We are all in."
Paige VanZant (@paigevanzantufc)
A fighter in UFC's strawweight division, VanZant brings a blue-collar attitude to her fighting. As a kid, she attended a school where students carried knives and guns, so she picked up MMA to protect herself. Now it's her opponents who need protection.
Lindsey Vonn (@lindseyvonn)
While her off-the-snow life has helped make her a household name, Vonn more than takes care of business on the snow. Fighting back from a recent injury, she has her sights set on PyeongChang 2018.
Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13)
The 27-year-old Californian is already an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner. The highest-paid women's soccer player, Morgan has held endorsements with companies like Nike and GNC.
THE HEAD TURNERS
Nibar Madar (@nibarmadar)
After attending an open casting call, this Israeli newcomer and former professional ballet dancer was signed on the spot.
Devon Windsor (@devwindsor)
Discovered at 14, the St. Louis native made her debut with Prada in 2013.
Jasmine Sanders (@golden_barbie)
Though tight with the Kardashian clan, 25-year-old Sanders is making a name all on her own. She's walked for Miu Miu and modeled for Vogue.
Jessica Strother (@jessicaannstrother)
This Kate Spade and Victoria's Secret model looks like she walked straight out of The Blue Lagoon with messy, beachy curls and sunkissed skin.
Robin Holzken (@robinmarjolein)
Hailing from Holland, this 20-year-old jawdropper is a walking endorsement for Pilates.
Emanuela de Paula (@emanueladepaula)
A jet-setter by trade—she's been a face for L'Oréal and a model for Victoria's Secret—28-year-old de Paula has her own travel and beauty website, manubymanu.com.
Emily Sears (@emilysears)
The Australian model (who appeared on the cover of Maxim Australia earlier this year doesn't take her insane curves too seriously—though we certainly do. Exhibit A? Instagram pics of her sporting nothing but a self-made pizza bikini.
Kara Del Toro (@karajewelll)
Though the Texas model is often compared to Sofía Vergara, Del Toro is making a name for herself by working with iconic brands like Guess. And while fashion is indeed serious work, she admits she doesn't take it all too seriously. Her words to live by: "Be able to make fun of yourself," she says. "When you are confident, healthy, and happy, that's when you will be the hottest."
Jasmine Tookes (@jastookes)
Only the third African-American model to wear the blinged-out Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra (after Tyra Banks and Selita Ebanks), Tookes was always intrigued by modeling— her mom was a celebrity stylist and she grew up around fashion shoots.
Anne Vyalitsyna (@annev)
Known for her 10-year-run in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the Russian stunner now splits her time between New York and San Francisco with her tech exec fiancé. (She was previously linked to Maroon 5's Adam Levine.)
Alison Brie (@officialalibrie)
The Community and Mad Men actress leads Netflix's upcoming Glow, which fictionalizes the 1986 syndicated show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Come for the laughs, stay for the fluorescent bodysuits.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (@gmbatharaw)
For this ever-charming 34-year-old, hot means "that I probably have too many clothes on... or the perfect cup of tea," she jokes. The Beauty and the Beast actress will be everywhere in the next year, with films like Irreplaceable You and A Wrinkle in Time, both of which are directed by women—something this British actress is incredibly proud of.
THE ALL STARS
The best supporting actress Oscar winner for The Danish Girl, Vikander has four films coming out later this year, and in 2018 she takes over for Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider.
Emma Watson (@emmawatson)
She dazzled as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and like her on-screen counterpart, Watson is known for her smarts. She's a United Nations goodwill ambassador and will star opposite Tom Hanks in the tech thriller The Circle.
Alessandra Ambrosio (@alessandraambrosio)
The veteran Victoria's Secret model and Maxim contributor continues to be the best-looking woman in and out of jeans—her husband Jamie Mazur is the founder of cult denim line Re/Done.
Fresh off her Oscar win for La La Land, the angel-faced Stone laces up her sneakers to play tennis champ Billie Jean King, opposite Steve Carell, in the forthcoming Battle of the Sexes.
Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson)
The Dear White People and Creed actress is set to bring the superhero Valkyrie to the screen in Thor: Ragnarok. Smart, cool, and fierce—she's perfect for the part.
Zoë Kravitz (@zoeisabellakravitz)
You know her parents—Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet—are cool, but the younger Kravitz might be even cooler. She's beyond good-looking, has modeled for Alexander Wang, and is the lead singer of her own band, Lolawolf. She's also killing it as an actress (hello, Big Little Lies). Up next for the 28-year-old is the Weekend at Bernie's–esque comedy Rough Night, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Ilana Glazer.
Doutzen Kroes (@doutzen)
Much more than a pretty face, Kroes has a philanthropic side. After a trip to Kenya, she launched the #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign in partnership with the Elephant Crisis Fund to support the endangered animal.
Candice Swanepoel (@angelcandices)
This Victoria's Secret beauty, who hails from South Africa, sure is comfortable in her own skin. Her Instagram frequently shows off playful-meets-naughty topless pics.
Irina Shayk (@irinashayk)
The new mom, who just gave birth to a baby girl with leading man Bradley Cooper, wasted no time getting back in her hot model shape. (Yes, we're all jealous.) Weeks after she delivered, she flaunted her enviable assets in a sultry, barely there bikini pic.
Margot Robbie (@margotrobbie)
The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad star is one of the world's most coveted actresses right now. Look out for her sinister turn as Tonya Harding in the biopic I, Tonya.
Joan Smalls (@joansmalls)
The Puerto Rican stunner is best known for her work with Riccardo Tisci, Balmain, and Estée Lauder.
THE NEW GAURD
After breaking out in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, Ridley has a bevy of films hitting screens this year, including Murder on the Orient Express, before December's much anticipated The Last Jedi.
Becky G (@iambeckyg)
Becky G gets it done. After posting videos of herself singing on YouTube, the 20-year-old Californian caught the attention of megaproducer Dr. Luke, who signed her to Kemosabe Records. Then she landed the role of Trini in this year's Power Rangers movie.
Ireland Baldwin (@irelandbasingerbaldwin)
Like her famous cousin, Hailey, Ireland is the progeny of some very famous A-listers (in this case, Alec Baldwin and the always stunning Kim Basinger). But the 21-year-old isn't letting her startling good looks get to her head: "I think it's hot when someone doesn't care so much about vanity and appearance," she says.
Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone)
The Bollywood transplant made her debut stateside earlier this year in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, alongside Vin Diesel. She ranks number 10 on Forbes' 2016 list of the world's highest paid actresses.
Haley Bennett (@halolorraine)
She was everywhere in 2016 (The Girl on the Train, The Magnificent Seven), but Bennett's most interesting part still awaits: She plays Saskia Schumann in the post-traumatic stress disorder drama Thank You for Your Service, coming out later this year.
The Preacher starlet earned rave reviews and an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of real-life civil rights activist Mildred Loving in last year's Loving.
Selah Marley (@selahmarley)
Though she has music in her blood—she's the daughter of Lauryn Hill and the granddaughter of Bob Marley—this 18-year-old fresh face is also a natural in front of the camera. She's already walked the runway for Chanel and Kanye West's Yeezy line.
THE COOL GIRLS
Camila Cabello (@camila_cabello)
It's been less than a year since the 20-year-old left supergroup Fifth Harmony, and she's already landed two singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Georgia Fowler (@georgiafowler)
With that piercing gaze and sexy smirk, the 24-year-old Fowler oozes cool.
Solveig Mørk Hansen (@notsolveig)
This Danish-born Guess model is a nerd at heart: She devours fantasy books like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Natasha Poly (@natashapoly)
Though many have tried before her (Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few), this Russian supermodel is the master of the high-slit-skirt pose on the red carpet.
Okay, so maybe this should be the Maxim Hot 101, considering that Nervo is actually made up of twins Miriam and Olivia. But consider this a two-for-one. The Australian sisters are responsible for some of your favorite club tracks, including "We're All No One."
Taryn Manning (@tarynmanning)
Honored is the word that the musician and Orange Is the New Black actress uses when she finds out she's included on the Maxim Hot 100. "You're metaphorically seated on a stage next to these 99 other incredibly beautiful, brilliant, and talented women," she says.
Halsey is back this month with her second electro-pop album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and we're already hooked on the single "Now or Never," where she sings "Love me now, now, now, now, now, now." Don't worry, sweetheart. We do.
THE GAME CHANGERS
Lais Ribeiro (@laisribeiro)
The dark-eyed Brazilian Victoria's Secret Angel has recently modeled for Balmain and La Perla.
Jourdan Dunn (@jourdandunn)
At just 26, this English model, who was discovered in the London suburb of Greenford as a teenager, has walked for every major fashion house, including Marc Jacobs and Versace.
Bridget Malcom (@bridgetmalcolm)
This 25-year-old Australian model is a healthy-living guru in the making—her personal website promotes good vibes, veganism, and a positive body image.
Bregje Heinen (@bregjeheinen)
Though she has beyond perfect measurements (33, 23, 35), we can't stop looking at this Dutch stunner's pillowy lips.
Edita Vilkeviciute (@edita_v_)
Thanks to her striking features, this Lithuanian supermodel easily transforms from sexy to girl-next-door for the camera.
Chanel Iman (@chaneliman)
The model and actress—she's a Victoria's Secret Angel and was last seen in the critically acclaimed film Dope—is of Korean and African-American descent.
Kelly Gale (@kellybellyboom)
The half Indian, half Australian model rules Instagram with her sand-covered beach shots.
Ashley Moore (@ashley_moore_)
We're not the only ones who can't get enough of this 24-year-old model—she's frequently been linked to Justin Bieber. I mean, who could resist those curls?
Iskra Lawrence (@iskra)
This 26-year-old (above) exudes sex appeal—she boldly struts her stuff in underwear and little else—but she is also smart as hell. As a body positive activist, the Aerie model has challenged society's perceptions of what is considered beautiful.
Ashley Graham (@theashleygraham)
Is there anything that Graham can't do? The Maxim cover girl rules photo shoots, is a designer in her own right (she has collaborated with Addition Elle and Dressbarn), and just released her first book, a collection of essays titled A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like.
Lily-Rose Depp (@lilyrose_depp)
The daughter of Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis is blazing her own trail. She gave fellow babe Natalie Portman a run for her money in the recent flick Planetarium.
Hailee Steinfeld (@haileesteinfeld)
Not only can the 20-year-old jump between prestige movies (True Grit) and teen comedies (Edge of Seventeen) but her songs, like "Starving," are all over the charts.
Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae)
Sultry songstress Monáe wowed in the Oscar-nominated films Moonlight and Hidden Figures, proving some women can do it all.
Jocelyn Chew (@jocechewbacca)
The Icelandic-Chinese-Canadian stunner flexes her fit frame with her first swimsuit line next spring.
Stella Maxwell (@stellamaxwell)
Complete with a brooding gaze and a cool-girl vibe, the Northern Irish model has seduced the hottest A-listers around, including Miley Cyrus and current girlfriend Kristen Stewart.
Solange Knowles (@saintrecords)
How, you might wonder, could she possibly shine with a sister like Beyoncé? If you're Solange, you rewrite the rules. Her song "Cranes in the Sky," from her album A Seat at the Table, earned the singer-songwriter her first Grammy for Best R&B Performance this year.
THE BACHELOR TAMERS
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (@rosiehw)
Jason Statham is one lucky guy. This former face of Victoria's Secret and Burberry, Huntington-Whiteley is passing down some enviable genes to the couple's new baby, due later this year.
Nina Agdal (@ninaagdal)
Not only does this swimsuit model look damn good in a bikini, she also exudes tomboy cool. It's little wonder that perennial bachelor Leonardo DiCaprio fell for her (even if their relationship was brief).