I see that Esquire magazine has named Jessica Biel as the sexiest woman alive.
Either I am totally out of step with the rest of American men when it comes to judging female pulchritude, or the editors at Esquire need new glasses. Jessica Biel is certainly an attractive woman in an athletic, girl-next-door sort of way. But the sexiest woman alive??? I don't think so.
Since the '70s when Twiggy started to set an awful standard for 'sexiness' in women, the judgement of Hollywood casting directors and New York fashion photographers has really gone downhill. The lush, curvy, voluptuous look of such women as Marilyn Monroe, Raquel Welch, Lana Turner, and Rita Hayworth has been thrown completely out the window. They'd be considered 'fat' by today's idiotic standards. Instead, we men are fed a steady diet of women who are so skinny that we can count every vertebrae in their backbones and play the xylophone on their ribs. To compensate, they get a plastic surgeon to shove a few pounds of silicone under their chests and then dress in next to nothing or even strip 'em down and let us see the whole package.
An example: the other day when I was home for lunch, I saw part of "The Devil's Advocate". If you haven't seen it, there's a scene near the end where the devil (Al Pacino) is trying to bring lawyer Keanu Reeves over to the dark side. The devil's beautiful minion (Connie Nielsen) slowly and sensuously undresses to seduce Reeves. Now, I happen to think that Connie Nielsen is a lovely woman. But if I had been Reeves, I would have looked at old nick and said, "Look, if you're trying to tempt me into giving up my soul, you're going to have to do better than this!" Nielsen was so skinny that I was turned OFF. Ick.
Another example: In the movie "Euro Trip", Michelle Trachtenberg is shown in a bikini. She's a pretty girl, but way to skinny to really be appealing without her clothes on.
In fact, as much as I generally admire the unclad female form, 'sexiness' is as much a matter of dress, deportment, and attitude as it is physical charms. In the movie "Tombstone", Dana Delaney is 'sexy' despite wearing those all-covering 19th century dresses in almost every scene. Carroll Baker was red-hot in "The Carpetbaggers" despite wearing clothes in most scenes that would practically be suitable for church these days. And you ain't SEEN sexy until you've watched Joy Harmon wash her car in "Cool Hand Luke".
I guess I was just born a few decades too late. Oh, well; at least Playboy still seems to (more or less) 'get it'.