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Marilyn Monroe, quintessential American sex symbol, and one of the top ten film stars according to the AFI
Brad Pitt, twice named the Sexiest Man Alive by People in 1995 and 2000.[1]

A sex symbol is a famous person of either gender, typically an actor, musician, model, teen idol, or sports star, known for their sex appeal. The celebrity "star system"—the tabloid papers, paparazzi, and gossip talk shows—play an important role in creating and sustaining the public perception of which stars are viewed as attractive. These media industries are in turn sustained by a strong public demand for sexually alluring photographs or footage of celebrities, including both posed, scantily-clad publicity shots for magazines like Maxim and unauthorized beach or nightclub photos taken by paparazzi with telephoto lenses.

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Examples of sex symbols

Film and television

The film and television industries have historically played an important role in the rise of sex symbols.[citation needed] The following non-exhaustive list provides some examples of sex symbols who gained their status as such through exposure in film and television.

Pre-1930s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

Cartoons

1930's cartoon character Betty Boop is known as the first and one of the most famous sex symbol on animated screen.[9][10] After Betty Boop, Red, from Red Hot Riding Hood' and her later derivative 'Jessica Rabbit, who was actually voiced by Kathleen Turner, is widely considered as the next biggest animated sex symbols.[11]

Elvis Presley was one of the earliest sex symbols originating from music.

Music

Rock & roll and pop musicians were some of the first artists to become sex symbols. Some notable examples of musicians who became sex symbols include Elvis Presley, the members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry, Sting, Prince, Madonna, Steven Tyler,[12][13] Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Christina Aguilera.

Models

Many models and supermodels are widely known enough to be considered sex symbols. Some of today's sex symbols who have become famous as models include Marisa Miller, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Kathy Ireland, Gisele Bündchen,[14][15] Christy Turlington, Ana Beatriz Barros, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima,[14] Alessandra Ambrosio,[14], Arnold Schwarzenegger and Heidi Klum.[14]

Video games

Video games have had a few characters that are considered sex symbols, although their fame often does not extend into the mainstream. The most well-known example of this category would be Lara Croft,[16][17] who has had several appearances in mainstream media. Nell McAndrew, who portrayed Lara from 1998 to 1999, appeared on Playboy on August 1999, although the magazine was prevented legally from displaying the name "Lara Croft" next to the model.[18]

Other sex symbols with less notoriety in the mainstream include Rayne, the first video-game character that appeared in Playboy magazine, in the October 2004 U.S. edition as part of an article entitled Gaming Grows Up; [19] and Nina Williams, voted "Hottest" Female Fighting Character Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2008.[20]

Another considerable[citation needed] sex symbol video game character is the character Bayonetta. Although she has not technically appeared in Playboy, there has been models dressed up as her in Playboy.[citation needed]

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References

  1. ^ Faber, Judy (June 6, 2007). "George Clooney Sizes Up Brad Pitt's Feet". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/06/entertainment/main2896111.shtml. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ Fields, Arnold (2008). Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 978-0786438686. 
  3. ^ Drowne, Kathleen Morgan; Patrick Huber (2004). The 1920's. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 237. ISBN 0313320136. 
  4. ^ Flint, Peter B. (7 May 1992). "Marlene Dietrich, 90, Symbol of Glamour, Dies". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/05/07/us/marlene-dietrich-90-symbol-of-glamour-dies.html?pagewanted=1. 
  5. ^ Porter, Darwin (2005). Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel. Blood Moon Productions Ltd.. pp. 639. ISBN 0-974-81181-5. 
  6. ^ Biond, Chris. "Fpnda memories and the changing face of the sex symbol". http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/Fonda-memories-and-the-changing.3608012.jp. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  7. ^ So just who was it for you last night? Independent, published 2007-08-10
  8. ^ http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article5369980.ece
  9. ^ Betty Boop - Boop Oop a Doop (1986) from Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ Video World Is Smitten by a Gun-Toting, Tomb-Raiding Sex Symbol from The New York Times
  11. ^ THE LAST MOVIE STAR from Entertainment Weekly.
  12. ^ Laura: "Jon Bon Jovi", page 73. Citadel Press, 2004
  13. ^ Awarded Sexiest Rock Star by People magazine on 2000, 2002 and 2003
  14. ^ a b c d PalmBeachPost.com: Victoria's secret Angels Across America Tour
  15. ^ FHM 100 Sexiest Women in The World 2007 List - Shoryuken
  16. ^ Channel 4 Top 100 Sex Symbols internet poll
  17. ^ "Boom Raider" Telegraph retrieved 5 March 2008
  18. ^ Lara saved from Playboy
  19. ^ AT's Top 10 Video Game Chicks Actiontrip. Retrieved on December 2, 2007
  20. ^ Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2008 pg.81 (bottom-right) ISBN 978-1-904994-20-6

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, quintessential American sex symbol, and one of the top ten female film stars according to the AFI]]

A sex symbol is a famous person of either gender, typically an actor, musician, model, teen idol, or sports star, known for their sex appeal. The celebrity "star system"—the tabloid papers, paparazzi, and gossip talk shows—play an important role in creating and sustaining the public perception of which stars are viewed as attractive. These media industries are in turn sustained by a strong public demand for sexually alluring photographs or footage of celebrities, including both posed, scantily-clad publicity shots for magazines like Maxim and unauthorized beach or nightclub photos taken by paparazzi with telephoto lenses.

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=Cartoons

= 1930's cartoon character Betty Boop is known as the first and one of the most famous sex symbol on animated screen.[1][2] After Betty Boop, So White from Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Red from Red Hot Riding Hood, and her later derivative Jessica Rabbit, who was actually voiced by Kathleen Turner, are widely considered as the next biggest animated sex symbols. In Japanese anime there are sex symbols such as Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop), Chizuru Minamoto (Kanokon), the female characters of Neon Genesis Evangelion (Misato Katsuragi, Asuka Langley Soryu and Rei Ayanami) or Bulma of Dragon Ball Series.[3][dubious ]

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Elvis Presley was one of the earliest sex symbols originating from music.

Music

Rock and roll and pop musicians were some of the first artists to become sex symbols. Some notable examples of musicians who became sex symbols include Elvis Presley, the members of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Sting, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Idol, Bono Vox, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Rihanna, Chris Isaak, Beyoncé Knowles, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi,[4][5] Britney Spears, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, and Christina Aguilera.

Film and television

The film and television industries have historically played an important role in the rise of sex symbols.[citation needed]

Models

Many models and supermodels are widely known enough to be considered sex symbols. Some of today's sex symbols who have become famous as models include Naomi Campbell, Marisa Miller, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Linda Evangelista, Milla Jovovich, Kathy Ireland, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Gisele Bündchen,[6][7] Christy Turlington, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima,[6] Alessandra Ambrosio,[6] and Heidi Klum.[6]

Video games

Video games have had a few characters that are considered sex symbols, although their fame often does not extend into the mainstream. The most well-known example of this category would be Lara Croft,[8][9] who has had several appearances in mainstream media. Nell McAndrew, who portrayed Lara from 1998 to 1999, appeared on Playboy on August 1999, although the magazine was prevented legally from displaying the name "Lara Croft" next to the model.[10]

Other sex symbols with less notoriety in the mainstream include Rayne, the first video-game character that appeared in Playboy magazine, in the October 2004 U.S. edition as part of an article entitled Gaming Grows Up;[11] and Nina Williams, voted "Hottest" Female Fighting Character Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2008.[12]

Examples of sex symbols

The following list – which is by no means exhaustive – provides some examples of sex symbols who gained their status as such through exposure in film and television, and some examples of work where their appeal was shown best.

1920s and Earlier

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

See also

References

  1. ^ Betty Boop - Boop Oop a Doop (1986) from Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ Video World Is Smitten by a Gun-Toting, Tomb-Raiding Sex Symbol from The New York Times
  3. ^ THE LAST MOVIE STAR from Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ Laura: "Jon Bon Jovi", page 73. Citadel Press, 2004
  5. ^ Awarded Sexiest Rock Star by People magazine on 2000, 2002 and 2003
  6. ^ a b c d PalmBeachPost.com: Victoria's secret Angels Across America Tour
  7. ^ FHM 100 Sexiest Women in The World 2007 List - Shoryuken
  8. ^ Channel 4 Top 100 Sex Symbols internet poll
  9. ^ "Boom Raider" Telegraph retrieved 5 March 2008
  10. ^ Lara saved from Playboy
  11. ^ AT's Top 10 Video Game Chicks Actiontrip. Retrieved on December 2, 2007
  12. ^ Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2008 pg.81 (bottom-right) ISBN 978-1-904994-20-6
  13. ^ Fields, Arnold (2008). Lillian Russell: A Biography of America's Beauty. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 978-0786438686. 
  14. ^ Drowne, Kathleen Morgan; Patrick Huber (2004). The 1920's. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 237. ISBN 0313320136. 
  15. ^ Mix, Deborah M. (2000) "Sex Symbol" In Pendergast, Tom (editor) (2000) St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture: Volume 4: P - T St. James Press, Detroit, Michigan, ISBN 1-55862-404-X
  16. ^ Flint, Peter B. (7 May 1992). "Marlene Dietrich, 90, Symbol of Glamour, Dies". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/05/07/us/marlene-dietrich-90-symbol-of-glamour-dies.html?pagewanted=1. 
  17. ^ Porter, Darwin (2005). Howard Hughes: Hell's Angel. Blood Moon Productions Ltd.. pp. 639. ISBN 0-974-81181-5. 
  18. ^ Biond, Chris. "Fpnda memories and the changing face of the sex symbol". http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/features/Fonda-memories-and-the-changing.3608012.jp. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  19. ^ So just who was it for you last night? Independent, published 2007-08-10
  20. ^ http://www.gilliananderson.ws/transcripts/96_97/96fhmsup.shtml
  21. ^ Britney baffled by Sex symbol status
  22. ^ "Emma Watson:"I find the whole concept of being ‘’sexy” embarrassing and confusing,"". Thaindian News. February 02, 2009. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/sex-symbol-tag-embarrasses-emma-watson_100149967.html. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  23. ^ Palmer, Martyn (2008-12-27). "Scarlett Johansson the reluctant sex symbol". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article5369980.ece. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  24. ^ "Christina Hendricks, Esquire's sexiest woman alive, says pot-bellies and scotch work for her". Vancouver Sun. April 22, 2010. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/2926420/story.html. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  25. ^ "Eva Mendes:"I just want to be known for things other than my sexuality."". Digital Spy. July 20, 2010. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a247295/eva-mendes-more-than-just-a-sex-symbol.html. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

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Marilyn Monroe, one of the most famous female sex symbols of all time.

A sex symbol is a famous and/or notable person, male or female, who is found sexually attractive by a lot of people. Many actors and actresses and rock musicians are considered to be sex symbols by their fans and public. Examples are Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Paris Hilton, Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Keira Knightly, Andrea Leon, Salma Hayek, Cameron Diaz, Anjelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Elle McPherson and Monica Bellucci.

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