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Historical Female Sex Symbols, Ranked By The Likelihood They Would Be Sex Symbols Now  

Karen Lindell
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List Rules Vote up the sex symbols from history who would still have that status in the present day.

The world's first female sex symbol was arguably Eve, whatever she truly looked like. Biblical references aside, however, the term wasn't even first used until around 1911, and didn't become widesread until the 1950s after World War II when women experienced increasing freedom. Still, people of all eras, whether or not they used the term, anointed certain women as the epitome of appeal based on their beauty, wiles, or some other intangible quality.

Throughout history the standards for siren status have shifted and changed, just as they do for beauty and glamour. One thing hasn't changed, however: movie stars dominate in the female beauty standard stratosphere. 

Most of women on this list of historical knockouts are from Hollywood, but it also includes a few rulers (such as Cleopatra and Anne Boleyn), and even a cartoon character (Betty Boop). Admittedly, it doesn't include "regular" people deemed as hot, but we know you're out there. 

Some magazines like to anoint the "hottest" men and women alive every year, but these annual lists ignore the beauties of yesteryear, who might or might not still qualify for the honor. What do you think? Vote up the women - and men - you think still set the standard for beauty today. 

 

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Female Sex Symbols, Ranked By The Likelihood They Would Be Sex Symbols Now
Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Female Sex Symbols, Ranked By The Likelihood They Would Be Sex Symbols Now
Photo:  kate gabrielle/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Female Sex Symbols, Ranked By The Likelihood They Would Be Sex Symbols Now
Photo: 20th Century Fox/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: Died at 34 (1933-1967)

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Female Sex Symbols, Ranked By The Likelihood They Would Be Sex Symbols Now
Photo: Paul A. Hesse Studios/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: 84

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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