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.
21334Would people go gaga for her now?
- Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
18639Would people go gaga for her now?
- Age: Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)
- Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
16743Would people go gaga for her now?
- Age: Died at 78 (1905-1983)
- Birthplace: Mexico, Durango
13736Would people go gaga for her now?
- Age: Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)
- Birthplace: California, United States of America