Glee Girls: AfterEllen.com Hot 100!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yes, it’s that time again. It’s the day we reveal the results of your voting efforts for our annual AfterEllen.com Hot 100 list! Rounding up photos of 100 of the most beautiful women in the world is a tough job, but we’re always willing to take on the most challenging of tasks for our loyal readers.

Since we first invited you to vote in our Hot 100 poll back in 2007, your tastes have always been diverse and substantive, making for a far more compelling read than the Hot 100 list Maxim cranks out each year (which served as the original inspiration for this list).

Without revealing too much, we can tell you that many of the women in the top 10 this year were just barely on your radar last year. Most of them are best known for their television roles.

Musicians, many of them identifying as bisexual or lesbian, also made a strong showing this year. In fact, we’re happy to report that nearly one third of the list this year is comprised of out women, and one of those women makes her first ever appearance on the list by landing a spot in the top 10. (For the record, we consider celebrities to be out when they have spoken publicly about their attraction to and/or relationships with other women.)

As is often the case, many of the heterosexual celebrities who made the list this year are beloved for their portrayal of lesbian/bi women in film and television. Even those women who’ve taken on roles that only hinted at lesbian/bi subtext are consistently rewarded with your votes. Some of the television shows in which they appeared have been off the air for over a decade. If the Hot 100 list is any indication, the loyalty of lesbian and bisexual fans has no expiration date!
1. Naya Rivera

(rank last year, 62)

When Glee’s writers penned their little bicurous throwaway joke — “Having sex is not dating.” “If it were, Santana and I would be dating.” — they had no idea it would launch the Good Ship Brittana, or that it would set Naya Rivera on a trajectory to the top of our Hot 100 list.Glee’s lesbian fandom flame (stoked often by Naya, herself) would not be quenched, and in the second half of the show’s sophomore season, the writers finally decided to define Santana’s sexuality, making her the highest profile lesbian on primetime TV. And boy, has Naya Rivera sold it. Whether she’s wowing us with her vocals, or wooing us with her million-watt smile, or warming our hearts with her commitment to Santana, or waxing poetic about the LGBT community as host of the GLAAD Media Awards, we just can’t get enough. Lucky for us, Naya Rivera’s career has only just begun.
Also on the list…

65. Jane Lynch
(rank last year, 29)

10. Lea Michele

(rank last year, 16)

From a child actor on Broadway to the face (and voice) of the most popular television show in the world, Lea Michelle has already had one hell of a career in her young 24 years. Over the past two, Lea’s voice has become a household sound. We could pick it out of any line-up. And she uses her pipes for more than profit. Lea has performed for the Human Rights Campaign and for True Colors Cabaret, both charities that promote LGBT equality. She also landed on nearly every “best-dressed” and “influential celebrities” list in 2010. We think this Gleestar has an EGOT in her future, and we’ll be with her all the way.

8. Dianna Agron
(rank last year, 26)

This year, Dianna Agron made her big-screen debut in the sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, but it is the small-screen role of Quinn Fabray that keeps nudging her up our Hot 100 list. The soft-spoken Agron has a shockingly powerful voice, which she has proven over and over again during Glee’s second season. Most recently, her “I Feel Pretty/Unpretty” mash-up with best buddy Lea Michele had our iPods stuck on repeat. Agron is a vegetarian and a vocal animal rights supporter, and if there’s anything we love more than a gorgeous gal, it’s a gorgeous gal holding a puppy.

2. Heather Morris
(rank last year, 85)

Was it her quirky portrayal of Brittany S. Pierce that secured Heather Morris’ spot on our Hot 100 list this year, or was it her sexy remake of Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” and “Me Against the Music” that did the trick? Both, probably. Heather’s comedic timing has us guffawing at Brittany’s one-liners every week on Glee. And her killer dance moves(and abs!) have us tripping over one another to get to Tumblr for recap images after each episode airs. This year, Heather became a Celebrity Style Ambassador for FLIRT! Cosmetics, and posed for the cover of Women’s Health. She also was promoted to a series regular on Glee. From our lips to Ryan Murphy’s ears — finally our prayers are being heard!

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