‘GQ’ gets racial for Hottest 100 list?

    GQ has raised a few eyebrows with their list of the millenium’s hottest 100 women.

    What exactly does it mean to be "hot"? The men’s magazine seeks to define what is sexy for the new millennium by cobbling together a rundown of pretty faces and amazing bodies for it 100 Hottest Women of the 21st Century list.

    Names like Mila Kunis, Rashida Jones, Azealia Banks, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian were found among the ranks of the hot. While we’re dubious about ranking beautiful women among equally beautiful women, there were some questionable categories on the list like Hottest Indian Chick (Freida Pinto), Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan (M.I.A), Hottest Italian Chick (Monica Belluci) and Hottest Chinese Chick (Zhang Ziyi).

    There was even a category for Hottest Blue Chicks, but the honorees  (Mystique, Naytiri and Smurfette) are fictitious characters. So what’s the big deal on naming ethnicity? Well for starters, not every woman on the list was identified by their race or nationality.

    "If the magazine were saying, ‘These are all the beautiful women from every country in the world’, that would be a bit different; that’s what the Miss Universe pageant is all about," Ruth C. White, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work at Seattle University told Shine.

    Shakira wasn’t named the Hottest Colombian Chick, nor was Gisele Bündchen designated the Hottest Brazilian Chick. Not to mention, Adele wasn’t named Hottest English Chick. Neither was Beyoncé, who was named Ms. Millennium, wasn’t labeled Hottest African-American Chick. In Ruth’s opinion, if GQ was going to do an ethnic designation for a handful of women, it should have done the same for the other ladies.

    "By calling out certain women’s ethnicity and not others, what they’re implying is that these women are not beautiful simply because they’re beautiful," Ruth continued, "they’re only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity. This is qualifying their beauty and dismisses the idea that beauty comes in many different forms."

    Check out shots from Beyoncé’s photo shoot as GQ‘s Miss Millennium when you flip through Daily Buzz 1.17.13 below!



    —Sonya Eskridge




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