VOTE: Who's Your Favorite 'Sexiest Woman Alive'?
Just as they do every year, Esquire magazine has bestowed the title of Sexiest Woman Alive on another Hollywood entertainer: This year, the honor goes to actress Penelope Cruz. "She is impossibly beautiful. When she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture," they write.
The Spanish actress, 40, joins past years' honorees such as Rihanna, Minka Kelly, Kate Beckinsale and several others. And while each is undeniably gorgeous in her own way, we can't help but wonder who would come out on top in an all-out battle of the Sexiest Women Alive.
So we're putting it to you: Which of Esquire's Sexiest Women Alive is your personal favorite?
As part of their Women We Love issue in 2004, Esquire crowned Angelina Jolie their very first Sexiest Woman Alive.
The next year, Esquire named then-23-year-old Jessica Biel the winner, calling her an “underground icon to the generation of men who are coming of age now.”
"It feels like watching close-up magic, an actress playing every possible part and well enough to be confounding," Esquire said about the intimidating experience of just sitting across from Cruz, their current 'Sexiest Woman Alive.'
Esquire bestowed the title on Johansson in 2006, and said of her, "We have taken in the totality, the gestalt, and we have concluded that Scarlett Johansson — lips, butt, kidneys, and all — is the sexiest woman alive."
"Smart. Hard-assed. Pretty funny." According to Esquire magazine, those are just three of the reasons Charlize Theron deserved the honor in 2007.
At 42 years old, Halle Berry was the oldest woman to take home the title. She wrote her own acceptance speech for Esquire's 2008 edition.
In 2009, the honor went to Kate Beckinsale, with the magazine describing the British actress as "beautiful, crisp, tough, smart."
Esquire magazine had a pretty big crush on actress Minka Kelly in 2010. "She's beautiful. She's athletic. She's worked gunshot wounds as a surgical nurse. She can act," they wrote, more than justifying her as their choice for that year's Sexiest Woman Alive.
Rihanna took the title in 2011. The 24-year-old singer from Barbados told the magazine, "At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it."
"She talks like that and she looks like that, even when she's really not trying hard at all," wrote Esquire magazine of Mila Kunis.
ScarJo became the magazine's first two-time honoree in 2013.