[Editor’s note: For the next two Fridays, Flavorwire will be counting down our 20 most popular features of 2010. This post, which originally ran on May 11, 2010, comes in at position number 13.] Every year, we remind ourselves not to take the Maxim Hot 100 seriously, and yet every year we end up spending a little bit too long puzzling over it. This year’s edition brought a number of mysteries: How did Amanda Bynes get to be 23 years old already? Who is iJustine? Katy Perry is really the sexiest lady the magazine could find?
But overall, the list was predictable: It just wasn’t particularly diverse, in terms of the ages, races, and body types. Swimsuit and lingerie models were wildly overrepresented. And you know what? We think we could do better. After the jump, we present an alternative top 10. Weigh in with your picks in the comments.
10. The All-American Girl
Maxim picked: Swimsuit model Marisa Miller
Our pick: Let’s forget, for a moment, that the idea of the wholesome, blonde all-American girl is sort of offensive to every American girl that doesn’t fit that ideal. Working within those constraints, we’re going with Amanda Seyfried, a soap opera and CSI alum who has about a million movies just out or in production while holding her own with some of TV’s best actresses on the maddeningly addictive Big Love.