Mila Kunis is the sexiest woman alive
In a competition that is easily as significant and rigorously judged as GQ’s woman of the year, Mila Kunis has been named Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” for 2012. In a quote that is definitely not the creepiest thing we’ve read all year*, the mag calls Kunis “ the most beautiful, opinionated, talkative, and funny movie star that we’ve all known since she was nine.”
While naming someone the “Sexiest Woman Alive” is a cheap and arbitrary way to get extra press (hola!), we’re glad the thinking man’s lad’s mag picked Kunis as their leading lady. This is mostly because she is one of the few women working in Hollywood today who utterly crushes the idea that funny and sexy are in any way a dichotomy.
Kunis’ is the most visible of a new generation of comediennes who are able to mix humour with danger. Rather than the awkward rejection of femineity we see in Tina Fey et al’s brand of work, a variation on a theme we’ve witnessed from women in comedy for the last forty years, Kunis (alongside my fantasy wife Lizzy Caplan) create personas that, while still leaving space for goofyness, have a bit more power, agency and yes, sexuality about them. Kunis’ scene-chewing turn as a stripper in Date Night or her amazing, aggressive outburst on the beach in Forgetting Sarah Marshall are both prime examples of this.
If we have to have a sexiest woman alive, at least she’s a funny one.
*But only because we’ve sometimes get to read unmoderated comments