What makes a sex symbol? What mystical element do they have that secures their place, immortalizing their spirit and capturing them in the fantasies of generations? Well, no one answer can be given to these questions, but what is clear is that qualifying as a sex symbol has changed over the decades.
Naming a few, we shed a little light on to the lives of the most undeniable sex symbols of all times.
#1. Marilyn Monroe:
No list of sex symbols could ever start with any other name!!! The ultimate bombshell, Marilyn. Unknown to most, the platinum ‘blond’ had an IQ of 168, placing her in the category of gifted genius!! Despite her intelligence, Marilyn was always perceived as the ‘dumb blond’. But some of her famous words are still quoted to this day, and still enlighten others.
“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
#2. James Dean:
Another sex idol with an untimely death, he had a very brief career, but one which forever etched him into the minds of endless generations. Known as America’s rebel, James was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the sexiest stars in film history! His famous words include:
“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
“Gratification comes in the doing, not in the result.”
#3. George Clooney:
No list would be complete without gorgeous George! And that’s his actual nickname not just my opinion!! Named ‘sexiest man alive’ by People magazine (twice!!) and chosen as one of the ’50 most beautiful people in the world’, all for good reason! But on top of his classic good looks and the fact that he is like a fine wine- gets better with age, George is well known for his political activism and humanitarian work. He has flown to Egypt and China to make a personal plea to officials to stop the violence in Sudan, addressed the UNSC urging to act over Darfur, and has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2008. He has also organized the ‘hope for Haiti’ telethon, and worked to rebuild a hospital following hurricane Rita in 2006. He has taken his activism so far as to have been arrested for protesting in front of the Sudanese in 2012. So ladies, not only is the world’s hottest bachelor hotter than hot, he’s also a responsible celebrity!
#4. Angelina Jolie:
Although Angelina is not the most agreed upon sex symbol, you either love her or you don’t, she has made her appearance on many sexiest or most beautiful lists over the years. She has undeniable sex appeal, but more importantly she is by far, the most internationally-acknowledged responsible celebrity with the largest heart! The mother of six is known to spend her super-star salary conscientiously “save a third, live off a third and give away a third” (to charity). Angelina is appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCF) and has travelled to some of the poorest and most troubled countries to lend a helping hand and actively help to ease the suffering of the least fortunate. So not only is the star of the movie ‘a mighty heart’ a sex symbol, she also has a heart of gold!
Travelling back to our side of the world…..
#5. Omar El-Sherif:
Unknown to most, Omar is of Syrian\Lebanese origin. This international star has acted in British, American, and French films. He has also won a Golden Globe, been nominated for an Oscar, won best actor at the Venice film festival, and won a best actor Cesar (French equivalent of the Oscars). Mr. Sherif is fluent in Arabic, English, Spanish, Greek, French, and Italian…. And his classic movie roles still make us swoon!
#6. Hind Rostom:
“The Marilyn Monroe of the East”. This Egyptian sultry seductress is no doubt the sex symbol of the golden age. The blond beauty will forever be admired as one of the first Arab sex symbols.
#7. Hussein Fahmy:
El wad el te2eel of the 70’s and 80’s. Mr. Fahmy has been in over a hundred movies and was the first Arab UN Goodwill Ambassador until his resignation in 2006. After which he became a Special Olympics Ambassador, bringing awareness and encouraging movement to the Arab community. Surely he’s not to be admired for his gorgeous looks alone, but for his heart as well.