GQ’s ‘Hottest Women’ List Raises Controversy

Was it cool to include some winners' nationality and ethnicity?


Men’s magazine GQ is in some hot water over an article in its latest issue.

The article, “The 100 Sexist Women of the 21st Century,” includes some of the winners’ ethnicity and and national origin. For example, Freido Pinto is listed as “Hottest Indian Chick” and M.I.A. is listed as “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan,” Yahoo reports. Some women, however, are not listed by nationality or ethnicity. The overall winner, Beyonce, is simply listed as “Miss Millennium” and not “Miss African-American Millennium.”

Ruth White, a professor of Social Work at Seattle University, defines her objections this way to Yahoo: “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. But 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; they’re only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity.”

The full list of winners can be found at GQ.

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