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Maxim Hot 100 List 2018 is Out… See Who’s Sizzling

Kate Upton is This Year's Cover Girl

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100 gals who are 100% gorgeous.

Just when the Miss America Pageant decided to do away with bikinis and basing beauty on bodies, we can always rely on Maxim to give us plenty of titillating "T & A" from cover to cover. What's on the inside does count, but where's the harm in appreciating the female form in all its glory? And with 100 glorious gals to gaze at, there's no shortage of womanhood to worship.

Yes folks, it's that time of year again. Men (and plenty of women) from all over the world await Maxim's Hot 100 annual list. This year, curvaceous cutie Kate Upton takes the #1 slot, thanking the mag on her Instagram account, "Thanks @maximmag for naming me No 1 hottest woman 2018!" Surely lots of other Upton fans have already declared the blonde beauty as their top choice too.

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This year, Maxim breaks down their "hot" listing into creative categories including "The Bombshells," "The Divas," "The Screen Sirens," "The Funny Girls," and "The Power Players," just in case you needed to further specify their genre of "hotness."

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Some standouts? Gigi Hadid, one of "The Bombshells" has had quite the year, modeling for the hottest brands and hanging with the "it" crowd, turning heads every step of the way. Sultry singer Demi Lovato scored in "The Divas" category, proving that she's at the top of her game, fierce and full of fire, with a voice that could move mountains. "Screen Siren" Alicia Vikander's role in Tomb Raider exemplified that sex appeal and strength go hand-in-hand. "Mrs. John Legend," the impeccable Chrissy Teigen, is hot and hilarious, landing the lead in the "Funny Girls" section. And Amal Clooney, the woman who took the world's most eligible bachelor off the market, is a "Power Player" who is brainy, beautiful, and breaking ground.

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Some other lovely ladies who made this year's Hot 100 include Kim Kardashian West, First Lady Melania Trump, Kendall Jenner, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Gal Gadot, Zendaya, Issa Rae, and Meghan Markle.

See the rest of Maxim's Hot 100 and then go take a cold shower.

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Met Gala Glam | Fashion in Full Force, plus Top Photos of Celebrities that Dressed to Impress

Top Photos of Celebrities that Dressed to Impress at this Star-studded Spectacular

Last night, stars were out for the year's biggest night of flashy fashion – the Met Gala 2018.

NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art was the venue to see and be seen as some of Hollywood's biggest players paraded around in their over-the-top designer gowns and getups. The gala's theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," brought both intrigue and controversy, two things celebs never seem to shy away from.

The invite-only spectacular which raises money for the museum was graciously hosted by Vogue's Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Donatella Versace, and Amal Clooney. Now you have your go-to answer to, "If you could invite any group of people to dinner, who would you choose?"

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The stars who walked the red carpet and made their way into the Met rocked their frocks with grace and glamour, channeling the event's unusual theme with their unique twists. From Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian West to Bella Hadid to Blake Lively to Sarah Jessica Parker and a rich roster of more A-listers we love, the Met was the hottest spot in town for the stars to shine in all their glory.

The celeb's love for fashion was evident, but for one attendee, rapper 2 Chainz, his devotion to his girlfriend, Kesha Ward trumped the tuxes and tiaras. He hit the red carpet and his knee hit the ground as he asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes, giving her already fabulous Met Gala look added "bling" with a shiny new diamond ring to flaunt.

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See some of our favorite Met Gala looks in the slideshow below.
We may never get an invite to this star-studded event, but we can at least admire the fashion.

MET GALA FASHION

Rihanna rocked it


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THE REAL REEL | A Letter For Letterman

Dear Dave... I'm Happy You Have A New Show..But I'm A Little Disappointed

Dear Dave,

I am thrilled you have a new show (My Next Guest Needs No Introduction) on Netflix. We missed you Dave, you calmed lots of white people throughout the years, and during this troubled political time, white people, (mostly men I am guessing?) missed your gently probing humor that offended no one… literally no one. If one were ever to be offended by you, it could only be for what you didn't say, not for what you did. And for the record, your face calmed me too, your new show lulled me to sleep with stressless humor and non-bipartisan jokes. Yes, you had Barack Obama on, and made America feel like everything was cozy again, and we tucked ourselves to sleep sucking our thumbs, our Zoloft kicking in, while you and Obama remembered the good ol'days.

But...Obama's not president and the second episode of your new show features the overly praised humanitarian efforts of George, "throw up in my mouth," Clooney. Again, Dave, I love what you (and Clooney) have brought to the entertainment industry, you have made us laugh, brightened our spirits in hopeless times, and I 100% see the value and necessity of humor. Most of my articles are written about comedians as I love them more than most living creatures and think they contribute to the overall wellbeing of our society. What I don't see the value in is 50% of your interview with Clooney, showing us how Clooney's family essentially saved an Iraqi (Hazim Avdal) man from Isis.

I am not sure which is more embarrassing to watch, the footage of George Clooney's father showing us the house the Clooney's are paying for Avdal to live in, or the interview with Avdal where he has to show his gratitude for the Clooney's generosity on camera. The public praising of this event and the request that its beneficiaries extoll public gratitude to the Clooneys, truly dampens the believability of any sincerity the Clooney's were going for and can only serve to at least slightly humiliate Mr. Avdal.

In a time of Black Lives Matter, #Metoo, a democracy that is starkly torn down the middle, and immigration policy that looks like Nazi Germany, I was hoping for more… or maybe less…less obvious chivalry. Of course one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood (Clooney) is giving back. How gross would it be if he wasn't? And yes, the show title does suggest some obviousness to the intended ubiquity of the guest…but the interview with Clooney didn't have to be so base. Without conflict or laden with fluff. Here is a handsome Hollywood lead, here is his pretty and smart wife, and here is the selfless work that they do. I was listening to Dax Shepherd's new Podcast today, and he credits Jason Bateman in saying "there is nothing funny about perfection." There is also nothing transformative about it. In a time like today, can mega stars like Dave be held to a new standard? Is that not a fair request? A standard that demands transformative content?

Perhaps it is an unfair request. I admit it truly might be. I just have to explain that as a woman watching this show, seeing this 70 year old man, with likely little to no fuss over hair and make up needed to be on TV, sporting a fully grown-out grey beard, white socks peeking through his black suit, looking old and wise, and happy…I was jealous and maybe a little angry. How many women do we see on TV, 70 years old, makeup-less, un-quaffed, and able to interview anyone they want, and then given that choice, pick George Clooney, practically revering him as the white savior of the Middle East? Dave, perhaps I am just jealous?

Perhaps I am angry that I can't think of another equally famous 70-year-old woman, also likely sporting a grey beard, that has been given the opportunity to present to American audiences, likely because American audiences wouldn't listen. She would be too old, too womanly, and too invisible. But if you have the opportunity to greet America… would it be fair to ask that you leverage your exposure to shine a light on some of it's slightly more unsung heroes? And maybe even be just a smidge more contrary, challenging of convention, and dare I say, provocative? I know your just the funny harmless white guy who makes other funny harmless white guys smile… but it seems in 2018, that's just not enough.

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Sincerely your mouthy fan,

Rachel

PS: Yes, I know your next guest is Malala Yousafzai and that is fantastic.


By Rachel Hall, Rachel has a Masters in Cultural Gender Studies, and a BA in Communication & Culture, and works with all kinds of people to improve their ability to work with all kinds of people. She can often be found hiding in her laundry room from her two children. More about her on her website.


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