With summer finally peeking through after a series of abnormal weather patterns, the testosterone-fueled editorial team from Complex Magazine compiled their 100 Hottest Women Right Now list for the season. A Who’s Who of sensual beauties and sultry bombshells, the list starts off with KE$HA as #100 after the launch of her sophomore album. Of course, Ashley Greene made the list and so did fellow Twilight alum Anna Kendrick. HBO television series Girls filled the slots, however, with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, and Zosia Mamet. The Knowles Sisterhood of Solange and Beyoncé came out on top while other worthy mentions include the make-up less Nicki Minaj and Bieber-less Selena Gomez. The top honor, though, goes to a somewhat unlikely candidate. But you just have to see the list for yourself to find out…
98. Isla Fisher
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in two big summer movies, The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me
Mrs. Borat has had a big 2013 already, playing the adulterous Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and portraying Ron Howard’s mischievous, illegitimate daughter in the just-released fourth season of Arrested Development. Her next project is the upcoming magician-heist caper Now You See Me, in which she plays a member of a team of rebellious magicians who rob banks during their shows.
97. Ashley Greene
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in the yet-to-be-released music biopic CBGB
While breaking free of the “Twilight” label may be an ongoing process, Ashley Greene is doing her best to establish herself as a legitimate presence in Hollywood. Her next role will render her virtually unrecognizable from her Twilight days, as she’ll play a sociopathic Goth who terrorizes a poor college student who stays on campus during a holiday vacation in the horror-thriller “Random.” She’ll also be appearing in the drama “CBGB,” a film depicting the rise of the famed New York club that played host to the early days of punk icons like the Ramones and Velvet Underground.
93. Azealia Banks
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving two BET Awards nominations
Azealia Banks has made nearly as many headlines this year for her controversial tweets as she has for her music, but one thing we can all agree on is that the 21-year-old rapper is undeniably talented. Her first studio album, Broke With Expensive Taste is scheduled to drop later this year. Her work thus far has netted her two nominations for BET Awards: Best Female Hip Hop Artist and Best New Artist. She’s also managed to start Twitter wars with pretty much every active rapper, putting to test the theory that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Based on her rising popularity, Banks seems to be right.
87. Jana Kramer
Occupation: Musician, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Winning the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Artist
A successful turn as the troubled Alex Dupre on One Tree Hill has allowed Jana Kramer to parlay her success on TV into a blossoming country music career. Her debut single “Why Ya Wanna” off her debut album reached No. 3 on the U.S. country music charts. This past April she took home the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Artist, and is also currently nominated for the CMT Awards for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year. Starting this July she’ll head out on tour to open for Blake Shelton, so expect rumors of them hooking up to start circulating by the first week in August.
83. Elizabeth Olsen
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination
Did you know that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have a younger sister? And did you know that she’s legitimately talented? The 24-year-old Elizabeth Olsen has taken on a number of challenging roles in a short time, including 2011’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, a performance that garnered her many film critics associations’ awards for Best Actress. If her performances in this year’s new releases are anything like her previous efforts, more prestigious award recognition should be in her immediate future.
70. Halle Berry
Biggest accomplishment this year: Reprising her role as Storm in the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past
Halle Berry seems to get better with age, and the now 46-year-old has not shown any signs of slowing down. She has starred this year in the ensemble flop Movie 43 as well as The Call, in which she played a 911 operator trying to stop a killer. She’ll be reprising her role as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past, filming now and scheduled to be released in 2014. (Hopefully it’ll make up for all that lesser work.) Berry’s used her platform to try her hand at activism as well, appearing earlier this year in a spot for Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign that aims to raise money and awareness for issues impacting women.
69. Marion Cotillard
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in two films, The Immigrant and Blood Ties, that premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival
This Academy Award-winning favorite of Christopher Nolan has become a huge star, and this year added a unique award to her already formidable collection: Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year. She also appeared in David Bowie’s controversial music video “The Next Day,” in which she dances with a priest played by Gary Oldman and promptly suffers fro, stigmata wounds on her hands that spray blood on everyone. It’s weird. Later this year, the French actress will appear in two eagerly anticipated movies, The Immigrant (with Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner) and Blood Ties (with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis).
65. Kelly Rowland
Biggest accomplishment this year: The June 18 release of her fourth solo album, Talk a Good Game
Let’s get this straight: Kelly Rowland didn’t need the Super Bowl XLVII reunion of Destiny’s Child to stay relevant. Rowland has done incredibly well outside of the girl group, involving herself in a number of projects going forward. She’ll be joining the cast of The X-Factor this season as a judge, replacing Britney Spears. She’s also released several new songs with Destiny’s Child, embarked on a national tour, and will be releasing her fourth studio album Talk a Good Game in late June.
60. Zoe Saldana
Biggest accomplishment this year: Landing a starring role in Marvel’s forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie
It’s hard to believe that, given all her success, Saldana was put in a supporting role next to immortal thespian Britney Spears in 2002’s Crossroads. She’s somehow managed to rebound, though, and her latest effort, Star Trek Into Darkness, has been a runaway box office success at $84 million (and counting) after just one week. Lately, it’s been difficult to keep track of her personal life, as her status with Bradley Cooper seems to change every other day. Now it appears that she’s been linked to Italian artist Marco Perego, a sad day for those who love the idea of Hollywood power couples.
58. Hannah Simone
Biggest accomplishment this year: The fourth season renewal of her hit Fox sitcom New Girl
Best known as Cece on New Girl, Hannah Simone continues to see her popularity grow right along with the show. She’s stepped into the spotlight for her body type, which bucks the normal Hollywood type. In an April interview for Canada’s Glow Magazine, Simone objected to the frequent ways in which she’s described, saying that “curvy is just a polite way of saying fat. And I’m not.” Her character on New Girl has become particularly beloved thanks to her intelligence and accurate BS detector, making her a refreshing change from the typical supporting female roles on TV.
55. Jessica Paré
Biggest accomplishment this year: Returning as a series regular for the sixth season of AMC’s Mad Men
Jessica Paré launched to stardom last year with her stunning performance of “Zou Bisou Bisou” in the opening episode of season five of Mad Men and since then has become a fan favorite as the already-suffering wife of the philandering Don Draper. She just finished shooting a role in the romantic comedy Standby, in which she plays a woman stranded at an airport and forced to stay at her ex’s house. Will they reconnect? We’ll let you figure that one out. Paré has also done some work in the fashion world, appearing on the April 2013 cover of L.A. Confidential‘s annual spring fashion magazine.