Complex - 100 Hottest Women Right Now - Summer 2013

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in two big summer movies, The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in the yet-to-be-released music biopic CBGB

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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
Occupation: Musician
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving two BET Awards nominations

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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

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Reprising her role as Storm in the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Co-starring in two films, The Immigrant and Blood Ties, that premiered earlier this month at the Cannes Film Festival

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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
Occupation: Musician
Biggest accomplishment this year: The June 18 release of her fourth solo album, Talk a Good Game

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Landing a starring role in Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: The fourth season renewal of her hit Fox sitcom New Girl

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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
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Returning as a series regular for the sixth season of AMC's Mad Men

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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.


52. Zooey Deschanel
Occupation: Actress, musician
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving a Golden Globe nomination for the hit Fox sitcom New Girl

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Zooey Deschanel keeps humming along as America's favorite quirky character actress, and given the popularity of her show New Girl, it doesn't seem like she'll be going away anytime soon. She also recently released Volume 3, the fourth record she's released as part of She & Him, and the album has reached as high as No. 15 on the Billboard 200 charts. She was nominated twice for awards this year for her work in New Girl, first a People's Choice Award and then a Golden Globe as well. With seven months left to go in 2013, there's no telling what kind of silly shenanigans we'll see her get up to next.


47. Ashley Benson
Occupation: Model, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year:Successfully transitioning into feature film world via Spring Breakers

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Benson has risen to prominence this past year with her work on the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars as well as her turn as the gun-toting Brit in Spring Breakers. She also had a one episode cameo on How I Met Your Mother, appearing as (yet another) Ted Mosby love interest. The 23-year-old also dipped her toe into the modeling pool, signing on in January to be the face of evening wear designer Faviana. Sadly, she recently confirmed her split from Ryan Good, the alleged "swagger coach" for Justin Bieber. No word on whether the cause of the breakup had anything to do with Good's mostly-fictional profession.


42. Olivia Wilde
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Starring in forthcoming movies from acclaimed directors Ron Howard (Rush) and Spike Jonze (Her)

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It's been a big 2013 already for Wilde, who has already appeared in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and has at least six other projects either completed or close to it including the festival hit Drinking Buddies and Third Person, a huge ensemble film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Kim Basinger, and Casey Affleck. Wilde also has had a big year personally, announcing via Twitter in January that she and Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis are now engaged. The 29-year-old also continues to endorse Revlon products, appearing on the pages of pretty much every major magazine sporting their lipstick and makeup. Not that she even needs it.


35. Arianny Celeste
Occupation: UFC Ring Girl
Biggest accomplishment this year: Starring in a show on CineFix's YouTube channel

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While it seems like it would be really difficult for someone who just walks around holding a giant card with a number on it to be famous, Arianny Celeste has proven herself to be quite the trailblazer. The UFC Ring Girl has graced the pages of Playboy, FHM and Maxim, coming in most recently at No. 18 in this year's Maxim Hot 100 poll. She also recently graced the cover of UFC 360 magazine, a move that seems like maybe, just maybe, it was meant to target the mostly-male demographic that watches MMA.


33. Rashida Jones
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Receiving a nomination for Best First Screenplay nomination at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards, for co-writing Celeste and Jesse Forever

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The Parks and Recreation star has become a big name in Hollywood in recent years, playing supporting roles in prominent films like I Love You, Man and The Social Network. Jones is also a talented writer, and was nominated for the 2013 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for her work on Celeste and Jesse Forever, a well-received but relatively little-watched movie in which she co-starred with Andy Samberg.


29. Katy Perry
Occupation: Musician
Biggest accomplishment this year: Reprising her voice acting role as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2

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Everyone knows about Katy Perry. She has branched out into pretty much all areas of the entertainment industry, and this year alone has made headlines on a number of fronts. She'll be releasing her fourth studio album in September, a work which she says will be a lot darker than her previous efforts. She also will be reprising her tour de force performance as Smurfette in The Smurfs 2, thus far her only foray into cinema where she didn't appear as herself. She also released her third fragrance (Killer Queen), something we're not totally sure the world was clamoring for. Since Perry was named Men's Health's Sexiest Woman of 2013, though, we're also guessing most people won't mind.


24. Naya Rivera
Occupation: Musician, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Starring on the hit Fox series Glee

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Right now, Naya Rivera is best be known for her work on Glee, but she's already starting branching out beyond the show to prepare for her literal and figurative graduation from the popular Fox show. She appeared in an M&Ms ad during this year's Super Bowl, and has a feature film appearance slated for later this year with Home. She also has made headlines for her relationship with Big Sean, and while the two went public barely a month ago they've already been spotted vacationing together in Hawaii. With got two successful and talented people, Hawaii must be the equivalent of going to the mall for all those normal couples out there.


22. Lana Del Rey
Occupation: Musician
Biggest accomplishment this year: Returning to the Billboard Hot 100 with "Young and Beautiful," her single from the The Great Gatsby soundtrack

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Del Rey started the year strong, beating out Taylor Swift by winning the BRIT award for the Top International Female Solo Artist in February. Since then, she's been at work on her third studio album and released music videos for two cover songs she's done, "Chelsea Hotel #2" and "Summer Wine." Her new song, "Young and Beautiful," was featured in the recently-released film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and served as the soundtrack's lead single. It reached as high as No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Del Rey's best mark since her debut track "Video Games.


14. Mila Kunis
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Earning nominations for two People's Choice Awards, for co-starring in Ted

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Kunis' film career continues to take off even as she continues voicing Meg on Family Guy; the Ukrainian-born actress is scheduled to appear in four movies in the rest of 2013. She already had a well-received turn in Oz the Great and Powerful earlier this year, and finished as runner-up to Jennifer Lawrence in the 2013 Ask Men Top 99 Most Desirable Women list. She was also recently named the global brand ambassador for Gemfields, a luxury jewelry company that specializes in precious stones that (hopefully) won't remind people of the movie Blood Diamond.


11. Kate Upton
Occupation: Model, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Appearing on her second consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover

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Kate Upton made history this year when she appeared on her second consecutive cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first model to do so since Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997. She certainly suffered for her craft, temporarily losing hearing and eyesight during the cover shoot in Antarctica. In addition to her swimsuit work, Upton has begun to appear in higher fashion magazines like Vogue and is branching out into the acting world. She is currently filming a small role in The Other Woman, a comedy starring Cameron Diaz slated to come out sometime next year.


7. Nicki Minaj
Occupation: Musician, TV personality
Biggest accomplishment this year: Becoming the most charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100

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Everyone knows Nicki Minaj by now, as the rapper turned American Idol host has been the only redeeming part of the show this season. After winning The Source's Woman of the Year award in 2012, Nicki followed that up with by becoming the most charted female rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, making her 44th appearance in April of this year. Last week, she won Best Rapper at the Billboard Music Awards, much to the chagrin of her fellow American Idol judge and personal nemesis Mariah Carey. She's currently working on a third studio album, which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.


2. Alison Brie
Occupation: Actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: The fourth season renewal of NBC's Community

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Alison Brie's days as an underground success is coming to a close. Her standout performances this season as Annie on NBC's much-loved but little-watched Community and Trudy on Mad Men have helped propel her to wider recognition. She'll be appearing in the independent The Kings of Summer, which will be coming out in limited release on May 31. Interviews with Brie reveal a person who is refreshingly quirky and sure of herself, with subjects ranging from her freestyle rap skills to anecdotes about hooking up with a gay male friend all being in play.


1. Rihanna
Occupation: Musician, actress
Biggest accomplishment this year: Winning her seventh Grammy Award for her "We Found Love" music video

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Never one to shy away from the spotlight (or controversy), Rihanna has once again done it big in 2013. She kicked off the year by getting back together with Chris Brown, a runaway favorite in the battle for worst human being on the planet. Fortunately they broke up again, this time without incident. Even while stirring the pot with her personal life, Rihanna has continued to enjoy huge success in her career; she took home her seventh Grammy award in February, and also debuted her own fashion line during London Fashion Week. She'll also be returning to the big screen next month, playing herself in a small role in the apocalypse-comedy This Is The End.