Victoria’s Secret has released its 2015 #WhatIsSexy list. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and the cast of How to Get Away with Murder are among those judged to be the sexiest of 2015. In addition, black lingerie is judged to be the sexiest fashion. What is the Victoria Secrets Sexiest list? Quite simply, each year Victoria’s Secret releases a compilation of celebrity women who represent the brand’s vision of the cutting-edge of fashion and sexiness according to categories ranging from “Sexiest Bikini Body” to “Sexiest Lips.”
Below is a gallery of the sixteen sexiest winning categories according to Victoria’s Secret winners list.
What Is Sexy? Victoria’s Secret Compiles Sexiest List
Rachel McAdams – Sexiest Actress – 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 12: Rachel McAdams walks the carpet at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival – Jason Reitman’s Live Read – Photo Call at Ryerson Theatre on September 12, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Olivia Palermo – Sexiest Style
Fashion Icon Olivia Palermo Receives A First Look At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ Latest Design Creation, Wraith “Inspired by Fashion” During The Global Debut Of The Stunning New Motor Car At An Exclusive Event In The Heart Of New York City at IAC Building on May 8, 2015 in New York City. *** Local Caption *** Olivia Palermo
Taylor Swift – Sexiest Legs – 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Musician Taylor Swift attends the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen – Sexiest Hair – Samsung Launch Party
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 18: Actress Chrissy Teigen attends the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 Launch party on August 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Beyoncé – Sexiest Bikini Body – “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala – Alternative Views
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 04: Beyonce attends the “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Lily James – Sexiest Smile – The Cinema Society And Stuart Weitzman Host A Special Screening Of Disney’s “Cinderella”
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 08: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Actress Lily James attends a screening of Disney’s “Cinderella” hosted by The Cinema Society And Stuart Weitzman>> at Tribeca Grand Hotel on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Margot Robbie – Sexiest Eyes – Comic-Con International 2015 – Warner Bros. Presentation
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 11: Actress Margot Robbie from “Suicide Squad” attends the Warner Bros. presentation during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 11, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jessica Biel – Sexiest Lips – Tiffany Debuts The 2014 Blue Book At The Guggenheim Museum In New York – Arrivals
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 10: Actress Jessica Biel attends the Tiffany Debut of the 2014 Blue Book on April 10, 2014 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)
Ellie Kemper – Sexiest Sense of Humor – The 19th Annual Webby Awards – Arrivals
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 18: Actress Ellie Kemper attends the 19th Annual Webby Awards on May 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Webby Awards)
How to Get Away with Murder – Sexiest TV Cast
How to Get Away with Murder Cast speaks onstage during the ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal,’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ panel discussion at the ABC Entertainment portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Ariana Grande – Sexiest Songstress
Ariana Grande at Pier 26 on June 28, 2015 in New York City.
Rihanna – Forever Sexy
Felicity Jones – Sexiest International Import
Felicity Jones attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Cast of Magic Mike XXL – Sexiest Film Cast
Cast of Magic Mike XXL – arrives at the “Magic Mike XXL” Australian premiere on July 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.
Emma Stone – Sexiest Red Carpet Look – “Irrational Man” Premiere – The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Parker Posey attend the Premiere of “Irrational Man” during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Nathalie Emmanuel – Sexiest Breakout Star – San Francisco Premiere Of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” Season 5 – Red Carpet
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 23: Actress Nathalie Emmanuel attends the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 at San Francisco Opera House on March 23, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The list is not without its controversy, as some believe that the winners only represent one kind of beauty, that of the “pretty leggy type.” Other views of beauty are popping up on Twitter in response.
You know what is sexy? Confidence. And it’s available in every size. http://t.co/2HRNhztQpd
— Kitchen Beautician (@AuraMaeFood) April 7, 2015
Victoria’s Secret. Underwear women hate bought by men with cliched ideas of what is sexy. Not humanity’s finest hour.
— The Word Rabbit (@TheWordRabbit) December 3, 2014
On the other hand, the what is sexy list, according to Victoria’s Secrets, is about confidence and the women on the winner’s list are meant to represent just that.
“Sexy is — and always has been — about confidence. This year, we’re celebrating a group of trailblazing women who inspire us and embody that attitude we can’t get enough of. Check it out!”
The list is meant to represent success in Hollywood and the entertainment industry and to this extent the list is representative of the aspirational — however unattainable — which their customers would see as the ideal. Victoria’s Secret is, after all, a seller of lingerie, and as such, their choices will need to adhere to the highest form of success as defined by mainstream pop culture and to this extent, the list gives us a view into the lives, fashion, and bodies of women who indeed typify the perfection of their respective award ideal type.
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