Race, Gender, Sexuality and GQ (Participation)


by Jorge Rivas, Friday, January 18 2013, 11:09 AM EST


There are still 987 years left in this millennium but the editors of GQ just unveiled “The 100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium.”

Beyoncé Knowles tops the list and is followed by other notable actresses and models like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Sienna Miller.

But here’s where the list is creating a stir: a handful of women were categorized by their race and ethnicity.

  • “Hottest Indian Chick”: Freida Pinto
  • “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan”: M.I.A
  • “Hottest Italian Chick”: Monica Belluci
  • “Hottest Chinese Chick”: Zhang Ziyi (sometimes credited as Ziyi Zhang)

Interestingly enough, the magazine included black and Latina celebrities on the list but they were not identified according to their race.

For example, Beyoncé was “Miss Millennium” but not “Miss African-American Millennium. Eva Mendez, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Rosario Dawson and Shakira are also included on the list with no mention of their race.

But when it came down to Freida Pinto she was labeled by her race.

“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,” Ruth C. White told Yahoo’s “Shine” blog. White is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work at Seattle University.

“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. This is qualifying their beauty and dismisses the idea that beauty comes in many different forms.”


3 thoughts on “Race, Gender, Sexuality and GQ (Participation)

  1. I understand this article completely because I know a lot of times I hear people say things like, “Oh she’s pretty for a white girl,” or other things like that. But when it comes to a black female, from what I’ve seen, they would even mention the race they would just say she was pretty if she was. Honestly now that I think about it seems that only other countries mention the race part, even in the article it said, “Hottest Chinese Chick,” but in the magazine with Beyonce on it, it just says the hottest women. In my opinion I just feel beauty is beauty no matter what race it is. I’m not going to be the one saying she’s a pretty Chinese women or pretty Indian woman because since when does beauty revolve around what race you are?

  2. By classifying these women as “Hottest Italian Chick” or “Hottest Indian Chick,” these magazines are keeping racism prevalent in modern culture. If they would have kept the article as the “Hottest Women” and not brought race into it, it would have been different. Magazines and pop culture media have a huge influence on young women as they grow up, and so by classifying people by their race, they wont be able to see past that race aspect and classify the women as individually beautiful

  3. While reading this article i understood what the article was saying. Every time i am at the CUB or with my friends i always hear them talking about how they classify each group of woman. They are generally men and when they see a group of either Asian, Hispanics, and or Blacks they always try and point out the hottest one. Sometimes makes some of my friends that are girls mad at them because they judge the woman by their looks and not their personality. So while reading this article it made me see that these kids of things happens more then in one general area. -Nohemi Meza

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