It would be easy to make the 2018 Maxim Hot 100 list all about physical beauty—after all, this year’s nominees have that in spades.
But they’re far more than just pretty faces: The women who inspire us are multi-hyphenates, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers. Now more than ever, we need to celebrate smart, powerful women who are breaking boundaries (and looking damn good doing it).
You’ve already met Hot 100 cover girl Kate Upton—now say hello to the rest of the list:
Models used to merely grace runways and fashion campaigns. Now, they’re running Instagrams with followings larger than some countries, and redefining our idea of beauty. Here, the supermodels and Insta-stars who made 2018 the hottest year on record.
Hadid was made to model—she booked her first job when she was 2, thanks to her model mom, Yolanda—but she also dabbles in design. Her collections with American fashion label Tommy Hilfiger regularly sell out.
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They’re singers, dancers and performers, commanding attention from the concert stage, in music videos and on social media. These powerful pop divas are totally heating up 2018.
Despite how manufactured the celebrity sphere can be, this 25-year-old is the real deal: She’s not afraid to talk about the tough stuff. Lovato regularly speaks out on mental illness and addiction issues.
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The Screen Sirens
The very nature of the female movie star is changing, with a more diverse group of women leading Marvel franchises like Black Panther and actresses leading the charge on the long-overdue Time’s Up movement. Meet the stars who are shaking up TV and film.
The Swedish actress brought new life to the Tomb Raider franchise with her badass turn as Lara Croft. Even Angelina Jolie supported her.
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The Funny Girls
Being able to roast husband John Legend, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and Donald Trump on Twitter is just one of the model and television personality’s many talents.
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The Power Players
The women of the Hot 100 aren’t just entertaining us, they’re power players in business and government, pro sports and even newly-crowned royalty.
She tamed perennial bachelor George Clooney, specializes in human rights law, speaks three languages, and she is stunning—dream women do exist.
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Pick up Maxim’s July/August issue, on sale June 19, to see more of the 2018 Maxim Hot 100. Subscribe now! And don’t miss Kate Upton hosting Maxim’s legendary Hot 100 party on July 21 in Los Angeles.