Template:Pp-vandalism Template:Pp-move-indef Template:Article issues

File:Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes trailer.jpg
File:Brad Pitt 81st Academy Awards.jpg

A sex symbol is a famous person of either gender, typically an actor, musician, model, teen idol, or sports star, known for their sex appeal. The celebrity "star system"—the tabloid papers, paparazzi, and gossip talk shows—play an important role in creating and sustaining the public perception of which stars are viewed as attractive.Sometimes,these Sex symbols are created by the publics interest in them,while others are created to booste some upcoming stars career. These media industries are in turn sustained by a strong public demand for sexually alluring photographs or footage of celebrities, including both posed, scantily-clad publicity shots for magazines like Maxim and unauthorized beach or nightclub photos taken by paparazzi with telephoto lenses.


1930's cartoon character Betty Boop is known as the first and one of the most famous sex symbol on animated screen.[2][3] After Betty Boop, So White from Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Red, from Red Hot Riding Hood and her later derivative 'Jessica Rabbit, who was actually voiced by Kathleen Turner, is widely considered as the next biggest animated sex symbols. In Japanese anime there are sex symbols such as Faye Valentine and Bulma.[4] Template:Dubious

File:Elvis presley.jpg


Rock & roll and pop musicians were some of the first artists to become sex symbols. Some notable examples of musicians who became sex symbols include Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry, Sting, Prince, Michael Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Iggy Pop, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyoncé Knowles, Steven Tyler,[5][6] Britney Spears, Cher, Shakira, Aston Merrygold and Christina Aguilera.


Many models and supermodels are widely known enough to be considered sex symbols. Some of today's sex symbols who have become famous as models include Marisa Miller, Lenka Craft, Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Kathy Ireland, Gisele Bündchen,[7][8] Christy Turlington, Ana Beatriz Barros, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima,[7] Alessandra Ambrosio,[7] and Heidi Klum.[7]

Video gamesEdit

Video games have had a few characters that are considered sex symbols, although their fame often does not extend into the mainstream. The most well-known example of this category would be Lara Croft,[9][10] who has had several appearances in mainstream media. Nell McAndrew, who portrayed Lara from 1998 to 1999, appeared on Playboy on August 1999, although the magazine was prevented legally from displaying the name "Lara Croft" next to the model.[11]

Other sex symbols with less notoriety in the mainstream include Rayne, the first video-game character that appeared in Playboy magazine, in the October 2004 U.S. edition as part of an article entitled Gaming Grows Up;[12] and Nina Williams, voted "Hottest" Female Fighting Character Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2008.[13]

Examples of sex symbolsEdit

Film and televisionEdit

The film and television industries have historically played an important role in the rise of sex symbols.Template:Citation needed The following list – which is by no means exhaustive – provides some examples of sex symbols who gained their status as such through exposure in film and television, and some examples of work where their appeal was shown best. Template:Col start Template:Col-3

1920s and EarlierEdit




1950s Edit








See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

cs:Sexuální symbol de:Sexsymbol es:Símbolo sexual fr:Sex-symbol fy:Sekssymboal it:Sex symbol nl:Sekssymbool ja:セックスシンボル pl:Seksbomba pt:Sex symbol ro:Sex simbol ru:Секс-символ simple:Sex symbol sr:Секс симбол fi:Seksisymboli sv:Sexsymbol uk:Секс-символ zh:性感符号