Another Friday, another opportunity to look at beautiful women from around the world

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With voting for the 2008 AfterEllen.com Hot 100 underway, I thought I should give you some suggestions in choosing your top 10 and expand your voting horizons. Well, I and PopCrunch, where they compiled an international beauty list with 30 gorgeous women from around the world.

Actually, my suggestions are probably unnecessary, since last year’s AfterEllen.com Top 100 already had a lot of international beauty in it. Looking at the top 10, we can find two British women (Kate Winslet and Lena Headey), a Mexican (Salma Hayek), an American born in Panama (Jordana Brewster) and a Texas native with an Iranian father and a Spanish mother (Sarah Shahi). My point is: If this doesn’t help you choose your top 10, you can just gawk — it’s Friday!

PopCrunch’s list has a lot of interesting choices, such as Laetitia Casta (France), Rebecca Romijn (USA), Bar Rafaeli (Israel) or Milla Jovovich (Ukraine), but I must say their taste in pictures is rather poor. Was this really the best Jovovich picture you could find?

I’ll help you out:

I did enjoy the list, however. I was pleasantly surprised with a few gorgeous women I didn’t know, such as Daniela Pestova (Czech Republic) and Federica Ridolfi (Italy), and I also applauded the inclusion of my countrywoman Cláudia Vieira (Portugal), who is quite hot. The No. 1 spot went to Brazilian model Adriana Lima, but I must say I was rooting for the woman who ended up in second place, Heidi Klum (Germany).

Now, if I were making that list, there would be some substitutions. So, guess what, here they are:

Gisele Bündchen (Brazil)

Move over Adriana Lima, because Gisele is the hottest Brazilian woman in town. This picture is my only argument.

Lena Olin (Sweden)

If you saw Lena as a bad, good, now I’m bad again, now I’m good again, now I’m definitively bad character in Alias, you know she is one sexy spy. And, even as a 53-year-old woman, she is way hotter than Sweden’s girl on the list, Paulina Porizkova

Juliette Binoche (France)

I also considered the lovely Audrey Tatou, but did you see Binoche’s pictures for Playboy? Ça suffit.

Famke Janssen (Holland)

Who on earth is Doutzen Kroes (Holland’s girl on the list) next to Famke? Or should I say Phoenix (from X-Men)? Also, I knew there was a reason I had to go to Holland.

Penélope Cruz (Spain)

You have to like Penélope. She’s so nice, she even helps out her brother get started in the music business. I’m curious to see her next to Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, coming out in September. If only the story was based on her brother’s video clip …

OK, so I could go on and on, but I’d rather know what you think. Are there any gorgeous women in your country you’d like to tell us about? (Please do!)

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