The 2008 AfterEllen.com Hot 100

 
 

11. ANGELINA JOLIE*

(No. 2 in 2007)

Her wild days may be behind her now that she’s a mom of four (and expecting two more!) and a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N., but Angelina Jolie will always have a soft spot in the hearts of many lesbians and bisexual women because of her candidness about her own bisexuality. From her early days as the tattooed tomboy Margret "Legs" Sadovsky in Foxfire to her global stardom as the buxom Lara Croft in Tomb Raider or the deadly hot assassin in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jolie has never backed down from tough-girl roles. And let’s be honest: We’ll never forget her in Gia.

12. JODIE FOSTER*

(No. 16 in 2007)

The two-time Oscar-winning actor has long been a lesbian icon, given that she has consistently chosen to play complicated, strong women, and she got our attention again last year with her role in the revenge drama The Brave One, in which she sported a tomboyish ‘do and a fierce attitude. Though she has rarely revealed much about her private life aside from a few recent revealing comments, in public Foster has always been smart, sophisticated and someone to reckon with. And then there’s that gravelly voice …

13. LAUREL HOLLOMAN*

(new)

Back in 1995, Laurel Holloman hit our radar in her first cinematic role as naive butch lesbian teenager Randy Dean in The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, but she really proved herself to be an actor of many layers when she she signed on to play Tina Kennard on The L Word. Over the last five years, Holloman’s Tina has evolved from a passive lesbian wife to an angry-but-empowered woman betrayed, to a pregnant lesbian seductress, a cheating bisexual movie exec, and back to Bette’s wary but wiser object of desire all over again. The beautiful blond actor has definitely done her part to personify the lesbian definition of a MILF!

14. MANDY MUSGRAVE

(No. 49 in 2007)

She made a monochromatic splash as Misty Monroe, a gun-wielding punk in Angela Robinson‘s Girltrash. But most of us know Mandy from her work on the groundbreaking teen drama South of Nowhere. In her turn as queer teen rebel Ashley Davies, Musgrave made many of us wish we’d come out in high school (and temporarily question own integrity — but she’s actually 21 years old, we checked!). Her cameo as a lesbian tart in the web series 3Way was a pleasant surprise, and while SoN is soon to be a distant memory, Musgrave’s spirited performance as a husky-voiced lesbian Romeo to Gabrielle Christian‘s dewy-eyed lesbian Juliet has already gained her the kind of iconic lesbian status that lasts a lifetime.

15. KATE WINSLET

(No. 3 in 2007)

Kate Winslet received one of her five Oscar nominations for her work in the highest-grossing film of all time (Titanic), was nominated for an Emmy (Extras), and even won a Grammy (for the children’s spoken-word recording Listen to the Storyteller). But the 31-year-old British actress isn’t on this list just because she’s an overachiever. She took a tabloid to court for libelous statements about her "dieting," then donated the settlement to an eating disorder charity, and she’s currently working to bring the story of the world’s first female circus tiger tamer, Mabel Stark, to the big screen. Talented, outspoken and gorgeous, Winslet can crack her whip on us anytime!

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