The 2011 AfterEllen.com Hot 100

 
 

1. Naya Rivera

Rank last year: 62

When Glee’s writers penned their little bicurous throwaway joke — “Having sex is not dating.” “If it were, Santana and I would be dating.” — they had no idea it would launch the Good Ship Brittana, or that it would set Naya Rivera on a trajectory to the top of our Hot 100 list. Glee’s lesbian fandom flame (stoked often by Naya, herself) would not be quenched, and in the second half of the show’s sophomore season, the writers finally decided to define Santana’s sexuality, making her the highest profile lesbian on primetime TV. And boy, has Naya Rivera sold it. Whether she’s wowing us with her vocals, or wooing us with her million-watt smile, or warming our hearts with her commitment to Santana, or waxing poetic about the LGBT community as host of the GLAAD Media Awards, we just can’t get enough. Lucky for us, Naya Rivera’s career has only just begun.

What do you think of the Hot 100 list this year? Did your favorite women make the cut?

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