My idea of sexy. Full stop.
Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie
while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua
(A.K.A. "The Little Flower") won China's Best Actress award...
“ Simply the most beautiful woman in the world (at least until I get married — then I’ll have a lot of explaining to do). A young star in China, she came to the U.S. to make a name for herself as a grown-up actress. Sadly, after making such a spectacular splash as the female lead in The Last Emperor (1987), her career never really lived up to its potential. I can only conclude that Hollywood didn’t know what to do with her. (Case in point: a disproportionate number of her roles in the West were as either prostitutes or ex-prostitutes: The Night Stalker, Tai-Pan, Twin Peaks, Turtle Beach, The Hunted, Wild Side, etc.) ” - Robert-159
Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning first runner-up...
“ An alluring coming-together of ethereal grace and angular features, this Hong Kong-born, British-raised beauty has appeared in everything from the junky-but-fun Hong Kong action movies of the 1980s and ’90s to the art-house offerings of Wong Kar-Wai, Zhang Yimou, and ex-husband Olivier Assayas. I’m still waiting for her to star in “Attack of the Killer Cheekbones!” ” - Robert-159
Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscars) for Best Supporting Actress. She has also received a nomination for Best Actress from the Golden Horse Awards. She appeared with Jackie Chan
in the romantic comedy Gorgeous
“ Her elfin exquisiteness spanning all of Chinese-language cinema completely eclipses her career’s less prestigious origins in Hong Kong soft-core porn. The Taiwan native would probably be much better known to occidental audiences if her manager hadn’t yanked her out of the role of Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) to appear in a Japanese soda-pop commercial. (In other words, Shu Qi is to Crouching Tiger what Pete Best is to the Beatles.) ” - Robert-159
“ Playboy’s Miss May 1988 went on to play a small part in the James Bond flick Licence to Kill (1989), as well as dancing in the movie’s title sequence — and after that, nada. The Seattle native’s soft, sublime face atop her firm, athletic dancer’s body was an unbeatable combo. (Edit: Okay, folks, I stand corrected: she actually has added some credits since the Bond film. And she has updated her page — 25 years since she posed for Playboy, and she still looks great! But what's with the new name?) ” - Robert-159
“ The Hawaii-born fitness guru with a soft voice and hard body — and the former star of Kiana’s Flex Appeal on ESPN — struck a sensuous balance between slender sexiness and Schwarzenegger-style pumped-upness. But I may need to downgrade her if she continues on her recent quest to look like an excessively cosmeticized drag queen. ” - Robert-159
Deliciously lithe, busty, and enticing brunette knockout Hiromi Oshima was born on January 6, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. Oshima has a B.A. in communications and speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Japanese. She eventually moved to Miami Beach, Florida and first tried out for "Playboy" magazine scouts for the 50th Anniversary Playmate Hunt...
“ How to describe Playboy’s Miss June 2004? Gorgeous face? Check. Winning personality? Check. Irresistible joie de vivre? Check. Bountiful bodaciousness? Double check! ” - Robert-159
Brooke Burke-Charvet is a host, actress, television personality, fashion designer and entrepreneur. Brooke is recognized for first winning, and then going on to Co- Host 8 seasons of the iconic, "Dancing With The Stars." Recently, Brooke dove back into world of sitcom's playing a recurring role as Joey Lawrence's ex-girlfriend in the ABC Family Network's hit sitcom...
“ When this Arizonan took over the hosting duties of E! Television’s Wild On in 1999, she radiated a fresh-faced and casual comeliness as she traveled the thrill-seeking world. And her informal, seemingly thrown-together travel duds showed off her brick-house body in a way that wasn’t self-conscious. She now makes Dancing with the Stars more fun to watch. ” - Robert-159
Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused more on her studies. She described herself as shy and boring...
“ This Canadian aurora is so beautiful, poised, and well-spoken that she puts Audrey Hepburn to shame. She possesses the stately kind of sex appeal that you want to take home to mom and take home by yourself. Now that she’s moved on to greener pastures (and pay days), there’s no good reason to watch Smallville anymore. ” - Robert-159
“ As it alights from her delicately sculpted face and midnight eyes to her full lips and willowy frame, the eye may be excused for mistaking this British violinist for a supermodel. True, her stardom in the classical music scene probably owes more to her impact on the eyes than on the ears, but the ocular sensation she provokes is astounding. So, how is her violin playing? I can’t say. When I watch her concert videos, I’m not really listening. ” - Robert-159
“ An on-the-rise newbie who’s probably a more familiar presence in the print ads and commercials from Madison Avenue than in the halls of Hollywood. But give her time. Those finely chiseled features and hypnotic brown eyes can’t stay a secret forever. ” - Robert-159
Lovely, slender, and sensuous raven-haired knockout Laurette Marcia Gemser was born on October 5, 1950 in Java, Indonesia. In 1955 Gemser left Indonesia at age four and moved with her parents to the Netherlands. Laura grew up in the Dutch city of Utrecht and attended Mulo Regentesseschool high school...
“ The Indonesian-born, Dutch-raised star of French and Italian exploitation programmers of the 1970s and ’80s never appeared in a film worthy of her beauty. Watching her movies, I always got the idea that a cinnamon-skinned Venus stepped out of a Botticelli painting and made a wrong turn into a low-rent Roman grindhouse. ” - Robert-159
“ Here is someone I actually met on a couple of occasions. Not only is she very beautiful, but she’s also very poised, gracious, and well-spoken (when she wants to be). ” - Robert-159
Tia Carrere was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer. Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson at age ten)...
“ Her beamish eyes and vaulted cheeks rising from a glowing complexion of burnt sienna, the sublime presence of this native of Hawaii enhanced any film she was in, and even made racist drivel like Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) and Rising Sun (1993) bearable. ” - Robert-159
“ The Osaka native’s delicate face exudes a kinetic air of wide-eyed innocence — which is immediately contradicted by her startlingly curvaceous figure. An especially welcome presence in the Hong Kong action movies of the 1990s. ” - Robert-159
Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts...
“ Her past roles: Ling Woo on Ally McBeal, O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill, Sever in Ballistic, one-third of Charlie’s Angels. Her current role: the invisible woman. I hope she reappears soon. Her pixyish pulchritude — combined with her characters’ energetic and assertive personalities — deserves to be seen again. (Edit: Congratulations, Ms. Liu, for being back in the spotlight as the first female Dr. Watson [if you don’t count Joanne Woodward in They Might Be Giants].) ” - Robert-159
With her full lips, accented features and smooth cheekbones you could ski off, Gwendoline Yeo's sultry looks are equal to those of current Asian American 'It' girl, Lucy Liu. A talented Singapore girl on the fast track to stardom, Gwendoline Yeo moved from Singapore to San Francisco with her family...
“ The Singapore native’s sparkling eyes and incandescent visage are too seldom seen on U.S. screens. Perhaps her most widely viewed role was the leader of the women rescued by Robert Duvall from a life of prostitution in the T.V. mini-series Broken Trail (2006). I’d like to see her more often. (Edit: Okay, on second thought, her mostly widely seen role was probably in Desperate Housewives.) ” - Robert-159
“ Yeah, her. ” - Robert-159
“ Not incredibly well-known at the moment. But here’s hoping that her bronzed and beguiling features — and sinewy physique — will help make her a household name. ” - Robert-159
“ Not the most well-known or gifted of actresses, this American Aphrodite is probably best remembered for the supporting role of Helen Chao in the screen adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (1961). But her radiant features outshone even those of leading ladies Miyoshi Umeki and Nancy Kwan. ” - Robert-159
“ After working as an ingénue for Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Akira Kurosawa in the 1950s Japanese cinema, this graceful gamine finally gained the acting chops and experience necessary to tackle the lead human role in Mothra (1961). (Edit: I saw her in a recent interview. She’s in her 80s and still looks lovely! Take that, Father Time!) ” - Robert-159
Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California, to laundryman Wong Sam Sing and his wife, Lee Gon Toy. A third-generation American, she managed to have a substantial acting career during a deeply racist time when the taboo...
“ With her smoldering eyes and flowery features blooming above the latest trends in 1920s fashion, this dauntless Los Angeles native heralded the new face of the cosmopolitan flapper. Her unique presence in Hollywood and European movies of the late-silent and early-sound eras stole the show from her co-stars, even Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932). ” - Robert-159
Sung Hi Lee
Sung Hi Lee was born on April 1, 1970 in Eunpyong-Gu (Gija-Chon), a borough of Seoul, South Korea. She moved to the United States in 1978 and spent a large part of her childhood moving around from city to city. Sung Lee was a studious child and teenager spending more time at the library than at stay-overs and parties before attended Ohio State University on a scholarship for three years...
“ I didn’t put this former Playboy model on my original list because her severe chevron eyebrows give me the collywobbles. (And even though she appeared in a number of Playboy “special editions,” she was never a Playmate of the month. Huh?) But she gets everything right in all the other departments — bone structure, body tone, fetching figure — so I need to give her kudos and finally add her to the list. ” - Robert-159
Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner
(weekdays at noon ET). She had been an MSNBC analyst and a frequent MSNBC guest since 2010. She was also a reporter with Huffington Post, where she covered innovation in the American economy, investigating the intersection of business, politics and new technology...
“ Problem: When this MSNBC host is talking, it’s hard to concentrate on what she says. ” - Robert-159
Gabrielle Union was born October 29, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska to Theresa Glass and Sylvester E. Union, Her family later relocated to California when Gabrielle was 8 years old where she grew up, she excelled and participated in basketball, soccer, and Track. She graduated from Foothill High School (Class of 1991)...
“ Those adorable dimples... Okay, folks, I’m out of metaphors. You gotta help me out here. ” - Robert-159
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
“ I think that this Canadian belle is cute beyond words — when her hair is brunette. But lately, she’s been dying her hair blonde, a color that clashes with her slightly bisque-cast skin tone. So, I’m adding a caveat: Brunette Rachel makes this list. Blonde Rachel doesn’t. ” - Robert-159