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According to the BBC, "Marilyn Monroe is perhaps Hollywood's most enduring sex symbol".[1]

A sex symbol is a celebrity of either sex, typically an actor, musician, supermodel, teen idol, or sports star, noted for being widely regarded as sexually attractive. The term was first used in the mid-1950s in relation to the popularity of certain film stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Raquel Welch.[2]

Examples

1920s and before

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

Fictional examples

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the 1930s cartoon character Betty Boop is "the first and most famous sex symbol on animated screen".[338] Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) from the 1988 live-action/animation crossover film Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been described as a sex symbol as well.[339]

Video games have had a few characters that are considered sex symbols; one example would be Lara Croft,[340][341][342] who has had several appearances in mainstream media. Nell McAndrew, who portrayed Lara from 1998 to 1999 in media appearances, appeared in Playboy on August 1999, although the magazine was prevented legally from displaying the name "Lara Croft" on its cover.[343]

Other sex symbols include Rayne, the first video game character that appeared in Playboy, in its October 2004 US issue's article, "Gaming Grows Up";[344] and Nina Williams, voted "Hottest" Female Fighting Character in Guinness World Records, Gamers Edition 2008.[345]

See also

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