I’ve heard of Nicole Kidman being described this way, but as a straight female I wouldn’t be able to accurately gauge her sexiness. I do think she’s beautiful in a very stiff and cold way though (if that makes sense) which could make her “unsexy.”
I’m assuming she’s supposed to look sexy in this picture.
I know this will infuriate Skald, but since I’m on the Short List, I’ll be the one to say it: Natalie Portman. She’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful, but just not sexy. Even when she tries overtly sexy - *especially *when she tries overtly sexy - I just literally squirm in discomfort. I want to find a shawl and cover her with it and bring her hot chocolate and a teddy bear to cuddle.
She’s got a man’s chin & cheekbones, but women’s lips. Throw out the unnaturally colored contacts and ditch the make up, add a little five o’çlock shadow, and you’ve got Tom Cruise. I prefer the short hair.
Ha, don’t get me wrong, I think she’s a beautiful woman, it’s just hard to find a picture in which she looks genuinely happy (I think looking like one is enjoying oneself contributes a lot to sexiness), but maybe she’s just a reserved person.
I know I brought her up, but I don’t see any of that. I think she has a very pretty face and quite nice legs; I’d ever call her beautiful. But she does not incite sexual desire in me the way that Alyson Hannigan (who is not nearly as pretty) does. To use a term from her show, she’s the sexless inkeeper.
I think I myself once charactertized Portman as, at best, only mildly hot (though incredibly beautiful), so I shan’t unleash the bees on whoever I am using as your scapegoat this month.
Hilary Swank, by contrast, is the very opposite of what I had in mind for this thread. She has a face that is just shy of homely, but is quite hot overall.
In Kidman’s case, I think it’s the role. In To Die For, she was made of sex, but in The Golden Compass my only thought was, “My god, I’m glad there’s no reason for her to take her clothes off in this role.”
I’m a straight woman, so maybe not the right audience, but “so very pretty but completely unsexy” is exactly how I describe her. Maybe it’s just the soulless icy Betty Draper character, though. I haven’t seen her in anything else (except for her disastrous SNL appearance. That was painful)
As a completely heterosexual man, every man falls into this category for me.
Now among women, I would disagree with the OP about Smulders. I think she’s sexy.
I would have agreed about Portman for a long time. I just never really got the attraction. But somehow this changed in the last couple of years and I now think Portman is very sexy. I don’t know if it’s my tastes that changed or if there was some subtle change in her appearance that caused her to “click” for me. Or maybe it’s that she started doing nude scenes.
Jessica Biel is somebody who still doesn’t work for me. I know a lot of people think she’s amazingly hot but I don’t see it.