GQ’s “100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium” issue, featuring Beyonce on the cover as “Miss Millennium,” has come under fire for some of its entries.
- “Hottest Indian Chick”: Freida Pinto
- “Hottest Pregnant Sri Lankan”: M.I.A
- “Hottest Italian Chick”: Monica Belluci
- “Hottest Chinese Chick”: Zhang Ziyi (Ziyi Zhang)
The seemingly arbitrary racial call-outs have some scratching their heads.
Beyonce wasn’t “Miss African-American Millennium.” Mila Kunis wasn’t lauded for her Ukranian roots. Why wasn’t Kim Kardashian “Hottest Armenian Porn Star”?
By calling out certain women’s ethnicity & not others, critics feel GQ is implying that select women are not beautiful simply because they’re beautiful.
Rather, they’re only attractive within the context of their own ethnicity; qualifying beauty & dismissing the idea that beauty comes in different forms.
Objectifying women in the media – be it TV advertising, bikini photos or who knows what – is nothing new, & women are often complicit in such behavior.
Nor did GQ necessarily think it through. It’s likely they were just trying to be funny, & received a little carried away with the descriptions, yet is that an excuse?
You tell us: With ethnically-driven categories, is GQ being insensitive?