Initially, it seems somewhat shocking the publication chose her over someone like Mila Kunis, Angelina Jolie or even Scarlett Johansson (who one could argue are all more attractive or striking than Aniston). But it turns out, the mag reached its decision by evaluating women on more than just their appearances. The article explains how Aniston was determined to be a worthy recipient of the title of Hottest Woman of All Time, and wrote about her as having a “down-to-earth persona [that] makes her seem attainable, and anyone who’s seen her in Office Space has to admit she makes even pieces of flair look good.”
The article continues its praise, saying Aniston “rarely plays the airhead, and she seldom overplays a role: she’s funny in a quiet, refreshingly human way. And her all-too-human love life off-screen inspires sympathy that not even a string of bland romantic comedies can diminish. Other sex symbols drift toward one-dimensionality, becoming flat icons in the process, but throughout her career Aniston has remained sexy, funny, and unmistakably real. For that reason, she is our all-time sexiest woman.”
The mag sat down with her and asked her who she thought the Hottest Woman of All Time should be, and Aniston replied, “It’s a tie between Bridgette Bardot and Gloria Steinem. But if I had to choose I’d say Gloria, because, well, she’s the full package. That’s sexy.” She was also asked what she considers to be the sexiest quality a guy can have, and she answered with, “Sexiest thing about a man—other than abs—is if he can make me laugh, has compassion, kindness, and an accurately sized ego.”
What’s interesting about the list is that readers can vote on how accurate the rankings are in one of two ways: you can either vote for a woman be further down on the list (meaning you think she’s hotter than Men’s Health determined her to be), or you can vote that a woman be put up higher on the list (meaning you think she’s less hot than Men’s Health thinks she is). As far as I’m concerned, this is a little distasteful — especially when the magazine took such extensive time explaining how Jennifer Aniston’s talent is what makes her hot, rather than her appearance.