Top 10 Sexiest Geeks (Female Edition)
A collaborative feature written by G-Funk, Slam Adams, Jamie, Shifty and DarkNite!
Over the past two decades something has changed in the way people labelled as ‘geeks’ are perceived. Once upon a time geeks were very much a group in the minority. There were seen to be hopelessly lacking in social skills, beyond the help of the most stringent fashion police, obsessed withStar Trek to the point of dressing as the characters and – most of all – unattractive. The term “geek” was used as an insult, a social stigma applied to those to hopeless or unwilling to fit in.
But then something changed. As the internet grew geeks were able to interact with each other and share their interests with each other. Movie special effects caught up with imagination and comic book heroes and fantasy epics tapped the mainstream market. Geeks were no longer social outcasts but a driving market force. The image of what a geek is has changed. Some of them are successful…some have been found to be cool…and some are even attractive.
Below you will find the Ten Sexiest Female Geeks around (in no specific order…I may be crass enough to write this list, but I’m not so crass as to rank people on their looks). When we set out to compile this list we wanted women who not only celebrate and endorse geek culture but make a contribution to it, so don’t expect to find any super-models who have made a name for themselves dressing like characters from video games they’ve never played. Instead we have those awesome individual who share our love for geekery!
America’s Next Top Model isn’t the first place you’s expect to find geeks, but Adrianne Curry not only look out the top prize for the first season but is a massive geek. Already racking up some Cool Points for having a gothic themed wedding, Curry is also a massive fan of Star Wars and has attended conventions dressed as Princess Leia being an admitted fan of Cosplay. She’s an avid player of World of Warcraft which has led her to presenting Blizz-Con in 2011 and working as ‘Resident Celebrity Gamer’ on reality show The Tester. Curry is now dating another member of her WoW Guild, meaning that there is now one person on the planet who has actually met a super-model via online gaming.
She’s constantly seen in candids wearing appropriate geeky attire such as Star Trek t-shirts and is known for spending her time at Comic-Con tracking down artists Michael Turner and J. Scott Campbell and collecting comics like Gen 13 and Witchblade. She’s quoted in an interview saying “Maybe it’s because I’m a geek too but the kind of guys you meet at those conventions are very nice and very appreciative of what you do.” Fellow co-star Simon Pegg even declared her “Queen of the geeks – the most beautiful geek I’ve ever met.” She certainly landed on the geek radar after a star making role in Transformers.
Proving that being a geek isn’t all comic books and video games, Tina Fey’s sly comedic wit and pop-culture satire has made her one very popular geek. After a long and successful run as head writer on the sketch comedy program SNL she then turned her experiences into a sitcom about a head writer of a sketch comedy show. Fey now plays Liz Lemon, the uber-geek who tries to get out of jury duty by turning up dressed as Princess Leia and claiming to be a hologram in addition to producing and writer the show. In addition to the multiple award winning works listed above she’s also played a book obsessed pirate on Sesame Street and done voice work in Spongebob Squarepants, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and the English version of Ponyo.
Better known to the public as The Nostalgia Chick or The Dudette, Ellis is a reviewer for the That Guy With the Glasses website. Originally intended as a spin-off from The Nostalgia Critic with a focus on works aimed at a female audience The Nostalgia Chick rightly earns her own following with her funny and insightful reviews. Lindsay Ellis has the sharpest analytical mind of anyone reviewing cartoons from the 80s, and her best work comes from the videos where she tackles wider topics such as the recent episode concerning the marketing of dolls to young girls. Already holding a degree in Cinematic Studies, Ellis is now a Master Candidate in Cinematic Arts whilst continuing her work as the hottest movie reviewer around (not that there’s much competition in that field…).
Most people know Kari Byron as the hot red head from Mystbusters, a job that she got by persistently showing up at M5 Industries until she got the job. She doesn’t actually have a background in science. Her education is in film and sculpture which she got at San Francisco State University where she graduated magna cum laude. She says that her new found passion for science has influenced the way she looks at art, and vice versa. She currently has a new show on Discovery Channel called Head Rush that aims to make science look cool for teens.
Those old enough to have seen The Wonder Years on television may know McKellar best as Winnie Cooper, or possibly from her recurring role on The West Wing. For the younger among our readership may know her for her two episodes as Trudy in How I Met Your Mother and a small part in The Big Bang Theory. Her adult acting career doesn’t seem as successful as her child acting career, but that’s because she’s been blowing the lid of mathematics. Having graduate summa cum laude from UCLA she then co-authored the Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem (although don’t expect me to explain it) and published three best selling books entitled Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss and Hot X: Algebra Exposed!
Rosario Dawson is not just hot because she has dangerous curves, but she is almost always smiling and seems genuinely charming and affable. She has appeared in a number of geek-centric projects like Sin City, the geek-referential Clerks II, a Wonder Woman animated DTV, and Tarantino’s grindhouse homage, Death Proof. She admits to being an avid comic book reader. She even co-created her own title, O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce, where she loaned her likeness to the main protagonist. Last, but not least, she speaks Klingon!
Day is one of the those people who seem to have ridiculous levels of talent. Having made one of her first appearances on our screens as a potential slayer during the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but her real recognition came with her own creation The Guild. After spending time addicted to World of Warcraft she used the experience to write, direct, produce and star in the web series The Guild. Launching in 2011 the series has become a smash hit with millions of viewers, merchandise, DVD releases and many guest stars. Since then she’s appeared in Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog for Joss Whedon, numerous other TV shows such as House and Lie to Me, voiced characters in Fallout New Vegas and Dragon Age Redemption and will next be seen hosting the Indicade Awards. And she sings!
Best known for her parts in The Office and Parks and Recreation Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones) has appeared in works across the geek spectrum. Films by Kevin Smith, indie films, The Social Network and The Muppets hits all the right buttons for the geeky crowd, but what really define Jones as one of the geek squad is the fact that she writes her own comic book. Frenemy of the State is an original story about a socialite who gets recruited by the CIA, and the movie rights were sold almost immediately after the first issue was released by Oni Press. Throw in appearances in online projects, some SNL and a role in Prop 8 – The Musical and you’ve got an all round geek.
Portman has had her fair share of geek-centric movie roles, having starred in three Star Wars movies, shaved her head for the adaptation of Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta and talked the science talk in Thor, but has never let her acting career get in the way of her education. She skipped the premiere of The Phantom Menace (in hindsight I wish I’d done the same) in order to study for her high school exams and got herself in Harvard from which she graduated with an A.B. Degree in psychology. Whilst studying she worked as research assistant for high profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz and then took a graduate course at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before guest lecturing at Columbia on terrorism and counter-terrorism. She’s co-authored several papers on a range of topics, having started in high school with “A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar”. If, at this point, you’re starting to feel like an under-achiever you might not want to hear that she speaks Hebrew, French, German, Japanese and Arabic in addition to English. It’s amazing that she also finds the time to be an Oscar winning actor.
All you clever clogs out there may have guessed from the title that we do have a Male Edition of the Top 10 Sexiest Geeks in the works…if you have any suggestions post them in the comments!