09 February 2005
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Julia Pearlman, Brand Republic 08:30 09-02-2005
LONDON - Good Housekeeping has named Kylie Minogue, the woman with one of the most famous bottoms in the world, as the sexiest woman in her 30s in a study of all ages asking 'What makes some woman more attractive than others?'

Kylie was followed by some homegrown talent in Hollywood, actress Kate Beckinsale, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rachel Weisz.

Elle MacPherson topped the 40s category, with other women making the list including former model Yasmin Le Bon and newsreader Fiona Bruce.

Joanna Lumley heads the list as the sexiest woman in her 50s with Jane Seymour and Sharon Osbourne also featuring.

Catherine Denueve lead the sexiest 60s, followed by two fellow actresses in Raquel Welch and Lauren Hutton.

Former Bond girl Honor Blackman wons the 70s and over category, which also included Lauren Bacall.

The sex appeal study was judged by photographer Lord Lichfield, GMTV's Ben Shepherd, chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli, singer Darius and Capital Radio presenter Neil Fox.

Desmond Morris, author of 'The Naked Woman: A Study of the Female Body', said: "In today's world, the concept of beauty and attraction comes via two separate avenues, anatomical beauty and behavioural beauty.

"It's comforting then, finally to see a set of top 10 lists that celebrates not only technically gorgeous women, but also those whose looks subvert the norm."

Good Housekeeping's science editor Vivienne Parry said the same thing that makes both men and women sexy is the brain, because it "generates fantasy, devises seduction routines and is aroused by sight, scent and smell".

She added: "It's the brain that prompts us to advertise our feelings with the way we talk, move and act."

The study is to be published in the March issue from the National Magazine Company and will list the top 10 contenders for each category.

The top 10 lists are:
The 30s

1.       Kylie Minogue
2.       Kate Beckinsale
3.       Catherine Zeta-Jones
4.       Rachel Weisz
5.       Davina McCall
6.       Saffron Burrows
7.       Liz Hurley
8.       Ruthie Hensall
9.       Kate Moss
10. Naomi Campbell

The 40s
1.       Elle Macpherson
2.       Yasmin Le Bon
3.       Fiona Bruce
4.       Sade
5.       Nastassja Kinski
6.       Carol Vorderman
7.       Madonna
8.       Jerry Hall
9.       Mariella Frostrup
10.    Sharron Davies

The 50s
1.       Joanna Lumley
2.       Jane Seymour
3.       Sharon Osbourne
4.       Selina Scott
5.       Shakira Caine
6.       Helen Mirren
7.       Trudie Styler
8.       Jenny Agutter
9.       Marie Helvin
10. Jane Birkin

The 60s
1.       Catherine Deneuve
2.       Raquel Welch
3.       Lauren Hutton
4.       Julie Christie
5.       Britt Eckland
6.       Angela Rippon
7.       Charlotte Rampling
8.       Julie Andrews
9.       Anna Ford
10. Shirley Bassy

The 70s
1.       Honor Blackman
2.       Joan Collins
3.       Nanette Newman
4.       Judi Dench
5.       Prunella Scales
6.       Sheila Hancock
7.       Annabel Goldsmith
8.       Joan Bakewell
9.       Brigitte Bardot
10. Lauren Bacall

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