All eyes were on Eva Mendes
for the prize of being the hottest of the Latinas in last week's battle. This week I thought I'd take you back a little and ask you to vote on hotness based on what you thought when your tastes weren't completely developed. (Or, for the younger readers, just pick the prettiest lady.) This week it's Battle of the Back in the Day Sweethearts.
Sure, she's cosmetically enhanced her face all to hell in recent years, but there was a time when you couldn't touch Meg in terms of take-home-to-mommy hotness. From the loyal military wife in TOP GUN to the role that would mimic life (as in they hooked up and had a kid as well) in INNERSPACE to faking orgasms in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... Meg was a hottie that you knew would always surprise you. In later years, stripping down for the movie IN THE CUT, that surprise came due.
I think what I loved best about Elizabeth Shue in her earlier roles was that she looked healthy. In fact, I later went on to find out that she was chosen for her role in THE KARATE KID because some scout saw her playing soccer, which you have to laugh at when you watch Daniel-san try and teach her how to play in the film. She was the babysitter you didn't f*ck with and the girl from whatever island the Beach Boys were singing about. Later, she was the hooker with the tragic heart in LEAVING LAS VEGAS. She's always managed to be sweet and terrifically hot at the same time.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
What bugs me about people remembering FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH is that they lock onto either Phoebe Cates taking off her top in the day dream that Judge Reinhold has while jerking off, or they recall the tit-for-tat between Spicoli and Mr. Hand. What they tend to completely overlook is the fact that Leigh, in that virginal role as Stacy Hamilton, strips down to nothing and ends up with nothing but regrets. You can sympathize with her and relate to her (if you're a girl) and you can just press pause and gaze upon her, thinking back to high school and your first in-person naked girl encounter. And Leigh has just gotten more deep and interesting in the years since then.
So... which of these Back in the Day Babes is your fave?