The Top 10 Hot Women Who Are Also Geniuses
Guys love hot women. And while there's nothing wrong with that, some people think that there's an inverse relationship between a women's hotness and her smartness. But look a little deeper than the blinding smiles and perfect figures, and you may find that some hot women have a lot going on upstairs too.
By Geoff Shakespeare
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When most people think of Colombian singing superstar Shakira, they think of long blonde hair, sultry Latin beats, and impossibly flexible hips. What few people outside her native Colombia know, however, is that she's one brainy firecracker. Growing up in a family of eleven, Shakira was always bright and did well in school. She wrote her first poem at the age of four and at seven (when most girls are angling for a Barbie Corvette) she asked her parents for a typewriter so she could write more. Eventually, she started writing songs and belly dancing. She was so into belly dancing that she used to perform original dances for her classmates at school every Friday, which her male classmates quiet renamed "the best f***ing day of the week."
Shakira released her first album when she was only thirteen, and it contained songs she had written at eight. After her first couple of records didn't do very well, Shakira took over the producing and since then she's become the biggest selling Latin American artist of all time. She speaks four languages, plays a jazillion instruments, and is a world renowned fundraiser for charity. She was a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and personally convinced the Spanish government to pony up $40 million bucks for natural disaster relief. We weren't privy to those negotiations, but we're positive there was a sultry dance involved somehow. But it isn't all hard work for Shakira. Exhausted after her Oral Fixation World Tour in 2007, Shakira kicked back, relaxed, and took several history courses at UCLA. You know, just to chill.
9. Goldie Hawn
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Of all the women on this list, Goldie Hawn is probably the one who surprises people most with her eggheadedness. After all, she originally rose to fame playing a mildly retarded hippie girl on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In during the Sixties. Back in those days, people tended to prefer their eye-candy on the idiotic side, so her glazed-over eyes, constant bikinis, and girlish giggle went over like gangbusters. Soon, she was typecast as a ditzy flower-powered hippie girl who rarely wore pants. Frustrated, Hawn combated this egregious typecasting by appearing as a ditzy flower-powered hippie girl who rarely wore pants in movies like There's a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free. As far as the public was concerned, Hawn was the perfect bimbo. She was cute, blonde, and couldn't outsmart a drunken parakeet.
But all the while, Hawn was doing some serious thinking on the inside. Even as she was making millions pretending to be a sweethearted moron, Hawn was actually a genius. A member of Mensa, that means Goldie Hawn is in the top 1% of the world in terms of intelligence. Eventually, Hawn got tired of playing dumb bunnies and was able to reshape her public persona while not losing her widespread appeal. She's mostly retired now but still looks great and is half responsible for another hot, smart girl, Kate Hudson. Which may be just enough to make up for The First Wives Club.
8. Alicia Keys
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Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys is one of the most successful recording artists of the last ten years. She's sold 30 million records, won countless awards, and starred in the massive box office hits Smoking Aces and The Nanny Diaries. Okay, those movies were pretty terrible, but she's an awesome musician. You know what else is awesome? Her brain. Yes, even though she once released a song called "Rock Wit U" without spell checking it, Keys is actually quite smart. After appearing on The Cosby Show at the tender age of four, Keys studied music and dance and was accepted to the prestigious Professional Performing Arts School in New York.
Not satisfied with just being a multi-talented singer and musician before she was old enough to buy beer, Keys had to go and graduate two years early at the age of 16. And, because she's apparently a huge show-off, she was also the Valedictorian of her class. Shortly after that, Keys was accepted to Columbia University and signed a major label deal with Columbia Records - she likes things called "Columbia." She tried to do both, but after four weeks, Keys looked at her college life - endless reading, boring lectures, dandruff-coated professors - and her recording life - meeting famous people, writing and performing music, traveling the world - and dropped out of school as fast as humanly possible. See? We told you she was a genius.
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For some people, Madonna crests the line of what would be considered beautiful. Once the poster girl for raw, unbridled female sexuality and playful, self-aware camp, these days Madonna mostly reminds people of their weird old aunt who always embarrasses herself on wedding dance floors. But, for a time, Madonna was every suburban teen's ultimate fantasy. While she may not be responsible for as many flushed cheeks and soiled tissues as she used to, Madonna is still wicked smart. Always as much businessperson as entertainer, Madonna exemplifies cool, calculating ambition.
Right from the start, she controlled her image ruthlessly, had an uncanny ability to keep herself front and center in the public psyche, and exploited her failures just as much as her successes. And why shouldn't she? She is a genius after all. Yes, the woman who rose to fame singing about the joys of gold-digging and expressing yourself by wearing bras under blazers is actually a card carrying member of Mensa. At 140, her IQ just gets her in under the wire, but when she shows up to meetings with her entourage of tattooed sex freaks in clinging lycra bodysuits, none of the other eggheads complain.
6. Julie Newmar
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Remember the old Batman TV show? Primarily known for its garish colors, surreal guest appearances, and barely contained homoeroticism, Batman still had a couple things that might interest a hot-blooded male. Chief among those was one Julie Newmar, first of the three women to portray Batman's last, best chance at heterosexuality, Catwoman. For two years, Newmar slinked and meowed her way across America's TV sets and was surely responsible for more than a few nascent furry fetishes.
But while she was prancing around in a skintight cat suit and making Robin jealous, few people realized that her head was filled with a lot more than ridiculous schemes. Underneath those cat ears and bouffant hairdo, Newmar was one smart pussy. Never a huge star and well aware of how short a Hollywood sex-kitten's lifespan is, Newmar branched out into the world of business and now holds three United States patents. But don't worry, she's not a total geek; two of the patents are for pantyhose and one is for a brassiere. In addition to her sexy fortune, Newmar also made a bundle on real estate in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Not bad for someone who once couldn't even outsmart Adam West.