Esquire magazine dubs Jessica Biel sexiest woman alive

Friday, October 7th 2005, 12:59 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jessica Biel has been proclaimed ``the sexiest woman alive'' by Esquire magazine.

The actress dons the cover of Esquire's November issue, following last year's honoree, Angelina Jolie. The 23-year-old Biel, who began as a teenager on the family TV series ``7th Heaven,'' plays a supporting role in the upcoming ``Elizabethtown'' and starred earlier this year in ``Stealth.''

``It seemed like it would be great _ having named Anglina Jolie sexiest woman of the year last year _ to try to come up with somebody who was on everyone's radar screen, but who was also fresh,'' said Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger. ``It just seemed like Jessica Biel's moment.''

The magazine also picks a woman for three older age brackets: the Chinese actress Gong Li, 39; the 47-year-old Sharon Stone; and Rene Russo, 51.

``It's easy to appreciate womanhood without any consideration of age,'' Granger says. ``Youth isn't the automatic turn-on it used to be.''