The Hottest Heads of State

A few thoughts:

1. Sorry, Belarus, but you don’t deserve to be that high up on the list. I’d say same goes for Putin, but he’s wearing that awesome tank-top, so, even.
2. Xanana Gusmao, where have you been all my life?
3. Mohammed VI was robbed.


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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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35 Responses to The Hottest Heads of State

  1. Morningstar says:

    putin deserves #1 place for that tank top and his many shirtless pics.

    argentina’s should be right after putin.

  2. P.T. Smith says:

    When did Putin act in a staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire”?

  3. Thomas says:

    Mention Putin on a blog, check your coffee with a Geiger counter. Just sayin’.

  4. Alex says:

    The guy at #50 wins Honorable Mention For Most Awesome Hat. His title’s pretty fun, too.

  5. Katie says:

    Hate to be that guy, but there are SO many options for words for an undershirt besides “wifebeater.”

    Here are some:

    – undershirt
    – tank top
    – A-shirt
    – muscle shirt
    – singlet

    See? Options!

  6. Sara says:

    Seconding Katie’s comment. It’s especially jarring to read on a feminist blog.

  7. Jill says:

    Fair enough, Katie and Sara. Changed.

  8. Splinch says:

    Fascinating how many women are in the top 12. Rather disproportionate to the number of female heads of state, no?

    Who would have guessed that women have to be much better looking to get ahead in politics?

  9. Jha says:

    Huh. YDPA Mizan is the head of state as much as Queen Elizabeth is.

    And you’re right! Where IS Mohammed VI?!

  10. Natalie L. says:

    Ha! My cousin’s mother-in-law is on the list.

  11. Suzanne M says:

    I had no idea how many dead sexy heads of state/government there were. I’d like to offer a quick shout-out to Dmitri Medvedev who, for obvious reasons, isn’t on the list, while Putin is. Mitya, dear, you’re pretty sexy for a puppet.

    Joseph Kabila reminds me a little of Omar Epps. It might just be the expression on his face, but I think it’s the cheekbones. That’s not a bad thing.

    I think the mustache cost Isaias Afewerki a higher position. Though that doesn’t explain Alexander Lukashenko, because damn. You, sir, are no #12. Sorry.

    Also, seconded on Xanana Gusmao.

    And finally, I look forward to the release of the King of Bhutan’s first album. I think it’ll be light jazz. I’m very tempted to knock out a quick cover mock-up in MS Paint, but I’d have to track down a bigger copy of the photo first.

  12. Kyra says:

    Something’s striking me as hilarious about the fact that the celibate Pope Benedict is second-to-last on the “hottest” list, and I’m not sure if it’s that he’s way way way at the bottom, or that somebody ranked below him.

  13. Crys T says:

    This is kind of old news, but all of you Vladamir fans, there’s his judo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5mh01bgH1E

    And of course, PHWWWOOOOAAAARRRRR!: http://boozhy.typepad.com/my_weblog/images/2007/08/23/putin.jpg

  14. Lizzie says:

    Splinch – no it’s just that women are mostly more attractive than men so any women who DO get to the top in politics are more likely to be hot.

    Curious to note the bottom is full of bloodthirsty despots while the very top is dominated by royalty or democratically elected leaders.

    Does this mean:
    1. People are shallow and given the chance, only vote for hotties
    2. Royals tend to get hot spouses so even if the dynastic founder is ugly, within a few generations they will become hot
    3. Ugly people become bitter hence more likely to turn into mass-murdering dictators
    4. Being a mass-murdering dictator makes you become ugly, because foaming-mouthed self-righteous insanity is bad for your skin (eg Congo’s sexy Joseph Kabila was a rebel who could have gone the bloody dictator route, but on the whole didn’t, and hence remains hot)
    5. It’s hard to be taken seriously as a dictator if you are too good-looking so the hot ones never make it
    6. All of the above

    Anyone?

    Also if a despot WERE to be sexy, should we call them a sexpot?

  15. Morningstar says:

    i dunno lizzie, i think castro’s got some sex appeal. only reason why he’s not on that list is because he’s no longer head of state. :(

  16. FashionablyEvil says:

    Joseph Kabila reminds me a little of Omar Epps.

    Or Mike Tomlin (the Steelers coach).

  17. Tlönista says:

    AAAAUGH WTF is Stephen Harper doing on that list?

    Thirding Xanana Gusmao, and also, Michelle Bachelet should be higher up.

  18. Meg says:

    Harper needs to be moved at least 20 spots down. (Well, technically he needs to be moved *off* the list, if we’re being picky, since he’s not actually our head of state but whatever.) He looks OK in that photo, in a Pilsbury-doughboy-with-bad-hair kind of way, but he looks way creepy most of the time. He has a habit of posing with kittens; I think he’s trying to make himself look less evil, but the kittens always look terrified. And then there’s this.

    Lee Hsien Loong’s lookin’ pretty good. :3

  19. Lizzie says:

    Morningstar – not sure I agree with you but hey, maybe if you are an anti-American hero of the communists you get sexy points, even if you also moonlight as a raving psycho.

    Just a point, Sarkozy of France is 5’3 and Ahmadinejad of Iran is 5’4. I say they need to lose serious points for this. I know it’s shallow but then, so is this list.

    I wonder what would happen if you plotted their hotness against their left/right or authoritarian/libertarian tendencies, GDP, approval ratings, etc. Are there any correlations? Are hot or ugly leaders better, or more popular, or more or less controlling? And since this is Feministe, do women’s rights progress more under a attractive leader or an ugly one?

  20. Dominique says:

    This is just… wrong….

  21. Rebecca says:

    Not the most flattering photo of Ms. Tymoshenko. It doesn’t have her gorgeous hairstyle!

    (also, Sarkozy? D:)

  22. Eghead says:

    Overlooking the fact that I CAN’T BELIEVETHIS EXISTS (!?!?!)… how is no one outraged that Obama is 14? Do we not remember his shirtless photos in Hawaii?

  23. Ginjoint says:

    He’s number 15, Eghead, but I’m with you. I think he should’ve been in the top three. I mean, behind Lukashenko from Belarus?!

  24. Crys T says:

    “Royals tend to get hot spouses so even if the dynastic founder is ugly, within a few generations they will become hot”

    I can’t agree with this: royals don’t usually marry for love/lust, they marry for strategic purposes (look at what happened to the British royal family 10 years ago: all of that could’ve been avoided if they’d married for personal reasons in the first place). And just take a look at the royal families around the globe. You may find the occasional conventionally attractive person, but in general……

    Royals have affairs. etc when they want sex from someone who’s hot.

  25. MaryC says:

    Thank you for my morning giggle. I think my favorite photo might have been Saakashvili, because, you know how boy bands always have one member who’s supposed to be “the tough one”? Saakashvili is totally making that face.

    Also, I never knew how much of a “brooding Liam Neeson” thing the Prime Minister of Norway had going on.

  26. Politics aside, Netanyahu in the top 50? Really? He looks like me, for goodness sake! Certainly he should be below Balkendief.

    (Also, I thought the Finnish PM was a woman. This is because like most Americans I don’t pay attention to foreign news on the news.)

  27. Morningstar says:

    lizzie, i’m really not going to satisfied until you agree that this right here is a great look:

    http://www.wavemagazine.net/arhiva/17/politics/castro2.jpg

    and this!

    http://www.pragoti.org/pragoti/pics/fidel_castro_ruz590.jpg

    cmon! this guy had tons of style.

  28. Medea says:

    Sarkozy should not be above Evo Morales.

  29. stompie says:

    Wait, the EMPEROR scored higher than Aso Taro? Clearly no-one saw those photos from his sharpshooting days: http://www.boingboing.net/200810271133.jpg

  30. lemur says:

    Jens Stoltenburg….yum. Borhut Pahor has gorgeous eyes.

  31. Natalia says:

    I’m freezing and depressed in Ukraine right now – and the fact that the PM is hot is totally not cheering me up at the moment. What’s interesting is that all of her campaign ads right now don’t feature her at all. They do feature celebrities and this really nice cherry-red colour. And hearts. Say what you want about Tymoshenko, but she is unabashedly feminine, and I kind of dig that.

    Putin is good-looking, I think. There’s just something about him. He can work it. And he knows it.

  32. Birdseed says:

    Stephenson King should be way higher.

  33. zoetheshort says:

    The king of Bhutan is downright dreamy.

  34. Jovan1984 says:

    Any ‘good’ list that has Daniel Ortega on it has absolutely NO legitimacy whatsoever.

    Instead of being on the Hottest Heads of State list. Daniel Ortega should be on the World’s Worst Dictators list.

  35. Ledasmom says:

    The king of Thailand’s hat is kinda scary.

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