BY SAM ABRAHAMS, RAFFAELA KENNY-CINCOTTA, JAMES MONTGOMERY, WALLACE MORGAN, & MATT SHUHAM
Cooking up a Sex Symbols list is easy: Start with a full compliment of Kardashians, add a couple Victoria's Secret models in ridiculous bras, sprinkle in a SI Swimsuit Issue cover star and a pinch of some steely-eyed British actor who will win all the awards, bake at 450 for 35 minutes then serve hot. Always serve hot.
But there's a downside to all that – it usually makes for pretty standard fare. So rather than just cobble together the same old collection of beautiful people, we've done our due diligence, digging deep to find the men and women who made their mark on 2015, and looked good doing it. And there were plenty of potential nominees to choose from – actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and, yes, one member of the Kardashian clan (though she's technically a Jenner) that did great things this year, and had us feeling, well, feelings. These are the 25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2015.
He's paid his dues in standard fare like TV's The War at Home (Don't remember it? Doesn't matter) and the Night at the Museum franchise, but the 34-year-old Malek found his greatest success – and legions of new fans – by veering off Hollywood's beaten path. In 2015, he starred in Mr. Robot, USA Network's critically lauded, too-cool-for TV drama, and Until Dawn, a PS4 horror game that pushed the survival genre into gory new territory. He just earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work on Robot, but don't let that – or the show's icy take on 21st century life – fool you; turns out, he's just a normal guy, with student loans and everything. Now you two will have something to talk about! JM