I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear or read the phrase “sex symbol,” the first person that pops in my mind is Marilyn Monroe. No, it’s not that I’m that old; it’s just that she epitomized the concept. Sure, there have been other sex symbols since Marilyn—Raquel Welch in the 60s, Farrah Fawcett in the 70s, Bo Derek in the 80s—but there really has not been anyone quite like her for a long time.
Why? I’d blame it on our profusion of media choices. When Marilyn Monroe came along, there were three television networks, regional radio stations, a handful of influential magazines, and the local newspapers of the world—that was it. Now there are hundreds of television channels and, most importantly, the internet. And that means it’s harder for any one insanely sultry woman to come to the forefront and overshadow the rest.
And that’s what I think makes the rise of Kate Upton so amazing. In this day and age in which the internet is flooded with gorgeous women, she has managed to rise to the top and become perhaps the number one sex symbol in the world today. Only time will tell whether this status will grow or decline, of course, but if I had to bet I’d say in the next several years Upton will become one of the all-time greats. So in honor of the almost-legendary bombshell, and to prove my point, today I present you with her 50 sexiest photos. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: enjoy!