Oh yes we did! Snooki’s the pint-sized reality star who became a giant presence in Hollywood, thanks to her humorous antics on Jersey Shore. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi both fascinates us and terrifies us at the same time — in 2010, she made a lucrative career out of being a pickle-eating, spray-tanned, “juice head” loving “guidette” with a commercial spot for Wonderful Pistachios, a book deal, and an unflattering appearance on South Park. What scares us? She’s influencing younger generations to act and look just like her, one “smush” at a time.
12. Christiane Amanpour
Veteran broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour took over This Week, ABC’s Sunday morning news program, earlier this year. After nearly 30 years as an international reporter with CNN, Amanpour made her way into the Sunday morning boys’ club, bringing with her a worldly perspective that was missing from the insider-dominated weekend news programs. This Week has struggled in the ratings game since Amanpour took over, but we commend her innovative approach to the stuffy program – not to mention the fact that, thanks to her and Diane Sawyer, women have taken over at ABC News.
13. Taylor Swift
Not many people have the guts to write songs about their exes … and then completely own up to it when cornered by a sneaky journalist. Taylor Swift is the modest girl’s Alanis Morissette. Of course by this we mean that you’d never hear the word “bitch” fall from Taylor’s lips. She is graceful yet goofy, intelligent without being arrogant, and talented enough to hold the title of youngest-ever Entertainer of the Year! If you still aren’t impressed by the country star who taught herself to play 12-string guitar before most of us purchased our first bra, then you haven’t been paying enough attention.
14. Helen Mirren
Russell Brand gave her a pair of his panties, Bruce Willis gave her a hanky… men just fall over the aptly-named Helen. This supremely sexy actress stole the screen from Willis, John Malkovich and company in RED and the audience loved her for it. While she wasn’t dressed like a sex kitten in the flick, she oozed sex appeal. Helen has won an Academy Award (The Queen), four SAG awards, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmys and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress awards. She’s a huge sex symbol and she’s in her mid-60s! Helen is cerebral, funny and an all-around class act. Who wouldn’t want to emulate her panache?
15. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s fans range from Elton John to Marilyn Manson. She has the proverbial balls to wear a meat dress to a glitzy awards show. On any given day, she will happily strap on a pair of sky-high heels and strut through the doors at LAX. This woman is a walking performance piece, and we love her dearly for it. Plus, Gaga made Forbes’ list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and she is launching a fragrance line called “Monster” in 2012. Need we say more?
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