12 Women Who Absolutely Define Sexy

Image via Galit Breen

A few months ago, an article featuring the word SEXY crossed my feed. It gave me enough pause to take a look, but the content made me keep scrolling: photos of women mid-orgasm.

I'll admit that my mind started wandering with important questions, mostly about the logistics: Where was the photographer? What did the pre-photo session sound like? Just … how? And … why?

I did, indeed, keep scrolling, but one of the first comments in the thread caught my eye: Why is sex the only thing that's deemed sexy about women?

I've been mulling that one around for a while now.

Our society has gotten really good at hushing the word SEXY because we're afraid of over using it on under-age girls, mis-using it on all women, and offending someone by using it too much–or too little.

But one of Dictionary.com's definitions of sexy is “excitingly appealing.” And I love that. There are some people that are just plain appealing–they're like magnets–and I think they should own it.

So I made a list of 12 things that I think make a woman sexy and 12 women who absolutely fit the sexy bill.

As I picked the photos, I couldn't help but notice that many of them were ones that others took or shared of these women. This is how they're seen–by others, by me, and now, by you.

Take a look, see what you think, and add onto my “what makes a woman sexy” list in the comments.

Women are sexy when …

Image via Surf Simply

They follow their passions.

Christine Yu is a writer, yoga teacher, runner, fitness lover, and wannabe surfer. She's a mom to two boys living in NYC and a Fitfluential Ambassador.

Image via KC Timber Challenge

They're ridiculously strong.

Tayarra Sharp writes stories about what's on her mind and what her house is really like in the evening with three wonderful boys and a fabulous hubs, all while trying to stay committed to her faith and her fitness.

Image via Kelly Wickham

They look you in the eye and tell you exactly what they think.


Kelly Wickham is a writer, an educator, a speaker, an assistant principal, and a social-media director. She's also a mother, a fiance, and the brilliant voice behind Mocha Momma.

Image via Tracy Morrison

They see the bigger picture.

Tracy Morrison is neither celibate nor British. She's just a Midwesterner with a headache who has been documenting the lighter side of parenthood since 2008. Tracy is a mom of three, a cat lover, a fashionista, and a stunning photographer.

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Image via Alison Lee

They know how to show love.

Alison Lee is a writer and mother of four, including adorable, brand new twins. She's also the founder and owner of Little Love Media, a social-media enthusiast, a book lover, and a believer in the power of chocolate and hugs. She may or may not be chugging coffee as she types.

Image via Darrell Hoemann

They absolutely own a room.

Leslie Marinelli is the co-author and editor of the bestselling humor anthology You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth and the CEO and Editor in Chief of In The Powder Room, a site that has been dishing up the hottest women's humor, heart, and “Holy moly, did she just say that?” since 2009.

Image via Christine Clayburg

They're fearless.

Christine Clayburg is the Executive Producer at Clayburg Creative Group, an Anchor/Reporter at SAG-AFTRA, and a Loadmaster at Air National Guard. She has also been seen on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Desperate Housewives.

Image via Tracy Beckerman

They exude confidence.


Tracy Beckerman is a published author and an award-winning, syndicated humor columnist at Lost in Suburbia. Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children and live in New Jersey, where she writes, does battle with woodchucks, and avoids, at all costs, driving a minivan.

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Image via Kelly Pugliano

They absolutely kill a goal.

Kelly Pugliano is a marathoner, mother, writer, and foodie. She's the talented voice and chef behind Eat Picks, a site serving food photography and writing for all appetites. Kelly's passion is connecting easy-to-make recipes with those that like to cook, bake, and entertain.

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They have an unparalleled expertise.

Mary Lou Quinlan is the Founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, the best-selling author of The God Box, and the co-developer of the solo show The God Box: A Daughter's Story. The God Box Project includes a free mobile app on iTunes, a series of short films, and philanthropic outreach to support cancer, hospice, and education.

Image via Bethany Meyer

Their laugh–and their fun–is contagious.

Bethany Meyer is a published author questioning her sanity, laughing at her circumstances, and blogging at I Love Them the Most When They're Sleeping. She'll be a part of Stonyfield's 2015 Boston Marathon Team.

Image via Kerry Rossow

They don't take themselves too seriously.

Nicole Knepper is a mother, a writer, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and the brilliant creator of Moms Who Drink and Swear, a site where she writes about the hilarity and heartache of parenting, with a few curse words thrown in for good measure.

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12 Women Who Absolutely Define Sexy

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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  1. verochka31 says:

    Yes, thank you! couldn’t have put it together any better myself.

  2. Alison Lee says:

    Thank you for redefining sexy, Galit!


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