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2013’s Hottest Sex Symbols

From the queen of “Blurred Lines” to ‘Hunger Games’ hunks, the men and women who turned up the heat

Miley Cyrus

Anyone hoping to attain sex symbol status has to satisfy a checklist of musts: a degree of mainstream visibility, a healthy amount of buzz, and, of course, a whole lot of hotness.

From familiar faces that finally piqued America’s interest to young studs and ingénues just beginning to toy with our hormonal balance, here are our choices for the 20 most titillating stars of 2013. By Kenny Herzog

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington

It's not as if Kerry Washington's a celebrity stranger, but with the constantly growing water-cooler momentum of Scandal, the 36-year-old Emmy nominee has solidified herself as a badass possessed of both beauty and class.

Adam Driver

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Adam Driver

He's not the quintessential stud. Nor is his character on Girls a model of the doting boyfriend. But there's something totally compelling about Adam Driver, who plays Lena Dunham's romantic foil, Adam Sackler. His rugged facial features and gangly presence cut a singular image, but what makes Driver sexiest is his commitment to playing Sackler as he is: prone to violent mood swings punctuated by periods of isolation, recreationally engaged in degrading sex-play and, occasionally, a very sweet guy. 

Cecily Strong

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Cecily Strong

As the funny, attractive, and razor-sharp brunette host of "Weekend Update," Cecily Strong has more than capably lived up to the legacy of Tina Fey. Nothing's sexier than a sense of humor, and with all due respect to Taran Killam, Kate McKinnon and Jay Pharoah, the tall, chestnut-eyed Strong is the Saturday Night Live regular keeping us weak in the knees.

Katherine Webb

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Katherine Webb

Brent Musburger did not act alone. During the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, an admiring cameraman found 2012 Miss Alabama (and girlfriend of University of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron) Katherine Webb in the stands. Musburger responded with some unintentionally leering comments, and made a media sensation out of Webb. The attention wasn't all bad for the 24-year-old, though. Her Twitter following boomed, followed by appearances on celebrity-diving show Splash and in the Sports Illustrated Swimisuit Issue

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