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25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2015

From the new Kardashian queen and the breakout star of ‘The Force Awakens’ to, uh, Bernie Sanders, these are the year’s sexiest stars

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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.


Trevor Noah

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Host Trevor Noah of Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio powered by Samsung Galaxy at the 2015 Summer TCA's at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images)

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Trevor Noah

31-year-old Trevor Noah stepped lightly into Jon Stewart's ginormous, vacant shoes when the Daily Show's veteran anchor retired this summer after more than 2,500 episodes. "It feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he's black," Noah said in his first show. Since then, his Daily Show has blossomed – its audience is younger, more diverse and more Internet-savvy than it ever was during Stewart's reign. And though Noah has yet to trump Stewart's profound presence on the Hot-Late-Night listicle circuit, judging from initial reactions to the fresh-faced host, it's only a matter of time. MS

Women's Soccer

USA forward Abby Wambach (C) and teammates celebrate after their victory in the final football match between USA and Japan during their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Does getting revenge turn you on? If so, watching the U.S. Women's National Team avenge their 2011 loss to Japan to claim the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup may have been the hottest moment of the year. But this team's triumph stirred plenty of other emotions, too – that swelling in your heart is known as pride, BTW – which is fitting, because this was a squad for the ages. As Nike's "American Woman" commercial hyped, the USWNT totally kicked ass: Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored four goals in the first 15 minutes of World Cup Final, Hope Solo won the Golden Glove for top goalkeeper at the tournament, FIFA 16 covergirl Alex Morgan said she plans to "be the best player in the world" in her Self cover story and Abby Wambach retired from the game with 184 international goals – more than any other man or woman. Trading in their cleats for stilettos, this team brought the heat on and off the field (as aptly displayed at the ESPY Awards and onstage with Taylor Swift), reigning as this year's hottest champs. WM

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