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25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2014

From ‘Broad City’ babes and ‘Gone Girls’ to James Franco’s little bro and the man channeling Christian Grey, the year’s sexiest stars

Gigi Hadid and Theo James

Gigi Hadid and Theo James

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In 2014, the Sex Symbol became an endangered species. Future Hall of Famers George Clooney and Brad Pitt took on challenges that will inevitably age them (marriage, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf), former Rated Rookies Elizabeth Olsen and Chris Pratt graduated beyond best-kept-secret status and the kottage industry known as Kim Kardashian somehow found a new way to define "overexposure."

In short, nature's seemingly endless supply of Sex Symbols has come to a crucial choke point, and we are in dire need of a new crop of good-looking folks to fill our rapidly thinning ranks. Luckily, 2014 provided us with plenty of potential recruits – actors, athletes, musicians and models (there's always models) that made an indelible mark on the year, and had us feeling, well, feelings. 

Tinashe

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 06: Singer Tinashe performs at a holiday concer at 5 Towers Outdoor Concert Arena on December 6, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

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Tinashe

As part of the ill-fated girl group the Stunners, she survived touring with Justin Bieber and the machinations of the music business, so when the 21-year-old singer had the opportunity to go solo, she ran with it. After dropping a trio of mixtapes, Tinashe punched the clock at the DJ Mustard hit factory and scored a crossover smash with "2 On," which led directly to her acclaimed debut album, Aquarius. Like fellow breakout star FKA Twigs, she's been tapped as the future of R&B, though she prefers to take inspiration from the genre's past – namely, its flirtation with dance music in the late Eighties and early Nineties. You know, before she was born.

FKA Twigs

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 25: FKA Twigs performs on stage at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on September 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images)

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FKA Twigs

In her former life as Tahliah Barnett, background dancer, she logged time in videos for Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J. But after releasing a pair of EPs as Twigs – a nickname she earned from her fellow dancers because of the way her joints cracked – then adding the "FKA" (formerly known as) after another artist claimed the name, the 26-year-old Brit stepped directly beneath the spotlight. And, with her acclaimed debut LP1, she became 2014's brightest new star, working with collaborators like Arca, Dev Hynes and Paul Epworth to create a hushed, sensual sound all her own. Oh, and she also started dating some dude named Robert Pattinson, whoever he is.