Emilia Clarke was recently voted the "Most Desirable Woman of 2014" by Ask Men. Before I get too deep into this, I would like to say that I believe Emilia is a wonderful actress and a pretty woman. However, I'd like to make the argument that the reason she topped the "Most Desirable" list is because of the context of her character on Game of Thrones.
Daenerys Targaryen, for those of you who don't know, is heir to the iron throne. Upon coming of age she was, for lack of a better word, sold to Khal (King) Drogo in order for Daenerys' brother to obtain an army. From this point forward she becomes a woman in all meanings of the word. She is empowered, fearless, and confident in a world unkind to women. Along her path she conquers cities, frees their slaves, and becomes a woman and Queen to be reckoned with. To top it all off, she's the Mother of Dragons. Dragons at this point are a species thought to be extinct. All of this culminates in Daenerys being the #1 female bad-ass of Game of Thrones. As a friend said recently, "Daenerys Targaryen, you are probably the most bad-ass television character since Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
My argument is, would Emilia have been on the list if she wasn't walking into fire with dragon eggs and walking out naked with baby dragons on our TV screens? As I said before, she's a pretty lady, but in a world of Victoria Secret models, she falls short of the typical bombshell mark. I believe the reason she won is because she has captured the essence of a woman that men desire in Daenerys. In other words, it's Daenerys that the men voted for, not Emilia. She's dominant, fearless, sexy, and above all, naked for good portions of the show. These all factor into what I would say makes the ideal dream girl for men today. Guys, stop me if I'm wrong here, but I don't think I am.
"The Top 99 poll called on readers to elect women who most closely match their ideals, voting on more than just sex appeal and taking into account other criteria such as character, talent and potential for 2014,” said Ask Men. It's actually pretty exhilarating to hear that they are taking more than boobs and butt into account for this poll. I'm glad they picked someone other than the Victoria Secret models of the world.
It's a surprising and positive turn in the world if you think about it. Splattered across most of our media today is tall, lanky, supermodel-esk woman. Ask any teenage girl and they'll tell you that they think men want the Victoria's Secret model. While Emilia isn't heavy by any means, she's surely not supermodel form. Shorter, less busty, and obviously not blonde in real life, Emilia isn't the usual fit. What Emilia does have is a well-built character courtesy of George R.R. Martin. Provocative is probably the best way to describe her. Daenerys was built for the Ask Men poll. She's got sex appeal, character, and a whole lot of potential in her quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Though I'm sure Emilia has great qualities, we don't know all that much about her yet. However, Daenerys we've spent three seasons with. I'm sure we all feel like we know her. And in that case, I can't blame these guys for voting for her, cause I surely would!
"In a field studded with classically gorgeous blonde bombshells and swimsuit models, we have to say that it's refreshing to see a unique beauty like Clarke take the crown" said Ask Men.
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originally posted at Your Friend Elle