Earlier today, Esquire announced that they have chosen actress Minka Kelly — she of “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood” and Derek Jeter — as the sexiest woman in the world for 2010. The announcement comes as a result of a no doubt complicated batch of math and science. (Or more likely she was willing to show up for the photo shoot.) Esquire also hosted a fan’s choice tournament featuring 64 women (hey, that looks familiar!), and according to that competition, Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Brooklyn Decker triumphed.
But Kelly was the big winner, earning her the cover of the magazine and an extensive interview where she talks about her parents (her mother was a stripper and used to wake her up in the middle of the night to go grocery shopping), clothes (she doesn’t overpay for jeans), food (she loves to cook for the people she loves) and cleaning toilets (she takes care of her own). She also spends a healthy amount of time talking about how obsessed she has always been with music. There is an extended story about how she used to copy down the lyrics to En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa songs so she could then memorize them. “Obsessive little girl,” she points out.
Obsessive indeed, but also savvy. Kelly gravitated toward two of the better hip-hop/R&B groups of all time, two groups of ladies who pushed boundaries and explored new musical and social territories (and who famously collaborated on the smash hit “Whatta Man” in 1994). Kelly doesn’t get into specific songs, but there’s little doubt that she spent time copying down the lyrics to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind,” as excellent an R&B/soul anthem as there has ever been.