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Sure, funny is sexy - but is she 'the hottest woman of all time'?

Jennifer Aniston in the film, Just Go with it.

Who is the "hottest woman of all time?"

The readers of Men's Health magazine have spoken. Their answer? Jennifer Aniston. The editors of the magazine explained why the 42-year-old Friends star topped the list. "Funny is sexy, and Jennifer Aniston is funny. Her down-to-earth persona makes her seem attainable."

Ms. Aniston beat out Raquel Welch, Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears and, rounding out the top five, Madonna.

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For those cheering Team Jen in the actress's contrived rivalry with Angelina Jolie, take heart: Jolie ranked tenth on the list. Take that!

The editors said that Ms. Aniston's romantic life actually endears her to people, another factor in her hotness, apparently.

"Her all-too-human love life off screen inspires sympathy that not even a string of bland romantic comedies can diminish. Other sex symbols drift toward one-dimensionality, becoming flat icons in the process, but throughout her career Aniston has remained sexy, funny, and unmistakably real," they wrote.

As for Aniston herself, when asked to name her own "hottest woman," she came up with a response hardly likely to rev the loins of most Men's Health readers: "It's a tie between Bridgitte Bardot and Gloria Steinem," she said, referring to the French actress and feminist icon. "But if I had to choose one, I'd say Gloria because, well, she's the full package. That's sexy."

You could make a strong case that "funny is sexy," as the editors argue, but is being down to earth and therefore apparently attainable really qualities of the sexiest person of all time?

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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