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Golden Girls: Beautiful Women on the Silver Screen

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? According to Gattaca, it’s Uma Thurman, thanks to the miracle of genetic engineering. Of course, Thurman isn’t the first cinematic babe to wear the Ms. Perfect Woman crown. Here, a gallery of female perfection, as defined in the movies.

Suna Chang

FEMININE IDEAL
Gattaca‘s Uma Thurman
FORMULA FOR PERFECTION
Genetic engineering, enhanced by an impeccable fashion sense
DESIGN FLAW
Even eugenics programs make mistakes — Irene needs pills to alleviate a heart problem.
FINAL FATE
Her medical condition gets her cut from the astronaut training program.

[FEMININE IDEAL]
Total Recall‘s Rachel Ticotin
[FORMULA FOR PERFECTION]
As dictated by Arnold Schwarzenegger: brunet, athletic, demure — and sleazy
[DESIGN FLAW]
Not flesh and blood — she’s only a computer-generated fantasy.
[FINAL FATE]
Arnold ends up with the basis for his dream; they live happily ever after on Mars

[FEMININE IDEAL]
Weird Science‘s Kelly LeBrock
[FORMULA FOR PERFECTION]
As created by two randy nerds: the face of a supermodel, the mind of Einstein, the body of Barbie
[DESIGN FLAW]
A limited function — all she’s programmed to do is get the guys a date.
[FINAL FATE]
Ends up teaching a high school boys’ gym class

[FEMININE IDEAL]
Perfect‘s Jamie Lee Curtis
[FORMULA FOR PERFECTION]
Butt-busting exercise; L.A. gym groupies call her ”the aerobic pied piper”
[DESIGN FLAW]
Can’t keep her hands off a bad-boy Rolling Stone reporter who’s covering the fitness craze
[FINAL FATE]
Jogs off into the sunset with bad-boy reporter

[FEMININE IDEAL]
10‘s Bo Derek
[FORMULA FOR PERFECTION]
Cornrows, plenty of sun, and a penchant for making it to Ravel’s Boléro
[DESIGN FLAW]
A shallow, insubstantial personality
[FINAL FATE]
Last seen lolling naked in bed after failing to turn Dudley Moore into a Ravel fan

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