editors pick their ideal man/woman
Paltrow — “Eternal Grace”
When daddy goes to sleep at night, lush green fields with electric yellow
dandelions fill my head. I run barefoot, hand in hand, with the love of
my life through the thick blades of grass, with the sweet smell of summer
rushing over me.
She looks into my eyes and says, “Oh, Ryan” and I look into
hers and exclaim, “Oh, Gwyneth.”
Not only is Gwyneth Paltrow an absolute rocket, she is also that girl
you see in pictures with jeans and a form-fitting, button-down white shirt,
with little to no makeup on, who still makes you look up to the sky and
praise heaven that you were spawned a male.
Gwyneth, even though I unfortunately don’t know her personally,
looks like that girl who could look phenomenal after a day from hell,
keeping her humour all the while.
Katie Holmes — “The Girl
Maybe it’s how everything good about them is nestled gently under
the surface. Maybe it’s the way you’re more likely to find
them wearing an understated T-shirt and shorts ensemble than makeup. Maybe
it’s just a simple issue of accessibility. Whatever the reason,
the “girl next door” type has always rung my bell.
The girl next door prototype, is, of course, the girl across the creek
— Katie Holmes. I can’t help but wonder why the producers
of Dawson’s Creek insist on equipping Holmes’s character
Joey with a large vocabulary, when it is clearly evident and utterly unfair
that girls like her (of which, there are few) can win any argument with
It’s all about the intricacies; imperfections become endearing when
you factor in the innocence, or at least the illusion of it, that girls
next door project.
The only problem with these girls is finding the alleged neighbourhoods
they populate — I sure as hell haven’t lived in one yet.
I guess I’ll have to be patient, but when I think about all the
characteristics embodied by a girl like Katie Holmes, you guessed it,
“I don’t wanna wait.”
— Ryan Dixon
Shakira — “The foreign
There is something about foreign women that has always intrigued me, and
Shakira is the ultimate example.
First off, foreign women like her are damn sexy. From the tanned skin,
healthy figure and cute accent, to the flowing bleached blonde hair (a
love that began with Christina Applegate in Married With Children),
Shakira is like the Hot Lips of eye candy.
In fact, if she were a model car, her ad campaign might look something
Introducing the all new Shakira. This intelligent foreign model comes
with a nice sized trunk, a sleek rounded exterior, great handling, two
beautiful headlights and best of all, it does well on impact.
Credit must be paid to the accent. I don’t know why, but the “I
can barley speak a word of how you say, English” thing is appealing.
Then you get to teach them to say things like “I am sex machine”
and “Dale is the world’s best lover.” OK, the last one
might be a stretch.
— Dale Wyatt
Sarah Polley — “the eccentric
You can line up all the Gwyneths, Katies and Shakiras in the world, but,
in the end, they are a dime a dozen. The world is full of actresses and
rock stars who fit the flagbearing standard of modern feminine beauty,
and, while I won’t deny they can make my heart (and other body parts)
flutter, they’re not the kind of girl that can cast a permanent
spell over my heart.
Sarah Polley, Canadian indie-movie queen, fiery activist and unconventional
beauty, quite handily fits my recipe for enchantment — a woman whose
eyes speak of an army of intriguing secrets that lay just beneath her
cool veneer, and unconsciously seductive half-smile.
She’s the kind of woman you could spend endless hours of conversation
with, enspelled by her thoughts on politics, social issues, literature
and pop culture, while aching the whole time to brush that loose strand
of hair from her face (and knowing it would be tough to stop there).
Maybe it’s the lefty in her — the activist charm — or
her ability to look inherently adorable in a ratty old T-shirt or vintage
clothing; maybe it’s knowing that I wouldn’t be waking up
to meaningless, awkwardconversation.
Sarah — just one kiss and then we’ll take on “The Man”
Matthew Good — “The Brooding
Before you even say it; he’s NOT an asshole — he’s just
misunderstood by a lot of people and has been misrepresented by the media
time and time again.
Matthew Good has been my ideal man for quite some time now, and he doesn’t
show any signs of slowing down in the race with a new album and a London
tour date on the horizon.
Why would sweet-as-sugar Maggie choose a rebellious, asshole-ish rocker
There are a lot of reasons, but the main ones are: he’s smarter
than you, talented as hell and never shies away from speaking his mind.
I need a man who won’t cower in the corner, but will be able to
step up and tell those “Dubya” supporters where to go —
Matt is that kind of man.
Whether it is through his writing, his music or his tumultuous interviews,
Matt always stays true to himself and his own values and opinions. He’s
the antithesis of the subdued, polite Canadian man.
Have I mentioned that he’s published a book, broken up with his
problematic band for good (ha, ha) and written some of the greatest, most
important rock music to ever come out of Canada? Plus, he likes soccer
and has nice lips. What more could you ask for, really? Matt Good for
president AND prime minister.
I rest my case.
— Maggie Wrobel
Theodore — “Euro-hot athlete”
Hockey players are the gladiators of our age. Their athletic skill, hyper-masculinity
and physique-emphasizing equipment all add up to a rather attractive package.
That said, Montreal Canadiens’ goalie José Theodore is by
far the most attractive gladiator in the NHL. Beyond José’s
prowess in guarding his team’s net, his smoldering “Euro-hot”
looks are enough to earn this girl’s nomination for any number of
I have been reminded numerous times that José is Quebecois and
not in fact European, but “Euro-hot” is a state of mind and
a look that has little to do with actual pedigree.
José’s luxurious dark hair (hockey hair, not a mullet)
flopping in his eyes and tousled by the effort of a game is the most crucial
element of his Euro-hotness.
José’s flashing dark eyes add an adorable quality that makes
his hotness more accessible.
All this would be enough to melt any rink, but coupled with the intensity
and sweaty dishevelment of a professional hockey player fresh off the
ice, it is nearly primal in its attractiveness.
— “The Dirty Dancer”
OK, so maybe I am living in the past, but Patrick Swayze circa Dirty
Dancing was damn hot.
that man enters the screen with his tight shirt and his muscles ripping
through — wow. Even after watching the movie more times than I should
admit, he still makes my knees go week — especially when that shirt
As a naïve little girl watching the movie for the first time, there
was always something about Swayze lifting actress Jennifer Gray in the
water that made me wish I was her. Part of it was the romantic aura of
the water, but a larger part of it was Patrick having no shirt on.
I’m willing to admit his pants are a little tighter than I like
them, but they aren’t too tight — they still leave things
up to the imagination.
So, besides my superficial love for his body, what makes me wish I could
take myself back to the 80s and enjoy a little bit of “lover boy”
for myself? He is a rebel with a conscience. He has that free-spirited
side to him that drives me crazy, but is still a caring guy underneath
Plus, he has that one big asset that very few guys have: he can dance.
There is nothing sexier than a man who can dance.
Depp — “The Dark Sensitive Type”
Some may say that his day has come and gone, but to me, Johnny Depp is
even more beautiful today than he was in his rookie years.
no doubt that Depp is an attractive man, but he has a dark side that makes
him much more interesting than most of the cookie-cutter Hollywood leading
men. As such, Depp’s role as Edward Scissorhands becomes infinitely
more desirable than “lady-killers” like Jerry Maguire.
Due to his incredible ability to portray angst and passion, Depp has a
definite talent for taking on tortured roles. Though he is often made
to look “pretty,” it is during Depp’s moments of darkness
that his beauty truly shines.
At the same time, Depp’s eyes convey a sensitivity and emotional
depth that almost pierces the soul. Though he can appear dark and dangerous,
Depp is clearly a true romantic beneath his tough exterior. Someone who
would probably not fall in love easily, but if he did, he’d fall
Conversations with Johnny Depp would, no doubt, be filled with passion
and meaning, as opposed to boring superficiality. His perfect blend of
mystery and genuine emotion makes him a guy worth the chase.