The 10 Sexiest First Ladies

From Grace Coolidge and Helen Taft to Jackie O and Michelle O, Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan ranks the hottest presidential spouses in American history.

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10. HILLARY CLINTON

A surprising choice, some might say. But there’s always been something oddly sexy about Hillary’s waspish temper, ferocious intelligence, and fighting qualities. Not a classical beauty, but quite a looker when she was younger, and can still turn heads when she gets the war paint out.

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9. ELLEN ARTHUR

Wide-jawed, strong cheek-boned, her dark eyes and brown braided hair made her one of the most classical beauties to ever grace the White House. She loved to ride, sing, and show off her fabulous figure in expensive dresses.

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8. HELEN TAFT

A severe looking lady in her official portraits, but she was considered a pretty hot bundle of flesh at the time. Her nickname was ‘Nellie’ and she ruled high American society until she suffered a stroke during her tenure at the White House. A feisty, highly political woman whose intellect matched her sex appeal.

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7. MARTHA WASHINGTON

Prone to extraordinarily figure-hugging bodices, Martha was the very first first lady, and set a high standard for presidential elegance, beauty and morale-boosting courage and spirit when things got tough.

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6. JULIA TYLER

A flirtatious, gray-eyed, fine-shouldered young woman who by the age of 20 was known as “The Rose of Long Island.” Julia was an impulsive, reckless creature prone to indiscretion and outrageous behavior, who loved being centre stage and had every rich man in town lusting after her until she opted for the widower President Tyler, 30 years her senior. Her life motto said it all: “The full extent or nothing.”

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5. GRACE COOLIDGE

A stylish, very smart, physically fit, tactful, amusing, and endlessly positive lady who loved wearing ostentatiously vivid dresses in bold, bright colors. But who could also throw a baseball better than most men she knew. The perfect American wife!

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4. LAURA BUSH

George W Bush has to have one saving grace, and it’s his wife. A warm, intelligent, and striking Southern belle who put up with her man’s increasing global unpopularity with extraordinary grace, charm and stoicism. And although she exudes that butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth trait so familiar to that part of America, I reckon there’s a saucy little devil lurking in there somewhere, don’t you?

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3. DOLLEY MADISON

Perhaps my favorite first lady of them all. A blue-eyed, fair-skinned, black-curly-haired, sassy firecracker with a penchant for snuff and elaborately feathered turbans. Her dresses dared to bare way back in 1818, when such enthusiastic displays of female flesh were almost a hanging offense. And her charm on the society circuit was as legendary as her wardrobe. ‘One helluva gal’ as John Wayne might say.

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2. MICHELLE OBAMA

Behind every great man, as the saying goes, is a great woman, and never was that truism more appropriate than with the current first lady. A stunningly attractive, strikingly athletic, vivacious young woman whose smile could ignite a dead fire, and whose sex appeal gives even Carla Bruni a run for her money on the world stage. Can she do for Obama what Jackie did for Kennedy? Yes, she can.

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1. JACKIE KENNEDY

The most glamorous wife in the history of politics, a ravishing, refined, talented lady who captured the world’s imagination in a way that no other female has surely ever done—with the possible exception of Cleopatra and Princess Diana. Jackie was 5 foot 8, brown haired, brown eyed, and almost unbelievably sexy.