Hotties 

They're reporters. They're lawyers. They're rockers.

What makes a person hot? Is it a Barbie-thin waistline, perky D-cups, and a J.Lo booty? Or perhaps a successful career, a well-fitted Armani suit, and a Texas-sized I.Q.? It's subjective, really. But there's no doubt that brains, style, and looks are all hotness factors.

Since Valentine's Day is upon us again, we've been thinking long and hard about our favorite local hotties. We even called together a hottie meeting to toss around names of potential candidates for our first-ever Memphis Flyer Hot List.

It was truly a bonding experience for our staff. We learned who had secret crushes on which local hotties. It was like a junior high slumber party sans the pillow fight. Anyway, after much deliberation (and some giggling), we narrowed our list down to those we consider to be the Bluff City's hottest men and women. You might want to get your fire extinguisher ready.

Hot Newscaster Bora Kim

Occupation: FOX 13 reporter Availability: Single

Whether it's the latest news on the mayor's lovechild or on-the-scene coverage of Memphis' hottest nightclubs, Fox 13's Bora Kim has it all without looking plastic or fake. Originally from Los Angeles, Kim moved to Memphis to work for Fox, and we're damn glad she did. Even when nothing interesting is happening, she's a good reason to watch the news.

Worst job you've ever had?
I used to wait tables at a sushi restaurant, and we had to learn all the names in Japanese. I'm Korean, but everyone thought I was Japanese.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
I'd select a female vice president.

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
Everyone says I look like Lucy Liu. I don't think I do, but it's just because I'm Asian.

What are you reading now?
Rowdy Memphis by John Branston.

Most embarrassing moment?
When I called Three Six Mafia Thirty-Six Mafia [on the air]. They warned me time after time, and I still said Thirty-Six Mafia.

Bad habits?
I have an insatiable appetite, and I don't eat very well. I eat candy bars for breakfast and dinner. I eat whenever I feel like it, and people hate me for it.

Favorite food?
Anything, but I love hole-in-the-wall hamburger places.

Favorite body part?
The hands. You can tell a lot by someone's hands.

Morning beauty regimen?
I've taken it to 10 minutes. Shower, turn on the news, put on my makeup in like two minutes, read the paper -- all at the same time.

Deal-breakers?
Lack of trust, incompatibility, lack of passion.

Hot Nurse Jason BodÇ

Occupation: R.N. Availability: Married

A couple of times a year, nurse Jason BodØ visits the Flyer offices to dole out B-12 shots to our staff. You have to sign up in advance, and for some strange reason the women in the office are the first to put their names on the list.

What's in your pocket right now?
Nothing. I've got sweats on.

Last book you read?
Chemistry 101.

Most embarrassing moment?
Getting caught running to the mailbox in my underwear.

What makes a person hot?
I guess the eyes. We'll keep it P.C.

Best gift you've ever given?
My love.

Favorite action figure/hero?
The Rock.

Mary-Kate or Ashley?
How about both?

Favorite movie?
The Matrix.

Best place to take a date in Memphis?
Krystal.

Turnoffs?
Hairy armpits on women.

Hot College Athlete

DeAngelo Williams

Occupation: U of M student/athlete Availability: Single

In high school, everyone wants to date the hot football star. For some of us, that desire has never left. Tiger tailback DeAngelo Williams, with his innocent-yet-mischievous smile, is the kind of guy we all have a crush on. He recently decided to stay at the U of M for another season rather than go pro. For that, we're very glad.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
I would address the starvation problem in the U.S.

Describe yourself in three words.
Caring, fun, and giving.

Best date you've been on?
Any date that does not exceed $50.

Turnoffs?
A woman who smokes!

Favorite fast food?
Rally's.

Mary-Kate or Ashley?
The one who is not in rehab.

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
Usher.

Last book you read?
Three Little Pigs. To a group of kids.

Favorite movie?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Butterfly Effect.

Time for the mile run?
Around 5 minutes.

Hot Media Personality Carol Coletta

Occupation: Consultant and producer/host of NPR's Smart City. Availability: Married

Radio talk-show host Carol Coletta is an in-charge woman who commands attention with her radio show, her public-policy and government projects, and that cute, short blond haircut.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
One frozen biscuit and Earl Grey tea.

Deal-breakers?
I'm really flexible. I used to think it was bad shoes, but I've gotten used to those. If a guy is a Republican or if he doesn't like basketball or ballet.

Worst date?
It was in high school when I had two dates in one night. It was very tense because I had a deadline.

Best place to take a date in Memphis?
If it were a new relationship, I'd go to the ballet or to a basketball game, so you could focus on what you're seeing. There's not too much pressure on the conversation.

What do you think about plastic surgery?
Scary. Though the older I get, the more tempted I am.

Do you play any instruments?
No, I wish I did. I grew up dancing. Back in South Memphis, you made a choice -- you either took dance or played piano.

Morning beauty regimen?
I wash my face with Dial soap and use my Oil of Olay Regenerist. Then wash my hair, dry it with a towel, and put my makeup on.

Have you ever been skydiving?
Yes, yes -- once -- but I did it, by God. I was organizing a group to go skydiving and I thought, I should do this.

Common Saturday afternoon activity?
By Saturday afternoon, I'm either sitting at my desk working or catching up. That's thrilling, isn't it?

Favorite food?
Dyer's french fries. I can't eat them often, but they're the best french fries in the world.

Hot Couple

Why do rock stars always get the supermodel girlfriends? Ben Nichols may not quite be a star yet, but he's definitely on the way. His girlfriend of three years, Mary Cullen Weeden, may not be a supermodel yet, but there's no doubt she's hot enough to join their ranks.

Ben Nichols

Occupation: Lead singer/guitarist of Lucero Availability: Taken

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
I've been told Billy Bob Thornton.

What's the craziest thing you've done while drunk?
I guess smashing my guitar on stage after a show and then getting kicked out of the club I'd just played.

Deal-breakers?
Overprotectiveness.

Most embarrassing moment?
Passing out on stage after a performance.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Legalize pot, even though I don't smoke it.

Mary Cullen Weeden

Occupation: Model Availability: Taken

Describe yourself in three words.
Messy, shy, a fun drunk.

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
I've heard Cameron Diaz, but I don't agree. Sometimes I hear Uma Thurman. And sometimes Madonna. It depends on my hairstyle.

Best feature?
Ben tells me my eyes or my tits. It's a toss-up.

Best date you've been on?
I don't like the idea of dates. The word freaks me out. Anywhere with Ben is a good date, even if it's on top of a dirt pile.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Separate church from state.

HOT FILMMAKER Morgan Jon Fox

Occupation: Filmmaker Availability: Taken ("I've found my soulmate.")

At 24, Morgan Jon Fox has released two full-length films. Last year's coming-out story Blue Citrus Hearts has been shown at film festivals around the country and has garnered numerous awards. His recently released Away (A)wake opened at the Malco with much local to-do. And he's got great fashion sense. The guy can put together an outfit with effortless ease. If you put fashion and film together, you get Hot.

Worst job you've ever had?
Subway sandwich shop for one day.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Resign.

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
Everyone says Quentin Tarantino.

Were you ever suspended in high school?
Yes. For fighting. I broke someone's nose.

Any pets?
A turtle named Aranga.

What makes a person hot?
An open mind and the ability to be serious yet absurd.

Superstar or Superfreak?
Superfreak!

Mary-Kate or Ashley?
Ugh. Neither God.

What was the last movie you saw?
Not counting my own, Tarnation.

Advice for would-be paramours?
Stay away.

Hot Dancer Virginia Pilgrim

Occupation: Professional ballet dancer Availability: Single

Toe shoes and pirouettes dominate this dancer's life. But there's always room for a handsome danseur to complete the pas de deux.

Describe yourself in three words.
Smiling, graceful, and optimistic.

Who would play you in a movie?
Probably the one who just did the boxing movie -- Hillary Swank. She seems like kind of a girl-next-door kind of girl. Maybe Jennifer Garner.

Favorite movie?
While You Were Sleeping. My sister and I can quote every single line.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Quaker instant oatmeal.

Deal-breakers?
If he's not a gentleman, if he thinks of himself first or his ego gets in the way.

Best place to take a date in Memphis?
I think the Melting Pot is a really romantic place for two people to go.

What makes a person hot?
Confidence is the main thing. Confidence in themselves, in the way they look, and the people they are.

Do you play any instruments?
My mom is a pianist, so I can play a little bit. I know three chords on a guitar.

What's the best gift you've ever been given?
Oh, this guy gave me a diamond necklace. It's gorgeous. It's definitely the best thing I've ever gotten.

Favorite body part?
I like guys' arms. Some guys have skinny but cut arms. I think that's good. On me, I like my eyes.

Hot Rockers Female Rock Unit #1 and Female Rock Unit #2

Occupation: Robot rockers Availability: Unknown

As members of the robot rock band Automusik, these units know who they are and what they want. Whether anyone else does is unclear. Just don't ask them to sing any songs by Lindsay Lohan.

Worst job you've ever had?
Responding to your inane inquiries.

Are there any causes you would die for?
The eradication of HOOBASTANK and any subsequent use of the word.

Last book you read?
Dr. Phil: How To Become a Pop-Culture Success by Aligning Yourself With Oprah.

What's in your pocket right now?
Anyone who pays to view us.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Lucero.

Deal-breakers?
Commonality, improper syntax, Totino's Pizza Rolls Cheesy Taco, movies that begin with Son of ... or end with "The legend continues," unconventional party favors, unqualified individuals, Tony Danza, and everything else.

Favorite food?
All processed meat and most pre-wrapped cheeses.

Best place to take a date in Memphis?
The concept of "dating" is for pubescent entities and persons who enjoy films featuring Lindsay Lohan.

Playa or long-term relationship type?
'Playa' is not a valid word.

What makes a person hot?
Long-sleeved outer garments filled with insulating fibers.

Hot Lawyer Arthur E. Horne III

Occupation: Attorney Availability: Single

This dapper Dan is a principal in the downtown law firm of Horne, Gilluly, and Wells. He knows his way around a courtroom and how to wear an Armani suit and has enough star quality that he was once considered for ABC's The Bachelor. Talk about type-casting. If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Make Camp David an adult amusement park.

Describe yourself in three words.

Some assembly required.

Turnoffs?
"Cankles": when you cannot tell the difference between someone's calves and ankles.

Favorite movie?
Shaft.

Last book you read?
The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Deal-breakers?
Hammertoes, with "cankles" running a close second.

Playa or long-term relationship type?
Playa looking for a long-term relationship.

What makes a person hot?
How hot they make me.

Recite two lines of your favorite poem.
"If you can walk with kings nor lose the common touch/ If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat these two impostors just the same." It's from Rudyard Kipling's If.

Favorite action-figure/hero?
Catwoman.

Advice for would-be paramours?
Proceed with caution.

Hot Web Columnist Cheri DelBrocco

Occupation: Political activist/part-timer in family financial business Availability: Married

Cheri DelBrocco is a longtime Democratic activist. She has written a widely read column for the Flyer Web site for the last two years. The title of her column is "Mad as Hell," and she is -- with passion and style.

Describe yourself in three words.
Mad as hell.

Which celebrity do you most resemble?
Some kind of weird hybrid of Kathie Lee Gifford, Toni Tenille, and Anne Archer.

What's the craziest thing you've done while drunk?
Talking to a Bush nut. That's as bad as a D.U.I.

Were you ever suspended in high school?
Yes, because I was wearing a split skirt to school. It violated the dress code.

Most embarrassing moment?
Volunteering to give a baby shower for a coworker, who turned out not to be pregnant.

Deal-breakers?

Smoking. Bush-Cheney bumper stickers.

Worst date?

A blind date in college, with a dude who was already very quiet. My best friend hid under a blanket in the backseat and popped up. That was a real conversation-stopper. Then there was the guy who took me to a Mexican restaurant, ordered the loaded nachos, and proceeded to tell me that Mexican food gave him uncontrollable gas and that he hoped I wouldn't mind. I minded a lot!

Any pets?

Teacup toy poodle named Chocco Del-Brocco.

Bad habits?

Chocolate. Red wine.

Favorite body part?

Toes. Because you can paint them.

Hot Capitalist Mark Thomas Goodfellow

Occupation: Owner of It's All Good Auto Sales Availability: Single

You've seen the commercials and the billboards and heard the radio spots. It's All Good Auto Sales is on South Third, but Goodfellow is everywhere, including the front row at every Grizzlies game.

Worst job you've ever had?
Never had a job until It's All Good. Before that, I was a professional greyhound gambler and was making a half million dollars a year traveling around the country doing that.

Describe yourself in three words.
Sexy, smart, soprano.

Turnoffs?
Dirt on my floors.

Favorite movie?
Goodfellas, Casino, Wild Streak

What's the last book you read?
The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Were you ever suspended in high school?
Yes, in eighth grade I attended a Catholic school and I was the class clown. I lifted the beanie off a nun's head and ran around the class with it.

What's in your pocket right now?
$6,700 cash from the car lot.

Best feature?
My butt or my smile.

Playa or long-term relationship type?
I was a player. Now I think I'm the best catch in the country.

What makes a person hot?
Her clothes, the way she handles herself, the way she sits down, the way she drinks her drink, the way she dances. A girl that everybody hasn't slept with, who has a good figure. I like women with their nails done and I like classy clothes.

Hot Professional Athlete James Posey

Occupation: Professional basketball player Availability: Single

This Grizzlies forward may be currently sidelined with a foot injury, but his charm and grace never take a day off. Instead of the usual machismo that accompanies professional athletes, Posey chooses to let his talent speak for itself. The self-professed shy-guy considers himself a homebody.

If you were president, what's the first thing you'd do?
Keep it real.

Which celebrity do you wish you could marry?
Nia Long.

Favorite movie?
Scarface.

Last book you read?
The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever by John Feinstein.

Most embarrassing moment?
On my first date I sneezed and farted at the same time.

Best feature?
My teeth.

Best gift you've ever given?
I bought my mom a house.

Favorite body part?
The mouth/lip area because it's what I look at first. I also like girls with a "poodle booty."

Mary-Kate or Ashley?
You can't go wrong with either one, because they're both rich.

Advice for would-be paramours?
Do you (be yourself).

Hot Spokesperson Diane Jalfon

Occupation: PR director at the Brooks Museum of Art Availability: Single

She knows a lot about art and artists, and she knows a lot about how to coax publicity out of the wariest of editors. It's not surprising that her biggest turn-on is brains. Are there any causes you would die for?
Fashion.

Last book you read?
The Master and Margarita.

Were you ever suspended in high school?
No, but I got kicked out of my sorority for throwing an unauthorized party.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
A latte from Otherlands.

Deal-breakers?
No imagination.

Favorite food?
Sushi.

Playa or long-term relationship type?
Why choose?

Best gift you've ever given?
Friendship.

What was the last movie you've seen?
Forty Shades of Blue, at the Sundance Film Festival.

Time for the mile run?
8:30 a.m., on a good day.

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