The Ten Most Notorious Nerd Queens
There are certain types of women that seem specifically tailored to catch the attention of the nerd population. It helps to be bookish and awkward, and a pair of glasses doesn’t hurt, but the most important factor is the rare-but-genuine appreciation of typically geeky things. Being a nerd queen doesn’t mean she needs to know her way around a joystick, she doesn’t even need to know who Tim Drake is. What matters is that the nerd population has the general belief that this woman is awesome, likely for her ability to look past Cheeto-covered fingers. Presented here are ten of the most famous ladies that nerds can’t get enough of, featuring a poll at the bottom to help us determine once and for all which one deserves the prestigious title of “Nerd Queen”.
One part co-host on Attack of the Show!, one part Daily Show correspondent, all babe, Olivia Munn has made a name for herself by being cute and being eye-candy on television programs nerds watch. Considering her incredibly brief cameo in Iron Man 2 made headlines all over the Internet, there is no doubt that she’s charmed her way into the hearts of dorks everywhere.
Ah, Kari Byron. There’s something undoubtedly sexy about a woman whose job involves handling tools and blowing things up. Part of Mythbusters‘ “Build Team”, Kari’s enthusiasm for firepower and her other impressive credentials have made her one of the show’s biggest draws.
Although she’s not particularly known for anything too geeky (other than Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Zooey Deschanel embodies that indie image that nerdy guys typically fall for. There’s just something intoxicating about the mixture of a quirky personality and a massive set of bangs.
Another example of G4’s “hot girls can make anything entertaining” tactic, Webb not only won Playboy’s “Sexiest TechTV Techie” poll but has legitimate nerd credentials as a video game columnist for FHM.
Fans of the sitcom Community already know about Alison Brie, and those who don’t have been missing out. It takes a lot to play a character more repressed than Michael Cera without being unbearably annoying. Not only does she pull it off, but does so while maintaining her sex appeal, which is more than he could ever hope to accomplish.
One of the most respected television writers of our time, Tina Fey‘s legions of fans appreciate more than her just her glasses. Few things appeal to nerds as much as the idea that there might just be a girl out there more awkward than them, especially a girl that’s so damn hilarious too.
By marrying Christopher Knight (Peter Brady from The Brady Bunch), Adrianne Curry gave hope to losers everywhere. In addition to being a Star Wars fan and World of Warcraft player, Curry is a big cosplay enthusiast, which means she makes a habit of making nerds’ dreams come true by filling out those costumes in the right places.
A great actress and Harvard graduate, Natalie Portman appeals to several degrees of nerdosity. The hipster crowd may have dug her role in Garden State, but she certainly got the most nerd respect because of her role as Queen Amidala in the new Star Wars films. Common, that white outfit was the only thing that got most of us to the end of Attack of the Clones anyway. Appearing as a stripper in Closer wasn’t bad either.
The only real “badass” on the list, Summer Glau has made a career out of roles where she frequently dispatches rooms of armed goons. From Firefly to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, she currently holds the monopoly on kicking ass and taking names in the realm of science-fiction, and she looks good doing it too.
From voicework on the Assassin’s Creed games to her roles on Veronica Mars and Heroes, Bell has always appealed to the nerd crowd. Of course, her fandom for some of the geekier aspects of popular culture doesn’t hurt either.
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