ARTIST OF THE YEAR

ELISABETH MOSS

To say that 2017 was Elisabeth Moss’s year is an understatement. She knocked four incredible projects out of the park: The Square, the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Top of the Lake playing the tortured yet determined Detective Griffin; Mad to Be Normal as the wife of a famously nutty psychiatrist; and of course, in The Handmaid’s Tale, where she perfectly embodied the enslaved narrator Offred, a role that garnered the actress a well-deserved Emmy and a Golden Globe.

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Most Provocative Film

GET OUT

Thank you, Jordan Peele for scaring the hell out of us with a blessedly fictional tale of abduction and slavery, while artfully exposing the horrifying realities of racism.

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Sexiest Film

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Director Guillermo del Toro fulfills our adolescent fantasies of being swept away by a sexy beast. A. Very. Sexy. Beast.

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Atomic Blonde

Sexiest Trailer

ATOMIC BLONDE

Sex Goddess Charlize Theron busts a move on her enemies then makes a move on the delicious Sofia Boutella in a volcano-hot hallway. Ka-boom.

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Frances McDormand Three Billboards

Most Provocative Trailer

THREE BILLBOARDS IN EBBING, MISSOURI

Recognized as the best trailer—ever—the moment it came out, it showcases the evocative and riotous dialogue of screenwriter/director Martin McDonagh and reveals what we already knew: Frances McDormand is a true badass.

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Best Film Kiss

TIMOTHEE CHALAMET AND ARMIE HAMMER IN
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Reminding us of the intoxicating innocence of that first real kiss with your first true love. Heaven.

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Atomic Blonde Kiss scene

Best Film Sex Scene

ATOMIC BLONDE: CHARLIZE THERON AND SOFIA BOUTELLA

Fantastic climax… and the movie’s only half way over.

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Armie Hammer Call Me By Your Name

Sexiest Performance in a Film – Male

ARMIE HAMMER IN CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

The slow seduction of his young lover is sweet and oh-so-erotic.

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Charlize Theron Atomic Blonde

Sexiest Performance in a Film – Female

CHARLIZE THERON IN ATOMIC BLONDE

Not only does Charlize kick ass, she does it in high heels.

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Daniel Kaluuya Get Out

Most Provocative Performance in a Film – Male

DANIEL KALUUYA IN GET OUT

Watching the British actor get woke to his life-threatening situation is truly terrifying.

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Francis McDormand

Most Provocative Performance in a Film – Female

FRANCES MACDORMAND IN THREE BILLBOARDS IN EBBING, MISSOURI

We suspect the role of the angry, vengeful, righteous mother was written specifically, for this formidable actress.

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Allison Williams Get Out

Sexiest Villain in a Film

ALLISON WILLIAMS IN GET OUT

She’s so pretty and smart, she can’t possibly be the catalyst behind the abduction of young, healthy African American men. Oh but she is. Pure evil.

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Most Provocative Documentary

WHOSE STREETS?

A powerful battle cry for civil and human rights is heard loud and clear in this boots on the ground doc about the protests in Ferguson, MO following the killing of a young black man, Mike Brown, at the hands of the local police.

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Best Sexual Tension Between Characters in a Film

ELISA ESPOSITO AND THE ASSET IN THE SHAPE OF WATER

Watching Elisa and her amphibious lover flirt over hard boiled eggs is magical.

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Handmaids Tale

MOST PROVOCATIVE TV SHOW

HANDMAID'S TALE

The Handmaid’s Tale, which swept the Emmys and the Globes, sparked a fire in feminists everywhere—especially in the current political climate—making this one of the most talked about series in 2017.

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Photograph of Anna’s character Erica Myles in The Girlfriend Experience Season 2 in bed with escort Anna Garner.

SEXIEST TV SHOW

THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

Like the Soderbergh film it’s based on, TGE is the antithesis of sexiness, but in its own post-modern way, that just makes it even more boundary-pushing in its explicit and titillating content. It invokes shame and arousal in the viewer and is a truly unique “experience.”

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Photograph of Jane played by Shailene Woodley and Madeline played by Reese Witherspoon at the costume party at the end of Big Little Lies, Season

BEST TV SOUNDTRACK

BIG LITTLE LIES

Big Little Lies deftly utilized music as a storytelling tool. From Frank Ocean and Alabama Shakes to Leon Bridges and Neil Young, Big Little Lies has one of the best TV soundtracks ever assembled.

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Naomi Watts in a TV Kiss with one of her female patients in tv show Gypsy

BEST TV KISS

NAOMI WATTS AND ANYONE-GYPSY

The highly sexualized psychological thriller, Gypsy, was cancelled but we’ll always have the memories of Naomi Watts making out with…well, everybody—her husband, her girlfriend, her various strange lovers.

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BEST TV SEX SCENE

CLAIRE and JAMIE-OUTLANDER

Without a doubt, Claire and Jamie in Outlander are the sexiest couple on television. These star-crossed lovers wouldn’t let war, strife, or hundreds of years across time stop them from meeting up and having some of the hottest sex we’ve ever seen.

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Jamie, the Scottish highlander, is a smoking hot stud muffin. Not since the glory days of Sean Connery have we hungered for a hunk in a kilt.

SEXIEST MALE TV PERFORMENCE

SAM HEUGHAN-OUTLANDER

Jamie, the Scottish highlander, is a smoking hot stud muffin. Not since the glory days of Sean Connery have we hungered for a hunk in a kilt.

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Photograph of Naomi Watts as the therapist character Jean in tv series Gypsy

SEXIEST FEMALE TV PERFORMANCE

NAOMI WATTS-GYPSY

Naomi Watts in Gypsy was pitch-perfect as Jean Holloway, the sexiest, most messed up therapist ever. We shouldn’t want her to be our shrink…but we really do!

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Photograph of Kevin Bacon as the character Dick in I Love Dick TV Series

MOST PROVOCATIVE TV MALE PEFORMANCE

KEVIN BACON-I LOVE DICK

We love Bacon, and we love “Dick.” Need we say more?

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The Deuce Star Candy played by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal wearing one of her blonde afro wigs

MOST PROVOCATIVE FEMALE TV PERFORMANCE

MAGGIE GYLLENHALL-THE DEUCE

In The Deuce, Maggie Gyllenhaal pushes the boundaries of what we never thought we’d see on TV—even on HBO. Her X-rated “facial” scene (which is hilariously G-rated in reality), will go down in history as one of the craziest scenes we’ve ever seen.

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Group sex orgy with the cast of Outlander, the tv series

BEST TV GROUP SEX

SENSE8

One of the hottest shows on TV, Sense8 returns this year for a final, feature-length special, which will serve as the grand climax, er, finale. Hopefully, it has another orgy scene like that one time…

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PHOTOGRAPH OF JOHN SNOW & DANENERYS OF GAME OF THRONES HAVING SEX

BEST TV WRONG SEX

JON & DANENERYS-GAME OF THRONES

Jon Snow and Danenerys may play aunt and nephew on the HBO epic, but at least they were unaware of their shared lineage when they had hot, steamy sex in the GoT season finale. That’s some comfort, right?

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Alexander Skarsgard as Perry White wearing a wife-beater tank is the sexiest tv villain of the year perfectly embodies the classic "secret" abuser: handsome, white, rich, and always on the edge of violent rage.

SEXIEST TV MALE VILLAIN

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD-BIG LITTLE LIES

As wife beater Perry White, Alexander Skarsgard perfectly embodies the classic “secret” abuser: handsome, white, rich, and always on the edge of violent rage. He deserves all of the awards he’s being given.

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Photo of Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, the sexiest female villian in HBO Series Game of Thrones- sitting on the throne with short cropped blonde hair wearing a crown.

SEXIEST TV FEMALE VILLAIN

LENA HEADEY in GAME OF THRONES

Cersei Lannister has been through hell and back (remember her naked “shame” walk?), and this past season of GoT saw her come back with a vengeance. Hell hath no fury, indeed.

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KEVIN BACON & KATHERINE HAAN-I LOVE DICK

BEST SEXUAL TENSION BETWEEN CHARACTERS

KEVIN BACON & KATHERINE HAAN-I LOVE DICK

Artist/provocateur Dick is hot and aloof, exactly what Chris, a frustrated filmmaker, needs to go off the deep end. Her palpable desire and his calculated unawareness of it, are crazy, sexy, and cool.

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Sexiest Music Video

"I DON'T WANNA LIVE FOREVER" BY ZAYN AND TAYLOR SWIFT

Appearing on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, the music video features Zayn Malik & Taylor Swift longing for each other through bitter rain, snappy paparazzi, and sultry hotel rooms knowing they “don’t wanna live forever” without each other.

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Sexiest Song

"SO GOOD" BY ZARA LARSSON

So Good by Zara Larsson delivers the glittery goodness with its infectious hooks and pop sensibility that will make you beg for more. The 20-year-old Swedish singer brings a lot of sex appeal, as she boasts about the empowerment of her vagina, which as the song suggests, is “so good, so good, so good, so good!”

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Most Provocative Music Video

"DISCO TITS" BY TOVE LO

“Disco Tits” by Tove Lo is already a provocative song, so why not pair it with a provocative music video, which features the Swedish pop star seducing a Muppet, while on a drug-fueled sex romp through the American Southwest.

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Most Provocative Song

1-800-273-8255 BY LOGIC FEATURING ALESSIA CARA AND KHALID

Being a teenager is hard enough, but growing up when no one wants to accept you as the person you are can be even harder. Logic’s very thoughtful music video for “1-800-273-8255” – which is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – is an emotional breakthrough for gay teens in America.

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Cold War Kids Mystical kiss

Best Music Video Kiss

LOVE IS MYSTICAL, COLD WAR KIDS

The centerpiece of the music video for “Love is Mystical” from Cold War Kids is a lot of kissing! A group of couples from various backgrounds and lifestyles come together to enjoy the human connection that only comes with being deeply intimate with someone.

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Jason Derulo

Sexiest Male Artist

JASON DERULO

American singer/songwriter Jason Derulo had a hot and sexy 2017 with hit singles like “Educate Ya” with Pitbull and “Swalla” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. Derulo is also one of Provokr’s Bad Boys of Music.

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Selena Gomez

Sexiest Female Artist

SELENA GOMEZ

While she topped Spotify and YouTube with a number of hit singles like “It Ain’t Me,” “Fetish,” and “Wolves,” Selena Gomez also dipped into TV as an executive producer on the hit teen drama 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.

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Best Music Video Direction

PETRA COLLINS FOR "FETISH"

Instead of making a highly sexualized music video, director Petra Collins took her inspiration from horror movies for “Fetish” by Selena Gomez. The result is a bizarrely beautiful piece of visual art that is filled with suggestive and metaphorical imagery.

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Most Provocative Artist

KENDRICK LAMAR FOR DAMN.

While it received a lot of commercial success, Damn. from Kendrick Lamar is a powerful album that centers around the rapper’s social conscience, political mind, and unwavering creativity. Damn, this album is great!

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Best Live Performance

CAMILO CABELLO ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON

The Cuban-American singer/songwriter Camila Cabello gave two sultry performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon over the span of a few months in late 2017 and early 2018 and both were smoking hot! Cabello has a knack with making you feel that she’s just performing for you and on The Tonight Show, she did it twice with the songs “Havana” and “Never Be the Same.”

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DJ of the Year

MARSHMELLO

Marshmello is one of the most sought-after producers working in the music industry today. He’s responsible for some of the hottest songs of the year, such as “Chasing Colors” with Ookay featuring Noah Cyrus, “Silence” featuring Khalid, and Selena Gomez’s “Wolves.”

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Portugal The Man

Best New Artist

PORTUGAL. THE MAN.

Portugal. The Man. released their breakthrough album Woodstock during the summer of 2017. The album’s lead single “Feel It Still” was the band’s first #1 hits song on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart.

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SEXIEST FASHION DESIGNER

ANTHONY VACCARELLO-YVES SAINT LAURENT

We are in love with the the “seductive madness” of Anthony Vaccarello at YSL.  Ulta-cool, Ultra -wearable and Ultra-fun clothes for every encounter.

 

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MOST PROVOCATIVE DESIGNER

THOM BROWNE:  FALL/WINTER-MEN

Thom Browne’s mens runway show was a creepy procession of male clones wearing platform hooves, tweed caps and gray suits that were proportionally bizarre and stitched like Frankenstein.  The look was finished with comical white face paint, black lipstick and large round gray spectacles.

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SEXIEST AD CAMPAIGN

TOM FORD

This Dominatrix inspired campaign shot by Mario Sorrenti, featuring super cool model Binx Walton is not only sexy but empowering!  Mr. Ford you are always amazing!

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Photograph of one of the diverse couples having sex in Eckhaus Latta's 2017 fashion campaign shot by photographer Heji Shin.

MOST PROVOCATIVE AD CAMPAIGN

ECKHAUS LATTA

Eckhaus Latta enlisted a diverse group of 30 something couples to not only wear their spring 2017 collection, but to have real sex in front of the camera for the photographer Heji Shin.  Now that’s provocative!  “For us, it was really important to think of sex as something really natural and not something fabricated, hyper-sexualized, or taboo,” Mike Eckhaus said.

 

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SEXIEST FEMALE MODEL

STELLA MAXWELL

Kristen Stewart’s girlfriend super British fashion model Stella Maxwell is PROVOKR’s pick for the sexiest model of the year and Kristen’s too!

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SEXIEST MALE MODEL

JEREMY MEEKS-"World's Hottest Felon"

Jeremy Meeks is hands down the sexiest male model of the year.  This bad boy was especially beautiful and steamy walking in Philipp Plein’s pool side resort show!

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MOST PROVOCATIVE FASHION VIDEO

NICK KNIGHT, GARETH PUGH, OLIVIER DE SAGAZAN COLLABORATION

Haute-goth designer, Gareth Pugh worked with Nick Knight and radical performance sculptor Olivier de Sagazain to create a dark, otherwordly and spine-chilling film inspired by avant-garde Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director Federico García Lorca’s acclaimed essay, “Play and Theory of Duende ”  Creepy good!

 

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SEXIEST FASHION VIDEO

SHEER BY NICK KNIGHT-BRITT LLOYD FEATURING KYLIE JENNER

Kylie Jenner under the creative direction of Nick Knight, along with photographer Britt Lloyd, have created Sheer, the sexiest fashion video of the year.   Set to Travis Scott’s ‘Goosebumps’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, watching this gave us goosebumps.

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Photograph of blockbuster tribute runway show to Gianni Versace that ended with Donatella and five of the original supermodels – Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and the former French first lady Carla Bruni – taking to the catwalk together, ...

MOST PROVOCATIVE RUNWAY SHOW

VERSACE HOMAGE TO GIANNI VERSACE

Donatella’s amazing runway tribute to her brother that culminated with five of the original supermodels – Cindy CrawfordNaomi CampbellClaudia Schiffer,Helena Christensen and the former French first lady Carla Bruni.

 

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SEXIEST RUNWAY SHOW

TOM FORD SPRING-SUMMER 2018

Like’s Tom Ford’s latest fragrance, Tom Ford’s Spring-Summer runway show was ‘Fucking Fabulous’.  The collection was confident, expertly cut, and when paired with a plunge-front, backless jumpsuit on Mica Argañaraz, it was all drop dead sexy……. beyond even his Gucci shows of old.

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The Short Film Come Directed by Kristen Stewart is the Most Provocative Short Film or Video for 2017 according to PROVOKR

Most Provocative Video/Short Film

COME SWIM-KRISTEN STEWART

Written and directed by KRISTEN STEWART for the powerful short film that is elegant and magnificent in its visual storytelling yet painful and haunting in its words and both drive us to become mesmerized by a young man’s birthday and totally disturbed and yet then oddly comforted by something somehow familiar.

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SEXIEST VIDEO

ALYX & NICK KNIGHT-I AM VELOCITY

Nick Knight is the master of sexy fashion videos and should never stop making these incredible assaults on our senses. The luxury streetwear label’s designer Mathew Williams and Nick Knight take us on a thrilling night ride through London on a motorcycle paired with sexual explorations. The black and white is stupendous, magical and sexy and the song makes it only more impactful and eerie.

 

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YSL campaign video shot by Anthony Vaccarello and Nathalie Canguilhem featuring Mica Arganaraz and Charlotte Gainsbourg is the Most Erotic Video of 2017 according to PROVOKR

MOST EROTIC VIDEO

YSL CAMPAIGN VIDEO FEATURING MICA and CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG

Directed by Anthony Vaccarello and Nathalie Cangullhem,  this short video for YSL starring “it girls” Mica Argañaraz and Charlotte Gainsbourg dancing in a sensuous tunnel of pulsating light is titillating in every sense as we feel the sexual tension between the two immediately and stay for every nuance.

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robert rauschenberg

The Best Museum Exhibition

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS at MoMA

ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS at MoMA was a brilliant and exemplary illustration of an artist who reshaped post-war art practices. It was a truly stunning and breathtaking display of his work.

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The Best Gallery Exhibition

LOUIS FRATINO: SO, I'VE GOT YOU AT THIERRY GOLDBERG

Louis Fratino: So, I’ve Got You At Thierry Goldberg was a movingly intimate exploration into the nuances of male love and sexuality.

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Rei Kawakubo

Best Exhibition of Fashion as Art

REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARÇONS: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN AT THE MET

Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the In-Between at the Met wins for its mind-bogglingly deconstruction and reconstruction of traditional fabrics, colors, and garments, which resulted in something entirely surreal and remarkable.

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Barbara Hammer

Best Exhibition of Film or Video

BARBARA HAMMER: EVIDENTIARY BODIES AT THE LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM

Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum was an ecstatic homage to the original (and long overlooked) pioneer of queer cinema and video.

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Kara Walker

The Most Provocative Artist

KARA WALKER

Kara Walker was a powerhouse in 2017 with her critically-acclaimed exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. that directly criticized the recent rise of white supremacy, Trump, and the repetition of violent histories.

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Kerry James Marshall

Best Exhibition Curation

KERRY JAMES MARSHALL: MASTRY at MoCA LOS ANGELES

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at Moca Los Angeles was an elegant and triumphant finale for an exhibition that received praise for its spare installation and powerful narratives regarding painting, history, family, violence, and race.

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BEST EXHIBIT AT A MUSEUM OR GALLERY

Raghubir Sing's at the Met

RAGHUBIR SINGH’S AT THE MET was an education in light, portraiture, street photography, and color from a master. The images of India will stay with you a lifetime.

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Sexiest song lyrics

SLOW HANDS

Slow Hands by Niall Horan; Alexander Izquierdo; John Ryan; Julian Bunetta; Ruth Anne Cunningham; Tobias Jesso Jr. With a line like, “I just wanna take my time, we could do this all night,” this song seduces us hands down.

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Claire Danes

Most Provocative Audio Read

THE HANDMAID'S TALE BY CLAIRE DANES

The Handmaid’s Tale by Claire Danes was originally released in 2012, but Audible put out a special edition of the recording in 2017 to coincide with the Hulu series, and her reading is just as fascinating. Perhaps even more so.

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Monsters book cover

Most Provocative Book

MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS BY EMIL FARIS

Emil’s debut graphic novel, the diary a 10-year-old trying to solve a murder, is visually stunning and emotionally mining, and ultimately a tour de force.

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white tub woman

Most Provocative Poetry

RUPI KAUR

Rupi Kaur is a Canadian poet and illustrator has two books on the New York Times Bestseller list. Not bad for a 25-year-old feminist writing about love, loss, violence, and abuse.

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Ultraluminous book cover

Most Provocative Book Cover

ULTRALUMINOUS BY KATHERINE FAW

The cover perfectly illustrated the daring new novel about money, sex, and power.

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Call Me By Your Name

Most Erotic Book

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Call Me By Your Name, the audio version narrated by Armie Hammer. Who else can capture the sexiness of this romantic tale of first love, than the star of the sensuous film it’s based on? Pure delight.

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