People Magazine crowns ‘The Sexiest Man Alive’ each year, and it soon becomes the chatty stuff of watercooler fodder everywhere. Taking a cue from that American media institution, Star Trek can also crown a few beauties. The universe which Gene Roddenberry created boasts a cosmic collection of humans, aliens and something somewhere in between. The sci-fi show has been showcasing some of the most beautiful, sexy and unreal creatures for nearly 50 years now. Among them are alluring Borg babes, seductive casino workers, sexy Starfleet officers and cosmic creations, so incredible and original that they defy easy categorization. One thing’s for certain: Star Trek knows how to entice its fans with some of the sexiest women in the universe.
Lt. Uhura – Nichelle Nichols & Zoe Saldana – TOS
She’s the communications expert from Earth, who opens hailing frequencies and speaks with authority to virtually any man, woman, alien or entity anywhere in the galaxy. On Gene Roddenberry’s classic TV show, Nichelle Nichols fleshed out the role of Lt. Uhura, and lent a very necessary feminine touch to a program with a mostly male main cast. These days, in the big budget films from J.J. Abrams, Zoe Saldana has taken up the role and continued the legacy of classy sexuality that Nichols created by romancing Zachary Quinto’s Spock. Set your phasers on steamy!
The Borg Queen – Alice Krige – TNG
She is the beginning, the end, the one who is many. She is the Borg Queen. South African actress Alice Krige (Chariots of Fire) slipped into an unimaginably tight cat suit (mostly latex rubber prosthetics) and both a Star Trek villain and seductive temptress was born. As the cybernetic villain and ruthless mother hen protecting her Borg brood in the feature film, Star Trek: First Contact, Krige tried to tempt Data over to her dark side by promising him the joys of the flesh – literally. Star Trek: Voyager featured the return of Krige as the Queen of Borg bad in its final episode. She delighted us in tormenting Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and 7of9 (Jeri Ryan), and though apparently was destroyed in the end, we know just how resourceful she can be.
Leeta – Chase Masterson – DS9
She’s the Dabo girl with the delightful difference. Leeta, employee of Quark’s and eventual wife of his brother, the gadget guru Rom (Max Grodenchik), defined an other worldly sexuality. Actress Chase Masterson infused an irresistible playfulness into the character which endeared her to both fictional residents of station Deep Space Nine, and the fans who embraced her as first girlfriend to the enigmatic Dr. Bashir, and then main squeeze of the Ferengi Rom. One can only wonder what Leeta is up to these days, now that her hubby is the ruling Grand Nagus.
Yeoman Janice Rand – Grace Lee Whitney – TOS
Brought to life by actress Grace Lee Whitney (Some Like It Hot), Yeoman Rand was the go to gal for Captain Kirk. She’d coordinate his duties, bring him his coffee, meals, or make him sign that enormous Padd thingy, years before we used Android tablets or a stylus on our own iPad. Unfortunately, Whitney was dismissed from the show after only a season, but fans never forgot her ethereal beauty and inescapable sexuality which made guest villains like Charlie Evans pine away miserably for her.
Counselor Deanna Troi – Marina Sirtis – TNG
Captain Picard’s Enterprise did a lot of things differently from its predecessor, Captain Kirk’s Starship. It was much larger, far more powerful, allowed family members aboard – including kids – and stationed its own psychological therapist on the bridge. Deanna Troi sat alongside Patrick Stewart’s Picard for seven seasons, and was flanked on the other side by her one time love – Commander William (Jonathan Frakes) Riker. Sirtis always maintained a professionalism for Troi in her duties and interaction, but when time came to be personal, or even intimate, this excellent actress definitely knew how to turn on the feminine charm.
Vina – Susan Oliver – TOS
Co-starring alongside Jeffrey Hunter (Pike) in the pilot, “The Cage”, which was rejected by NBC, she’s the first openly sexual woman on Star Trek, and still one of its most unforgettable. Vina – with the help of powerful telepathic zookeepers, the Talosians – can appear as almost any woman – but all with a definite sexual energy. From intellectual scientist assistant to the landing party and survivors who never were, to the smoldering Orion Slave Girl dancing up an erotic storm for the entranced Christopher Pike on a faraway world, to the prim and proper girlfriend on a picnic in the pastoral environs of Earth, Vina truly defines the sheer sexual power of Gene Roddenberry’s incredible universe.
Martia – Iman – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
As an internationally known supermodel in the ultra competitive world of fashion, Iman knows something about what it takes to be sexy. Originally, screenwriter Denny Martin Flinn conceived the character of Martia as a tough, female space pirate. He envisioned Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) fleshing out the role. With those catlike, yellow eyes and her exotic alien accent (it’s her own native accent), Martia is one sexually mature creature ready for anything. That she’s also a shape shifter – and can change her height, weight, body hair amount and even gender, makes her one of the most versatile sexy women of the stars.
Lt. Jadzia Dax – Terry Farrell – DS9
How many lives can one person lead? We like to colorfully point to a person’s career as having many facets, phases or lives, but for the Trill, it’s literally the case. Beautiful actress Terry Farrell – who was also a top model – created this complex character of combination humanoid beauty host with a slug like symbiotic creature residing inside of her. The symbiont slug had lived for centuries retaining the memories of the previous humanoid hosts, who would die and then have to be replaced with a new host.