This week, Rachael Leigh Cook — you remember, the geeky but super hot art student-turned-prom queen in "She's All That" whose career highlight since then has been a recurring role on USA Network's "Psych" — flung herself back into the news by denouncing fashion and beauty magazines' Photoshopping of pictures of women. "It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false," Cook said.
The "controversy" got me thinking about a funny observation a friend once made about the career of Alicia Silverstone. Following the Aerosmith videos and "Clueless," he argues, she was poised to be the next big young, hot blonde Hollywood starlet. Then Reese Witherspoon came along and basically stole every role that was ever destined for Silverstone. So who is Cook's counterpart in the Silverstone-Witherspoon corollary? Which young, smoking-hot brunette came along at just the right time and stole her thunder? Was it Natalie Portman? Jessica Alba-Biel? Rachel McAdams? How about Minka Kelly? Too late to the game, I guess.
Anyway, we think Cook looks hot whether she's Photoshopped or not, so check out a gallery of 30 of her sexiest photos after the jump.