Emilia Clarke: Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, now has a new accolade to add to her royal bow – Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.
Of the decision to enlist the British actress, who shot to fame as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s record-breaking fantasy series, for a half-naked, bed-bound shoot for the magazine, Esquire wrote, “She manages to bring together a number of opposites, to make them natural: sweetness and toughness, emotionalism with a kind of cold-blooded determination.
“Something in these contrasts explains her sex appeal, too. She can play queen and kid sister, dominatrix and pal.”
Versatility aside, it is her consistency on the red carpet that caught our beady eye. Having recruited New York-based stylist Kate Young in 2012 to help her navigate her turn in Broadway’s spotlight, Clarke has since become a professional clotheshorse for the designers clamouring to dress her.
Here are our ten impossibly chic, and individual, reasons why the 28-year-old star is our own pin-up, as well as Esquire’s.
2012 Emmy Awards, wearing Chanel
“Emilia’s got a really feminine, fun sense of style. She looks great in clothes, but I especially love things that have a little wit on her,” Young told The Telegraph of her choices for Clarke. Case in point: the voluminous Chanel Resort 2013 look the star modelled effortlessly at 2012’s Emmys.
2012 SAG Awards, wearing Chanel
Chanel’s bewitching AW11 collection singled out Clarke as a fashion plate with personality.
2015 Radio 1 studios, London, wearing Dolce & Gabbana
We love the story behind Emilia Clarke’s crutches almost as much as we continually swoon over Dolce’s Mamma collection. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom she stars in 2015’s Terminator Genisys,“was trying to show me a dance move,” she told The Telegraph. “And I took it to a whole new special effects level, so that’s the result.”
2013 Game of Thrones season three LA premiere, wearing Victoria Beckham
“I love that this is so body conscious but also an unexpected silhouette and sort of architectural. It was important that her hair be so shiny and slick so that the look stayed modern and didn’t get too sexy,” said Young of the Victoria Beckham gown.
2015, Terminator Genisys LA premiere, wearing Rosie Assoulin
Rising New York Fashion Week star Rosie Assoulin was catapulted to red carpet fame thanks to Clarke’s decision to wear her AW15 cut-out striped organza gown in LA. The actress topped off her look with jewels from of-the-moment jewellery designer Delfina Delettrez, natch.
2013 Met Gala, wearing Ralph Lauren
Unlike the swarm of celebrities who choose to ignore the theme of the annual Met Gala, Clarke embraced the ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ dress code in blood red Ralph Lauren and a single statement Fred Leighton cross earring.
2013 Actors Fund Annual Gala, wearing Dior
Clarke continually returns to the strapless, form-fitting silhouette that suits her petite frame so well. Here she models Dior’s SS13 crystal mash-up with patent leather peep-toes.
2013 Dolce & Gabbana boutique opening, wearing Dolce & Gabbana
“There’s something about Emilia that just feels right in Dolce & Gabbana,” Young told The Telegraph back in 2013. And we wholeheartedly agree.
2015 Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibition, LA, wearing Louis Vuitton
Proving that she can model Louis Vuitton’s shiny leather wares just as well as the rest of Nicolas Ghesquière’s celebrity fan girls.
2014 Game of Thrones series four premiere, wearing Donna Karan
She might play a bleach-blonde medieval Queen in Game of Thrones, but the starlet gave the season four her own glossy Hollywood script in Donna Karan.