What is Sexy? Discussing fish tacos, Taylor Swift, and randy pandas with Martha Hunt
Victoria's Secret Angel Martha Hunt celebrates the 2015 What Is Sexy? List in San Diego at the USS Midway on Sept. 26 in San Diego. / Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret
Victoria's Secret Angel Martha Hunt poses at Victoria's Secret store at Fashion Valley Mall on Sept. 26. / Photo by Thomas Melville
Apparently, San Diego is sexy. At least that's what Victoria's Secret's Twitter fans concluded. The popular lingerie company recently released its 2015 What Is Sexy? List, and America's Finest City earned the Sexiest City title, via voting on Twitter.
That honor came with a reward – Victoria's Secret Angel Martha Hunt – who visited the company's store at Fashion Valley Mall Saturday afternoon. That's where I come in.
Local scribes were given around five minutes each to speak with Hunt and discuss the sexiness of San Diego. Ushered in by a publicist after a 20-minute delay, I had my chance to question an angel. Hunt, blonde with blue eyes, wore a skin-tight dark blue dress with high heels, stood in front of a wall of colorful bras and sipped iced coffee.
Me? Bulky and bearded, I wore my best flipflops and couldn't help but feel sexy.
I did my homework on Hunt. She's 5-10, from Wilson, N.C. and a 26-year-old model. OK, there wasn't much to go on.
I played the interview straight at first, but somewhere along the way the subject of animal husbandry and horny pandas got her giggling. How did we get there? Read the conversation below and, as always, stay sexy, San Diego.
TM: What's the sexy list?
MH: It's about honoring the hottest, most inspiring women in Hollywood. And this year the fans got to vote for a couple of the categories, and that's why San Diego won sexiest city. That's why we're here.
The list has the sexiest eyes, sexiest bikini body, sexiest smile, sexiest legs, sexiest sense of humor, which went to my girl Amy Schumer – I think she's hilarious.
TM: You were in Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video?
MH: I was. It was awesome and exciting. I was Home Slice because I slice people with my swords. Tayor is a pal. She won sexiest legs. Can you think of someone who deserved it more? Her legs are incredible.
TM: You did your first runway show in Paris?
MH: Yes, my first runway show was in Paris. I was 18. I didn't do any runway until I graduated high school. Sort of went from Wilson, N.C. to Paris. I stopped in New York City briefly but then went on to Paris.
TM: How was that?
MH: The beginning was daunting, but I've come a long way since then. I've come a long way from Wilson, N.C. All the way to San Diego.
TM: What's sexy about San Diego?
MH: I think because it's summer all year-round here so people can wear sexy clothes – bikinis and shorts – all the time. I think people feel sexier and dress sexier in the warm weather.
TM: What makes someone sexy?
MH: It's really about an inner confidence. I think it comes from the inside out. Also, wearing Victoria's Secret lingerie helps. How can you not feel sexy wearing that?
TM: What do you like about San Diego?
MH: It's such a beautiful city with the beaches and waterfront. I visited Coronado, the Midway museum and Balboa Park – that was a beautiful and sexy place. Plus, Ron Burgundy lives here. He's kind of a big deal. Are you from here?
TM: No, I moved from New York.
MH: And you came here because it's so sexy, right?
TM: Yes, that's the first thing I look for in a city. I thought about Miami or L.A., but decided on sexy San Diego. I thought I would fit right in.
TM: What else do you like about San Diego?
MH: The people, the energy and the food. The food is great here.
TM: How was your fish taco for lunch?
MH: How did you know? Did someone text you that? Can you smell it on me – oh, that's not sexy.
TM: I just guessed. It's the first thing people eat when they visit San Diego.
MH: It was great. Loved it.
TM: Anything else sexy about San Diego?
MH: I don't know, maybe the zoo. The zoo's a sexy place, right? There's probably a lot of sex going on at the zoo.
TM: Um, yeah, maybe between the animals?
MH: (Laughs.) Yeah, the animals are always having sex.
TM: Especially those pandas, they are always going at it.
MH: (Laughs.) Yeah, those pandas, they're like rabbits. Always at it … (Laughs.) Oh, no, where am I going with this … I've gotten way off track here.
(The publicist says Martha has another interview to get to.)
MH: Thank you, Tom. Are you going to stick around and shop? Maybe buy a dress for yourself? (Laughs.)
TM: Um, maybe, but let's keep that on the downlow.
MH: (Laughs.) Stay classy.