Diane Lane; © Charles Sykes\Everett Collection

You've seen the "hottest girls on the planet" type lists before. The problem is that those lists are less about the women, and more about who has the best publicists and plastic surgeons. We're not doing that here. We understand that most women (and men) generally don't come into their own until they're at least in their 30s. And besides, there's a whole lot more that goes into being "sexy" than starving yourself or being drunk on YouTube.

Yes, raw physical beauty is taken into account here, but one must consider the whole package. As we get older, the definition evolves the same way we do.  How she carries herself, her attitude, and how she conducts her life are every bit as important as how she looks. A woman with no redeeming social value might be "hot" (*cough* Paris Hilton), but she'll never be truly sexy.

This list isn't perfect. It's populated primarily by actresses and other highly visible women, therefore ignoring a wealth of lesser-known, but equally sexy candidates.

OK, we're done equivocating. Without further ado, here are the sexiest women over 35, as judged by the editors here at MSN Lifestyle: Men.

SLIDESHOW: The Sexiest Women Over 35

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