Derek Jeter's Girlfriend Minka Kelly: Esquire's 2010 Sexiest Woman Alive

by 2:12 PM PDT, October 11, 2010
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Minka Kelly follows in the footsteps of such hotties as Kate Bekinsale, Halle Berry and Jessica Biel now that she has been named Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.

The 30-year-old actress, who found fame on the critically acclaimed "Friday Night Lights," is beautiful, athletic and dating Yankees great Derek Jeter.

She tells the magazine, "Done with the twenties. I'm confident -- confident in my skin, and I'm cool with my flaws and all that stuff. It just feels nice to be at peace with yourself. I think my 30th birthday gave me permission to have all that. Twenties were a pain in the ass -- figuring it all out. What am I doing? Where do I go?"

Minka has moved on from "FNL" and currently has a recurring role on NBC's "Parenthood" and a couple of movie roles in the can. But the brunette beauty remembers that it was just five years ago that she was working as a surgical nurse and waiting for her big break.

"Anyone can struggle. Anyone can want to make it and try to make it and scrape the door down and hustle. But once you become a little bit successful, that's more challenging to handle than struggle," she says.

For more provocative photos of Minka and her complete interview, pick up the November issue of Esquire, on newsstands Nov. 19.