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R-Patz beaten as sexiest vampire

R-Patz beaten as sexiest vampire Pale skin is sexy and healthy

In a new poll by Cancer Research UK, vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson has been pipped at the post as the "sexiest screen vampire" by David Boreanaz, who played Angel in TV shows Buffy and Angel.

As we all recover from the shock we can take a moment to consider the serious side to this story, which is that you don't need to be tanned to be attractive to a woman.

With skin cancer cases soaring, and more men dying from it than women, this is good news for the health of the nation.

The results of the poll of nearly 2,000 women found that the sexiest screen vampires are:

  1. David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer/ Angel
  2. Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire
  3. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight
  4. Kiefer Sutherland as David in The Lost Boys
  5. Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with a Vampire
  6. Gary Oldman as Count Dracula in Dracula
  7. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries
  8. Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton in True Blood
  9. Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood
  10. Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost in Blade

The poll also revealed that less than one percent of the women said they thought suntanned skin was the sexiest feature in a man, showing that the "pale and interesting" look is making a come-back.

In fact, almost nine out of ten people surveyed (89 per cent) agreed that you do not have to be tanned to be sexy. More than a third (37 per cent) selected nice eyes, followed by 28 per cent selecting a nice smile. A cheeky five per cent selected a pert bum as the sexiest feature in men.

Caroline Cerny, Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart manager said: "Vampire-mania has definitely hit the UK, and the stars are helping to bust the myth that you have to be tanned to be sexy. Cool skin has never been hotter!"

She also provided some advice for would-be members of the undead: "Unlike vampires, we all need a bit of sun to help keep us healthy, but the key is to know how to enjoy it safely. It’s easy to end up with sunburn in an attempt to be tanned. Sunburn is a sign that skin has been damaged by overexposure to UV rays from the sun or sunbeds, and increases the risk of skin cancer."

"Get to know your skin and how it normally reacts in the sun. This will help you to work out what you need to do to make sure you don’t get sunburnt" she added.

This article was published on Fri 16 July 2010

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