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Fuchsia McInerney's Roster of the Top 10 Sexiest Women in Social Media

Shown below is Cyan Banister

CEO and Entrepreneur, Fuchsia McInerney, names the top ten women in social media who are pioneering the industry and making a name for themselves.

Sexy and technology aren’t always two words you hear together. In fact women and technology aren’t two words you hear together that often, unless it’s highlighting the overwhelming lack of the former within the latter. That said, these ten women represent high-powered entrepreneurs, executive, artists and techies who are defying statistics, pioneering the industry and making a name for themselves. 

From ecommerce to marketing to blogging, spanning from corporate to indie, our top ten have taken the high-tech industry by storm, and quite frankly, they look good doing it!

As an update, I would like to point out that each of the women whose bio's and images appear below, selected the images for publication and wrote the information paragraph about themselves. As each of them have requested that images or descriptions be updated, we have been pleased and eager to do so...

"Exploitation?" I think not...

Savvy marketing professionals who know the value of "Personal Branding? I think so.

below: Veronica Belmont

"sleeps rarely and caffeinates often."

(My kind of lady! - RP)

Cyan Banister

1. Cyan Banister, Entrepreneur & Artist: Cyan was born into a family of artists and grew up around paint, photography and music. From these beginnings, she developed a life-long appreciation for the arts that eventually inspired the Zivity platform, an ad-free social network for models, photographers, and video artists. This platform she created is a new way for artists to profitably connect directly with their fans in the rapidly changing digital media landscape.Cyan has held many leadership roles throughout her career, from leading technical operations teams in an enterprise software company to helping women master technology as CTO of a nonprofit organization. She is also an angel investor and has invested in Facebook, EQAL, Mimoco, OtherInbox, Thumbtack, Tagged, Hot Potato, Powerset, Topsy and others. Cyan is also an event and portrait photographer and enjoys jugglers and magicians.

Heather Meeker

2. Heather Meeker: Heather brings over 13 years of experience working in communications, marketing and sales for technology companies. She started her career working in public relations for EarthLink and held similar positions at start-ups including and After Sept 11, Meeker transitioned into an entirely new career in pharmaceutical sales at Pfizer, selling blockbuster drugs including Zithromax, Lipitor and Viagra. Despite success, Meeker decided her passion was communications and took a role as PR Manager for Yahoo Search Marketing followed by Manager of Burson Marsteller’s Consumer Technology Practice. Today, she holds the position of Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for geo-location start-up Pelago – makers of Whrrl. In addition, she volunteers as an Advisor for the LA Chapter of Girls in Tech.

Melissa Salas

3. Melissa Salas: Melissa is the Marketing Director at That’s right. The Director. Of Marketing. At Talk about a power player. She has also been the host of BuyTV for four years. She is the recipient of the 2008 Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Award Winner for Affiliate Manager of the Year. She joined in 2000 & manages various online marketing campaigns as well as their Affiliate Program. Born & raised in Southern California, she attended Long Beach State University & graduated with a BA in Communications & minored in Interpersonal Communication & Business Organization. She lives in Orange County & her hobbies include traveling, kickboxing, dance, going to live shows, concerts, the beach, Angels, Lakers, Chargers and of course USC FOOTBALL games! Check out Melissa on Twitter: @MelissaDSalas

Jolie O’Dell

4. Jolie O’Dell, Social Media & Tech Reporter: Jolie O’Dell is a journalist and startup veteran with a decade of experience in writing and editing the news. Formerly a writer and community manager for ReadWriteWeb and a freelance writer for tech blogs and various print publications, Jolie now writes on social media and technology for Mashable. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.A. in Media Studies in 2004; as a student journalist, she won state and national awards, helped teach and manage a team of reporters, and made it out alive with high honors.

Veronica Belmont

5. Veronica Belmont: Veronica is a technology and gaming-centric video host based out of San Francisco. Currently her projects include Qore (a monthly interactive magazine about the PS3 for Sony) and Tekzilla (a weekly tech help and how-to show on She has also written for Slate, DoubleX, MaximumPC and PC Gamer. Veronica initially made her mark as a producer and on-air talent for CNET Networks (now CBS Interactive). She worked on such shows as Buzz Out Loud, MP3 Insider, Crave, and Prizefight. In 2007 she left CNET to host the eclectic video show Mahalo Daily, which was named one of the top new podcasts in 2008 on iTunes. An avid gamer and social-networking junkie (with over 1 million Twitter followers), Veronica often speaks about her interests at conferences and panels. She has also been the emcee at events for companies such as gdgt, Boxee, MacHeist and RiffTrax. In her spare time, she co-hosts the science fiction and fantasy podcast The Sword and Laser with Tom Merritt. She lives with one technology writer and two cats (and too many gadgets). Veronica graduated from Emerson College, B.A. in Audio/Radio, focus in New Media studies.

Deirdre Breakenridge

6. Deirdre Breakenridge: Deirdre is President, Executive Director of Communications at Mango! Marketing. Deirdre is the author of four Financial Times books. Her most recent book, “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations,” co-authored by Brian Solis and published in March 2009, is available in major bookstores and online. She has also authored: “PR 2.0, New Media, New Tools, New Audiences,” “The New PR Toolkit” and “Cyberbranding: Brand Building in the Digital Economy.” Deirdre is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey where she teaches courses on Public Relations and Interactive Marketing for the Global Business Management program. Deirdre speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of PR and social media communications.She was named Woman of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Professional Executive Women (NAPEW). Deirdre is a contributing editor of TechConnect, PRSA’s technology newsletter. She blogs about PR 2.0 strategies and is the co-founder of #PRStudChat, a dynamic Twitter discussion scheduled monthly for PR students, educators and PR pros.

Jenn Allen

7. Jenn Allen: Jenn’s a search technology geek, artist and musician. She is the CEO and founder of, a free, real-time, no-commission online marketplace and social meeting place for artists, art lovers and everyone else who enjoys immersion in a positive, humanistic art experience. Artists and art lovers are free to buy, sell, make conversation, chat, critique, ask questions, make recommendations, discuss art and artists, list shows/events, identify favorite artists, art buyers and art enthusiasts; and search for art by artist, rating, price, keyword and tags such as medium, color and texture. – basically a utopia for artists. When you think of sexy what comes to mind? How about someone who is rocking the web right now with a site that is only 8 weeks old? How about someone who is confident and self motivated? Jenn Allen is an entrepreneur and not just any entrepreneur either. She is the Sexiest Female Entrepreneur of 2010 according to (if you don’t already know).

Joanna Lord

8. Joanna Lord: Joanna is the VP of Growth Marketing at SEOmoz, a SEO and social media software company out of Seattle. She is East Coast born, but did a five year stint in LA tech, before settling into the Seattle startup scene. Joanna is a well known customer acquisition expert and well versed in Internet marketing, PPC, SEO, social media and traditional media. She is a regular fixture at industry conferences, speaking all over the world. She “sleeps rarely and caffeinates often.” It also appears that Joanna has been known to sing a song or two on karaoke, but if asked, she will deny it ever happened.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Joanna Lord's photos and bio were updated at her request on 2/27/2013... We appreciate any opportunity to update this article.

Leah Culver

9. Leah Culver: Leah Culver was a co-founder and the lead developer of the social network and micro-blogging website Pownce, which was acquired by blog juggernaut Six Apart in November 2008. While creating the Pownce API she co-authored both the OAuth and OEmbed open API specifications and now maintains the popular Python OAuth library. Leah promotes open source, APIs, and the Django web framework on her blog at In her free time she likes to play around with new technology and try new restaurants near her home in San Francisco.We recommend checking out her official blog.

Amy McInerney

10: Amy McInerney: Amy is the co-founder and C.E.O. of Social Focus Marketing, Inc., an Internet marketing company specializing in social media and search engine marketing. After spending two years at the helm of the marketing department at Pearse Street Consulting, Inc., a social networking software development company, Amy spearheaded Social Focus as a sister company (literally, her sister-in-law is the C.E.O. of Pearse Street) and since then, has been launching her clients’ online campaigns to the top of Google searches and driving traffic through innovative social media marketing strategies. In her rare down-time, Amy enjoys wine, concerts and spending time with her niece and nephews.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The message reposted below was sent to Keith Shetterly by the original article's author in regards to several ADM Member comments in the thread below:

"I had difficulty posting on the thread, but you are welcome to quote my thoughts below if you'd like."

"As the author of the original post, as well as an alum of the largest women's college in the United States, a mother of three, and a CEO running a company predominantly staffed by men, managed by women, in an industry dominated by men, I would never post something that I felt disrespected or objectified women. Conversely, this piece was designed to attract publicity to prominent women in this field and their projects, all of whom agreed to participate with enthusiasm, provided photos, bios, etc., with a catchy headline and a light-hearted twist. Overwhelmingly and with very few exceptions, this has been the result.

Depending on a multitude of circumstances, it's justifiable enough to jump atop the soapbox and protest the objectification of women. In this case, however, what is sexy? Is it their success, their high-powered positions, their innovation in the industry? I think those things are likely far sexier than the photos that they submitted, and I think that the vast majority of people who read this can appreciate that as well. This, ultimately, is why they were chosen for this piece.

I can't speak to the automotive industry personally and I haven't read the entire comment thread here, but hopefully, some of the commentaries were productive, progressive and educational, if a little controversial."

Fuchsia McInerney
C.E.O. | Creative Director
Pearse Street Consulting, Inc.

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Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 6, 2010 at 10:24pm
@Keith - thanks for some of the most enlightened and enjoyable set of comments yet, for this blog post! Are you sure you have never studied "Gender Definition Theory" or "Sexual Identity in American Culture"? Because I was somehow blessed and taken as her husband by the accomplished and published Feminist Scholar and Gender Studies Professor Dr. Elizabeth Archuleta, I have been exposed to various theories, attended conferences, lectures, read books and delighted in over ten years of conversation with a fully accredited Professor who currently is Faculty and Research Fellow at one of the largest Research University based Gender and Women Studies Departments in American academia... For that reason, among others, I certainly respect the widely disparate opinions in regards to this topic and the specific blog I posted... However, I will gladly debate the issues raised in a forum moderated by Professional Feminists (ie: Feminist publishing and teaching is their paid vocation) who are PhD's and current faculty at an accredited Women's Study's University program, and am confident that those who have posted diatribe and outrage at the inappropriatness of this Top Ten Sexiest Women list will exit such a debate both humbled and perhaps with a different opinion.

The reality is that the very people who would have lists such as this banned, removed and the authors punished are cut from the same cloth as those that perpetrated the Salem Witch Trials during the early years of European colonization of North America... Which was done as a means of controlling women and ensuring their power was mitigated and neutralized from further development.

I would be proud to see my wife, any of my sisters or either of my daughters featured on a list like this one. And so would most people who celebrate and admire feminine strength, beauty and professional accomplishments... Today, I am proud to have been described by several educated and highly respected feminist authors as a "Feminist"... Ten years ago I was uncomfortable when I heard this term used to define my perspectives and track history of decisions made and actions taken, because I thought a person had to be female to be described as such. But now I know better and understand that men who are comfortable in their own masculinity and gender role as a man, are the men who are most supportive of the Feminist perspectives that impact the women, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and nieces they love and who helped develop their own healthy and balanced sense of what roles and responsibilities come with being a man that women and men respect.

I am proud to congratulate the ten women who were selected to be on this list of professionally accomplished, beautiful and confident enough in themselves to be considered "Sexy" social media professionals... Well done ladies! I am certain the men in your lives who love and respect you are also proud of this and your many other accomplishments!
Comment by Keith Shetterly on October 6, 2010 at 6:48pm
Oh, yeah, Ralph, by the way, when do **I** make the Top Ten Sexiest Males In Social Media?????? :) I haven't read the entire thread, but I suppose that everyone here noticed this came originally from a woman's blog? . . . which Ralph had under the link in the post. And if it makes a difference to your thinking about this, why? That's just a wake-up call to A Need By Far To Relax. And that's my $.04 (two cents twice!)
Comment by Keith Shetterly on October 6, 2010 at 6:44pm
Only in the USA do we seek to OVER-define gender roles. I've not met an attractive woman yet who was unaware of the influence that brings; good-looking men have quietly flaunted that advantage for years, as well. Doctors used to used leeches and/or bleed folks who were sick--they missed the real problem, obviously. So the same are the folks who want gender neutral positions as the Royal Fiat; they are as bad, imho, as the folks who want gender to be the End All Be All. I think there are more than a few female teachers involved with male students who have shown the danger of having gender bias blinders on--it's not just men doing it. It's just men who have NO CLASS doing it. And, not surprisingly in my multiple-vertical-market-spanning career, I've met women without class, as well. Ralph is just Loudly Announcing a compliment and it should be taken as such. People of either gender are smart and sexy, I hear, so why do we try to avoid it? Embrace it! And call out the classless idiots of either gender who focus so much on Gender Patrol that they forget being human. Thanks Ralph!
Comment by Tim Rulapaugh on October 5, 2010 at 2:39pm
Reading this, I couldn't help but flash back to two things: 1) the days of mechanics hanging pinup calendars in the garage and 2) juvenile locker room talk.
Let's be honest...that really is all this is. And for it to be posted and commented on by "professionals," "leaders," and "experts" in the area of using social media in the car industry is absolutely unbelievable. If someone posted something like this about my soon-to-be wife, I'd knock them into next week! How about simply appreciating and noting the accomplishments of women in a traditionally male-dominated industry? Do they really have to be "sexy" for their accomplishments to be noted in a public forum for professionals???
Comment by Gretchen Kennedy on October 4, 2010 at 3:18pm
I will admit, I see two sides to this... My initial--and strongest--reaction was "Uggghhhh... pimping, really??? What could sex appeal possibly have to do with the worth of people as thought leaders?" (of course, nothing, or else Bill Gates—and some in this industry—would be flat broke).

The other side of my reaction, though (assuming the 3 women featuring themselves in provocative poses had posted the pictures themselves on their business blogs, and these pics weren't scraped from their profiles on strictly social or dating sites), is that there will always be women who feel the need to use their sexuality to sell their knowledge and men who buy into it. In this case, their readership = ad revenue… and so does ADM's, hence the "pimping" remark.

Fred, love your response, but I feel this was a team effort… we have to be the change we wish to see; and, hair-tossed, bare shouldered, pouty, I'm-takin-my-blouse-off-just-for-you-big-boy business pictures are NOT saying, "I'm wise. I can help your business, and the extent of my knowledge is worth decent money."

I’m not naive. I don't think that's what those 3 ever intended to say, but I do think that's what ADM intends to say and strives to project every day.

Ralph, I want to assure you that you have compelling and relevant content which stands alone in its niche… and its quality alone is enough to attract and retain quality readers (and advertisers).
Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 2, 2010 at 1:00pm
Now that this blog has generated a lot of comments, both pro and con, I would like to make something very clear... My apology expressed to Jennifer Greenberg was sincere and needed because of the poor choice of words I used in the email message sent to invite members to take a look at the article. That was a mistake on my part and as I wrote to Jennifer, I will work diligently at not making that mistake in a broadcast email again.

HOWEVER, in regards to the article itself, I stand behind it and believe it does not require any type of apology. In fact, I believe that it is a very interesting article and that the work that each of the ten women cited have done, combined with their beauty and intellect is well worth celebrating and congratulating these 10 women for having been recognized as such.
Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 2, 2010 at 12:52pm
Rob and AJ - Are you guys coming to Digital Dealer, DSES or . D. Power in Las Vegas? Because if either or both of you are, we can get the photo shoot set up for you...
Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 2, 2010 at 10:31am
OK... Manuel Luna gets my vote for the best comment yet... Jim Ziegler dressed as Elvis Presley wearing a sign on his crotch that identifies him as "The King of Gross" is absolutely priceless! All I can say is, Look at the professionals in the original article, then look at Jim's photo...

Is it shocking to anyone that for the past several years the number of women attending college and university has surpassed and now dwarfs the number of men going to college? To echo Robert Rogers' sentiments, if either one, or both of my daughters, Rachel (27) and Sarah (29) were on Fuchsia McInerney's list of Top Ten Sexiest Women in Social media I would be extremely proud of them (although I am already), and I would be posting the article touting their inclusion on such a prestigious list everywhere i could... But, then again... I am not a member of the Taliban, nor am I Amish or Mennonite in faith, so I do understand why some people would find such an honor bestowed upon a daughter or wife repulsive or horrifying, or just plain embarrassing...

Which makes me appreciate all the more our diversified culture and the tolerance we have for different cultures, norms, acceptable opinions and self expression... I do sincerely believe that there is no other country in the world where I would rather live than in the USA. But, I would like to hear what European auto industry professionals would say abut the "Top Ten Sexiest Women in Social Media"

Comment by Robert Rogers on October 2, 2010 at 6:49am
Despite my own better judgement and Lincoln's oft-quoted words of wisdom, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt", I feel compelled to thank both Ralph, for a post that I found to be interesting and visually engaging and the ADM community, for comments and criticisms that were thought provoking. As a father of two sons and three sexy and smart daughters, I just can't find anything wrong with being recognized for being sexy and smart.
Comment by Fred Bonebrake on October 1, 2010 at 4:30pm
I am speechless! This article is a joke, right? This thing really was not published, was it!? So nice to see that all the hard work (of most of the women featured in this article) to gain RESPECT and become an inspiration to other women and colleagues (both male and female) have been wiped away with one word "Sexiest". Unbelievable! Are we back in to 70's? Ya know, I grew up with three incredibly smart, talented, respected, highly successful women and married one, too - and after sharing this article with them, their one common comment was... "thanks for taking us back 30 years in our quest for equality and respect in business!" - especially to have this article written by a woman (how sad). I have two daughters (I know many of you "gentleman" who have commented on this article on this blog do, too) - what does this article inspire them to do, to become, to value!? Ya know, when you look at a list of ingredients that make up and define a person, it’s the first ingredient that usually makes up the majority of the content of that individual (as in any ingredient list) - Thanks to this author, each women featured can rejoice in a lifetime of the carefully blending their own personal ingredients to mold themselves into the best that they have become... all stripped away by the shallow statement "The Sexiest..." To the women in this article - stand up to the branding you just received - in this article... if you do not - then maybe the author is right with the first ingredient she really feels you are made of and the readers who will forever remember you when they pass you at your next speaking engagement as the Sexiest..... On a side note: An article on Yahoo today: Many new cars at the car shows are no longer being presented on stage by bikini or the Sexiest models...and do you know why.... drumroll please - because the female gender segment has become so powerful that the manufacturers admit that they cannot afford to alienate or "Piss-Off" such a main powerful segment. Take a clue, fellow auto dudes (and Fuchsia McInerney)!

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