Introducing the Sexy Singles Hall of Fame

Kharisma Mcllwaine, a 2009 Single, covered Whitney Houston's funeral for BET. David Maialetti / Staff Photographer
Kharisma Mcllwaine, a 2009 Single, covered Whitney Houston's funeral for BET. David Maialetti / Staff Photographer
Posted: August 02, 2012

NEXT WEEK, the Daily News will unveil its annual list of the Sexiest Singles in Philadelphia.

But before we do that, we want to take a walk down memory lane to take a look back at some of the most accomplished and fascinating folks who've made our annual roundup in years past. Since being featured in this annual feature, many of our singles have gone on to do great things, personally and professionally. We'd like to think that being named a Sexy Single had something to do with that, but we realize that that may be pushing it.

At any rate, meet the folks who make up our sort of Hall of Fame, the top 10 Sexiest Sexy Singles of all time.

Nicole Cashman

Sexy Single in: 2003

Nicole Cashman, president of Cashman & Associates public relations and special events, was one of the original Sexy Singles. At 30, she was making headway toward becoming one of the area's leading powerhouse PR firms. Fast-forward nearly a decade and not only has she accomplished that, but Cashman dumped her single-gal status by marrying techno DJ Nigel Richards, owner of 611 Records and 611 Lifestyle. Mayor Nutter presided.

Steve Ward

Sexy Single in: 2004

We thought Steve Ward, at 6-feet-4-inches tall, was entirely too good looking to spend his life behind the scenes at his mom's matchmaking service, Master Matchmaking. We weren't the only ones who thought that. Ward recently starred in the fifth season of VH1's "Tough Love." And he's now doling out his in-your-face relationship advice on the new ABC show "Good Afternoon America." "It all kind of started to snowball after you put me in the newspaper," Ward said recently. What's not to love? Not only is he a hottie, but Ward knows how to make you feel good. And, yes, ladies, he's still single — at least for now.

Al Butler

Sexy Single in: 2004

Radio host Al Butler, a/k/a Night Al, is hands down the sexiest man in radio. Since making our roundup, he's jumped stations from WHAT 1340 AM and is now burning up the airwaves at WURD 900 AM. His latest show, "Night Al with Al Butler," airs from 7 to 10 p.m. He also recently co-hosted Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia." Let's hope this becomes a regular gig for Butler — he's a guy who looks as good as he sounds.

Kharisma McIlwaine

Sexy Single in: 2009

Since she's a member of Philly 57's CW crew, you're liable to spot Kharisma McIlwaine almost anywhere — at a mall concert, hosting a local fashion show or even on your TV screen. Sometimes it seems as if she's everywhere. Her biggest TV challenge to date: producing live coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral for BET. She kept her composure during the emotionally challenging event — mostly. And when she didn't, at least she had on sunshades.

Kate Beaver

Sexy Single in: 2010

The year Kate Beaver was featured in a red bikini, she was one of the more popular singles, for obvious reasons. Since then, she has appeared in a number of TV commercials, including one for the Poconos' Cove Haven Resort in which she's — once again — in a bikini. At heart, she's an old-fashioned girl, which is why she has started a novel experiment in which she's going an entire year going without using a cellphone. Is that even possible when you're an in-demand gal about town? What's next for her? A soon-to-launch website called katybcellfree.com.

Todd Herremans

Sexy Single in: 2008

Earlier this year, the Eagles wisely signed offensive tackle Todd Herremans to a three-year, $21 million contract extension, which means he should be around until at least 2016. The single female residents of Philly thank the Eagles' front office.

Stewart Bradley

Sexy Single in: 2009

A third-round draft pick, Stewart Bradley was still an Eagle when he made our roundup of the Sexiest Singles in Philly. Since then, he's interned at Elle magazine and also signed on with the Arizona Cardinals.

Amber Joi Watkins

Sexy Single in: 2011

Amber Joi Watkins was the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA when she was named a Sexy Single in 2011. Since then, she's been keeping busy filming commercials and volunteering with Students Run Philly Style. On a personal front, she no longer considers herself single. "It's serious enough that I'm not interested in anyone else. He's a good catch." But then again so is she.

Nicole Tucker

Sexy Single in: 2008

Nicole Tucker was a last-minute replacement to our Sexy Single lineup. But during her photo shoot in Atlantic City, she just killed it, as they say. Turns out, you can't take a bad picture of Tucker, who since being featured has moved on from education to health care and now works as a compliance specialist for United Healthcare. Tucker, who has two master's degrees, also has starred in several plays and films, including "Sure Looks Good" by Maverick Entertainment Group. Look for her soon on a new magazine show called "Urban Suburban," which she'll be hosting.

Barette Vance

Sexy Single in: 2010

Sorry, fellas. Barette Vance Widell, a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, is now off the market. She got engaged in December 2010 to Chris Widell, a South Jersey native who works as a casino host, after a two-month courtship. They got married in Mexico last year. This summer, the ballerina is interning for the public-relations firm Cashman & Associates, and at Capezio, which makes dancewear. Come fall, she'll once again perform with the Pennsylvania Ballet.

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