Everyone is talking about how it's the Year of the Conservative Woman. That got me to thinking, who are these women, anyway? What do they do? What do they look like?
So I did a little research and found out that they're beauty queens and bloggers, actresses and politicians. There are even some former welfare moms.
All passionate -- and vocal -- about their beliefs, these women are doing their best to shed the GOP's crusty old white man image. I'd say they're succeeding.
Here, The Stir's handpicked list of 9 sexy, conservative women to watch.
Michelle Malkin, writer
Claim to conservative fame: Blogger, Fox News channel contributor, author of four books, including her most recent Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies.
Michele Bachmann, politician
Claim to conservative fame: Elected in 2006, Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Bachmann raised $1.7 million for her PAC last quarter, and some speculate that she's going to give Sarah Palin a run for her money in 2012.
Angie Harmon, actress
Claim to conservative fame: Harmon and her husband, pro football player Jason Sehorn, gave a speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Harmon supported Johm McCain for president in 2008, and has said that she would support Sarah Palin if she runs for President in 2012.
Watch her on TNT's new show Rizzoli & Isles.
Star Parker, politician
Claim to conservative fame: A single welfare mother who was "received by Christ," Parker is the founder of CURE, the center for Urban Renewal and Education, a non-profit think tank that provides "a voice of reason on issues of race and poverty in the media and poor communities. Parker is running, unopposed, for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 37th Congressional District in Los Angeles County, California. She's been endorsed by Sarah Palin.
Jenny Erikson, blogger, radio show host
Claim to conservative fame: One of The Stir's own Op/Ed bloggers, Erikson also blogs at the Candid Conservative, and hosts the Smart Girl Report every week on From the Right Radio. Get on her good side with a grande non-fat chai tea latte, extra hot, no water.
Carrie Prejean, beauty queen, author
Claim to conservative fame: More than just a pretty face, some say this former Miss California was dethroned because she didn't support gay marriage during the Miss USA pageant. She had a very public tiff with Perez Hilton and wrote a book about her experiences, Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks. The book contains a foreword by Fox News commentator Sean Hannity and was recommended by Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.
Dana Loesch, radio/video host, blogger
Claim to conservative fame: Dana appears regularly on Fox News and CNN, co-hosts "Tea Party TV" for PJTV, vlogs for Mamalogues, and hosts her own radio program The Dana Show. She's appeared in Playboy -- though she's all talk, no action. Sorry, boys.
Follow her on Twitter.
Nikki Haley, politician
Claim to conservative fame: Newsweek just did a cover story on this "earthy, attractive, articulate" up-and-comer in the conservative movement. Haley won the Republican nomination for governor of South Carolina tk. If she wins, she'll be that state's first female governor -- as well as the first member of a racial minority (she's a first-generation American of Indian descent) to be governor there.
Claim to conservative fame: As if you don't know, Palin was the first female governor of Alaska, the first female Republican vice presidential nominee, and she seems to be gearing up for a run for president on the GOP ticket, which would make her the first female Republican to do so.
Images via (top to bottom): Sansreproache/Flickr; Michelle Malkin/Twitter; Michele Bachmann/Twitter; alacoolb/Flicker; Star Parker/Facebook; Kristen Bons; jsr00001/Flickr; Dana Loesch/Twitter; Nikki Haley/Facebook; David Shankbone/Flickr