I almost think it's unfair to talk about sex appeal in ladies' singles skating, because the competitors are so young. In fact, they're often even younger than their chronological ages because they live such sheltered lives by nature of their intense hours of practice and competition. They don't hang out at the mall with friends, they don't sit for hours in their room watching music videos, they don't go to their prom. Occasionally you get a skater who's lovelier, taller, older, and then this quality might or might not come into play. Witt was an obvious example--and didn't she know it. But these days, where do the ladies have the time in a routine to exhibit any sizzle? They're too busy maximizing points. If you want electricity, ice dancing is the place to go, for the most part. The ladies are generally older and taller, and they've got a cute guy right there pledging undying love through sinuous music.
Like many singles skaters, Alissa is rather reserved. I'm sure most skaters are told by their coaches to behave and not offend anyone, because they don't want judges to look askance at them. Every point counts. Confidence is another matter. It would be great if Alissa could muster some up. What one of you said about confidence is certainly true. Has anyone analyzed Madonna's face? She's not pretty, really--never was. But she just emanates confidence. The same was true of Barbra Streisand in her heyday. Even leaving sex appeal aside, their every gesture says, "I'm the one you've been waiting for, and you're not going to hear another voice like mine anytime soon." (With Streisand, this was actually true.) Maybe they could give tutorials!