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i would say being hot is mostly a physical aspect, like having a nice body, being a good dancer etc. things that relate to sexuality. but for me, a girl who's not afraid to get her hands dirty every once in a while or can play a sport will often make the girl kinda hot in my eyes.
for us guys, we will call a girl "cute" when she has a pretty face on an average body. as opposed to a girl who has a pretty face on an awesome body we will call "hot" (the same for girls?) but that's just the physical part of it. cuteness can be more related to that person having a beautiful smile as their best asset. or the little things you notice. like the way they laugh, the things they do when you're just relaxing on the sofa, and just things the way they act in general but only with you.
i tried to make this as unisex as possible haha. good question though.