My List of "The Most Beautiful" Women In the World

by BuzzardRock | created - 05 Dec 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Since People magazine designated Jennifer Lopez as "The Most Beautiful Woman" in the world, I can't stop thinking about the dozens of celebrity females more deserving.

So, in no particular order (except for #1), here's my list.

FYI: My criteria... When you see them on the screen, you can't help but: 1. Catch your breath 2. Stop whatever you're doing and stare

1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Actress | Jodhaa Akbar

Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...

3. Liya Kebede

Actress | The Good Shepherd

Liya Kebede was born on March 1, 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress and producer, known for The Good Shepherd (2006), The Best Offer (2013) and Lord of War (2005). She was previously married to Kassy Kebede.

4. Mishqah Parthiephal

Actress | Keeping Up with the Kandasamys

Mishqah Parthiephal is an actress, known for Keeping Up with the Kandasamys (2017), Kandasamys: The Wedding (2019) and White Gold (2010).

5. Charlize Theron

Actress | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

6. Cindy Crawford

Actress | Fair Game

Cindy Crawford was born on February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois, USA as Cynthia Ann Crawford. She is an actress, known for Fair Game (1995), 54 (1998) and 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996). She has been married to Rande Gerber since May 29, 1998. They have two children. She was previously married to ...

7. Gabrielle Union

Actress | Bring It On

Gabrielle Union was born on October 29, 1972, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Theresa (Glass), who managed a phone company, and Sylvester E. Union, a military sergeant and business executive. When she was eight, her family moved to Pleasanton, California, where she grew up and attended high school. There, ...

8. Stephany Jacobsen

Actress | Alex Cross

Stephany Jacobsen was born on June 22, 1980 in Hong Kong. She is an actress, known for Alex Cross (2012) and Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007).

9. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman),...

10. Morena Baccarin

Actress | Deadpool

Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin. Her uncle was actor Ivan Setta. Morena has Italian and Brazilian Portuguese ancestry. She moved to New York at the age of 10, when her father was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia...

11. Hannah Hodson

Actress | Hawthorne

Hannah Hodson is a New York-based actress from Brooklyn. She has been acting since the age of eleven, when she was cast in a Nike Air Jordan commercial directed by Spike Lee. She has since starred in a number of television series and films, most notably as Camille on TNT's Hawthorne and Lorna on ...

12. Stephanie Szostak

Actress | Iron Man Three

French-American actress, Stephanie Szostak (show-stack) never thought of becoming an actress. She left France after high school to study business and play varsity golf at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon graduating college, Szostak landed a job in marketing at Chanel ...

13. Rula Jebreal

Writer | Miral

Rula Jebreal is an Italo-Palestinian journalist, novelist and screenwriter with both Israeli and Italian citizenship. Her mother died when she was five, and her father put her and her sister in the Dar El-Tifel orphanage, where she was educated. She won a scholarship from the Italian government to ...

14. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots). Her ...

15. Padma Lakshmi

Actress | Enterprise

Padma Lakshmi was born on September 1, 1970 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. She is a producer and actress, known for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Glitter (2001) and Pirates: Blood Brothers (1999). She was previously married to Salman Rushdie.

16. Moran Atias

Actress | The Next Three Days

Moran Atias was born on April 9, 1981 in Haifa, Israel. She is an actress and producer, known for The Next Three Days (2010), Third Person (2013) and Land of the Lost (2009).

17. Zoe Saldana

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy

Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they would live for ...

18. Camilla Belle

Actress | Practical Magic

Belle was born as Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles, California, to Deborah, a fashion designer, and Jack Wesley Routh, who composed country music and owns a construction company. Her mother is Brazilian and her father, who is from Kingman, Kansas, has English, German, and French ancestry. Camilla...

19. Ming-Na Wen

Actress | Mulan

Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...

20. Freida Pinto

Actress | Slumdog Millionaire

Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to Sylvia, a school principal, and Frederick Pinto, a senior bank branch manager. She is from a Mangalorean family.

Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai (represented by Elite Model Management India) for two years ...

21. Gina Torres

Actress | Serenity

Gina was born in New York City and is youngest of three children in a close-knit Cuban American family. Attended New York City's High School of Music and Art She is a gifted mezzo soprano and was trained in opera and jazz and also sang in a gospel choir.

22. Rebecca Ferguson

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Rebecca Ferguson was born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in its Vasastaden district. Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is British, of Scottish and Northern Irish descent, and moved to Sweden at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an ...

23. Wei Zhao

Actress | Chi bi

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was...

24. Adria Arjona

Actress | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Accustomed to airplanes and distant countries since she could recall, Adria Arjona was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico City. Falling asleep in Guatemala and waking up in Argentina was not out of norm for her. She is the daughter of a Puerto Rican mother, Leslie, and a Guatemalan father, ...

25. Bar Refaeli

Actress | Session

Bar Refaeli was born on June 4, 1985 in Israel. She is an actress, known for Session (2011), Kidon (2013) and Kofiko (1994). She has been married to Adi Ezra since September 24, 2015. They have two children. She was previously married to Arik Weinstein.

26. Iman

Actress | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Iman was born on July 25, 1955 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Iman Abdulmajid. She is a producer and actress, known for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), L.A. Story (1991) and No Way Out (1987). She was previously married to David Bowie and Spencer Haywood.

27. Irina Shayk

Actress | Hercules

Irina Shayk--sometimes credited as Irina Sheik--was born in the USSR on January 6, 1986, as Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova. She is a model and actress known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue between 2007 and 2014. She was the cover model for the 2011 issue. Shayk made ...

28. Athena Karkanis

Actress | Saw IV

Canadian actress Athena Karkanis began her professional career in acting in 1996 with several episodes of Stickin' Around (1996). Since that time, Athena has an extensive career in film, television and voice acting. Her credits include the Canadian teen drama The Best Years (2007), The Border (2008)...

29. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

30. Mallika Sherawat

Actress | Murder

Mallika Sherawat was born on October 24, 1976 in Rohtak, Haryana, India as Reema Lambha. She is an actress, known for Murder (2004), The Myth (2005) and Ugly Aur Pagli (2008). She was previously married to Karan Singh Gill.

31. Paulina Andreeva

Actress | Luchshe, chem lyudi

Paulina Andreeva was born on October 19, 1988 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Paulina Olegovna Andreeva. She is an actress, known for Luchshe, chem lyudi (2018), The Method (2015) and Dark World 2: Equilibrium (2013).

32. Andrea Bordeaux

Actress | What Maisie Knew

Andrea Bordeaux is an actress, known for What Maisie Knew (2012), How to Make It in America (2010) and NCIS (2003).

33. Amanda Righetti

Actress | Captain America: The First Avenger

Amanda Elizabeth Righetti is a Utah-born, Nevada-raised actor/producer and Best Actress Award winner by the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. Righetti began her career at 14, as a young model, but made waves as the trust-fund squandering, world-traveling black sheep, "Hailey...



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