Hollywood is overflowing with beautiful women. But some just have that certain je ne sais quoi which makes them that little more desirable than the rest. Based on a combination of sex appeal, personality and physical attractiveness, here are our top 20.
The press has often described Beyoncé as “bootylicious” due to her natural curves and her Destiny’s Child hit. But the R&B star, who has sold over 160 million records and won 22 Grammy Awards, has always appeared to make music her main focus. However, in 2017 the songstress was due to headline Coachella before pulling out when she fell pregnant with twins.
19. Scarlett Johansson
With her smoky, sultry eyes and luscious full lips, Scarlett Johansson is a throwback to the sex symbols of Hollywood’s Golden Age. And the actress has regularly used her classic look in ads for various high-fashion campaigns. But it’s on the big screen where the star’s talents have truly shone. More recently, Johansson can be seen reprising her role of Black Widow in the latest Avengers installment.
18. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts’ great cheekbones, flowing curls and simple but striking fashion sense have helped see her crowned People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman five times. The “Pretty Woman” first achieved the feat way back in 1991 and has remained the height of Hollywood sophistication ever since. And in 2017 the actress starred opposite Owen Wilson in the 2017 family drama Wonder.
17. Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s voluptuous figure is Hollywood’s most coveted, according to a 2011 study conducted by two plastic surgeons to the stars. Nevertheless, the actress has far more to offer than her curves: namely, her seemingly natural confidence and diverse talents. It’s little wonder, then, that Cruz has been the face of several fashion houses. Plus, in 2017 she made her U.S. small-screen debut with her portrayal of Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story.
16. Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t seem to waste any time. She won an Oscar for her first film role (12 Years a Slave) and a Tony Award for her Broadway debut (Eclipsed). The actress is also a red carpet favorite, and she is only the second ever African female to grace the cover of Vogue, too. What’s more, in recent years Nyong’o has appeared in two blockbusters, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther.
15. Salma Hayek
Mexican beauty Salma Hayek has been steaming up screens ever since she stole the show in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado. Renowned for her luscious hair, perfect complexion and curvy figure, Hayek has become one of the Latin world’s most lusted-after stars. And in 2017, she starred in three films, including How to be a Latin Lover and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
14. Blake Lively
Last seen fending off a shark in The Shallows, Blake Lively is one of Hollywood’s newest bona fide sex symbols. But the star has been keen to state that it takes a lot of effort to look as beautiful as she does. Lively regularly shares photos of her make-up and hair sessions on Instagram and has also spoken out about the showbiz world’s unrealistic beauty standards, too.
13. Eva Green
Eva Green has continued France’s tradition of producing glamorous, beautiful screen icons. Renowned for her raven hair and slender figure, the Parisian-born star has lit up the screen in the likes of Casino Royale, Kingdom of Heaven and Showtime’s gothic drama Penny Dreadful. The actress also appeared alongside fellow European beauty Alicia Vikander in 2017’s Euphoria.
12. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra shot to fame in her native India as the winner of the 2000 Miss World pageant. She’s far more than a pretty face, however. In fact, the multi-talented star originally intended to take an aeronautical engineering degree before moving into Bollywood. Then in 2015, Chopra crossed over to international audiences with a lead role in Quantico, and in 2017 she made her Hollywood debut in the remake of ’90s TV phenomenon Baywatch.
11. Halle Berry
Like Chopra, Halle Berry also began her career in the beauty pageant world as a Miss USA runner-up and the first African American Miss World competitor. However, Berry went on to achieve a far more impressive feat when she became the first – and still the only – black Best Actress winner in Oscar history. The actress also went on to star in three films in 2017: Kidnap, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kings.
10. Caroline Wozniacki
In 2011 Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was named the ninth most marketable sports star in the world by SportsPro magazine. And it’s perhaps not hard to see why. Not only is she a former world number one with 25 WTA singles titles to her name, but she’s also blessed with striking Scandinavian looks and an innate sense of style that would put many professional fashionistas to shame.
9. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born to an American mother and an Israeli father in Jerusalem and grew up to be both an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress. According to experts in facial mapping, she’s also officially the most beautiful woman in the world. Yes, a 2015 scientific study put together “the perfect face” based on a series of e-fits, and Portman was the real-life face that came the closest to attaining that ideal.
8. Kate Beckinsale
Perhaps one of the most graceful actresses of her generation, Kate Beckinsale is a quintessential English rose. And at the beginning of her career, the daughter of actor Richard Beckinsale took advantage of her classic looks to appear in numerous period dramas. However, the actress has since become better known for her role as Selene in the action horror franchise Underworld. And recently, Beckinsale appeared in the 2017 drama The Only Living Boy in New York.
7. Kate Middleton
Of course, it’s another elegant English Kate that has been grabbing all the headlines since she began dating the future King of England. Kate Middleton, a.k.a. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has gradually transformed into arguably the most stylish royal figure to date. Furthermore, her “mathematically perfect” nose is reportedly the beak most sought-after by cosmetic surgery patients.
6. Emma Watson
Emma Watson has blossomed into a beautiful, elegant young lady in front of the world’s eyes. She first came to attention as a child playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. But she’s since left the franchise behind to become an outspoken feminist, model and box-office draw all on her own. Watson most recently starred in the hit live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
5. Angelina Jolie
Incredibly, Angelina Jolie was actually bullied at school for the way she looked. Of course, she’s since had the last laugh. As well as winning an Oscar and three Golden Globes, her famous bee-stung lips and feline eyes have seen her crowned the world’s most beautiful woman by several high-profile publications. The actress’ latest project is co-writing and directing First They Killed My Father.
4. Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson has had plenty of opportunities to show off her dazzling figure. After all, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith shot to fame as Anastasia Steele in the big-screen version of erotic phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey. And Johnson will next be seen in another adaptation, the remake of classic Italian horror Suspiria.
3. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel has mastered the geek chic look to become the most desirable “adorkable” actress in Hollywood. The New Girl star is renowned for wearing quirky vintage outfits to match her personality on the red carpet. And she’s also parlayed her love of all things retro into a music career, too, as one half of Phil Spector-inspired duo She and Him.
2. Eva Mendes
With her seductive pout and voluminous Cuban locks, Eva Mendes has been hailed as one of Hollywood’s most naturally beautiful actresses. The star began her career showing off her sultry look in music videos for Aerosmith and Will Smith. But she soon proved she had the talents to match her look with roles in Training Day, We Own the Night and Hitch.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence may be renowned for being one of Hollywood’s most “normal” celebrities, however she’s also widely regarded as one of the most beautiful. “Americas Sweetheart” shot to fame as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise before winning an Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. And later in 2017, she starred in Darren Aronofsky’s mother!