Beauty is a strange thing. On one hand, a normative standard of beauty surrounds us constantly, whether through advertising, pop culture, and art. But at the same time, what anyone finds beautiful will always be highly subjective.
This list is made up of a combination of various “most beautiful women” lists from across the internet, from People magazine’s famous yearly “most beautiful women” feature, to the Maxim Hot 100, to smaller websites and blogs. While it still isn’t possible to create a perfect or objective list when it comes to the most beautiful women celebrities, combining a number of lists allows for less subjectivity than a single person’s opinion.
As you’ll see on this list, people like talented women. Often, when we are impressed by the singing, acting, or other skills of someone, this creates an inflated picture of someone’s beauty. Therefore, many women who are famous for being beautiful but no not have other skills, such as Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, etc., do not appear on this list.
The Top 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World in 2017
#10 – Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke came to most people’s attention as the very blonde but dark eyebrowed star of Game of Thrones. She was born in England and honed her acting skills as a young woman in the theatre. Before landing her huge Game of Thrones gig, she had some minor television roles. She is now one of the highest paid actresses on TV and she will be the female lead in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film. Back in 2015, Esquire magazine called her the sexiest woman alive. She is in a bit of hot water lately after comparing sexism that she has faced in the workplace to racism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
#9 -Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe is a conventionally beautiful woman who makes some truly weird music. She was born in Kansas and lives in Atlanta. She released her first full-length album back in 2010 and has been racking up awards and accolades since then, including a Grammy. She had a major role in the film Moonlight, which won Best Picture at the Oscars last year. In addition to that, she is a Covergirl spokeswoman and an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community. She has an interesting sense of style, and can often be seen sporting a tuxedo.
#8 – Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot is a woman that a whole lot of people are infatuated with at the moment, particularly comic fans as she starred in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and played Wonder Woman this year. She has had an interesting life so far. She was born and raised in Israel, and was named Miss Israel back in 2004. After that she served for two years in the Israeli Defence Forces as a combat trainer before settling on a career as an actress and a model.
#7 – Cara Delevigne
While it is pretty common for actresses and musicians to do some modelling on the side, Cara Delevingne took the opposite approach. She went from being one of the most successful and recognizable models in the world before shifting to acting. She had a small role in Anna Karenina back in 2012, and has taken on bigger and bigger roles since then. She is still only twenty-four years old and has been racking up awards since 2009, winning various “model of the year” awards in the British press during that time. She is openly bisexual and is said to be dating the eccentric musician St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark. She is very active on social media, and is outspoken about animal rights and her struggles with depression.
#6 – Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski first entered the public’s consciousness four years ago when she starred in that strange video for Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines.” In the video, Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. kind of stand around while extremely attractive models dance naked around them. The most prominent model in the video was Emily Ratajkowski, who has only become more and more famous since then. She has been a spokesperson for various political causes, and was an outspoken supporter of Bernie Saunders. She has taken supporting roles in films and TV shows, as well as a leading role on the pretty terrible movie We Are Your Friends. She is perhaps still most famous for her Instagram account, @emrata, in which she posts fairly naked photos of herself on a regular basis. The account has nearly 14 million followers, and was the subject of an article on The Verge titled “Why did my boyfriend like Emily Ratajkowski’s butt on Instagram?”
#5 – Margot Robbie
The first time I saw Margot Robbie in a film it was in 2013, when she starred across from Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. At that time, I thought to myself “how have I never heard of this incredibly beautiful woman?” The answer is that Robbie, who is from Australia, mostly appeared in small, independent Australian movies and a soap opera. Besides The Wolf of Wall Street, she has appeared in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad. She also played herself in a now-infamous bathtub scene in the movie The Big Short. She was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world this year, and it seems as though her career trajectory is heading nowhere but up, as in the course of a few years she has moved from relative obscurity into one of Hollywood’s most on-demand actresses.
#4 – Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima is one name that nobody should be surprised to see on a list like this. For almost two decades she has been one of the most high-profile models in the world and is constantly cited as one of the world’s most beautiful women. She has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 1999, and is frequently in the top three highest paid models in a given year. She was born in Brazil in 1981 and is of mixed Brazilian and Serbian ancestry. She came under some criticism back in 2011 when she revealed that in the nine days leading up to a fashion show, she doesn’t eat any solid food and that for three weeks before a show she works out twice a day, every day. This was seen by some as encouraging unhealthy attitudes toward dieting and the body, but Lima defended herself by saying that she only acts this way when she is about to do a show, and that she eats normally the rest of the time.
#3 – Taylor Hill
Unlike many of the others on this list, Taylor Hill is strictly a model. She was born in Illinois in 1996, which makes her twenty-one years old. Before she became a model, she was a gymnast, although she did not go on to have a career in that field. She has been a Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015, and in that same near was named “Model of the Year” at the Fashion Media Awards. She is now one of the top earning models in the world, and like many models these day, has a profoundly large Instagram presence, with nearly 9 million followers.
#2 – Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World pageant back in 2000, and since then has continued to be one of the highest paid celebrities from India and across the world. She was initially prepared to study in difficult fields such as criminal psychology or aeronautical engineering, but after her huge pageant win, she was steered toward the film industry in India and never looked back. Aside from her long and lucrative career as an actress, she has also produced films and had success as a singer. In addition to all of this, she is very involved in charity work, and has been working with UNICEF for over a decade.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will surely drop off in relevance some day, but that day doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the foreseeable future. The 35-year-old, born in Houston, Texas but currently living in Los Angeles, rose to fame as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. That said se became even a bigger star once going solo, selling over a hundred millions records. Add this in with her sixty million records as a member of Destiny’s Child and she’s one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is that rare mix of beauty and power, as she constantly appears on lists of the most powerful and influential people in the world. She has been taken since 2008, when she married Jay-Z. Their relationship was initially extremely private, but over the past handful of years they have revealed more and more of their private life to the public. She gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in 2012, and gave birth to twins in June of 2017. She is perhaps the most influential pop musician of the 21st century, and the consensus seems to be that she is also the most beautiful. Must be nice.
And so, as you’ve made it to the end of this list of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Women in the World, you’re probably wondering to yourself, “where is ____?” For example, where is Rihanna? Where is Jennifer Lawrence? Where’s Emma Watson or Gigi Hadid, or whoever else. That’s what the comment box below is for, let us know who you’re pissed that we missed. Half of the people in the world are women, narrowing it down to the ten who look the best is an impossible task. Maybe, to you, the most beautiful woman in the world is your girlfriend, or your wife, or Janet who works in your office. Maybe it’s your mother. Aw, you’re so sweet.