It’s hard to really pin down what it means to be beautiful. It can be a pretty subjective term, and everyone has their own styles and opinions.
However, we can usually get a good idea of what the world at large considers beautiful. Here we attempt to showcase just a few of the talented women across the world who have made a tremendous mark with their beauty, but who have also turned it into a successful career in whatever profession they’ve gone into.
At a young age, Mozhdah’s family fled from the civil war in Afghanistan. From there on, her family decided to settle in Canada. Once they cross the pond, she was introduced to music.
Eventually, Dokhtare Afghan (Afghan Girl) became an instant hit on TV stations back in her home country.
Not many people know this, but the Swede is trained as a ballet dancer. Vikander would gain recognition for playing Kitty in Joe Wright’s adaption of Anna Karenina. In 2016, the actress would take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Danish Girl.
Two years later, she starred as Laura Croft in Tomb Raider.
The Iranian actress was voted as the best Iranian TV actress of the last decade. She began acting at 17 years old, with the leading role in I’m Taraneh, 15.
Critics praised her performance, which ultimately led her to win the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress from the Locarno International Film Festival in 2002.
The Brit established herself amongst the most recognizable models of the late eighties and nineties. She was one of six models of her generation to be named supermodels by the fashion industry. In addition to modeling, Campbell has embarked on other ventures.
She made an R&B-pop studio album, and starred in the movie I Feel Pretty.
Altogether, the Filipino-Australian actress is a model, television host, and a VJ. Currently, she’s one of the hosts of the afternoon variety show, It’s Show Time on ABS-CBN.
With eyes that are truly unique, she starred in films like No Other Woman, which earned her a FAMAS Award for Best Actress.
At an early age, she was attracted to show business, and eventually, she became a fashion model. In 1995, she was in soap operas and appeared in her first movie, Black Holes.
In 2000, she was considered a sex symbol and appeared in a calendar for the magazine Gente Viaggi.
Hard work pays off for being the first woman to fight in the UFC. Since leaving the octagon for the WWE, it’s no surprise that the mixed martial artist has always been the center of attention.
Rousey has enjoyed a career as an actress which included appearances in The Expendables and Furious 7.
The Russian theater and film actress got her big break in 2001. She made her debut in the serial film National Security Airport 3, and the 2004 film Downfall.
In 2010, she married fellow Russian actor Maksim Mateyeev and gave birth to a son in 2012.
Following appearances in commercials, Rai entered the Miss India pageant, finishing in second place. Her first commercial success was in the romantic drama, Jeans. Rai garnered critical appreciation for playing a passionate artist in Kandukondain Kandukondain.
In 2003, she became the first Indian actress to be a jury member of the Cannes Film Festival.
Upton first modeled for Garage and Dooney & Bourke. The Michigan girl was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Rookie of the Year too. She was even the subject of the 100th-anniversary for the cover of Vanity Fair.
Outside of that, she married Justin Verlander in 2017, and she gave birth to their daughter a year later.
At 16 years old, Wehbe won the title of Miss South Lebanon. She would become the runner-up at the Miss Lebanon competition too. In early 2008, Wehbe starred in the Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars.
It was the same film where she appeared alongside Carole Samaha, Wael Kfoury, and Brigitte Yaghi.
Lima is currently ranked by Models.com as one of the New Supers in the fashion industry. Since 2014, the Brazilian has been the world’s second highest-paid model. Additionally, she’s the current brand ambassador for the Barcelona-based clothing brand Desigual.
Not bad for someone who was best known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel from 1999 to 2018.
Cerny began modeling at 15 years old but was convinced by Kelly Carrington to send photos to Playboy. Eventually, she caught internet fame through the use of the former social media app, Vine.
She now regularly posts to YouTube, where she has gained more than 2 million subscribers on her page.
Known for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, Lively was also in The Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants. Since 2012, she’s been married to Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds.
Lively describes herself to be a “foodie and a cook” and she got the chance to bake with her idol, Martha Stewart.
At 18 years old, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. After that, she spent two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor. Her first film role came as the character Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious.
She went on to earn worldwide fame for portraying Wonder Woman.
After attending a model convention, Graham signed a deal with Ford Models in 2003. Fast forward over a decade later, and in 2016, she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
She was also featured in DNCE’S music video for “Toothbrush.”
Karimi has won many awards on an international level. She was on the jury for more than 20 renowned film festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Expanding her career as an actress, the Iranian wrote and directed the documentary To Have Or Not To Have.
In 2014, Hadid made her debut on the Top 50 Models on Models.com. In 2016, she was named the International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Before that, she dropped out of The New York School to focus on her modeling career.
She is the sister to model Bella Hadid.
For someone who started out on Malcolm In The Middle, Stone was the highest-paid actress in 2017. Following her role in Superbad, the actress has reached new heights. She’s the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2018, she starred in the Netflix dark comedy, Maniac.
She won the title of Miss Universe Philippines 2015 at the Binibining Pilipinas 2015 pageant. She even served as a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia & the Pacific since 2016.
Wurtzbach is the third Filipina to win the title of Miss Universe, following Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran who won in 1969 and 1973.
The actress is best known for playing Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series. She’s also starred in Texas Chainsaw 3D and Hall Pass. She also had the role of Ruby Taft in an episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
Recently, she guest starred in the Maroon 5 music video for “Wait.”
The German-Turkish actress is best known for her role as Necla Tekin on Yaprak Dökümü. While studying sociology at Düsseldorf Heinrich-Heine University, she received an offer to work on a TV series as an actress. She would finish her studies then moved to Istanbul.
Her first film role in a movie was in Aşk Tutulması.
The daughter of Jon Voight has had an interesting career. With four marriages, Jolie was in Laura Croft: Tomb Raider and her infamous role in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In addition to her film career, the actress is noted for her humanitarian efforts.
She received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Born and raised in Dalby, Queensland, Robbie studied drama at Somerset College. After moving to the United States, she starred in the short-lived sitcom Pan Am. She would eventually have her big breakthrough in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Since then, she played Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
One of the highest-paid actresses in India, Padukone was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. In 2012, the movie Cocktail marked a turning point in her career.
She earned high praise and Best Actress nominations at numerous award shows followed.
Fifty Shades of Grey put the actress in the spotlight. Johnson made her acting debut in the 1999 film Crazy In Alabama. She would go on to have supporting roles in The Social Network, Beastly, and 21 Jump Street.
She is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.
The Brit is widely known for her role as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. The actress continued to work outside of the Potter films with the movie The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
In 2017, she starred as Belle in the live-action adaption of the musical Beauty and the Beast.
The current Victoria’s Secret Angel since 2015, Hill was discovered when she was 14 years old. In 2013, the Illinois native started her modeling career as a feature on Intimissimi’s catalog.
A year later, she modeled for H&M and she even walked the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the first time.
In 2016, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award. Despite being an aspiring aeronautical engineer, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry.
Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and Filmfare Awards in five categories.
The former member of Destiny’s Child garnered a ton of success. Following the trio’s breakup, she released her sophomore album B’Day which contained her fourth number one single “Irreplaceable.”
Throughout her career, and her marriage to Jay-Z, Queen B has sold over 100 million records worldwide.
30-year-old Zoe Kravitz started modeling after graduating from high school and soon dropped out of college to pursue acting. The daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoe has now appeared in many films and has a reoccurring role on Big Little Lies.
She didn’t just inherit her mom’s talent for acting- Zoe is also in a band that went on tour with Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus.
Actress Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents. This stunning woman is also an Ivy league graduate, getting her master’s at the Yale School of Drama.
Her breakthrough role came in 2013 when she was cast in 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o has continued to land roles in television and film and has appeared on the cover of Vogue four times.
Now a veteran of Hollywood, actress Natalie Portman is still considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. She started her career in the mid 90’s and has proven that she can do everything ranging from drama to comedy.
Portman is also an activist, director, and winner of an Academy Award and two Golden Globe awards.
Monica Bellucci’s still got it! The Italian model and actress stole hearts in The Matrix franchise and as a Bond girl. Her looks are undeniable and she’s been the face of high-profile brands including Dolce & Gabbana and Dior.
She’s now a mom of two and single, after divorcing her former costar, French actor Vincent Cassel. Now 54-years old, Bellucci is still as stunning as ever.
Another actress who has remained one of the most beautiful women in the world across decades is Halle Berry. The effortlessly cool mother of two has been ranked No. 1 on People’s 50 Most Beautiful People In The World back in 2003 and still holds the hearts of many.
Before acting she was first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant and finished in sixth place in the Miss World Pageant.
Australian model Miranda Kerr needs no introduction. The natural beauty has walked the runway as one of the most popular Victoria’s Secret angels, and has one of the highest net worths of any model in the world.
She’s now married to Snapchat founder and billionaire Evan Spiegel. They have one son together and Kerr also shares a son with her ex-husband Orlando Bloom.
The gorgeous Barbadian now has nine Grammy Awards, thirteen American Music Awards and twelve Billboard Music Awards. Aside from her long list of accomplishments, Rihanna has wowed the world with her beauty.
Whether she’s dressed for the red carpet or the street, Rihanna’s look is every-changing and the world will keep paying attention to this talented young woman.
Now that she’s married to artist Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin has been sporting her new last name. The model has a unique background of Brazilian, Italian, Portuguese, English, Irish, Scottish, French and German descent.
Baldwin started her modeling career in 2014 and has walked for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana and others, taking part in New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week. Her international modeling career has taken off and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Actress Eva Mendes has been in the spotlight since her 2001 breakthrough role in Training Day. Born to Cuban parents, Mendes has been recognized as a beauty icon and has been ranked in Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 issue, FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World, and one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful Women at Every Age.
While she stuns on camera, she keeps her personal life private. She and partner Ryan Gosling have two daughters together.
After appearing on Law & Order, the beautiful Zoe Saldana moved over to the big screen, appearing in Center Stage, Avatar, and Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s born of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, and also has a bit of Lebanese and Haitian heritage, too.
Saldana said that she plans on aging gracefully, opting to stay healthy, eat right, and exercise instead of using methods like plastic surgery in order to keep a youthful appearance.