In the age of breast augmentations, rhinoplasty, Botox and weaves, it may seem like natural beauty is a thing of the past. Long chins, flat bums and protruding bellies can be altered easily through surgery. Hollywood stars can often succumb to the pressure of fitting into unrealistic beauty standards. Reality television star, Heidi Montag gained notoriety after having 10 plastic surgery procedures completed at one time. It has been more than 3 years since her dramatic transformation and she still reports being unhappy with the outcome. Comedian Kathy Griffin has also admitted to undergoing 10 different procedures, and nearly died from medical complications due to liposuction surgery. Despite the health risks, she went on to have liposuction a second time, but reported on Larry King Live that she is happy with her physical appearance, only “sometimes”.
Some celebs have bypassed mainstream beauty standards and turned their flaws into beauty trademarks. Though she was told by her agent to fix it, Lauren Hutton famously capitalized the gap between her front teeth, and became the world’s highest paid model in the 70’s. Actress Keira Knightly has expounded on the United States obsession with large breasts, claiming that her promotional shots have often been manipulated to make her breasts appear larger. However, she has told the press that she is flat chested and proud of it. Being flat-chested did not prevent Cameron Diaz from landing on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 List in 2011.
Other celebrities are embracing their natural beauty and gaining public admiration for their efforts in the process. Here is a list of the hottest celebrity natural beauties:
A natural beauty, Beyonce is someone that every man would’t mind waking up to in the morning. With her flawless mocha skin and eyes that never cease to sparkle, Beyonce is one to watch out for when it comes to natural beauty. Ringing in the new year of 2014, Instagram has been a buzz with this diva’s makeup-less look. It is not the first time, spotted by the paparazzi while vacationing with hubby Jay Z the couple captured in a relaxed state. We all remember the images taken during the time of Blue Ivy’s birth when she was glowing as a new mother.
Singer Erykah Badu is the new face of Givenchy. The controversial star formerly criticized for her 2010 video ‘Window Seat,’ which captured her publicly tripping naked in the vicinity of unsuspecting bystanders, has also modeled for Tom Ford’s fragrance ads. Badu embraces her natural features, often rocking natural hairstyles and being photographed without makeup. Her natural beauty is what has made her become the muse of Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci, and continues to inspire adoration in the world of fashion.
Actress Charlize Theron is often photographed on the streets of L.A. looking flawless without makeup. The South-African actress began her career as a model at the age of 16. More than 30 years later, she still retains a model-like appearance. Even when she is on the red carpet, Theron is lauded for her minimalist makeup and sensible hairstyles. Her effortless natural beauty is likely what caught the attention of current beau, actor and director Sean Penn.
Former beauty queen, Halle Berry is still considered one of the world’s sexiest women, more than 20 years after the start of her acting career. The Academy Award winner is often captured strolling hand-in-hand with her daughter, Nola, and husband Olivier Martinez in L.A.. Known for her California casual chic style off-screen, she is just as stunning natural, as she is all glamoured up. The 47-year-old actress has maintained her good looks so well that even her Revlon commercials feature her in minimal makeup. Though Berry reportedly stated that she no longer wants to be considered a sex symbol after becoming a mother, this is a designation that shows no signs of fading away.
Actress, Scarlett Johansson, seems to be so confident in her natural beauty that she did a recent shoot for the 20th Annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue sans makeup. Johansson has appeared in ads for L’Oreal, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. Johansson is also the face of the Spanish brand Mango. She has appeared in Maxim’s Hot 100 Issue multiple times, landing in 15th place in 2013, and was voted “World’s Most Natural Beauty” in a 2011 UK poll. Known for her voluptuous curves, her radiant skin and full pout are also listed as some of her best assets.
This pop singer turned fashion mogul has recently been seen gracing the pages of magazines in ads for her fashion line, The Jessica Simpson Collection. She appeared on the 2011 cover of Marie Claire magazine without makeup and is frequently photographed barefaced by the paparazzi. She told the magazine that she does not feel she has anything left to prove. Judged for her ample weight gain during her first pregnancy, she went on to sign an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers. Now, she is turning heads as her own promotional model, and being praised for her slimmed down post-baby body.
Actress Eva Longoria, appeared in a 2007 People Magazine issue make-up free. She told the magazine that she prefers to be natural when not filming on set. At 38, she is often still photographed showing off her naturally beautiful complexion. The former beauty queen was the first face of Bebe Sport and is a spokesperson for L’Oreal, where she has flaunted both her model exotic facial features and her enviable brunette locks. Traits that are undoubtedly not lost on her current beau, Jose “Pepe” Antonio Baston, the president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America.
Caribbean born R&B singer, Rihanna rotates seamlessly between soft makeup and make-up free looks. The island-girl is often captured romping on the beach with little more than a tan and a bikini. Her frequent Instagram photos often leave even less to the imagination, and she recently posed topless for Vogue Brazil. A fashion muse, she is also set to grace the Vogue US cover for the third time in March. She made Glamour Magazines Top 50 List of Glamorous Women in 2009, and was named “Sexiest Woman Alive 2011” by Esquire magazine. It is clear that Rihanna’s natural beauty shines whether she is on stage, or traipsing by the ocean.
A proclaimed tomboy, actress Jessica Biel is another celebrity who seems comfortable in her skin. She began her career at age 12, after signing with the Judith Fontaine Modeling & Talent Agency. Biel shot print ads and television commercials before landing a starring role in ‘7th Heaven’. The wife of Justin Timberlake has striking good looks and is often seen all natural, when she is not wearing minimal makeup. Esquire magazine named her “The Sexiest Woman Alive” in 2005. Formerly a L’Oreal model, she went on to model for Revlon in 2009. In late 2013, Biel was praised for her radiant natural beauty while filming ‘Shiva & May’, a movie in which she plays a yoga instructor.
Supermodel Heidi Klum, remains impossibly beautiful at the age of 40. She has spoken out in the media about declining plastic surgery and popular beauty fixes like Botox. The star is often photographed with a natural complexion, while out with her children and even appeared make-up free in People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ issue in 2010. Klum reportedly wanted to be depicted looking like herself. The natural beauty publicly claims that facials are her fountain of youth and her secret to retaining her natural good looks. Klum posed nude at the age of 39 for Allure Magazine and did not retire as a lingerie model for Victoria’s Secret, until 2013. She remains in great physical shape even after bearing four children.