Lists like these are the scorn of public interest groups who feel that intellect and actions should be celebrated over beauty. They are probably right, but we are all human after all. We don’t always do what we know is right. Beauty in all of its forms from houses, furniture, people and clothes are the things that drive our desires. Do you really buy the car that gives you slightly better gas mileage over the car that makes your heart race? As such, beautiful people (especially beautiful facial features) are always celebrated. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is guaranteed that few to no people in this world will agree with all 15 choices on this list. So how are the choices made? A combination of scientific research (i.e polls), computer generated results from previous studies and good old fashioned personal opinion to fill in the gaps. The world is huge so the range is limited to those people well known to us, Hollywood celebrities.
Let us start with the basic tool that science has to gauge personal opinion with, the poll. The poll used in this article comes from HollywoodBuzz, mainly because it is one of the most recent poll on the web and as you know, people are fickle so getting older polls has no merit. Over the course of 2014, 4 million people voted on its web-site selecting who they thought was Hollywood’s most beautiful person. The poll doesn’t really focus on the face, but the perception of beauty starts there. It may sound like this poll should be accurate with its enormous amount of voters, but keep in mind, this is not a controlled poll. For example some people can vote twice if they try hard enough etc..
The second source of data is a recently released study that came out of the UK which determines the facial features that Brits find attractive. In essence, 100 people were polled/questioned to pick out various facial features that they found attractive. The results were sent into a profiling software normally used by the police to catch criminals. This software then generated the celebrities that matched the ideal profile. The celebrity pictures were then shown again to 100 people who picked the most attractive of them all. Obviously there are flaws in the study. First off it only used UK citizens. Secondly it takes about 1000 specifically screened people to generate a relatively accurate poll that is off by a few percentage points. This study only has 100 participants. Anyway if your interested, according to the study the perfect female face has full lips, a small nose, almond shaped eyes, arched eyebrows and a heart shaped face. Admittedly when it comes to perception, science is no match for people’s judgement of something as subjective as beauty. What part of this article is personal opinion? Selecting 15 of the 45 celebrities listed in these sources. Anyone making both of these lists is obviously included higher up.
15. Emilia Clarke
Determined to have the 10th most beautiful face in the world via a scientific study using computer profiling software, the Game of Thrones star also played the iconic Sarah Connor in this year’s Terminator Genisys. The 26 year old British actress was also once rumored to be dating Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Her beauty is not only admired by computer software but by AskMen as well, who last year named her the most desirable woman alive. Things you may not know about her: a few years ago she suffered a brain aneurysm at such a young age. She is highly skilled in jazz singing, cabaret singing and blues. She wears a blonde wig on Game of Thrones, thus allowing her to walk the streets virtually unnoticed in her natural hair color.
14. Amber Heard
The 29 year old wife of actor Johnny Depp, was voted as the 8th most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Born in Texas, she got her first leading role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane in 2006. A rather fitting title for a young Hollywood beauty. Two years later she received critical acclaim for her role in the comedic Pineapple Express (2008) alongside James Franco and Seth Rogen. She has also co-starred alongside many big Hollywood names including her husband in The Rum Diary (2011), Harrison Ford in Paranoia (2013) and Kevin Costner in 3 Days To Kill (2014). Things you may not know about her: she was charged with dog smuggling in Australia after illegally bringing her dogs across the border without declaring them. She hasn’t been convicted yet for the crime that carries a maximum of an 11 year jail sentence.
13. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevigne is a 23 year old super model from Britain who recently became the face of Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer. She makes this list after having been selected by the computer profiling software as the celebrity with the 9th most beautiful face. She has tried to move on to acting, because in her words the stress of modelling led to her developing psoriasis. Watch for her next year as the ‘Enchantress’ in Suicide Squad. Things you may not know about her: In June of this year, she came out as being bi-sexual. She is also a trained musician as a singer, drummer and guitarist. She can also belt out a beatbox as you can see below.
12. Charlize Theron
Voted by fans as the 7th most beautiful woman in the world, the 40 year old actress burst onto the acting scene 20 years ago and has never looked back, proving that a beautiful face doesn’t necessarily disappear with age. The former Academy Award winner most recently portrayed the villain in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman. Things you may not know about her: Her father died by her mother’s hand during a domestic dispute when she was 15. She was first discovered by her current manager when he saw her yelling at a bank clerk who refused to cash her out of state check. She was the guest of honor at the Nelson Mandela foundation in her native South Africa after winning her Oscar, and received praise and a hug from Nelson Mandela himself. This act drove her to tears.
11. Rita Ora
The 23 year old British singer, born in Kosovo, was declared to have the 8th most beautiful face by computer software. Currently a Judge on X Factor UK, she has broken through in a big way on the UK music charts with four #1 hits. She can be seen on this side of the pond in films such as Fifty Shades of Grey (as Christian Grey’s sister, Mia), Fast & Furious 6 (as a racer) and 90210 (guest star). Things you may not know about her: She started her singing career at her father’s pub.
10. Irina Shayk
The 29 year old model from Russia, was the #5th most beautiful person as voted by fans. She made her living predominantly as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model between 2007 and 2015, appearing on the cover in 2011. Last year she made her acting debut appearing alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules (2014). Things you may not know about her: She once dated the famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
9. Keira Knightley
The 30 year old actress is most recognized by her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of The Caribbean film series. The British beauty made this list by having the 5th most attractive facial features in Hollywood, based on computer profiling software. Last year she won an Academy Award for her role as Joan Clarke on The Imitation Game. At the age of 15 she filmed her first nude scene in the movie The Hole. She also appeared in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as the decoy queen. In fact, she looked so much like Natalie Portman during filming that even their own mothers couldn’t tell the difference. Things you may not know about her: According to The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World, Keira was ranked to have the most beautiful face in 2006 and 2007. Keira has been quoted as saying, “Do you know that on all the sets I’ve been on, nobody has ever made a pass at me?” Can anyone really believe that one?
8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Although a Bollywood actress and not a Hollywood actress, she is recognizable enough in the West to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show twice and practically every Western most beautiful woman list. She even made it to #4 on the internet survey referenced in this article. Some of the 41 year old’s movies include Bride and Prejudice and Dhoom 2. Things you may not know about her: Was studying architecture before someone noticed her big green eyes and thus she started modelling. in 1994 she was a runner up in the Miss India pageant. She was the first Bollywood actress to appear in Rolling Stone in 2003. She is so popular that she has over 17000 websites dedicated to her.
7. Kendall Jenner
The 19 year old member of the E! reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she has managed to carve a name for herself outside of the family by being a fashion model for the Sheri Hill dress line, which specializes in proms and pageants. She was selected by the computer as the person with the 4th most attractive face in Hollywood. Although her entire family is over exposed, computer profiling software has no concept of such things so the result is truly unbiased.
6. Kate Upton
Kate Upton is the second Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Model on the list, really proving that SI knows how to pick them. The people’s choice as the second best looking person in Hollywood. The woman with the ultimate bikini body has managed to cross over to other fashion genres known for more petite body types, as she has graced the covers of countless fashion magazines over the past few years. She has appeared in a few movies as well, including her portrayal of the other woman in the film appropriately called, The Other Woman (2014). Things you may not know about her: She is an accomplished an award winning athlete having won 4 competitive equestrienne championships before she started modelling.
5. Monica Bellucci
Even at 50 years old, she is the people’s choice as the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, and who could argue? The Italian star is better known over here as Persephone in the Matrix franchises. Next year she is slated to become the oldest Bond girl ever in the upcoming film Spectre. She has been nominated for multiple awards in North America and won a European Golden Globe in 2005. Things you may not know about her: She is fluent in 5 languages. She didn’t actually live with her husband all of the time in order to change things up a little. She lived in Rome and he lived in Paris. Alas that arrangement didn’t seemingly work, as they still separated two years ago.
4. Natalie Portman
Computers may not always be right, but they really can’t go wrong by picking Natalie Portman as the woman with the most beautiful face in the world. The 34 year old actress, born in Jerusalem, has been featured in two iconic Movie Universes, Marvel and Star Wars. She is obviously in high demand as she has appeared in 38 different movies in her young life, winning an Academy Award in 2011 for Black Swan. Things you may not know about her: She actually attended Harvard University and started a trend known as the Natalies, in which every under class woman of that first name received e-mails and phone messages from fans. Someone even named a band after her, called Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head.
3. Angelina Jolie
You know you are good looking when both your fans and a computer algorithm recognizes your beauty. She is only one of three people on this list that can claim that, coming in at #3 in a poll and at #7 on a computer. The 40 year old humanitarian has won multiple awards and has 6 children. She had a lot of trouble starting her career, unable to pass auditions because her demeanor was too dark. Now though, she is the highest paid actress in the world. Things you may not know about her: She got married for the first time wearing black leather pants and a white T-Shirt that was painted with her then husband’s name in her own blood. She was one of the first actresses to win Golden Globe awards in 3 consecutive years. In 2013, she received a double mastectomy. As a humanitarian who helps people in conflict zones both personally and financially, she has some unique insights into the world. One of her best quotes is the following: “The strong preying upon the weak and the weak, upon achieving strength, extracting retribution: this is the nature of so many of the world’s conflicts. The role of aggressor and victim may alternate over time, the tools of destruction may become more sophisticated, but little else changes.”
2. Taylor Swift
The 25 year old singer, is another person whose beauty is recognized by humans and a machine alike. Coming in at #3 via computer software and #23 in an internet poll. Originally moving to Nashville from Pennsylvania at the age of 14 to become a country music star, which she did in a big way, she has since crossed-over into the mainstream. In her career she has sold over 40 million albums with over 130 million downloaded singles. She has accumulated over 40 music awards in her young life. Taylor is conscious about her influence on her fans and has the demeanor and politeness to match. In a Rolling Stone interview in 2009, at the age of 20, the writer commented on her politeness stating that “If this is Swift’s game face, it must be tattooed on because it never drops.” Things you may not know about her: She holds the distinction of having each of her 12 singles reaching Billboard’s Top #40.
1. Scarlett Johansson
The 30 year old actress has been acting since the age of 10, having garnered extensive critical success for her earliest movies and extensive financial success with her most recent projects. Most people know her as one of the main heroes, Black Widow in the Marvel Universe films where she has gained her status as a modern sex symbol. This stunning beauty is the only person to have been voted the sexiest woman alive, twice by Esquire magazine. For this article she was voted second by the computer and 10th in polling. Things you may not know about her: She replaced super model Gisele Bündchen as the face of Dolce & Gabbana perfumes. She also suffers from a morbid fear of birds, even the little cute ones.