Every year People magazine compiles a list of who they think the most beautiful women in the world are. This year is no exception and for the 8 women below, they got to have a nice little boost to their confidence when People came calling. Though when you learn that two of our stars are from the same television show, perhaps that was one less call that they had to make!
The flip side of our list has women that weren’t quite so lucky, but clearly, have the good looks to make the top of any guy’s “hottest” list. Whether it’s Australians like Margot Robbie or Americans like Jennifer Lawrence, we’re sure you won’t be left complaining as we compile 7 of the hottest photos that the women have posed for.
Then, of course, we have to end with who People declared the most beautiful person in the world, a title that she has won 5 times. We also cover some of the most exciting projects that some of these stars are currently involved in, as well as various quotes from the women helping to reaffirm that they are more than just a pretty face.
Here are the 8 most beautiful women in the world, and the 7 misses!
15. Made The Cut – Taraji Henson
Taraji Henson looks absolutely stunning in the above photo and when she was interviewed by Harper’s Bazaar, she was quick to point out why she loves dressing up
“I was coming from the era of Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige, you know, ghetto fabulous. I came from nothing, I was deprived all my life, so when you get money, you go big!”
While Henson has no shortage of outstanding roles, she is perhaps best known for her role on the television show Empire which has earned her a Golden Globe and multiple Emmy nominations. The series also stars Terrence Howard, which perhaps makes him feel a little better about being replaced in the Iron Man franchise!
14. Missed The Cut – Jennifer Lawrence
Let’s be honest, would you really ever argue with Jennifer Lawrence‘s placement on a list about beautiful women? Whether it’s looking amazing on the big screen, looking great when walking around town or in various photoshoots, Lawrence continues to be one of the most captivating celebrities in Hollywood, and yet People failed to give her a call!
Coming off the success of her Hunger Games franchise, Lawrence, unfortunately, disappointed with one of her more recent efforts in Passengers that also starred Chris Pratt which may help contribute to her falling off their radar.
We hope she’ll have more success with her upcoming movie Mother! that also stars Javier Bardem, Kristen Wiig, and Michelle Pfeiffer and is set to come out later this year. At the very least with an Academy Award in her resume, it’s clear that Lawrence is one of the most talented (alongside being one of the most beautiful) celebrities in Hollywood.
13. Made The Cut – Emma Watson
There might not be a bigger celebrity in Hollywood right now than Emma Watson. Granted when you know you’re going to appear as Belle in Beauty in the Beast, we’re sure that isn’t something that comes as all too big a shock.
And considering she was Hermione, it’s not like Emma Watson is any stranger to being in the spotlight or blockbuster movies. Unfortunately for Watson, part of 2017 will also be the year in which she had her privacy violated and several leaked photos of her without clothes emerged on the internet.
Perhaps People declaring her as one of the most beautiful people in the world will be enough to make her smile though?
12. Missed The Cut – Emma Stone
There is no shortage of magazines that were clamoring to get at Emma Stone recently, which perhaps makes it all the more surprising that People was not one of them.
After all, Stone’s recent performance in La La Land along with past standout comedic performances in roles like Superbad have helped solidify that she’s arguably one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood.
And as you can tell from the above photo we’ve selected, she’s also drop dead gorgeous. While Stone has several exciting projects on the horizon, you may be most excited for her take on Cruella de Vil in the upcoming live-action 101 Dalmatians. If Beauty and the Beast was any indication, it’s clear that Disney may have a winning formula with remaking these classics.
11. Made The Cut – Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore is no stranger to being in the public spotlight whether it’s for her acting talent or showing off her more musical side. The people at People (heh) however must clearly be a huge fan of the television show This Is Us because Moore isn’t even the only lady from the show to earn a spot on our list!
When you consider that in 2016 Moore separated from her husband, who she had married in 2009, we’re sure she is appreciating the boost in her career, as well as the nice bit of confidence that being named one of People’s most beautiful people.
Moore is also recognized (at least her voice!) for her role as Rapunzel in the Disney film Tangled, a role she also reprises in the Kingdom Hearts video game series including the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3.
10. Missed The Cut – Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is easily one of the most recognizable movie stars in Hollywood. But then again, when you appear in the Avengers franchise and are also drop dead gorgeous nobody should be all too shocked by that.
Unfortunately, Johansson’s recent film efforts with Ghost in the Shell failed to live up to expectations but we’re sure it won’t be the last time audiences get to check her out in a leading role and it definitely didn’t fail because audiences don’t love looking at Johansson.
But if you think Johansson is flawless, you may be shocked that back in 2014 she was openly critical about her body,
9. Made The Cut – Carrie Underwood
You don’t have to love, appreciate or even know any of Carrie Underwood‘s music to understand how beautiful she is. Arguably the most successful American Idol contestant of all-time, Underwood continues to impress whenever she hits the studio for a new album or the stage for a jaw-dropping concert.
In her personal life, Underwood has been married to NHLer Mike Fisher since 2010, but even if she was single we don’t know if she’d be compatible with you. Openly religious, Underwood has admitted in the past that she and Fisher waited until their wedding day to be intimate for the first time.
8. Missed The Cut – Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie is no stranger to having magazines acknowledge how good looking she is. In fact, it was just this past year that Maxim declared her as the hottest Australian in the entire world.
However, People didn’t get that message as they failed to give Robbie a spot on their list! While Robbie is no stranger to embracing her good looks for a role, you can expect that to fall by the wayside for her upcoming role as Tonya Harding.
Perhaps you’ll just have to watch her as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad again. Though if you think that character was overly sexualized, Robbie shot down the haters saying
7. Made The Cut – Oprah Winfrey
You can imagine that Oprah Winfrey had herself an incredibly busy schedule back when she was hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2011. The show is easily considered to be one of the most successful talk shows of all-time, and when reflecting back on her time Oprah admitted the influence it had on her life
“The Oprah Winfrey Show was my greatest therapy. I came out of it a better human being, having listened to everybody’s stories.”
Oprah also admitted to People that she is finding a great deal of peace in the calmness that her current life provides her, but things may get busier with a few projects on the horizon including appearing in A Wrinkle In Time and lending her voice to the animated film The Star which stars Steven Yeun and Kelly Clarkson.
6. Missed The Cut – Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana must absolutely love hanging out in space. She found incredible success stepping into the role of Uhura in the Star Trek franchise and we don’t know if you’ve heard about another little-known franchise called Guardians of the Galaxy that she also plays an integral role in. Saldana will also be taking the character of Gamora to the upcoming Avengers films as well.
Granted her character in that series may not get to show off her good looks as well as a, you know, not green person, but the above photo should be proof enough that Saldana should be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
5. Made The Cut – Viola Davis
When it comes to success where do we even start with Viola Davis? How about the fact that she absolutely kills it on the television screen as one of the leads of How To Get Away With Murder. You can expect she’ll play a pivotal role again as the series comes back for its 4th season in the near future.
Then you have the fact that she wowed audiences and critics with her performance in Fences this past year, including taking home an Academy Award for her efforts. Granted Davis also appeared in the disappointing Suicide Squad but that’s hardly something we can pin on her!
Davis will be showing off her variety again in the near future when she appears in the heist thriller Widows which is set to come out in November and also stars Liam Neeson.
4. Missed The Cut – Selena Gomez
There may not be a celebrity on social media that garners more attention than Selena Gomez. With over 118 million people following her Instagram account, it’s clear that the world can’t get enough of whatever she gets up to next, though talk about pressure to post captivating posts!
Her huge following makes it all the more surprising that People elected to leave Gomez off this year’s list, especially when Gomez is also an outstanding role model for body positivity. Instead, you’ll just have to settle for the photoshoot that she did for Vogue earlier this year (oh shucks!).
Kygo’s recent song “It Ain’t Me” that features Gomez is also proving to be a commercial hit and considering she also found recent success with her own music, it’s clear that her popularity isn’t going away anytime soon.
3. Made The Cut – Chrissy Metz
One of the biggest new television series is This Is Us which stars Chrissy Metz in one of the lead roles. It’s proven to be an outstanding role for Metz and it was her confidence in her body size that led People to declare her as one of the most beautiful people in the world.
“You don’t realize that somebody who’s average or even very fit could relate to someone who’s overweight. But it’s not about our size — it’s how we look at ourselves and how we feel about ourselves,” said Metz when interviewed by People.
Despite loving her bigger size, Metz (along with her character) is planning to lose weight in the near future, but she assured People that she’s doing it because she decided it was the right and healthy call and not because she felt pressured.
2. Missed The Cut – Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is one of the most successful musicians in the industry, but perhaps even more importantly, she is also incredibly open about the importance of body positivity.
Lovato has had struggles of her own, including a past addiction to cocaine and suffering from eating disorders but is proud to have put that part of her life behind her. You can often see her posting makeup free selfies to help inspire other women to embrace their beautiful and natural side.
When talking to Cosmopolitan, Lovato openly tried to encourage her fans to stay away from the dangers of partying,
“I have fans that are going to turn 21, and I want them to know that there are other ways you can celebrate, not just by poisoning yourself,” as well as praising self-love,
1. Made The Cut – Julia Roberts
When it comes to declaring the most beautiful person in the entire world, People definitely had their hands full. And now that you’ve seen our entire list, including 7 beautiful women who didn’t make the cut, you get to find out that the most beautiful woman in the entire world (according to People) is none other than Julia Roberts!
We’re sure that was an incredible honor for Roberts, especially considering she is one of the oldest celebrities on our list but is clearly aging incredibly gracefully.
Unfortunately for Roberts, her career, on the other hand, has been less than stellar as of late including appearing in the horrific film Mother’s Day alongside Jennifer Aniston.
This was the 5th time that Roberts has been named the most beautiful person in the world, so it’s clear that the people in charge of this keep her number close at hand!