Celebrities around the world are known for many things, including their voices, their acting chops, their dance moves, what they believe in, and their causes. But, as it has been since the dawn of time, a female celebrity’s physical features are often in the spotlight, front and center, whether they like it or not.
And this spotlight isn’t always to determine if one is 'hot or not,’ but also because these celebrities are some of the biggest influencers and trend-setters to young women around the world. Whether it’s about someone’s body shape or fashion sense, or whatever, tabloid magazines are keenly aware that sex sells, and who better to spotlight that obvious statement than the world’s most famous women?
Body-shaming is a disgusting thing, and there’s no doubting its negative impact on young women around the world. And while these actresses and singers and models all have unique talents, and this list isn’t about downplaying those talents, this is a list celebrating the physical features that are so often spotlighted in these 10 celebrities.
10 Jen Selter - Butt
Jen Selter is a fitness model hailing from New York. She gained media attention after sharing photos of her very shapely butt on Instagram, and her latest photos now regularly go viral. The 'Instafamous' fitness fanatic has amassed a following of well over 6 million fans and receives a rumoured $50,000 per sponsored post on her Instagram feed. In 2014 alone, the 21-year-old appeared on the TV shows Access Hollywood, Bethenny, and The View. The same year she was ranked number 82 in the 99 Most Desirable Women by AskMen.
Selter has appeared in a number of men’s magazines, such as Maxim, Vanity Fair, Muscle & Fitness, Elle, and FHM. Because of the attention she’s gained, body building sites have sought clues on how she achieved her significant derrière, and other sites have created lists of women who might have better glutes than her. She is currently worth around $600,000.
9 Megan Fox - Eyes
Megan Fox is an American actress who began her career in 2001, first playing a regular role on the TV sitcom, Hope & Faith. She made her film debut in 2004, and then starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in the blockbuster Michael Bay film, Transformers. She is well known for being a stunning beauty, and for her piercing blue eyes.
Fox is considered a modern sex symbol, and has appeared in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Maxim, and FHM. In 2008, she shocked statisticians when she beat Jessica Alba to be crowned FHM’s sexiest woman on the planet, without ever being featured in the top 100 before. She subsequently took the runner-up place in consecutive years.
Some tidbits: she’s a huge gamer, and has claimed to have beaten Guitar Hero’s Free Bird on expert mode. She owns pet squirrels and a pig named Piggy Smalls, and she claimed in an interview with FHM, “I have the libido of a 15-year-old boy - my sex drive is so high.” She is worth $5 million.
8 Kate Upton - Boobs
Kate Upton is a hugely popular model and actress who first gained fame for being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2012 and 2013. She was named Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated after her first appearance in 2011, and she was the subject of the 100th anniversary of Vanity Fair magazine.
Upton is well-known for foregoing the “twig look” common in models and bringing back a voluptuous style in her modeling. Any guy will tell you that she is most famous for her boobs. She made her film debut in 2011's Tower Heist, which was met with moderate success. She’s appeared on nearly every high-fashion magazine cover, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Muse, and more.
In 2012, Upton ranked 5th in the sexiest models category by MODELS, and was listed on Maxim’s HOT 100 list. In 2013, she ranked #3 in AskMen’s Top 99 Women, and was named Model of the Year at the Style Awards at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. She placed #4 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2015. She is currently worth $20 million.
7 Emma Watson - Style
Emma Watson is of course most famous for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. The franchise gave her fame, money, and prominence in the acting world, and she continued to act outside of the Potter franchise with films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Noah.
She has been noted in recent years for her fashion and modeling success, showing classy style in the 2011 film My Week with Marilyn, and in her fashion campaigns with Burberry and Lancôme . Since being a teenager, Watson has evolved into one of this generation’s best-dressed stars, and she shows no signs of slowing down. As stated on her fashion blog in the headline, “I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. I’m going to figure out what that is.”
Watson is also a fashion consultant and helped craft a line of clothes for People Tree, and she’s the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, helping to launch the campaign HeForShe, which calls for gender equality. So despite being worth $60 million for her film career, she has done plenty to broaden her scope from the lovable child-star that she was in the Harry Potter series, and she’s just as lovable for it.
6 Scarlett Johansson - Lips
Scarlett Johansson is one of the world’s most popular actresses, and she has been since the early 2000's. She first starred in 1994's North, and then shifted into adult roles with 2003's Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Lost in Translation. She is one of the preeminent modern sex symbols in Hollywood, and is the only woman to be chosen as Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” twice, both in 2006 and 2013. She was also Playboy’s “Sexiest Celebrity” in 2007.
On FHM magazine’s headline for the star, it simply reads: “Scarlett Johansson - The Lips,” and there is an undeniable attraction with her face and smile (and every other part of her). She has been ranked into FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list every year for almost a decade, hitting 3rd in 2007. She has been embraced as being the “perfect woman” it seems by nearly every fashion and entertainment magazine and critic, and it’s hard to deny that claim.
Johansson most recently starred as Black Widow in the hugely popular Marvel series’ Iron Man, and The Avengers. At the young age of 30, she already has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which she earned in 2012. She is worth $65 million, both from her film career, and her huge endorsements from companies such as Calvin Klein, L'Oréal, and Louis Vuitton.
5 Halle Berry - Nose
Halle Berry has been in the business a long time. As of 2015, she is the only woman of color to win an Oscar for a leading role, which she won in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball. During the 2000s, she was one of the most sought-after and highly-paid actresses in Hollywood. Before becoming an actress, she was a model, known for her sharp features, perfect nose, and winning smile.
Berry was the 1st runner-up in a Miss USA Pageant, and 6th in Miss World Pageant in 1986. Beginning in 2000, she gained high-profile roles, such as that of Storm in the X-Men series, a Bond girl in Die Another Day (2002), and in the action crime thriller Swordfish (2001), where she posed topless at one point.
Berry is an activist for clean air, for women’s issues in education, justice, and health, and in support of protecting celebrities’ children from harassment from paparazzi. She was ranked #1 on People’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2003, at the age of 37, and was #1 on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list that same year. Before that, she had appeared in FHM's top 10 seven times, and since then, five more times. At age 42, Access Hollywood named her the “Sexiest Black Woman,” in 2008. She is worth $80 million.
4 Rihanna - Legs
Singer and fashion designer Rihanna is one of the most popular pop stars in today’s musical landscape. She rose to prominence with the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, and its chart-topping single, “Umbrella,” for which she had to ban fans from bringing umbrellas to her concerts for fear of umbrella-related injuries and lawsuits.
Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 150 million records; has seven hugely selling albums, a new hit single every other month it seems, and millions of Twitter followers. She is also worth $140 million, at the age of 27, and has appeared on FHM’s 100 Sexiest list consecutively since 2007, hitting her highest spot in 2013 at #2. But one of her other claims to fame is her body - namely, her legs.
In 2007, she won Gillette’s “Celebrity Legs of a Goddess” award. She also had her legs insured for a million dollars, because, well, she knows what she’s got, and god-forbid something happen to those shapely limbs. Rihanna has always been known for reinventing her image and style, and it’s safe to say that she’s got legs - both literally and figuratively - and isn't slowing down.
3 Jennifer Lopez - Hair
Jennifer Lopez, or J-Lo, is an American actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, singer, and producer. With all of her accolades and career successes, she is undoubtedly one of the busiest women in show biz, and one of the most successful, being worth $300 million. She is the richest person of Latin-American descent in Hollywood, sprouting from her multi-million dollar film appearances, her albums, and her lines of perfume and fashion.
J -Lo was the first woman to top FHM’s 100 Sexiest list in consecutive years, in 2000 and 2001. She’s also appeared in the top 100 seven other times. While she is best known for her behind, she also has some of the best hair in Hollywood, and she is the Global Ambassador of L’Oreal Paris’ hair brand, EverPure, and Preference hair color.
Her hair ads, as well as her debut as an American Idol judge in 2011, and the release of her album Love?, helped promote her comeback, which is currently in full swing. Before going out on stage for shows, she trains in her hair, make-up, and outfit for a full hour. With all of her recent successes and comebacks, it’s almost guaranteed that J-Lo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
2 Beyoncé - Hips
Beyoncé, or Queen B, is probably the most successful female singer in recent memory - or all time - worth a staggering $530 million. Together with husband Jay Z, they make up an empire worth over a billion dollars. She got her start in Destiny’s Child in the late ‘90s, before embarking on one of the most successful solo careers imaginable.
She has won 20 Grammy Awards, making her the most nominated woman in the award’s history, and the RIAA named her the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s. Time listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in both 2013 and 2014.
Beyoncé’s curves are legendary, including her bum and hips, which are on full display during her dance routines. Time writer Baz Luhrmann has written that, “No one moves the way she moves.” She was named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People, and the “Hottest Female Singer of All Time” by Complex, in 2012. VH1 gave her #1 on its 100 Sexiest list.
1 Natalie Portman - Brains
Natalie Portman is a hugely successful actress, first starring as a 12-year-old child in the thriller Leon: The Professional. She gained mainstream success after starring as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, as Anakin Skywalker’s love interest. In 2011, she won her first Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the dark drama Black Swan.
There is an often-depicted assumption of Hollywood being full of daft actors, but Portman tears that assumption apart. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University in 2003, while working as an actress. She is very sharp, and even co-authored two research papers while at Harvard that were published in scientific journals. In 2006, she was a guest lecturer at Columbia University course about terrorism and counterterrorism.
Portman has told the New York Post, “I don't care if [college] ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star.” One more reason to love her. She was also the research assistant of prominent scholar Alan Dershowitz while at Harvard. She is a huge animal rights advocate, supporter of same-sex marriage, and is an ambassador of the international charity, Free the Children.