There is a good chance that at some point, you have heard the phrase, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Yes, that can be true, but there are some distinct features that make someone physically more attractive to the common eye. Through continued evolution, humans still seek basic essentials in a mate: good health, superior genes, and fertility.
Our brains subconsciously scan other people for these traits through a person's body and facial features. Clear, smooth skin, and a symmetrical face convey health, portray a youthful look, and are indicators of a person's genetics. When it comes to child bearing, men are more likely to find women that have big eyes, a thin jaw, and high cheekbones more attractive, as these characteristics depict health and youth.
There are some women though that only need one of these features to be a knockout - high cheekbones. There is nothing like looking at a woman with intense, sharp cheekbones; the uniqueness of her beauty is overwhelming. All of the women on this list are gorgeous, and a certain thanks to their unbelievable cheekbones is in order, because we would not be gawking at them otherwise.
Here is TheRichest's list of 13 women with the sexiest cheekbones.
13 Adriana Lima
Her unusual fusion of heritages - African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French, and Caribbean - give her the ultimate exotic look. Upon entering the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest, Adriana Lima received second place at the tender age of 13. You know you're going to be stunning when you're older if you're winning such competitions at a young age.
At 16, she moved to New York City and signed with Elite Model Management. Adriana is currently a Victoria's Secret Angel, and has campaigned for many other major fashion companies, along with appearing on the covers of fashion magazines. When she isn't modeling, Adriana dedicates her time to aiding the orphans of Brazil. A beauty with a heart!
12 Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde has snatched a spot on a multitude of lists that countdown the sexiest women alive. In 2011, she nabbed the number one spot on Maxim's Hot 100 list. Olivia Wilde is best known for her role in the popular TV series, The O.C., but lets not forget her other talents besides acting, like that time she won a pancake eating contest in Australia.
Olivia has grown up loving cars, particularly old American classics, and even owns a few herself. Her life motto is to love everyone, which she reminds herself of every day with a tattoo on her wrist: "All love, A." It continually reminds her to love everyone, just as her late uncle Alexander did.
11 Karlie Kloss
The easily spotted model, Karlie Kloss, is best known for being a previous Victoria's Secret Angel. How could she not be? Just look at how gorgeous this model is. She is described as having a "classic look," making her suitable to model even as she ages.
Her runway walk has been described by People Magazine as a "moody gait," whatever that means. She has walked shows in New York, Milan, Paris, etc, and been involved with advertisements and covers for every big name fashion magazine. Karlie Kloss has been claiming extra spotlight as Taylor Swift's best friend. As if her star wasn't already shining bright...
10 Kerry Washington
It is difficult to believe this woman is a day over 25, but in reality, she is 38, married, and has a child. Those strong cheekbones and tight skin keep Kerry Washington looking young and made her an easy pick for the lead character in Scandal, a political thriller on ABC that has had quite a bit of success.
There is no doubting why she ranked 65th on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2014. She's super hot! Along with her stunning beauty, she has proved herself academically by graduating from George Washington University, and then furthering her education by going on to study acting at NYU. So she has beauty and brains. Great combination.
9 Rooney Mara
From money to looks, Rooney Mara appears to have it all. She comes from a lineage of wealth, as her great grandfather founded the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise. It was not until she was 19, and at NYU, that she pursued acting appearing in student films, while auditioning for small TV and movie roles.
Her first major successful role came from her short appearance in The Social Network, starring as Erica, the Boston University undergraduate student who dumps Mark Zuckerberg. Thankfully, her acting career has taken off, so we can see more of those sexy cheekbones.
8 Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner's road to fame started with Alias, a TV series in the early 2000s, in which she starred as Agent Sydney Bristow. She can also be seen in many notable movies, such as Pearl Harbor, 13 Going on 30, and Daredevil, where she met Ben Affleck, whom she is in the midst of divorcing because of his alleged bachelor ways. The two have a child.
Easily, she snatched multiple number one spots on top beauty lists, and while continuing to look sexy at all times, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and kickboxing. I still can't understand why Ben couldn't hang on to a beautiful woman like Jennifer Garner.
7 Michelle Rodriguez
The first of Cara Delevingne's recent lovers makes the list: Michelle Rodriguez. The two dated for about six months back in 2014; those who knew them, described the relationship as intense.
Michelle is best known for playing "tough girl" roles, stemming from her lead role in the 2000 boxing movie, Girlfight. She's tough, and she's beautiful. After Girlfight, she starred in The Fast and the Furious, and interestingly enough, she did not have a driver's license prior to filming. She has since appeared in the money-making sequels of the franchise. Michelle is also known for her party girl habits, with an alcohol problem that has jailed her twice.
6 Natalie Portman
This Harvard graduate was discovered at age 11 by an agent that pushed her towards a career in modeling, but eventually, she decided on a career in acting instead. After Natalie Portman's performance as Queen Amidala in Star Wars Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, she received worldwide recognition.
One of Natalie's more recent film successes, Black Swan, was one of the darkest films she has partaken in, as she tends to stay away from films that do not shed a positive light on her. Natalie takes pride in knowing that she is a role model for young girls, thus she typically turns down horror-related roles, or roles involving nudity. The movie did, however, prove her worth as one of Hollywood's best actresses.
5 5. Tegan and Sarah Quin
If you're looking for the best women cheekbones in history, look no further. Tegan and Sara have the most intense facial structure, instantly making them so sexy. These twins form the indie pop duo Tegan and Sara. They have sold nearly 1 million albums, and have worked with some of the world's best DJs and acts, including Tiesto, David Guetta, The Killers, Neil Young, etc. Their breakthrough song, "Walking with a Ghost" was even covered by The White Stripes.
How can you not love these lesbian twins? Very hot lesbian twins, I should add. Sara is the key writer of the duo, responsible for the majority of their biggest hits. Unlike Tegan, who prefers sunny days and clean air, Sara enjoys the opposite - hot, humid air in the summer, and snow in the winter. Sara and Tegan spend their time apart when they are not touring, which is seemingly unusual for twins. They both love to read, and write poetry - true artists at heart.
4 Angelina Jolie
This exceedingly popular actress has been heavily covered by the press since the mid 1990s, when she had multiple breakthrough performances in TV movies, winning her a Golden Globe award and an Emmy nomination. In 2004, Angelina Jolie met her current husband, Brat Pitt, while filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith, whom she has 6 children with.
When Angelina is not acting, she assists in aiding refugees through international charity projects. She often lands herself on beautiful women lists due to her unique facial structure, possibly due to her combination of heritages: German, Dutch, French-Canadian, Czech, and remote Heron.
3 St. Vincent (Annie Clark)
Annie Clark, better known by her stage-name, St. Vincent, came into the spotlight after the release of her 2009 album, Actor, which was popular with mainstream music listeners because the intricate songs were morphed with pop melodies. Actor peaked at 90th on the Billboard Top 100 album charts. St. Vincent's following album, Strange Mercy, debuted at 19, securing her recent claim to fame.
She studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and obtained her stage-name, St. Vincent in 2006; she was inspired by her grandmother (whose middle name was St. Vincent), and by Dylan Thomas, who died in St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester, New York. Recently, she has grabbed more spotlight action from her relationship with supermodel, Cara Delevingne.
2 Kiera Knightley
Considering both of Kiera Knightley's parents were actors, it is no surprise that she asked for an agent at the age of 3, and was granted one by the age of 6. Throughout her childhood, she played parts in an abundance of films, and by adulthood, she starred in many critically acclaimed movies, the most notable of which, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
At the young age of 23, Forbes ranked her as the second highest paid actress in Hollywood. In 2005, The Daily Mail named her "Actress of the Year." Kiera has also received recognition by Forbes for being one of the most powerful celebrities, and it should go without saying that she topped many sexiest women lists.
1 Cara Delevingne
The biggest "it girl" right now is Cara Delevingne. This model-turned-actress has been the main sight of the press this past year, as she continues her transition from a model to actor. Cara can be seen in Paper Towns. She also recently finished filming for next summer's highly anticipated action film, Suicide Squad.
Cara is loved for her carefree and silly attitude; she often flashes ridiculous faces at paparazzi. She does not define her sexuality, and instead chooses to live by her motto, "stop labelling, start living." She is currently dating another beautiful woman on this list, St. Vincent.