There are very few people in this world that would say Penelope Cruz isn’t a goddess. There’s no denying that the woman slays in just about anything she wears on the red carpet. And it’s because of one of two things: either she’s just got a great eye when it comes to modern trends or the fact that she’s so beautiful, she could make the ugliest dress stand out in a crowd. As a matter of fact, a lot of her fans would say that it is a combination of both. The woman is also classy, mysterious, and charismatic, and no one can take their eyes off her.
There’s a good reason why Penelope has so many fans from all over the world. They love her movies, they love her talent and above all, they love her personality. What’s more, a lot of people can’t touch her red carpet style. Simply put, Penelope Cruz is one of a kind. She has definitely had more fashion hits than misses, and you can’t say that about a lot of Hollywood actresses out there.
With that being said, here are 15 photos that prove Penelope Cruz is the Hispanic queen of the red carpet. The Spanish actress has been an icon for years, and that won't change any time soon. Regardless of whether or not you love her, you have to admit that the woman knows how to dress to impress, and always manages to look incredible.
15 This Stunning Red Dress
According to Penelope Cruz’s parents, she was always a natural performer. Even though acting wasn’t her first love, she always loved to put on a show for her friends and her family. She also had a natural ability to light up the room and of course, make people pay attention to her.
Not only is she drop dead gorgeous, but Penelope also has the kind of personality that makes people want to be close to her. She’s funny, she’s talented, she’s smart and above all, she’s modest. Even though she is one of the most recognizable stars in the world, she’s not the kind of person who will show off her life or post selfies on social media. She has no interest in the incredibly fake, vapid world that a lot of people are involved in online. This red dress highlights her fiery attitude and passionate personality.
14 Her Iconic Pink Dress
Before Penelope Cruz became an actress, she was studying ballet. In fact, she studied classical ballet for nine years. But everything changed for her the moment she signed on with an acting agency at the age of 15. Even though she’s no longer dancing, she credits ballet for helping her get to where she is today. Ballet has taught her to become disciplined which, as many people know, is something you need if you want to make it in Hollywood.
Penelope once said, “The discipline that ballet requires is obsessive. And only the ones who dedicate their whole lives are able to make it. Your toenails fall off and you peel them away and then you're asked to dance again and keep smiling. I wanted to become a professional ballet dancer.” This light pink dress and updo reflect her ballerina past, and we can imagine how she must have looked like during her ballet days.
13 Her Classy Old Hollywood Look
It didn’t take Penelope Cruz very long to take Hollywood by storm. As a matter of fact, she quickly made her way to the top after only starring in a handful of films. She made her first film debut in 1992 in a Spanish movie called Jamon Jamon. Because she was so young at the time, the film’s director waited until she was older before casting her in another film.
Luckily, Penelope proved that she was worth the wait. She went on to star in some of the best movies of the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Volver, Blow, Vanilla Sky, and of course, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film. She played a volatile painter named Maria Elena. And as they say, the rest is history. Penelope Cruz reminds many people of classic Old Hollywood actresses, and this look suits her perfectly as a result.
12 This Black Red Carpet Look
Penelope Cruz began getting worldwide recognition between 2006 and 2009. A lot of people would say those were the prime years of her Hollywood career. During that time, she also became one of the most popular Hispanic actresses in the entertainment industry. Some would even say that her claim to fame is being the first Spaniard to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Penelope is also a disciplined, hard worker who climbed her way up the top. She didn’t rely on her famous parents or connections to help her get where she is today. Instead, her beauty, her talent and her determination to bring wonderful stories to life are what she’s most famous for. Sure, she’s dated plenty of guys in Hollywood but because she’s kept most of her romances under the radar, you tend to forget who they were (except Matthew McConaughey, of course). This black dress wowed viewers when she wore it, as at the time, she was not nearly as famous as she is today. It certainly left an impression.
11 This Jaw-Dropping Lilac Number
It didn’t take Penelope Cruz very long to climb the Hollywood A-list. In fact, some would say that she is the top Hispanic in the group (even though her good friend Salma Hayek is way up there with her). It’s even safe to say that Penelope Cruz is a household name both in the English and Spanish speaking parts of the world.
Throughout her years in Hollywood, Penelope has worked with some of the biggest and best directors and producers in the field. But at the same time, she knows better than to comment on current events, controversies or anything that doesn’t have to do with her films. She’s a "no comment" kind of actress. Instead, Penelope focuses solely on her work and nothing else. And she’s maintained that she wants to keep it that way, too. This stunning lilac dress does all the talking for her, evidently.
10 Looking Wonderful In Green
If there’s one thing that Penelope loves to do, it’s to go back to her Spanish roots. She is one of only a handful of actresses that works in both Spanish and English films with ease.
Penelope once explained it like this: “If I read a script and the subject stays with me – then that's when I want to go to work. Before, I was very addicted to being on set, and I was doing three or four movies a year for many years. Now, fortunately, I can go to work only when I am passionate about a project, and the rest of the time, I can live my life. I'm not interested in doing movies just as a marathon. When I go to work now, I have much more to give. But the other way, you get empty.”
9 Her One-Shouldered Pink Dress
Penelope Cruz doesn’t like to be a celebrity. She’s one of just a few Hollywood stars who stays away from Facebook and Twitter and doesn’t have an Instagram account. But that doesn’t mean Penelope doesn’t like to reach out to her fans and help where she can. As a matter of fact, she’s one of the most generous and most charitable stars in Hollywood.
Penelope likes to donate both her money and her time to charity (the best part about this is that she doesn’t expect a camera to follow her while she’s on her overseas charity missions). She’s volunteered in India, Uganda and Nepal and has even spent a week working with Mother Teresa, which included assisting in a leprosy clinic. In other words, Penelope is beautiful and has a big heart. Her red carpet looks – such as this one – highlight her elegant nature.
8 This Disco Dress Lets Her Shine
According to reports, Penelope Cruz has an estimated net worth of over $55 million dollars. And if you ask her fans, she’s worth every dollar plus more. This silver glittery dress suits her star power perfectly.
These days Penelope isn’t making a lot of movies but that doesn’t mean she’s not raking in the dough. Her annual earnings as an endorser for L’Oreal is worth an estimated $2 million dollars. Even with all of her money, Penelope still worries about tomorrow and of course, her family. She once said, “Ever since I was a little girl, I've worried too much. It always bothers me because sometimes you end up worrying more about the worry and you are not resolving things that are right there in front of you. I have been like that all my life, and it's hard to change.”
7 Her Princess-Like Blue Dress
If there’s one thing that Penelope Cruz absolutely hates, it’s talking about her personal life in public. As a matter of fact, people often forget that she’s married and that she has two children because you never, ever see them in the public eye. While other celebrities moan and groan about not having enough privacy, Penelope is one actress who has managed to separate her personal life from her professional life. And she doesn’t have to act rude or ungrateful about it, either (unlike other high profile celebrities out there!).
What’s more, Penelope doesn’t spend a lot of her time in Los Angeles these days. While she still goes there for work, Penelope prefers to raise her family in her native Spain instead. This way, she doesn’t have to worry about the paparazzi and gets to be close to her family, too. Clearly, Penelope Cruz isn't an actress for the glitz and glamour. That's why she only appears at necessary red carpet events. However, she always looks incredible, and this stunning princess-like dress perfectly exemplifies this.
6 Her Glamorous Silver Dress
There’s a good reason why you never see Penelope Cruz in paparazzi shots. That’s because she knows how to avoid them. There are certain places that you just don’t go to in Hollywood if you don’t want the attention. Penelope is not interested in playing the celebrity game or even being a celebrity, for that matter.
Plus, the world has never, ever seen photos of her children. She and Javier Bardem have a daughter named Luna and a son named Leo. She certainly doesn’t share them with the media and she doesn’t post them online. I’m sure she’ll leave it up to them if they want to pursue acting careers for themselves in the future. For now, she is keeping both her kids as far away from the spotlight as possible. It's only when she steps out in stunning gowns like this one that we get to see Cruz. This stunning silver dress proves that when she wants the attention, she can easily get it.
5 Her Simple But Gorgeous Yellow Dress
There’s a reason why Penelope Cruz is such a huge star. I mean, you’ve seen her resume, right? There’s also a reason why she gets so much recognition for her work. When she picks a role, she puts her heart and her soul into it.
Penelope once said, “The older I am, the more I refuse to treat my work as therapy and the more I think it's less honest to do that, less about acting. When I was younger, I sometimes used personal things in creating characters, to the point where I thought maybe it was a little bit dangerous - at least for me. But I don't feel that somebody can only be good in a character if they are really becoming that person or really suffering.” This yellow dress highlights why she is such a huge star. She simply can command a room with ease and grace.
4 Her Figure-Hugging Black Dress
But then again, Penelope has had a few flops along the way, too. While she’s made great movies like Murder on the Orient Express and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, she’s also appeared in films like Zoolander 2 (why Penelope, why?). This year she is also starring in the controversial television series, American Crime Story, as Donatella Versace.
Also, a lot of people can’t help but remember that Penelope had a pretty long relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Tom Cruise. Some people say that Tom was trying to get Penelope to join Scientology, but she just wasn’t into it. To this day, she refuses to talk about her romance with Tom, or even mention his name in public for that matter. You can’t help but wonder what crazy experience she must have had, since she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. Regardless, the woman is not interested in sharing her experiences with the press, and keeps them to herself. It is for this reason that people call her a class act, and this elegant figure-hugging dress suits that element of her personality perfectly.
3 Her Stylish Black And Gold Number
Let’s face it: Penelope Cruz is a very beautiful woman. She’s also one of few women out there who can roll out of bed and walk out the door with no makeup on and still look great. She also doesn’t have to sweat like crazy at a gym to maintain the figure that she has today.
At the same time, Penelope does worry about the impression that Hollywood usually leaves on young girls. She once explained, “I would close down all those teenage magazines that encourage young girls to diet. Who says that to be pretty you have to be thin? Some people look better thin and some don't. There is almost a standard being created where only thin is acceptable. The influence of those magazines on girls as young as 13 is horrific.” Penelope is the kind of role model that young girls need because she embraces her own unique beauty, and doesn't change for anyone else. This unique gown might seem like a risky red carpet look, but Penelope's grace and confidence help her pull it off with ease.
2 Her Classic Black Lace Dress
Penelope is the kind of woman that just doesn’t wear a dress. She becomes the dress. I mean, just look at her track record on the red carpet. It’s no wonder that some of the biggest designers in the world give a huge sigh of relief whenever she wears one of their creations to an awards show or premiere. That’s because they know the dress is going to be an instant hit after Penelope wears it!
Penelope has said, “There are so many designers that I love, and I'm so lucky that I get to work with so many of them and sometimes spend time with them. As an actress, you get to go to these events and wear their things – it's fun, but it is what it is. I don't put a lot of time into it, but I respect what they do.” Penelope is such a style icon because she doesn't take fashion too seriously. She has fun with it, but does not put too much unnecessary thought into it. This black dress, for example, is simple but packs the perfect punch.
1 Her Dress With A Side Slit
It doesn’t look like Penelope Cruz needs to prove anything to anyone anymore. She’s got her fame, she’s got her awards, and she certainly has plenty of recognition as one of the most talented, glamorous actresses of her generation. Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop acting anytime soon. If anything, she might just think about slowing down.
Plus, Penelope is very aware of all the ups and downs that come with being an actress in the spotlight. She once explained it this way: “I really think insecurity is something that comes with being an actor – I don't know actors who aren't insecure. I do think I kind of lie to myself – there is a percentage of ego involved. And I don't say that's a bad thing – it's good to know that it's there whether we like it or not. But ego is like a lion that we have to keep under control.” Not only is she beautiful, talented, and has great style – which is exemplified by this incredible one-shouldered dress – she is also clearly a very smart and perceptive woman.