Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s why there is so much debate about the physical looks of celebrities. For example, everyone can agree that gentlemen prefer blondes. But there are a lot of variations of blonde. Some people love Pamela Anderson’s beach blonde look, whereas others find it cheap. Some admire Charlize Theron’s blonde locks and consider her to be a classic beauty, while others prefer someone with an edgier look like Gwen Stefani. And many fans will always find Jennifer Aniston’s legendary hair to be the fairest of them all, while others have moved onto younger, blonder beauties like Jennifer Lawrence.
The point is, what some people find to be hotsy-totsy, others find to be hotsy-notsy. With fans being privy to so many pics of celebrities due to social media and the paparazzi, the public gets to see far more shots of the rich and famous than ever before. What that means is that we see all the sides of our favorite stars – the good, the bad, and the ugly. When we are inundated with so many different images, it can be hard to form our own opinion about who’s hot, and who’s not. Here are 15 of the most celebrated celebrities of our day, who also have some of the most hotly debated looks.
15 Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks is a stunning woman. She is always point-on. Her silky blonde hair never fails to be coiffed, her ice blue eyes dazzle, and skin glows from within. She is tall, with a well-toned yoga body. She looks equally gorgeous in a ball gown as she does in a bathing suit. Even the little things about her are perfect, like her teeth, bone structure and chest. So, why are her looks debatable? Some people think she’s too commercial looking. Critics say that her look is rather common in Hollywood. It’s not that Banks looks plastic, it’s that she doesn’t have anything unique about her. Sometimes imperfections are what make people all the more beautiful. Cindy Crawford has her mole, Paris Hilton has a long nose, and Kim Kardashian has a rotund derriere. Banks is almost a little too picture perfect – and where’s the fun in that?
14 Amber Heard
Amber Heard is 30 years old, which is an odd age in Hollywood. She’s no longer young enough to play the ingénue, but she isn’t old enough to portray a mature woman. While there’s no denying that she is attractive, people find it hard to assign a place for her. She isn’t a bouncy young thing people can drool over like Gigi Hadid, but she hasn’t yet acquired the grace of Natalie Portman. Heard would be wise to consult an image specialist to hone in on her look, so that she can find her niche. Her flowing golden hair and toothy smile communicate youth, while her eyes and mannerisms signal wisdom. Heard needs to commit to one or the other. Once she finds her true identity, people will stop referring to her as the ex-Mrs. Depp. Likely her next film role will solidify her persona, so she’d be smart to pick something she’s comfortable with.
13 Selena Gomez
It looks like Selena Gomez is here to stay. She sings, she dances and she acts, so she will always have plenty of projects to choose from. And of course the biggest part of her success is that she is easy on the eyes. Her rounded cheeks are sweet, her plump lips are kissable, and her hips don’t lie. But all of these accolades have many people yawning. There is a segment of the population out there, mostly the thirty-somethings, that still clearly recall the Latin invasion of the 90s. They remember Jennifer Lopez from before she was J. Lo, and Ricky Martin from back when we were dumb enough to think he was into women. So for them, Gomez’s looks aren’t exotic – they are run of the mill. They think that celebrities like Gomez and Demi Lovato are passé with their full bodies and dark hair.
12 Hailey Baldwin
Hailey Baldwin is an up-and-coming model. We see her in the background when the Jenner girls and the Hadid sisters are glamming it up for the paparazzi at various events. It’s only a matter of time, though, before Baldwin takes center stage. If she’s patient, she can easily eclipse her famous friends. Baldwin has everything it takes to make it big. She has doe eyes, cheekbones for days and a killer body. And of course it doesn’t hurt that she has a famous last name.
But like many gorgeous girls, Baldwin has her share of detractors. There are plenty of people out there that debate her looks. She has been criticized for having duck lips due to too many injections. She has also been shamed for having a boxy face. And her worst critics take issue with what they see as a crooked nose, which they claim is why she always poses with her head to one side.
11 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson’s looks are some of the most divisive in Hollywood. It seems like men are the predominant ones that think she is the hottest thing since Marilyn Monroe. They adore her ample chest, curvy body, and button nose. They think she can do no wrong, no matter if she wears her waxen hair up or down, or if she wears sneakers or heels. Women tend to have a different opinion. They just don’t see what all the fuss is about. Sure, they readily admit that she’s pretty, but they don’t agree that she’s a perfect ten. Women tend to be turned off by her heart shaped face, because they claim her forehead is too wide for her lips and chin. They even find fault in her cheeks, noting that one pulls back more than the other when she smiles. But what bothers women the most are Johansson’s breasts. They feel that they are too big. It’s not that women are jealous, per se. It’s just that women admire proportion while men admire size.
10 Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa is one of those personalities that people either love or hate. You either think she’s sincere or you think she’s a phony. You either think she’s talented or you think she’s a bimbo with a big mouth. And you either think she’s pretty, or pretty fugly. The biggest reason her looks are so worthy of debate has got to do with her thin frame. Some ladies would kill to be that petite and child-sized. They are of the mind that you can never be too rich or too thin. But others think that Ripa is scary-skinny, and way too focused on exposing as much bone as possible with her wardrobe choices. We’re going to play nice on this one. Ripa’s looks are refreshing, because her looks are a little atypical for Hollywood. She isn’t tall, she doesn’t have implants, and she isn’t young – yet she still sets trends with her clothing choices, varying hair styles, and natural makeup.
9 Charlotte McKinney
Charlotte McKinney is the next Kate Upton. Yeah, riiiiiiiight. If we were Upton, we’d be a little irked. McKinney is at best a poor man’s version of Upton. Whereas Upton has jiggly jugs that no one can decide if they’re real or not, McKinney has circus boobs that look like balloons ready to pop. While Upton has dainty feminine features, McKinney’s jaw and nose are prominent. And while Upton has a comely beauty mark to set her apart, McKinney has… nothing in particular.
Now, this list is about celebrities with debatable looks, so we have to say something positive about McKinney to be fair and balanced. Those on Team McKinney like that she is a little more provocative than Upton. McKinney wears super tight outfits, shows her nipples in racy pictorials, and licks her lips. Her fans appreciate that she isn’t afraid to be a little dirty.
8 Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr seems to be more popular than ever right now. It might be because of the negative press she gets, such as her reputation for being a gold digger, and the bloody confrontation that recently occurred at her Malibu home. However, most of her success is due to her looks – which are hotly debated. One person will say that she is a flawless beauty, while another will say that her looks have a lot of “character.” One person will post that the apples of her cheeks are her best feature, while another will counter that they give her a chipmunk-like appearance. One person will argue that her bold eyes and brows give symmetry to her face, while critics will meanly say that her head is so large she looks like a bobble-head.
One thing everyone can agree on, though, is that her body is a wonderland. Kerr is lithe at 5’9”, with lean limbs and a long, thin torso. She walks beautifully on the runway, and can contort into any yoga position. And the loveliest thing is that no one can accuse her of having any work done to her body.
7 Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter has blossomed into a beautiful young woman. She hasn’t been afraid to flaunt her new body, complete with carefully crafted breasts due to a recent breast reduction. Winter has been wearing revealing clothing fitting of a Kardashian girl, and styles her makeup with more drama than ever before. She is truly one of the hot, young Hollywood crowd thanks to her new image. Fans couldn’t be more pleased to see Alex Dunphy’s sexy side. People love to see her butt in short shorts and her cleavage in V-necks.
But not everyone is happy with this transformation. Those who aren’t are asserting that Winter’s new looks are derivative, and that she doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Meaner still are the comments that her breasts are still way too big for her short stature. And the nastiest views are that Winter should have gotten some lipo when she was at the plastic surgeon’s office.
Rihanna’s looks are very polarizing. Her diehard fans think that she can do no wrong. They marvel at the contrast between her light eyes and her dark skin. They are attracted to her supple body, and are turned on by the sultry way she moves while dancing. And while they love her music, they swear she missed her calling and should have been a model. On the other hand, haters are gonna hate. These are the people that think her taste in fashion is tacky, that loathe her accent, and that think she has a bit of an attitude underneath all her smiles. Part of the disagreement over Rihanna’s looks might be that she wears so many different styles. Sometimes she styles herself like a glamour girl, sometimes she kicks it old school, and sometimes she is ahead of the trends. It can be hard to wrap one’s head around someone so versatile.
5 Emma Stone
Emma Stone. The jury’s deadlocked on this one. Better declare a mistrial! The crux of the matter seems to be how to define Stone’s looks. Half of the population believes her to pretty, while the other half just thinks she’s cute – and believe us, there’s a world of difference between “pretty” and “cute.” Pretty girls are every guy’s type. They fit the mold of conventional good looks, with things like perky breasts, a thin physique, nice eyes and a good smile. Cute girls tickle some guys just right, while others pass them up. Cute girls might be impish looking, petite or have exaggerated features. So what do you think? Stone has pearly whites, even facial features, and is graceful when she moves. She also has a warm personality. Perhaps it all comes down to if you prefer her as a redhead or a blonde.
4 Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella has a huge cult following due to the WWE, stars in a reality show, and has captured John Cena’s heart. So it’s safe to say that she’s considered to be a beauty. She’s definitely a different breed. Bella has big breasts and even bigger muscles. Her long dark hair frames her face, which stands out due to her full red lips. And she can handle herself in any situation. But her looks aren’t for everyone. Some are turned off by her bronzed skin tone, her jacked abs and her no-nonsense personality. These sorts of people would rather see a girl in a dress than a sports bra, and cooking in a kitchen rather than pumping iron. To each his own.
3 Emma Watson
Emma Watson has a legion of fans thanks to her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter franchise. She’s loved the world over for her acting skills, and her humble demeanor. However, her looks are a bit of a mystery. Many people discount her as being “hot” because she has quiet, delicate good looks. Her beauty is more understated, like that of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Watson’s brown hair, small features and elegant ensembles often play second fiddle to stars that bring the bling. Since she’s overshadowed, many erroneously consider her to be a bit of a plain Jane.
2 Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley made her mark in Hollywood by acting with George Clooney in The Descendants, and she cemented her place by starring in the Divergent movies. But the debate rages about how to categorize her looks. Her followers believe that she will be the next Julia Roberts, with classic good looks and a tremendous acting range. They are wowed by her girl next door features, like her fit body, thousand watt smile and sun-kissed hair. Plus, her biggest fans are quick to say that she has inner beauty. Others concede that while Woodley is attractive, she isn’t anything to write home about. They don’t have anything particularly negative to spout, they just don’t see what the big deal is about this brunette.
1 Kendall Jenner
The looks of the Kardashians are always up for debate, mostly because they are asking for it due to their overwhelming social media presence. But the only one of them that made it on this list was Kendall Jenner. Why? Because once she went around stating that she was a “supermodel,” all bets were off. Jenner is tall and thin, with shiny black hair and a symmetrical face. She’s model gorgeous for sure, but the question is whether or not she’s supermodel gorgeous. The biggest, boldest supermodels reigned supreme in the 90s. Each of them not only had a special aura, but they had unique looks that set them apart. Helena Christensen had a wide face, Linda Evangelista rocked short hair, and Elle Macpherson had the body of a goddess. Critics of Jenner’s are quick to point out that her looks are generic. Perhaps supermodel Stephanie Seymour said it best when she remarked that Jenner is just the b*tch of the moment.