Every woman is beautiful in her own way. The way a woman smiles, stands tall, and speaks her mind will always turn heads, no matter the color of her skin or the shape of her body.
But not all women are created equal. There are a select few that seem like they were molded in the likeness of goddesses—beautiful, intelligent, talented, and graceful all at once.
Here are 40 of the most beautiful women in the world. You may have seen some of them in movies and runways, but others might take your breath away for the first time as you scroll through. Either way, they’ve all earned the right to be called the most beautiful women in the world.
1. Halle Berry
We’re not sure what Halle Berry is more popular for—her performance as the ever-alluring Catwoman or her sexy pixie cut. But regardless of how you know her, her beauty and ability to command attention from a room full of people are undeniable.
Halle started as a model and slowly made her way to Hollywood. Today, she’s a renowned actress who has proven to be an icon, playing memorable roles that no one will dare forget any time soon.
2. Emma Stone
Emma is not only beautiful, funny, and charismatic, but she’s also one of the highest-paid actresses today. She’s stepped up in Hollywood in the last decade, snagging roles and awards left and right.
Whether it’s her charming, bubbly personality, sharp wit, or signature strawberry blonde hair, there’s always something that attracts people to Emma Stone. But what’s so unique about her is that she earns more than a double-take from most people—her beauty also captures the heart.
3. Jennifer Aniston
You may know her for her breakout role as the blonde bombshell Rachel in the hit 90s sitcom Friends, but since then, Jennifer’s career has only gotten bigger. She continues to land roles doing comedy projects, adding more and more milestones to her filmography.
At 53, Jennifer still has the looks, spirit, and body of the woman she was 20 years ago. It’s no wonder that she made it early on in this list.
4. Scarlett Johansson
How can anyone forget Black Widow, the uber-strong femme fatale of The Avengers? Aside from shining bright amidst a cast of male co-stars and shutting down anti-feminist journalists, this Marvel actress is also known for her beauty and natural sultriness.
Scarlett was the highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, the peak of the Marvel franchise’s ever-growing popularity. She’s also been involved in other projects that have garnered serious critical acclaim, like Marriage Story in 2019.
5. Sofia Vergara
Feisty, charismatic Sofia is a Colombian-American actress best known for her role as Gloria in the hit sitcom Modern Family. In the show, she was portrayed as the sultry and naturally funny Latina mom, but that magnetic aura of hers doesn’t go away even when the cameras stop rolling.
It’s hard to deny that Sofia is conventionally beautiful—she’s tall, curvy, and has an almost perfect smile. It’s no surprise that she was first discovered by a photographer when she was walking along a beach in Colombia.
But more than that, she’s incredibly intelligent and talented too. In fact, she has a background in television hosting and was at one point in her life a dentistry student in college!
6. Rachel McAdams
Rachel’s role as the iconic Regina George in the cult-classic teen film Mean Girls rocked a generation. But it did more than that—it also launched a bright career for her in Hollywood.
The most beautiful thing about Rachel is that she can rock any role and style and still look breathtaking. She can play a wealthy woman in the 1940s, a prom queen who loves all things pink, and even someone being chased down by a murderer, and she’ll still nail that role with flying colors.
7. Christina Hendricks
Remember that sultry woman on Mad Men? The one with vivid red hair and a strong personality? That unforgettable character was played by none other than Christina Hendricks, the actress who was named the sexiest woman in the world by Esquire in 2010.
Christina has done work for a ton of different genres, from comedies to animated movies. And with each project, she never fails to wow with her natural beauty and talent.
8. Jennifer Lopez
Jenny from the Block is one name we would be remiss in including on a list like this. Jennifer (more popularly referred to as JLo by fans) is well-known for many things, from her Latina pop music to her womanly curves.
She’s an awesome dancer, acclaimed actress, and fun human being in general. It’s no wonder that after four decades in show business, she’s still an iconic diva when it comes to expressing femininity in a strong, zesty, invigorating way.
9. Gal Gadot
After making waves when she landed the coveted role of Wonderwoman a few years back, Gal Gadot’s career as an actress and media personality just got bigger and better.
She was already getting a lot of attention for her lead role in the DC franchise. But when people learned that she was a baddie who once served in the Israeli army for two years, people loved her even more. The cherry on top? She was also Miss Israel in 2004. How’s that for brawn and beauty all in one?
10. Megan Fox
Megan was a stunner in the 2000s when she was the resident bad girl in teen movies in Hollywood. But it may surprise some to know that, now in her thirties, Megan still looks like she hasn’t aged one bit.
She’s still that sultry girl with enchanting fox-like eyes, except with more years of experience and wisdom under her belt. Since her breakout roles, she’s been featured in magazines like Maxim, FHM, and even Rolling Stone.
11. Natalie Portman
Natalie is the entire package. She has that classic girl-next-door look with a touch of opulence and sophistication. She also has the acting chops to land her big roles across many genres, from action to romance to drama.
But what makes her absolutely beautiful is that on top of these, she’s also a really smart cookie. Some might know that Natalie graduated with a degree in psychology from Harvard. When she pursued acting, she became the first Harvard graduate to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.
12. Deepika Padukone
Deepika is one of the highest-paid actresses in all of India. Although known in her home country for her acting prowess and gorgeous looks, she’s celebrated for her films as well.
She’s an established leading lady in Hindi films, like in Om Shanti Om (her first big break in 2007) and, more recently, Gehraiyaan in 2022.
Before becoming an actress, she was an esteemed model. She sashayed down the runways of Lakmé Fashion Week and walked for many designers.
13. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya is an Indian actress and beauty queen. In 1994, she was crowned Miss World, which made her beauty renowned across the globe. Three years later, she made her debut in the acting world, where she dominated as an iconic leading lady.
She wasn’t just pretty—she was amazing at acting, too. So much so that she became the first Indian actress who was invited to become a jury member at the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival.
Aishwarya also has a beautiful heart. She is an ambassador for advocacies she cares about, like Goodwill and UNAIDS.
14. Angelina Jolie
Strong facial features, luscious lips, a knack for acting—are all things that made Angelina ultra-famous. Decades into her career, this iconic actress has garnered some of the top awards in Hollywood, from Oscars to Golden Globes.
One of the most beautiful things about Angelina is that she is a strong and progressive mother. She’s known to have both biological and adoptive children but loves them equally and allows all of them to express themselves the way they’re comfortable.
15. Blake Lively
You may know Blake from her starring role as New York princess Serena Van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl. But in real life, the charming blonde actress is actually down-to-earth and incredibly funny.
The now-married actress is known for her eye-catching, trendy style on and off the red carpet. After years of acting, she has finally tried her hand at directing, starting with a Taylor Swift music video that premiered last year.
16. Margot Robbie
Not only is Margot the epitome of beauty (with her height, dragon-like eyes, and blonde hair), but she’s also an amazing actress. She’s known for her talent at using different accents for her roles, like when she used a thick New York accent when she played Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad.
Margot recently made waves on social media after word got out that she would be playing the titular role of Barbie in the movie coming up! We’re super excited for this—there’s no one we think is a better fit for the role than her.
Rihanna is someone every girl could look up to. She’s smart, hardworking, insanely gorgeous, and super successful.
This Barbadian singer isn’t just a pretty face to look at—she’s also a fashion designer and businesswoman in her own right. Can anyone say, girl boss?
She’s also a humanitarian who focuses on being an ambassador for causes like education and tourism, specifically in Barbados.
18. Monica Bellucci
Monica’s name might not ring a bell right away like the other girls on this list. But trust us when we say you’ve been wowed by her beauty and talent at least once before.
This Italian actress started out as a model, doing work for big brands like Dolce and Gabbana and the ever lavish Dior. Later, she landed big roles as an actress. She is most known for her role of Bride of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and as Persephone in the Matrix movies.
Shakira is a worldwide phenomenon, and for a good reason. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous and oh-so-sexy, but she has a killer voice and amazing dance moves.
Whether it’s her big, brown eyes or luscious curls, there’s something about Shakira’s appearance that is hypnotic. And although she’s a diva who’s known to sell out concerts and shows, she’s still tender-hearted and humble at the end of the day.
20. Jessica Jung
Jessica is a Korean-American triple threat—she sings, dances, and acts. She was once a member of the commercially successful Korean girl group Girls’ Generation, and her career in showbiz has only been looking up since.
This Korean beauty is known for her gorgeous styling and impeccable outfits. But aside from being beautiful, she’s also intelligent. She’s a published author whose debut novel “Shine” in 2020 became a bestseller quite fast.
21. Yael Shelbia
Yael might be one of the youngest women on this list, but her work as a model has made a huge impact on social media. At 20 years old, she’s modeled for huge brands, like Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty and Kylie’s skincare brand later on.
She has 1.4 million followers on Instagram, where she posts fashion inspo outfits and lifestyle content. She seems like a promising role model to young women her age, so we’re sure her star will only get brighter.
22. Jennifer Lawrence
If there’s JLo, there’s also J-Law. This pretty, accomplished, Oscar-winning actress is well-loved by fans not only because of her talent and gorgeous looks but because she’s a funny and down-to-earth person.
Unlike many models and celebs today, she isn’t afraid of being outspoken and talking about her quirks. She exudes the type of confidence and energy that you want to be around, making her a beautiful human being.
23. Lana Del Ray
For any music fans out there, this one’s for you. Lana is an indie rock singer that has a unique take on the genre. She incorporates things like glamour and tragedy into her songs, piquing interest among a younger audience.
Variety magazine once hailed Lana as one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the century. Her cool, smooth voice and knack for expressing herself through her lyrics shine so bright, making her even more beautiful.
24. Jameela Jamil
Jameela is a British actress that took the world by storm with her gorgeous, whimsical outfits as Tahani on The Good Place. But before acting, she was a talented radio host and presenter. Talk about versatility!
Thanks to Jameela’s Pakistani roots, she has beautiful deep-set eyes and long, silky, black hair—her signature assets that make everyone fall in love with her and the roles she plays. But her sense of humor and talent are still what captivates audiences at the end of the day.
25. Beyonce Knowles
We can’t talk about beautiful women without mentioning the queen herself: Beyonce. Everyone knows her, idolizes her, and wants to be her. But it’s not just because of her tremendous, one-of-a-kind voice and beguiling looks. It’s also because she’s a genuinely kindhearted person.
Apart from ruling the charts and being a diva who reigns supreme in the R&B and pop world, Beyonce is known to be a loving mother. As an artist, she also speaks up for causes she cares about. There’s nothing more beautiful than using your voice for good.
26. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka is arguably one of the most famous Indian actresses in Hollywood today. She’s known to many as the wife of Nick from the Jonas Brothers, but she has also made a name for herself as a successful actress.
But the most beautiful thing about Priyanka is the fact that she fights for relevant advocacies. She promotes causes like women’s rights and provides better support for the poor.
27. Kat Dennings
Kat has a pretty unique look—she has voluptuous curves and wears a signature bright red lip. She owns this look in modern Hollywood, making her style a head-turning new classic.
Aside from owning this look, Kat is a super talented actress known for her deadpan humor and delivery. She’s starred in hits like 2 Broke Girls, Wandavision, and Thor.
28. Emilia Clarke
One of the most noticeable things about Emilia is that when she smiles, her eyes crinkle and look like they’re smiling too. That gives her a super charming and cute look—one that everyone loves.
But not only is Emilia cute and pretty, but she also has an amazing filmography under her belt. She’s most known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones but has captivated audiences in romance and sci-fi projects, too.
29. Penelope Cruz
This Spanish actress may have started out with roles in Spanish projects only, but over time, Penelope has become an acclaimed actress in all genres and languages. She’s also a model for designer brands such as Ralph Lauren and Chanel.
She’s known to book sultry, sexy characters aligned with her Spanish look and heritage. But her acting skills are versatile enough to land her more fun roles as well, like that in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
30. Anne Hathaway
Anne is a child star that has come an awful long way in Hollywood. From the Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted, she went on to snag awards for huge roles like Fantine in Les Miserables and Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada.
But Anne isn’t just talented—she’s breathtakingly gorgeous as well. She has chocolate brown hair, fair skin, and big brown eyes that look like Bambi’s. She is a favorite of ours in Hollywood because of her beauty inside and out!
31. Mila Kunis
Mila has been an actress since her teen years when she debuted in That 70s Show. Since then, she has only gotten better in her craft and has grown more and more beautiful as a woman.
This actress of Ukrainian descent is known not only for her stunning eyes and captivating performances onscreen but also for being incredibly intelligent. She’s also known to be bubbly and outspoken, making her personality a blast to be around.
32. Irina Shayk
This Russian model is so svelte and seductive that she has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, Elle, and GQ magazines. Later on, she transitioned to doing high fashion modeling, where she booked editorial spreads for Harper’s Bazaar.
Today, Irina has over 18 million followers on Instagram, where she remains to be a fashion icon.
33. Cate Blanchett
Australia-born Cate is one of the most iconic Hollywood actresses of her generation. From her work across indie films and blockbusters, she’s gotten two Oscars and three BAFTAs.
Cate is also known for her environmental activism and humanitarian work. She does her best to promote action against climate change and is a proud ambassador for UNHCR and Goodwill.
34. Adriana Lima
Although Adriana walked her final Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2018, she will always be remembered by fans as one of the iconic show’s brightest, sexiest, and most beautiful angels.
This Brazilian beauty became a model in her teen years. Since then, she has become one of the biggest supermodels in history. She’s also an ambassador for brands like Maybelline and Puma.
35. Taylor Hill
26-year-old Taylor is a young model who has already made her mark in the fashion world. She was discovered by an agent when she was just 14 when she immediately launched her modeling career.
By 18, she was already doing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She has also done work for high fashion brands like Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.
36. Shay Mitchell
This proudly Canadian-Filipina actress is most known for her role as Emily in Pretty Little Liars. In more recent years, she lent her voice to Netflix’s animated show Trese and stars as Stella in Hulu’s Dollface.
Today, Shay focuses on showing her personality off on her YouTube vlog. It’s where she communicates and shares stories with her fans.
37. Meryem Uzerli
Meryem is an actress of German and Turkish descent, giving her that beautiful light hair and blue eye combo. Although most of her work is for Turkish projects, she is undoubtedly one of the prettiest faces in Europe.
Aside from her success in acting, Meryem is also a thriving model. She’s appeared in magazines like InStyle and Marie Claire, among others.
38. Selena Gomez
Once a child star with Disney, Selena has become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She’s had success as a funny, charming, witty actress in many of her roles. She also has her own cosmetics brand, Rare Beauty.
But what’s awesome about Selena is that she uses her voice and beauty to shed light on important causes. She’s been a UNICEF ambassador since her teens. She also often promotes mental health advocacies, especially to the youth.
39. Duckie Thot
Duckie Thot is an Australian model who is popular for having placed third in Australia’s Next Top Model 8. Although she was raised in Melbourne, she is of Sudan descent.
She is well-loved because she is a good representation of women with dark brown skin in the modeling world.
40. Alexandra Daddario
If her piercing, icy blue eyes aren’t enough, maybe Alexandra’s beautiful brunette hair and near-perfect smile will capture your attention.
This actress may have started with a teen role in the Percy Jackson films, but she’s moved on to more mature roles, like those in Baywatch and San Andreas.