It’s no secret that Hollywood is filled with beautiful people. Men and women alike seem to be curvier and fresher faced than anywhere else in the world.
With access to top designers, makeup artists and hairstylists, it’s not hard to see why.
But, even among the beautiful and successful there are always a few that stand out. In this top 20 countdown, you’ll get a glimpse at some of the most beautiful and talented women in the music, modeling and acting business. Each celebrity on this list has made an impact both visually and through their work.
19. Sandra Bullock
Bullock has firmly cemented herself among the best of the best in Hollywood. Like good wine, Bullock seems to have just gotten better with age. Despite a disastrous marriage, Bullock manages to stay out of the spotlight. Her infectious laugh and huge smile make her feel approachable to her audience. She’s kept her healthy figure well maintained and she still strikes a stunning picture when she gets dressed up for the awards shows. Though Bullock doesn’t seem to typically make the sexiest lists floating around, her classiness earns her a rightful spot on this one.
18. Katy Perry
It’s not too hard to figure out why Katy makes the list. Not only are Katy’s good looks reminiscence of some of the classic Hollywood beauties, she’s got killer vocal skills. Katy Perry has had several hits including Firework, I Kissed a Girl and Teenage Dream. Married to Russell Brand from 2010-2012, this single lady is lighting up stages and the big screen and has had five number one Billboard hits. Perry is well known for taking risks with her music and with her wardrobe. This Hollywood hottie has plenty of time to make an even bigger splash.
17. Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler has a classically beautiful face. Her stunning looks have landed her roles in films like Lord of the Rings, Armageddon, The Ledge and The Incredible Hulk. Tyler is the daughter of Aerosmith front man Steve Tyler and was featured as a Playboy Playmate of the month. Tyler is a former model and currently stars in The Leftovers. Liv Tyler balances her classic good looks with great style. She was married for five years to Royston Langdon. Tyler was named one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by people magazine.
16. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe is arguably one of the most influential and memorable symbols of beauty in Hollywood.
Her natural beauty wowed many a director and movie goer during the 50s and 60s. While Monroe’s private life was rarely without drama, her personality and beauty was infectious. Monroe made red lipstick iconic. And, many a women have hailed her for being a normal size, instead of bowing to the pressure of the stick-thin Hollywood standard. Beautiful in black and white and in color, Monroe set a high bar for women to follow.
15. Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet isn’t only stunningly beautiful, she’s got a load of talent to back her up. The actress was the youngest actress to ever be nominated for six Academy Awards. She started her acting career on Britain television at the age of 16 where she received positive reviews for her performances. That stint led to other roles including a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility. In 1997, she had a breakthrough performance in Titanic, a film which outsold any other film before it. Winslet has starred in several other popular films including Quills, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road, The Holiday and Divergent.
14. Emma Watson
Emma Watson pulled out a transformation as she grew from young, nerdy Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, to a stunning model and spokesperson. Following the success of the Harry Potter films, Watson landed roles in films such as My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Noah. Watson has managed to keep a good head on her shoulders, enrolling in Brown University once the Harry Potter films were completed and taking advantage of her celebrity status to speak out on issues like gender equality.
This hip swinging, singer has always been a friend of the spotlight. She started her career as a lead singer in the group Destiny’s Child and started a solo career following the group’s breakup. This stunning Hollywood star has won 17 Grammy Awards, sold 60 million records as a member of Destiny’s child and over 75 million records as solo artist. Jay Z put a ring on it and they’ve been married since 2008 and have one child together. Beyonce was recognized as one of most influential women in Time’s Magazine in both 2013 and 2014.
12. Rachel Bilson
Currently starring in Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson has the girl-next-door look paired with sophisticated grace. Her big brown eyes are her most drawing feature. Bilson’s understated good looks give her a unique niche in Hollywood. She’s take on roles in shows like the O.C. and Chuck. She’s appeared on the big screen in several movies including The Last Kiss, Jumper and New York I love you. Bilson is expecting her first child with boyfriend Hayden Christensen. This vintage junkie loves fashion and even guest judged on an episode of Project Runway.
11. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has one of Hollywood’s most iconic smiles and laughs. Her bubbly personality makes her relatable and fun to watch. Roberts make the list of hottest actresses because she’s comfortable in her own skin. Her red hair is a unique trademark and she practically glows when she hits the red carpet. Roberts hit Hollywood hard with blockbuster hits like Runaway Bride, Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Steel Magnolias. Roberts laid-back beauty has helped her garner a place in the rom-com industry. Roberts is married to Daniel Moder and they have three kids together.
10. Cat Deeley
Cat Deeley has hosted the popular reality dance competition, “So you Think you can Dance” during the second season, replacing the original host who left due to a pregnancy. She has been nominated for three Emmy awards for her hosting work on the show. Deeley worked as a professional model for several years before leaving to host several different television programs. Deeley has appeared as a guest on shows like Shake it Up, America’s Next Top Model and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Deeley married fiancé Patrick Kielty in Rome in 2012.
9. Zoe Saldana
Even when she’s not painted blue, Zoe Saldana is an eye catcher. She had her first breakthrough role in Center Stage and quickly shot to fame for her portrayal of AnaMaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. She also starred in Avatar as a blue huntress and once again donned body paint, this time green, for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Saldana works hard to keep herself healthy, once vowing that she would try to stay as healthy as possible so she never felt pressured to use cosmetic surgery to stay looking young.
Shakira has been shaking it on stage as a crossover artist since 2002. This Colombian artist, producer and model has had great success as a Latin American artist and a crossover artist. With over 9 records and 60 million album sales worldwide, Shakira ranks among the most popular musical influences of today. Shakira has 2 Grammy Awards, 8 Latin America Grammy Awards and 7 Billboard music awards. Her stunning looks and belly dancing moves make this Hollywood hottie one for the record books. Shakira has also starred as a coach on two seasons of NBC’s The Voice.
7. Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski is an Australian actress who made a major breakthrough in the American market with her role as Sarah Walker on the television show Chuck. Following her success on the show, she went on to costar in episodes of Dexter and most recently the 24: Live Another Day. She has also participated in several films including Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers and Matching Jack. Once she was cast as Sarah Walker, Yvonne packed her bags and relocated to the United States. Her stunning good looks and fun Australian accent make this relative newcomer an easy choice for one of the hottest celebrities.
6. Scarlett Johansson
This multi-talented beauty has her hat in many rings including acting, modeling and singing. She made her big debut in the film North. Johansson received critical acclaim for her roles in Horse Whisperer, Girl with the Pearl Earring and Lost in Translation. She’s tackled different roles in films such as The Island and the Black Dahlia as well as performing on Broadway in the revival version of A View from the Bridge. Johansson was twice named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive once in 2006 and again in 2013. She’s also been named Sexiest Celebrity Alive by Playboy and Babe of the Year by GQ.
5. Jessica Alba
This child star who made appearances on shows like The Secret Life of Alex Mack, gained traction in Hollywood with her starring role in Dark Angel. She had also starred in films like Honey, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue and Sin City. She’s been recognized as one of the sexiest women in the world by both Maxim and AskMen.com. She was also recognized as Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM and ranked on the top 50 list of sexiest stars of all time by TV Guide. Alba adamantly refuses to do nude scenes in her films. A shower scene in Machete was digitally altered to make her appear nude in a shower scene.
4. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah has been a Hollywood presence for years. Her boisterous personality and blatant acceptance of her own body have made her a rarity in the world of glamour and glitz. Latifah has played a major role in transitioning unrealistic Hollywood expectations by showing the world that sexy comes in different shapes and sizes. Though typically cast in comedic roles, Queen Latifah has taken on some serious roles in films like Pursuit of Happyness and Last Holiday. In addition to her film roles, she is known for her musical talents including hip hop and rapping.
3. Jessica Biel
Probably best known for her role as Mary on the family drama, Seventh Heaven, Jessica Biel quickly won the hearts of many over with her likable but rebellious teenage character. Biel has achieved relative success in major motion films in movies like The Rules of Attraction, Total Recall and The A-Team. Biel was originally trained as a vocalist. She married boyfriend Justin Timberlake in 2012. Biel has largely remained out of the spotlight over the last year or two, though drama with her then fiancé, Justin Timberlake, often provided fodder for the media in the mid- 2000s.
2. Eva Mendes
Model and actress Eva Mendes is well known for her quirky roles in films such as Hitch, Ghost Rider and Stuck on You. Her breakthrough role was Training Day which was quickly followed by roles in All about the Benjamins and 2 Fast, 2 Furious. She has also starred in several music videos with Cee Lo Green, Will Smith and Pet Shop Boys. She has also acted as celebrity spokesperson for several major brands including Reebok and Pantene. Mendes Latin looks and rebellious personality make her entertaining to watch and earns her a place on this list of hottest female celebrities.
1. Penelope Cruz
This stunning actress routinely makes the list of hottest actresses for obvious reasons: she’s gorgeous. Cruz started acting at age 16 and made her debut on Spanish television and movies. She moved to the American market with equal success and has received critical acclaim for several of her performances including starring roles in Gothika, Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses and Blow. Esquire magazine has even named Penelope Cruz as the sexiest woman alive for their 2014 edition. Cruz spends a lot of time giving back through service and charity organizations.