Beauty

At work today Beah and others were talking about celebrities and varying tastes in beauty. I’m often baffled by the people who show up in things like the “50 Most Beautiful People,” since many of them seem to be more famous than truly beautiful. Many celebrities, indeed many people I know, are attractive, but I did some looking around and came up with these twelve well-known faces who top my list for aesthetic appeal:

Ziyi Zhang

Ziyi Zhang

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

People notably not on this list:

  • Scarlett Johansen: I can see the appeal, but she’s a little too distinctive for my tastes
  • Kiera Knightley: She is beautiful, but her trademark mouth-slightly-open look annoys me
  • Angelina Jolie: Yeah, whatever
  • Charlize Theron: Same deal as Johansen, but I have a harder time understanding the attraction

Whom do you find beautiful (famous or otherwise)?

Comments 3

  1. Graham wrote:

    I think any generic “most beautiful people” list is going to be a little pointless, just because taste is fairly individual, and if it’s getting published in a magazine you have to pick famous people that the readers will know. On the other hand, it’s interesting to see what a “real” person (i.e. someone I know) will choose for their own list.

    It’s also interesting to see the choices of specific photos for these people. I would agree with a lot of your picks, though might have chosen different photos for some. E.g. Catherine Zeta-Jones without hair? What a pity. I do like, however, how some of them have such natural-looking smiles, rather than looking too posed (even if they are). E.g. Ziyi Zhang, and Rachel Weisz. Smiles are important. :-)

    You say Scarlett Johannsen is “too distinctive,” though personally I’d give that extra points. SJ herself doesn’t particularly do it for me, but in general, it’s a plus to look beautiful in your own way, rather than in the usual way pop culture expects.

    I’m tempted to make my own list (later on, when I’m not procrastinating on my packing), but for now I’ll just second the votes for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aishwarya Rai (though with different pictures), and I’ll add in Rachel McAdams, who I liked in The Time-Traveler’s Wife (though she looks a bit spaced-out in that particular picture).

    Posted 25 Sep 2009 at 15:49
  2. Rowyn wrote:

    I’m unfamiliar with Rachel McAdams, but that’s a nice photo. I just did a quickish scan on Google Image Search to find these photos. A second scan produced a better one, I think, for Catherine Zeta-Jones which I’ve replaced above.

    Posted 25 Sep 2009 at 15:51
  3. Nelson wrote:

    NATALIE!

    Posted 26 Sep 2009 at 18:18

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