In the last 100 years, ideas about what makes a woman beautiful have changed a lot. Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Angelina Jolie are all women who, in their own time, became icons of style and beauty. But there were also other people. Each decade has a woman who was the most beautiful in the world at that time. Bright Side loves beautiful women, so we wanted to put the attention back on these women who were admired and dreamed of by millions of people from the 1920s to today.
Theda Bara in the 1920s
Theda is an American star of silent films. She became one of the most sought-after actresses. Theda became well-known and loved by the people when she was almost 30 years old. In A Fool There Was, she played the vampire. On screen, Bara’s character wooed men and made their lives miserable. After that, people thought of her as a vamp woman.
The 1930s: Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow
Harlow is an American actress and one of the most famous women in old Hollywood. Because of her, the word “platinum blonde” came into use. Many of her fans started dying their hair to look at least a little bit like her.
Marilyn Monroe also said that Harlow was her childhood hero. She even hired Jean’s hairdresser to change her brown hair to blonde.
Marlene Dietrich, a German singer and actress, became a star during her own life. She gave fashion makers and her fellow workers ideas. Everyone was amazed by her beautiful eyes, which drew attention from under her barely shaped eyebrows, and her divine voice. Even Remarque couldn’t stay away from her deadly beauty.
The 1940s: Lana Turner and Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall is an old Hollywood star. Her peers praised her feline grace, the incredible beauty of her blue-green eyes, and the charm of her voice, which was compared to a guttural purr.
Historians say that Lana Turner was one of the most beautiful actresses ever and a sign of her time. She got into the movie business by being lucky, having a beautiful face, and having a great body. She had a crazy career, and in the end, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 1950s — Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn
Marilyn Monroe is always brought up when people talk about the most beautiful women in the world. After making the movie Niagara in 1953, Monroe became one of Hollywood’s best-paid actors. By this time, she and her makeup artist had come up with what they called “Marilyn’s signature makeup”: dark, curved eyebrows, pale skin, and shiny red lips. The New York Times said in a review of Niagara that Monroe wasn’t the best actor at the time, but that she could be seductive even when she was just walking around.
Audrey Hepburn was a style star and a woman with a lot of skills. Not only was she a great actress, but she was also a dancer and a model. Audrey’s sweet innocence made everyone around her fall in love with her. Critics said that she had “an elfin, wistful beauty.” In 1954, Hepburn was called the “personification of our new idea of a woman.”
The 1960s: Twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor is another woman with great style and beautiful eyes. Cat-eye makeup became very famous because of how she looked in the movie Cleopatra.
Under the name Twiggy, Lesley Lawson is a beauty who is known all over the world. She was a fashion star in the 1960s. She made it cool to be both male and female, to have very short hair, and to have a thin body. But Lawson couldn’t figure out why she was so popular. She said, “I hated the way I looked, so I thought everyone was crazy.”
Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and the 1970s
Farrah Fawcett is an American actress and fashion model. She is best known as the star of the TV show Charlie’s Angels.In the first year after it came out, 6 million copies of the famous picture of her in a red swimsuit sold. And it is still the picture that has sold the most copies in history.
Her haircut spread all over the world. Up until the 1980s, American women cut their hair in the “Farrah Do” style. In 2011, Men’s Health named Farrah one of the “100 Hottest Women of All Time.” The actor came in at number 31 on the list.
Raquel Welch is an actor and singer from the United States. She made dark long hair cool again, which was hard to do after Twiggy became so famous.
After acting in the movie One Million Years B.C., Welch became known all over the world. Even though her character only said a few words in the whole movie, Raquel became a star and a dream girl because of how beautiful she looked in a fur swimsuit.
The 1980s — Michelle Pfeiffer
In the 1980s, Michelle was one of the most well-known actors. After the movie The Fabulous Baker Brothers, both fans and reviewers fell in love with her even more. People even said that Pfeiffer was just as good as Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe.
The actress still doesn’t understand why people like the way she looks and compares herself to the comic book character Howard the Duck. At the same time, Glamour magazine said Michelle was the most stylish person of the 1980s and had “the most perfect face on a movie screen.”
The 1990s: Cindy Crawford and Sharon Stone
After the movie Basic Instinct came out, Sharon Stone became the most sought-after woman. She had the reputation of being beautiful, cool, and as cold as ice. Sharon’s parts didn’t go unnoticed, and in 1992, People magazine named her one of the “50 most beautiful people in the world.”
Shape magazine said that the popular supermodel Cindy Crawford was the second most beautiful woman in the world in 1997. Since then, she has always been near the top of these lists.
The 2000s — Monica Bellucci, Angelina Jolie
AskMen magazine named Bellucci the most attractive woman in the world when she was 38 years old, in 2002. The beauty of an Italian woman will never go out of style. Monica is so pretty that she played a James Bond girl when she was 50 years old. There has never been anything like this in the whole history of the series.
Many well-known media outlets, like Vogue, People, and Vanity Fair, have said that Angelina Jolie is the most beautiful woman in the world. By 2007, she was seen as the “gold standard of beauty.” Women would ask plastic doctors for “Jolie’s lips.”
Beyoncé and the 2010s
People magazine said that Beyoncé was the most beautiful woman on the planet in 2012. The American singer has such big curves that the Oxford English Dictionary added a new word to describe them: “bootylicious.” It comes from two words: “booty” and “delicious.”
2020 — Bella Hadid
Plastic surgeon Julian De Silva used maths to show that Bella Hadid’s face is as close as it can be to the golden ratio. De Silva looked at how big the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, and mouth were and where they were on the face. The score for Bella is 94.35% symmetry. Beyoncé got a score of 92.44%, which put her in second place.
Who do you think is beautiful?