It is no secret that Hollywood loves beautiful people, that’s why it is full of them. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but these women on the list have been known for their iconic status.
Here are some of the most iconic women in Hollywood history.
Julia Roberts was everywhere in the ’90s because of her incredible looks and her dazzling, bright smile. It’s no surprise she was cast for the lead role of Pretty Woman!
It is also no surprise that she was named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman not once, nor twice, but a whopping five times – in 1991, 2000, 2005, 2010, and most recently, 2017.
Audrey Hepburn was known for her beauty, but also for her incredible work as an actress, dancer, and humanitarian. She spoke several languages and was an icon of grace, intelligence, and beauty.
It comes as a shock, however, to learn that she did not consider herself pretty. Her son, Luca Dotti, said in an interview that she hated her nose and feet and did not understand why people thought she was beautiful. It’s sad because she was beautiful inside and out!
Brooke Shields has been a beauty icon basically since she could walk. In fact, she got her first modeling job at 11 months old. She then moved on to acting and continued modeling for decades.
Even now at 55 years old, she’s still more beautiful than any of us could ever be, and not just because of her iconic eyebrows or striking blue eyes, but also her genuine, sweet smile and charming personality.
Dorothy Dandridge was one of the most incredible Hollywood icons that were gone too soon. She was the first black woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for her role in 1954’s Carmen Jones. Unfortunately, she did not win.
Dandridge made a remarkable career for herself but tragically passed away in 1965 at the young age of 42, but her legacy will always be remembered.
Rita Moreno had several roles during the 1950s, but it wasn’t until she starred in the legendary West Side Story that she became a superstar.
She was praised for her looks and her talent but, much like Audrey Hepburn, she was not very happy with her looks. In fact, she even felt that other people saw her as ugly, for some reason.
Jayne Mansfield was one of Hollywood’s biggest sex symbols. She was charming, talented, and just unbelievably beautiful. Sadly, her life ended way too soon.
She tragically died in a car crash in 1967, but her legacy lives on. In fact, her daughter Mariska Hargitay went on to have a successful career following in her mother’s footsteps.
People may have thought that Jane Fonda got a head start thanks to the popularity of her father, Henry Fonda, but she proved herself to be incredibly talented and gorgeous, definitely earning every bit of attention she got.
She first worked as a model before transitioning into acting, which does not come as a surprise given her looks. She is still a Hollywood legend and is also known for her activism.
Pam Grier rose to fame in the ’70s thanks to her many roles in popular films that, while they were popular back then, were later labeled as ‘blaxploitation’ due to the stereotypical roles they put black people in.
Her beauty got her a lot of attention, of course, but she did not feel pretty back then. It took her a lot of work to find self-confidence and even to this day, she does not fully think of herself as a Hollywood star.
It doesn’t come as a shock that the one and only Angelina Jolie is on this list. After all, what people talk about when it comes to her is usually her unique, gorgeous features.
But let’s not forget that Jolie has made a name for herself as a respected actress and as a humanitarian, working in countless projects to help people around the world.
Pamela Anderson rose to fame thanks to her role in the TV series Baywatch. People went crazy for her as soon as they saw her running in slow motion through the beach.
She appeared on the cover of Playboy a whopping 12 times and she herself was surprised by all the attention she got because of her looks. in 2003, she even expressed in an interview that she did not understand why people were still interested in her.
Halle Berry is one of those people who somehow never age. At 53 years old, she looks just as beautiful and youthful as she did in the ’90s when she rose to fame.
Before she was an actress, Berry worked as a model and even was the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and getting sixth place in Miss World 1986. Of course, none of this is surprising, is it?
Raquel Welch rose to fame in the 1960s thanks to her beauty and talent as an actress. She quickly became a sex symbol because of her curves, but she didn’t always enjoy this attention.
While we all love to feel beautiful, Welch got too much attention for her looks and not enough for her talent and intelligence, which made it hard for her to find a partner.
Mexican-American actress Salma Hayek first rose to fame as a telenovela actress in Mexico before moving to Hollywood in the early ’90s. It didn’t take long for her to become popular in America thanks to her bubbly personality and incredible looks.
She quickly proved to everyone that she was more than just a pretty face and had her breakthrough role in Frida in 2002, for which she was nominated for several prestigious awards.
What can we say about Elizabeth Taylor that hasn’t been said before? She was a remarkable actress and was known for her impressive looks.
Her looks were so iconic that they were even studied by scientists from Harvard. In 2011, they concluded that one of the features that made her so attractive was her small jaw, which made her look so feminine.
Much like Halle Berry and several other Hollywood stars, it seems that Jennifer Lopez does not age at all. She has always been known for her incredible looks and also for her many talents.
Lopez is one of the very few celebrities who have been successful in several fields at the same time. She has excelled as an actress, singer, and dancer, and is still one of the most relevant celebrities nowadays.
Beauty standards have changed greatly over time, which is why we must remember that beauty is essentially subjective. But for today’s standards, it is hard to imagine thinking of someone like Sophia Loren as unattractive.
And yet, Loren was considered ugly when she was growing up. Luckily, she did not let this stand in the way of her dreams and went on to become a Hollywood icon of beauty.
Brigitte Bardot was extremely popular in the 1960s thanks to her looks. She essentially popularized the just-got-out-of-bed look and messy hair that is still so popular today.
However, Bardot has been convicted not once, nor twice, but five times for inciting racial hatred, which proves that just because you are beautiful on the outside, the same cannot be said for the inside.
Lucy Liu has been considered one of the most beautiful women in the world ever since she rose to fame decades ago, and she still hasn’t aged a day.
Part of what makes her so beautiful is how effortless she makes it seem. In fact, when asked about her secrets, she just said that all you need is to moisturize. If only it were that easy, Lucy!
Grace Kelly did not only look like a princess, she was one. She first became an accomplished actress before she married the Prince of Monaco, retiring from Hollywood to live like a royal.
Although she had it all, she tragically passed away in a car accident in 1982, leaving this world way too soon. She will always be remembered for her kindness and her unique beauty.
This list would obviously not be complete without the one and only Marilyn Monroe, an icon of beauty that changed fashion and beauty standards.
Her looks have inspired countless actresses who came after her and she is still a huge influence in Hollywood after all these years. It is heartbreaking to know that she passed away in 1962, and just imagine how much she would’ve accomplished had it not happened!