People’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Women

Posted on April 26, 2012

You guys, Beyonce is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD. This year. Next year, she will look exactly the same but not be considered the most beautiful. Such is the brutal world of being a highly lauded, overpaid celebrity.

Beyonce named the World’s Most Beautiful Woman 2012 by People magazine.

Here are the other women on the list, whom People deemed beautiful, but not as beautiful as Beyonce. As always, it’s just a coincidence that they’ve all had banner career years. For instance, Madeline Stowe has rocketed to the top of the list now that she has a hit TV series. When she was wallowing in has-been-land, she was apparently quite unattractive. Funny how that works out.

Debate and discuss, darlings.

 

Sofia Vergara

 

Charlize Theron

 

Lily Colins

 

Madeleine Stowe

 

Christina Hendricks

 

Michelle Williams

 

Paula Patton

 

Miranda Lambert

 

Kate Middleton

 

 

[Photo Credit: people.com]

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  • CPK1

    I think Beyonce is a gorgeous woman but that photo is hilarious. It looks like something from America’s Next Top Model

    • Eva_baby

       I am actually amazed at the restraint.  I totally expected them to put her in all blue with ivy vines trailing all about or some such.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Ahahahahaha!

    • pookiesmom

      It looks like a box of tissues exploded on her boobs.

    • KathKo

      Oh, but the hand make it soooo catalogue model !
      hum, sorry, that show makes me laugh…

      • fursa_saida

        She’s not smizing enough, and we’re almost looking up her nose. Oh, and her right arm looks amputated, although at least she didn’t lose her neck. There, I think I’ve covered the basics.

        • rawrgrowlrawr

           I haven’t watched ANTM in years, but you pretty much covered what I remember from it. Hilarious.

        • KathKo

          Well, I think you forgot that she photograph short. Other than that, you pretty much covered it up.
          But a good point for 2012′s most beautiful woman : she creates spaces where we can see the background with her arm.
          I never got that precise point, though.  

    • Little_Olive

      If that isn’t the tackiest styling ever, I don’t know what is. And the hair is like cartoon-drawn. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739196218 Leah Burns

       That dress looks awful on her in this photo. She’s got an amazing body to go with her face, but this even makes her boobs look bad. Also, there’s this odd sheen over her skin, either from the lighting or Photoshop.

  • Cory Stottlemyer

    Paula Patton looks…tired, which is unfortunate because she is amazingly gorgeous

    • Eva_baby

       Paula Patton is one of the photo shoots in the mag where the women went totally sans make-up.  Even without it I think she still looks good.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

         Wow, she looks amazing for not having any makeup on!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

         Wow, she looks amazing for not having any makeup on!

    • lovelyivy

      This. Maybe that’s why she looks so crack-tastic on the RC all the time- girl just needs more sleep. And to fire whoever let them use that picture- her publicist must dislike her.

  • sarahofalessergod

    Some of these pics are hellishly unflattering.  And I won’t hold my breath looking for a woman who is above a size six or eight.

    • Paigealicious

       Yeah, I kinda expected Adele to be on here, at least…

      • http://twitter.com/bpinks bpinks

        Adele is in the issue- there is an article on beauty at any age, featuring one celebrity of every age from 20-60. She made that list.

    • andcoh

      Hendricks and Vergara aren’t?

      • sarahofalessergod

        I don’t know their exact dress size, but they’re usually seen as “curvy” rather than “plus size.”

        • http://littlebrotherlives.tumblr.com LBrotherL

          I think Hendricks’s’ chest alone puts her above an 8. Heck, I have trouble sometimes fitting into dresses because of my chest and it’s no where near that size.

          But yes, she’s probably considered curvy by the media.

          • sarahofalessergod

            Yeah, I know what you’re saying; I’m very small with D-cups and finding stuff to fit waist/chest is a nightmare.  I suppose I just think Vergara/Hendricks/Beyonce are viewed as “curvy” and therefore bombshell and desirable by magazines, whereas someone like (for instance) Adele is just seen as “plus size” and is rarely marketed in that same way.  The small-minded thinking is just frustrating, even though I know these magazines pander to the lowest common denominator.

          • Pinup Ghoul

             The chest to waist dynamic is the exact reason that I learned how to tailor garments. Trust, me, it’s a totally worthwhile investment of time and resources.

          • I’ve Got Rocks In My Bed

            Did you apprentice with a master tailor?

          • Pinup Ghoul

             Hahaha no, I just took a few lessons with a local seamstress. I’m not a professional by any means, but I know how to make my clothes fit me now!

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            It’s a good idea – I spend a lot of money getting pants tailored so they fit waist AND thigh!

          • RebeccaKW

             I agree.  I’ve never seen Hendricks in one, but Sofia and Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, etc, are seen in bikinis and the like.  They show off their flat abs and strong legs while ‘celebrating’ their chests and curvy hips and larger butts.  So, yes, curvy/bombshell, etc.  But someone like Adele is not seen that way.  I don’t think she is fat, but b/c she doesn’t have a flat stomach, she’s seen as plus.  I don’t agree with it, but then, People never sent me a questionnaire.

          • pfooferpfeffer

            T and Lo, I don’t know if it’s allowed to mention companies here or not –  but I’m also a woman with unusually large boobs (I’m 16 on top and 10 on bottom), and I know the pain of looking for dresses etc… and  I discovered a British company that actually specializes in clothes for women with exactly this body type. I swear I don’t work for them, and some of their designs are truly hideous, but I’ve actually been able to find summer dresses there that fit and flatter – and that’s an absolute first for me. Sounds like some of the other ladies in this convo might want to have a look… they’re called Bravissimo. 

          • TheOriginalLulu

            Yeah, same here. That’s why I almost never wear dresses. They don’t make stuff for you when you’re a size 14 on top but a 6-8 on the bottom.

        • http://twitter.com/bpinks bpinks

          There were reports a while back for some awards red carpet that Hendricks gown was size 12 or 14.

          • http://twitter.com/annalizlobo Anna Elizabeth

            That sounds about right. I’m a 14-16 and built pretty similarly, and I know Christina Hendricks is smaller than I am, but I don’t think by more than a size or two. It makes me SO HAPPY to see her rocking magazine spreads, because it really makes me feel like I can be seen as beautiful.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739196218 Leah Burns

           Yeah. Very little belly, just an hourglass figure and boobs that require a separate area code. It’s not really the same thing. Almost everyone looks better when they are like 30% breast.

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      Miranda Lambert has said she is usually between a 6 and and 8…I was actually really happy to see her on here because she actually has a more “typical” body type and she is absolutely gorgeous.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        She is? I guess that explains the camera angle. 

      • alyce1213

        If she admits to 6-8, it’s probably 10.  That’s how she looks to me.  And it’s just fine.

        • oohsparkley!

          I’ve always wondered how their sizes can be so small, for  “curvy” women.    I know they say the camera adds 10 pounds; and when it’s a picture of me I’m convinced it’s at least 20.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more man-like when I look in the mirror.  I think I look pretty good for my age!  I know I’m delusional, but it’s a much happier place to be than constantly bemoaning my extra pounds.  I am working on my extra pounds now because my husband’s doctor suggested that he adjust his diet and it is easier when we are both on the program.

        • formerlyAnon

          My son’s former percussion instructor has been in Ms. Lambert’s band for years, now. She is beautiful but her weight fluctuates a good bit – her “normal” weight is still slim but at least a full size, maybe two, larger than the willowy girl she is in some of her videos.  When she was first breaking into the country top 40 & had recently gotten major management, she was under some pressure to slim down.  She works on it.

    • pookiesmom

      Really? Aren’t both Christina Hendricks and Miranda Lambert above size 8? And Beyonce is thin, but she’s not a stick figure. I was actually pleasantly surprised that this spread featured some more voluptuous women. Agree with you that the pics are terrible, though.

    • http://twitter.com/observacious Kim Z Dale

      Actual quote from Paula Patton: 
       ”I realized a long time ago I’m not going to be a size 0. For me, life is about drinking wine and having bread and cheese – just not every day!” So was is she? A size 4?

      • TheOriginalLulu

        What’s wrong with every day?? :)

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Gawl. That reminds me of an old quote from Heidi Klum, about learning to give in and indulge herself once in a while: “If I want a banana, I’m going to eat a banana!” 

        • DCSheehan

          My god, these people must live such hellish lives of refraining from everything. Save a life, feed a star.

    • http://twitter.com/observacious Kim Z Dale

      Actual quote from Paula Patton: 
       ”I realized a long time ago I’m not going to be a size 0. For me, life is about drinking wine and having bread and cheese – just not every day!” So was is she? A size 4?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

       I don’t really care if there is a plus-size woman, as long as it isn’t filled with stick-thin actresses, and I think they did include quite a few women with curves.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

       I don’t really care if there is a plus-size woman, as long as it isn’t filled with stick-thin actresses, and I think they did include quite a few women with curves.

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        Since they do decide beauty is based on career success, and it’s a kind of narrow band of successful careers they are looking at (where are the kick-arse librarians?) the body shape is always going to be skewed to what Hollywood is calling acceptable. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Miranda Lambert is actually pretty regular-sized. From pictures I’ve seen, she’s at least a size 8. Maybe that’s why they used a close face-shot here. Hm.

      • alyce1213

        Miranda Lambert is larger than size 8, for sure.  And her picture is quite nice.  (They used similar close shots for others.)

        • formerlyAnon

          She fluctuates a couple of sizes, I think.

    • Carly Warnock

      Beyonce must be beyond an 8. She just gave birth (or did she?). Plus she’s a big lady naturally. Side note, her hair is grotesque in this photo.

  • dress_up_doll

    Totally loving some of the “natural” backdrops. Madeleine Stow FTW.

  • crash1212

    Christina Hendricks needs to buy that dress in every color and should hire the hairstylist on this shoot permanently. She looks fabulous.

    • Mefein

       And keep the makeup artist hovering around her for touch-ups permanently.  That’s a really stunning makeup job, like she just has this lovely youthful flush.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      I dream of having hair like hers.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

        I tried to get my hair colored like hers. Not quite…

    • Little_Olive

      This, so much. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/padawansguide Maggie *

       I agree  – for someone who doesn’t seem to know how to dress her figure on the red carpet, or who doesn’t always get the most attractive clothes for photo shoots… I think she looks beautiful here.

    • baxterbaby

      I know!  Beige! Imagine!

    • meowing

      Amen.  She’s so gorgeous when professionally styled, but a mess when she tries DIY.  Hire the folks who did her up this fab.

    • Pennymac

      Yes! I was so happy to see how flattering this picture is of her. Her RC mistakes lately had me frightened….

    • LuxuryLime

       This photo is from when she was on the cover of Lucky Magazine. See http://gofugyourself.com/well-played-cover-christina-hendricks-07-2011 

      I agree, she looked amazing there!

  • Anathema_Device

    Michelle Williams went for the full Jean Seaberg here. The Hendricks and Theron photos are gorgeous.

  • Kolo_Ol

    I love the pic of Michelle Williams

  • Paigealicious

     Really? That “sea grass” backdrop reminds me of high school senior pictures.  Not that Madeleine Stowe doesn’t look great, or anything.

    • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

      It’s a promo shot for Revenge, which is set in the Hamptons. Hence the weird beachy background.

      • Paigealicious

         Ohhh…makes sense, then. :)

        • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

          Yeah, promo shots for TV shows sometimes have the WEIRDEST stuff going on the background. 

          I can’t explain Beyonce’s, though!

      • Little_Olive

        Taken before the sharply self-humoring “no more bandage dresss” instruction to Ashley, I assume.

  • http://magnetgirl.tumblr.com Anika

    There is something wrong with Chistina Hendricks’ photo. She is an amazingly beautiful woman but that photo looks like a creepy doll. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Beiramar-Diniz/100000152390012 Victor Beiramar Diniz

      and is it just me, or did they photoshop her ‘assets’? the girls look way smaller than usual… 

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Just goes to show, even the world’s most beautiful women require photoshopping.
        No hope for the rest of us poor schnooks.

      • Kimbolina

        Her face also sort of looks thinner, I think?

  • Rebecca Johnson

    “Hey guys, let’s take our Most Beautiful Woman and put her inside a cheap screen-saver wearing costume jewelry and a shower pouf! No one’ll see it coming!”

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I really like the necklace actually – it’s the same one Heidi Klum wore on the red carpet during awards season. But uh, for some reason, Beyonce “chose” to wear it backwards.

  • Reneesance

    Hey look Christina Hendricks looks fabulous and her top fits her so nicely!  Christina hire that stylist and keep them forever! 

  • lilibetp

    Where’s Selma Hayek?  I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, no matter the year!

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Penelope Cruz is always on my list. As is Christy Turlington.

      • girliecue

        I’ve long since made peace with my looks (or lack thereof), but if I could choose to look like anyone in the world, I’m 99% sure I’d pick Christy Turlington. Her beauty defies description.

  • lilibetp

    I think she needs to buy every dress in THAT color, etc.  She does, indeed, look fabulous.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Bugler Anna Daugherty

    I would have so much sex with Christina Hendricks. So much.

  • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

    I just don’t find Paula Patton attractive at all. I just don’t see it, I guess.

    But Christina Hendricks takes my breath away, truly. One of the most beautiful women of this century, right there.

  • egl48

    Beyonce is the most beautiful woman in the world and super talented.

  • Scarlet39

    Ooooookay…

    I’m a straight woman, but even I have the hots for Christina Hendricks!  She’s amazingly beautiful. 

  • Lina_bee

    It’s hilarious to me how the further down you scroll, the more personality is apparent in these women’s faces. Apparently “most beautiful” currently means “most blandly distant of them all”.

  • GorgeousThings

    Yawn….

    • BrooklynBomber

      Pretty much what I was thinking.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Pretty much what I was thinking.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

    Lilly Collins?  Seriously?  wtf

    • zmayhem

      I agree with the wtf on the grounds that she’s incredibly young and, while utterly adorable, not actually drop-dead stunning enough to belong on any list from which Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek and Sophia Loren have been excluded; but, still, she is utterly adorable. And, as a fellow unruly-eyebrow-haver, I must stand in solidarity with any sister who’s managed to make the List.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        Agreed. I think she’s lovely, and I ADORE her eyebrows, but she’s very young compared to these women and looks even younger.

        But I really wish she and Charlize Theron were in the same Snow White movie.

      • Little_Olive

        To be fair, that does not mean she is less beautiful; it means you are ascribing personality, self-confidence, poise, whatever you mall call it that those older women have, a beauty value. I agree but I don’t think it’s the point here. 

        On that note, Beyonce may be hot, but beauty is not what I see.   

        • zmayhem

          Oh, yeah, ITA that that’s not the point here, it’s definitely just my personal aesthetic. Though from what I’ve seen and read of her, I do think she’s got tons of personality, confidence, poise and intelligence, and it’s all visible in her face. To me and me only, something about her still pings me as cute rather than beautiful, but it’s ridiculously hard to quantify (and, of course, more than a little gross and mean on the meta-level, to be picking someone’s appearanceapart like this at all).

      • Carla_Charlton

        And it appears that she has on little makeup, if any, in that photo. (The skeptic in me thinks she must have on SOME.) Which shows how pretty she really is.

    • BrooklynBomber

      What do you mean wtf? This is about who’s visible right now in the entertainment world, and whose publicist is working overtime. That’s all it is. Take it with a grain of salt. As TLo said, the “most” beautiful this year may not be attractive next year.

  • tsid2012

    These “Most beautiful” lists every year are just hysterical.  Agree with TLo, what is about a good career year that suddenly makes you more “beautiful”?  All of these women are beautiful and so are a lot of women not on the list.  I personally think Adele is STUNNING and who hasn’t had a better career year/

    • dress_up_doll

      Yeah, seriously. Where the f*** is Adele?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I actually thought it would be Adele as well.  How could it not be?  

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    Miranda Lambert’s photo is flawless.  When I first saw that the list was out, I thought “I bet Miranda won’t be on it” and lo and behold, there she is.  Of course, she just got married and is winning awards left and right for her most recent album (deservedly, in my opinion), but I do love that they put in a girl who is not a size 2 that is not Christina Hendricks or Sofia Vergara for once.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

    Can’t believe how good Christina Hendricks looks, but to me, Sofia Vergara is not beautiful.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      When Modern Family began, I wanted to be Sofia Vergara. But she has become a caricature of herself and now I just find her annoying.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Christina Hendricks in her most flattering pic EVER. 
    But sad that Kate got the shaft!!  She takes better pics all the time.  The one they featured doesn’t let her beauty shine through – she has great skin, a great smile and looks best in colors. 

    • twocee

      Totally agree with both of these statements.  I’ve rarely seen Christina Hendricks look so good.  But that is one of the least flattering pics of Kate.  And is it me, or does it look like there is something between her front two teeth?  

  • beebee10

    No one can top Charline for pure FACE. She knows how to bring it!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Of course these women are gorgeous. They are paid incredible amounts to be so, and have armies of people to insure that it stays that way. I am far more impressed by the beauty of women I see in the real world, who are lovely, just because they are, not because they have been carefully crafted to be so.

    • Little_Olive

      We missed the Kilt!

      And yes, you are very right. And I can name a ton of “before and after” shows to prove that. Also, I would make a separation between just “hot” and “beautiful” -even when there is no personality involved in the judging. Grace is an exterior, very necessary, thing. 

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I may be a gay man, but I still appreciate and acknowledge beautiful women in the world.  Intelligence, grace, compassion, humor and a modicum of humility are vital characteristics to create true beauty in anyone.

    • rawrgrowlrawr

       Every woman needs someone like you as her friend.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Jus’ doing’ my job, ma’am.

    • girliecue

      Oh Kilt, never leave us again!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        (blushes furiously)

    • formerlyAnon

      Damn you’re a sweet-talker, sir!

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

         Jus’ saying what’s real for me.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/latherr/ justnick

    Look how light they all are!

    None of these people are Iman so the list should be automatically tossed out anyways.

    • Lina_bee

      Either they used a full strength Klieg light in the Paula Patton shoot, or else they resorted to photoshop. That is NOT her skin tone.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    You know, I’m sure the PR wars behind the scenes of the Most Beautiful issue are much more interesting than the end result.

  • http://littlebrotherlives.tumblr.com LBrotherL

    I feel like most of these women wouldn’t impress me if you took away the makeup, the perfect lighting, and the expensive clothes. Though I still found incredibly pretty with her seemingly bare face on her blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eveline-de-Lange/100002254790952 Eveline de Lange

    Christina Hendricks is the only one who really stands out to me, as pretty as all the other ladies are. She is just so beautiful!

  • butterflysunita

    And isn’t it interesting that so many of the world’s most beautiful women are American?  Apparently there is a dearth of beauty in the rest of the world.  

    • Pinup Ghoul

       Aishwarya Rai, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Arcuri, and Gong Li would like to have a word with the people who made the list, I think! :P

      • EEKstl

        SO RIGHT!  Each one you’ve cited is spectacularly beautiful.

    • ChiliP

      Not to diminish your point, but Sofia Vergara is Columbian, Charlize Theron is South African, and The Duchess of Cambridge is British. I understand what you are saying overall, however.

  • BazoDee

    Just once I’d like to see them do the most beautiful women in the world and do the photos sans make-up. If you are the most beautiful woman in the world that shouldn’t be a problem. Emma Watson would be on my list. 

  • Pinup Ghoul

    ‘Most Beautiful’, of course, being synonymous with ‘Most Air Time and Exposure’. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    And this is why I love TLo.  They managed to articulate my exact sentiments on this ridiculous “most beautiful” issue they put out every year.  At least the guys (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, George Clooney) mock the hell out of it in the press.  That being said…

    Christina and Michelle for the win.  Fabulous shots.

  • CassandraMortmain

    With the exception of the pics of Michelle Williams, Christina Hendricks and Charlize Theron, this is some seriously bad photography.  The lighting is awful and harsh and almost every woman here looks as bad as I’ve ever seen them.  Seriously, I think that’s the worst picture of Kate Middleton I’ve ever seen.  And that class photo-style backdrop for Madeline Stowe is laughable. 

    And what is Beyonce wearing?  I don’t think it would have been possible to find a more unflattering dress.

  • M Carlson

    That’s the best photo of Christina Hendricks I’ve seen in a while.

  • nannypoo

    These lists are absurd. Not having seen every woman in the world, it would be hard for me to be sure, but I feel safe in saying “Yep. Maybe so”. 

  • http://twitter.com/observacious Kim Z Dale

    No attractive scientists out there, I guess.

    • Louise Bryan

      I think this is just a promo list.  Hopefully, there will be other notable women whose beauty is more than skin deep.

    • formerlyAnon

      How would the staff of People know?

  • EEKstl

    Christina Hendricks looks amazing (she and her gays should be doing some major “notes to self”).  It’s odd to me that these pics range from studio shots complete with a coterie of makeup artists, stylists and Directors of Photography to that clearly candid shot of Cathy Cambridge in harsh sunlight (who still looks gorgeous).

  • EEKstl

    Christina Hendricks looks amazing (she and her gays should be doing some major “notes to self”).  It’s odd to me that these pics range from studio shots complete with a coterie of makeup artists, stylists and Directors of Photography to that clearly candid shot of Cathy Cambridge in harsh sunlight (who still looks gorgeous).

  • Lilithcat

    They all look alike.

  • Lilithcat

    They all look alike.

  • MissAnnieRN

    I have girls crushes on Duchess of Shiny hair, Charlize Theron, And Sofia Vergara, so I’m good with all of that.  Madeleine Stowe’s lips are too enhanced for my tastes to be named to a most beautiful list.  I prefer Au Naturale.  

  • MissAnnieRN

    I have girls crushes on Duchess of Shiny hair, Charlize Theron, And Sofia Vergara, so I’m good with all of that.  Madeleine Stowe’s lips are too enhanced for my tastes to be named to a most beautiful list.  I prefer Au Naturale.  

  • MilaXX

    Great pic of Christina Hendrix

  • Sequence Silver

    What hope does the rest of us have if the most beautiful woman in the world has to be airbrushed within an inch of her life?

  • erinbinek

    Lily Collins?  Really?

  • filmcricket

    What’s weird about Beyonce getting the #1 spot is that she hasn’t had a banner year career-wise at all. Her husband did pretty good for himself, but all she did was give birth to the world’s most famous baby. Not sure if that’s more insulting or less. If Cathy Cambridge manages to produce an heir by next year, will she get the cover?*

    *Note: I think Beyonce is stunning and have no problem with her being “voted” #1, insofar as I care at all rather than finding these lists a bit gross, frankly. That’s a terrible photo of her, though.

  • Joyce VG

    Michelle Williams starring in In a Clockwork Orange.  And YAY for The Duchess of Cambridge!

  • granddelusion

    Puh-leeze. How political.

  • Eileen Mannion

    I think that has got to be one of the best photos of Christina Hendricks that I have ever seen!

  • http://twitter.com/annalizlobo Anna Elizabeth

    I feel the same way about Lily Collins. I’m obligated to like her just because we are Sisters Of The Borderline Unibrow.

  • http://twitter.com/annalizlobo Anna Elizabeth

    Oh dear, that was supposed to be a reply to something upthread.

  • halleygee

    I took my kids to see “Mirror Mirror” over the weekend and Lily Collins is SO beautiful.

    “When she was wallowing in has-been-land, she was apparently quite unattractive. ” LOL at this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740420147 Avantika Sharma

    The only reason they put “world” in the title of this list is so they can include Kate Middleton. Lame! 

    • Allison Evans

      Well, Charlize is from South Africa… so there’s that.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    Theron gives such good face–sometimes I forget just how fierce she can look in editorials.

  • Judy_S

    Odd mix of photos–some are ever so photoshopped and others not even very flattering (I didn’t even recognize Paula Patton for a few minutes).
     

  • Violina23

    I don’t know about the rest of the bitter [girl] kittens, but Christina Hendricks kinda just turned me on a bit….  

  • NCDFan

    It’s not really the most beautiful women in the world. It’s the top ten currently famous beautiful women. Amazing how shallow we are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

    God, remember how lovely Madeleine Stowe was in Last Of The Mohicans? Though I always thought that during those 10 seconds right before she jumped off the cliff her co-star, Jodhi May, really, truly was the most beautiful woman in the world.

  • jcolli69

    They couldn’t find a better pic of the Duchess?!?!?! Or someone in the editing department really dislikes Kate bc I’m sure there are  hundreds pictures of her not squinting into the sun they could’ve chose.

  • LuisaNL

    whatevs, B, you’re awesome. OMG, Christina Hendricks looks absolutely gorgeous in that picture!!!

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    An awful lot of white women in that list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=816120314 Chason Dailey

    Killer photo of Christina Hendricks.

  • marilyn

    They are all gorgeous.

  • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

    Michelle Williams’ shot was breathtaking. B&W works beautifully for her.

  • Emily Scott

    Ooooo, I want to pluck Lily Collins’ eyebrows so bad!

    • Lisa

      I know, the totally make me twitchy.

  • Lisa

    TLo said:  ”As always, it’s just a coincidence that they’ve all had banner career years. For instance, Madeline Stowe has rocketed to the top of the list now that she has a hit TV series. When she was wallowing in has-been-land, she was apparently quite unattractive. Funny how that works out.”
    Haaaaah!  I know, right?  Poor, poor Madeline Stowe was hideous before she had that hit show, despite the fact looking exactly the same!

    And Christina Hendricks LOOKS GREAT IN WHAT SHE’S WEARING!!! Can she just let People Magazine dress her from now on?

  • oatmealpie

    According to Jeopardy! Sofia Vergara is a natural blonde, but she dyes her hair darker to get parts.

  • TheLaurenJean

    Can we just agree about how AMAZING Christina Hendricks looks? Like, REALLY?!

  • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

    WHY did they do that to Hendrick’s hair and WHY doesn’t Patton have any make up on?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544014601 Lyza Muckler

    I guess.  *shrug*  I’m so over these.

  • Sunshine16

    Hooray you guys!  Christina finally looks great & is styled in a modern way.  More of this please!

  • http://twitter.com/thisiscarlijn Carlijn Kruidhof

    Too bad they photoshopped the life out of Beyonce’s skin. 

  • http://twitter.com/katshimmers Kat Wright

    Love that photo of Michelle Williams!

  • Sophie Collier

    Charliiiiiiiize!  Unf.  

  • oohsparkley!

    They are all beautiful (and voted most popular this year).  Christina H. FTW – that photo was mesmerizing!

    • AthenaJ

      Oh, to look like Christina for a day…!!

  • Funkykatt

    Yay, a pear shaped woman got first prize, it’s about time people gave us some attention and positive at that.

  • girliecue

    The posts that start with, “You guys” are always your most wickedly funny ones. Oscar Wilde would be proud. Yes, T Lo, your writing is that good!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    ‘World’s Most Beautiful Women’ – a pictorial by the world’s most mediocre photographer.

  • DominoEstella

    hmm.  Kate Middleton??  No.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567835404 Patti Lever

    Sure that’s Charlize Theron? She looks so much like Michelle Pfieffer.

  • velomango

    So…I can also make the argument that TLo blog mostly about those women who have banner career years – as they’re the ones who show up in the popular press. Not sure it’s the most defensible point my oh-so-fave thinkers about culture/fashion have made.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      We’re not sure if you’ve made a point at all, actually. We don’t compile “Most Beautiful” lists, do we?

  • a_liking

    It’s unfortunate that they lightened and brightened Paula Patton’s picture so much that the lovely woman of color nearly looks white. :|

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    Paula Patton should sue. That’s a horrible picture.

    I vote for Theron and Hendricks.

  • Funkykatt

    I didn’t know who Paula Patton was before this list and there’s no way I would have known she was black by this picture. They are all heavily photoshopped, it’s true but I think they all look good. 

  • TieDye64

    At least there are some full(er) figured lovlies here. That is NOT the best photo of Paula Patton,though.

  • bluefish

    Oi vey!  People Mags is so ridiculous.  Beyonce?  Really?  The rest of the list is equally unimaginative and plodding.  Nice photo of Christina Hendricks.  Way too much vanilla ice cream for my taste.  Not one Charlotte Rampling in this bunch.

  • Joanie Hunt

    I love Madeleine Stowe but the lighting in that photo is horrendous! The only person with a more unflattering photo was Paula Patton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

    This is basically a list of whose publicist has been working the hardest this year. Miranda Lambert’s has been working hard enough because I had to Google her.

  • http://twitter.com/Lola99959 Veronika Kaufmann

    Frank Zappa once said “Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.” replace the ‘rock’ with ‘celebrity’ and you’ve got People magazine.

  • nancylee61

    Beyonce, but I cannot imagine anyone ever being more beautiful than Charlize Theron. I am just always stunned by how breathtaking she is. Really unreal.

  • BazoDee

    Interesting. I actually normally don’t find her attractive at all, but she looks far more attractive in that picture (w/o makeup)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5FQP5T4G3QNKQYDHYXU22C2OQ CourtneyB

    Christina Hendricks and Michelle Williams always blow me away by how freaking perfect they look with a decent photographer. Some people were just made for photoshoots, and they are both part of that group.

  • http://twitter.com/kpossibles Kim

    Oh Lily Collins… I would like you a lot more if you tamed your eyebrows a bit! Look at Kate Middleton! Her brows are full without becoming caterpillars! But at least that’s the only thing that gives you a step above basic…

  • LambeeBaby

    Lily Collins looks too much like Russell Brand for my taste. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

    would you believe I didn’t recognize her? Isn’t she black??  (this would be a great exercise in ” so you want to learn how to photoshop”)

  • kaycem

    white, white, and whiter.  i’m like…  there are beautiful, dark-skinned women that are also having banner years.  i think sofia has the darkest skin tone here:  sad.

    and i agree with anyone who said that beyonce’s picture is ridiculous.  she’s got better pictures on her tumblr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10910518 Erica Woods Tucker

    Whoever dressed Kristina Hendricks and styled her, please be with her 24/7. She looks great in that picture. I won’t go into the Beyonce picture…really stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559324312 Pablo Ulloa

    Bitch please…. Charlize <3

  • Sarah Michaels

    Christina Hendricks looks freakin amazing there! God her hair :)

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