The 30 Hottest Women in the World Right Now

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by  Joshua Sigafus | Last Updated: 

As men, we’re highly drawn to the natural beauty of attractive women. 

Call me a typical ‘man,’ but my love affair with the fairer sex is one of the few things that has never waned in my life.

I remember watching Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi for the first time as a young boy. I was no older than 7. And yet, to this day, I vividly remember marveling at how charming the character Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) looked in her sci-fi-esque gold bikini.   

It was the Greek philosopher Plato who first said “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.”

But truth be told, this statement isn’t altogether true.  

Sure, there may be a certain amount of subjective ‘relativism’ surrounding human concepts like ‘beauty’ and ‘attraction.’ But as I carefully pieced together this list of the hottest, most beautiful women in the world right now, I found myself calling ‘nonsense.’

With a list of women as alluring as this, I dare anyone to skim through it without doing a few double-takes. Plus, these women aren’t just ‘beautiful.’ They’re also talented, accomplished, and professional.

From models, to investors, to singers, to actresses, to business owners, to fashion designers, to public monarchical heads of state (and in no particular order, I might add), this is our list of the 30 hottest women in the world right now.  

Emilia Clarke

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Born in Oxfordshire, Emilia Clarke is probably best known for her role as the fierce (and exquisitely comely) Daenerys Targaryen in the epic award-winning fantasy HBO television series Game of Thrones

A lot of people don’t know this, but she suffered a massive brain hemorrhage at the onset of her work on Game of Thrones. This incident almost killed her, but she survived. And in the aftermath, she founded a charity called SameYou, dedicated to helping people recover from brain injuries.

Brilliant, talented, resilient, and more than worthy of a spot on our 30-hottest women list, Emilia Clarke is a neck-turner of ‘fantastic’ proportions. 

Yael Shelbia

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Taking the #1 top-spot as the most beautiful woman in the world according to the TC Candler’s 100 most Beautiful Faces of 2020 competition, this young model/actress is quickly making a name for herself. She modeled for Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty Company, and boasts 1.3 million followers on her official Instagram account.  

But there’s certainly more to this Israeli-born model and actress than meets the eye. As of April 2020, she enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces, and is currently serving in the Israeli Air Force. She’s smart, talented, dangerously attractive, and doubtlessly has a glamorous future ahead of her. 

Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa is a singer, songwriter, and model who has already earned three BRIT awards and six Grammy nominations for her music. But she’s also shown an affinity for modeling, and she’s stealing hearts with her drop dead girl-next-door good looks (which is fitting—as her name actually means ‘love’ in Albanian). 

Born in 1995 in London to Albanian parents, Dua spent quite a bit of time in Kosovo before moving back to London in 2008 and pursuing her music career. At one point, she worked with Lana Del Rey, who helped produce her first album. But I have a feeling that this young, talented, natural Albanian beauty is just getting started on her journey. And I’m excited to see where it leads. 

Mila Kunis

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Most people know actress Milena Markovna Kunis as the character Jackie Burkhart from That ‘70s Show. She actually broke the rules a bit just to get onto the show. The role required her to be 18 years old, but she told the casting directors that she “would be 18” without giving them the specifics of the statement (she was actually 14 at the time). 

Mila moved to the United States from Chernivtsi in the Soviet Ukraine back in 1991. She really broke into big-screen movies with her role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008, and has been featured in a number of successful Hollywood blockbusters since. One little known fact about Mila is that her eyes are different colors. One eye is green, while the other is blue. 

Natalie Dormer

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This English actress was born in 1982, and really broke onto the silver-screen in a big way with her iconic performance as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime historical drama series The Tudors. She’s also appeared in a number of other major shows and motion pictures—including Game of Thrones, Elementary, and The Hunger Games. 

There’s a lot more to Natalor Dormer than her looks, though. She’s considered a heart-throb by many, thanks to her distinctive aesthetic and her varied, never-dull fashion choices. But she’s also worked on a few really cool projects that she gets little recognition for.

For example, she played the voice of Dr. Lexi T’Perro in the video game Mass Effect: Andromeda, and co-wrote the script for the thriller In Darkness, which she also starred in. 

Nyakim Gatwech

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Nyakim Gatwech, also known in modeling circles as Queen of the Dark, was born in Ethiopia. After her South Sudanese parents were forced to leave the country due to constant warfare, she ended up settling in Buffalo, New York.

Known as a trail-blazer for models with a darker complexion, Nyakim decided to find confidence in her uniquely dark skin-tone in a modeling industry full of lighter-skinned ladies—and the confidence is definitely not misplaced.

In an article for BlackEnterprise.com, she was quoted as saying this about her modeling career: “In a world that tries every day to tell us we’re not the beauty standard, I remind her [speaking of her niece] and all the little black girls out there that they are drop-dead gorgeous, intelligent, brave, outstanding, and much more.”  

Blake Lively

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Blake Ellender Lively is an American actress probably best known for her role as Serena Van der Woodsen in the popular CW television drama Gossip Girl. She’s also married to Ryan Reynolds. And yes, her sunlight-colored mane and picture-perfect physique are the stuff of legend—but that’s not all this winsome beauty has going for her. 

In 2014, she founded an online website/magazine called Preserve, which was intended to help creative people come together and share their products with a broader audience. The website garnered national attention, and even earned her a third feature on the cover of Vogue. Unfortunately, the magazine closed a year later—but Lively has also been rumored to be a closeted, talented, and professional interior design artist

Selena Gomez

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A lot of people seem to forget that Selena Gomez got her start on the popular Disney television show Wizards of Waverly place. As a model, actress, and pop singer, she made her major motion-picture debut in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

But that was only the beginning of her lustrous career in the limelight. Along with being known as a drop-dead-gorgeous dark-eyed beauty, she’s also enjoyed major success as a pop singer, releasing popular songs like “Come & Get It” and “Lose You to Love Me.” She’s still turning heads and cranking out hits—and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

Ashley Graham

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Ashley Graham has garnered immense popularity as a plus-sized model and television presenter. To date, she’s one of the most recognized faces in ‘curvy’ modeling, serves as a global ambassador of the “Real Beauty” movement, boasts 12 million Instagram followers, and has graced the covers of magazines ranging from Vogue, to Elle, to Harper’s Bazaar. She’s also walked the fashion runway for a number of major designers and brands. 

One of Ashley’s most famous moments came when she earned the cover spot on the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. According to Biography.com, she had this to say about the accomplishment: “It was an eye-opening experience for me in that ‘Oh my God, I can do anything I want…’ When you’re given an SI cover and you take advantage of it, you can conquer the world.”

Kylie Jenner

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Kylie Jenner barely needs an introduction. As of October of 2020, her net worth was estimated to be at roughly $700 million. She’s the founder of Kylie Cosmetics, starred in the renowned TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and is also a well-known model, businesswoman, and major social media influencer (she has over 215 million followers on Instagram). She also boasts the 29th spot on Forbes’ list of American Self-Made Women of 2020. 

But let’s not forget that in-addition to all of these major accomplishments, Kylie Jenner is also hot as fire—and shows no sign of turning down the ‘heat’ anytime soon. One look at her Instagram will show you that for Kylie, being beautiful isn’t just a natural gift. It’s literally a work of art that she’s mastered down to a science. 

Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily O’Hara Ratajkowski was born in London, and is a popular American actress and model. She got her first big break on the show iCarly, but her career quickly skyrocketed to lofty heights after appearing on the cover of treats! In 2012. 

She went on to appear in a few major music videos for artists like Robin Thicke and Maroon 5, graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2014 and 2015, and also starred in several other shows and motion pictures with other major Hollywood names. In more recent posts on her IG, she’s been posting exquisitely tasteful and striking images documenting her pregnancy experience. She’s truly a woman of depth, value, and incredible beauty, no doubt about it. 

Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Ingrid Johansson is an actress and singer who’s probably best known for her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Marvel movies, though she’s also starred in several other major motion pictures as well—including movies such as Ghost in the Shell, and The Island. 

Yes, Scarlett Johansson is an absolute head-turner—and a lot of people know that she’s a wonderful and talented actress. But a lot of people don’t know that she also sings. Her most-played song on Spotify is called Relator, and was created with Pete Yorn. 

Adriana Lima 

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If you’re a fan of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, then you’re doubtlessly familiar with Adriana Lima. She’s a Brazillian actress and model who holds the title as the longest running Victoria’s Secret Angel, and was also named “The most valuable Victoria’s Secret Angel” in 2017. 

Though she hung up her angel wings in 2018, Adriana certainly hasn’t called it quits in the modeling game. Since then, she’s modeled for a number of iconic brands, including Vogue Arabia and BCBGMAXAZRIA. She’s had a long and successful career, and told The Daily Front Row that she wants “to show the world that a powerful woman can be beautiful as a mature woman and as a mom.”

Jasmine Sanders

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Jasmine Sanders, perhaps better known as “Golden Barbie,” is a German-American actress, model, and Instagram star. In addition to a lucrative modeling career, she’s appeared in TV shows like Scream: The TV Series, and Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. 

Born in Frankenthal, Germany, Jasmine got her start in modeling early—at the age of 16. Not long after getting started, she was already working with several top industry brands, including Seventeen, Nice, Free People, and ALDO shoes. She’s also made several appearances in top fashion magazines, and is perhaps best recognized for her signature bouncy blond curls and killer mega-star smile. 

Angela Yeung Wing

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Angela Yeung Wing, more often referred to by her stage name Angelababy, is a well-known singer, actress, and model based out of Hong Kong and China. She’s been called China’s Weibo Queen, has a massive social media following, and has appeared in blockbuster films like Hitman: Agent 47 and Independence Day: Resurgence. 

Why’s she on our list? Well, she’s unbelievably sexy to start with. But this Weibo queen is also super smart. As a businesswoman who’s invested in some highly successful startups, she’s even gone as far as to launch her own venture capital fund, called AB Capital. 

Shakira

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When you hear the name Shakira, if you’re anything like me, the first thing you think of is her hit dance song Hips Don’t Lie, performed with Wyclef Jean. Yes, this Columbian dancing goddess has the voice (and hips) of an angel. But here are a few things that you may not know about her. 

Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, and she’s one of the most successful Latin American recording artists to-date in both the Spanish and English-speaking markets. She almost lost her voice after suffering a haemorrhage to her vocal cords in late 2017, however—and tried almost everything (except for surgery) to get her voice back, including meditation, hypnosis, and even traveling to Lourdes for holy water. Thankfully, her voice returned without the need for surgery, though I guess we’ll never know if it was the holy water that did the trick or not. 

Anna Akana 

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Anna Akana may not be quite as well-known in the fashion or beauty industries as some of the other women on our list. But her quirky and endearing good looks, combined with her charm, wit, and quick humor earn her major points—and I couldn’t help but to include her. 

Anna Akana is probably best known for her role on Comedy Central’s Corporate. But she’s also a singer, YouTuber, and Comedian. Her YouTube channel boasts 2.77 million subscribers, and she has over 487 thousand followers on Instagram. I’m not sure what I love more about Anna—her delightfully insightful and comedic social commentary, her catchy music, or the random ‘modeling pics’ she posts on her Instagram. Either way you cut it, she’s an arresting figure and an artistic genius in my book. 

Jade Weber

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Where do we start with Jade Weber? Well, if you can pry your gaze away from her deep-blue, sultry eyes—you’ll learn that she’s an actress and model best known for motion picture roles in movies like Runaway and Color My Dreams. 

But there’s more to this bombshell charmer than meets the eye. She’s a French/English speaker. But she was born in Hong Kong, so she also speaks Mandarin. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about her is that she was discovered by a photographer quite randomly at the young age of 9. In 2017, she was nominated as one of the ten most beautiful kids in the world—and she hasn’t slowed down since. 

Bella B Harris

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Bella Harris is a model and singer who made big headlines when she was caught meeting rapper Drake for a secret late-night dinner. Rumors that the two were dating flew around the internet—and seemed to be confirmed when she made the relationship ‘photo official’ on her Instagram.  

It’s not surprising that Bella is gaining so much attention for herself, though. As the daughter of the famous producer Jimmy Jam, she’s hardworking, talented, and determined. She’s already graced the cover of Teen Vogue, and has modeled for brands like Missguided, Clinique, and even Rihanna’s Fenty line. And with natural-born killer good-looks like hers, I imagine that her career in modeling is just getting started. 

Megan Fox

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When you think of Megan Fox, you might think of the Transformer movies. Or, maybe you think about her more recent relationship adventures with Machine Gun Kelly. In any case, there’s no denying that she sticks out once you’ve seen her. And it’s little wonder why. 

This dark-haired, dark eyed bombshell made her acting debut in the film Holiday in the Sun. She’s starred in several major motion pictures since, including starring in the horror movie Jennifer’s Body. The actress/model is known for her breathtaking good looks and for her strong commitment to the acting craft. She definitely boasts some natural talent to go along with her sultry aesthetic. 

Arika Sato

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Arika Sato is an actress, model, blogger, and Youtuber who has made a significant name for herself online, mostly through her Instagram and YouTube channels. Her YouTube channel boasts 295 thousand subs, and her website features an online shop, along with health, wellness, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle content.  

She may be a ‘newcomer’ to this type of list in most respects, but I included her in it because she’s been showing up more and more in modeling circles, and for good reason. Her striking Japanese-American features, combined with her classy Hollywood modeling style, make her extremely unique—and very sexy. 

Rihanna

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What list of ‘hottest women in the world’ would be complete without including the incredible Robyn Rihanna Fenty herself? This exotic Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman has been making massive waves in the fashion and music worlds since releasing her first two studio albums: Music of the Sun, and A Girl like Me. 

She’s also well-known for her Fenty fashion line (which has been worn by the likes of names like Paris Hilton and Willow Smith), has won 9 Grammy Awards and 8 Billboard Music Awards, and has hosted lingerie fashion shows featuring modeling names like Cara Delevigne, Bella Hadid, and Erika Jayne. She’s beautiful, talented, and accomplished. Rihanna is truly the whole package, minus none.  

Ekta Maru

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Ekta Maru is a popular model and influencer from India, but she has her sights set on being a Bollywood film actress in the not-too-distant future. She was a winner in the FACE of India 2020 competition, and is set to move on to the FACE of ASIA competition as a result—which is the largest model-hunt platform in Asia. 

Ekta boasts 464 thousand Instagram followers, and hasn’t stopped turning heads since she achieved the 1st Runner-Up status at the Femina Style Diva Competition in 2016. I decided to include her in this list because she’s a relative newcomer to the Indian modeling scene, but shows an incredible amount of potential. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s taking her career to the highest levels. Oh yeah—she’s also breathtakingly enchanting, so there’s that. 

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner is known as an American model and media personality. She’s the daughter of Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Jenner, and really started rising to fame because of her iconic role in the show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But this young socialite has a lot more going on below the surface than most people realize. 

Yes, Kendall Jenner is hot. That’s one of the best words to describe her. In fact, she’s literally professionally hot—as in, that’s pretty much what she does from sun-up to sun-down. But she’s also achieved a lot for herself as a businesswoman. As of 2019, she filed for a trademark for her own beauty company. She’s also acted as the official face and co-creator of the brand Moon, and has served for quite some time as the main spokesperson for the brand Proactiv

Emma Watson 

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Who didn’t fall in love with the breathtaking, heart-wrenching Emma Watson as they watched her basically grow up as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies? To land this part, she needed to endure 8 grueling auditions (set up by her Oxford Theatre teacher) and perform consistently in each one. She nailed it, and won the life-defining role that changed her professional career forever. She was 10 years old when she started filming for Harry Potter, and 20 at the conclusion of the final movie. 

In addition to playing major roles in other Hollywood movie productions, the actress and model has also launched a campaign called HeforShe, which is committed to gender equality, and has also become a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador

Ariana Grande 

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Ariana Grande is an American singer and actress who got her start in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She’s done some acting and voiceover work in movies and television shows, but is probably best known for her achievements as a singer. 

She started her music career in 2011 when she appeared on the soundtrack to the show Victorious, which she also played a role in as an actress. Then, in 2013, she released her first studio album Truly Yours, and the rest is history. Ariana Grande is that type of beautiful that nearly defies rationality. Ethereal, otherworldly, enchanting—these are all words that I might use to describe the pop superstar’s natural attractiveness. 

Beyonce

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Does Beyonce really need an introduction? This singer/songwriter, producer, and actress has achieved massive fame for herself, mostly starting with her role in Destiny’s Child back in the late 1990s (a group she formed at the age of 9, by the way). 

But here’s the thing about Beyonce—she literally doesn’t seem to age. Her skin looks just as flawless now as it did back then. In fact, in many respects, some might even say that she’s improved with age from a natural beauty standpoint; a view that’s difficult to argue with. She’s a fashion queen, a powerful vocalist, and a pop superstar icon; and no list of hottest women would be complete without name-dropping her. 

Gal Gadot 

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I was just as excited as anyone else when Wonder Woman aired its first trailer and dropped in 2017. But for me, alongside the “I’m so excited for a new Wonder Woman movie” feeling came another declaration/question. “Who’s this woman playing Wonder Woman, and why is she so damn beautiful?”

Gal Gadot is a personal favorite of mine, and I won’t deny that I’ve spent more than my fair share of time perusing her Instagram photos. But this alluring and talented actress is also far from just being a ‘pretty face.’  Originally from Israel, Gal Gadot served two years in the Israeli military as a fitness instructor before coming to the United States and getting started on her acting career. She also owns a production company called Pilot Wave

Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle got her start as an actress. But over the course of her career, she met, fell-in-love-with, and married Prince Harry of the British royal family—which officially made her a member of the royal family as well, the Duchess of Sussex

Here’s the thing about Meghan Markle. Yes, she has deep, dark, ravishing eyes and a perfectly-proportioned face and body. But a big part of her appeal comes from the fact that she’s a self-made woman. She was an actress and a blogger before meeting Prince Harry of Wales, and it’s my guess that this professional enthusiasm was a large part of what caught his eye (hey, can we blame him?).

In any case, Meghan Markle is a looker. She’s a real-life princess and embodies the role in every way.

Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Chase “Lizzie” Olsen was the ‘unknown’ Olsen sister you never heard of—until she entered the silver screen of Hollywood herself. The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, she’s an American actress best known for her major blockbuster roles in movies like Silent House, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Godzilla (the 2014 version). 

You may recognize her as the Scarlet Witch from the Marvel franchise—but this starlit beauty certainly has aspirations that carry her beyond just her good looks. She admitted in an article with the New York Times that she would love to go to school for architecture, flip homes, create indie movies, and even own her own store someday.  


That’s a wrap.  

My goal with this post was to put together a diverse list of breathtaking women who deserve to be admired not just for their looks, but also for their accomplishments and talent. 

In my opinion, these are the 30 hottest women in the world right now. 

Do you agree? Disagree?  

Follow The Adult Man on Instagram to keep your eye out for more related posts. 

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