Jessica Pare – No.10 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Jessica Pare Is No.10
When Don Draper proposed to his new secretary Megan on the season finale of Mad Men, Canadian actress Jessica Pare — who plays the doe-eyed pencil pusher — became an overnight sensation and the subject of fervent water-cooler discussion across North America the next day. Finally, the rest of the world had clued into what Canadians had been saying for years: Jessica Pare is a star. After years on the cusp of mainstream success, having appeared in films like Stardom, Wicker Park, and a memorable topless cameo in Hot Tub Time Machine, Jessica Pare is finally primed for a breakout, with her character set to return for Mad Men’s fifth season.
Anne Hathaway – No.9 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Anne Hathaway Is No.9
It seems like just yesterday that Anne Hathaway was charming audiences as the precocious teen in Disney’s smash hit The Princess Diaries. Today, the stunning actress and heir-apparent to Julia Roberts’ throne finds herself in an exclusive group of young starlets who get first crack at Hollywood’s most coveted roles. She has smoothly shed her good-girl image by starring in searing adult-oriented fare like Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married, while retaining a firm grasp on the coveted female demographic with her roles in The Devil Wears Prada and this year’s Love and Other Drugs (in which Hathaway exposes her flawless breasts, something she’s been prone to do). She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in the same film. And this month, she’ll take on the daunting task of hosting the Oscars (alongside James Franco), a shrewd career move for one of Hollywood’s hottest A-listers. The gig will mark Hathaway’s first appearance onstage at the Oscars, but it certainly won’t be her last.
Katy Perry – No.8 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Katy Perry Is No.8
When Katy Perry wasn’t shooting whipped cream out of her bra, distracting Sesame Street‘s Elmo with her fantastic cleavage or single-handedly resurrecting the latex-dress industry, the California girl was busy achieving one of the most successful single years ever for a female pop star. Perry’s sophomore album, Teenage Dream, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and produced three colossal hits, including the inescapable Snoop Dogg-fueled summer anthem “California Gurls.” Her banner year continued as she married British rapscallion Russel Brand, became the second most-searched artist online (after Justin Bieber — it’s hard to compete with a teenage heartthrob) and earned four Grammy nominations, including an unexpected one for Album of The Year. This year, Perry will make the inevitable leap to the big screen when she lends her voice to Smurfette in the animated Smurfs film. It may not have the same prestige as Justin Timberlake’s acclaimed role in The Social Network, but, hey, it’s a start.
Scarlett Johansson – No.7 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Scarlett Johansson Is No.7
On the day that Scarlett Johansson announced her separation from Ryan Reynolds (who just happens to be the reigning “Sexiest Man Alive”), there was a noticeable spike in gym membership purchases, the Shulton Company (original producers of Old Spice) saw a massive increase in stock value and boutique barbershops reported lines around the block. Men everywhere were suddenly rejuvenated; they had purpose for their hope — long extinguished — was renewed. Scarlett Johansson, the de facto sexiest woman in Hollywood, was officially single again and yours to lose. Unfortunately the buxom beauty won’t have time to be wooed in the near or distant future, with roles in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo and the Marvel mash-up The Avengers to film. But if you happen to catch ScarJo in that brief moment when she travels from her trailer to hair and makeup, all the power to you.
Cheryl Cole – No.6 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Cheryl Cole Is No.6
Are we the only ones who see Cheryl Cole as the dance-pop Natalie Portman? The dimpled singer has a youthful elegance oomphed by her dance energy and her pop fame — 20 top 10 UK singles, both with her girl group Girls Aloud and as a solo gal. She’s been nominated for this year’s BRIT Awards for Best Single for her hit “Parachute” and for Best Female Artist. She’s also Will.i.am’s favorite English muse, opening the Black Eyed Peas 2010 Euro tour (Fergie must have loved that). Ranking No. 20 in last year’s AskMen poll, the Brit glam princess is a fashion maven who attained and maintained synth ’n’ b superstardom in Europe. Even New York indie rockers Vampire Weekend have fallen for her. Get in line.
Miranda Kerr – No.5 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
When Miranda Kerr signed on with Victoria’s Secret as Giselle Bunchend’s official replacement in 2007, many wondered if the statuesque Aussie had what it took to fill the legendary Brazilian’s, er, bra. Well, it’s 2011, and Kerr has done more than fill it; she’s made it her own. Currently one of the top-paid models in the world (Gisele still tops the list), Kerr has become the luxe lingerie brand’s most recognizable face (it must be those dimples), and her marriage to Orlando Bloom and the recent birth of their son is the stuff fairy tales are made of. Last year, when Sydney-based banker David Kiely was suspended from his job after he was seen viewing racy photos of the model on his computer while in the background of a co-worker’s live television interview, Kerr publicly supported the scorned worker and helped him regain his job. Swoon.
Selita Ebanks – No.4 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Selita Ebanks Is No.4
Cayman Islands-born beauty Selita Ebanks has been on male radar since she started working with designers like Ralph Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger. In 2005, she joined the esteemed Victoria’s Secret Angels, remaining an Angel until 2009. The next year, she moved into reality television as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, only to get fired halfway through the season. Her most notable project to date has been her role in Kanye West’s epic 35-minute music video for “Runaway,” in which she trades her Angel wings to play a half-woman/half-Phoenix who falls to Earth, is rescued by West and falls in love with him. He should be so lucky. Having sampled the worlds of fashion, television and music videos, Selita Ebanks’ next project will see her attempt to break into the world of publishing when she releases her own self-help book for women.
Sofia Vergara – No.3 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Sofia Vergara Is No.3
We can talk about the clever writing on ABC’s monster hit Modern Family until the show wins its billionth Emmy, but we all know the reason men everywhere (especially in the 18-34 demographic) watch the popular sitcom is to get that weekly dose of Sovia Vergara, owner of the best cleavage on television (sorry, Christina Hendricks). We’ll be the first to admit that as the Colombian bombshell-turned-matriarch of a white, upper-middle-class, suburban family, Vergara’s overacting can be a bit grating, but with a rack like that, the former model and television hostess could be the sonic facsimile of glass on a chalkboard, and we’d still love her. This year, she was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. And with boyfriend Nick Loeb considering a run for the Senate, Vergara’s giving men a whole new reason to be engaged in politics.
Mila Kunis – No.2 Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011
Why Mila Kunis Is No.2
If you never thought Mila Kunis had what it takes to be a movie star, don’t worry — neither did we. Before she was cast as the crush-magnet love interest in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kunis was best known as Jackie, Ashton Kutcher’s ditzy arm candy in That 70’s Show and as the grating voice of Meg Griffin, misfit daughter in Family Guy. Neither suggested movie-star pedigree. But as the funny, charming and gorgeous hotel clerk in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Kunis was a revelation. She’s since gone on to star in Max Payne, The Book of Eli and the psychological thriller Black Swan, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the same role. Next year, Kunis returns to her romantic comedy roots in Friends with Benefits, where she’ll star alongside fellow fledgling movie star Justin Timberlake as best friends who complicate their relationship by having sex. In Timberlake’s shoes, it’s a risk we’d be happy to take.
The Most Beautiful Woman Of The World 2011 Is Blake Lively
Why Blake Lively Is No.1
When Blake Lively, sporting a spectacular Chanel frock, walked the red carpet at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of her film The Town, her transformation was officially complete. In just three years, Lively had gone from star of the salacious teen soap Gossip Girl to a legitimate movie star. But today, with her nomination for Favorite TV Drama Actress at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards, Blake Lively is on the verge of something even bigger. With her relationship to Penn Badgley quietly behind her and a growing sense that, despite its continued success, Gossip Girl is nearing an end, Lively continues her transition to the big screen as she prepares for next summer’s superhero saga Green Lantern, in which she plays Ryan Reynolds’ love interest. Unlike some of her equally-talented colleagues whose careers were derailed by the temptations that accompany sudden success (don’t worry, Lindsay — we won’t mention any names), Lively has climbed to the top of the ranks with an unusual amount of dignity and composure. At just 23 years old, she’s a highly sought-after actress (is there a high-profile film she’s not attached to these days?), a New York City style icon and a proud proprietor of the sexiest cleavage in Hollywood.