Beautiful women have always fascinated the world, and we are still mesmerized by the beauty of some women, whose beauty assuredthem a place in history. Many of these beautiful women were queens and monarchs who were intelligent and brave. They were admired for their beauty which was unparalleled and they have not been forgotten, though thousands of years have elapsed since their passing. Some modern day beauties too have made a mark and have been included in beauty’s hall of fame. Read on to find out who are the 10 most beautiful women in history:
- Neferneferuaten Nefertiti
Nefertiti (1370 – 1330 BC) was the Chief Consort or the Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten of Egypt. She was known not only for her extraordinary beauty but also starting a new religion, wherein only the sun god Aten was worshipped. Nefertiti and her husband’s reign was among the wealthiest in Ancient Egypt.
The famed Queen who ruled Egypt has had many literary tributes paid to her beauty including Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. She is a source of unending fascination and is a legend because of her beauty and intelligence. She was the last Ptolemaic Pharaoh of Egypt after which Egypt became a part of the Roman Empire. She could woo anyone with her charm, wit and intelligence and both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony were mesmerized by her.
- Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc inspired an army of Frenchmen, at the tender age of 16, to drive away the English. She cut off her hair and wore men’s clothes, but this did not hide her rare beauty. All her portraits point to her being extremely beautiful. She was burnt at the stake at the age of 19, but her initiative delivered victory to the French.
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Aspasia was a Greek beauty who lived in the time of Socrates. She was the lover and partner of Perciles who was an influential statesman. Their house became the meeting place of Greek intellectual and she is said to have influenced many philosophers and writers. Her beauty along with her intelligence and conversational abilities made her attractive to many.
- Nur Jahan
Nur Jahan (1577 – 1645), or Mehr-un-Nissa, the Mughal Empress was considered to be a charismatic woman, who was beautiful and well-educated. She was influential and powerful during the rule of her husband, Emperor Jahangir.
- Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly’s beauty ensured that she was one of Hollywood’s top actresses. Her story is one which any girl would envy, from being an actress to a Princess, when she married the prince of Monaco, Prince Rainier. But it seems that she longed to return to Hollywood and her work and suffered from depression, till her death in a car accident in 1982.
- Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy was famous for her beauty before she was married to John F. Kennedy, the President of the United States. She was known for her grace and poise, and after Kennedy’s assassination, married the Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis. After Onassis’s death in 1975, she began her career as a book editor, which she continued till her death.
- Princess Diana
Princess Diana’s beauty, grace, style, and poise brought back British royalty into fashion. She was the favorite of the people, who loved her for her accessible image and her stunning beauty. She was adored by millions of people globally, and she was photographed more than anyone else. Her death was a great shock and gave rise to many conspiracy theories.
- Mata Hari
The most famous spy of all time, MargarethaZelle was a Dutch exotic dancer who gained favor with high-ranking allied officers during World War I. She used her beauty to tempt the officers who revealed important secrets to her, which she then passed on to the Germans. She was finally caught by French intelligence, and was executed in 1917. But her exploits were legendary and continue to intrigue even today.
- Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn is known for her stunning beauty and golden heart. She devotedly worked with UNICEF and in 1992, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, recognizing her contribution as a Goodwill Ambassador.
The definition of beauty has changed over time, but still these women managed to hold their own, as they were more than just beautiful faces, and used their beauty to influence society with their intelligence and charm.