The term classy is being used less and less, it seems, in this modern Hollywood world of Miley Cyrus’, Justin Bieber’s, and rap videos. So we thought it was time to spread a little class and tip our hats to 23 of the classiest female celebs working hard to radiate elegance, boast brains, and epitomize panache. No matter what gender you are you will definitely crush over these wonder women.
- Honorable Mention: Karen Gillan
- 23. Nicole Kidman
- 22. Hayley Atwell
- 21. Miranda Kerr
- 20. Jennifer Garner
- 19. Taylor Swift
- 18. Jessica Biel
- 17. Sandra Bullock
- 16. Angelina Jolie
- 15. Zooey Deschanel
- 14. Evangeline Lilly
- 13. Olivia Wilde
- 12. Natalie Dormer
- 11. Anne Hathaway
- 10. Amy Adams
- 9. Charlize Theron
- 8. Kerry Washington
- 7. Naomi Watts
- 6. Blake Lively
- 5. Anna Kendrick
- 4. Emma Stone
- 3. Natalie Portman
- 2. Scarlett Johansson
- 1. Emma Watson
Honorable Mention: Karen Gillan
First is our honorable mention the lovely and energetic Karen Gillan. Karen is one of the few young celebs with class, brains, and a great sense of humor. Staying out of the limelight unless it incorporates a trip to Comic-Con, this Inverness, Scotland native can be seen on the Doctor Who series on BBC and more recently as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
23. Nicole Kidman
From spectacular appearances at the Cannes Film Festival to the legendary role in the film “The Beguiled” to the thriller “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, Nicole Kidman is one of the most appreciated actresses in the world. Born on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu (Hawaii), in a family of Australians who came to study in the USA, she was nominated for an Oscar four times, but “The Hours” earned her the coveted trophy. Ranked as the fourth highest paid actress in the world in 2019, she has been a goodwill ambassador for Unicef since 1994 and has worked to raise awareness on women’s human rights around the world.
22. Hayley Atwell
Agent Peggy Carter herself. The part English part Native American actress was born and graduated in London. As a teenager, she went on anti-vivisection and Free the Dolphins marches. Hayley began her career with parts on a few BBC television productions. Her first big break came in the television miniseries, The Line of Beauty (2006). The following year, she got her first film role in How About You… (2007). She followed this with Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream (2007). Her breakthrough role came four years later as British agent Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). She can now be seen continuing to kick ass as Agent Carter in the stand-alone series on ABC.
21. Miranda Kerr
Australian model and mother rose to prominence in 2007 as one of the Victoria Secret Angels. Kerr began modeling in the fashion industry when she was 13, starting at Chaay’s Modelling Agency, and subsequently won a 1997 Australian nationwide model search. She raced motorbikes and rode horses when living on her grandmother’s farm as a teenager. Kerr now has her own line of organic skincare products called KORA Organics and released a self-help book, Treasure Yourself. In 2011 she was ranked #5 on Askmen top 99 most desirable women. This placed her as the highest ranking Australian woman.
20. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner’s beauty is only matched by her grace and kindness. An intelligent and fit alpha female, Garner was born in Houston, Texas, and spent nine years of her adolescence studying ballet. Describing her years in dance as ones characterized by determination rather than talent, being driven mostly by a love of the stage, she took this determination with her in a later aspect of her career. She is best known for portraying Sydney Bristow in the television series Alias and as Elektra in DareDevilwhich. She has received four Golden Globe nominations and won once, as well as received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and won once.
19. Taylor Swift
T Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1989. She is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 and at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011, Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Additionally, Swift has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. She has an uncanny bond with her fans and gives back substantially more than she takes.
18. Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-out actresses. She was born in Minnesota and spent her childhood moving around the midwest. Her television series acting debut, playing Mary Camden on the WB’s #1-rated show, 7th Heaven (1996), helped her emerge as a breakout star. In her spare time, Biel is involved with charities such as Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and PETA. Her hobbies include ballet, soccer, running, yoga, and hiking with her dog “East.” She resides in Los Angeles and is married to Justin Timberlake.
17. Sandra Bullock
Bullock is an award winning actress with major talent and unrivaled heart. She was born in Virginia and lived in Nuremberg, Germany until the age of 12. After her breakout performance in Speed, she became a leading actress throughout the 2000’s and 2010’s. She was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. Her greatest commercial success came in 2013 with Gravity. With $56,000,000, she was listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the highest-paid actress in the world.
Known for her philanthropic work and generous donations, she donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Did the same, again donating $1 million to the Red Cross, after the tsunami disaster in Asia in 2004. She again donated $1 million, this time to Doctors Without Borders, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
16. Angelina Jolie
She held the title of the richest actress in Hollywood, the sexiest and most beautiful woman in the world but she is also one of the famous actresses in Hollywood. We’re sure you all heard about Angelina Jolie. Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, she began her film career in 1993 with the production of Cyborg 2. She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted and an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in Salt.
Angelina Jolie is also known as the most active celebrity when it comes to devotion to humanitarian causes. She is a supporter of the rights of refugees, women, and the right to education. She received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Order of St. Michael and St. George (DCMG), and she was also rewarded the title of Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
15. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey is at the paragon of femininity and “adorability.” A heroin of hipsters, fashionistas, and strong women everywhere, it’s no wonder she’s a role model for countless young women. She got her big break, at age 17, playing a model in the TV sitcom, Veronica’s Closet (1997). The Los Angeles native got her first film role the following year in Mumford (1999), which prompted her to quit university to pursue acting full-time. Mostly thanks to a role in Cameron Crowe’s popular biopic, Almost Famous (2000), Zooey’s rise to fame has been steadily increasing as the 21st century wears on.
In addition, Zooey is often compared to golden era Hollywood starlets doubling as a talented singer/songwriter. She has said in interviews that she believes her singing ability was pivotal in gaining the role of “Jovie” in Elf. She has portrayed the role of Jessica Day on the Fox comedy series New Girl since 2011, for which she has received an Emmy Award nomination and three Golden Globe Award nominations. In May 2011, she launched HelloGiggles, an entertainment website geared towards women, with producer Sophia Rossi and writer Molly McAleer. Zooey ranked #17 on Askmen’s list of the top 99 “most desirable” women for 2013.
14. Evangeline Lilly
Oh, Canada! Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Lilly is the definition of class. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses. While there she founded and ran a world development and human rights committee. And if that’s not enough she also lived under a grass hut in the jungles of the Philippines with a missionary group for three weeks.
Later she was encouraged to try out for Lost by a friend and not expecting to get cast. Yet she was chosen to play the role of Kate Austen out of 75 other women. Spokeswomen for L’Oreal Paris since 2009 she is fluent in French and loves reading, writing, painting, tea, and nature. Currently, she can be seen in The Hobbit series and as Hope Van Dyne in the upcoming Marvel production of Ant-Man.
13. Olivia Wilde
Looks, elegance, brains, and a sense of humor. Words that describe this actress, producer, and model. An all american girl, Wilde was born in New York City and raised in Washington, D.C. She has appeared in several television and film productions including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House, and in films such as Tron: Legacy, Cowboys & Aliens, In Time, Her, and Drinking Buddies. Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, which provides education and health services in Haiti, and the ACLU of Southern California. Previously, Wilde was a supporter of the youth voter organization, 18 in ’08. She serves on their advisory council and appeared in a public service announcement that debuted on June 30, 2008. She also appeared in the MoveOn.org mock-PSA “supporting” the rights of the healthcare insurance industry. Wilde was commended by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworkers’ union, for supporting the Fair Foods campaign. In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women’s issues in terms of education, health, and justice.
She is a lifelong lover of classic cars and owns a 1958 Chevy Biscayne, 1959 Thunderbird convertible, and once owned a 1966 Lincoln Continental. Olivia is also a descendant of Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, illegitimately, through her son James V, King of Scotland. She ranked #15 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 Women of 2011 list, after being ranked #1 in 2009. Previously, she had been rated #97 in 2008 and #61 in 2005. Jason Sudeikis is a lucky man.
12. Natalie Dormer
Speaking of thrones and class, this British actress is hauntingly beautiful and scandalously proper. She is known for her roles as Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors, Irene Adler in Elementary, and Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones. She also played Cressida in the science fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
Dormer was head girl, a first class student, vice-captain of the school netball team, and she also got to travel the world with her school’s public speaking team. Dormer trained in dance at the Allenova School of Dancing. She describes herself as the “academic hopeful” of the family and hoped to be offered a place to study history at Cambridge. Instead, she decided to audition for drama schools and decided to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She enjoys fencing as a sport and is a member of the London Fencing Academy. Not impressed? She is a mezzo soprano singer and participated in the 2014 London Marathon. Dormer also took part in the 2008 PartyPoker.com Women’s World Open in London, where she came in second to Emma Kennedy in the Celebrity Heat.
11. Anne Hathaway
That Cat-woman though. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ms. Hathaway is yet another perfect example of what it means to be genuinely moral, very successful, and strikingly beautiful. She came to prominence after playing Mia Thermopolis in Disney’s The Princess Diaries. She gained further recognition with her roles in The Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight Rises. In 2012 she won the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for best supporting actress for playing the doomed seamstress-turned-prostitute Fantine in “Les Misérables.”
Hathaway is involved with numerous causes and charities, including The Creative Coalition, The Step Up Women’s Network, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Human Rights Campaign, and The Lollipop Theatre Network. In 2008, she was honored at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” tribute and has also been honored for her work with Step Up Women’s Network. Hathaway is an LGBT rights activist and has donated money to organizations that support same-sex marriage. In 2006 and 2007 she was one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world. In the same light, she was named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year at Harvard University. The class is in session.
10. Amy Adams
With a substantial list of strong female characters she has portrayed in her portfolio, Adams is easily a beacon for strong, sophisticated women everywhere. Born in Italy and raised in Colorado, Adams is one of seven children. She is well known for her roles in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, and Junebug, which won her the award for Best Supporting Actress. Her role in American Hustle won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy along with a fourth BAFTA nomination, and a fifth Oscar nomination, her first in the Best Actress category.
In 2014, she portrayed Margaret Keane in Big Eyes, for which she won a second Golden Globe and received a fifth BAFTA nomination. In 2014 Adams was named one of Time Magazines Most Influential People. She can currently be seen in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman reprising her role as Lois Lane.
9. Charlize Theron
South African beauty and superhuman Charlize Theron is somewhere at the crossroads between elegant and down to earth. When she’s not out lime-lighting as a world class award winning actress, she is influencing the everyday young person. One of the world’s most-photographed women, she considers beauty as coming more from experiences than appearance. The actress is known for marring her looks for roles by doing everything from gaining weight to shaving her head.
The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) was created in 2007 by Theron, Academy Award winning actor and UN Messenger of Peace, in an effort to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Theron is involved in women’s rights organizations and has marched in pro-choice rallies. Theron also is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA. She was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace and recorded a public service announcement in 2014 as part of their Stop Rape Now program. And when this modern day heroine is not saving the world she seems like the type that will sit and down drink a beer with you.
8. Kerry Washington
Scandalously classy, Kerry Washington is one virtuous vixen. Currently portraying Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal, Kerry has emerged as a world class actress and great role model. The Django Unchained star is a product of The Bronx, New York City, where she attended George Washington University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1998 with a double major in anthropology and sociology. She also studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.
In 2007, Washington and other celebrities joined for the 2007 Lee National Denim Day, supporting the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. She is a member of the Creative Coalition; which is a board of actors, writers, musicians, and producers that explore issues at the forefront of national discourse. She is also a member of V-Day, a global movement that brings awareness to violence against women and girls. In September 2012, Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention favoring the re-election of Barrack Obama with her speech focusing on addressing voter apathy. In April 2014, Time Magazine included Washington in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”
7. Naomi Watts
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968, in Shoreham, Kent, England, but spent most of her adolescence and early youth in Australia. At the age of 18, Naomi Watts tried her luck in the fashion world and was hired by an agency in Japan, but was told that she did not have the physical qualities needed to become an international star, being only 1.65 m tall.
Now, she is one of the actresses who succeeded brilliantly in Hollywood. Her first success in her acting career was the double role played in the film of the famous director David Lynch – “Mullholand Drive” (2001). She is also involved in several charities, the most representative of which is her position as a special member of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS.
6. Blake Lively
It has been said that California girls are the most beautiful girls in the world. Well, exhibit A in the case for such a statement would have to be the elegant Blake Lively. Growing up in southern California, she stayed busy juggling duties as class president and cheerleader as well as performing with her national championship show choir. She is known for her roles in Gossip Girl, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Town, Green Lantern, and Savages.
Lively appeared in a pro-Obama commercial, as part of MoveOn.org’s Youth Vote program. She has been featured in the annual TIME magazine 100 influential people. In 2013, she appeared in a video clip for Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign that aims to raise funds and awareness of women’s issues in terms of education, health, and justice. Additionally, AskMen.com named her the most desirable woman of 2011, and People magazine named her one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age.
5. Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick has the looks and acting chops of a classic Hollywood starlet mixed with the voice of a siren. Born in Maine, Kendrick started her career at the age of 10. Her parents were supportive and often drove her from Portland, Maine, to New York City for auditions. She got her break playing Jessica Stanley in the Twilight series. Her spectacular performance in the Broadway musical High Society landed her the Drama League and Theatre World Award. For her role in Up in the Air, the National Board of Review named her Best Supporting Actress, and she also picked up nominations from numerous critics awards, The Golden Globes, The Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards.
Whenever she steps out into public for ceremonies or premiers there is never any shortage of “cuteness envy” from onlookers. Her style and class are scarce among most ladies her age. Anna has the unique achievement of appearing in three big screen musicals – Into the Woods (2014), The Last Five Years (2014), and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – that are set to be released theatrically within just six months of each other. This is a rare feat, considering the low amount of big screen musicals that are made in Hollywood each year.
4. Emma Stone
Emma, AKA the “Stone bone,” pulses with the girl next door vibes. The only things larger and more beautiful than her eyes and smile are her heart and work effort. Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona the comedian and actress has already made a name for herself at such a young age. She is determined to seize every opportunity to learn and grow her craft. Overcoming some rather considerable obstacles in her early career, like her mother’s fight with a rare type of breast cancer and occasional panic attacks, Stone broke out with hits like Superbad, Zombie Land, Easy A, The Help, and The Amazing Spider Man.
Since February 2012, Stone has been one of the faces for Revlon cosmetics and was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine Young Hollywood Issue. Also, she was chosen as having the “Sexiest sense of humor” by Victoria’s Secret What Is Sexy list. You can see Emma in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s film Birdman, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award, all for Best Supporting Actress.
3. Natalie Portman
The depressingly impressive details in Natalie Portman’s altogether too precociously storied career are without equal. Ms. Portman is one of a handful of high-profile actors who happen to have serious scientific credentials — awards, degrees, patents, and theorems in their name. Not to mention she is extremely attractive. Born in Israel in 1981, the actress grew up on Long Island, New York, and began modeling at age 11. Her film debut was in The Professional (1994) at just 13 years old. Her fame shot even higher when she was cast as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars prequels and Eve in V for Vendetta. While continuing her career, Portman earned a degree in psychology from Harvard. She then won the 2010 Best Actress Oscar for her role as a troubled dancer in Black Swan. More recently you can see her as Dr. Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Portman has professed an interest in foreign languages since childhood and has studied French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. She is an advocate and activist for animal rights, environmental issues, anti-poverty, same-sex marriage, and science literacy. She traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organization that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in developing countries. In January 2011, Portman became an ambassador of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner, spearheading their Power of a Girl campaign. She also writes popular books about math with clever PG-13 titles like “Math Doesn’t Suck” and “Kiss My Math.” Class dismissed!
2. Scarlett Johansson
No matter if it’s a verse from the bible or stories about near death experiences on A&E, I’ve always imagined the heavenly or angelic contact taking the form of Scarlett Johansson. This leading lady seems more like the goddesses of old than your typical Hollywood starlet. Born in New York City, she attended and graduated from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. She soon found herself garnered attention for her performance in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford. In 2008, she starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, with Natalie Portman where both can be seen swinging the film’s sixteenth-century protofeminist issues handily into this one. You can see her as Natasha Romanoff aka “Black Widow” in the Marvel Cinamatic Universe constantly dealing out major whoopings.
When she’s not “destroying it” on set or stage, she is donating her time to charities and causes. In 2005, Johansson became a Global Ambassador for the aid and development agency Oxfam. She also advocates voting in young people and hosted a fashion launch of pro-Obama clothing, bags, and accessories, with proceeds going to the President’s re-election campaign. She addressed voters at the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012, calling for President Obama’s reelection and more engagement from young voters.
1. Emma Watson
The epitome of class. There are some women, throughout time, that shape events and change the course of History becoming immortal. Emma Watson is well on her way to such titles. Emma has a healthy mix of modesty, kindness, class, style, and brains. She was born in Paris and grew up in Oxfordshire, England. The Harry Potter star has been the provocateur behind record breaking films, award winning performances, and important social-political movements. In 2007 she was ranked #15 on Forbes List of The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars. Later in 2009, she was named the ‘Highest Grossing Actress of the Decade’ by the Guiness Book of World Records. Her film work in the past decade has grossed over 5.4 billion dollars worldwide.
She is also the creative advisor for People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand. Watson attended Brown University and Worcester College in between filming Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows and in 2014 graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Watson has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so. In July 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York City helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. The Ms. Foundation for Women named Watson it’s Feminist Celebrity of 2014.