We do like beautiful women. As a society, we buy products from them, watch movies staring them, and we lavish attention upon them. But I’m a glass half-full kind of lady, and I see some positive trends in all the various recently released lists of top women from 2015.
- Beauty matters, but so does being tough, or making lots of money.
On the tough front, Ask Men ran a list of the Top 99 outstanding women of 2015. I was surprised to find mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey in the number two spot, along with the comment that “there’s no bigger role model in all of sports than this woman right here.” She also is launching an acting career, with upcoming roles in Furious 7 and Entourage.
As to making lots of money, check out number six on the same list. Elizabeth Holmes gets the honor for being the youngest female billionaire. Holmes is the youngest woman and third youngest person on the list of global billionaires thanks to Theranos, her health tech company.
2. We are expanding our definition of beauty to include older women, women from more ethnic groups, and women with at least some size variation. Not every women of note is expected to look like Victoria’s Secret angel Candice Swanepoel, a South African model who came in 4th on Wonderlist’s ranking of the 10 most beautiful women of 2015 and is pictured at the top of this post.
Number two on the list was forty-six year old Jennifer Lopez, gorgeous and talented but also a mature woman. Number three on the list was Deepika Padukone, an Indian film actress and model who is the recipient of three Filmfare Awards and one of the highest-paid Bollywood actresses. She is shown to the left.
3. Talented women who make enough of difference get included on some lists, at any rate. Leading a lot of people will get you the number one spot on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Women of 2015, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovered. Dealing with Mediterranean migrants, Russian sanctions, homegrown spying scandals, and Eurozone stability also got her named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and she was the first female to gain the title after it was given non-gender specific wording in 1999.
Hillary Clinton, who took the number two spot on the Forbes list, has appeared on the Forbes ranking every year since 2004. Forbes notes that in 2015 Clinton is just a breath and a ballot away from “leading” the world.
4. Finally, I am glad to see that having a kind heart and a strong social conscience will get a woman noticed as well. Melinda Gates made number three on the Forbes list, at least in part due to her philanthropic work. And a personal favorite of mine, Emma Watson, took the number one spot on the Ask Men list, not only for being “rich, successful, famous, stylish, beautiful, intelligent, personable, kind” but also for her alignment with the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign, an effort to shift the way our society treats women. Ms. Watson also snagged the fifth position in the Wonderlist’s ranking of the 10 most beautiful women of 2015, fueling my belief that real beauty is much more than skin deep and that at least some people in this world know it.
For more year end fun see some of the oddest predictions for 2016, catch My Best New Years Resolution Yet, read about whether it is an honor to be person of the year, and take a look at world peace activities planned for 2016.