Famous American Models

They are everywhere - on magazines, billboards, television and runways, turning heads and bringing the traffic to a halt with their oomph and panache. Theirs are the faces and waistlines whom the teens admire and the rest of the world envies. You have spotted them campaigning for big brands or pouting on the cover pages of fashion magazines. These ramp-stompers are real-life trendsetters, the fashion divos or divas, the style gods or goddesses whom the world looks up for their dose of fashion, style cues, and lot more. They are models who keep redefining world fashion in bat of an eye. America, the land of stylish people, has produced a swarm of supermodels — male and female — who have revved up the fashion quotient of the world like no other. From Cindy Crawford to Kate Upton and Heidi Klum to Vaughn Lowery, America’s contribution to the fashion world has been colossal. Read the biography, trivia, timeline and facts on some of America’s most famous models to ever trot the ramp.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016, fashion model Gigi Hadid has made several appearances on international Vogue magazine covers. The daughter of a former model, she began her career as a toddler. She made her mark in her teenage yeaars and continues to be a popular model.

 2 Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Like many of her other family members, Kendall Jenner gained fame after starring in the American reality television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which focuses on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. She is also a fashion model, co-designs a clothing line and was named the world's highest-paid model of 2018 in the Forbes top-earning models list.

 3 Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

One of the most popular American models of the current generation, Bella Hadid has been featured in popular magazines, such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She was voted Model of the Year in 2016 by industry professionals. The same year, Hadid contributed to Johny Dar's Jeans for Refugees project in order to raise fund for the International Rescue Committee.

 4 Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian.
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Famous As: Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

First gaining media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian didn’t take long to become a celebrity in her own right. She came into the limelight in the early 2000s owing to a leaked sex tape and quickly became a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms.

 5 Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner.
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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: August 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
An elite socialite and fashion model, Kylie Jenner is the head of Kylie Cosmetics and creator of the hugely popular line of lipsticks, Kylie Lip Kit. Thrown into the limelight in her teens, courtesy the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner has since gone on to become a highly successful businesswomen and social media influencer.

 6 Megan Fox

Megan Fox.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: May 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States

With her sharp facial features and stunning figure, actress Megan Fox is undoubtedly a head-turner! Making her debut in the early 2000s as a teenager, she has come a long way in Hollywood and is today counted among the most beautiful and sexiest women in entertainment. She has been featured on various magazine covers as well.

 

 7 Kate Upton

Kate Upton.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
Model/actor Kate Upton is the great-granddaughter of Whirlpool co-founder Frederick Upton. She was a national-level equestrian earlier and had also won three APHA Reserve Championships. She shot to fame with her photos in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. She has also appeared in films such as The Layover.
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 8 Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster
Signed with Ford Models at 14, American model Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski later graced the cover of GQ Turkey and was recommended by Ben Affleck for her role of the sassy mistress in Gone Girl. Her oomph factor made sure she got a place on Maxim's "Hot 100" list in 2014.

 9 Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford.
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Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb
Supermodel Cindy Crawford ruled the fashion industry in the 1990s. Her trademark mole and the red Versace dress she wore at the Oscars set fashion trends. She has endorsed scores of products, appeared in all top-notch magazines, hosted a TV show, and owns a make-up line and a furniture line. 

 10 Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin is a major figure in the international fashion scene and modeled for brands like Ralph Lauren, Guess, and Tommy Hilfiger. Born into the famous Baldwin family, she started modeling early on. She has also appeared in a few TV shows and films. 

 11 Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley.
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Famous As: Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

 12 Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States

Tyra Banks became the first black woman to grace the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and GQ. She became so successful as a model that she used her popularity to try her hand at acting, singing, writing, and producing. She is only one of seven women to appear consistently on Time magazine's world's most influential people list.

 13 Sasha Grey

Sasha Grey.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: March 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento, California

A woman of many talents, Sasha Grey is an American actress, author, musician, and former pornographic actress. Grey's journey from the pornographic industry to the mainstream film industry has been quite inspirational. Also a well-known DJ, Grey is credited with co-founding the now-defunct industrial music band aTelecine. An openly bisexual star, she serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 14 Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Former Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss was declared one of the top 30 models of the 2000s by Vogue Paris. Known as “the panther,” for her signature style of catwalk, Kloss has also hosted Project Runway. She supports STEM education through Kode with Klossy and also aids underprivileged children.

 15 Iman Abdulmajid

Iman Abdulmajid.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Iman is a Somali fashion model, entrepreneur, and actress. At the peak of her fashion modeling career, Iman served as a muse for influential designers like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. Also known for her philanthropic activities, Iman is involved in several charitable endeavors. She is closely associated with the non-profit organization, Children's Defense Fund.

 16 Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio

Brooklyn Decker is an American actress and model. One of the most popular models to pose for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Brooklyn Decker has also worked for Victoria's Secret. Not surprisingly, she has been featured on lists like Men's Health magazine's 100 Hottest Women of All-Time and Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive.

 17 Ciara

Ciara.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

 18 Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen.
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Famous As: Model, Television Personality
Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delta, Utah, United States

Christine Teigen, the American model, television personality, author and entrepreneur, has been the face of Gillette Venus, Olay, Nike, Gap Factory and a host of other such campaigns. She has also hosted shows for TMZ, MTV and others and has appeared in TV series like the ‘The Mindy Project’. Plus, she has written recipe books and has released a clothing line.

 19 Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton.
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Famous As: Socialite, Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

Paris Hilton comes from an affluent family and is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. A leaked 2001 sex tape with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon, had created quite a scandal in 2003, which led her to act in the reality television series, The Simple Life. She’s also an actress, singer, model, author, socialite and businesswomen.

 20 Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka.
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Famous As: Voice Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Kiernan Shipka is best known as Sally Draper from Mad Men, a role that earned her multiple awards, such as the Young Artist Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award. She also amazed fans with her portrayal of Sabrina in a 2018 remake of the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch

 21 Cameron Monaghan

Cameron Monaghan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California

Cameron Monaghan is an American actor whose transition from a child star to an adult actor was made successful by a TV series titled Shameless in which he played a gay bipolar teenager named Ian Gallagher. His performance in Shameless gained him international recognition and critical appreciation, after which he earned several important film and TV roles.

 22 Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

The popular, award winning gorgeous artist, Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in the world. With an interest in acting, Scarlett Johansson debuted in films at the young age of eight and went on to act in numerous films including Lost in Translation, The Avengers, Hitchcock and Marriage Story. She has also worked in television and released an album.

 23 Ashley Benson

Ashley Benson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, United States
Best known to fans as Hanna Marin from Pretty Little Liars, a role that fetched her multiple Teen Choice awards, Ashley Benson had started modeling with Ford Models at age 8. She is also known for her roles in the film Spring Breakers and the series Days of Our Lives.

 24 Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Texas, United States

Starting out as a child model, Angie Harmon won a modeling contest organized by Seventeen magazine when she was 15. After winning a Spectrum Model Search contest, she pursued a modeling career. She then became an actress and gained international recognition for her performance in series like Baywatch Nights and Law & Order. She also practices taekwondo and boxing.

 25 Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler.
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Model, Painter
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Las Vegas

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

 26 Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: March 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Popular actress and filmmaker, Olivia Wilde shot to fame with the award winning medical drama, House. Since then, she has appeared in numerous movies and television productions like TRON: Legacy, Richard Jewell and Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas; made her Broadway debut with 1984 and directorial debut with Booksmart. She is also a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice.

 27 Rachael Leigh Cook

Rachael Leigh Cook.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Starting out as a child actress, Rachael Leigh Cook went on to establish herself as a successful actress. Known for her good looks, she was ranked 26th in Stuff magazine's list of 102 Sexiest Women in the World in 2002. Also known for her public service, she was selected as a Champion of Change for Arts Education by the Obama administration.

 28 Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Vegas

‘The Queen of Porn’ with the name of an Irish whisky! Jenna Jameson may have hung up her shoes as a pornographic actress, but the world recognizes her as the most famous adult entertainment performer who dominated the x-rated film world during 1990s and early 2000s. The model and television personality says she is a gang-rape survivor.

 29 AnnaSophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

AnnaSophia Robb is an American model, actress, and singer. Robb started her acting career as a child artist before establishing herself as a successful actress. A multi-talented personality, AnnaSophia Robb quit gymnastics and dancing at a young age to focus on her career as an actress. She serves as an inspiration to young and aspiring actresses.

 30 Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 31 Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham.
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Famous As: Plus-size Model
Birthdate: October 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska
Ashley Graham has been breaking down barriers in the modelling industry, especially the plus-size model movement. She has always been a force for body positivity and has never shied away from responding to critics. She owns a successful line of size-inclusive lingerie. 

 32 Margaret Qualley

Margaret Qualley.
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Famous As: American Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montana, United States
Daughter of actor Andie MacDowell, Margaret Qualley is best known as Jill Garvey from The Leftovers and as Pussycat from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performance in Fosse/Verdon. A trained ballerina, she started modeling at 16 and has also worked with Chanel and Valentino.

 33 Gia Carangi

Gia Carangi.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: November 18, 1986

A model who was active during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gia Carangi was considered by many to be one of the first supermodels. She was featured on the covers of multiple fashion magazines, including editions of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She also worked with various famous designers. She died of AIDS at the young age of 26.

 34 Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Yara Shahidi is best known as Zoey Johnson from Black-ish and Grown-ish. She started off as a model for brands such as McDonald's and GapKids, at age 6. One of Time’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016," she was also appreciated in the film The Sun Is Also a Star.

 35 January Jones

January Jones.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Best known for her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Betty Draper in Mad Men, January Jones has also appeared in The Last Man on Earth and X-Men: First Class. She has modeled for Versace; appeared on the covers of GQ, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan; and been a spokesperson for Oceana.

 36 Chyler Leigh

Chyler Leigh.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Chyler Leigh is best known as Dr. Lexie Grey from Grey's Anatomy and Janey Briggs from Not Another Teen Movie. She joined the DC Universe as Alex Danvers, starting with the series Supergirl. Though she is married and has three children, she came out as queer in 2020.

 37 Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Kaia Gerber is an American model whose work earned her the prestigious Model of the Year honor in 2018 at The Fashion Awards. Over the years, Gerber has been featured on the cover of popular magazines like Vogue. She had a major impact on the fashion world in 2018 when she collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld to create the KarlxKaia collection.

 38 Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gonzales, Texas, United States
Jerry Hall initially modeled for top-notch magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue. She is an accomplished stage actor and holds the Guinness record for the most musical appearances in a single night. She is known for her annulled 9-year marriage to Mick Jagger and is now married to Rupert Murdoch.

 39 Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams.
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Activist
Birthdate: August 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jesse Williams is best known as Dr. Jackson Avery from Grey's Anatomy. He has also been part of films such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Butler, and has done voice-work for video games such as Markus in Detroit: Become Human. Williams is also associated with Black activism.

 40 Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian.
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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

 41 Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Blac Chyna shot to fame when Drake mentioned her in the song Miss Me. She appeared as Nicki Minaj’s stunt double in Kanye West’s video Monster. She owns a make-up brand and a salon, and has appeared on her reality shows Rob & Chyna and The Real Blac Chyna

 42 Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, United States

A shy schoolgirl, Kim Basinger grew up to become a successful model, actress and singer. After appearing in numerous advertisements, Kim began acting on television. Her breakthrough role came with movie Never Say Never Again where she played the Bond girl. Later, she won accolades for her performance in movies like The Natural, Batman, L.A. Confidential and Fifty Shades Darker.

 43 Khloé Kardashian

Khloé Kardashian.
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Famous As: Media personality
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

 44 Boyd Holbrook

Boyd Holbrook.
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Boyd Holbrook is best known as Steve Murphy from the Netflix series Narcos and as "Cap" Hatfield from Hatfields & McCoys. He has also appeared in movies such as Milk and Gone Girl. A skilled photographer and sculptor, he has exhibited his art work at New York’s Rare Gallery.

 45 Amber Rose

Amber Rose.
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Famous As: Model, Actress, Rapper
Birthdate: October 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Model, singer, and socialite Amber Rose has gained fame for her appearances in music videos and on the show Dancing with the Stars. She organized the 2015 L.A. SlutWalk. She has also been in the news for her relationship with Kanye West and her marriage to Wiz Khalifa.

 46 Jaime Pressly

Jaime Pressly.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina, United States

Jaime Pressly is an American actress who won a Primetime Emmy Award for playing Joy Turner on the sitcom My Name Is Earl. Also known for her appearance and good looks, Pressly is often named in the world's sexiest or beautiful women lists. She has also appeared on the covers of popular magazines, such as Playboy and Maxim.

 47 Robin Givens

Robin Givens.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

Robin Givens is an American model and actress whose professional life during the late-1980s was overshadowed by her violent marriage to Mike Tyson. Subsequently, their acrimonious divorce drew considerable media attention as Givens claimed physical abuse, with Tyson admitting to punching her in the face.

 48 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 49 Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster
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Famous As: Actress, model
Birthdate: April 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Panama City

 50 Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States