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Gigi Hadid
(American Model and Television Personality)
Gigi Hadid
104
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.

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Kendall Jenner
(Supermodel Who Rose to Fame with the Reality TV Show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians')
Kendall Jenner
119
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.

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Bella Hadid
(American Model Known for Her 27-Appearances on 'Vogue' Magazine Covers)
Bella Hadid
46
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.

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Kate Upton
(Actress, Cover Model for Famous Magazines, and Model for Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary Issue)
Kate Upton
35
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.
 5 
Kylie Jenner
(The Most Followed Woman on Instagram)
Kylie Jenner
85
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.
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Cindy Crawford
(One of the Most Popular Supermodels During the 1980s and 1990s and a Ubiquitous Presence on Magazine Covers)
Cindy Crawford
37
Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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. 
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Sofia Vergara
(Actress)
Sofia Vergara
14
Birthdate: July 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, and TV producer. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in American TV. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a TV host. She began gaining popularity as an actress in the 2000s and appeared in many TV shows and films. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award.

 8 
Emily Ratajkowski
(American Model and Actress Known for Her Role in the Film 'Gone Girl')
Emily Ratajkowski
23
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom
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 
Uma Thurman
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2')
Uma Thurman
13
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

From being a lanky girl who was made fun of in school to becoming Hollywood’s A-list star, actress Uma Thurman has had quite a journey. She worked in various movies before landing on the film that earned her international appreciation, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Later, Tarantino's two Kill Bill movies and Mira Nair’s miniseries Hysterical Blindness further boosted her stardom.

 10 
Kaia Gerber
19
Birthdate: September 3, 2001
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

 11 
Brooklyn Decker
(Actress & Model Known for Her Films: ‘Just Go with It’ and ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting’)
Brooklyn Decker
25
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

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.

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Katherine Heigl
(Actress, Producer and Former Fashion Model)
Katherine Heigl
14
Birthdate: November 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Beginning her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models, Katherine Heigl made her film debut with That Night. However, the role that catapulted her to stardom was that of Dr. Isobel Stevens on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The talented actress subsequently appeared in movies like Knocked Up and Life As We Know It and TV series Suits.

 13 
Milla Jovovich
(Actress & Supermodel Best Known for Her Role of 'Alice' in the 'Resident Evil' Film Series)
Milla Jovovich
23
Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

The quintessential action heroine of Hollywood, Milla Jovovich was rightly called the reigning queen of kick-butt by VH1 in 2006. Milla Jovovich is synonymous with the Resident Evil film series as the series revolves around its central character Alice, played by Milla. The Resident Evil film franchise is the highest-grossing movie series to be adapted from video games.

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Maya Hawke
(Actress)
Maya Hawke
15
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Ciara
(Singer)
Ciara
36
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.

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Christie Brinkley
(Model, Actress, Businesswoman)
Christie Brinkley
32
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.

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Karlie Kloss
(American Fashion Model and Former Victoria's Secret Angel)
Karlie Kloss
29
Birthdate: August 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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.
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Gia Carangi
(First Women to Be Titled as Supermodel)
Gia Carangi
19
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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.

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Kim Kardashian
(Socialite and Model Known For Her Reality TV Series 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians')
Kim Kardashian
89
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.

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Angie Harmon
(Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series: 'Law & Order', 'Rizzoli & Isles' and 'Baywatch Nights')
Angie Harmon
9
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.

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Jordana Brewster
(Best Known for Her Role of 'Mia Toretto' in the Action Film Franchise 'The Fast and the Furious')
Jordana Brewster
13
Birthdate: April 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Jordana Brewster is an American model and actress best known for playing Mia in the Fast & Furious franchise. In 2009, she was honored at the Teen Choice Awards for her performance in Fast & Furious. Brewster is also renowned for her modeling skills and has posed for several magazines. In 2011, Maxim included her in their Hot 100 list.

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Hailey Baldwin
(Model and Socialite)
Hailey Baldwin
56
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. 

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Rachael Leigh Cook
(Actress & Model)
Rachael Leigh Cook
21
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.

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Tricia Helfer
(Canadian-American Actress Best Known for Her Role on the Sci-Fi Television Show 'Battlestar Galactica')
Tricia Helfer
17
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donalda, Canada

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and model. She gained international fame after portraying the enigmatic Cylon model Number Six in the Battlestar Galactica TV series. She began her career as a model and won the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest in 1992. Later on, she quit modeling to pursue a full-time acting career. 

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Ashley Benson
(Actress)
Ashley Benson
13
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.
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Minka Kelly
(Actress and Model Known for Her Role in the Series ‘Friday Night Lights’ and 'Titans')
Minka Kelly
10
Birthdate: June 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

From working as a scrub technician to becoming a popular model and actress, Minka Kelly has had quite an incredible journey so far. Though she initially wanted to become a surgeon's assistant, she decided against it after landing minor roles in short films and TV series. Apart from modeling and acting, Minka also enjoys baking and cooking.

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January Jones
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Role as ‘Betty Draper’ in the TV Series ‘Mad Men’)
January Jones
16
Birthdate: January 5, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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.
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Sasha Grey
(Former Adult Film Actress and Co-Founder of the Industrial Music Band 'aTelecine')
Sasha Grey
26
Birthdate: March 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Highlands, California, United States

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.

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Geena Davis
(Actress Known for Her Role in Films: 'The Accidental Tourist', 'Thelma & Louise' and 'The Fly')
Geena Davis
12
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wareham, Massachusetts, United States

An Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis is also known for her work to fight gender bias, for which she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. An ardent archer, who vied for a semifinals spot in the U.S. Olympic archery team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, Geena supports the Women's Sports Foundation among other initiatives that support women.

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AnnaSophia Robb
(Best Known for Playing the Lead Role in the TV Series 'The Carrie Diaries')
AnnaSophia Robb
16
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.

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Alessandra Ambrosio
(One of the World’s Sexiest Women)
Alessandra Ambrosio
18
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Brazilian-American model/actor Alessandra Ambrósio has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and also promoted the brand’s PINK line. Named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, she is also associated with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, co-owns a beachwear brand, and has appeared on various TV shows.
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Malin Akerman
(Actress & Model)
Malin Akerman
13
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Malin Akerman is a Swedish-American model, actress, singer, and producer. She is known for playing important roles in such films like The Heartbreak Kid and Watchmen in which her nude scenes garnered much attention. She also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Opportunity International.

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Carmen Electra
(Actress, Model and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Lani McKenzie’ in the TV Series ‘Baywatch’)
Carmen Electra
13
Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States

Carmen Electra is an actress, TV personality, and singer. One of the leading figures of glamour modeling, Carmen Electra gained popularity as a sex symbol. She is also one of the most popular Playboy models of all time. Apart from being a prominent media personality, Carmen also works with various non-profit organizations, such as Elevate Hope and HollyRod Foundation.

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Charlize Theron
(The First South African to Win an Oscar in Acting)
Charlize Theron
7
Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa

Charlize Theron is a former model and was an aspiring ballerina whose career came to a halt after a knee injury. However, an unexpected encounter brought her in the world of acting and she went on achieve tremendous success including winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is currently one of the world's highest-paid actresses.

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Peggy Lipton
(Actress)
Peggy Lipton
10
Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 2019

Peggy Lipton achieved fame after playing Julie Barnes in the TV series The Mod Squad; her character Julie became a fashion icon. Peggy is also credited with raising her children Kidada and Rashida Jones—both celebrities—after marrying Quincy Jones. Interestingly, Peggy achieved all these after overcoming nervousness and stuttering as a child after being sexually abused by a relative.

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Olivia Culpo
(Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012)
Olivia Culpo
11
Birthdate: May 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States

Olivia Culpo is an American social media personality and fashion influencer. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 2012. As a fashion influencer, she has collaborated with many fashion and beauty brands, such as Kipling and L'Oréal. She also owns a restaurant in Rhode Island.

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Jaime Pressly
(Actress, Model)
Jaime Pressly
13
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.

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Ashley Graham
(Plus-size Model)
Ashley Graham
15
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. 
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Chyler Leigh
(Actress)
Chyler Leigh
19
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.
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Pamela Anderson
(Actress and Model Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'Baywatch' and 'Home Improvement')
Pamela Anderson
22
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada

Actress and model, Pamela Anderson, is known as a sex symbol. She featured regularly in the Playboy magazine and acted in television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and VIP. Baywatch was hugely popular and gave her international recognition. Pamela Anderson has also acted in several films. She is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights organisation.

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Candice Bergen
(Actress)
Candice Bergen
15
Birthdate: May 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Sharon Stone
(Famous for Her Role in the Movies 'Basic Instinct' and 'Casino")
Sharon Stone
19
Birthdate: March 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States

Sharon Stone is an American actress who is best known for her performance in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct in 1992. The film gave her the tag of sex symbol. Thereafter, she went on to do notable films like Casino, The Muse, The Mighty, The Last Dance and Alpha Dog. By 2010s, she gravitated towards the small screen.

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Iman Abdulmajid
(Somali Model, Actress, Philanthropist and Widow of Rock Musician David Bowie )
Iman Abdulmajid
27
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.

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Lana Turner
(One of the Highest Paid Actresses in the United States During the 1940s)
Lana Turner
4
Birthdate: February 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallace, Idaho, United States
Died: June 29, 1995

Widely regarded as a legend of classical Hollywood cinema, Lana Turner was one of the most prominent and highest-paid actresses in the mid-1940s. Also considered a popular culture icon of Hollywood glamor, Turner also achieved success as a pin-up model. Her life and career have inspired several works across art, literature, music, and film. 

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Vanessa Lachey
(Filipina-Born American Actor, Model, and TV Host)
Vanessa Lachey
11
Birthdate: November 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clark Air Force Base, Philippines
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Paulina Porizkova
(Swedish Model and Actress)
Paulina Porizkova
21
Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

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Maggie Grace
(Actress & Model)
Maggie Grace
10
Birthdate: September 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Worthington, Ohio, United States

Maggie Grace is an American model and actress. She is known for playing important roles in popular films, such as the Taken trilogy, The Twilight Saga, and The Jane Austen Book Club. Also known for her good looks, Maggie Grace has graced the covers of several fashion magazines like Femme Fatales, Saturday Night, CosmoGirl, and Vanidades.

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Cybill Lynne Shepherd
(Actress and Singer)
Cybill Lynne Shepherd
9
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.
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Camila Morrone
(Model and Actress)
Camila Morrone
6
Birthdate: June 16, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Camila Morrone is an Argentine-American actress who has appeared in films like Never Goin' Back and Death Wish. She was honored at the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival with the Rising Star Award. Also a model, Morrone has been featured on the cover of Turkish Vogue.

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Madelyn Cline
(Actress)
Madelyn Cline
8
Birthdate: December 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Actress, Madelyn Cline, is best known for her role in the Netflix teen drama series Outer Banks. As a child, she began appearing in TV commercials and developed a keen interest in acting. She quit college as a teenager to pursue her passion. She started her career playing minor roles in films and eventually graduated to more serious roles.