Models

A model may refer to any person who is employed in order to advertise, promote or market either products or services. Models may work in different fields such as fashion, advertising, print media and other kinds of media like television, magazines, shows, music videos, reality television or even the internet. The profession of modeling was first introduced by English designer, Charles Frederick Worth, who had requested his wife to wear and display the clothes that he had designed. Subsequently, the need for fashion models increased with the development of the field of fashion photography in the late 1950s. A decade later, in the 1960’s, fashion agencies were established and during that time there was a great demand for models in Paris. By the 1990s modeling became one of the most highly paid professions. The different kinds of models include fashion models, runway models, super models, glamour models, fitness models, camera and commercial print models, promotional models, showroom models and art models. In the 21st century, male models too have become an important part of the fashion industry. Here is a compilation of a list of famous models from across the world, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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.

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 3 Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: August 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

English actress Cara Delevingne is known for films like Paper Towns, Suicide Squad, Tulip Fever and London Fields. She’s also a very successful fashion model and has been the face of some of the top brands in the world like Burberry, H&M, Zara and Chanel. She has also walked down the catwalk as a model at many prestigious fashion shows.

 4 Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum.
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Famous As: Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany

German-American model and TV host, Heidi Klum has been featured on the cover of French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish Vogue magazines. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. After a successful modeling career, she became a TV host in the 2000s. She is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors. 

 5 Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yemanzhelinsk, Russia

Irina Shayk became the first Russian model to appear on the cover page of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011. Widely regarded as an industry icon, Irina Shayk is the face of many international brands. Also a well-known philanthropist in Russia, Irina raises money for a charity organization called Pomogi, which helps sick children.

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Streatham
Naomi Campbell is one of the “Big Six” supermodels of the 1980s and the 1990s, who has graced both the ramp and print. She has also released a music album, been part of a fashion reality show, started a web series, and founded charitable organizations such as Fashion for Relief.

 9 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: April 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a popular English model and actress known for being the face of world-renowned brands, such as Victoria's Secret, Burberry, and Marks & Spencer. Known for her stunning looks, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been featured on covers of magazines, such as Vogue. She has also been named in lists like FHM's World's Sexiest Woman and Maxim magazine's Hot 100.

 10 Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdiansk, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

 11 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. 

 12 Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian model who became famous as a Victoria's Secret Angel. One of the longest-running Victoria's Secret Angels of all time, Lima was adjudged the most valuable Angel in 2017. Since 2003, she has been serving as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics. One of the world's highest-paid models, Adriana Lima is also known for her charity work.

 13 Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

One of the highest-earning models according to Forbes, Miranda Kerr was the first Victoria's Secret model from Australia. Known for her attractive physique, she is often named in the sexiest women in the world lists by several magazines. She has used her fame and beauty to launch a brand of skincare products called KORA Organics.

 14 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.

 15 Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot.
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Famous As: Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 Kate Moss

Kate Moss.
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Famous As: Supermodel
Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon

Kate Moss, one of the highest-paid supermodels of the 1990s, was one of the pioneers of the “heroin chic” trend. Featured on TIME 100, she was known for her collaboration with Calvin Klein and her size-zero figure. She owns a clothing range and is a fashion editor for British Vogue.

 20 Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Monica Bellucci is one of the most popular actresses from Italy. Her popularity in the West helped her become the oldest woman to play a Bond girl in the history of the James Bond film franchise. Known for her hourglass figure, she has been regarded as a sex symbol and has appeared in lists like 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.

 21 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.

 22 Iman Abdulmajid

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

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.

 23 Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen.
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Famous As: Fashion Model
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Três de Maio

Regarded as the epitome of supermodel, Gisele Bündchen is credited with bringing an end to the heroin chic era of modeling and ushering in a healthy look with curves. She pioneered and popularized the horse walk and is considered the only remaining supermodel. 

 24 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.

 

 25 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.

 26 Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli.
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Famous As: Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hod HaSharon
One of the highest-paid Israeli models, Bar Refaeli topped Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2012 and has worked for GQ and Elle. She has also hosted Germany's Next Top Model, The X Factor Israel, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She faced criticism for avoiding Israel’s mandatory military service recruitment.

 27 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.

 28 Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Ruby Rose is an Australian actress, model, and TV presenter. After coming out as a lesbian at the age of 12, Ruby faced many difficulties and has experienced suicidal thoughts throughout her life. Despite struggling with mental health issues, Ruby has gone on to establish herself in the field of entertainment, thereby serving as an inspiration to many across the world.

 29 Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Elsa Pataky is one of the most famous Spanish models and actresses to make it big in the American film industry. She is best known for playing Officer Elena Neves alongside Dwayne Johnson in The Fast and the Furious film franchise. A polyglot, Elsa Pataky can speak Spanish, English, Romanian, Portuguese, French, and Italian fluently.

 30 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz.
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Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress who has had major success in the American entertainment industry. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Cruz has been touching the lives of many for the past several years. Apart from donating money to charity, Cruz has also volunteered in India and Uganda. She has also advocated for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

 31 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. 

 32 Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel.
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Famous As: Supermodel
Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mooiriver

Candice Swanepoel is a South African model known for her association with Victoria's Secret. In 2016, Swanepoel was ranked eighth among the top-earning models, according to Forbes. Also known for her charity work, Swanepoel works closely with mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organization that aims at averting mother-to-child transmission of HIV by providing support and education for pregnant women living with HIV.

 33 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.

 34 Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson.
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Famous As: Model, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killara, Sydney, Australia

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, television host, and businesswoman. Best known for her record five appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Macpherson went on to found a series of business ventures, such as The Body and Elle Macpherson Intimates. Also known for her philanthropic work, Macpherson serves as an ambassador for organizations like UNICEF.

 35 Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rosh HaAyin, Israel

From Miss Israel to Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has made heads turn and take notice of her. Serving two years in Israeli Army as a combat trainer surely helped Gadot in her movie career, where she is known for playing strong, action-oriented roles. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2018.

 36 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.

 37 Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

The Winner of Miss World 2000; a successful actress in Hindi films; the owner of production house that promotes regional Indian cinema and the first Indian actor to play the lead character in an American television show – Priyanka Chopra’s list of achievements is long. The popular star is also a singer, a tech investor and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

 38 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.

 39 Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Christina Hendricks is an actress and producer. She began her career as a model and enjoyed international success for several years before transitioning into acting. As an actress, she was able to replicate her success and appeared in films like Drive and Lost River. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

 40 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.

 41 Jacqueline Fernandez

Jacqueline Fernandez.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manama

Talent knows no geographical boundaries and Sri Lankan actress and model, Jacqueline Fernandez, showed it with her success in Bollywood and the numerous awards she won. Raised in a multi-ethnic family, she is known for glamour and found a place in Forbes’ India list of 100 celebrities. Fernandez is also noted for her concern for animals as acknowledged by PETA.

 42 Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Nina Dobrev is one of the most popular Canadian actresses. Apart from her acting career, she is also known for her activism and charity work. She uses her fame to support several charitable causes, such as Puma’s Project Pink. Also an enthusiastic volunteer, Dobrev takes part in social movements like WE movement, Me to We, and We Day.

 43 Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress, entrepreneur, model, and author. She came into prominence after portraying Emily Fields in the teen drama TV series Pretty Little Liars. Also a philanthropist, Mitchell was an ardent supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation until the non-profit organization ended its operations in 2014. She also works closely with organizations, such as The Trevor Project.

 44 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

 45 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.

 46 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.

 47 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.

 48 Tricia Helfer

Tricia Helfer
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donalda

 49 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.

 50 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.
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