Could you imagine how the world would be without women? Well, no one wants to have that sense of imagination because it would evoke dull images of a boring, colourless, and lopsided society. Some women have risen to prove that they can achieve anything they set their mind on. Here is a list of the 50 most popular women whose go-getting attitude has achieved astronomical success in 2021.
Interestingly, current trends seem to confirm the saying "what a man can do, a woman can do better." Through talents, education, and business, all followed by diligent effort, some women have broken the ceiling and made phenomenal footprints in their respective areas of achievement.
50 most popular women of 2021
The following celebrity list includes those who have gained fame all over the world. These women are known for their resilience, hard work, high net worth, and popularity within a growing fan base. However, some are featured partly due to a controversy or scandalous development that have drawn both sympathy and condemnation from their fans, friends, and foes.
1. Oprah Winfrey
The famous American talk show host and actress has graced TV screens for the last five decades, starting as a news anchor. According to Forbes magazine, she is the richest black woman globally. Oprah has also starred in many blockbuster movies. She tops our list of the 50 most popular women in the world.
Cher is an artist whose consistency had seen her win several prestigious awards in the entertainment industry. For example, she has received an Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy at different times in her illustrious career.
3. Britney Spears
A fan favourite from the '90s, Britney Spears' fame even saw her acclaimed as the “Princess of Pop.” She has also made the news lately for her ongoing feuds with her father over control of her vast fortune.
4. Lana Del Ray
Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, Lana Del Ray has received critical acclaim for her singing and songwriting skills. She is a talented singer. Her music is known for its dark and melancholic themes.
Ever since she launched her music career as a 16-year-old, Rihanna has grown to be one of today's most recognizable entertainment faces. Plus, she runs her own wildly successful beauty brand. She features among the 50 most popular women 2021.
6. Justin Bieber
What is Justin Bieber doing on this list? It is a surprise! He is here to represent all popular men around the world. Bieber is an internationally acclaimed pop singer with a current net worth of about $285 million. He ranks among the highest-paid entertainers globally having sold more than 150 million records.
7. Taylor Swift
From country music to pop, one could jokingly say miss Swift was made for fame and fortune. She is one of the most successful contemporary music artists out there. She is also among the 50 most popular women.
8. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is not only known for her singing talents, but she also has a flair for fashion and design. This can be seen in the many catchy garments she has used.
9. Selena Gomez
From her early days starring on the show Waverly Place, Selena continues to amaze with her singing and acting prowess. Her fame has earned her a huge social media following.
Hailing from Colombia, this Latina superstar is perhaps best known for her Waka Waka hit. Shakira is now semi-retired and is married to the equally famous Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué.
11. Katy Perry
This lady also happens to be a United Nations Goodwill ambassador. Katy Perry is one of America's most beloved stars.
Launching her career at only 19, this mellow-voiced English musician has had a meteoric rise to superstardom. She has exhibited considerable weight loss and elicited lots of unsolicited attention.
Anyone who has listened to Beyoncé singing will agree that she is an irreplaceable addition to anyone's entertainment roster. The loyalty and devotion of her fans have earned them the nickname “The Beyhive”.
14. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is popularly known as J Lo or Jenny from the block. She began her acting career as a regular cast member of the show In Living Colour. Now, she is a famous actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer, and businesswoman.
15. Angelina Jolie
The daughter of famous parents, Angelina, has gone on to become a top-billed entertainer in her own right. The American actress is another UN goodwill ambassador on this list of the 50 most popular women.
16. Paris Hilton
This American socialite happens to be the most famous scion of the venerated Hilton family. She gained infamy with the release of her sex tape, guaranteeing her a place on our list.
17. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is an American music composer and singer, as well as a talented actress. She recently had a stint in rehab to deal with her issues.
18. Nicki Minaj
Hailing from Trinidad, this multi-talented artist has earned a distinction for disagreements with various rivals. She got married in secret earlier in 2021.
19. Kim Kardashian
Unarguably, she is the most famous member of the Kardashian clan. Kim has come a long way from her days as Paris Hilton's (16) personal assistant. She is married to famous rapper Kanye West, and they have 4 children together.
20. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus grew from a child actress on the Disney hit Hannah Montana to a Grammy-winning singing sensation. She stands out because of her raspy voice, and her genres include pop, rock, and hip hop.
21. Megan Fox
This beautiful former model became an actress who has been making headlines for her recent split with her husband, Brian Austin Greene. The 34-year-old stepped into the acting arena through the film Holiday in the Sun and continued supporting roles in other movies.
22. Mariah Carey
She is one of America's most beloved musicians. This songbird is perhaps best known for her dynamic vocal range. Mariah Carey is now a mother of two.
23. Christina Aguilera
She is another American singer and songwriter. Christina is also an actress. Her 6 Grammys are a small reflection of her many achievements.
24. Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is a famous rockstar hailing from Canada. Her song I’m With You was a great hit in the 2000s.
25. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is the second most famous member of the Kardashian-Jenner. According to Forbes Magazine, she is one of the wealthiest and youngest self-made women.
26. Gigi Hadid
The American supermodel is the older of the Hadid siblings. She is married to the famous pop star Zayn Malik. They just had a daughter recently.
27. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is an American singer and actress known for appearances in Marvel movies. She topped the lists of the world’s best-paid actress in 2018 and 2019.
28. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is a young American actress and movie director. She got her lucky break into stardom by first appearing on the Twilight series.
29. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is known for her versatile range of musical styles. She is an acclaimed piano virtuoso who has racked up incredible 15 Grammy awards in her relatively short career.
30. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is a former child star who has gained notoriety for her various transgressions. She is now in the Middle East.
Fergie is the only female vocalist in the group The Black-Eyed Peas. She is an American lyricist who can sing and rap equally as well. Her acting roots can be traced back to her days starring on the TV show Kids Incorporated.
32. Jessica Alba
This lady has successfully transitioned from a reputable actress to a housewife, mother, and thriving entrepreneur. Dark Angel is the TV hit in which she became a household name.
33. Kate Middleton
This British princess is roundly admired at home for her poise and humility. Her popularity in the royal family is perhaps second only to the queen.
34. Jennifer Lawrence
She is often referred to as J Law (not to be confused with J Lo above). The star is an immensely talented actress acclaimed all over the world.
35. Jessica Simpson
From a church chorister to an award-winning pop star, is there anything that this lady cannot achieve? Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, author, fashion designer, and actress.
36. Jenifer Aniston
Jenifer Aniston is the standout star of the Friends TV show. She continues to dish out hit after hit on TV and movie screens. Her smile is one of the most adorable ones in Hollywood.
37. Halle Berry
So famous was Halle Berry that the rapper Hurricane Chris released a hit bearing her moniker. She is renowned for both her beauty and acting prowess.
She is a multi-talented artist who has managed to effortlessly combine singing, rapping, composition, and acting skills into one vibrant package. Kesha's live performances are guaranteed to leave you waiting for more.
39. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff started as a child actress. She has managed to reinvent herself as a remarkably successful businesswoman.
40. Michelle Obama
America's former first lady, Michelle, has consistently topped People magazine’s annual list of the country’s most admired women. She is also a bestselling author.
41. Ellie Goulding
This popular Englishwoman is mostly known for her singing and songwriting acumen. She is such an excellent hit-maker
42. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker. She is undeniably a popular politician as evidenced by her having served as the US first lady and Secretary of State.
43. Vanessa Hudgens
As an American actress and producer, Vanessa first graced our screens on the High School musical movie series. The musical film landed her significant breaks into the industry.
44. Jessie J
This London-based musician has been dropping hit after hit ever since her career began. Her music style is often seen as unconventional. She remains highly popular.
45. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra is a former Miss Universe who is married to Nick Jonas. She started off honing her acting skills in Bollywood. She has managed to transition to Hollywood and go international seamlessly.
46. Emma Watson
Many people first fell in love with this British actress in the Harry Potter movie series, where she starred as Hermione. She is the third UN Goodwill Ambassador on this list.
47. Kate Moss
Kate Moss is a British supermodel. Past stays in rehab and run-ins with the law have not diminished her popularity in any way.
48. Kylie Minogue
This is an Australian actress and singer. She launched her career on the popular TV soap Neighbors. Kylie continues to perform to packed audiences. She deserves a position on the 50 most popular woman list.
49. Heidi Klum
Heidi is a German supermodel and a talented TV show host. She is one of the most adored female celebrities globally.
50. Kate Winslet
Everyone remembers her classic scenes in the movie Titanic alongside Leonardo Di Caprio. This British beauty is both a TV and movie actress. She has been the star of many shows.
So, now you know the 50 most popular women in the world in the year 2021. Clearly, this profile has left out some worthy mentions and should in no way be assumed to be thoroughly conclusive. Every one of 50 famous women has earned their place on this list through sheer dedication and a bit of luck.
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