The Cosmetic Ultralounge

All-Time Famous Beauties

By Gunner Glam

It is said beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the centuries, people from all over the world perceive “beauty” differently. From ancient Africa, Egypt, Asia, Europe and America, there have been so many versions of what beauty means to society.

Studio Brow wanted to share some of the all-time beauties with our friendly readers.

Cleopatra – Cleopatra VII Philopator, known to history as Cleopatra, was the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. She was a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a family of Greek origin that ruled Egypt after Alexander the Great’s death during the Hellenistic period. The Ptolemies, throughout their dynasty, spoke Greek and refused to speak Egyptian, which is the reason that Greek as well as Egyptian languages were used on official court documents such as the Rosetta Stone. By contrast, Cleopatra did learn to speak Egyptian and represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.

Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc. Nefertiti had many titles including Hereditary Princess, Great of Praises, Lady of Grace, Sweet of Love, Lady of The Two Lands, Main King’s Wife, his beloved, Great King’s Wife, his beloved, Lady of all Women and Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt.

Marlene Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as “Lola-Lola” in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and provided her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US. Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express and Desire capitalized on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Dietrich became a US citizen in 1939, and throughout World War II she was a high-profile frontline entertainer. Although she still made occasional films in the post-war years, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a successful show performer. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of all time.

Judy Garland was an American actress, singer and vaudevillian. Renowned for her contralto voice, she attained international stardom through a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star is Born and for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains the youngest recipient (at 39 years of age) of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry.

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world’s most famous actresses of all time who was ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. Remembered as both a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century, Hepburn redefined glamour with “elfin” features and a gamine waif-like figure that inspired designs by Givenchy and earned her place in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political-activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou. She has won two Academy Awards and received several other movie awards and nominations during more than 50 years as an actress. After 15 years of retirement, she returned to film in 2005 with Monster in Law, followed by Georgia Rule two years later. She also produced and starred in over 20 exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995 and once again in 2010.

Tyra Banks is an American model and television personality. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria’s Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.

Halle Berry is an American actress and a former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2012, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokes model.

Lucy Liu is an American actress, singer and film producer. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television series Ally McBeal (1998–2002), and has also appeared in several Hollywood films including Payback, Charlie’s Angels, Chicago, Kill Bill and Kung Fu Panda. In 2012, Liu joined the cast of the TNT original series Southland.

Shakira – Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known by her stage name as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.

-More coming soon from Studio Brow-

16 responses

  1. Well researched! Thank you!

    July 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

  2. samanthavance

    oh, Judy & Audrey – they really are All-time classic beauties.

    July 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

  3. Great Post! I have to agree with you, I think each one is beautiful in s unique way 🙂

    July 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

  4. Inspiring! 🙂

    July 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

  5. Love this post! I would like to know your thoughts on the latest findings regarding Cleopatra. They recently came out with this theory that she most likely looked average.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    • Thank you! Interesting, the truth is we will never know for sure. As with the rest of history, it is the account of what’s been recorded, things (including perceptions) could have been altered throughout the years. The good thing is, she will always be remembered for being truly beautiful, no matter what she looked like. Cheers.

      July 20, 2012 at 5:43 AM

  6. Lex

    Awesome article. I really liked it. Would love to see another part in this series, there are tons of beauties throughout the ages that could possibly work here.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

  7. 8vwrgarvesgaymer1988

    Reblogged this on Kathy Stone Pad.

    October 15, 2012 at 3:31 AM

  8. tia

    Hello, You have Tyra Banks’ picture posted and not Vanessa Williams. They are both beautiful women.

    November 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

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