50 Most Popular Women in The World [Updated 2021]

There are so many women who have established their name and fame. These women are household names, and everybody has some kind of opinion about them – be it good or bad. Here is a curated list of the Top most 50 popular women in the world right now. Let’s take a look at these famous women:

Top Most Popular Women in World

List Of 50 Most Popular Women in World

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1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a global icon. She is famous for her highest-rated TV show, titled The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition to this, she is the richest African-American woman of the 20th century and also the first black multi-billionaire North American. She has her own book club as well, which is the most popular book club in the world.

2. Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is a famous singer and songwriter who began her career in 2005, and she is known for her ‘sadcore’ music for the traditional music lovers. Her real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant. Her music also contains many references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s America.

3. Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift is one of the most famous music artists who has millions of fans all across the world. Her songs are really popular among the youth and teenagers. She writes songs about her personal life, her love life, and her life as a celebrity. The autobiographical element in her music keeps her always in the spotlight. She is by far the best-selling music artist out there, with over 200 million record sales worldwide.

4. Rihanna


Rihanna is one of the best-selling singers of this era and her music career has been nothing short of outstanding. She holds in her name 12 Billboard Awards, 9 Grammy awards, and 13 American Music Awards for her musical talent. She was also the wealthiest female musician of 2019 with a net worth of approx- $ 600 million.

5. Cher


An outstanding musician for six decades, Cher has had a long and rewarding career. Apart from a singer, she is also an actress and television personality. Cher has been given the title of ‘Goddess of Pop’ by the music industry. She and her husband formed the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny and Cher. She became popular in 1965 when her song with her husband, “I Got You Babe” peaked at number 1 on the US and UK charts.

6. Lady Gaga


Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American singer-songwriter and also an actress whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. She is one of the most famous celebrities in the world, and she is known for her bold and unique image in both music and entertainment. She has her own charity that works for mental health, empowerment of youth, and restrainment of bullying.

7. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a famous American comedian, tv show host, producer, actress, and writer. She is famous for her tv show called ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ that has been running on air since 2003 which is a very big achievement in the entertainment industry. She started her career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s when she came on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.

8. Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears is one of the most famous pop singers in the world of English music. She came into fame in the late 90s and became an icon of pop and fashion. She has sold around 100 million records in the world. She has had a lot of personal problems, including addiction and depression, in the mid-2010s, but she has made a great comeback through her album ‘Glory’ in 2016 and a four-year concert tour.

9. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress, and producer and she began her career with acting when she appeared on the children’s television series Barney & Friends. She rose to fame through her stint on the popular Disney Channel tv show, Wizards of Waverly Place which won an Emmy award. After that, she continued to focus on her music career and now is one of the top pop artists.

10. Adele


Adele is an iconic singer, and she ruled the pop genre in the 2010s with her amazing voice. She got her name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling artist of the 21st century for her second album titled 21. She released her debut album titled ‘19’ in 2008 which is certified 8x platinum in the UK and triple platinum in the US. She wrote her first song ‘Hometown Glory’ when she was only 16 and it is included in her debut album.

11. Madonna


Madonna has had a very illustrious character since the early 1980s. She has been one of the top artists for 4 decades and counting. She has been given the title of ‘Queen of Pop’ and she has a record of selling 300 million copies of her albums globally. She was ranked by billboard as the biggest music video artist in the entire world. She released her first solo album, ‘Madonna’ in 1983 and became a star.

12. Beyoncé


Beyonce is the pop queen of the 21st century. Beyonce has sold more than 100 million records globally and that makes her a best-selling artist. She has been nominated the most number of times in the history of Grammy awards and has won the award 24 times. She was the lead singer of Destiny’s Child and she also starred in a US box-office blockbuster, ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ in 2002. After this movie role, she began her solo music career with her debut album, ‘Dangerously in Love’, released in 2003.

13. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a singer and actress, also known by her nickname J. Lo. Jennifer is known for her popular music and for movies like ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Out of Sight’ and she is also a businesswoman and a philanthropist. Her first leading movie role was in the 1997 movie, ‘Selena’ which made her the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. Lopez began her music career with her debut studio album, ‘On the 6’ in 1999.

14. Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is one of the most popular singers in the world, and she has captured the hearts of music listeners since her single ‘I Kissed a Girl’ came out in 2007. Her real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson and as a teenager, she pursued a career in gospel music. But her debut studio album, Katy Hudson was unsuccessful, after which she moved to LA and adopted the stage name ‘Katy Perry’.

15. Shakira


Shakira is famously known as the ‘Modern queen of Latin music and she has achieved great success in her career by winning numerous awards such as the MTV Video Music Award, 12 Latin Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, and received 6 Guinness World Records.

16. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a best-seller rap singer with 100 million records sold in the world and she has won 12 BET awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Billboard Women in Music Awards, all in just one decade. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago and she became famous for her colorful costumes and wigs when she first joined the music industry.

17. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is one of the most famous celebrities in the world, thanks to her role as Hannah Montana in the show by the same name on the Disney channel. She is now predominantly a singer-songwriter. Daughter of the country music singer, Billy Ray Cyrus, she became a teen idol and as Hannah Montana, she reached two number 1 tracks and three top-five tracks on the US Billboard 200.

18. Kimberly Kardashian

Kimberly Kardashian

One of the wealthiest celebrities in the world, Kim Kardashian-West achieved fame through her reality show on TV and it is called Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It proved to be a huge hit with the fans for its glamour and sensationalism. In recent years, she has developed an online and social media presence and boasts millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram.

19. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is the most popular Hollywood actress worldwide due to her impeccable acting skills and her uniquely attractive looks. Her debut role was alongside her father, Jon Voight in the movie, ‘Lookin’ to Get Out’ in 1982 but her film career took off when she starred in ‘Cyborg 2’ in 1993. Jolie won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1999 movie, ‘Girl, Interrupted’.

20. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton has been in the limelight for a very long time because of her certain misadventures. She is the heiress of Hilton’s family fortune and also an actor and a singer. She began her career as a teen model when she signed with a modeling agency, ‘Trump Model Management’. Her fame skyrocketed in 2003 when her sex tape was leaked with her 2001 boyfriend Rick Salomon which was later released as 1 Night in Paris.

21. Demi Lovato


Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato was a Disney star, which got her fame and stardom. Now, she is a music artist with 6 albums on her belt. Lovato’s career catapulted in 2008 when she starred as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel musical tv movie, ‘Camp Rock’ and then its sequel was released in 2010, titled ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’. She sang her film’s soundtrack, ‘This Is Me’ with Joe Jonas as a duet and it was a top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100.

22. Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera was one of the most famous pop singers in the late 90s and she is also a philanthropist and was appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Being from Pennsylvania, Christina Aguilera starred in tv shows at the start of her career after which she signed a record deal with RCA Records in 1998 and released her self-titled debut album in 1999. Her debut album reached number one in the US and three of her songs were US number one singles: ‘Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)’, ‘What a Girl Wants’, and ‘Genie in a Bottle’.

23. Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is known for her pop-rock songs that were hugely popular in the 2010s. The Canadian singer began her career at the age of 15 with her appearance on stage with Shania Twain and she signed a two-album record deal with Arista Records. Her debut album, ‘Let Go’ was released in 2002 that became the best-selling album of the 21st century by a Canadian artist. The album included best-selling singles such as ‘Sk8er Boi’ and ‘Complicated’ which earned her the title of ‘Pop Punk Queen’.

24. Megan Fox

Megan Fox

Megan Fox is an actress who rose to stardom after her stint in ‘Transformers.’ Her alluring looks gained a lot of attraction in Hollywood. She gained global stardom in 2007 when she starred as Mikaela Banes in the blockbuster action movie, ‘Transformers’. Her role was reprised in the sequel, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ in 2009, and in the same year, she played the titular role in the horror-comedy, ‘Jennifer’s Body. She also acted in the superhero action film, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ in 2014.

25. Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is a popular music artist and is known for its amazing vocal range and register. Her Christmas song All I Want for Christmas is one of the most popular Christmas songs. She has been given the title of ‘Queen of Christmas’ due to this song. She has her first five singles peak number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and she is the first artist in the history of music to do so. She has also been a part of American Idol as a judge and starred in her own documentary series, ‘Mariah’s World’.

26. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart achieved immense fame and success for her role as Bella in The Twilight trilogy. Stewart began her film career at the age of 12 when she starred in David Fincher’s ‘Panic Room’ and played the daughter of Jodie Foster’s character. Her filmography includes movies like ‘Catch That Kid’, ‘Zathura: A Space Adventure’, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, ‘Still Alice’, ‘Personal Shopper’, and many more.

27. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is famous for her blue melodies and her song ‘Girl on Fire.’ She has received 15 Grammy Awards. She began songwriting when she was only 12 and signed a record deal with Columbia Records at 15 years of age. Later on, she switched to Arista Records and released her debut album, ‘Songs in A Minor’. She gained critical and commercial success with this album and one of the singles, ‘Fallin’ reached number one on Billboard Hot 100.

28. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

An actress is known for her roles in the movies of the early 2000s, Lindsay Lohan has always remained in the spotlight due to her personal and health issues. Lohan started her career as a star of tv soap opera, ‘Another World’ at the age of 10. She landed her breakthrough role in 1998 when she starred in the film, ‘The Parent Trap’. After this, she went on to star in various films such as ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’.

29. Emma Watson


Emma Watson

Emma Watson is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses, famous worldwide for her role as ‘Hermoine Granger’ in the Harry Potter adaptations. She is also an activist, known for her support of feminist causes. She was born in Paris and raised in Oxfordshire, she learned acting at the Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Oxford. After she finished her stint in Harry Potter movies, she starred in movies such as ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Little Women’, and many more.

30. Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen is a leading pop musician of the 21st century. Her career took a stride from Canadian Idol, and since then, she has grown much successful. She got a breakthrough in her music career with her song ‘Call Me Maybe’ in 2012 as it reached number one in 18 countries and was named the best-selling single of 2012. After this huge success, she went on to sign a record deal with School Boy Records and Interscope Records. She has also worked on Broadway and starred as the titular character in Cinderella.

31. Jessie J

Jessie J

Jessie J is a famous singer-songwriter, and her real name is Jessica Ellen Cornish. She is known in the world for her hit songs like ‘Who You Are,’ ‘Price Tag,’ and many more. Jessie J was born and raised in London and she gained immense popularity with the release of her debut single, ‘Do It Like a Dude’. She is the first British female artist to have six top-ten singles from one studio album, ‘Who You Are’ which was released in 2011.

32. Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens became popular with her role in the Disney Channel series, High School Musical and currently, she is a singer and an actress. Hudgens made her feature film debut in 2003 through the movie titled, ‘Thirteen’. The success she gained after the first film of High School Musical led to her signing a record deal with Hollywood Records and she released two albums, ‘V’ and ‘Identified’ in 2006 and 2008 respectively. However, after the release of her two albums, she has focused on her acting career and done various movies such as ‘Sucker Punch’, Spring Breakers’, ‘The Princess Switch’, ‘The Second Act’, ‘Bad Boys for Life’, and more.

33. Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum used to be a model, and she worked for various leading brands. After having an illustrious model career, she appeared on German’s Next Top Model and Project Runway as a host and a judge. This earned Klum an Emmy nomination in 2008 and an Emmy win in 2013 for ‘Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program’ which she shared with co-host Tim Gunn. Currently, she has a total tally of 6 Emmy Awards nominations.

34. Kylie Minogue


Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is a leading fashion and music icon and she began her music career in the late 80s. After having an illustrious model career, she appeared on German’s Next Top Model and Project Runway as a host and a judge. This earned Klum an Emmy nomination in 2008 and an Emmy win in 2013 for ‘Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program’ which she shared with co-host Tim Gunn.

35. Kate Moss

Kate Moss

Kate Moss has been an illustrious model for 20 years. She came into the modeling industry at the end of the “supermodel era” but nevertheless. She became popular with her collaboration with Calvin Klein and gave her the status of fashion icon’. At the 2013 British Fashion Awards, she received an award to recognize her illustrious fashion career of over 25 years. She has launched her own clothing range and is currently a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue.

36. Kesha


Kesha is one of the most popular singers of the 2010s. Her full name is Kesha Rose Sebert. She is known for her super hit tracks like ‘Tik-Tok’ and ‘Right Round.’ Kesha peaked with two number-one albums on the US Billboard 200: ‘Animal’ and ‘Rainbow’ and has had 10 top ten singles including soundtracks such as ‘Tik-Tok’, ‘Your Love Is My Drug’, ‘Take It Off’, ‘Blow’, ‘Die Young’, ‘We R Who We R’, and many more.

37. Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff is a very popular actress and music artist, known for her role in ‘Lizzie McGuire.’ Hilary is currently an entrepreneur and producer. She started her film career with the role of the titular character in the tv series, ‘Lizzie McGuire’ which was on air from 2001 to 2004. After this, she rose to fame quickly and starred in numerous films such as ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’, ‘Agent Cody Banks’, ‘A Cinderella Story’, and many more. Duff’s music career had a breakthrough when she released her Christmas-themed debut studio album, ‘Santa Claus Lane’ in 2002.

38. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Halle Berry is a remarkable actress, and she has acted in a lot of popular movies like James Bond and Catwoman. Berry started her career with modeling and she was also the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and was at 6th position in the Miss World pageant in 1986. Her acting skills first found recognition in ‘Boomerang’ in 1998, a romantic comedy co-starring Eddie Murphy. This led to her getting more films such as ‘The Flintstones’, ‘Bulworth’, ‘X-Men’, and more. She also won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 2001 romantic drama movie, ‘Monster’s Ball’.

39. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a renowned politician who first came into the spotlight as the First Lady of the United States of America when Bill Clinton was the President. She is also a diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker and she has been working as a United States Senator and later from New York from 2001 to 2009. Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States in 2016. Raised in Chicago, she served as a congressional legal counsel and then she moved to Arkansas and married future president Bill Clinton in 1975.

40. Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is an English singer, songwriter, and composer. She is an advocate for mental health issues, and a lot of her songs are related to mental health, which inspires a lot of her fans. Her music career started when she signed a record deal with Polydor Records in 2009 and in 2010, she won the Critics’ Choice Award at the Brit Awards. Her debut studio album was released in 2010, titled ‘Lights’ which made a debut at No.1 spot on the UK Albums Chart. Her second studio album, ‘Halcyon’ released in 2012, debuted at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart.

41. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is not only a former first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, but she is also a veteran lawyer, a philanthropist, and author of a bestselling book, and an inspiration for women. She is a Princeton University and Harvard Law graduate and she used to work at the legal firm Sidley Austin where she met her future husband and future president of the USA, Barack Obama. She also has worked as the associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and also the Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

42. Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is the Duchess of Cambridge, and she is married to Prince William. She first garnered attention when she began dating Prince William way back in 2001. Middleton studies art history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and during her studies, she met Prince William in 2001. They announced their engagement in November 2001 and got married in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. She now holds patronage within more than 20 charitable and military organizations and she also provides help in projects through the Royal Foundation.

43. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba has had a long career in Hollywood as she was a teen sensation in the late 90s and early 2000s. She got her big break when she landed the gig in a show called Dark Angel. Now she is no longer that active in Hollywood as she is busy with her business. Her film breakthrough role was when she starred in ‘Honey’ that came out in 2003. Since then, she has been a part of various box office hits such as ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’, The Eye, Good Luck Chuck, and many more.

44. Fergie


Fergie is a singer who was a part of the band, ‘The black-eyed peas.’ Her real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson. She is now a solo music artist and is also a fashion designer. Her solo album was titled ‘The Dutchess’ and came out in 2006. From this album, three singles reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 including ‘London Bridge’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, and “Glamorous’.

45. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is a household name all over the world because of her iconic character of ‘Rachel’ in Friends. Even after the show ended in 2004, she remained really popular as she starred in a lot of Hollywood movies. She has starred in several commercially successful movies such as Marley & Me, Just Go with It, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses, and many more.

46. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson became popular in the middle of the 2000s because of her reality TV show called Newlyweds which also included her ex-husband Nick Lachey. She launched her music career with her debut studio album titled, ‘Sweet Kisses’ in 1999 which sold about 2 million copies in the USA. Her second studio album, ‘Irresistible’ was released in 2001 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

47. Scarlett Johansson


Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johannson is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses because of her character as ‘Black Widow’ in the Avengers franchise. She had a breakthrough in her career by acting in various indie movies like ‘Her’. Apart from the Marvel movies, she has a huge number of amazing roles under her belt including ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Break up’, and ‘Marriage Story’.

48. Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is a country singer, and she came to fame when she came on American Idol in 2005 and ended up being one of the finalists. Her debut album, ‘Some Hearts’ won 3 Grammy Awards and it is the best-selling country album of the last 17 years. Now, she has sold about 70 million records worldwide and she has now 7 Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 15 American Music Awards, and a Guinness world record.

49. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is famous for her beauty and allure all over the world. Her tragic death also added to her popularity. She was a beauty and fashion icon. Monroe was an orphan and thus, she spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage until she got married at the age of 16. She started her modeling career which led to her landing movie roles. She has starred in various films such as ‘As Young as You Feel’, ‘Monkey Business’, ‘Clash by Night’, and more.

50. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is an American actress and a producer and she became popular with the fans with her stint on the popular show Desperate Housewives. On the show, she played the character of Gabrielle Solis who is now known as a household name and for this, she received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She has also had numerous other stints such as on ‘The Sentinel’, ‘Over Her Dead Body’, ‘For Greater Glory’, ‘Lowriders’, and more.

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So, this was the list of 50 most famous women in the world right now, and these women belong to various fields like Hollywood, Politics, Music, Modelling, and Business.

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