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September 4, 2016

Classic Beauties: 18 Unforgettable Female Fashion Icons We Still Can't Stop Staring At

They may not have all the benefits of botox or plastic surgery, but classic beauties such as Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren have championed their modern day counterparts hands down. Take a long hard look at these inspirational beauties.

1. Edie Sedgwick

You don't become Andy Warhol's muse for no reason. Nope, model Edie Sedgwick had an unmistakable look: from her bold and exagerrated brows to the beauty mark on her right cheek, the late Edie was a total one-off.

2. Jane Birkin

A natural beauty through and through, Jane Birkin showed us that less is more. More often lauded as a fashion icon (you don't have a Herm├Ęs bag named in your honour for nothing, after all), we want to take a minute to appreciate those wide eyes, fuss-free tresses and that dazzling smile.

3. Claudia Cardinale

The beauty of this Italian actress was extraordinary. She was radiant and effortlessly glamorous. One of the most beautiful big screen stars of all time.

4. Ava Gardner

The actress, who was once married to Frank Sinatra, was once described by actor Howard Duff as the 'most beautiful thing he had ever seen'. There can be no denying it.

5. Brigitte Bardot

A captivating beauty, Brigitte Bardot has gone down in history as one of the most stunning women of all time. With her signature cat eye make-up, trademark tousled blonde locks and sultry pout, we can't take our eyes of this star.

6. Catherine Deneuve

The muse and long-term friend of the late Yves Saint Laurent is still so relevant today, in fact her sixties blow dry was recreated for Vivienne Westwood's spring/summer 2013 show this year by hair stylist Mark Hampton. Seen as one of the world's great beauties, Deneuve was the face of Chanel No.5 in the late 1970s and also worked with L’Oreal Paris, Louis Vuitton luggage and MAC.

7. Grace Kelly

There is no doubt that Grace Kelly is a timeless beauty icon. Her look was subtle and fresh with barely-there blusher, neat brows and teamed with either a peachy lip or classic red. Faultless.

8. Esther Williams

Film star and synchronised swimmer Esther Williams oozed Hollywood glamour. The star was immaculate both in the water and out - as the fabulous photo below suggests.

9. Sophia Loren

Being hailed as one of the greatest beauties of all time, Loren is often asked to share her beauty tips. Her most famous quote? 'Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.' Words to live by.

10. Veronica Lake

The actress captivated audiences with her sultry looks. Her peek-a-boo 'do has become a classic look within its own right - a style she complemented with rosy cheeks, defined eyebrows and a bold red lip.

11. Natalie Wood

Considered one of the most beautiful stars to have ever lived, her career has somewhat been overshadowed by the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death (she drowned after going overboard her 60-foot yacht Splendor on November 29, 1981).

12. Marilyn Monroe

It goes without saying that the legendary Monroe would be included in our round up of iconic beauties. They don't come more beautiful or more iconic than the ultimate platinum bombshell.

13. Billie Holiday

Always poised and smiling, the jazz singer often wore an eye-catching flower in her hair which only served to exaggerate her beauty.

14. Audrey Hepburn

Hepburn's elfin features have ensured that the actress regularly tops beauty polls the world over. Her's was a look and style that is copied to this day.

15. Elizabeth Taylor

With beauty so striking it could take your breath away, Elizabeth Taylor will go down in history as one of the most stunning stars of all time. Her violet, almond-shaped eyes, creamy skin, pout and raven hair, all combined to make Liz a force to be reckoned with.

16. Dorothy Dandridge

Nominated for an Academy Award, she broke the barrier for women of color. This beautiful and radiant queen was known for her acting, she, and adored for her beauty and sensuality.

17. Diahann Carroll

Her stunning eyes, and smooth skin, and riveting looks got her a role of Dynasty and left many wanting for more.

18. Bette Davis

Her eyes were incredible and she had charisma by the bucket load. Totally gorgeous.

(via Marie Claire)


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