50 Most Popular Women in the World?


Women have always been an equal if not more significant contributor to the development of the society. From our mothers, sisters, and wives, who are responsible for keeping the families together to renowned personalities around the world, women have shown us their strength and ability. In this article, we have assorted the list of 50 most popular women of our time.  

These 50 most popular women have shaped, molded the world and culture with their unique contribution in their respective fields. Every personality we have included in this list has their own story, struggles, and life lessons to share with everyone. 


If you read this article, we are sure that it will help you take inspiration from them. We are including top 50 personalities from all walks of life – from fashion, politics, business to entertainment. You will be amazed to learn about their contribution. 

Let’s take a step forward in acknowledging the contribution of women in the societal upliftment as gratitude. Here’s the list of 50 most popular women in the world.

50 Most Popular Women of 2020 Who Will Inspire You


Eva Longoria

Born in Texas on March 15, 1975; Eva Longoria is a famous model, actress and talk-show hostess from the US. Not only that, but she's also a successful restaurateur and a philanthropist too. You must have known her as Gaby from the famous show ‘Desperate Housewives'.

If you are not impressed by that, we would like to tell you that she's a recipient of the Nobel Prize for her impactful social charity work.


Marilyn Monroe:

How can we compile a list of influential women without mentioning the name of Marilyn Monroe? Marilyn was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1926. She was one of the most famous actresses from Hollywood.

She's still regarded as a renowned model and actress because she continues to inspire young women even after she departed from the world in 1962. She's the best example of how to influence the generations of the audience with gifted beauty and grace. 

Carrie Underwood:


She's a famous American singer, songwriter, and actress from Oklahoma. She got global recognition from her participation in the renowned show ‘American Idol' in 2005.

Scarlette Johansson:

Scarlette is a popular actress and singer from the United States. She has worked in movies like ‘The Avengers', ‘Lost in Translation', ‘Match Point', and ‘Lucy'. Today, Scarlette is considered as one of the most influential women.

Jessica Simpson:

Jessica came into limelight when she launched ‘Sweet Kisses', her debut album. She's a native Texan born in 1980. She's a successful singer, actress, and designer from the US. She recently gave birth to a girl and named her ‘Birdie'.

Jennifer Aniston:

Who can forget the classic show ‘Friends'? We all loved the character of clumsy Rachel Green, played by Aniston. She's been a popular figure all around the world since then. 51-year-old Aniston is still active in the industry.

She's a model, actress, producer, and filmmaker. Friends played a crucial role in her career, and she won many awards for her character. She was featured on the top celebrity Forbes list in 2003.


Fergie, real name: Stacy Ann Ferguson is a member of the popular musical group ‘The Black Eyed Peas'. Well, when she was at the peak of her career, she was a fashion trendsetter. Although not quite popular these days, Fergie is still active in the music scene.

Jessica Alba:

Born in 1981, Jessica is a native of California. Jessica has been a successful model, actress, businesswoman, and social activist. Jessica attained recognition after working in the Dark Angel TV show. She's also worked in movies like ‘Good Luck Chuck', ‘Sin City', and ‘Fantastic Four'.

Kate Middleton:

Kate is a member of the British royal family. She's the wife Prince William, who's Duke of Cambridge, means she's the Duchess of Cambridge. She's known for her elegance, beauty, and taste in fashion. She's a mother of two kids now.

Michelle Obama:

Is it possible to become famous and influential without being an actress, model or singer? Well, definitely yes. Mrs Obama is the best example of that. Born in Chicago in 1964, Michelle Obama is the wife of 44th American President Mr Barack Obama.

During the presidential tenure of Mr. Obama, she used her influence for various causes like poverty awareness, education of the underprivileged, and women empowerment. Recently, she launched a book, “Becoming Michelle Obama”. Within a short period, the book has become a best-seller.

Ellie Goulding:

Goulding is a famous English singer and composer. She's been a strong proponent of opening up about mental health struggles that are rampant in the society.

Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton is a renowned political figure from the US. She's an American politician, writer, speaker, and a lawyer. She's been a long time member of the Democratic Party. In the late 1980s, she was the first lady of Arkansas and the first lady of the USA(1993-2001).

She's also played other vital roles like Senator from the NY and Secretary of the State. She was running for presidential elections in 2016 but couldn't win the elections.

Halle Berry:

Halle is a celebrated movie actress from Cleveland. She's been an Oscar-winner. Not only Oscar, but she's also ‘Emmy' and ‘Golden Globe' awards too in her portfolio. She's played Bond girl in the 2002 movie Die Another Day.


Kesha's real name is Kesha Rose Sebert. She's an American songwriter and singer. With popular songs like ‘Right Round' and ‘Tik Tok', Kesha became instantly popular amongst youngsters.

Hilary Duff:

Duff is an actress, songwriter, singer, producer, and businesswoman. She's known for her roles in ‘Lizzie McGuire' and ‘Gossip Girl'.

Kate Moss:

Kate is one of the highly-paid British supermodels from the 90s. She's been a famous model owing it to her beauty and figure. She's worked in various music videos, and she's an active philanthropist too.

Kylie Minogue:


Kylie Minogue is an Australian-British singer. She's known for her all-time hit albums like ‘Fever', ‘Body Language' and ‘Let's Get to it'. She's still actively producing new music albums every year.

Heidi Klum:

Born in Germany, she's a popular model, actress, fashion designer, and TV show hostess. However, most of us know Heidi because she has been a judge on America's Got Talent.

Venessa Hudgens:

Venessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. With her work in ‘High School Musical' (2006) she became famous. With her debut album ‘V' she entered into the music industry.

Jessie J:

Jessie J aka Jessica Ellen Cornish, a British singer, and songwriter. If you want to know how good she is, listen to her songs' Price Tag', ‘Domino' and ‘Nobody's Perfect'.

Carly Rae Jepsen:

Carly is a Canadian pop artist. She was a participant in the 6th season of ‘Canadian Idol'. Not that her skills are limited to singing, she's a versatile actress as well.

Emma Watson:

A generation of kids has grown up reading Harry Potter novels and movies. Emma Watson has won the hearts of the audience with her character of Hermoine Granger from the legendary series of Harry Potter movies.

The film introduced her to world popularity. Apart from acting, she's active in social works. 

Lindsay Lohan:

Born on July 2, 1986, in New York. Lindsay is a pop culture figure known throughout the world. She has dabbled in every field from acting, modeling, designing to singing. She has worked in famous movies like ‘The Parent Trap' and ‘Freaky Friday'.

Alicia Keys:

What if we tell you famous singer Alicia Keys is a Grammy Award winner? And she's won that award 15 times so far. Not only is Alicia, a talented singer, but she's also an accomplished piano player and writes songs as well.

She's been a judge on the TV show ‘The Voice'.

Kristen Stewart:

Kristen has been an underrated actress of the younger generation. Despite playing various impactful roles, she's best known for playing Bella in ‘Twilight' series.

Mariah Carey:

Birth – March 27, 1969. Mariah is a world-famous singer and songwriter. She's a talented vocalist who has produced several top albums like ‘Emotions' and ‘Butterfly'.

Megan Fox:

Birth – May 16, 1986. Megan is a renowned model and actress from the US. She's worked in movies like ‘Jennifer's Body', ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'.

Avril Lavigne:

Who doesn't know the classic album ‘Let Go' from Avril Lavigne? Although it was an unexpected hit, Lavigne has worked very hard to establish herself as a successful songwriter, actress, singer, and as designer too.

Christina Aguilera:

Born in New York on December 18, 1980, Christina is a famous singing icon. Aguilera has received Grammy Awards for six times, and she also has one Latin Grammy Award. She was chosen as UN Goodwill Ambassador because her social work is notable.

Demi Lovato:

Demi was born in Dallas in 1992. She's a very talented artist of the younger generation. She's shown her talent in both acting, singing, and songwriting. She worked in many notable films and has published six albums so far, which are decently successful.

Paris Hilton:

Paris is a notable name in the elite social circle. She's been a controversial socialite. She's the heiress of the famous Hilton Hotels empire. Despite being a notorious celebrity, she's a savvy businesswoman.

She's become a global celebrity since her appearance in ‘The Simple Life'.

Angelina Jolie:

Angelina is a famous name that quickly comes to mind when we think of beauty, talent and noble work. She was already a famous actress, but it's her social work that made her even more popular throughout the world.

She's adopted many children – of all ethnicities. She writes scripts and directs apart from acting.

Kim Kardashian:

Kim is a famous socialite. She's the wife of Kanye West. She became famous when she participated in ‘Dancing with the Stars'. Now she has her reality show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians'.

With the media success she has achieved, we can say that Kim is a clever businesswoman.

Miley Cyrus:

When we are writing about 50 most popular women, Miley Cyrus is the name that can't be excluded from the list. She's another notorious singer and actress from the US. But before she started her singing career, we all know her for playing the lead in ‘Hannah Montana'.

Nicki Minaj:

Nicki was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, she's American by nationality though. She is a multi-talented actress and singer. Her success rose with the release of ‘Playtime is Over' track in 2009.


Birth, – February 2, 1977. Shakira is a world-famous Latin American artist. She's a brilliant dancer and singer. With her phenomenal success in singing career, she's become one of the best examples of non-English speaking artists becoming a global celebrity.

Despite her success, she's a humble person, and she is known to do social works in her native country Columbia.

Katy Perry:

Katy became a phenomenon when she published her song ‘I Kissed a Girl' in 2007. Katy has become a big name in pop culture since then. She's a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Jennifer Lopez:

J.Lo as fondly called by her millions of admirers across the globe is a versatile dancer, choreographer, singer and actress. Despite being over 50 years old, she's still active in making videos, singing songs and acting in various programs.


Beyoncé is a top singer of R&B music. She and Jay Z both are one of the famous power couples. Beyoncé has started her musical career by playing music in various bands.

She has been a soloist of a band called Destiny Child. Beyoncé is the best example of how women from non-dominant backgrounds can attain great success in the music industry.


Talking of 50 most popular women and not mentioning Madonna, is it even possible? Madonna is now over 60 years old, but her name still comes up whenever we discuss the 50 most popular women in the world.

She's adored by millions of people irrespective of their background. She is an inspiring performer, businesswoman, and social activist.


Do you remember the iconic title song from James Bond movie ‘Skyfall'? It was sung by Adele. Adele is a English songwriter and singer. So far Adele has received 2 Grammy Awards. Do you know that she has 2.5 billion views on her song ‘Hello' on her Youtube channel.

Selena Gomez:

Selena became overnight famous when she appeared on Disney TV series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place'. These days she's an actress working various movies and TV shows, while also producing music.


Britney Spears:

Britney Spears is a popular name from the late 90s. Briteny is not just a pop singer, and she has been an accomplished model, actress, and dancer.

Britney's debut song ‘Baby One More Time' made her an instant hit among the youngsters. Although Britney is no more a prime singer she once was, she's still fondly remembered as a pop icon by her fans.

Taylor Swift:

Taylor is a cultural icon of the younger generation. Although Taylor released her first song in 2006, it was her second album ‘Fearless' that gained her fame. Not only that, but there are also other tracks like ‘Love Story' that were a huge success. Taylor has been a Grammy winner as well.

Lady Gaga:

Lady Gaga is also on our list of 50 most popular women. She's a successful DJ, actress, singer, songwriter and performer. She's also active in designing works and has done philanthropic works. She's famous for her bold looks on various occasions.


Cher is an American artist from the 60s. She's known for multiple talents like singing, penning down poems, acting in movies, direction, and production works.

She's one of those rare ladies who have won all three prestigious awards – Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globes. At 74, she's still actively working.


Rihanna is another successful R&B singer. She's a performer and actress. When she was 16 years old, she started her musical journey. ‘Music of the Sun' is her first album.

So far Rihanna has been a recipient of 18 ‘Billboard Music Awards', 6 times' American Music Awards' and 7 times' Grammy Awards'.

Lana Del Rey:

If you want to get a taste of time from the 50s to 60s, you must listen to Lana Del Rey's songs. Lana is well known for its unique music. She's currently a top singer and songwriter. Lana achieved instant success with her debut single – ‘Video Games'. She also released a remix of ‘Summertime Sadness'.

J. K. Rowling:

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J. K. Rowling is a British novel writer. She was unknown to everyone until Harry Potter was published and became an overnight hit all over the world. She's known for social work.

And let us introduce you to our number one from 50 most popular women – Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey:

Oprah Winfrey is the most inspiring woman of our times. She's an accomplished businesswoman, her own TV show's hostess, producer and philanthropist. ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show' was one of the longest-running successful talk shows.

It's not an exaggeration to say Oprah is one of the most influential women in the world. She's a billionaire, a self-made billionaire. She's a successful businesswoman who owns multiple media companies, a magazine, a radio network, and a cable network.

If you want to know more about her, you can read her quotes. She comes from a past where she faced horrible troubles. Yet, she overcame them and established herself as a successful public figure.

Final Words

There are many women who are achieving dominance in the entertainment industry. but due to limitations, we have given you a list of 50 most popular women who are leading and dominating various fields in the world. If you want to know more about them, you can watch their interviews or read their biographies. 

Please share this article with your friends and family members to inform them about the female leaders of our times. If you know lesser-known women who are doing ground-breaking work, drop their names in the comments.