Los Angeles, United States - December 22, 2014: The Walk of Fame in Hollywood. A girl standing with her All-Star's on the star of Marilyn Monroe for the photo.
Los Angeles, United States - December 22, 2014: The Walk of Fame in Hollywood. A girl standing with her All-Star's on the star of Marilyn Monroe for the photo. AnnaLauraWolff

The top female beauty icons

SOME of the most famous and much-loved beauties are unconventionally beautiful in contrast to what Hollywood deems attractive.

One of the most famous and easily identifiable beauties is, of course, Marilyn Monroe with her platinum-blonde bombshell hair and sexy, curvaceous figure.

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However, a lot of the other famous icons are identifiable for their differences, such as Audrey Hepburn with her petite, pixie-like features or the sexy, sultry European look of the seemingly ageless Sophia Loren, the much-loved gap- toothed smile of Lauren Hutton or Barbra Streisand's strikingly identifiable Jewish looks.

Many of the beauty icons over time have become an unconscious muse to musicians and artists, but none more incredible than the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, admired for her self-portraits that openly depict her unibrow and moustache.

Other women with coveted looks due to their successful music careers are Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper for their experimentation with coloured locks and wild fashion, and also Joan Jett for her dark rock chic look of choppy black hair, heavy dark eyes and leather jackets.

Who hasn't sung along to the hit songs Bette Davis Eyes, written about the unusually large blue eyes of the famous actress Bette Davis, or Candle in the Wind, a song by Elton John about Marilyn Monroe and her untimely death and modified to honour Princess Diana on her tragic death?

Although beautiful on the outside, these women are/were also beautiful on the inside and become heroes to many for their charity work and humanitarian acts of kindness.

Audrey Hepburn, who worked tirelessly with UNICEF, and Marilyn Monroe, who repeatedly donated to orphanages and charities, are two such icons who rose from humble beginnings and climbed from poverty to go on to help many.

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These incredible women have influenced the way we perceive beauty today and their looks have been copied over and over again.

True beauty comes from inside and lasts forever. Become your own hero!