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AskMen, a men’s lifestyle magazine has published its annual list of the Top 99 Outstanding Women with Emma Watson, Ronda Rousey and Kim Kardashian at the head of the list of women. Unlike other lists based on looks, this roster consists of women that men can admire for what they are doing with their lives, according to AskMen.
As the top three show, the list is diverse and come from a variety of fields. The men’s website boasts that their Top 99 celebrates women who are both beautiful and remarkable within their industries. The list is heavy of actresses and singers, but there are plenty of athletes, businesswomen, and others who stand out as role models.
According to publisher James Bassil, “This year’s list is not only a reflection of a shift in the media, but also a shift in modern male thinking.” The list highlights women who have demonstrated a sheer influence in their industry,” and who are doing something that demonstrates their talent.
While known for years as the child actress who portrayed Hermione Granger, Watson made No. 1 for her newer roles in life as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and the HeForShe gender quality effort. As AskMen points out, the 24-year-old’s accomplishments make “almost everyone seem lazy.” They talk about how accomplished Watson has become (and mention the Harry Potter movies), but commend her that she’s “Not content with being smart, rich and talented, she’s spent much of her time working to end gender discrimination.” They do not mention that Watson also managed to graduate from Brown University this past year and star in a film too.
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is No. 2 on the list. While known for the fastest takedown in UFC history and her other fights, Rousey is committed to growing her sport. She is also testing the acting waters with parts in Furious 7 and Entourage.
Kim Kardashian rounds out the top three. While it is easy to question why she is “outstanding,” even her critics would have to admit she is fabulous at marketing, even if it is herself. As AskMen put it: “If you step back and take a look at the facts, Kim has managed to flip Z-level fame into A-list status through pure business savvy.”
The number 6 spot was awarded to Elizabeth Holmes, the youngest female billionaire in the world. Through Theranos, the 31-year-old’s health tech company, she is making blood tests fast, affordable and convenient.
Amal Alamuddin Clooney came out in the 9th spot. AskMen notes that she is a brainy, high-powered human rights lawyer, who happened to marry someone well known in his own field.
Others in the top 10 include Taylor Swift (No. 4), skier Lindsey Vonn (No. 5), Beyonce (No. 7), Jennifer Lawrence (No. 9) and tennis champ Serena Williams (No. 10). For those curious whether there was anyone over 50, Michelle Obama was in the 12th spot, Meryl Streep is further down, and there are others. Other actresses on the list included Kerry Washington, Angelina Jolie, Mindy Kaling, Laverne Cox, Tina Fey and several others. Jessica Alba was recognized for her work as found of the Honest Co., which is revolutionizing the baby product market and now valued at almost $1 billion.
There were models such as Cara DeLevingne and Natalia Vodianova included. But the highest ranking model, marking No. 11 overall, was Ashley Graham. Graham is the top plus size model and is promoting a new definition of beauty and body standards.
Another notable inclusion was ballerina Misty Copeland, who was the first black soloist in decades at American Ballet Theatre. She has authored two books and her endorsement deal with sports clothing brand Under Armour highlights dances athleticism.
The AskMen Top 99 Outstanding Women List has been published for 15 years now, according to their website. With such diversity of fields on the list (represented by the diversity of Emma Watson, Ronda Rousey and Kim Kardashian on top), it will be interesting to see if the newer broader look at accomplishments continues.
By Dyanne Weiss