The “Independent Critics” List….. 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2012

December 21, 2012 |  by  |  beauty, celebrities, faces

TC Candler presents The 23rd Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces 2012, which has been published in various formats every year since 1990… and in recent years has been seen by over 30 million unique visitors from around the world.

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Unlike many other annual publications, The Independent Critics List is not a popularity contest. It is not about the sexiest or the most famous. Rather, it aims to be a very international list and one that is inclusive of many cultures, lifestyles, professions and degrees of fame. The Independent Critics List intends to inform public opinion rather than reflect it. This list searches far and wide, listening to the millions of suggestions submitted every year, and tries to put together a list representative of the modern ideal of beauty. Aesthetic perfection is only one of the criteria. Grace, elegance, class, poise, joy, promise, hope… they are all embodied in a beautiful face.

Over 25 countries are represented on the 20121 list. That number seems to go up every year as the list grows and expands. Feel free to comment below with your suggestions or opinions. Originality is most welcome! For example, as much as you may like her, there is really no need to mention Angelina Jolie (who was on the list from 1999 to 2003). Of course, lists are very subjective… you will disagree with some of the choices, but perhaps you will find a new favorite. Every year, this list is populated by some legendary beauties who never seem to fade, but it is also replenished with the freshest and most promising talent from around the world. A mix of new and nostalgia… as Don Draper (Mad Men) once conveyed, “one creates an itch, the other creates a bond.”

The 2012 Most Beautiful Faces List…

100 – Scarlett Johansson
99 – Barbara Meier
98 – Danielle Campbell
97 – Carmen Ejogo
96 – Doutzen Kroes
95 – Jessica Chastain
94 – Gianna Jun
93 – Krysten Ritter
92 – Maite Perroni
91 – Sophia Bush
90 – Alessandra Mastronardi
89 – Barbie Hsu
88 – Melanie Laurent
87 – Sanaa Lathan
86 – Katharine McPhee
85 – Gabriela Marcinkova
84 – Ludivine Sagnier
83 – Lena Katina
82 – Xun Zhou
81 – Frida Gustavsson
80 – Jenny Skavlan
79 – Renee Olstead
78 – Ariana Grande
77 – Elizabeth Loaiza
76 – Leighton Meester
75 – Natalie Tran
74 – Zsuzsanna Jakabos
73 – Priyanka Chopra
72 – Rose Byrne
71 – Candice Swanepoel
70 – Kelly Rowland
69 – Cintia Dicker
68 – Whitney Able
67 – Go Ara
66 – Kaya Scodelario
65 – Kate Winslet
64 – Juno Temple
63 – Monica Bellucci
62 – Freida Pinto
61 – Giusy Buscemi
60 – Stana Katic
59 – Rachel Weisz
58 – Nam Gyu-Ri
57 – Blake Lively
56 – Karen Gillan
55 – Meagan Good
54 – Meisa Kuroki
53 – Emma Roberts
52 – Sarah Gadon
51 – Elizabeth Olsen
50 – Im Yoona
49 – Nicola Roberts
48 – Gina Carano
47 – Gaite Jansen
46 – Yuliya Snigir
45 – Louise Bourgoin
44 – Dada Chan
43 – Keira Knightley
42 – Kim Taeyeon
41 – Edita Vilkeviciute
40 – Amanda Seyfried
39 – Shannon Kane
38 – Lena Gercke
37 – Felicity Jones
36 – Imogen Poots
35 – Christina Hendricks
34 – Elsa Pataki
33 – Song Hye Kyo
32 – Carice Van Houten
31 – India Eisley
30 – Natalie Portman
29 – Olivia Wilde
28 – Kate Beckinsale
27 – Selena Gomez
26 – Alison Brie
25 – Nozomi Sasaki
24 – Kylie Bunbury
23 – Emma Stone
22 – Zhu Zhu
21 – Emily Browning
20 – Mila Kunis
19 – IU
18 – Jennifer Lawrence
17 – Carey Mulligan
16 – Amber Heard
15 – Tamsin Egerton
14 – Rihanna
13 – Kate Upton
12 – Mirei Kiritani
11 – Lily Collins
10 – Lana Del Rey
9 – Camilla Belle
8 – Kerry Washington
6 – Jessica Brown Findlay
5 – Jessica Jung
4 – Chloe Moretz
3 – Alexandra Daddario
2 – Marion Cotillard
1 – Emilia Clarke


  1. Jessica Jung (5) deserves the rank. She’s indeed beautiful. And also a good vocalist. :3 I wish Sooyoung can make it to the list. She really have a natural beauty. :))

  2. Jessica jung is beautiful she can reach the first place!! she is the most beautiful, she is like a doll please this year i want thet Jessica Jung can win!!!

  3. If you are talking natural beauty then those who have had surgery done or who look bad without makeup should be taken out. Speaking of makeup, no offense to Im Yoona, she is beautiful, but in comparison to the other members like SooYoung or Tiffany who look the same even without makeup then I think she should be replaced by these.

  4. VICTORIA SONG of korean girl group F(X)!!!!! from china/korea
    Ah i really like her face. coz in my own opinion natural face is still the best unlike those who had plastic surgery.

  5. Jessica is beautiful!!

  6. i hope Chloe Grace Moretz will get number 1 when she hits her 18 :)

  7. Son Na-eun from APink!!!

  8. Go Ara should rank higher!!

  9. Hope this year all members of Girls’ Generation make it to the list~~~~ <3

  10. Anna Octarina – Indonesia
    Choi Sooyoung – Korea
    Victoria Song / Song Qian – China/Korea
    Krystal Jung – Korea
    Febby Rastanty – Indonesia
    Jamie Chung – US/Korea
    Cinta Laura-Indonesia/Germany
    Sandara Park – Philipines/Korea
    PLeeease :)

  11. and luna maya from indonesia!!

  12. I suggest, Song ji hyo, Choi sooyoung, and Han
    ga in! Song ji hyo, she has natural beauty and also smart. Choi soo young, ohh hy god! She’s the most georgeous girl! And Han ga in, she has natural beauty and fresh! Just start googling them!

  13. I kindly suggest you for 2013. You will never regret for putting them in:

    1. Jessica Jung
    2. Tiffany Hwang
    3. Krystal Jung
    4. Kwon Yuri
    5. Choi Sulli

    Thanks :D But I think Jessica Jung is a big MUST. She is deadly Gorgeous ^^

  14. Im Yoona of SNSD, Jessica Jung of SNSD, Krystal Jung of F(X), Sulli of F(x), Cho Hyun Young of Rainbow, Kang Min Kyung of Davichi, Nam Gyu Ri of Seeya, Liu Yi Fei, Go Ara, Oh Seung Ah of Rainbow should be in here and rank high in this ranking….. they are all pretty, gorgeous, elegant, lovely and cute at same time and also simple ….

  15. Tiffany (SNSD) & Sandarapark

  16. victoria song of fx is very beautiful.. no plastic surgery at all.. natural beauty..

  17. I think Shannyn Sossamon is one of the most beautiful human beings on earth

  18. I just found out that Jessica Jung. Just googled her. She is indeed pretty. Good choice on putting her in the top 5 list. I bet she can be top 3 in 2013? *but I swear I never know her before* I suggest Anisa Rahma from Indonesia. SHE is pretty. Thanks. Don’t forget Jessica Jung and Anisa Rahma.

    • Anisa Rahma? You sure? That member of Cherrybelle the plagiarism? Get a mind. Please. Jessica and Tiffany and Yuri from SNSD should be in 2013. Thanks.

      • yes those three are pretty but if im not mistaken most of the members in SNSD had plastic surgery.. korean celebrities is the no. 1 country in the world where most celebrities had plastic surgery.. i saw it from News.

  19. I suggest ‘Liu Yi Fei’
    And ‘Tia’ (Li Yu Fen) from the girl group ‘Dream Girls’. They are both beautiful, but different types of beauty. :)
    Also I think ‘Angelababy’ is pretty too.

    I think Yoona, Taeyeon, Barbie Hsu and IU are good choices.

  20. In my opinion I think Suzy from miss a ,f(x) Victoria would be suitable!for the male version I would suggest Infinite L!

  21. I agree with the others. Im Yoona is very beautiful. Just finish “googling” her and yeah, she is gorgeous. She should rank higher. Maybe next time? Haha.

    P/S Dianna Agron should be here too. And Merlin’s Katie McGrath as well.

  22. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is not in this list. Why ?

  23. Congrats to my fellow asians who made it to the list! Though my ultimate faves are Lily Collins and Jennifer Lawrence. Here are my suggestions, who I hope would count for 2013:

    -Georgina Wilson
    -Anne Curtis-Smith
    Aside from beauty and brains, these two ladies also epitomize class, elegance, grace, and all the aforementioned criteria.

    For true Filipina Beauty, I suggest Isabelle Daza, the daughter of the former Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz.

    The young and fresh face of the Spanish-Filipino beauty, Colleen Garcia, is very promising too.

    I think Sandara Park should be included as well, for her timeless beauty.

    There are indeed a lot of beautiful faces, and so I hope our bets would make the list in the future.

  24. Nicole Meyer ftw ;P

  25. some kpop fans need to chill. not saying your idols aren’t beautiful but this is most beautiful faces in the world not just south korea. I approve of jessica jung though. she is korea’s barbie in 2012 afterall. lol.

  26. I think Choi Sooyoung should definitely be in the 2013 edition. She’s so gorgeous! And Tiffany Hwang as well. Glad to see Karen Gillan on the list, and Yoong, Tae and Sica :D

  27. Melanie Iglesias & Katrina Bowden


  29. it’s wrong! >.<
    I think Yoona the prettiest!
    Yoona should a champion

    • totally agree with you…. she is perfect, gorgeous, pretty, lovely, cute and also simple…. not flashy like the other celebrities

    • Wrong wrong wrong. :) Even in SNSD, Yoona isn’t the prettiest. How come in the WHOLE World Yoona can be prettiest. Think geniusly, ok? Thanks ^^

  30. Choi Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation should make the Top 100 this year (2013). Not only she is of exotic beauty but her just-got-out-of-bed look is really beautiful.

  31. i recommend you :
    song ji hyo (natural beauty without make up)
    ha ji won

  32. it isnt fair especially for yoona and her plain face but it is taeyeons and jessicas right to be in this list but again im not agree with jessicas rate she is sooo pretty but not as pretty to be in fifth rate.sooyoung is the most beautiful girl in kpop and in snsd either,so if any body from korea would be in this list it would be sooyoungs right.she is sooooo goddess and her beauty is soooo unimaginable!!! so i wish her to be in the list of 100 most beautiful faces of 2013

  33. You need to take a look at Indonesians.
    Dian Sastrowardoyo has the endless natural beauty. ^^

  34. # i also like dara park of 2ne1 also the actress that played the role of megumi in samurai x the movie…
    she’s pretty..

  35. I think Suzy from Miss A & Sulli from f(x) have the chance
    to be in next years’ list.
    They are one of the most beautiful girls in Korea & Asia.
    Also Yoona and Taeyeon will have higher ranks.

  36. S. M. V. Kalangi

    Girls Generation !! U did it judger :)

    Taeyeon, Yoona and Jessica are really amazing

    I suggest Tiffany and Choi Sooyoung for next year
    Cause they are both should be on list dear..

    Sulli from Fx and Shin Min Ah also!

    They are Stunning !

    Regard from Indonesia :)

  37. Who I think are beautiful:
    Bianca Gonzales
    Georgina Wilson
    Shaina Magdayao
    Maricel Soriano
    Glaiza De Castro

    (Shaina Magdayao, Maricel Soriano, Glaiza De Castro)
    Theirs are the type of beauty that is more appreciated when you watch them on films where they look natural and vulnerable and powder-free

    Who people here think are beautiful:
    Dawn Zulueta
    Kristine Hermosa
    Marian Rivera
    Angel Locsin
    Anne Curtis
    Maja Salvador
    I think they really have pretty faces but for some reason the ones above have much more effect on me

  38. ok if it include world wide where’s angel locsin? son ye jin? park tae hee? from what is ee it’s almost all americans.

  39. tnx 4 putting asian dolls in the list!!

  40. Proud of SNSD being on the list..
    How come nobody from the Philippines?!
    Check these girls out. I think they’re the most beautiful girls in the country.
    Solenn Heussaff
    Rhian Ramos
    Carla Abellana
    Marian Rivera
    Heart Evangelista
    Cristine Reyes

    Just to name a few.

  41. My favorite is Maite Perroni (92) Natural real beauty! The best choice!

  42. I forgot a woman who really deserves to be part of this list, in my opinion.

    -Yvonne Catterfeld.

  43. Best inclusions of 2012 list: Imogen Poots, Elsa Pataky and Lily Collins. Gorgeous women.

    My personal suggestions (I left them before but I think there was a problem with this page because it wasn’t available for some days).

    -Elisa Sednaoui.
    -Eva Riccobono.
    -Bianca Balti.
    -Sara Carbonero.
    -Willa Holland.
    -Antonia Iacobescu.
    -Ana Paula Arosio.
    -Emily DiDonato.
    -Deepika Padukone. Somedoby else suggested her name and believe us, she’s gorgeous.
    -Rani Mukherjee.
    -Vittoria Puccini.

    And a male version of the list is a great idea. Lots of suggestions come to my mind but I’ll only leave one name (not well known by the mass audience): the ballet dancer Roberto Bolle.

  44. my favorite . [Im Jin-ah is the most beautiful]<3

  45. Nice list!

    How about Kim Tae Hee, Rosario Dawson, Yukie Nakama or Kim Hyun Joo?

    I read that you’re planning a male edition of beautiful faces. May I throw in a few (or perhaps not-so-few) early suggestions?

    Takeshi Kaneshiro
    Andrew Garfield
    Lee Min Oh
    Daniel Henney
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Gaspard Ulliel
    Lee Donghae
    Choi Siwon
    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Michael Fassbender
    Jared Leto
    Choi Seung Hyun (aka T.O.P)

    I should have made that list shorter but they are all very beautiful and deserving of a place, at least in my opinion :)

  46. Well, you missed the boat again this year, TC. Where are Nadia Bjorlin and Cote De Pablo? I am glad to see the Emma Watson got knocked off her perch, too bad it was by someone nobody has ever heard of.

    • Sorry Fred… we just couldn’t find a place in the Top 100 for them. There are over 40,000 celebs eligible for this list and over 200 countries to consider… there are going to be some stunningly gorgeous people left out every year. It is the nature of the beast. As for the “nobody has ever heard of” comment… you need to get out more. Emilia is one of the most searched for female celebrities on the internet over the past 18 months. And besides, we like to be ahead of the game instead of late to the party!!! Thanks for your impassioned comment — we appreciate all forms of praise and criticism. It comes with the territory when making a list like this.

  47. I will recommend you :
    Dian Sastrowardoyo
    Wulan Guritno
    Olla Ramlan
    All of them are from Indonesia.

    Shin min ah from Korea.

    Deepika Padukone from India.

  48. Amanda cyfrid! I don’t know if that’s the right spelling but she is an actress who has a bright future and she was stunning in Les Mis

  49. Great list. Here’s some that I thought of.

    Pihla Viitala – Not so well known Finnish actress with some beautiful class. Will appear on Hansel & Gretel witch hunters.

    Sophie Ellis-Bextor – doesn’t need explanations, right? I was surprised she wasn’t on the list. :-)

  50. Maite Perroni is a natural beauty, for real.

  51. You should put Tiffany from snsd on their also. She has a very beautiful face, especially with her special eye smile! Also sulli from fx! She has a very fresh and innocent face.

  52. Great list!

    I have to agree with the commentors who suggested Yuriko and Kahi for next year…two understated but great beauties!

    I would add…

    Liu Wen
    Erin Wasson
    Rosario Dawson
    Odette Yutsman and the beautiful Gong Li

    Any plans for a male edition of most beautiful faces?

  53. Add Dianna Agron to the list next year.

  54. So happy that India Eisley is in the list, I think she should be in the top 10.

  55. Selena Gomez should be in the top 5!

  56. Selena gomez and mila kunis have endless beauty !

  57. Song hyE kyo IU & JessicA juNg ^^ i hope kim tae hee kim ha neul & Moon Geun young they on the list <3 ^_^

  58. Lovely list!:)

    Nana from the kpop group After School is lovely and korean actress Shin Min Ah is absolutely stunning in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.

    But in my opinion Kahi from After School takes the cake. She is such an elegant and natural beauty!

    • Yeah, we sones should be so proud :D ESpecially GorJess Spazzers :) But I think eye smile fany should be here ^^ you think so?

  59. Im Yoona, Kim Taeyeon & Jessica Jung <3<3<3<3<3<3

  60. Jessica Jung in top 5?…I totally feel that :)

    No Emma Watson? :<

  61. A “Matsui Rena” image google search will turn up plainer pictures (still with some gems, though) because Japan prefers those, but her magazine shoots are really phenomenal. But I recommend searching “松井玲奈” “matsui rena magazine” or “matsui rena kingyo.”

    Watanabe Mayu also has potential now that she’s starting to let go of her childish twintails image. Check out some of her more recent and more serious shoots.

    And finally, in light of your inclusion of Yoona, I think you should take a look at Yoshitaka Yuriko. But she does tend to play it safe in photos and is best in motion, so I’d understand if she doesn’t make the cut. (But dang, Yuriko in motion always captures my eye!)

  62. Maite perroni the most butifull .it’s a good choice

  63. i’m sorry, but.. who make this list???…How come Yoona rank behind Jessica, IU and Taeyeon??????????.
    yoona = im Yoon Ah is the prettiest K-star and she has 100% “NATURAL face”.

    • Because they understand that the real ‘beauty’ isn’t like Yoona’s. Her face has no speciality.

    • hello she’s not the prettiest all the time n this is not Korean taste.. im American n i think jessica is lots prettier than yoona . she just plain.

  64. Where is Avril Lavigne???

  65. Jessica Jung, Kim Taeyeon, and Im Yoona.
    Congrats! You guys represent SNSD and Korea.
    It’s been said before, but now it’s becoming true. You guys, SNSD actually, is becoming the face of Asia.

  66. Mila Kunis deserves to be in top 10. Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan in front of her?!?! LOL

  67. AnnaSophia Robb and Elle Fanning deserve to be on the list next year too.


    • for me, Ice Princess is the most gorgeous one in the whole world. No one can defeat her.
      SOOO EXCITED <3<3<3

  69. #5 Korean- American Entertainer and model Jessica Jung is not only the face to many famous world brands and part of the leading Asian girl group, but also embodies everything that a photographer wants in a photo-shoot & she has the musical talent that has made her a strong presence in Asian music charts and theatre. This girl Represents the hard-working Korean youth, the grace and dignity of today’s women, the kindness and joy beneath a strong image and personality.

  70. Finally Taeyeon and Yoona! And Sica! At number 5! Their ranks in 2013 will increase, we Sones just know it!

  71. Woo IU and Girls’ Generation!! I suggest Song Ji Hyo

  72. yoona, taeyeon, n jessica, wow three of them

  73. Ariel Lin & Moon Chae Won

  74. Chloë is a prodigy!!! C’mon!


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