Indian actress Freida Pinto was fancied ahead of favourites like Carla Bruni, Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow in a poll by Vanity Fair which crowned Angelina Jolie as the most beautiful woman.
The magazine had a list of 19 women from across the globe out of which 33-year-old Jolie swept the poll with 58 per cent votes to become the world’s most beautiful woman. The competition wasn’t even close, as supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who ranked second, got just 9 per cent of the total votes. Oscar-winning star Halle Berry ranked third with 4 per cent.
Slumdog Millionaire actress Pinto, who was the only Indian to feature in the list, garnered 2 per cent of the total votes along with actress Cate Blanchette and popstarBeyonce. Pinto, however, was ahead of France’s first lady Carla Bruni, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, Kerry Washington and Kate Moss, who got only 1 per cent of the total votes. The 24-year-old Indian beauty was a surprise entry in the list which ignored Hollywood superstars like Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman.
Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson, model Bar Rafaeli and Queen Rania of Jordan made it even at 3 per cent. “Of the billions of women on this planet, only 19, we believe, could start wars. These modern-day Helens of Troy come from both hemispheres and include legends and ingenues,” the magazine had said about its chosen list.