->''"Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,[[note]]Not [[LauncherOfAThousandShips that kind.]][[/note]]\\
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?\\
Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss."''
-->-- '''Creator/ChristopherMarlowe''', ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus''

DistaffCounterpart to WorldsStrongestMan, because MenAreStrongWomenArePretty.

She's [[UpToEleven beyond]] HelloNurse. This character is notable in her universe for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin having better looks than any other woman in it.]] She ([[AlwaysFemale and it's always a she]]) is the World's Most Beautiful Woman.

[[BlessedWithSuck That doesn't mean her life is going to be easy, of course.]] These women are almost always SoBeautifulItsACurse. She may be the target of a VainSorceress looking to be the FairestOfThemAll, has some [[StalkerWithACrush unwanted attention]], is [[AttractivenessIsolation shunned or ignored by other people]] (women [[GreenEyedMonster may get jealous]], men may feel [[PeerlessLoveInterest intimidated]]) or she may simply be [[AbductionIsLove kidnapped]].

Just the fact of a character's [[MsFanservice being]] [[HelloNurse hot]] is not enough to qualify her for this trope. Indeed, many of these women fall into InformedAttractiveness. The character must be explicitly stated to be the world's most beautiful woman, hence why this trope is usually limited to fantasy and mythology, two genres that tend to go light on real-world logic (Was there a worldwide BeautyContest that every woman alive was forced to enter?).

Of course, having ''two'' (or more) women contending for the title is usually not good, and you really, really, really want to limit it to mortal competitors. Asserting that a woman is [[BlasphemousBoast more beautiful than a goddess]] is ''dangerous''. Even...''especially'' [[MortonsFork if she's another goddess.]]

A common trait of the PrincessClassic. If it's not just the fact that she's beautiful, but that he feels like she's above him, she's a PeerlessLoveInterest. Note that the RealLife examples involve either antiquity, politics, or a direct invocation of this trope. This is no place to simply gush about attractive women, since such a title is so subjective it's meaningless.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Nareesha in the OELManga ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'' is the three-time champion.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[Creator/TiteKubo Word of God]] states that Retsu Unohana is the most beautiful woman in all of [[SpiritWorld Soul Society]]. [[spoiler: She is also the original Kenpachi and the strongest one to have ever existed until surpassed by Zaraki (a man). In other words, she's both the most beautiful '''and''' the strongest woman in Soul Society.]]
** Unohana's status doesn't stop [[CampGay Charlotte]] [[MachoCamp Cuulhorne]] and [[{{Bishonen}} Yumichika]] [[BishieSparkle Ayasegawa]] engaging in a [[SeriousBusiness fight to the death]] to [[SillyReasonForWar find out]] who the most beautiful ''person'' in the world is... of course, they're actually both [[TheDandy men]], but neither of them let that fact get in the way.
** And in the material world, Orihime Inoue is also called the most beautiful student of Karakura High School. At some point she's followed around by a bunch of completely smitten younger boys, which annoys her friend and crush [[spoiler: (and ultimately, husband)]] Ichigo; later, when a young man named Moe Shishigawara was tasked with attacking her, a mere look from her (complete with sparkles) was enough to leave him starstruck and unable to attack.
* The girls in ''Anime/HimeChenOtogiChikkuIdolLilpri'' are said to be the most beautiful girls in the world by a magic mirror. Though they're only the most beautiful in the world after transforming, their normal little girl forms aren't considered.
* Soryu from ''Manga/AoNoFuuin'' is said to be a beautiful woman whose appearance will charm any man or woman that lay eyes on her. She is so beautiful that two panicked humans, about to be devoured by her, fall into a trance upon seeing her.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Boa Hancock of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. The Risky Brothers claim that her beauty is only rivaled by the Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi.
** Alvida proclaims herself as the most beautiful woman in the world. Well, considering what she [[{{Gonk}} looked like]] before she ate her Devil Fruit... Even before her transformation, she claimed to be the most beautiful woman, and forced her original crew to agree, or be clubbed.
** A fabulously rich Wapol marries a woman referred to as "Miss Universe". Whether she actually won a world-wide beauty pageant or if that's her actual name is not known.
* In the second ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'' series, Sally's very pretty mother is specifically mentioned to be the most beautiful woman in the magical kingdoms. So much that, when she was a young princess, a jealous HotWitch put her into an enchanted sleep, and Sally's dad had to give her a TrueLovesKiss to save her. [[Literature/SnowWhite Hm...]] [[spoiler: Little did the Queen know that the Witch would later return and try her hand at getting revenge, now targeting Sally and many other human girls...]]
* Ranamon from ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' is considered the most beautiful Wo''Mon'' in the Digital World, having fan clubs across the land.
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', the trope likely applies to Yukino Yukinoshita. In the LN chapter 1, Hachiman describes her as having "unparalleled looks" and "the school's number 1 beauty." Although in the anime episode 2, Yui Yuigahama describes Yukino as "really cool" but Yumiko Miura as "gorgeous." But Yui has a tempting reason to lie in that situation. Well at least to Hachiman it's true - much to his annoyance.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', ArchangelGabriel is a woman, and has the title "The Most Beautiful Woman in Heaven". It takes a very long time for her to show up in person, but when she does, she turns everybody's heads.
* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', Yuri's reputation as an exotic beauty (her being a Japanese girl in a Middle Eastern ancient land, coupled with doing enough extraordinary things that people mistaken her for the war goddess Ishtar) cause plenty of people to believe her to be this. Really, while Yuri ''is'' very cute (and was seen as very pretty in Japan itself), she isn't actually considered the most beautiful woman ever to people who actually see her. In fact, [[{{bifauxnen}} she's often mistaken for a boy]].
* In ''Anime/FatePrototype'', Gilgamesh falls in LoveAtFirstSight with Ayaka Sajyou, and declares her the most beautiful woman in the world, much more beautiful than all the women in his old kingdom of Uruk.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dongfang Xiong ("Heartblade") in the Hong Kong series ''WeaponsOfTheGods''.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'':
** In an issue of from the 1970s, Hal Jordan found the most beautiful woman in the universe on another planet. His friend ComicBook/GreenArrow, who was also there, however, refused to look at her face, claiming that it would spoil the sight of every other woman for him. (Note that Jordan wasn't affected that way. Also, the character's face is [[TheUnreveal never shown to the reader]].)
** [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Bleez]] of the Red Lanterns was considered the most beautiful woman of seven systems. Unfortunately, this led to her [[SoBeautifulItsACurse getting abducted and raped]] by members of the Sinestro Corps. She now wears a mask.
* Franchise/WonderWoman is canonically supposed to be this in Franchise/TheDCU, having been blessed at birth by the goddess Aphrodite.
* In the ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' comics, there is a character who appears as the most perfect woman to anyone who sees her. The only man who sees her as she really is the man who loves her.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' has Nada, who is so beautiful that there isn't a single mortal who is worthy of her. Unfortunately, this attracts Desire's attention, and we all know how he likes to mess with Dream...
* In the last ''Comicbook/ScottPilgrim'' book, Envy is shown to have gained 999 points in bust, hips and waist, making her the perfect woman. Naturally, everyone starts looking at her direction.
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' takes a jab at the trope, with Snow White mentioning how many of the women there were 'fairest in the land'.
* ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' has Amora ComicBook/TheEnchantress, who is sought after by practically every male in Asgard, even Odin and ''Loki'' at times, and she sometimes gets kidnapped as her beauty makes her highly prized even to males of ''other species'' like the Frost Giants. If she goes [[VillainsOutShopping shopping]] on Earth, the employees will often scramble to help her and let her take stuff without paying. She's also a VainSorceress who hates the fact that her beauty is not enough to get Thor to fall for her, and she often gets murderously jealous of female superheroes or the girlfriends of male ones, perceiving them as rivals.
* In Dynamite comics ''Dawn/Vampirella'' crossover, ''Comicbook/{{Vampirella}}'' shares this title with the goddess [[BadGirlComic Dawn]], the demon Masodik kidnaps the two because they're the [[UpToEleven two most beautiful women in all the worlds]].

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* The title character in the Bukovinan fairy tale "[[http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/yellow28.htm The Flower Queen's Daughter]]".
-->''And she disappeared into her hut, but returned very soon and said, 'You are a mighty Prince, but at the same time you have a kind heart, which deserves to be rewarded. Would you like to have the most beautiful woman in the world for your wife?'\\
'Most certainly I would,' replied the Prince.\\
So the old woman continued, 'The most beautiful woman in the whole world is the daughter of the Queen of the Flowers, who has been captured by a dragon.''
* Literature/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}, proclaimed to be "the fairest of them all", deposing her stepmother from the title.
* Princess Toutebelle from ''The Yellow Dwarf'' is described as having beauty "extraordinary and divine rather than mortal" and is basically treated like a goddess by not just her court, ''but by the entire world''. To make things worse, she happens to be a RoyalBrat who rejects ''twenty kings'' for not being good enough for her. And to top it all off, [[MeaningfulName her name means "all-beautiful" in French]]. Her haughtiness leads her to her doom later in the story.
* Princess Kriemhild from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}''. Her beauty is sufficient that Siegfried is not only willing to fight in battles for her favor, but willing to deceive a queen and involve himself in plots that he likely would never take part in otherwise. This is the basis of his tragic flaw, and of her upcoming revenge.
* Kaguya of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tale_of_the_Bamboo_Cutter The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter]]'', who every man in Japan wanted to marry even without knowing she was princess of the Moon.
* ''Literature/YehShen'': In this ancient Chinese tale, part of the same body of RagsToRoyalty stories that includes ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'', the title character goes to a festival (the Spring Festival) and is courted by the King, who is enchanted by her ravishing beauty, so much so that he tells her, "You are the most beautiful creature on earth." He later marries her (at the end of the story) and they live happily ever after.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Xanna's (aka the Kyuubi) human form in the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/1/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'' series is regarded by multiple characters to be the most beautiful woman they've ever seen, especially after she attains godhood. Of course, it helps that she ''[[VoluntaryShapeshifting designed]]'' her body to be so stunning.
* ''Fanfic/GodSlayingBladeWorks'': In Shirou Emiya's personal opinion, Rider is the most beautiful woman in ''Fate/Stay Night'' while Tiamat is the most beautiful woman in ''Campione''. Godou later comments that Tiamat is even more beautiful than Venus, because Venus is a girl, while Tiamat is a ''woman''.
* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'':
** Cinder Fall comments she heard stories of how Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou were considered the most beautiful girls in the kingdom of Apocrypha, once upon a time.
** In the present, Nero Claudius, Tamamo no Mae, and Elizabeth Bathory bicker about which of them deserve the title.

* In ''Film/TheBucketList'', Jack Nicholson's character wants to kiss the world's most beautiful woman before he dies, which he plans to do by kissing a lot of women. [[spoiler: It's sweetly subverted when he reunites with his estranged daughter and discovers that he has a granddaughter, whom he kisses on the cheek, and crosses that part off the list.]]
* Princess Tamina in ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime ''. Her looks are widely known and when the Persian army first sees her all the men rather hilariously go "OOOOOOOOOOHH!!!!" as if they have never seen a woman before. Ironically once she is out and about outside her palace no one else reacts like this throughout the rest of the film.
* In ''Film/RedCliff'', Xiao Qiao is claimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world. It's even suggested that [[spoiler:[[BigBad Cao Cao]] is only fighting the war because he's obsessed with her. Which she manages to use to her advantage by [[GuileHero making tea for him at a crucial moment, thus delaying his attack and allowing her husband to win the upcoming battle]]]].

* ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' said that at age 18 Buttercup was the most beautiful woman in the world for the last 100 years. It had earlier listed who was the most beautiful woman in the world when Buttercup was born and when she was 10 and 15 years old. The book details what caused Buttercup's predecessors to lose the "Most Beautiful" title (the culprits included an abundance of chocolate, a skin disease, and, best of all, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy worrying too much about losing said beauty]]).
* The final ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' by Creator/TamoraPierce has Kalasin, before she committed suicide. Her daughter Thayet "the Peerless" inherited the beauty, and is considered to be the most beautiful woman in Tortall.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/HartsHope''. The Flower Princess, because she will never lie.
* [[Literature/{{Barsoom}} Dejah Thoris]] was the most beautiful woman on ''two'' worlds.
* Literature/{{Discworld}}, with its enthusiasm at skewering myth, legend, and fantasy tropes, naturally had a go at this one.
** Juliet Stollop/Jewels in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' is a straight example, as well as a textbook case of a BrainlessBeauty.
** Sacharissa Cripslock of ''Discworld/TheTruth'' had a face that combined features that would have considered astonishingly beautiful by roughly a dozen different, mutually-incompatible time periods and cultures, meaning that she tended to just average out as 'quite attractive' by modern standards.
** Myria [=LeJean=]/Unity from ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' was a deliberate attempt at this by creatures who didn't get the UncannyValley as a concept, and didn't understand that making a living painting with the imperfections erased would be more creepy than beautiful.
* Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth: Lúthien Tinúviel is "the fairest of all the Children of Ilúvatar" to ever live (''Literature/TheSilmarillion''). At the time of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', her similar-looking great-great-granddaughter Arwen Undómiel is considered to be the fairest by many, although Gimli favored her grandmother the [[TheHighQueen Lady Galadriel]], who Tolkien confusingly also described as being "the mightiest and ''fairest'' of all the Elves that remained in Middle-earth".
* Angelica, daughter of the king of Cathay, in Boiardo's ''Orlando Innamorato'', Ariosto's ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', and other works by based on the Carolingian cycle by various authors.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the elven princess Laurana is repeatedly described as being the most beautiful woman on all the world of Krynn.
* Somehow manages to be gender-inverted in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', in which [[TheAce the Duke of Buckingham]] is apparently rightly considered the most handsome man in either France or England.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Lucy comes across a magic spell in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' that could make her this trope. She doesn't go through with it - not because she didn't want to, but because Aslan's face appeared in the book and stopped her. Her sister, Queen Susan, was said to be the most beautiful woman in Narnia, possibly ever. (This was in fact the reason that Lucy wanted to do the spell in the first place; the comparisons were getting to her.)
** Queen Swanwhite, who governed Narnia before the White Witch appeared, was said to have been so pretty that whenever she looked into a pond, said pond would reflect her face for ''a year and a day''.
** Speaking of the White Witch, she was said to be the most gorgeous woman that Diggory [[spoiler: (young Professor Kirke)]] and Uncle Andrew had seen. (And of course, [[TerritorialSmurfette Polly thought she was nothing special]]). [[spoiler: That is, until she ate a certain forbidden fruit and her eerie paleness made her still very beautiful, but terribly creepy.)]]
** Ramandu's daughter in ''Dawn Treader'' [[note]]([[NoNameGiven unnamed]] in the book, called Lilliandil in the movie)[[/note]] is a half-Star young woman said to be really gorgeous; Caspian, the Pevensies and Eustace thought that they had not "truly seen beauty" until they met her. [[spoiler: And the epilogue mentions that she ultimately married Caspian.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Cersei Lannister has been called spectacularly beautiful since her youth, but age, motherhood, and alcohol are beginning to take their toll on her beauty by the fourth book. When she was young, she received a prophecy that a more beautiful queen would overthrow her. The books have dropped hints towards three contenders: [[spoiler:Sansa Stark, whose gorgeous mom says that she will grow even more beautiful than her]], [[spoiler:Margaery Tyrell, who is described as pretty by every POV that interacts with her]], and Daenerys Targaryen, whose reputed beauty is remarked upon even half a world away.
** Several of Daenerys followers consider her to qualify as this. In the fifth book one character explicitly calls her the most beautiful woman in the world
** Historically, Queen Sharra Arryn, Shiera Seastar and Ashara Dayne have been called this.
** Played with in regards to Lyanna Stark. While it's generally accepted that Lyanna was really beautiful, the ones to believe her beauty extraordinary are Robert (her fiancé) and Eddard (her brother). Some characters, including Kevan and Cersei Lannister, believe that if Rhaegar had married Cersei instead, he wouldn't have looked twice at Lyanna - although admittedly, they're pretty biased and resentful about the whole affair since Rhaegar did not deign to look twice at Cersei and chose another woman over her twice. (Particularly Cersei.)
* Lanfear from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is often called this. It really says something about her personality that she can canonically be The World's Most Beautiful Woman and ''still'' can't get the man she wants. On the bright side, she doesn't have to worry about being kidnapped or the like, as she's also [[WorldsStrongestMan the world's most]] ''[[TheArchmage powerful]]'' woman....
* [[LadyOfWar Kae]][[RavenHairIvorySkin de]] from the ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'' series.
* [[LadyOfWar Kahlan Amnell]] of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, particularly according to [[TheHero Richard Rahl]]. The second book in the series introduces Merissa and Nicci, whom are stated by some characters (including Kahlan herself!) to be even more beautiful.
* The title of "most beautiful woman of her generation" runs in the Kaftan family in ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' for three generations: Niobe, Orb, and Orlene.
** Niobe is the only one described this way, the others only come close, Blanche on the other hand is called this.
* Melisande Shahrizai in the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series is lauded to be the world's most beautiful woman. Even by her compatriots, who are descendants of angels and universally beautiful. Phedre waxes a lot of poetic about Melisande's beauty, even more than usually.
* In Leo Tolstoy's ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', Hélène Vasilyevna Kuragina is the most beautiful woman in the world. In a subversion of the BeautyEqualsGoodness trope, she is notably depraved and evil.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} by Creator/NeilGaiman in "Keepsakes And Treasures" with the Shahinai, [[spoiler:a tribe of crones whose legendary "treasure" is not an item, but the world's most beautiful person... Who also happens to be a young man. Unfortunately, [[IllGirl he is extremely fragile]], and [[KillTheCutie dies within months]] of leaving the GildedCage his tribe made for him]].
* In the Chinese retelling of "Literature/{{Cinderella}}" ''Bound'' by Donna Jo Napoli, where main character [[SheCleansUpNicely Xing Xing]] went to the annual festival. After leaving behind a golden shoe, the shoe was sold to rich man to rich man, until finally only the prince was able to buy it. As the price of the shoe went up, so did reports of the owner's beauty. It wasn't before long she was claimed the most beautiful woman in the empire.
* ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'' has both Raederle of An, categorised with amusing specificity as 'the second most beautiful woman in the Three Portions of An', and her (never-seen) friend Mara Croeg, who is more beautiful than Raederle.
* Nikki Howard in the ''Literature/AirheadSeries'' novels. In addition to her natural beauty, a lot is also chalked up to her taking great care of her body and features along with having great charisma to carry herself with.
* In Megan Whalen Turner's ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, Attolia is said to be extremely beautiful. Interestingly enough, she is not known for her beauty so much as her intellect and ruthlessness (bordering on [[EvilisSexy cruelty]]) but she rarely seems to use this to her advantage.
* Joelle van Dyne is called this by at least two characters in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''Literature/InfiniteJest'' (one calls her the [[FunWithAcronyms Prettiest Girl Of All Time]]), at least until [[spoiler:the accident that leads her to cover her face with a veil. Or perhaps not]]. In any case, [[spoiler:her beauty is key to why the titular Entertainment [[BrownNote literally makes the viewer lose the will to live]]]].
* In the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, China Sorrows is described as the most beautiful woman in the world. Not just because she's beautiful, but also because magic makes people fall in love with her on sight.
* In a subversion, Bunny enters a cross-dimensional beauty contest in the Literature/MythAdventures story "Myth Congeniality". As the dimensions are home to a ''lot'' of non-humanoid races, most of the finalists for Multiverse's Most Beautiful Female aren't even bipedal, let alone attractive by human standards.
* This is a transferable power in ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'', linked to a magical talisman, and intended to be used to fight evil. Unfortunately, the talisman in question is quite [[ClingyMacguffin clingy]]. The current owner constantly wears a burqa, and it only partly helps, since her voice is incredibly beautiful too. (Interestingly, the talisman also gives her HealingHands.)
* Played with in Snow White retelling ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow''. Arpazia is more interested in her lost youth, which she believes Coira represents. But she does want to be beautiful i.e. find the girlhood that was stolen from her.
* Remedios "the Beauty" Buendia in ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''. She also [[InnocentFanserviceGirl goes everywhere naked]] because she sees [[{{Manchild}} no reason not to]]. [[SoBeautifulItsACurse It doesn't end well.]]
* Gender flipped in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice''. Jerin's among the most beautiful men alive, and whenever he's not in a fortified structure he's aware of the constant threat posed by women who might abduct and rape him. [[spoiler: When he actually ''is'' abducted, it's largely political due to his RoyalBlood.]]
* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', one of the myths relevant to the plot is that of Jade Pearl, a girl who was described as being so beautiful that the Star Shepherd fell in love with her and was made a goddess later on. [[spoiler:Beautifully subverted later on when it's revealed that Jade Pearl has been HiddenInPlainSight as Lotus Cloud who's explicitly described as homely in appearance with her major attractions being a dazzling smile and an effervescent personality.]]
* In ''Literature/EvaLuna'', Eva's roommate and CoolBigSis is an actress and show-woman named Mimi. She's so gorgeous, talented and charismatic that she's regarded to as the prettiest woman in the whole country. [[spoiler: Played With very interestingly: Mimi is actually a {{Transgender}} woman named Melecio, and she and Eva were friends several years ago.]]
* Similarly, in ''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits'' a [[{{Ojou}} rich young woman]] named Rosa del Valle is considered to be unnaturally and incredibly beautiful, if [[CloudCuckooLander kinda off]] and [[AttractivenessIsolation feared by men due to her beauty.]] [[spoiler: For worse, she dies before hitting her twenties.]]
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', the Royal Family of Amber are generally so much better than anyone else in the universe. Because Florimel is the most beautiful woman in the Royal family, she is the most beautiful woman in the universe.
* Vida in Creator/RichardBrautigan's ''The Abortion'' is the perfect American piece of ass. "She was developed in the most extreme of Western men's desire in this century for women to look: the large breasts, the tiny waist, the large hips, the long ''Playboy''-furniture legs." Aside from the fact that [[SoBeautifulItsACurse it has caused several deaths]], she hates it and feels it is not her. She wanted to be a ballerina.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Princess Alassa is said to be the vision of physical perfection. In fact it is later revealed [[spoiler: that she has been magically/genetically modified to ensure that she would be born perfect and this has had unexpected complications on her reproductive system, possibly leaving her barren]].
* Lady Hish Tulla in the ''Literature/KharkanasTrilogy''. She is so beautiful and ephemeral that even WarriorPrince Anomander Rake considers himself not good enough, and even those at court don't have the guts to denounce her in any way.
* ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn:'' Not explicitly stated, but when the unicorn, the most beautiful creature in the world [[HumanityEnsues becomes human]] this seems to be the result. It's worth noting however, that as [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody she becomes more human]] she stays beautiful, but the mystical quality of her beauty fades away.
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'':
** Irene of Morea is a scion of an imperial family that for generations picked and married most beautiful people as their consorts, and as a result is one of the most beautiful people in the story, to the point that even when he knows she'll try to double-cross him, the Red Knight is still attracted to her.
** Irene's father is a [[GenderInvertedTrope Rare Male Example]], for pretty much the same reason she is.
** Queen Desiderata is outright stated, both by characters and in narration, to be the most beautiful woman in Alba, and pretty much everybody in the court is smitten with her.
* In ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'', one of the CircusOfFear's advertised attractions is "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World!" displayed inside an ice block. It's implied that the woman's appearance actually changes [[YourHeartsDesire based on what the viewer finds the most attractive]] as a salesman who sees her thinks that she resembles all the women who captivated him in his youth and feels that he somehow knows the exact color of her eyes, [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane but never confirmed]].
* ''Literature/TheMirrorOfHelen'' has Helen of Troy herself, the Ur-example of this trope.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Tyene Sand poisons Bronn and won't give him the antidote unless he declares her the most beautiful girl in the world. Since he doesn't want to die, he obliges, and gets the antidote. Later, while saying their goodbyes and flirting, he calls her this again.
** Cersei Lannister, which is lampshaded by Euron Greyjoy, though he's laying it on thick and she is not his first choice.
--> '''Euron:''' Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to grow up and marry the most beautiful woman in the world.
** Daenerys Targaryen. Out of the thousands of brides the mighty Khal Drogo could have selected as a tribute from the Nine Free Cities; he chooses the Targaryen Princess to be his Khaleesi. Doreah even makes an oblique comparison to Dany and and a famous Lysene sex goddess, Irogenia and the lengths that men might go to obtain her. It's not helped by the fact that it's heavily implied that Ser Jorah Mormont switches to her side primarily because of his attraction to her and later, Daario Naharis does much the same; willing to kill his own fellow captains to serve her because he was entranced by her pulchritude. Xaro offers her marriage at his reception, their ''second'' meeting mind you and Euron Greyjoy would build "the greatest armada the world has ever seen" to offer her as a wedding gift. He even implies that his goal is still to marry the "most beautiful woman in the world" when he's trying to schmooze up to Cersei... Finally, both Jon Snow and Davos Seaworth are so overawed by her presence that they become speechless and intimidated.
* ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse'': Miss Yvonne, who (as we were told OncePerEpisode) was The Most Beautiful Woman In All Of Puppetland. The slightly more adult-oriented Pee Wee Herman stage shows played with this trope, where her persona had much darker undertones.
* ''Series/MythQuest'' depicts the story of Blodeuwedd, crafted by the wizards Gwydion and Math to be the most beautiful woman in the world. After Cleo takes her place, she learns a valuable lesson about why this is not a desirable attribute.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' - Mister Neutron (Graham Chapman), the most powerful being in the universe, while taking over the world and falling in love with Mrs. S-C-U-M (Terry Jones as a drab housewife), transforms her into 'the most beautiful woman in the world' - Terry Jones as a somewhat better-dressed housewife.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' parodies this trope at a wedding reception. After Robert Webb says his new bride is the most beautiful woman in the world, David Mitchell (as the best man) points out in his toast that she is ''obviously'' not the most beautiful woman in the world. True as that may be, it doesn't go over very well with the guests.
-->'''Best man:''' Look, if the most beautiful woman in the world was getting married, that would be big news. The papers would be here. There would have been champagne, not Prosecco.
* In ''Series/{{Turn}}'', Peggy Shippen is talked about in these terms multiple times. Major Andre calls her "the most beautiful woman in America," her older sister Betsy calls her "the most beautiful woman in the colonies", and after a lovemaking session, Benedict Arnold (her future husband) tells her, "You really are the most beautiful woman in England and the colonies."
* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Unlike the ComicBooks this version of Wonder Woman isn't gifted by Aphrodite to specifically make her the most beautiful woman in the world, but she is portrayed by [[Creator/LyndaCarter Lynda Carter]] who represented the United States in [[BeautyContest the Miss World pageant]] and can make a serious claim to that title.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* In Literature/TheBible:
** An empire-wide beauty contest found Esther to be the most beautiful woman in the Persian Empire, which was a pretty good chunk of the known world at the time. Her prize was [[ArrangedMarriage marrying]] the king and [[GuileHero using said marriage and her smarts]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to save the Jewish people]] [[PluckyGirl singlehandedly.]]
** In the Literature/BookOfJob, Job's fourth, fifth and sixth daughters (Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch) are said to be the most beautiful women in all the land. How gorgeous were they? First, they're three of maybe a dozen people whose looks the Bible even ''mentions''. Second, their names were recorded. Their brothers' ''weren't''.
** The Blessed Virgin Mary is a more innocent example of this to Catholics, being the personification of IncorruptiblePurePureness and the highest model of virtue (after Jesus). Notably, her looks are not even mentioned casually in the actual Biblical text.
** In Jewish tradition Sarah was the most beautiful woman ever, to the point where the midrash says others are like monkeys compared to her; she is also said to have retained her beauty even [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave until old age.]] The three next contenders were Abigail (one of David's wives), Rahab (the [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold prostitute who helped the Israelites]]) and Esther (see above).
** In Islamic tradition, Rachel wife of Jacob was the most beautiful woman and her son Joseph was the most handsome man. It's even said that both of them had half the beauty that God gave to mankind.
** Adam and Eve are sometimes said to have been the most physically-attractive humans, having been created ''directly'' by {{God}}, in a state of total and absolute grace (until their fall from it).
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish Mythology]], Deirdre was prophesied to be the most beautiful woman in the world, though Grainne has also been given the title by virtue of Deirdre being long dead by then. Irish mythology is also something of an outlier in that it also insists on naming the most beautiful man with a surprising frequency (Ciabhan, Cu Chulainn, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, and Fionn mac Cumhaill all being named such at one point or another).
* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Welsh Mythology]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blodeuwedd Blodeuwedd]] is described as the most beautiful woman in the world, and was made by magicians from flowers so that the hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes could have a wife, since he was cursed never to have a human one. Her name means "[[FloralThemeNaming flower-face]]".
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, this title tends to get handed out a lot with the heroine of just about any given myth being described as [[TheWorfEffect "more beautiful than Aphrodite"]]. This tends to be an easy way to get in trouble, because beauty is Aphrodite's domain and BlasphemousBoast as such will incur her wrath, but she's also been known to not get angry at some more beautiful women, because there's no boast.
** [[Literature/TheIliad Helen of Troy]], specifically described by Aphrodite as "the most beautiful of mortal women". "The face that launched a thousand warships" is how she's remembered. This one was in fact endorsed by Aphrodite as she used her to win Paris' favor.
*** Beauty is, in fact, measured in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_(unit) "helens"]]. One millihelen is "the amount of beauty needed to launch one ship".
** Before Helen, there was Alcmene, mother of Herakles, said to be a match for ''Aphrodite herself'' in beauty. Fortunately no one boasted Alcmene's features, so Aphrodite let her be (or she thought that Hera's wrath would be enough).
** Psyche, who was so beautiful people began to worship her instead of the goddess of beauty. Naturally, this made Aphrodite very angry, seeing that it's a hubris against her domain, and she sent her son Eros, the god of love, to make Psyche fall in love with something horrible. Upon seeing her, Eros fell head over heels and married her. That's right. Psyche was so beautiful the god of love himself fell for her.
** Not exactly to Aphrodite, but Cassiopeia boasted that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, themselves were high class beauties. Their father's superior/friend, Poseidon, [[SeriousBusiness took it way too seriously]] (or being persuaded by the Nereids themselves) and demanded that Andromeda be sacrificed to his sea serpent, [[DisproportionateRetribution or else their city drowns.]] Good thing that Athena's ''very'' badass protegé Perseus saw this and decided to step in, [[RescueRomance saving Andromeda and gaining her affection as well.]]
** The start of UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar traces back to a competition over who was the most beautiful goddess on Olympus - Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite. Of course, all three of them tried to cheat, so the contest was really about who could offer Paris the most tempting bribe.
** A variation of the Medusa's mythology was that {{Medusa}} slept with Hephaestus (not Poseidon) and made a boast that she's more beautiful than Aphrodite. [[TooDumbToLive You can just guess what happens]].
** Surprisingly and ironically, it turned out that Aphrodite wasn't considered to be the most beautiful goddess to the Ancient Greeks. If anything according to the hymns, that honor goes to ''Hera'' as she was often refereed as the "greatest beauty among immortals/goddesses/deathless beings/etc".
* This title is frequently given to Guinevere in the Myth/KingArthur legends. The TabletopRPG ''Pendragon'' gives her an Appearance score of [[BrokeTheRatingScale 30 on a nominally 3-18 scale.]]
* In ''Erec and Enide'' by Creator/ChretienDeTroyes, Enide is described in this fashion. And unlike Guinevere, she isn't just beautiful, but is also described as impeccably virtuous.
* The Caucasian Myth/NartSagas have Setenaya, who is said to have unparalleled beauty; naturally, she is the object of many men's desires.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After posing nude for a phone company in South Korea, Wrestling/GailKim went into United Wrestling Federation and Wrestling/{{TNA}} events demanding to be announced as "The most beautiful woman in professional wrestling."
* Though never outright stated, WWE was clearly billing Wrestling/KellyKelly as this due to her being the company's number one MsFanservice and having the commentators (particularly Wrestling/JerryLawler) constantly talk about how hot she was night after night.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', female Fairest are very often contenders for this title. There's a ''reason'' their Seeming is so named. That said, while all of the Fairest are incredibly beautiful, it's not uncommon for them to be unconventionally beautiful or have looks that are physically impossible for mortal women to have. While beautiful, seeing a woman who is, for example, a living embodiment of a rainbow or of the beauty of a wild beast [[UncannyValley may not appeal so much to humans]].
* [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Sand_Gambler Sand Gambler]] in ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' is a gender swap; a poll in ''Master Guide 2'' named him the hunkiest male monster in the game. (Of course, the poll was a fictitious one where female monsters were surveyed.)
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' game, Tatyana is this to Strahd, to the point that he wants nobody else, despite attempts at trying to find a substitute. His desire to have her caused him to make a DealWithTheDevil, resulting in him becoming a vampire and the Darklord of Barovia, in effect, creating the whole setting.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* WordOfGod claims that [[AnimeChineseGirl Chun-Li]] is the most beautiful woman in the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series.
* Daniella from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' can be seen as an example of this trope, especially once it is revealed that [[spoiler:she was created to be "the perfect woman."]]
* Several of Emelone's victory titles in ''VideoGame/YggdraUnison'' claim that she's the most beautiful woman in the world.
* Milotic of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', as described in the Pokédex. The Pokémon Diancie is also described as the loveliest sight in the world.
* In the Warriors series:
** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' has Diao Chan, who is noted as being one of the "Four Great Beauties of China". In the 7th installment, she even has a stage facing off against other female characters (and [[CampGay Zhang He]]) in a battle royale for said title.
** ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' follows suit by giving a few of the female characters dream stages revolved around this concept.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', Roy refers to Princess Guinevere [[spoiler: (aka the newly crowned Queen Guinevere of Bern)]] as this, and sounds almost like a starstruck schoolboy while at it.
-->'''Roy''': "She must be beautiful beyond words. Even when I first saw her, I couldn't believe that such a beautiful woman could exist."
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Tharja's roster bio in the Japanese version identifies her as the woman with the nicest body in Chrom's army (the North American version instead says she's the one with the darkest thoughts). Her RavenHairIvorySkin-like attractiveness is mentioned in talks with people of both genders, [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl sometimes to her annoyance]]; i.e. Nowi points out how she has either [[GagBoobs huge "boingy bits"]] (Japanese and NA version) or "gorgeous silky hair" (in the {{bowdleri|se}}zed European version), Cordelia is kiiiiiinda fixated in her figure [[ACupAngst and her own lack of boobage]], Gaius straight-up says that her "bad girl" appeal is pretty attractive for a guy like him...
** Tharja's {{Expy}} [[spoiler: and possibly her reincarnation or past life (it's not clear which)]] Rhajat in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is much the same as her physically speaking, being described as having the nicest thighs in the army (and also has the darkest thoughts in North America). Many of her supports have comments on her beauty, [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl also much to her annoyance]] (she once threatened to curse a shopkeeper that kept saying flattering things about her and ''did'' curse her prospect {{Love Interest|s}} Shiro when [[SayingTooMuch he made one too many insensitive comments over her looks]]). And, much like Tharja, people of both genders can be attracted to her. [[spoiler: In fact, she's the [[GayOption Bi Option]] for the Female Avatar.]]
** In the backstory of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', the Mila priestess Lady Liprica was considered the most beautiful woman in the kingdom of Zofia. [[SoBeautifulItsACurse Sadly]], the JerkAss [[TheCaligula King Lima IV]] took note of it and [[AndNowyouMustMarryMe forced Liprica to become his]] HotConsort. [[spoiler: She was the MissingMom of Princess Anthiese... aka Celica.]]
*** In the game itself, [[AristocratsAreEvil Berkut's]] girlfriend [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rinea]] is not only his MoralityPet, but is considered as the most beautiful woman in Rigel.
* Princess Medea of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' is mentioned to be the fairest princess in the world. A tourist guide even says getting to see Medea is worth the trip to Trodain. Unfortunately, for most of the game she has a face like a horse. [[BalefulPolymorph Literally]].
* In combination of World's Most Beautiful Woman and ReallyGetsAround, you've got [[VideoGame/{{Elona}} Shena The Draw]], who the townspeople in Vernis frequently comment 'Everyone loves Shena's ass.'
** In a bit of GameplayAndStorySegregation, Shena's Charisma is 44, which is decently high, but there are other [=NPCs=] with higher, including ironically, the creepy gravedigger, who also lives in Vernis, 'Whom Dwell In Vanity' whose Charisma is 146.
* Rosa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is referred to as the most beautiful woman in the kingdom of Baron.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
** Banjo's sister Tooty is referred to as the fairest in the land, which causes the entire plot of the game; the hideous and jealous witch Gruntilda kidnaps her, planning to use a machine to steal Tooty's beauty.
** In the bad ending of the game, Grunty succeeds in stealing her beauty and becomes the new fairest in the land, and Tooty left as the hideous one.
* Francesca Findabair is widely considered to be the worlds most beautiful woman in Franchise/TheWitcher universe. Triss Merigold, Geralt's [[TheLancer Lancer]] and {{Love Interest|s}}, is also a strong contender. In the first game she's openly called this by an admiring party guest, and through the second game she catches the eye of [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Zoltan]], [[OurElvesAreBetter Cedric]], [[LesYay Phillipa Eilhart]], [[AbhorrentAdmirer and a troll]].

* Camille ''was'' ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'''s world's most beautiful woman, until she was eaten by a crocodile. ([[http://oglaf.com/notches/ Technically then]], [[InsaneTrollLogic that crocodile is the world's most beautiful woman.]] Until they hold the competition again next year.) Link is SFW, by the way.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* It's noted in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' that [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal Dodoria]]]] was once considered the most beautiful-and fertile-woman on her planet. Before Frieza blew it up.
* Fey of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is not only this, but has a faerie {{Glamour}} that makes her seem even sexier. Even gay guys and straight women often feel attraction for her. As a queen of [[TheFairFolk Faerie]], she has even more going for her than that.
* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', the radio host cannot mention [[HotScientist Carlos]] without breathlessly describing how incredibly handsome he is. We know that it's not just [[UnreliableNarrator the host]] that Carlos effects this way, as the barber who dared to cut Carlos' "beautiful, perfect hair" "so very, very short" is later found wandering the desert wastes, gibbering, clutching Carlos' shorn locks, and attempting to shave cacti.
*** Although, to be fair, Cecil and Carlos [[spoiler:are HappilyMarried as of episode 100]]. Cecil's [[UnreliableNarrator pretty biased.]]
** Speaking of cacti, Night Vale's third most beautiful woman lived up one until a mysterious traveler convinced her to come down and marry him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* According to the song "Topsy-Turvy" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Esmeralda is "The finest girl in France."
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', [[spoiler:Leela]] is the most beautiful mutant, ever. Of course, mutants being mutants, it means she is simply mildly attractive rather than hideous.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'' features a salesman who wears a bag on his head, as does the rest of his family. When the bag is removed people stand in awe at his face, with an EtherealChoir even chiming in to describe him as "the most beautiful man in the world." People instantly will do anything to please him, including buying his wares, but he puts his bag on and sadly moves away, wanting people to do so without knowing what he looks like.
* Lana from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is basically this. Not only are women and gay men are willing to have sex with her, she was chosen specifically, out of all the women on Earth, to be the "brood sow" for colonizing Mars in the "Space Race" two-parter. Commander Drake chose Lana because he considers her the perfect female specimen based on her morphology, I.Q. and medical history. That's flattering... ish. This is also somewhat subverted as Lana's supposedly huge, mannish hands as well as her other not so feminine qualities are frequently pointed out.
* Lampshaded, naturally, in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' in their "Fractured Fairy Tale" spots. In one, "Snow White Inc", the magic mirror informs the wicked queen several times that "Snow White is the fairest", but ultimately announces that the queen is the most beautiful. When the queen asks why he called Snow White the fairest, the mirror answers, [[ExactWords "She never lies, cheats or steals. What could be fairer than that?"]]
* Rowena is referred to as the "Most beautiful woman in England" by AbhorrentAdmirer and fiancé by ArrangedMarriage Prince John in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Spike sometimes proclaims Rarity as the most beautiful mare in the world. Of course, he's biased because he has a crush on her.
** In "Campfire Tales", Rarity tells a story about Mistmane, who was considered the most beautiful Unicorn in the land. She eventually used her magic to sacrifice her beauty to restore the land and her friend Sable Spirit to health, turning into a crone, but she was well respected for the deed.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A number of women in ancient times, including Nefertiti of Egypt and Roxana, the first wife of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat. Two inspirations for Aphrodite/Venus are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phryne Phryne]], a famous courtesan, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaspe Campaspe]], reportedly a mistress of the aforementioned Alexander the Great.
* Various women in modern times are proclaimed this by one person, group or magazine poll or another. The yearly contests for Miss World/Miss Universe and so on are somewhat based on this principle, but the girls are not only chosen for their good looks, but also for their personalities. The one who wins is not necessarily the most beautiful one there, or even any more beautiful than the previous winner.
** Subverted in modern times for beauty has become much more widespread even compared to an age just 2 generations back, not just in the upper class, but even in people who practice dirty jobs. Not only due to cosmetics or surgery, but rather due to better nutrition, better education (which allows people to choose what is best for their health) and progressive elimination of chronic disease from society. Nowadays one has much more chances to die suddenly in an accident than wither under an inoperable cancer, MDR tuberculosis or liver cirrhosis.
* Cleopatra, depending on who says it. She's constantly depicted as the World's Most Beautiful Woman, but in real life, she has been described as rather less so. Cicero himself, upon meeting her, said that "she is not as beautiful as many men have said." However, it should also be noted that Cicero disliked Cleopatra, and he would have gladly called her ugly if she actually was.
-->"She certainly never scared anybody when she was fixed up a bit." - Will Cuppy, ''The Decline & Fall of Practically Everybody''
* In societies with a tradition of a polygamous monarchy, it was common for the King to send recruiting parties composed of trained connoisseurs to find the most beautiful women in his Kingdom for wives. In a large [[TheEmpire Empire]] like Persia or China, the selection was so great that the one that was finally picked as the King's favorite was likely to be almost literally the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
* The already beautiful [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisabeth_of_Bavaria Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary aka Sisi]] was widely considered as this in her time. Rather darkly, she kept herself youthful and thin by, among other things, basically starving herself to anorexic levels so she could maintain her tiny waist, and letting her RapunzelHair grow to the point that it took ''hours'' to wash and dry it.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Beauties Four Great Beauties of China]] are claimed to be the most beautiful women in the world during their time. Considering China's ''extremely'' long history, the fact that they are the chosen four is saying a lot. Also, one of them, Diaochan from ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', is speculated to be most likely fictitious (though possibly based on a real person). Their beauty was so great that some of them changed history; as most know, Diaochan played a big part in causing Lu Bu to rebel against Dong Zhou, at least according to the novel.
** Aside from Diaochan, the other three were Xi Shi, Wang Zhaojun and Yang Guifei. A famous poem describes how beautiful each of them were: Xi Shi made fish forget how to swim, Wang Zhaojun made birds drop from the sky, Diaochan eclipsed the moon, and Yang Guifei put all flowers to shame.
** Of the four Great Beauties, Xi Shi was said to have been the most beautiful. On a related note, there is a common joke in the greater Chinese sphere about the [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope that uses Xi Shi's name in a [[PunnyName pun]]: the world's ''ugliest'' woman is said to be Dong Shi[[note]]In Chinese, the word ''xi'' (西) means west, so a woman with the name of the direct opposite ''dong'' (東), meaning east, must be the exact opposite of Xi Shi.[[/note]].
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] with the writer Pan An (潘安), the prospect poet Song Yu (宋玉), the WarriorPrince Lanling (兰陵王) and the IllBoy Wei Jie (卫玠), known as "China's Four Most Handsome Men".
* Up until the Muscovite era, the tsars of Russia used to choose their wives via a nationwide beauty contest. The tsar would give a ring and a handkerchief to the winner. Since XVIII century, they switched to the standard operating procedure of marrying with other royal families.
* UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga's younger sister Oichi had the term ''zessei no bijin'' ("peerless beauty") coined for her, and most influential men of the time apparently sought her hand in marriage. Ironically, Nobunaga thought she was too tall. But to be fair, brothers that appreciate their sisters' beauty are usually quite depraved and prone to BrotherSisterIncest.
** The Heian period poetess [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ono_no_Komachi Ono no Komachi]] was also thought of being very beautiful, as well as [[BookWorm good enough at writing]] to be one of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_best_Waka_poets Rokkasen]]'' or ''Six Best Waka Poets''. So much that, even now, ''komachi'' is a synonym for female beauty in Japan.
* ''PeopleMagazine'' voted Creator/JuliaRoberts "the most beautiful person in the world" a record 4 times, though Creator/MichellePfeiffer has been listed six times, winning once. The cover of their annual "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" has usually been a woman, and for nearly the past decade, said woman--Creator/HalleBerry, Creator/JenniferLopez, Creator/JenniferAniston, etc.-- has in fact been designated, "World's Most Beautiful Woman".
* Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, was described as "the most beautiful creature in the world," and was probably the best-looking of all Henry's wives. That did not stop her husband from divorcing her, however.
** Henry's younger sister Mary, meanwhile, has been regarded by some historians as having probably been the most attractive princess in all of Europe during her teenage years.
** Henry's mother and grandmother, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Woodville (where she was said to have [[WhatBeautifulEyes heavy-lidded eyes of a dragon]], were considered the most beautiful woman in England during their prime.
* British silent film actress, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_Close Ivy Close]], was named this by the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Daily Mirror]]'' in 1908, prior to her launching her film career.
* Gayatri Devi (19192009), the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Devi Maharani of Jaipur]] and a renowned politician who won her parliamentary election by a record-breaking number of votes, was hailed by ''Vogue'' as the world's most beautiful woman.
* Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood actress (and former Miss World) [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-worlds-most-beautiful-woman/ has been called this]] (and [[http://www.hellomagazine.com/celebrities/specials/women03/pagina_1_1.html the most attractive woman of 2003, too]]).
* The actress and inventor Creator/HedyLamarr was often called the most beautiful woman in the world. Particularly in her youth.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] with Omar Borkan Al Gala, a Saudi Arabian man who came to the world's attention in 2013 when he was asked to leave the country because he's too handsome--the Saudi government thought his looks would tempt women into leaving their husbands.