From the past medieval times when India was a fully-fledged male dominant country, India has come a long way. The constitution allows for equality and sensitivity to women’s’ voices and demands, blowing wide open the political array regarding women. The revolution has seen women take over the highest [political offices in the land including the presidency and gubernatorial duties.
Bollywood has gained enough influence to make a global impact, and the actresses are more so than not sole responsible for the female uprising. With an estimated net worth of $5 billion, the Indian media industry has exposed the true beauty of Indian women, especially the ones who made it into mainstream media.
Here are the 10 most beautiful Indian women of 2017.
10. Anushka Shetty
Sweety Shetty, or better yet Anushka Shetty (35), started acting in 2005, making her pro acting debut in the Telugu film ‘Super’. Five successful films later, including most recently ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ (2015), she is now one of the most successful Telugu actresses in India. She is also a model, and a former teacher. She won awards for her performances in Telugu and Tamil films including Filmfare awards, CineMAA awards and Nandi Awards. She is also 2015’s Hyderabad’s Most Desirable woman. She has starred in 42 films to date and four more are scheduled for a 2017 release. She is famed for portraying the skimply dressed super-hot woman sometimes taking the ‘Prostitute’ role.
9. Sonal Chauhan
Fashion model, singer and actor Sonal Chauhan (30) was born and raised in New Delhi, India and is a Philosophy graduate from the Gargi College in New Delhi. Her star shone brightest when she won Miss Tourism back in 2005. She went on to model for Nokia, some pond brands and DishTv. Her first film appearance was in Aap Kaa Surroor when the film’s director spotted her in a restaurant. They exchanged contacts and days later she was a cast on the set. Her modeling career has seen her work for Hero Honda Passion, Hindustan Times, LG and Delhi times.
8. Ameesha Patel
Model and Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel (42) is one pretty woman. The hotshot from the Barrister Rajni family, travelled overseas to study Bio-Genetic Engineering, dropping out to take on Economics at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She made her debut into film in 2000 when she starred in the blockbuster movie ‘Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai’ that went on to become one of the biggest indian films in recent times. Ameesha Patel is a marvel to watch. She is widely regarded by Bollywood fans as one of the hottest and sexiest actresses in India.
7. Asin Thottumkal
Asin (32) is a name synonymous with Bollywood movies, having been very successful in the Indian film industry. She started acting at the age of 15, and went on to feature in roles now acclaimed as ‘’the best yet’’. She received three Filmfare Awards, having made her Bollywood debut in the film ‘Ghajini’ in 2008. She won the Best Female Debut Filmfare award for that role. Since then she went on to feature in over 25 films, all of them widely successful in India. She is also a trained Bharathanatyam dancer. She is famed for portraying the ‘’hot and sexy’’ lady in her films.
6. Sonakshi Sinha
Sonashi Sinha (30) is one of the most admired acting faces in India. Acting is in her blood, being daughter to Indian actors Shatrughan and Poonam. She spent her early years as a costume designer for film and fashion houses. Her Bollywood began when she successfully featured in the film Dabangg, winning a Filmfare award for Best Female Debut. Her fame began to gain traction, acting as the main actor’s love interest in widely successful action-drama movies. Her first Best Female nomination came after she starred in the film ‘Lootera’. She is also a pet lover, and openly advocates for animal safety, and her philanthropy work is centered on the cause.
5. Deepika Padukone
Deepika is one of the richest and highest paid actresses, having been highly successful in her home country India. She is also regarded as one of the most attractive personalities in India, owing to her film work over the years. She is also a former athlete, playing Badminton at national level, having introduced to the sport by her father Prakash Padukone, a pro Badminton player. Her role in the box office hit Cocktail was the beginning of her overwhelmingly successful career. She has won three Filmfare awards for Best Actress. She is also a feminism advocate, with her own column in an Indian newspaper and also takes up roles in stage shows. She also designs her own clothing line, and is founder of the Live Love Laugh Foundation that promotes mental health awareness in India.
4. Anushka Sharma
Actor, producer and model Anushka Sharma is one of the most successful figures in Bollywood. She made her debut into modeling in 2007 for designer Wendell Rodricks, and later moved to Mumbai to become a fulltime model. She later discovered her love for film, featuring in high grossing films such as ‘Shah Rukh Khan’ and ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ earning her one Fimfare and seven Best Actress nominations to date. The crime thriller NH10 marked her production debut in which she also starred. She is very active in social media and is a brand ambassador for several products in India.
3. Aishwarya Rai
Miss World 1994 Aishwayra Rai is one of the most attractive figures in India for several reasons. She is very popular and influential not only in India but internationally. She started modeling in college and took part in Miss India, finishing second. After winning the Miss World crown in 1994, she went on to feature in Vogue and Pepsi commercials. She has, on several occasions been regarded as the most beautiful woman in the world, winning beauty subtitles such as ‘Miss Perfect Ten’, ‘Miss Photogenic’ and ‘Miss Popular’. She is also very smart, having considered careers in architecture and medicine before finally settling on modeling.
2. Katrina Kaif
She is one of the most successful and influential figures in Bollywood, being one of the best paid and most popular media figures in India. The 34 year old was born in Hong Kong and moved around a lot before settling in India. She has starred in several romantic comedies and most notably the terror drama ‘New York’. She has worked with Coca-Cola, Samsung and LG among others, as a model. She prefers to keep her personal life private which has received major media scrutiny over the years. She is also a philanthropist, featuring in stage shows and working with her Mother’s charitable organizations.
1. Dia Mirza
36 year old Dia Mirza is an Indian movie producer, actress and a very successful model. She gained international recognition after winning the Miss Asia Pacific beauty contest title in 2000. Her big break came in 2012 when she starred in the internationally successful film Paanch Adhyay. She is a community worker and activist, spreading Cancer and HIV awareness in India, and also an animal rights advocate. She adopted two cheetahs at the Prince of Wales zoo in Lucknow. She is one of the tree women to complete an international beauty pageant hat-trick for India in 2000. She won the Miss Asia Pacific, Lara Dutta taking the Miss Universe crown and Priyanka Chopra winning the Miss World title that same year.
Indian women are regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, with highly successful models coming from the country. Bollywood has put Indian women on the map, with the media widely supporting their popularity. If you happen to attend or watch an Indian beauty contest, a clear winner will be hard to spot, with all of them being stunningly beautiful. These women have not only made millions by simply being beautiful and very much talented, they have also won millions of their fans’ hearts worldwide.