Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
Clearly, it is a great advantage to be a beautiful woman. The doors open easier in all your paths. You get attention, which is increasingly difficult to obtain today.
Beauty is so desirable that it created a huge industry around it: clothing, shoes, cosmetics, fitness. In other words, much of the beauty can be bought. And largely, beauty is superficial.
Beauty, as appearance, steals the eye. Even the mind. When you see a superb girl, you don’t stand and ask yourself: “Yes, but is she smart?”
If a woman uses her beauty, her other qualities are secondary. Maybe just her artistic talent could prevail. Because talent is evenly matched by physical beauty. They are all part of the same attention game.
There are many prejudices about beautiful women. In some cases, maybe they are correct. But sometimes you happen to find out more about a celebrity and you realize that you got the wrong impression. “The dumb chick” is smarter than you. A lot smarter. Here are some examples…
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Judith Tuvim was born on 21 July 1921. How her name was not exactly an attractive one, she chose one that better represented her nature: Judy Holliday. With this name she became a famous American actress and singer. But you probably only saw her if you like really old movies.
She used to play the dumb blonde. That’s despite having an IQ of 172 1)”Judy Holliday” in Encyclopædia Britannica (intelligence is considered brilliant over 145). It just goes to show that to play the role of a fool you have to be very smart.
She played mainly on stage. One of the shows that had great success was in 1946, “Born Yesterday”. In 1950, it was made into a movie – also staring Judy Holliday in the lead role. She was so appreciated that she received an Oscar and Golden Globe for best actress.
A “dumb” and even more famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. The most famous of all. In fact, she wasn’t a natural blonde. And not at all dumb.
Norma Jeane Mortenson, as she was first called, was born on 1 June 1926. She had a troubled childhood, staying mostly in orphanages. At 16 she was already married. She was employed in a factory. No chance of any studies.
What do you think a beautiful young woman does when she has money problems? She caught a modeling opportunity and took it. In just two years, she appeared in dozens of magazines and became a movie star. She quickly learned to play in movies, sing, and dance. Do you think anyone could do that?
Her sensual interpretations have turned her fairly quickly into a star. The sex symbol of the ’50s.
What always intrigued me is how she came to marry in 1956 with the great writer Arthur Miller. As appealing as she was, he was already a great personality and danced in intellectual circles, he would not be married to a woman who would not have coped. In fact, the press noted that Marilyn was very smart, both from the interviews and from the success she had in conflicts with producers. But the intellectual Marilyn did not present any interest to the press. Even with an IQ estimated at 160-168!
Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader. And not just scenarios. In her personal library there were only the highest quality titles, as could be seen when the 430 books were auctioned 2)”The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?” – article published in Open Culture on October 6, 2014.
I think you began to catch up on how things were in the first half of the twentieth century America: if you were a very smart girl, you didn’t first think about a scientific career, but an artistic one. These girls rarely went to college – even if they did, they preferred the humanistic side.
That’s also how it was with Vera Jayne Palmer. She was born on 19 April 1933. Since childhood, she attended ballet, violin, and piano. She had excellent grades in school, including math 3)”Star’s Legend” by Ernst Havemann, article published in Life magazine, on April 23, 1956.
She became Jayne Mansfield in 1950 by marriage. But she did not dream of anything else than becoming a Hollywood star. She went to all beauty contests, attended acting classes at Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. Finally, she managed to impose herself as a movie actress, becoming an alternative to Marilyn Monroe.
Jayne Mansfield was aware of her stunning looks and was not shy to show it. During her studies, she posed nude for students of fine arts. In February 1955 she became the Playboy Playmate (among the first since the magazine’s launch). In 1963 she had the lead role in “Promises! Promises!” – the first nude appearance of a mainstream celebrity. (Marilyn Monroe could have been the first, but the movie “Something’s Got to Give” was never completed.)
Despite appearances, like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield was a very intelligent woman. She spoke five languages and had an IQ of 163 4)”Here They Are Jayne Mansfield” by Raymond Strait, book published by S.P.I. Books in 1992.
Jill St. John
About Jill St. John you probably don’t remember anything, so I’ll give you a hint: she was Tiffany Case, the partner of James Bond in “Diamonds Are Forever” – the 1971 movie.
She was born on 19 August 1940. Since childhood, she took ballet classes and was part of all sorts of theatrical productions. She finished high school at the age of 14, and at 15 began her higher education at the UCLA’s Extension School.
When she was 16, Jill St. John took an IQ test, and the result was a staggering: 162 5)”Starlet: Biographies, Filmographies, TV Credits and Photos of 54 Famous and Not So Famous Leading Ladies of the Sixties” by Kim R. Holston, book published by McFarland & Company in 1988! So there is no doubt, she was super intelligent. And that helped her succeed in everything she proposed. For example, when she started cooking, she became an authority in the field.
Not quite as famous, but she has her fans. Ellen Muth was born on 6 March 1981. At age 12 she already appeared in an advertisement. She flirted with modeling, but then seriously studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. And you might have seen her in various films and TV series.
Even if she did not become a superstar, she is super intelligent. Her IQ is 156. She was accepted into both Mensa and in Intertel (best known organizations for very intelligent people).
Certainly neither I nor you ever watched an adult movie. Almost no one watches something like that these days. We’re just talking about this, you know, “theoretically”. I’m guessing that when you look, you will probably say, “That girl is brilliant!” But what if she really is?!
In New York City, in a unique Japanese-German family, was born on 6 August 1973 a baby by the name of Jessica Steinhauser. She was the kind of girl that any parent would be proud of. She won many school competitions. She played classical music on piano and at 13 already appeared in a show at Carnegie Hall. A brilliant child with an IQ of 156, which after some time allowed her to become a member of Mensa 6)”Asia Carrera” in Wikipedia.
As expected, she began higher education – at Rutgers University. But she caved. It seems that she couldn’t cope with pressure for excellent learning. In a moment of extreme rebellion, she left everything behind and became an escort. Then she chose the name Asia Carrera and became an adult film star. She appeared “only” in about 400 films. After 10 years, was smart enough to drop it.
In Poland everyone knows her. She was born with the name Dorota Rabczewska on 15 February 1984.
In the beginning she had four years of athletic performance (in case you were wondering how she’s so fit). But she took singing lessons and at the age of 16 became the lead singer of the hard rock band Virgin. They have been successful until 2007, when they fell apart. And she went solo as Doda.
She is quite challenging and wouldn’t miss controversy. Probably because she feels very confident in herself. Having 156 IQ, she joined Mensa 7)”Doda ponadprzeciętnie inteligentna” – article published by Onet on March 8, 2008.
Cindy Crawford has shown how to do the job of a superlative model. With intelligence.
She came in the world on 20 February 1966 – in DeKalb, a small town in Illinois. When she was 16, she went to castrate corn. (It’s not a joke, so do not laugh – if you can.) Incidentally, a photographer saw her on the field and thought that her place is not there. Not long after this, she obtained her first contract as a model.
She finished high school in 1984 as valedictorian. She obtained a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She could have produced chemical fertilizers all her life, to grow corn bigger. Some people are smart enough to do such a job. Others are smart enough to realize that they have better things to do. So after a few months, she left to become a supermodel.
From what we know, Cindy Crawford is the most intelligent model of all time: IQ 154.
If you saw the excellent series “The Wonder Years“, sure you remember Winnie Cooper, played by Danica McKellar. This seemed to be a very good start for the charismatic teenager’s career in acting. (She was born on 3 January 1975).
Even if not completely removed from showbiz, Danica McKellar preferred… math. She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude, in 1998. At the college, she participated in a scientific study that resulted in the Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem 8)”Between Series, an Actress Became a Superstar (in Math)” by Kenneth Chang, article published in The New York Times on July 19, 2005. No wonder – she has an IQ of 154.
Subsequently, Danica McKellar has published several nonconformistic books popularizing mathematics among schoolgirls. One of the most inspired ways to combine intelligence and celebrity. Say you do not want to do math with her!
Alicia Augello Cook, known to everybody by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, was born on 25 January 1981. Singer from the first scream.
At the age of 4 she was already on TV in “The Cosby Show”. Even as a child she took dance and music lessons. For many years she played classical music on the piano.
At just 12 years, she started a specialty high school: Professional Performing Arts School in New York City. And at 16 she graduated as valedictorian. I think you’ve already got it, she’s a very smart girl: IQ 154!
She received a scholarship at Columbia University. After a month, she gave up because she had too much to do 9)”To Be Alicia Keys: Young, Gifted and in Control” by Jon Pareles, article published in The New York Times on January 27, 2002. And she did many things since then: she recorded albums, went on tours, played in movies, wrote books…
Actually, Alicia Keys is crazy about books 10)”The secret life of Alicia Keys” by Christine Sams, article published in The Age on february 23, 2009. At one time she had an online reading club for fans. Her culture is notorious.
Born into a family of actors on 26 July 1973 in London, it is no wonder that the beautiful Kate Beckinsale followed their footsteps.
In school she had excellent results. At the age of six, she was already reading as a child of 11. She won the prestigious WH Smith’s Young Writers contest two consecutive years in a row – for fiction prose and poetry.
Although since she was little she was determined to become an actress, she preferred to do her university studies in French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford. Actor studies were made in her spare time. Until it took over all concerns. And in 2001, the role in the movie “Pearl Harbour” made her a big movie star.
She is fluent in four languages and has an IQ of 152.
In 1992, when she appeared in the erotic thriller “Basic instinct“, Sharon Stone instantly became the sex symbol of the ’90s. Let’s see if you remember what was the profession of Catherine Tramell, the character she played in the movie? You’re gonna tell me: “Who cares?!” Yeah, it’s about the last thing to remember from this movie. I’ll tell you though: she was a graduate of psychology and literature, and she was writing novels. Thus a smart girl.
Just like Sharon Stone. She was born into a family of common people on 10 March 1958. At four years old, already had talks with her mother – mature enough to get her mother to start thinking that there is something unusual about her. After investigations, her parents found it: she had too much intelligence for her age. So she started school at 5 years. Directly in the second grade.
At 15 she was already headed for higher studies 11)”This Intellectually Gifted Child Grew Up To Be Model-Turned-Major-Movie-Star Sharon Stone” – article published in The Huffington Post on february 25, 2015. She attended a local college: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. During college, she won a Miss contest, modeling contracts began to flow, then the acting – the rest stayed behind.
Sharon Stone declared that her IQ is 148. Even if exaggerated (as some have expressed doubts), it is undisputed that she’s very smart. Many who knew her confirm this.
In the small town Wareham of Massachusetts, on 21 January 1956, a little girl who was meant to do everything was born.
In childhood, Geena Davis showed attraction for music. She learned to play the piano and the flute. In adolescence she even became an organist at the local church 12)”Trends in Photography” – article published in Los Angeles Times on July 14, 1989. That was until she attended a high school exchange, and went to Sweden. During which she learned Swedish.
She did her higher education at the New England College and continued them at Boston University, graduating drama in 1979. You realize that the drama market is a real struggle. Seeing as she had no other option, she took advantage of her beauty as a model in a luxury store. Sometimes she sat in the window so still that the people gathered around, wondering if she’s alive or plastic 13)”From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis’ ‘Ridiculous, Ridiculous’ Break” – article published by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio on October 19, 2014. She’s the smartest person who ever worked at such a stupid job. This woman has the IQ of 142 and is a member of Mensa. When hearing this, the mind stops and stands still!
However, a modeling contract followed. Just when things started to work, she caught a role in the famous film “Tootsie” (directed by Sydney Pollack). From there her acting career began gaining momentum.
She began writing movie scripts. Even managed to write a sitcom, in which she had the lead role.
Her career grew, culminating in 1988 with an Oscar for her role in “The Accidental Tourist“. She starred in many successful films. She also did film production.
In 2007 she founded The Geena Davis Institute on Gender, which deals with the study of stereotypes based on gender and tries to combat them, talking with influential people in media. She was in the know on this subject!
As if she hadn’t done enough, she became… archer. Doing performance, how she did with all the other things she tried. She was twice on the verge of reaching the Olympics.
I was beginning my adolescence when I received an audio cassette of Madonna. It was the album that made her an instant international star: “Like a Virgin”. I became a fan and I watched her whole career. That (to the dismay of some) is never-ending!
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on 16 August 1958. (In a bizarre coincidence, in the day that she celebrated 19 years, Elvis Presley was leaving this world.)
She was part of a modest and large family, but had excellent grades, both at school and at high school. And no wonder – she has an IQ of 140 14)”The Assault on Equality” by Peter Knapp, Jane Kronick, William Marks and Miriam Vosburgh, book published by Praeger în 199615)”Madonna: A Biography” by Mary Cross, book published by Greenwood in 2007!
After the early death of her mother, she became a rebel. She felt that the scene is her home. After high school, she received a scholarship to study contemporary dance at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance. Although she was a very good dancer, she realized that no well-known dance company would hire her, because she wasn’t tall enough.
So at the age of 20 she ran to New York all by herself, nearly broke. She danced for different bands in clubs. From one to another, she learned to play the drums. She then became a band singer. She learned everything quickly. And when she started her solo career it looked like she had been doing that all of her life. The impact that she had was beyond music and can be compared only to that of Michael Jackson.
She was criticized in many ways. But after three decades of uninterrupted activity, she’s still filling stadiums of fans. Few singers can say that. She knew how to reinvent herself. And for that you need to have a brilliant mind.
On 9 June 1981, in Jerusalem, little Neta-Lee Hershlag was borne. When she was 3, her family moved to the United States. From early ages, she attended ballet, modern dance, modeling, and acting lessons. She preferred the last one, debuting in 1994 with a starring role: Mathilda in “Léon” (written and directed by Luc Besson). Because she didn’t want others to know too much about her at that age, she appeared in the credits as Natalie Portman, the name of a grandparent. And that’s the name that she keeps today.
Although having successes as an actress, she hadn’t neglected school. Quite the contrary. She didn’t attend the premiere of “Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace” in which she portrayed Padmé Amidala, because she preferred to study for her exams – had just graduated from high school. In 2003, she was graduating psychology from Harvard University. She then continued her studies in Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During studies, she published two appreciated scientific works 16)”A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar” – study conducted by Ian Hurley, Natalie Hershlag and Jonathan Woodward, published in Journal of Chemical Education in 199817)”Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” – study conducted by Abigail A. Baird, Jerome Kagan, Thomas Gaudette, Kathryn A. Walz, Natalie Hershlag and David A. Boas, published in NeuroImage din august 2002.
Natalie Portman has found time to do everything at its best. She was even involved in many social and political actions. When you have an IQ of 140, it must be easier.
The woman that would become the most famous Colombian saw her first glimpse of the world on 2 February 1977. At the age of four, in a restaurant, she heard Arabic music and liked it so much that she started dancing on the table, to the delight of those present in the room. Then she decided she would be a famous artist.
But the “experts” considered her an anti-talent. She wasn’t accepted in the school choir. Her music teachers always told her that she has the voice of a goat. No music producers gave her any chance.
But she wouldn’t allow that. She played wherever she could, in her style. Until she was heard by a producer with vision. That’s how she made her first contract – with Sony Colombia. At just 13 years old her first album appeared.
Shakira wrote her first poem, “La Rosa De Cristal” at the age of 4. Since then she has been writing lyrics that started to become songs. She writes music, plays four instruments… Music is her life.
She is fluent in three languages and copes with four others. She leads her entire career, getting involved in all aspects. She set up the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity for needy children, for whose work was awarded by the United Nations. She became an UNICEF ambassador and has been involved in many social and political actions.
Fans say she’s brilliant. Could it be because she has an IQ of 140?
Have you ever thought that Hermione Granger is too smart for all the Harry Potter stories? To blame is Emma Watson who gave life to this movie character on the screen. She has an IQ of 138.
She was born in Paris on 15 April 1990. At the age of 5 she moved to England, and at 6 years she was telling everybody that wanted to be an actress. So she took acting classes at Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
Filming for the Harry Potter series began in September 2000 and ended after a decade. So Emma Watson did most of her studying on the set. However, she had very good grades. Plus excellent feedback from fans and critics.
Higher education was made at the Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford. And she stars in one movie after the other.
In a wealthy family in Los Angeles, on 16 November 1962, Alicia Christian Foster appeared in the world. But everyone called her Jodie.
As she was little, she taught herself to read at the age of three 18)”Child of the Movies” by Jonathan Van Meter, article published in The New York Times on January 6, 1991. At the age of 7 she appeared in several TV series. At the age of 10 she started her career on the big screen.
School was also great. She was valedictorian at Lycée Français in Los Angeles 19)”Child of the Movies” by Jonathan Van Meter, article published in The New York Times on January 6, 1991. (It would have been too easy to learn in English. In time, this proved an advantage: as she could personally double her French roles.)
In 1980, when she began attending the Yale University, she hoped to share a more normal life. But she was already a celebrity.
Perhaps the best known role of her is Clarice Starling, the FBI agent in “Silence of the Lambs“, confronting Hannibal Lecter, an evil genius. Neither Jodie Foster was doing bad – her IQ is 132. But she uses her strong intelligence wisely.
Have you seen the movie “A Beautiful Mind“? The true story of the brilliant mathematician John Nash. His wife, Alicia, was played by Jennifer Connelly – who might have had the highest IQ on set, although it was full of smart people.
Jennifer Connelly was born on 12 December 1970 into a wealthy family. Her father was a clothing manufacturer. A good friend of his was an advertising executive. Seeing as Jennifer flourishes, he said she would be very appropriate for commercials. She was only 10 years old then. They urged her to try. And after her first step, offers were ongoing. A hard to stop whirlwind. After a few years, Jennifer was on the covers of famous magazines. And offers to play in movies started appearing. Although she never thought about this before, she agreed to play in one. Then another. And so on, until innocently, won an Oscar.
In such a situation, who could be still thinking about school? Young Jennifer would. After she finished high school, she attended Yale University. Then moved to Stanford University. How many can go from one elite university to another?! Meanwhile, not to get bored, she learned fluent French and Italian.
Jennifer Connelly has been included several times in the rankings of the most beautiful women in the world. And is beautiful as she is smart.
In Vienna, in a bourgeois family, on 9 November 1914, little Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was born. As a teenager she became a theater and film actress.
In 1933, she took the lead role in “Extase”, a Czech film. For that time, the film had several scenes considered “erotic” – although now it would rather arouse smiles. It is the first film that suggests, through mimic, the ecstasy of a woman.
Back then, the actress had just married one of the richest Austrians, Friedrich Mandl. He was a military arms merchant and munitions manufacturer, so frequently they met with scientists who had awoken the young girl’s interest in inventions. On the other hand, the husband went mad when he saw the film of his newly wife. Finally, she fled to Paris. Like they do in movies.
She changed her name to Hedy Lamarr and took it from the beginning. In 1938 she went to Hollywood, being considered “the most beautiful woman in the world”. She quickly became the prototype of the seductress coming from other realms. After a decade in which she was distributed in many great productions and was the dream of many men, she quit acting. She got bored of playing the same type of character.
Do you think the story ends here? No way! The woman had better things to do. She got seriously involved in… inventing. She started with an improved traffic light and a refreshing drink made from a pill.
She created her great invention with George Antheil, an avant-garde composer. Their idea was to create a jam-proof radio guidance system for torpedoes. And they succeeded 20)”Secret Communication System” – patent granted to Antheil George and Markey Hedy Kiesler on August 11, 1942. But the Navy bureaucracy buried the file. Only in 1962 the idea was implemented, but the patent expired.
But the great value of this invention isn’t this one. From it almost all current wireless technologies derived: GPS, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The merits of the two were publicly recognized only in 1997 21)”The unlikely life of inventor and Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr” by Alex McClintock and Sharon Carleton, article published by ABC on July 14, 2014. It seems that it takes a bit more work to become known for your mind.
All these fragments of life only show that there are other things beyond beauty and intelligence. Of course, they are very important, but it depends on how you use them.
In the entertainment world, appearances matter. Many celebrities play a character even when out on the street. To identify the character as being the same as the person that is “dressed” as one, means not to know how things are in this world. Or to try to deceive yourself.
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|1.||↑||”Judy Holliday” in Encyclopædia Britannica|
|2.||↑||”The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read?” – article published in Open Culture on October 6, 2014|
|3.||↑||”Star’s Legend” by Ernst Havemann, article published in Life magazine, on April 23, 1956|
|4.||↑||”Here They Are Jayne Mansfield” by Raymond Strait, book published by S.P.I. Books in 1992|
|5.||↑||”Starlet: Biographies, Filmographies, TV Credits and Photos of 54 Famous and Not So Famous Leading Ladies of the Sixties” by Kim R. Holston, book published by McFarland & Company in 1988|
|6.||↑||”Asia Carrera” in Wikipedia|
|7.||↑||”Doda ponadprzeciętnie inteligentna” – article published by Onet on March 8, 2008|
|8.||↑||”Between Series, an Actress Became a Superstar (in Math)” by Kenneth Chang, article published in The New York Times on July 19, 2005|
|9.||↑||”To Be Alicia Keys: Young, Gifted and in Control” by Jon Pareles, article published in The New York Times on January 27, 2002|
|10.||↑||”The secret life of Alicia Keys” by Christine Sams, article published in The Age on february 23, 2009|
|11.||↑||”This Intellectually Gifted Child Grew Up To Be Model-Turned-Major-Movie-Star Sharon Stone” – article published in The Huffington Post on february 25, 2015|
|12.||↑||”Trends in Photography” – article published in Los Angeles Times on July 14, 1989|
|13.||↑||”From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis’ ‘Ridiculous, Ridiculous’ Break” – article published by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio on October 19, 2014|
|14.||↑||”The Assault on Equality” by Peter Knapp, Jane Kronick, William Marks and Miriam Vosburgh, book published by Praeger în 1996|
|15.||↑||”Madonna: A Biography” by Mary Cross, book published by Greenwood in 2007|
|16.||↑||”A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar” – study conducted by Ian Hurley, Natalie Hershlag and Jonathan Woodward, published in Journal of Chemical Education in 1998|
|17.||↑||”Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy” – study conducted by Abigail A. Baird, Jerome Kagan, Thomas Gaudette, Kathryn A. Walz, Natalie Hershlag and David A. Boas, published in NeuroImage din august 2002|
|18, 19.||↑||”Child of the Movies” by Jonathan Van Meter, article published in The New York Times on January 6, 1991|
|20.||↑||”Secret Communication System” – patent granted to Antheil George and Markey Hedy Kiesler on August 11, 1942|
|21.||↑||”The unlikely life of inventor and Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr” by Alex McClintock and Sharon Carleton, article published by ABC on July 14, 2014|