50. Freida Pinto
Who is she?: Freida is an Indian actress who broke onto the scene as Latika in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
Why Freida made the list: After her breakout performance in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Pinto was catapulted into fame. She is currently the highest paid actresses and one of the most desired actresses in Hollywood. Her stunning looks and amazing body bring Freida in to our list at number 5.
49. Padma Lakshmi
Who is she: The host of the Emmy Nominated reality show, Top Chef
Why Padma made the list: Not only can she anchor one of the best reality shows on television, she’s no stranger to the camera. Padma began her modeling career at the age of 16 and her latest spread, posing nude of Allure magazine in 2009, made headlines. While filming Season 7 of Top Chef, the co-host announced that she was pregnant with her fist child. The father of the child still remains a mystery but we’re sure that Padma will look fabulous during and after her pregnancy.
48. Heidi Klum
Who is she? Heidi is the Top-grossing Supermodel of 2009
Why Heidi made the list: This busy mother of 4, yes 4, hasn’t slowed down at all over the last few years, in fact she barley has a free moment. With an Emmy-Award wining reality show, Project Runway, a still jam-packed modeling schedule and of course family time, Heidi can do it all. Don’t think that Heidi does it all for the free swimwear, she ranked second this year on Forbes Top-Earning Supermodels, making a cool $16 million in 2009.
47. Natalie Portman
Who is she? Best known for her roles in ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Closer’
Why Natalie made the list: Coming off her amazing performance in ‘Brothers’ this year, Natalie once again reminded us why she’s one of the top talents in Hollywood. In her time aware from acting, Natalie completed a degree in Psychology from Harvard University. Known for her Vegan lifestyle, Natalie is an avid supporter of PETA as well as several other humanitarian efforts. Natalie proves once and for all, you can be gorgeous, talented and incredibly smart all at the same time.
46. Erin Andrews
Who is she? ESPN Sideline reporter
Why Erin made the list: Erin Andrews, may have had one of the worst years of any celebrity. After a stalker followed the blonde reporter on a tour of 3 cities, he finally was able to record Erin through the peep-hole of her Nashville, Tennessee hotel room. Calling the situation “a nightmare” Erin carried on, asking the tough questions on the sidelines of some of the biggest sporting events of 2009. Erin is the reigning 3-year champ for Playboy’s Hottest Sportscaster.
45. Tricia Helfer
Who is she? The hottest member of Battlestar Galactica
Why Tricia made the list: For all of you Sci-Fi/Fantasy junkies out there, Tricia has been knocking your socks off for the last several years with her role on Battlestar Galactica. With a modeling career that has spanned more than 15 years, Tricia was one of the hottest women of the past decade. With ‘Battlestar’ wrapping in March 2009, Tricia is looking for new opportunities to make her way into your television set.
44. Penelope Cruz
Who is she? Spanish actress best known for her work in ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ and ‘Volver’
Why Penelope made the list: The gorgeous Penelope Cruz continues to wow us with her amazing looks and her fabulous work. Always choosing her next screenplay carefully, Penelope is considered one of Hollywood’s most amazing female talents. Her latest piece, the film version of the musical ‘Nine’ shows her singing abilities along-side fellow Academy Award winners, Daniel Day-Lewis and Nicole Kidman.
Who is she? Grammy Award winner singer, songs like ‘Umbrella’ and ‘Take a Bow’
Why Rihanna made the list: Following her turbulent break-up with R&B star, Chris Brown, Rihanna took a break from the limelight in the beginning of 2009. Finally breaking her silence this summer, Rihanna pushed through the controversy and finished her latest album, Rated R. This Caribbean beauty has sold over 15 million albums and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
42. Blake Lively
Who is she? Blake Lively is an American Actress best known for her work as Serena on the hit TV show, ‘Gossip Girl’.
Why Blake made the list: Just because you’re born into any industry doesn’t always guarantee you success in that field. But Blake Lively is the prime example of working hard at your craft, no matter what, and where that work can get you. Between her awesomely good looks and her realist portrayal of a New York socialite, Lively has reached a whole new level of fame this year, which is bound to grow in 2010.
41. Gisele Bundchen
Who is she? Supermodel and wife to NFL star, Tom Brady
Why Gisele made the list: Even pregnancy couldn’t slow down Gisele and her amazing body. Taking a few months off, Mrs. Tom Brady, will no doubt be back on the runway soon. Thought to be one of the most powerful people in the fashion industry, this 29-year old is worth an estimated $150 million dollars. Hopefully she had Tom sign an iron-clad prenup. You would hate to see all that hard-earned money go to waste.