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Not Just A Pretty Face: The Beautiful Headturners of 2017

The year 2017 has arguably been a beautiful year, don’t you agree? And we don’t just mean all the pretty faces (although there were a lot!); this year has brought a handful of beauty trends, thriving businesses and inspiring personalities that challenge our perception of beauty. Now that the year is drawing to a climactic end, we’ve rounded up some of the most electrifying names that have dominated the scene, proving that beauty isn’t just skin-deep.

From the best portraits to the most moving stories, and everything in between, here are our biggest head turners for the beauty-filled year:

 

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

 

 

 

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This year’s crowned Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is truly the epitome of beauty with purpose. Her final answers leading to the coronation, which highlighted wage inequality, and later self-confidence over fears, struck a chord with women worldwide.

 

 

Kelsey Meritt

 

 

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After graduating university this year, Filipino-American model Kelsey Meritt has since gone full-speed with her modeling career. With gigs in America, Europe, Asia and a campaign with Maybelline, there’s no stopping Kelsey’s rise!

 

 

Ashley Judd

 

 

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Ashley Judd’s detailed account of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct shook Hollywood (and the world) to core, subsequently bringing forward more allegations against top media personalities. She, along with other brave women like, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Isabel Pascual and Adama Iwu, lead Time’s Person Of The Year issue, dubbed ‘The Silence Breakers’.

 

 

Rihanna

 

 

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Although pop celebrities launching makeup lines is nothing new, Rihanna goes the extra mile with her Fenty Beauty brand by creating 40 shades of foundation. Fans and customers alike praised her for her commitment to inclusivity in the cosmetic industry, in which women of color are often overlooked.

 

 

Bea Alonzo

 

 

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This year proved to be a bold, daring and stylish year for Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo, who just wrapped her hit teleserye ‘A Love To Last’, became a cover girl on Metro Magazine, and landed on the Star Magic Ball 2017 best-dressed list.

 

 

Emily Weiss

 

 

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As the CEO and Founder of Glossier, Emily Weiss lead the aggressive rise of her start-up beauty company, ensuring the brand’s global cult status in just two years.

 

 

Heart Defensor

 

 

LA-based Filipino beauty guru Heart Defensor has established herself as a popular YouTube personality, with her channel ThatsHeart exceeding 2 million views. Her collaborative highlighter palette with e.l.f cosmetics sold out twice this season alone.

 

 

Anne Curtis

 

 

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This year, showbiz icon Anne Curtis launched her own affordable makeup brand blk cosmetics, with the goal of making trendy cosmetics accessible to everyone. Now that’s

 

 

Brigitte Macron

 

 

In spite of the controversy surrounding the age difference between her and her husband, Brigitte Macron held her head high as the First Lady of France. She even appeared on the cover of French Elle magazine to talk about her style, and dedication to the role of First Lady.

 

 

Meghan Markle

 

 

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Along with royal beau Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s addition to the British Royal family signals a departure from old, monarchial traditions. The world is sure to watch her and Prince Harry’s royal wedding next year!

 

Photos from @demileighnp