Hollywood is filled to the brink with beautiful ladies.
Ever since Florence Lawrence, the first actress to grace the silver screen, the leading ladies are always praised for things such as beauty, grace, and elegance.
After a while, beauty becomes what audiences expect from Hollywood celebrities. This preconception becomes so prevalent that it drowns out their other qualities. Many of which are just as astonishing.
Thankfully, the time has changed. Hollywood’s starlets are known for more than just beauty. They are also known for their talents, charity, and intellect.
On that point, yes, a lot of Hollywood ladies are brainiacs. No, not the “shrinking cities and bottle them up” type, but with actual intelligence. Some even have an ingenious level of IQ. This makes for great successes in both their career and business endeavors.
But why just take our words for it? Celebrate these 11 female celebrities who are equally beautiful and smart.
#1 Meryl Streep
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Respected actress Meryl Streep is one of the smartest women in Hollywood. Having an IQ of 143, Meryl Streep is a certified acting genius. Every role she has ever taken on is beautifully acted. There’s no doubt that she could play the next Batman if she wants to.
Meryl Streep has had a long career and multiple acting awards to prove her star quality!
#2 Emma Watson
Hermione Granger is the smartest witch of her generation, and her actress Emma Watson is just as smart. With an IQ of 138, Emma graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature.
She has been a Director of Kering since June 16, 2020. The company owns the luxury brands like Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent.
#3 Rachel Weisz
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Rachel Weisz has always been evidently stunning and intelligent. An English literature graduate from the esteemed Cambridge University, she co-founded the Uni’s student theater group Cambridge Talking Tongues.
She also won many acting awards, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Rachel Weisz also speaks 3 other languages other than her mother’s tongue.
#4 Natalie Portman
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While she has been acting since 12, Natalie Portman has also been a known Hollywood intellectual. She has a degree in psychology from Harvard University and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
With an IQ of 140, Natalie Portman has been published twice, was a research assistant at Harvard, and is fluent in 5 languages. What a smarty-pants!
#5 Alicia Keys
R&B Queen Alicia Keys is celebrated for having great voice and songwriting skills. But not many know about her IQ of 154. Alicia Keys is one of the most intellectual ladies on the Hollywood music scene.
Alicia Keys graduated with the highest honors from a professional performing arts school at age 16. She even received an invitation to attend Columbia University immediately afterward. Alicia, however, chose music instead. Nowadays, she also focuses on charity work alongside her music.
#6 Kate Beckinsale
While she is not an elite vampire assassin, Kate Beckinsale is just as awesome. The British beauty graduated with a degree in literature from Oxford University.
With an IQ of 152, Kate Beckinsale has a brain in the top 1% of the population. She also speaks several languages in addition to English, including French and German.
#7 Jennifer Connelly
The famous actress graduated from not just one, but two Ivy League universities: Yale University and Stanford University. And if that is not enough to highlight her talents, her acting awards include a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
A charitable actress, Jennifer Connelly is also Amnesty International’s Ambassador for Human Rights Education.
#8 Salma Hayek
The Mexican actress has dyslexia, which should have impeded her. But it didn’t – the actress speaks 5 languages. Probably because Salma Hayek also has an IQ of 144.
This translates into her business expertise; as Salma is one of the richest women in the world.
#9 Sigourney Weaver
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Cinemaphiles might know Sigourney Weaver as the woman who survives 4 Xenomorph attacks in the Aliens franchise, attacks from supernatural forces in Ghostbusters and almost survives the outer space in Avatar.
But there is more to Sigourney Weaver than a superheroine on screen. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree from one of the Ivy League, Yale University.
Another lady with both beauty and brain, Shakira has a staggering IQ of 140. This definitely explains her talents in songwriting.
Additionally, Shakira also speaks 6 languages. How wonder her songs can reach so many!
#11 Gina Rodríguez
The Puerto Rican actress is born for the art. She salsa-ed until she was 16, afterward she was accepted into Columbia University’s Theatrical Collaborative.
After that, she trained for 4 years at the respected New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.