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My ultimate beauty icon

1st place: Gemma Ward

I’ve been infatuated with the Australian model Gemma Ward for years now quite simply because, unlike any other human being I have ever spied, she truly looks like she hails from another dimension, an entirely compelling effect.

Adorned with a wide-set sober stare, porcelain complexion and bee-stung pout, Ward has graced countless magazine covers, including Vogue (all national varieties), W and i-D, played a space alien for Alexander McQueen’s autumn / winter 2005 show, and starred in a plethora of campaigns from Prada to Yves Saint Laurent. More recently, she’s turned her hand to acting, having been performed the minor yet most enigmatic role of the mermaid in the last Pirates of the Caribbean film, plus she’ll be making an appearance in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

An intoxicating chameleon, Ward continues to transfix the world with her ethereality.

Runner-up: Courtney Love

The “Lady Macbeth” of the grunge scene, Love is arguably the most fascinating personality to emerge from 1990s pop culture. An aesthetic of anti-establishment “kinderwhore”, Love’s public identity of stripper-turned actress-turned Hole front woman-turned fashion muse-cum heroin usage contrasted with her Mensa-leve IQ combined with some serious baggage resulted in one big hot mess – bleached blonde hair, cried-off mascara, kissed-off lipstick – and whispers everywhere she walks.

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Isabelle Dann

Isabelle Dann is the Lifestyle Editor at The Mancunion. Follow her tomfoolery @izzydann
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