Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Top 10 International Beauties Of 2012


In American English, the word “international” is commonly used as a euphemism for “foreign national.”  According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a foreign national is “an individual who is a citizen of any country other than the United States.”  On the contrary, in the European Union a foreign national is someone who is not a citizen of the country in which they are living.  So let’s not be confused by the title; this article documents ten beautiful woman that are not from the United States.  It will examine a new wave of international models, actresses, and celebrity pop stars.  As you can imagine, it was hard to limit the article to ten with so many gorgeous woman.  I attempted to categorize the ladies by celebrity status and selected people from all over the world.


10. Leryn Franco

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In 1982, Leryn Franco was born in Asunción, Paraguay.  She was interested in sports as a young girl and specialized in the javelin throw.  In 1998, Franco broke the South American national record for the Under-17 age group in both the javelin and triple jump.  She competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and during the games became an Internet sensation due to her beauty.  Franco’s personal best javelin throw is 55.66 meters, which was achieved in June, 2011 in Buenos Aires at the South American Championships.  Leryn is a great athlete, but is also famous for being one of the sexiest women in the world.  She combines her athletic endeavors with a lucrative modeling career.  In 2006, Franco was runner-up Miss Universe of Paraguay.  She was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2011.
Is She Single?
After the 2008 Olympic Games Franco was seen with Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who has been ranked as the world’s #1 player since July 4, 2011. However, the couple quickly split and Leryn’s relationship status remains unclear.

9. Marian Rivera

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In 1984, Marian Rivera was born in Madrid, Spain to a Spanish father and Filipina mother.  After her parents separated Rivera’s mother moved to the Philippines, where Marian grew up.  At a young age, Marian starred in a collection of soap operas.  She then moved to full-length feature films and has become a major star in the Philippines.  Rivera has appeared in films that have grossed more than PhP 100 million at the box office.  These include My Best Friend’s Girlfriend, You To Me Are Everything, and Panday 2.  She has also starred on some of the most popular TV shows in the Philippines, such as Marimar, Dyesebel, and Darna.
Marian Rivera has performed the choreography on two studio albums, Marian Rivera Dance Hits (2008) and Retro Crazy (2009), and sang a hit single, “Sabay Sabay Tayo” on Retro Crazy.  She is also a successful model and one of the top product endorsers in the Philippines.  In 2011, Rivera headlined GMA Network’s epic series Amaya.  It was also confirmed that she will partner once again with actor Dingdong Dantes in the most-awaited fantasy series of GMA-7, “My Beloved,” which is currently in pre-production for 2012.
Editor’s note: Check out this fun photo of Marian Rivera
Is She Single?
For a couple years Marian has been dating Dingdong Dantes.  He is a popular director/actor and model in the Philippines.  In 2008, Dingdong was chosen as one of the “25 Sexiest Men of the World” and was the highest-ranking Asian on the list.

8. Laetitia Casta

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In 1978, Laetitia Casta was born in Pont-Audemer, Normandy, France.  Her modeling career began at the age of 15 when she was discovered by a French photographer.  By 1993, Laetitia signed a contract with GUESS clothing.  From 1997-2000, she appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and was one of the company’s signature Angels from 1998 to 2000.  In her career, Casta has been the official face of L’Oréal, Dior, and Chanel.  She was featured in Tommy Hilfiger, Miu Miu, and XOXO ad campaigns, as well as on the cover of over 100 magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, and Glamour.
In 2010, Laetitia Casta became the face of Ralph Lauren’s newest fragrance, Notorious.  She also opened the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show.  Laetitia has appeared in a collection of movies.  In 1999, she was featured in the music video for the Chris Isaak song, “Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing.”  The video was ranked #28 on VH1′s 50 Sexiest Video Moments.  She was also chosen as the new bust of Marianne, an allegorical symbol of the French Republic, which stands inside every French town hall.  Casta succeeded model Inès de la Fressange in achieving the honor.
Is She Single?
Laetitia Casta is currently engaged to Italian actor Stefano Accorsi.  The couple has two children together, a son named Orlando, born in September 2006, and a daughter named Athena, born in August 2009.

7. Shakira

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Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter who emerged on the Latin American music scene in the early 1990s. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1977.  Shakira’s debut album, Magia, was recorded in 1990 when she was only thirteen years old.  In 1995, Shakira released the album Pies Descalzos, which was successful in Latin America and Spain.  In 1998, she released the record Dónde Están los Ladrones, which has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.  In 2001, Shakira broke into the English-speaking world with the album Laundry Service, which has sold over 13 million copies.  The record was aided by the success of her first English single “Whenever, Wherever,” which was the best selling song of 2002.  In 2006, Shakira released Oral Fixation Vol. 2 which included the hit single “Hips Don’t Lie.”  The song became the best selling single of the 2000s.
In 1995, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which is a Colombian charity.  She was invited to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development.  Shakira is currently the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, and the second most successful female Latin singer behind Gloria Estefan, having sold over 70 million albums worldwide.  She is recognized as one of the sexiest people in the world and has intrigued men and woman alike with her belly dancing.
Is She Single?
In 2000, Shakira started dating Antonio de la Rúa, who is the oldest son of former Argentine president, Fernando de la Rúa.  On January 10, 2011, she announced on her website that after 11 years together, she and de la Rúa had separated.  Shakira is now dating Gerard Piqué, who is the center back for FC Barcelona.  She officially confirmed their relationship on March 29, 2011 via Twitter and Facebook.

6. Cheryl Cole

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Cheryl Cole is an English pop and R&B recording artist.  In 1983, she was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and grew up in the districts of Walker and Heaton.  Cole rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals.  At the conclusion of the show, Cheryl was awarded a spot in the group Girls Aloud.  Girls Aloud has become massively successful in the UK and scored twenty consecutive top-ten singles (four #1 hits) and five platinum albums (two #1).  In 2009, the band announced a musical hiatus and Cheryl Cole decided to release two solo albums, both of which went to number one in the UK.
As a member of Girls Aloud, Cole endorsed many products including Barbie, Kit Kat, Nintendo DS, Samsung, and Sunsilk.  She was a judge on The X Factor for three series and has become a style icon in England.  Cole is regularly written about in the press and followed by the paparazzi.  She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar.  Her cover in Vogue boosted the magazine’s circulation to 240,000.  In 2009, Cheryl Cole became the new face of the cosmetic company L’Oréal.  She is regularly included in articles that discuss the world’s sexiest woman.
Is She Single?
Cheryl Cole began dating England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole in September 2004.  They announced their engagement in June 2005 and were married in July 2006.  In early February 2010, news agencies reported that Ashley had cheated on Cheryl with five separate women.  It was soon announced that they were separated.  Cheryl has said that she will continue to use her married name, saying that changing it back would make her seem “ashamed” of the marriage.  In 2011, it was reported that Cheryl Cole is dating Los Angeles-based producer Patrizio Pigliapoco.

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