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Meet the 19-year-old Israeli Model Named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Yael Shelbia beat out Margot Robbie and Gal Gadot for the coveted spot.
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Nineteen-year-old Yael Shelbia has just been named the most beautiful woman in the world by TC Candler and the Independent Critics. The group placed the actress and model at the top of the 2020 installment of their highly-anticipated list of the 100 most beautiful faces in the world, which also included Ariana Grande, Lupita Nyong'o, and Lily Collins.

This isn't Shelbia's first time on the list, coming in at 14th place in 2017. Shelbia has since modeled for Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty and is currently serving her compulsory military service in Israel's air force. 

Former magazine editor TC Candler has partnered with the Independent Critics to publish its annual list since 1990. Combing through thousands of celebrities from around the world, Candler — in his own words — set out to "put together a list representative of the modern ideal of worldwide beauty. Aesthetic perfection is only one of the criteria. Grace, elegance, originality, daring, passion, class, poise, joy, promise, hope… they are all embodied in a beautiful face."

Meet the actress and model below.




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