She may have been crowned Miss World almost ten years ago, but Aishwarya Rai still has that beauty, charm and grace to be voted as the ninth most beautiful lady in the world.
Ash is ninth in the poll of the 100 Most Beautiful Women of Today, which appears in the July issue of Harpers and Queen.
Hollywood beauty Angelina Jolie topped the poll, followed by supermodel Christy Turlington, Queen Rania of Jordan, film director Sofia Coppola and domestic goddess Nigella Lawson.
The top five in the Harpers & Queen magazine list, compiled by 1,000 experts from the worlds of fashion, arts, the media and, peculiarly, plastic surgery, are brunettes.
Blondes such as supermodel Kate Moss, ‘Kill Bill’ star Uma Thurman and Lost in Translation’s Scarlett Johansson are in the top 100, but have been relegated out of the top five.
Harpers & Queen editor Lucy Yeomans said: "We were really surprised when the brunettes came out on top. But from our panel results, we witnessed a definite shift away from the traditionally deified blonde stereotype. Instead, people with a more unusual and interesting beauty ranked higher.”
"We encouraged people to vote on the all-round package, rather than on physical beauty alone, so it was great to see less obvious beauties such as film director Sofia Coppola making the top five."
The Top 25:
Angelina Jolie, Christy Turlington, Rania of Jordan, Sofia Coppola, Nigella Lawson, Uma Thurman, Emmanuelle Beart, Kate Moss, Aishwarya Rai, Charlotte of Monaco, Charlotte Rampling, Beyonce Knowles, Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Ziyi Zhang, Sophie Dahl, Natalie Portman, Liv Tyler, Gisele Bundchen, Jennifer Connelly, Natalia Vodianova, Dita Von Teese, Julie Christie, Margherita Missoni, Gwen Stefani.