Most Beautiful 2014

PEOPLE's 2013 Most Beautiful List

What makes Gwyneth Paltrow feel beautiful? Plus: Nine more stars share inspiring views on beauty in our sneak peek of PEOPLE's annual special issue


Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes initially thought Washington was "too pretty to be smart" for the role of Olivia Pope in the ABC drama. Clearly, she was proven wrong. Washington's mix of toughness and beauty has attracted a dedicated following for the ABC political series, and made its 36-year-old star the first African-American female to helm her own primetime show in nearly four decades. And while her character is usually unflappable, Washington finds beauty in how her own life isn't so. "I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect journey of my life," she told Oprah.