World's Most Beautiful

PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now

See the gorgeous icons who've earned the coveted title – and find out how they've gotten more gorgeous with time

LUPITA NYONG'O

Most Beautiful 2014: She stunned on red carpet after red carpet during awards season, eventually nabbing the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Being named World's Most Beautiful, Nyong'o hoped she would help to challenge antiquated perceptions of beauty. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she said of the title. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [the cover] and feel a little more seen." Now: Her career hasn't stopped since: She was a part of what is now the best-selling film of all time, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (and will return in Episode VIII, and lent her voice to the live action adaption of The Jungle Book, as well as making her Broadway debut in the play Eclipsed.