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Can You Guess Who is the Most Outstanding Woman of 2015? (Hint: Not Kim or RiRi)

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British actress Emma Watson A.K.A. Hermione Granger, has topped the AskMen list of the 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015, rising above the likes of Kim Kardashian (#2), Taylor Swift (#3), Amal Clooney (#8), Rihanna (#23), Angelina Jolie (#47), and Kendall Jenner (#96).

Rising to fame as an integral part of the J.K. Rowling Harry Potter films, the 24-year-old actress went on to act alongside Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in My Week With Marilyn and work with film director Sofia Coppola for The Bling Ring. Her natural beauty has led her to front campaigns for both Burberry and Lancôme, but it is her role as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador behind HeForShe (a campaign championing gender equality) that fiercely contributed to her win.

How does one get the accolade?

AskMen compiled a list of self-made millionaires, mega-moguls, sportswomen, songbirds, supermodels, and Oscar-winners and then consulted experts at titles like Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo Celebrity, and Sports Illustrated. The editors asked viewers and a judging panel to weigh in on the final list.

“Emma Watson is so many things at once—rich, successful, famous, stylish, beautiful, intelligent, personable, kind. And yet, rather than be content with a life of luxury, she’s thrown her back into a serious social issue in an effort to shift the way our society treats women,” said AskMen Publisher, James Bassil.

We champion men for having placed this Brown University English literature graduate in top position and hope it will serve to set an example to women around the world that having a brain behind their pretty locks is quite simply, outstanding.

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