2010 July 1
Audrey Hepburn has been named the most beautiful woman of the past century, beating stars such as Cheryl Cole and Angelina Jolie.
The actress, famed for her classic glam pose in a black Givenchy dress, pearls and gloves in 1961 film Breakfast At Tiffany‘s, topped a poll for shopping channel QVC.
The actress – who died in 1993 – narrowly held off the nation’s 21st century crush, Cheryl Cole, who took the runner-up spot.
Third place went to Some Like It Hot siren Marilyn Monroe, famed for her pout and classic curves.
Angelina Jolie was fourth and another classic silver screen beauty, Grace Kelly, made an appearance in fifth position.
Scarlett Johansson, Halle Berry, Diana, Princess of Wales, Kelly Brook and Jennifer Aniston also made the top 10.
The survey was carried out by QVC to celebrate the start of its Beauty Month throughout July. More than 2,000 women were asked to choose the top beauties of the past 100 years.
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2009 October 22
The Gyrofocus, designed by the award-winning contemporary fireplace maker Focus, has been named as the World’s Most Beautiful Object for the 2008-2009 Pulchra design competition. The suspended fireplace achieved the highest number of votes in the inaugural year of the ten-year design competition. Over a year, 74,425 participants voted by Internet for the 10 most beautiful objects among 100 selected by a jury of experts in design and architecture, including Alessandro Mendini, Italo Lupi and Matteo Vercelloni. The fireplace created by Dominique Imbert in 1968 came out as the voters’ top choice, over objects ranging from a television designed by Philips, a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, creations by Philippe Starck, and a Leo Cut diamond; their key point in common being the beauty of their design.
The black fireplace is made of 4mm-thick steel, has a diameter of 1.25m and a weight of 97kg. It rotates 360° so it can be easily directed to face different parts of the room. The length of the flue and other adaptations are produced to requirements.
Pulchra is the first ‘beauty contest’ exclusively reserved for objects. Launched in Italy in 2007 by Sandro Silvi, an internationally renowned architect passionate about beauty (pulchra in Latin means ‘the most beautiful’), the aim of the competition is to present to the public, each year for the next 10 years, 100 objects carefully selected for their beauty by a committee of experts. This latest honour grants posterity to the Gyrofocus, assuring its place in history thanks to the voice of the general public, who resoundingly affirmed the aesthetic principle of its creator Dominique Imbert: beauty in simplicity.
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