They say politics is show business for ugly people, but in these 31 cases, such a phrase couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the successful political careers these extraordinary women have led in a male-dominated field has been nothing short of spectacular and goes to show that gender equality within our political process is better than ever.
With that in mind, here are 30 beautiful female politicians who prove that working in a male-dominated industry is no barrier to success.
1. SETHRIDA GEAGEA
As a vocal opponent of Syrian oppression, the Lebanese politician Sethrida Geagea has played a pivotal role in her country’s parliament and even has a degree in political science!
2. CARLA BRUNI
France’s former first lady Carla Bruni was arguably more famous than her then Prime Minister husband, Nicholas Sarkozy when they were married. And with sultry poses like the one above, we can see why.
3. CAYETANA ALVAREZ de TOLEDO
The Oxford-educated beauty is a famous member of the Spanish Parliment.
4. MARA ROSARIA CARFAGNA
Ranked number one in Maxim’s “World’s Hottest Politicians” list, the former Italian Minister for Equal Opportunity, was unsurprisingly a model and showgirl before her political career kicked off.
But such good looks can get your many admirers into trouble as she found out when Silvio Berlusconi found himself in hot water with his wife after commenting on Carfagna’s likeability. “If I was not already married I would have married her immediately,” he said.
5. CRISTINA FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER
Take note, Hillary. Justicialist Party member De Kirchner was the first elected female president of Argentina when she took office in 2007 and was widely beloved by her people. Even better? She hasn’t been corrupted by the backstabbing men.
6. MICHELE BACHMANN
While the Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota can spout vicious rhetoric and go off on verbose rants about gay marriage, Bachmann’s looks are far from jarring.
7. MANDE WILKES
Mande hit headlines around America when she promised to resolve the all-important question of, “Who has the biggest boobs in Congress” if elected.
8. LISA HANA
Lisa Rene Hanna is a Jamaican politician and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 1993, but she later moved into politics and in 2007, as a member of the People’s National Party, Hanna contested and won the seat for St. Ann South East.
She was even Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012-2016.
9. ORLY LEVY
Before going into politics and serving as a member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), Orly Levy, who has a degree in law, worked as a model and television host and because of her glamorous past and clear-to-see beauty, other politicians couldn’t help but stare at her her, especially when you consider that she also happened to be the daughter of the former Foreign Affairs Minister, David Levy.
10. ALINA KABAEVA
The former rhymic gymnastic Olympic gold medalist was elected to the Duma only three years after her sporting triumph, and though now juggling political matters in her homeland, the stunner still has time to grace the magazine covers of Russian Vogue, Maxim, and FHM.
11. TOIREASA FERRIS
Ferris didn’t quite make the cut when she ran for a seat in her native Irish parliament, which is a shame, as she’s gorgeous.