(A Little About TC Candler & The Independent Critics)

The world famous 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL FACES LIST has been published annually by THE INDEPENDENT CRITICS since 1990. What originally started off as a small collegiate project has grown into a yearly internet phenomenon. In recent years, the list has been seen by almost a quarter of a billion people from around the world. It is widely considered to be the most internationally recognized and prestigious list of its kind. THE LIST has been acknowledged / thanked by over 200 celebs that have been included on the lists over the years.

Unlike most other annual beauty rankings, The INDEPENDENT CRITICS LIST is not a popularity contest and it is definitely not country specific. It is not about the sexiest body or the most famous celebrity. Rather, the list attempts to inform & broaden public opinion instead of reflecting it.

THE INDEPENDENT CRITICS are a diverse group, led by TC Candler, who search far and wide, listening to the many millions of suggestions submitted by the public over the past couple of decades, and they then put together a list representative of the modern ideal of worldwide beauty.

Aesthetic perfection is only one of the criteria. Grace, elegance, originality, daring, passion, class, poise, joy, promise, hope… they are all embodied in a beautiful face. With those criteria in mind, TC Candler and the members select only 100 faces out of the approximately 85,000 female celebrities (which works out to less than 0.0012%). It is a thankless task, as no individual will ever agree with all of the choices. However, the general consensus has been that the INDEPENDENT CRITICS have created a celebratory list that cherishes the feminine aesthetic and opens the world’s eyes to a unique, diverse and international collection of beautiful faces.

Almost 40 countries are represented on the annual list. That number seems to go up every year as the public participation grows and expands. This diversity relies heavily on suggestions from almost every corner of the globe. When the list first began, it was comprised mostly of American, British and Australian stars. Only the most famous international cross-over stars would be recognizable enough to merit consideration. However, as the years have passed, THE INDEPENDENT CRITICS LIST has been heavily influenced by the rise of international modeling, worldwide cinema, K-Pop, Bollywood, global television, internet personalities etc. It is now the most diverse and inclusive beauty list you will ever find.

In addition, due to overwhelming public demand, TC Candler has also created a 100 MOST HANDSOME FACES LIST. While it has only been going for four years, it has already become almost as popular as the BEAUTY LIST.
Feel free to comment with your suggestions or opinions. Originality is most welcome! Have your favorite name be heard! Of course, lists are always very subjective… you will disagree with some of the choices, but perhaps you will find a new favorite. We hope you enjoy the list. Watch the video and please comment. Who did you discover? Who did we miss?

From Helen of Troy to Cleopatra to Hedy Lamarr to Rita Hayworth, to Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly… these are THE LEGENDS OF OUR TIME!


TC Candler is a professional film critic and creator of the Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of the Year. He was born in London, England — but has lived in various parts of the United States (Los Angeles, Minneapolis & Las Vegas) since the mid-1980′s. He graduated university in 1997 with a degree in English.

Candler had always been a prominent writer on the web since its early years. After college, he went on to create one of the more successful movie review websites of the late 1990′s. At its peak, the site was receiving at least a quarter of a million unique visitors a month. Eventually, he teamed up with a few other critics to form another website devoted to movie reviews, celebrity interviews and opinionated columns. It was also a huge success for over three years — ranking as one of the most popular movie sites on the net between 2005 and 2008.

TC was also the lead writer and editor of Coming Soon Magazine — a London based monthly publication under the banner of The Independent Newspaper. At its peak, Candler was drawing well over 100,000 readers on a weekly basis.

He currently splits his time between Las Vegas and the beautiful island of Barbados – where he devotes much of his time to THE INDEPENDENT CRITICS LIST and the search for THE 100 MOST BEAUTIFUL FACES of the year. Not a bad job, if you can get it!

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