Most beautiful woman
Now here's a thorny topic. We've chosen to ignore contemporary press darlings and look to history for an answer. Legend calls Helen of Troy the most beautiful woman to have lived, but we have no real proof of her existence let alone a contemporary portrait. However, we do have a hot contender in the ancient Greek courtesan Phryne. Her beauty was deemed so heavenly it could represent the Goddess Aphrodite - winner of the goddesses' own beauty contest, that is. Praxiteles used her as his model for his Aphrodite of Knidos sculpture - one of ancient civilisation's most copied statues, and one that Pliny called, "superior to anything[...] in the whole world". The statue itself is lost but many copies remain - the most faithful being the Colonna Venus in the Vatican Museums.