4 Japanese celebrities rank on 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2014 List

The 25th Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2014 has been released! If you’re not familiar with it, this list has been published in various formats every year since 1990 and has been seen by over 60 million people from around the world in recent years.

This list is significant because it’s not just a popularity contest of Hollywood’s top celebrities and is celebrated for its worldwide scope and coverage of female celebrities. This year, four Japanese celebrities have made the cut to this list and one has even broken the top 10.

TC Candler, whose site website is dedicated to film aficionados, hopeless romantics, admirers of artistic beauty & the intellectually curious, writes:

Unlike many other annual publications, The Independent Critics List is not a popularity contest. It is not about the sexiest or the most famous. Rather, it aims to be a very international list and one that is inclusive of many cultures, lifestyles, professions and degrees of fame. The Independent Critics List intends to inform public opinion rather than reflect it. This list searches far and wide, listening to the tens of thousands of suggestions submitted every year, and tries to put together a list representative of the modern ideal of beauty. Aesthetic perfection is only one of the criteria. Grace, elegance, class, poise, joy, promise, hope… they are all embodied in a beautiful face.

Check them out below.

Haruka Shimazaki#50. AKB48 Team A’s 20-year-old Haruka Shimazaki, known lovingly to fans as Paruru, comes in at 50. Since her September 2009 debut, she has shown her hard work ethic and has climbed the ranks of the group.
Nozomi Sasaki#43. Nozomi Sasaki is a 26-year-old glamor model, known for her doll-like image attributed to her looks and manners, who has done nearly everything in the entertinament industry since her start at age 14. She has released a handful of photobooks in yearly succession, endorsed fashion and food brands, has acted in both film and television and released an album under Sony Music Japan.
Satomi Ishihara#25. 28-year-old Satomi Ishihara is an actress who has gained recognition for her acting talent. Since her 2003 debut that awarded her with two newcomer awards, she has made over 40 film, TV drama and TV movie appearances.
Mirei Kiritani#8. Mirei Kiritani breaks the top 10 coming in at number 8 of the most beautiful face in the world. Mirei is a 24-year-old actress and model who got her start in 2006 in acting and has continue to focus on television roles, with a couple forays to the big screen.

Also relevant is who came in first place: After School and Orange Caramel’s Nana.