The Top 10 Celebrity Smiles of 2007
Despite being labeled as the egomaniacal, suspiciously socially active, pantyless-yet-riveting crème de la crème of popular culture, superstars have mastered the art of smiling for the camera. Award night after award night, they grin for the public's ever-doting gaze.
Even in 2007 – possibly the wackiest year of entertainment news headlines since celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was in diapers – some famous smiles are worth noting. Sure, there's a good chance some of these stars have had porcelain veneers applied and a better chance that they've undergone teeth whitening, but who's really keeping track? Ten celebrities in particular exhibited engaging and noteworthy smiles, and each for good reason.
10. Stephen Colbert
Wide, open smiles tend to distract from other facial features (I'm looking at you, Julia Roberts). Stephen's, however, actually accentuates his incredibly expressive eyes… of Truthiness.
Why He's Smiling: A best-selling book, his own Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, Air Colbert, running in a primary as a Democrat and a Republican – after all those accomplishments, why not?
9. Adrianne Palicki
Adrianne has what some would call a Swiss Army smile – sultry in one shot, familiar in the next, glamorous in another, and mysterious in the one after that.
Why She's Smiling: A rising star on one of TV's most critically-acclaimed shows, Friday Night Lights, she's got the stuff to be a Hollywood mainstay.
8. Patrick Dempsey
His teeth are remarkably straight and white, making his already-chiseled face that much more McDreamy.
Why He's Smiling: His Grey's Anatomy character's nickname has become synonymous with "unbelievably hot."
7. LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers' forward LeBron James' wide, warm, and gregarious grin is extremely proportionate to the rest of his features, an especially-noticeably trait on a 6'8", 250-pound man.
Why He's Smiling: King James has been deemed the sports messiah by a city desperate for a sports championship and is worshipped accordingly. Plus, he has a $90 million shoe contract.
6. America Ferrera
Aside from being worth $10 million dollars, America's smile seems to be an extension of her loveable, painfully-relatable character on Ugly Betty. The braces she wears on the show cover beautifully straight teeth, and her smile, as big as it is, looks effortless.
Why She's Smiling: She stars in a show that's become a runaway hit and has been heralded as an ideal role model for a generation of young girls. She also won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award this year.
5. Justin Timberlake
The "SexyBack" triple-threat has a smile that combines the remnants of his down-home boyishness with his status as a modern-day sex symbol. His grin softens the rest of his otherwise-sharp facial features and the facial hair actually complements his smile.
Why He's Smiling: He was linked to both Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel. Yeah, that's reason enough to smile.
4. Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé proves that consistent practice makes consistent perfection. High, well-contoured cheek bones perfectly match her full lips, and she (or her makeup artist) knows how to use blush to draw your eyes to her gorgeous pearly whites.
Why She's Smiling: This year we saw Ms. "Irreplaceable" go on a massive tour, gain nominations and wins for a litany of high-profile awards, become a cover girl for the SI Swimsuit Issue, and invade our TVs with her American Express commercial.
3. Hayden Panettiere
Now that she's 18, it's safe to write that her smile reflects the grand slam combination of spritely cute and smoldering sexy. Soft, glowing features (chemical peel, anyone?) partner well with her easy grin to reinforce the TV cheerleader's rep as a media darling.
Why She's Smiling: The Heroes' star's career path is on the up and up (and up and up). Her role as TV's most famous indestructible cheerleader will surely pave the way for big projects in the future. She's also distinguished herself from the pack of YHAT (Young, Hot, and Troubled) actresses to become the gal every guy wants to bring home to his parents.
2. George Clooney
George’s strong facial features and deep, love-me eyes work well with his happy face, whether he's giving a smug closed-mouthed smirk, a coy tight-lipped grin, or a salacious wide-open smile.
Why He's Smiling: There's a huge amount of Oscar buzz associated with his movie, Michael Clayton, he survived a motorcycle crash with his girlfriend, and he exponentially upped his social activism quotient. Also, he's George Clooney.
1. Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood more than claims the top celebrity smile of 2007 – she commands it. With a smile like hers, the choice was easy. This former American Idol winner and current crossover songstress always displays a picture perfect, blazin' white smile that's altogether adorable, confident, sexy, classy, sassy, warm, and inviting. Above all, Carrie's smile exudes a definitive genuineness that's rarely seen in people – celebrities or otherwise – that truly separates her smile from the rest.
Why She's Smiling: Six number one singles in three years, the best-selling album of 2006, a flood of awards and recognitions (among them "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" – twice), celebrity boyfriends, and a star that doesn't seem will ever burn out. In light of her amazing smile, we can only hope that she continues to find reasons to show it off.
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