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The teen queen has finally claimed her throne.

After clinching the second spot last year, Filipino-American model and actress Liza Soberano was declared the most beautiful face of 2017 in a The Independent Critics’ annual list, just ahead of French model and actress Thylane Blonde at the second spot and K-pop idol Tzuyu at third.

The 19-year-old, who is set to play Darna in an Erik Matti-directed movie, bested approximately 85,000 female celebrities to be “the representative of the modern ideal of worldwide beauty,” based on many millions of suggestions submitted from around the world. More than aesthetic perfection, however, Soberano was chosen for the “grace, elegance, originality, daring, passion, class, poise, joy, promise, hope” all embodied in her beautiful face, the group’s website read.

Reminiscent of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach’s journey to the Binibining Pilipinas crown, Soberano was also part of the list twice — first in 2015 at number 6 and second in 2016 at number 2 – before topping other nominees on her third appearance.

Netizens and fans quickly took to Twitter to congratulate the teen celebrity upon the release of the list.

“Congratulations to our Queen Liza, the beauty of a Filipina being recognized all over the world. You are making us proud!” one tweet said.

“Well-deserved #1 spot! Congratulations, Liza Soberano,” another tweet said.

Other Filipinas included in the list are Kathryn Bernardo (60th), Jessy Mendiola (71st) and Kim Domingo (96th). Hollywood celebrities such as Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke (27th), Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie (33rd), and singer Selena Gomez (56th) also made it to the list.

Meanwhile, Filipino-Australian singer and actor James Reid bagged the fourth spot in the critic groups’ “The Most 100 Handsome Faces” of the year. Korean pop artist Kim Tae-hyung landed in first place, followed by Hollywood actors Jason Momoa and Armie Hammer.

The Independent Critics have been publishing The 100 Most Beautiful Faces List annually since 1990, led by British film critic TC Candler. Their lists have become a yearly internet phenomenon, seen by almost a quarter of a billion people from around the world. Instead of being a popularity contest, “the list attempts to inform & broaden public opinion instead of reflecting it.”

See the full list of The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 here:

Photo from Manila Bulletin


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