Sadly, we don’t see enough Asian actresses in the United States. Roles that should go to them are going to people who really don’t deserve the roles. White American women are given parts that should go to Asian actresses. In Hollywood this is referred to as “whitewashing” and it’s a real shame.
Asian women are beautiful, intriguing, and exotic. When you add those traits to fantastic acting, you’ve got something special. Maybe not many beautiful Asian actresses haven’t made a huge impact in the United States but they’ve certainly made an impact in other markets. These women are deserving of much credit.
1. FAN BINGBING
A television series titled My Fair Princess launched Fan into stardom. She received recognition at the Hundred Flowers Award for her role in a film titled Cell Phone and has been named one of the highest-paid actresses in the world as well as a fashion icon.
Her achievements are many. She’s been given awards from the Beijing College Student Film Festival, the Huading Awards, Eurasia International Film Festival, Golden Horse Film Festival, and the Tokyo International Film Festival. She’s topped the Forbes China Celebrity List. She is an incredibly talented and stunning woman who continues to do great work.
2. DIA MIRZA
Dia is an actress, model, and producer who won Miss Asia Pacific 2000 title. She is well-known for her social work, as well. She co-owns a production company and has produced and released a film titled Love Breakups Zindagi. She’s starred in several films, one of which was featured in several nationwide film festivals. While not all of her films have been huge successes, she’s still quite talented and accomplished. She’s been recognized for her social work and has had several articles published in various publications, including the Hindustan Times.
3. MARIAN RIVERA
A Spanish Filipino model and commercial actress, Marian is best known for her roles in Marimar, Dyesebel, Temptation of Wife, and Amaya. She’s also a recording artist who has released two albums. She’s been named FHM’s Sexiest Woman of the Year three times and has a Facebook following of over 17 million people.
She’s won an award for Best Actress at Northwest Samar State University Annual Awards and Favorite TV Actress from KZONE Awards. She’s made quite a name for herself as an actress having appeared in several prime-time television series. She’s also a noted philanthropist who does amazing charity work.
4. KATRINA KAIF
Katrina is well known for her work in Hindu, Telugu, and Malayalam films. The media in India has dubbed her one of India’s most attractive celebrities and she’s one of the top paid actresses in Bollywood. She’s received mixed reviews from film critics but that doesn’t seem to have made a difference in her success.
She’s starred in many movies and has earned two Filmfare Award for Best Actress nominations. Most notably she’s starred in two films – Ek Tha Tiger and Dhoom 3 – which are the highest-grossing Bollywood films in history.
As her mother is an influence, she’s chosen to get involved with charity work. She does keep her private life closely guarded as she’s come under fire for fabricating her life story. Regardless of her upbringing, she’s definitely talented.
5. ZHANG ZIYI
Zhang Ziyi is one of the most well-known actresses in Asia. She’s starred in several major motion pictures including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Rush Hour 2. Her performance in Memoirs of a Geisha earned a Golden Globe nomination and she has won 12 different best actress awards making her the most awarded actress for one film.
She’s made it to the top 5 of the Forbes China Celebrity list several times. The Shanghai Film Festival has given her an “Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema” award and from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres she’s been awarded the French Cultural Order. She’s the only Chinese actress to win awards from all award ceremonies in the Chinese entertainment arena.
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6. Song Hye-Kyo
Song made her first television debut on a show called First Love after being discovered during a modeling job for a school uniform company. From that moment on she was continually cast in various television shows including Full House, The World They Live In, and Autumn in my Heart among many others.
Most recently she’s portrayed the lead role in Descendants of the Sun, a 2016 pan-Asia drama. She’s appeared in eleven films. As a product endorser, she is one of the most sought-after actresses in Korea for print ads and TV commercials. She’s also recorded a single with proceeds from sales going to charity.
7. KIM TAE-HEE
Print ads and commercials are what gave Kim her start. She had roles in minor films before landing her first big role in a television show called Stairway to Heaven where she played an evil stepsister. From then on she found herself cast in many starring roles.
She’s won The Most Popular TV Actress award from Baeksang Arts Awards and the media has given her the moniker “Nation’s Goddess” due to her beauty and education. In Korea, she is one of the most sought-after celebrity personalities for commercials and ads alongside Song Hye-Kyo.
8. CHITRANGADA SINGH
First a model and then an actress, Chitrangada is largely popular in the Bollywood scene. She was first noticed in a music video which led to another music video and then a role in a movie titled Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Her portrayal in that film gained her an incredibly positive review from the Washington Post. She’s done some singing as well for the movie Joker. Along with her acting career, she also does several product endorsements for companies such as Airtel, Puma, and Taj Mahal Tea along with many others.
9. DEEPIKA PADUKONE
Deepika is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. The media has called her one of the most popular and beautiful celebrities in India. She’s starred in nine films but got her first recognition from a television commercial for soap. She’s also been featured in music videos. Her awards are many with a total of 68 including five IIFA awards, seven Screen Awards, and four Filmfare Awards. She’s been named “The World’s Sexiest Woman” by FHM and “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People India magazine. She’s also a product spokeswoman for many companies including Sony Cyber-shot, Nescafe, Maybelline, and many others.
10. PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Among her many talents, Priyanka is an accomplished actress, singer, and philanthropist. She’s also a winner of a Miss World pageant. She is credited with being one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in the nation. Her goal was to study psychiatry or engineering but she got involved in acting instead.
Her achievements include being named one of the most influential people in the world in 2016 by Time magazine, five Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and also the fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India. She’s worked in television, has had success with a singing career, and was even a writer for the Hindustan Times. She’s appeared in 12 films and has a current role on the television show Quantico.