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Kate Middleton voted biggest beauty icon of 2013

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Kate Middleton has been voted the biggest beauty icon of 2013. The Duchess of Cambridge beat Holly Willoughby and Beyonce to claim the title for the third year running.

Despite this year becoming a mum to Prince George, the Duchess has managed to retain her simple but stylish appearance which is based on glossy hair and faultless, low key fashion sense.

TV personality Holly Willoughby came second after wowing fans of This Morning, Celebrity Juice and The Voice with outfits which accentuate her curves.

U.S based singer Beyonce was third, according to the poll, which asked the views of 2,000 British women.

Cheryl Cole and this year’s Strictly Come Dancing star Abbie Clancy complete the top five.

Simon Comins of Superdrug, which conducted the annual Beauty Icons study of 2013,  said:

”Kate Middleton has secured her place in the nation’s hearts, and has cemented her position as a Beauty Icon.

”The Duchess is always immaculately presented, but is styled in a way the average person can relate to, and take inspiration from.

”Our customers definitely take note of Kate’s look, brunette hair colours and natural makeup have never been more popular, and it’s interesting that the majority of our top ten list this year have naturally brown hair.”

The study placed Hollywood humanitarian icon Angelina Jolie as the sixth biggest beauty icon of the year.

X-Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger was in seventh place, closely followed by Adele, who leapt from 14th to eighth place despite staying out of the limelight for the majority of the year.

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham came in ninth place, while Cara Delevigne, perhaps now more famous for her party girl antics than modelling career, completed the top ten.

Helen Mirren flies the flag for the slightly older lady as the 68-year-old was voted into 11th place in the polled.

Other more mature ladies to appear in the poll include Dame Judi Dench in at number 32 and Sharon Osbourne in 48th place.

Model Amy Willerton is a new entry in the top 50 beauty icons, at number 39 following her appearance on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

Celebrities Michelle Keegan, Alexa Chung, Alesha Dixon and Rhianna all appear in the top 20.

The study also found just under half of all women polled are envious of the way celebrities look, and one quarter look to their favourites for inspiration on what to wear and how to look.

42% said seeing celebrities look amazing makes them take better care of their own appearance, while 18% directly compare themselves to famous people.

Simon Comins added:

”We spend a huge amount of time watching celebrity trends and beauty looks because we know our customers watch them too.

”But while today’s women are inspired by beautiful women in the public eye, we’re not seeing them slavishly copying specific looks it’s more about being encouraged to try something new after seeing it on a famous face.”

TOP 50 BEAUTY ICONS 2013

1.            Kate Middleton

2.            Holly Willoughby

3.            Beyonce

4.            Cheryl Cole

5.            Abbey Clancy

6.            Angelina Jolie

7.            Nicole Scherzinger

8.            Adele

9.            Victoria Beckham

10.          Cara Delevingne

11.          Helen Mirren

12.          Emma Watson

13.          Michelle Keegan

14.          Alexa Chung

15.          Natalie Portman

16.          Alesha Dixon

17.          Mila Kunis

18.          Michelle Obama

19.          Scarlett Johansson

20.          Rihanna

21.          Kelly Brook

22.          Pippa Middleton

23.          Katy Perry

24.          Kim Kardashian

25.          Taylor Swift

26.          Jessie J

27.          Ellie Goulding

28.          Keira Knightley

29.          Amanda Holden

30.          Nigella Lawson

31.          Rosie Huntington Whiteley

32.          Judi Dench

33.          Jessica Ennis

34.          Mylene Klass

35.          Agyness Deyn

36.          Fearne Cotton

37.          Blake Lively

38.          Alexandra Burke

39.          Amy Willerton

40.          Kylie Minogue

41.          Darcey Bussell

42.          Halle Berry

43.          Dannii Minogue

44.          Tess Daly

45.          Lady GaGa

46.          Anna Freil

47.          Katherine Jenkins

48.          Sharon Osbourne

49.          Miranda Kerr

50.          Amy Childs