1. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford, who graduated at the top of her high school class, signed her first modeling contract in 1984. Initially she used the money to supplement her scholarship to attend Northwestern University, but she eventually ditched school to launch her career.
2. Emma Watson
The “Harry Potter” star earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the Brown, an Ivy League university in the US. She also scored 8 A* and 2 A’s in her ‘O’ level exams. In 2014, she was appointed as a UN WomenGoodwill Ambassador and helped launch the campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality.
3. Hani from EXID
EXID’s Hani has proven her intelligence with an impressive IQ score of 145. Also, she revealed that after studying for two months by herself, she received a score of 900 on a super difficult English Language exam (a perfect score is 990).
4. Honey Lee
Honey Lee is most well-known as 2006’s Miss Korea. She graduated from Seoul National University, the most prestigious public university in Korea, with a bachelor’s degree in Korean traditional music. Seoul National University is ranked 9th in Asia and 102nd worldwide.
5. Kate Beckinsale
A young Kate Beckinsale was singled out for her intelligence in grade school; her school reports cited a reading level of an 11-year-old when she was just six. Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at Oxford University’s New College, and still fluently speaks both French and Russian, as well as German.
6. Kim Tae Hee
Kim Tae Hee is not just a pretty face! When people think of celebrities that are both beautiful and smart, one of the first people that come to mind is Kim Tae Hee. She graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree and reportedly has a IQ above 140.
7. Lisa Kudrow
Lisa graduated from Vassar College with a degree in biology. Six months after graduating, and before advancing on to graduate school, Lisa ditched further education to pursue acting. She became a huge success playing Phoebe on “Friends.”
8. Mayim Bialik
She took a break from her studies in 2005 to go back to acting and made a huge splash as the uber-smart Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” but finished her PhD in neuroscience in 2007, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents.
9. Natalie Portman
The “Black Swan” lead has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard — making her the first alum to win an Academy Award. She speaks six languages and has twice been published in scientific journals. As she once told the media, “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”