16. Emma Watson
What girl at the young age of 20 has the confidence to chop all of her hair off? Emma Watson does. The beautiful starlet said the major decision symbolizes the beginning of a “new phase” in her life, since this year marked the end of playing Hermoine in the Harry Potter movies. What a new phase this will be: not only is she one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, the face of Burberry, and a student at Brown University, but she’s also collaborating with Alberta Ferretti on a new organic clothing line and will be appearing in her first post-Harry Potter flick, My Week With Marilyn, next year. Can you say, jealous?
17. Elena Kagan
Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, wins the snappy-comeback-of-the-year award with an answer she gave to Sen. Lindsey Graham during her confirmation hearings. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, asked her where she had been last Christmas Day. Without missing a beat, Kagan, 50, responded humorously, “You know, like all Jews I was probably in a Chinese restaurant.” The room exploded with laughter. Besides eating in Chinese restaurants, Kagan is known for having degrees from Princeton and Oxford, being the former Solicitor General of the United States as well as the dean of Harvard Law School. But she always wanted to be a judge; the quote next to her high-school yearbook photo was one from Felix Frankurter, one of the court’s most respected justices ever. Somehow, we think she’ll do just fine on that same court.
18. Christine O’Donnell
O’Donnell, 41, is undoubtedly the most extraordinary candidate for the Senate ever fielded by a major party. But the 30-year-old Delaware Republican also had the backing of another organization, the Tea Party, as well as Sarah Palin. O’Donnell’s past and present utterances were gleefully chronicled by the mainstream media. Who hasn’t heard about O’Donnell’s dabbling in witchcraft, her anti-masturbation stance and her ignorance of the First Amendment? And though she was trounced in the election, she’s still speaking out. “Tragedy happens in threes,” she said in a speech in December. “Pearl Harbor, Elizabeth Edwards’ passing and Barack Obama…extending the unemployment benefits.” Apparently O’Donnell’s unaware that this grouping doesn’t work because a) the first two are real tragedies and b) the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Not that it matters — she’s got a book deal!
19. Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton is a real-life Cinderella … sort of. The beautiful Brit was just your average, non-royal college student when she met Prince William, and her life began to change. Though their relationship hasn’t always been a fairytale for Middleton, she and William are finally engaged, and Britain will soon have a new princess. So why do we love the future Princess Catherine? She is graceful, demure, well-spoken and poised to become a style icon in her own right. We can’t wait to see what she wears when she walks down the aisle in April!
And, last but not least, the bodacious, the beautiful, the Bieber-loving …
20. Kim Kardashian!
Becoming famous for basically no reason (most successful sex tape ever?) is an accomplishment in itself. People are so obsessed with the second oldest Kardashian sis that they will happily drop whatever they’re doing to read Kimmy’s latest tweet about adding items to her eBay closet, or the horror of being forced to get out of bed. This sexpot holds the world in the palm of her silky-smooth hand, and for that we have deemed her amazeballs!
Tell us, Bettys — who has your vote for most AMAZEBALLS woman of 2010?