We know how to provide women with both titillating controversy and seductive attention, as well as courage and perseverance beyond limits through incredible achievements. Let's remember 20 of those whose actions in this year's 12 months sparked the most rumors.
The star chef served up a high-profile divorce and the verdict of her former personal assistant on the alleged abuse.
In a world first, the iconic singer released her entire online music album literally overnight in December, selling 430,000 copies in one day and triggering 1.2 million tweets in 12 hours.
This year, for better or for worse, was definitely Miley's year. The constant flood of rumors about the daring transformation from the innocent Hannah Montana to the short-haired, scantily clad, amoral, irresistible seductress riding a bullet in the Wrecking Ball music video and sticking her tongue out 2.5 trillion times. With all this and more, she definitely deserves this year's throne as queen of controversy.
The New Zealand singer has released true suburban teen anthem Royals alongside her debut album Pure Heroine.
In October, the 28-year-old became the youngest writer to win the Man Booker Prize. The award-winning novel The Luminaries has been described by critics as dazzling, brilliant and lustful.
In the spring, the actress shocked the world by publicly revealing her double mastectomy after her genetic test showed a high probability of breast cancer.
Kate Middleton served "only" with the future king of the British kingdom in August.
The New Yorker unexpectedly entered the media scene after she and her fiance, the relentless Simon Cowell, announced that they were expecting a child together.
The Danish Prime Minister has sparked a viral, slightly controversial public frenzy with a photo of a group "selfie" with Barack Obama and David Cameron at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.
The actress earned the title of the woman everyone would like to have as a friend with an unfortunate accident, when she tripped in a Dior creation at this year's Oscars and then reacted completely without embarrassment.
The amazing 15-year-old girl, who successfully recovered from the Taliban attack in 2012, published her autobiography entitled "I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education" and was even nominated for this year's Nobel Prize.
The British woman surprised the public when she revealed herself as the "woman behind" the 4 million Facebook group Fucking Love Science.
The world famous skier and new girlfriend of Tiger Woods is absolutely irresistible. Despite suffering double leg injuries in February and November this year, he plans to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Her death in April sparked mixed public reactions - from glorification as Britain's first female prime minister and legendary feminist to accusations of creating harm through her past actions.
The human rights activist set up a charity fund in the name of her son Stephen and finally saw his killers convicted after 18 years.
After the Bank of England announced earlier this year that Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by Winston Churchill on the £5 note, feminist activist Criado-Perez launched a campaign to have women on the banknote.
Gillard's resignation as Australia's first female prime minister followed continued attacks on gender inequality from male leaders and the government.
In December, Barra became the first woman to hold a leadership position at the 105-year-old American auto giant General Motors.
The member of the band Pussy Riot resisted the extremely bad conditions in detention by going on a 9-day hunger strike, for which she was later transferred to one of the strictest prisons in Siberia.
In 2011, Deng showed a woman's fearlessness when she slapped away a protester who wanted to attack her husband at a trial. Despite everything, the couple officially broke up in June of this year.
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