It's a new year, and big things are about to happen. That's particularly true for the women on this list. Whether walking the runway, founding social health startups, fighting in the ring or taking Hollywood by storm, these ladies are poised to make strides in their respective fields, and look good doing it.
Barbara Palvin At the ripe old age of 19, Palvin is already poised to become one of the best-known models in the world. She rocked the hell out of a Santa outfit at the recent Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and once you've pulled that off the sky's the limit.
Allison Williams Williams is one of the titular stars of the HBO series Girls and arguably the best looking. When the show returns for a second season early this year, we're expecting to see a lot more of her.
Azealia Banks The outspoken rapper hasn't wasted any time establishing her presence on the scene with a handful of hit singles. Her debut full-length album drops later this year.
Alana Blanchard A new crop of surfer girls has sprung up recently, and Blanchard is one of the talented (and sexy) athletes leading the charge. Fortunately for us, that means she often has her back turned to the camera.
Kate McKinnon SNL has helped launch some of the funniest women in entertainment (especially in the past few years with the likes of Tina Fey and Kristin Wiig), and McKinnon is the latest. She joined the show in April 2012 and has already claimed a spot as one of the most interesting and multi-faceted players in the cast.
Zoe Saldana With a starring role in the upcoming Star Trek sequel, Saldana is likely to become a household name in 2013 (for the few households that don't already know her that is).
Emilia Clarke Clarke is a fanboy's delight and for good reason. As the sexy and badass Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's Game of Thrones, she captivated audiences for two seasons and is poised to do the same again this year when the show returns in March.
Jamie Chung From her humble beginnings as a Real World contestant, Chung has gone on to pull roles in some big-name films over the past few years. With parts in The Hangover Part III and Sin City 2 in 2013, she's about to see a serious boost in her star power this year.
Kate Middleton Middleton's pregnancy will no doubt be one of the biggest ongoing stories of the year. That's fine by us, considering she's not hard to look at, and because we've been waiting for an excuse to use the phrase "her royal MILFness" in conversation.
Sky Ferreira The singer/songwriter has gained modest attention in the music world since 2011 with a couple of hit EPs. If she can deliver on her first full-length album this year, she could well be one of the biggest rising stars in pop music.
Yael Cohen The young founder and CEO of Fuck Cancer is becoming one of the biggest names in social entrepreneurship and a leader in healthy living education. Oh, and she's super cute, too.
Ronda Rousey Normally we're a little iffy about girls who can put us in an inescapable sleeper hold, but for MMA fighter Ronda Rosuey we make an exception. She's rapidly becoming one of the biggest names in her sport, and if you haven't been following her career, 2013 would be a good time to start.
Katy Perry We don't really listen to her music or particularly care about the fact that she's releasing a new album this year, but dude, it's Katy Perry.
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