The world is full of beautiful women, and beautiful women whose names are a mouthful to pronounce. What if, by the wish of the gods, you meet one of them in a strange bar during your (imaginary and completely fictitious) vacation to Maldives, and all that's stopping you from approaching is the fear that you might mangle her name and ruin this chance-of-a-lifetime mingling?
We are here to help, tongue-tied traveler. Here's a pronunciation guide to some of the most beautiful women in the world—from Victoria's Secret supermodels to Hollywood bombshells—with such weird names.
You might know her as: South Africa's top contribution to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Don't say: Can-diss Swayne-pole / Swan-e-pole
Image via Candice's Instagram account
You might know her as: Public enemy no. 1 for Resident Evil's zombies
Don't say: Mee-la Jo-vo-vich
3) IRINA SHAYK
You might know as: Football star Cristiano Ronaldo's ex-girlfriend (Dumb-ass!)
Don't say: Ee-REE-na Shike
Image via Irina's Instagram account
4) HOPE DWORACZYK
You might know her as: A former Playmate of the Year
Don't say: Hope Du-wo-ra-zhik
Image via Hope's Instagram account
You might know her as: Some cosplayer you saw on the Internet. (Just kidding. She's the Cosplay Goddess!)
Don't say: Alodia Go-si-yeng-fiyow
You might know her as: The only thing we'll remember about "Blurred Lines" in a few years.
Don't say: E-mi-LEE Ra-ta-JOWS-key
Image via Emily's Instagram account
You might know her as: The fashion world's favorite alt-girl
Don't say: Car-a De-le-VING
Image via Cara's Instagram account
*There's a slight "g" sound as in "vignette" in the last syllable right after the "n," if you're some sort of weird perfectionist.
You might know her as: That mean girl who could predict the weather with her bewbs
Don't say: A-man-da Say-FREED
9) CHARLIZE THERON
You might know her as: Aeon Flux
Don't say: Char-leez Te-RON
10) DOUTZEN KROES
You might know her as: A long-time Victoria's Secret Angel, whom Forbes listed as the second-highest earning supermodel in 2014, next to Jee-sel Bund-chen.
Don't say: Doot-ZEN Crows
Image via Doutzen's Instagram account
You might know her as: The Pussycat Dolls' alpha-dog
Don't say: Nee-COLE Sher-zeeng-GER
12) SUI HE
You might know her as: That hot chinita at this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She's the second Chinese model to do the show after Liu Wen did it in 2009.
Don't say: Su-wee Heh!
Image via Sui's Instagram account
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