Happy Embrace Your Geekness Day! Today is all about not shying away from your smarts or what you’re into, whether you’re a math whiz or a total bookworm or comic crazed, and frankly, why the hell should you? Look at the company you’re in! These celebs prove that us ladies can be more than just a pretty face—they back up their beauty with some serious brains! From multiple degree holders like Meryl Streep to still-in-college students like Emma Watson, here are eight scholars-cum-stars who put the cool in school.
It’s almost criminal to be as stunningly beautiful as Natalie Portman and also be super smart too. Not only is the Academy Award-winning actress in possession of some seriously enviable bone structure, but she’s also got a Harvard degree to boot. Portman graduated from the prestigious school with a bachelor’s in psychology in ’03, but even in high school she was devoted to her studies—she skipped the premiere of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace so she could study for finals! Along with her Ivy League degree, the American/Israeli dual citizen speaks both English and Hebrew fluently, has studied French, Japanese, German and Arabic, and has given lectures on terrorism at Columbia University. Who says God doesn’t give with both hands?!
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