Emma Watson tops AskMen's 99 most outstanding women of 2015 list

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British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) speaks, next to an unidentified translator, during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 09: Emma Watson attends the Valentino show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild on July 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Actress Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures 'Noah' (Noe) at the Palafox cinema on March 17, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 13: Emma Watson attends the 'Noah' Germany Premiere at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Emma Watson attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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By THE WRAP

Emma Watson has taken the number one spot on the AskMen Top 99 Most Outstanding Women of 2015 list, the online publication announced Thursday.

UFC champion and actress Ronda Rousey came in just behind Watson. Rousey most recently defended her title belt in just fourteen seconds against Cat Zingano. She also appeared in "Expendables 3" and will play herself in the upcoming "Entourage" movie.

Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer who recently married George Clooney, made the top 10. The new Mrs. Clooney has an extensive career in law and diplomatic work, including taking part in a three-person UN commission that investigated rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip.

Laverne Cox made the top 20, rounding out an already impressive year for the actress. In addition to her role on the Emmy-winning Netflix show "Orange is the New Black," Cox became the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine in June 2014. She also has a new series, "Doubt," in the works at CBS.

Panelists from Business Insider, Huffington Post Lifestyle, PCMag, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo! Celebrity helped the AskMen editorial team compile the original list of 200 nominees.

"This year's list is not only a reflection of a shift in the media, but also a shift in modern male thinking," said AskMen publisher James Bassil. "We wanted to steer away from 'hot' lists and highlight women who have demonstrated a sheer influence in their industry.

The top 20 are as follows:

1. Emma Watson
2. Ronda Rousey
3. Kim Kardashian
4. Taylor Swift
5. Lindsey Vonn
6. Elizabeth Holmes
7. Beyoncé
8. Amal Clooney
9. Jennifer Lawrence
10. Serena Williams
11. Ashley Graham
12. Michelle Obama
13. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
14. Mindy Kaling
15. Tracy Chou
16. Laverne Cox
17. Amy Poehler
18. Ava DuVernay
19. Veronica Roth
20. Nicki Minaj

Click here to read the entire list.

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