Say cheese! Duchess of Cambridge and Holly Willoughby named as Britain’s best smilers
12:45 GMT, 4 September 2012
A dazzling white smile is a prerequisite for any celebrity hoping to make it to the red carpet – and they don't call it a Hollywood smile for nothing.
The British may be known for their bad teeth, but they can spot a good set of gnashers a mile off – and they have voted the Duchess of Cambridge Britain's best smiler.
The Duchess came out top in a poll to find which famous face had the most perfect smile – and which celebrity looked least appealing when they grinned.
All smiles: Presenter Holly Willoughby and the Duchess of Cambridge reigned at the top of the best smiles list
With her straight set of teeth Kate clinched top spot – her easy smile during the Olympics and Paralympics ceremonies giving her a place in the nation’s hearts.
Chirpy television presenter Holly Willoughby came in a close second.
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham fared less well. Like Kate, she featured in the Olympic ceremonies – but it didn’t stop her from being named the least appealing celebrity smiler.
The poll named reality TV star Kim Kardashian as possessing the third most beautiful smile while Victoria Beckham’s husband David was the only male to feature in the top five – at number four.
Battle of the beaus: David Beckham took a place in the top five whilst wife Victoria was voted into the bottom
The X Factor’s Tulisa clinched the fifth spot, a demotion from her top spot earlier this year.
Simon Cowell, Katie Price, X Factor judge Louis Walsh and reality TV star Amy Childs all featured in the top five worst smiles.
One female respondent said: 'Kate Middleton has the perfect smile and unlike all the showbiz celebrities she also has real class.
'Her smile never looks forced or fake. It was fantastic to see her light up with joy at the Olympics and the Paralympics. She’s wonderful.'
A male respondent offered the comment: 'Holly Willoughby has the perfect smile. She’s so fresh faced and looks genuinely happy. Her natural smile appeals to both men and woman.'
Bad smiles: Simon Cowell and Katie Price were voted as having some of the worst smiles in showbiz
Another female respondent said: 'I’m sure Victoria Beckham must have a great smile but it’s a shame she never shows it. For some strange reason she seems to think she looks good if she sucks in her cheeks and grimaces in front of a camera. It’s really quite bizarre. Just show us your fangs Victoria.'
A spokesman for ecigarettedirect who conducted the survey, said they believed a good smile was a real asset for anyone.
He said: 'It’s amazing how much we judge people by their smile. A winning grin really can open doors for anyone.
'What our survey found was the vast majority of people have a very similar reaction to the same celebrity smiles.
'Almost everyone we asked agreed that Holly Willoughby and Kate Middleton had the most beautiful, natural smiles. It really was a two horse race with Kim Kardashian coming in third a long way behind the two leaders.
'Similarly almost everyone expressed suspicion when they viewed Victoria Beckham’s pout. It seems we don’t trust a person who refuses to bare their teeth when they smile.'
1. Duchess of Cambridge
2. Holly Willoughby
3. Kim Kardashian
4. David Beckham
1. Victoria Beckham
2. Simon Cowell
3. Katie Price
4. Amy Childs
5. Louis Walsh