There are a number of ways to measure the hottest celebrities in the industry today. In this increasingly wired world, a celebrity's social media presence can be a highly influential factor in the scope of their reach.
As more and more celebrities recognize how to best leverage the power of social media to gain and retain attention, it is becoming easier for fans to feel personally connected to their favorite stars. Whether it be starring in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, capturing the attention of the media through reality television programming, or producing the latest hit single, today's most popular celebrities are involved in a myriad of activities that continue to catapult them to fame. The trendiest stars often have the power to launch wildly successful product lines as a result of their celebrity. Here are five of the hottest celebrities on the stage and screen today and how they continue to expand their reach and delight fans from all around the world:
1 - Chris Hemsworth
The Australian born actor has made a name for himself over the last few years as a leading man in a host of films, most notably superhero movies. The successful run started with "Thor" in 2011. Hemsworth springboarded that success to land roles in 2012's "The Avengers," followed by multiple headlining roles in the many sequels of these two films. This year, the worldwide heartthrob switched gears by starring in the dramatic action film "12 Strong." Chronicling the conflict in Afghanistan following the attacks of 9/11, this movie showed Hemsworth in a new light.
2 - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Not your normal run-of-the-mill celebrity couple, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan have been thrust into the spotlight, even in the United States. The much-anticipated royal family wedding in May garnered all of the buzz and the spotlight does not look like it will die down soon with the announcement of a baby on the way. The couple's first child is due in the spring of 2019, guaranteeing that Harry and Meghan will be one of the hottest couples in the news well into the next year.
3 - Selena Gomez
This American actress, singer, and producer is hitting all of the high notes in 2018. Gomez rose to fame as a child actor appearing on a variety of popular children's shows. Until recently, Gomez held the crown of the most followed celebrity on Instagram, before being passed by international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in October 2018. Lately, Gomez has kept herself busy producing the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and also releasing the hit single "Back to You."
4 - Kim Kardashian
As part of the infamous Kardashian family, Kim's stock has never been higher. The reality television star and socialite is one of the most followed celebrities in the world, thanks in large part to her always in the spotlight family. Kim is currently married to rap star Kanye West, increasing her celebrity power even more in the last few years. After successful stints in television, Kim has used her name to launch a number of products tied to her name.
5 - Dwayne Johnson
Also known as The Rock for his time spent in the wrestling ring, Dwayne Johnson has been able to use his fame as a wrestler to launch a successful acting and producing career. Johnson first began his career on the screen in 2002 with "The Scorpion King." However, he is most known for his role as Luke Hobbs in the wildly popular "The Fast and the Furious" franchise. The well-loved and multi-talented star continues to impress audiences with his wide range of talents and skills on the screen and in the ring.