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Who Made 'People' Magazine's List of the World's Most Beautiful Women?

Apr 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM Chime in now

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People has unveiled its issue honouring the world's most beautiful women both inside and out. And while plenty of gorgeous ladies -- from 21-year-old Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and 23-year-old singing sensation Adele to 42-year-old Jennifer Lopez (last year's list-topper) and 47-year-old Sandra Bullock -- made the cut for the magazine's "Beautiful at Every Age" feature... only one woman could claim the honor of People's World's Most Beautiful Woman. And the title goes to... Beyonce!

Fittingly, the 30-year-old singer agrees with the magazine's decision -- in a modest way, of course -- largely thanks to the fact that she and husband Jay-Z welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy on Jan. 7.

"I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth," Beyonce tells People. "(Blue)'s just the cutest thing."

Beyonce is such a fan of motherhood, in fact, that she says she "loves" changing diapers and often sings to Blue as well. (Maybe there's a new album of lullabies headed our way soon?)

When asked whether she looks more like her mom or dad, Beyonce answers, "She looks like Blue. She's her own person." Even so, the singer sees her beautiful little one as a way to leave her mark on the world.

"The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy," she says. "The word 'love' means something completely different now."

Other women included in People's Beautiful at Every Age list are The Descendants breakout Shailene Woodley, Ryan Gosling's ex-girlfriend Rachel McAdams and current girlfriend Eva Mendes, Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, The Help Oscar nominee Viola Davis, and timeless beauties like Madonna and Michelle Pfeiffer. Check out a gallery of all the lovely ladies here!

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