'I feel more beautiful than ever because I've given birth': New mother Beyonc named world's most beautiful woman
14:25 GMT, 25 April 2012
She's been included on the coveted list a number of times before, but Beyonc has said that she feels more beautiful than ever now that's she's become a mother.
The singer, 30, has been named as the world's most beautiful woman by People magazine.
Smiling serenely from the front cover of the annual special issue, Beyonc reveals: '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.'
'I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth': New mother Beyonc has been named People magazine's World's Most Beautiful Woman 2012
The star, who welcomed baby Blue Ivy on January 7, adds: 'The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy.
'The word 'love' means something completely different now.'
The singer wears a white tulle confection for the front cover shot, with an elaborate blue necklace.
Baby bliss: the singer says that 'love means something completely different now'
She tops a list of ten most beautiful stars nominated by the magazine, and other categories including 'beauty at every age' and 'stunning stars'.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara takes second place in the top ten list.
The 39-year-old Colombian loves says she is not ashamed that her good looks have opened doors for her.
Top beauties: Modern family star Sofia Vergara (left) and actress Charlize Theron placed second and third respectively on the list of top ten beautiful women of the year
Stunning Snow Whtie and the Huntsman star Charlize Theron is placed third.
Miss Theron also became a mother recently after adopting a little boy, Jackson.
The former model told Vogue magazine recently of starting out: 'I was too tall, too big, too late for the supermodel look of the Eighties. Kate Moss and all the tiny, grungy girls had just become fashionable, and I didn’t fit the bill.'
Rising and returning stars: Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins is taking centre stage at number four, while Revenge actress Madeleine Stowe has made a return to the spotlight
Rising star Lily Collins is an unsurprising inclusion on the list.
The actress and Phil Collins' daughter was cast as the 'fairest of them all' in the new Snow White film, Mirror Mirror, and its is not hard to see why.
Returning to the spotlight is Madeleine Stowe, who was named number five thanks to her role in Revenge.
Different styles: Voluptuous Christina Hendricks is in at number six, while gamine Michelle Williams placed seventh on the list
Showing that all different styles of beauty have been included in the list, voluptuous bombshell Christina Hendricks placed just ahead of gamine Michelle Williams.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocall star Paula Patton is a new entry, ahead of country singer Miranda Lambert.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who celebrates her first wedding anniversary this weekend, rounds out the top ten most beautiful women.
Top ten: Mission Impossible star Paula Patton, country singer Miranda Lambert and the duchess of Cambridge complete the list