Beyonce - the World's Most Beautiful Woman (+photos)

Beyonce Knowles has been named as the World's Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine.

Knowles, married to rapper Jay-Z, credits the January birth of daughter Blue Ivy Carter as her beauty secret.

"I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," she told the magazine after topping the annual list announced today.

"I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this Earth.

"The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy.

"The word `love' means something completely different now."

Aussie beauties Nicole Kidman, Rose Byrne and Elle Macpherson were also named on the list, and last year's winner, Jennifer Lopez, also made the cut.

People magazine's top 10 Most Beautiful Women 2012:

1. Beyonce Knowles
2. Sofia Vergara
3. Charlize Theron
4. Lily Collins
5. Madeleine Stowe
6. Christina Hendricks
7. Michelle Williams
8. Paula Patton
9. Miranda Lambert
10. Kate Middleton

- HERALD ONLINE, AP, AAP

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