People magazine on Wednesday named Beyonce the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2012, describing her as a force of nature, style icon and proud mother.
The 30-year-old singer, a 16-time Grammy Award winner, told the big-selling magazine that her recently born daughter had given new meaning to her life.
"I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," Beyonce said. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth."
The "Crazy in Love," singer, and her husband Jay-Z announced the birth of daughter Blue Ivy in January this year.
"She's just the cutest thing," Beyonce told People.
Other celebrities named on the magazine's most beautiful list included Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Elle MacPherson.
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