Los Angeles Times
By Christie D'Zurilla
April 25, 2012, 10:56 a.m.
Motherhood looks good on you, Beyonce! Especially in the eyes of People magazine, which named the entertainment dynamo its world’s most beautiful woman for 2012.
"I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth," she told the mag. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth, never so proud of myself." Blue Ivy Carter, her baby girl with hubby Jay-Z, was born Jan. 7.
Part of that purpose? Changing diapers, which apparently is also quite beautiful at Casa de Carter -- enough that Beyonce expressed "love" for the task.
Sofia Vergara, Charlize Theron, Lily Collins, Madeleine Stowe, Christina Hendricks, Michelle Williams, Paula Patton, Miranda Lambert and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, are featured on the list as well. And, of course, there are some beautiful men, among them David Beckham, Blake Shelton, Ashton Kutcher and last year’s sexiest man alive, Bradley Cooper.
In case you were worried about 30-year-old Bey getting a big head about it all, never fear. "Being named the world’s most beautiful woman is really hard to say," she revealed in behind-the-scenes video from her cover shoot. "It’s overwhelming. It makes me feel very crunchy, and that means embarrassed." The 16-time Grammy winner says getting this recognition after giving birth makes it even better.