"Rarely am I left speechless, but I feel honored," says Lopez of topping PEOPLE's Most Beautiful list of 2011. But at 41, the singer-actress has earned her status as a beauty icon, something she says that family – husband Marc Anthony and twins Emme and Max, 3 – has taught her. As for looking glam week in and week out on American Idol, Lopez says, "I don't want anybody thinking it's easy. It does take time and it's hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody's friend!"
See more of Jennifer at her PEOPLE cover shoot here!