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Most Beautiful 2014

PEOPLE's 2012 World's Most Beautiful Woman

See Beyoncé like never before, plus a first look at the other A-listers who made the cut

BEYONCÉ

Go behind the scenes of her PEOPLE photo shoot
At 30, PEOPLE's 2012 World's Most Beautiful Woman has many accomplishments on her résumé, including being a 16-time Grammy winner, an actress and a style and beauty icon. But none is more important than her newest role: playing mom to daughter Blue Ivy, whom she and husband of four years, Jay-Z, welcomed in January. "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," she says. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a sense of purpose on this earth."