World's Most Beautiful

PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now

See the gorgeous icons who've earned the coveted title – and find out how they've gotten more gorgeous with time

BEYONCÉ

Most Beautiful 2012: It was only a matter of time before Beyoncé earned the title of World's Most Beautiful. But it was after she welcomed daughter Blue Ivy that the songstress slash actress slash mogul actually felt worthy of the title. "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth," she told PEOPLE. "I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth."
Now: 35 years old, Beyoncé continues to wow her fans with her music and its message – and rumors of a new album any day now! –, so it's safe to say that Queen Bey is as beautiful as ever.