People Deems Julia 'Most Beautiful,' Continues Trend

Of choosing women over the age of 45 for 3 years in a row
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2017 7:46 AM CDT
Julia Roberts Is 'World's Most Beautiful Woman' for 5th Time
Say hello to the "World's Most Beautiful Woman"—for a record fifth time.   (Twitter/People)

"Pretty Woman" has once more received a description upgrade. Julia Roberts is the "World's Most Beautiful Woman," according to People, the star's fifth turn at the honor since she first appeared on the "Most Beautiful" cover in 1991 at the age of 23. The 49-year-old mom of three tells the magazine, "I am very flattered," adding that she believes she's "currently peaking." "I'm a slow rise … like a slow Thanksgiving dinner roll," she says, per Today.

Roberts' repeat ascension to the top of the "Most Beautiful" list continues the recent trend of the magazine selecting women from the 45-and-over set as its honorees: Last year's cover star was Jennifer Aniston at the age of 47 (her second time on the cover), and in 2015, Sandra Bullock took the top spot at the age of 50—what the Daily Beast mused at the time was a "strategic" move on People's part. As for Roberts, perhaps the secret to what People calls her "ageless beauty" can be found in the love she has for husband Danny Moder, whom she married in 2002. "Every day [he] walks in the door it's like a recurring dream," she says. "I'm like, 'Ah, he's back!'" (Kiefer Sutherland recently spoke about his long-ago romance with Roberts.)

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