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In pictures: Beyonce is People's 'Most Beautiful Woman'
26 April 2012
Last updated at 11:27 BST
See photos of Beyonce Knowles who has been named the world's most beautiful woman for 2012 by America's People magazine.
Beyonce has been named the world's most beautiful woman by America's People magazine. This shot was taken during her headline performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival on 26 June, 2011.
Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, seen here at a basketball game in New York this month, became parents to daughter Blue Ivy in January. The 30-year-old told People: "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth."
She watched the men's final at the US Open tennis tournament last September. Actresses Sofia Vergara and Charlize Theron were placed second and third on the list of top 10 beautiful women of 2012.
Beyonce performed with fellow Destiny's Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland at The Brit Awards in 2001. The group split a year later, but reformed in 2004 for the release of their fourth studio album, Destiny Fulfilled.
The star attended the Golden Globe Awards in 2007 where she was nominated for best performance in Dream Girls and best original song for Listen. She is also the third most honoured woman in the history of the Grammy Awards.
Beyonce was expecting a baby when she introduced a special screening of her live concert film in New York last November. Jennifer Lopez was named People magazine's most beautiful woman in the world in 2011.
In 2008 she went to Maida Vale Studios to perform a Live Lounge session for the BBC. Her third studio album I Am... Sacha Fierce was released in November of that year, featuring the singles If I Were a Boy and Single Ladies.
The solo singer gave an energetic performance at the Radio 1 Chart Show Live concert in November 2006 where she was joined on stage by dancers and a live band.
Beyonce confirmed her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in California, where she posed for photographers in a figure-hugging, floor-length red dress.
This photo was taken during a special live performance in a outdoor concert in front of BBC Television Centre in London in 2006. The event was presented by BBC 1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson.
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