Gwyneth Paltrow has been named the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People, a year after her friend Beyonce captured the title on the magazine's annual list.
The magazine revealed the news on Wednesday, April 24, nine days before the May 3 release date of Paltrow's newest film, "Iron Man 3," in which she reprises her role as Pepper Potts. Paltrow, a 40-year-old Oscar winner, and main star Robert Downey have been promoting the movie in Europe over the past week (See PHOTOS of them in Germany and in London.)
Paltrow tops People's annual top 10 list of "Most Beautiful" people, beating the likes of Kerry Washington, star of ABC's "Scandal," who is No. 2, Amanda Seyfried, who placed third, and Zooey Deschanel, who is No. 4. No men made the cut.
Paltrow said in a video interview posted on People's website that she found out about her "Most Beautiful" title via e-mail.
"When I first heard that I was going to be on the cover of People's 'Most Beautiful' issue, I honestly thought someone was playing a joke on me and I had to reread the email three times," she said. "I was like, 'This can't be true. I've developed dyslexia. Like, I'm not reading this right."
Paltrow, has also appeared in films such as "Shakespeare in Love," for which she won an Oscar in 1999, "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Se7en," with then-boyfriend Brad Pitt.
Paltrow, who lives mostly in London with husband and Coldplay singer Chris Martin and their son and daughter, is also known for her Goop lifestyle and wellness website and in recent years, cookbooks. The actress is featured on the cover of People magazine's latest double issue and told the outlet that she credits the Tracy Anderson Method fitness plan with helping her to "look young and feel strong."
Aside from Beyonce, the first black celebrity to top People's "Most Beautiful" list in nine years, previous stars who were ranked No. 1 include Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, Michelle Pfeiffer and Leonardo DiCaprio. (Check out a full list of 24 "Most Beautiful" cover stars).
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