Jennifer Aniston Is People's 'World's Most Beautiful Woman 2016'

by Jackie Willis 4:59 AM PDT, April 20, 2016
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Jennifer Aniston has landed the title of World's Most Beautiful Woman 2016, and she's "very, very flattered."

This is the Mother's Day star's second time on People magazine's annual coveted cover, which was officially revealed on Wednesday's Today show. The 47-year-old actress says she had a "teenage-y kind of moment" upon hearing the news.

When ET spoke with Aniston earlier this month, she was absolutely glowing while talking about her content lifestyle. "I'm very peaceful," she shared. "I literally wake up every day and feel very lucky. I feel very fortunate."

Aniston reveals to People how she views beauty and health in her 40s as opposed to her 20s. "It's funny, it's a really quick transition from not a care and now all of a sudden, we've got to really be mindful of what we put inside our bodies," she says. "And how we sleep and take care of ourselves. You can get away with a lot in your 20s."

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The Friends star admits that she started being more mindful of her health when an agent told her that she was "too chubby" for a role. "I was like, 'What?!' But my diet was terrible," she recalls. "Milk shakes and French fries with gravy [laughs]. It was a good thing to start paying attention."


Now, Aniston defines beauty as having "inner confidence, peace, kindness, honesty [and] a life well-lived."

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"Taking on challenges and not feeling shame for things that haven't gone the way you felt they should have," she adds. "And not feeling like a failure or allowing people to critique your life and make you feel like you've failed at something. That's just toxic noise."

Aniston also can't help but dote on her handsome husband, Justin Theroux. "He makes me laugh. He's so interesting and so interested," she says. "He's unbelievably talented in more areas than one and he's just a good man."

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Also making People's list this year: Jennifer Garner, Taraji P. Henson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o, Carrie Underwood, Helen Mirren and Brie Larson. The issue hits newsstands on Friday. 

Last year, Sandra Bullock was given the flattering honor.

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"Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it's just so hard not to say, 'Oh, I need to look like that,'" the 51-year-old actress told the publication. "No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they're in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren't trying."

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Other recent honorees include Beyonce (2012), Paltrow (2013) and Nyong'o (2014).

Check out Bullock's humble reaction to the title in 2015.