Yay! The World’s Most Beautiful Woman Is a New Mom. Go Beyoncé!

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Congrats to Beyoncé — she was crowned PEOPLE’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman. The 16-time Grammy Award winner gushed to PEOPLE about her new role as mom to almost four-month-old, Blue Ivy, “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

And while the accomplished singer and actress has a lot to be proud of, she’s still in awe of her new daughter, she told the magazine, “The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy. The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.” Fans of Beyoncé (like us!) shouldn’t worry about waiting for a while to hear new music from the singer, the hot mama will return to the stage in Atlantic City during Memorial Day weekend.

Beyoncé wasn’t the only celeb mom who was featured in this year’s Most Beautiful issue: Michelle Williams, Angelina Jolie, Paula Patton, Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba all made the cut. The issue hits newsstands this Friday.

What’s your take on this year’s issue — do you think Beyoncé earned the title? Did you feel more or less beautiful after you gave birth?