Beautiful Beyonce!

The singer, diva and new mom to Blue Ivy has been christened 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman by PEOPLE. The baton has been passed from 2011′s World’s Most Beautiful Woman, the lovely Jennifer Lopez.

Bey and J. Lo have a lot in common, besides their exotic beauty and their stunning curves, which is proof that you don’t have to be stick-think to be gorgeous. They’re both mothers who juggle insane work schedules, keeping their well-manicured hands in a lot of pots at once. For that, each deserved their separate salutes.

But enough about J Lo. 2012 is Beyonce’s year!

On the cover, which drops on Friday (April 27), Bey is a vision in a fluffy, frilly, white strapless concoction, with her golden locks loosely pulled back, revealing a statement, turquoise and silver bauble. As usual, her beauty takes our breath away.

In the feature, she admits that becoming a mom has changed everything for her.

“I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth,” the singer stated. “I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

She says that Blue is “just the cutest thing” and we agree. We’ve seen the photos.

Her new mom duties consist of the usual chores, like changing diapers, which she claims to love, and extraordinary ones, like singing one-a-kind songs to the newborn. Bey says that her infant doesn’t look too much like her or daddy Jay-Z. Instead, “She looks like Blue.”

Motherhood, however, is rewarding in that it gives the singer a lasting legacy beyond her music. “The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy,” Bey said, beaming with pride. “The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”

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