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Julia Roberts, Perennial Pretty Woman, Named World’s Most Beautiful Woman for Fifth Time

Once a pretty woman, always a pretty woman.


Julia Roberts. Photo by Michael Thompson. W Magazine, January 2005.

Julia Roberts is the World’s Most Beautiful Woman once more. People magazine bestowed Roberts the honor for 2017, making it her fifth time nabbing the title. It’s her first time, however, in 17 years. (This latest feat marks a record for the title.)

For Roberts, that means bragging rights over frequent coworker and notorious prankster George Clooney. Clooney has been named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive twice, an impressive accomplishment to some but highly inferior to Roberts’ record. Roberts joked to People, “I’m going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year.” The actress also said she is “very flattered” by the selection, and expressed her belief that “I think I’m currently peaking,” now that her “awkward” years are behind her.

The Best of Julia Roberts in W Magazine

Julia Roberts. Photo by Michael Thompson. W Magazine, January 2005.
Julia Roberts. Photo by Michael Thompson. W Magazine, January 2005.
Julia Roberts. Photo by Michael Thompson. W Magazine, January 2005.
Julia Roberts. Photo by Michael Thompson. W Magazine, January 2005.
Julia Roberts. Cover by Richard Prince. W Magazine, November 2007.
Photo by Mario Sorrenti, styled by L’wren Scott. W Magazine, June 2011.
Julia Roberts. Photo by Mario Sorrenti, L’wren Scott. W Magazine, June 2011.
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Roberts inherits the title from 2016’s Most Beautiful Woman and Roberts’ own Mother’s Day costar Jennifer Aniston. She previously was named World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 1991, 2000, 2005, and 2010. The first time, when she was just 23 years old, Roberts was on the cusp on her instantly star-making role in 1990’s Pretty Woman, though she didn’t realize the significance of the film at the time. She told People, “I remember reading … ‘Pretty Woman came out this weekend and made this much money,’ and I thought, ‘Is that a lot of money? Is that good? Is that great?’ I didn’t really know.” The film was ultimately essential for Roberts, though, showing audiences that while she was indeed a pretty woman, she was also a whole lot more.

Julia Roberts, 2017’s Most Beautiful Person, Has Always Been Beautiful On the Red Carpet

Julia Roberts attends the 24th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 1998 at the Santa Monica Air Center.

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Julia Roberts keeps it simple in a black spaghetti strap dress and chic up-do.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt attend the Stepmom New York City Premiere on December 15, 1998 at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt attend the Runaway Bride Westwood Premiere on July 25, 1999 at Mann National Theatre.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt at The Next Best Thing pREmiere in New York City, NY on Febuary 29, 2000.

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Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt arrive at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, where she won her first Oscar as Best Actress for Erin Brockovich.

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Julia Roberts once again opts for all black while attending a red carpet event.

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Julia Roberts at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York.

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Julia Roberts arrives at the Universal Pictures’ premiere of Charlie Wilson’s War held at CityWalk Cinemas on December 10, 2007.

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Julia Roberts and Giorgio Armani attend the Met Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008.

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Julia Roberts attends Eat Pray Love premiere at The Space Moderno Cinema on September 16, 2010 in Rome, Italy.

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Julia Roberts wore a black lace Givenchy gown to the Academy Awards in 2014.

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Julia Roberts attends TNT’s 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015.

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Julia Roberts attends the premiere of STX Entertainment’s Secret In Their Eyes at the Hammer Museum on November 11, 2015.

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts attend the Money Monster premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016.

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Julia Roberts attends Open Roads World Premiere of Mother’s Day at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 13, 2016.

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Julia Roberts speaks onstage during the Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2016 held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016.

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Julia Roberts, wearing Gucci dress and Calzedonia stockings, attends the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards.

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In terms of her own philosophy of beauty, Roberts has previously spoken out about her preference for more natural aging over getting major plastic surgery, once saying, “By Hollywood standards, I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a face-lift.” While Hollywood seems to have a damned if you do, damned if you don’t rule for women when it comes to plastic surgery, and while the choices female stars make remains nobody’s business but theirs, Roberts words, particularly as they connect with her Beautiful title, are nonetheless refreshing.

A Celebration of Julia Roberts Most Iconic Hair Moments

With wild, voluminous curls and a nude pink lip, Julia Roberts arrives at the Steel Magnolias New York City Benefit Premiere. 1989.

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Celebrating her Golden Globe win for her role in Pretty Woman, Roberts wears her newly chopped bob in tousled curls with a natural lip at the 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards. 1991.

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Wearing her auburn brown locks shoulder length with side swept bangs and a mauve lip, Roberts poses at the At Industria Superstudio. 1995.

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At the Red Corner New York City film premiere, Roberts wears her blonde locks in soft curls with full bangs and nude lip. 1997.

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Opting for a sleek half up do, Roberts wears a silver frosted eye with a glossy berry lip at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards. 1998.

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Back to dark brunette, Roberts radiants with luminous skin and sheer mauve lip at the the British Academy Film Awards. 1998.

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Keeping her shoulder length locks in natural waves with a hint of blush on the cheekbones and and satin mauve lip, Roberts attends the 15th Annual American Cinematheque Award Salute to Bruce Willis. 2000.

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At the 73rd Annual Academy Awards, Roberts celebrates her Oscar win for her role in Erin Brockovich wearing her hair in an elegant, sleek up do with a light grey smoky eye. 2001.

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Roberts wears her light brown locks with a light contour on the cheekbones and soft pink lip at the Mona Lisa Smile New York film premiere. 2003.

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Roberts stuns with her platinum blonde locks in tousled curls with a frosted grey smoky eye and nude satin lip at the the 76th Annual Academy Awards. 2004.

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At the 21st Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring George Clooney, Roberts wears her hair in beauty waves with a dusting of coral blush on the cheeks. 2006.

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Wearing her rich brunette locks in a tousled up do with a light contour on the cheekbones, Roberts attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala. 2008.

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Roberts glows at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards wearing her blonde curls middle-parted with light grey smoky eye and a sheer pink lip. 2010.

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Attending the Heal The Bay’s Bring Back The Beach Fundraiser, Roberts keeps her look natural with tousled waves and taupe smoky eye. 2012.

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Opting for a tousled up do with loose curls framing her face with a pink nude lip, Roberts attends the August: Osage County premiere during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Back to platinum blonde, Roberts keeps her hair in loose waves with a hazel brown smoky eye at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. 2014.

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Wearing her auburn brown locks side-parted in loose curls with silver smoky eye and a nude lip, Roberts attends 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. 2015.

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Roberts stuns at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, wearing her blonde locks in voluminous, tousled curls with a sheer light pink lip. 2016.

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