If only we could answer that question as quickly as the magic mirror in Snow White, since there is never a fixed definition (定义) of beauty.
But People, a US weekly magazine, has been trying to answer that tough question since 1990 with its annual Most Beautiful Woman list. And this year’s top choice was 49-year-old US actress Julia Roberts. This was her fifth time to win the title.
While Roberts is perhaps not the perfect choice in everyone’s mind, People has its own reasons, and it’s not just about her looks. The beauty of Roberts “also lies in her self-assurance (自信) and smarts and good humor”, says Jess Cagle, People’s editorial director, according to The Huffington Post.
Going over the magazine’s top choices of the past 27 years, you’ll see that it was usually qualities other than their appearances that got them the position.
The choice for 2014, for example, was Mexican-Kenyan actress LupitaNyong’o. In a world where a beautiful woman is often portrayed (描绘) with pale skin, Nyong’o used to feel very “unbeautiful”. She even prayed to God that she could wake up one day with lighter skin － something that, as an African girl, she would never have. But that was until 2014 when Nyong’o impressed the world with her Oscar-winning performance in the movie 12 Years a Slave.
And according to 2007’s choice, pale-skinned US actress Drew Barrymore, your appearance isn’t what makes you beautiful.
“I think happiness is what makes you pretty.” Barrymore told People. “If somebody walks into the room and they’re gorgeous (美艳的) and sexy, it’s really fun to look at. But if someone [makes] you laugh and feel good, that’s a whole other level of beauty.”