Older Stars Shine Brightest on a List of the World’s Most Beautiful Women

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“The days when women were considered past it at 40 are long gone,” says Anthony Edwards, spokesman for Wizard Jeans. The U.K. clothing company recently commissioned fashion expert Sally Allen to compile a list of the world’s 10 most beautiful women. After a year spent monitoring press clippings and footage, Allen’s list has finally been released and includes three stars over sixty – Helen Mirren, 64, Catherine Deneuve, 66, and Sophia Loren, 75.

“Our top ten women are often the subject of spontaneous and unexpected press exposure yet always manage, somehow, to look great. Sometimes they are caught without their make-up, on bad hair days, or in less than flattering poses, but their natural beauty always seems to shine through,” Allen explains.

Notably absent from the list is a single woman under 30. “Women like Beyonce and Cheryl Cole are sexy and pretty,” Edwards says, “but real beauty is something that comes from within and usually requires maturity.” Amen.

Here’s the list in its entirety:

1) Penelope Cruz, 36

2) Claudia Schiffer, 39

3) Kristin Scott Thomas, 49

4) Queen Rania of Jordan, 39

5) Catherine Deneuve, 66

6) Dame Helen Mirren, 64

7) Charlize Theron, 34

8) Kate Beckinsale, 36

9) Natascha McElhone, 40

10) Sophia Loren, 75