In my last column, I wrote about how Chris Hemsworth was anointed People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”.

This time round, it’s the fairer sex’s turn in the spotlight. People has just unveiled its “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” issue, and guess who swept the title?

A-list actor and Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, that’s who.

(Last year’s champ was Lupita Nyong’o, also an Oscar winner. Do we sense a pattern here?)

Although I’m a big Bullock fan, and have written about her impressive style turns, I was nevertheless surprised with the mag’s decision. After all, Bullock is no Angelina Jolie in the va-va-voom department.

Bullock topped a list of beautiful ladies in the entertainment industry, which also includes Gigi Hadid, Vanessa Hudgens, Ariana Grande, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson and Meghan Trainor.

True to her nature, Bullock – who projects a wholesome image – doesn’t take herself too seriously when it comes to her appearance.

According to Bullock, she just laughed upon hearing about the honour. “No, really. I just said, ‘That’s ridiculous,’” she was quoted as saying in the People interview. “I’ve told no one.”

People‍ ’s “Most Beautiful” is an annual list of 100 people judged to be the best-looking individuals in the world.

In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer – my all-time fave beauty – appeared on the cover of its first ever “50 Most Beautiful People In The World” issue. She was again on the cover in 1999, having made the “Most Beautiful” list a record six times during the decade.

Like Pfeiffer, Bullock is one of those lucky folks who looks better as they age. At 50, Bullock is more fashionable than ever.

When she did the publicity rounds for her breakthrough movie Speed in 1995, her wardrobe was more matronly and conservative; presently she is inclined towards bold colours and high-end designers such as Prabal Gurung. (Take a look at the photos on this page for her style evolution through the years.)

Nowadays, Bullock finds beauty in her role as mum to five-year-old adopted son, Louis. She added that their life together is a constant reminder of what’s important.

“Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, ‘Oh, I need to look like that,’” explained Bullock. “No, be a good person, be a good mum, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry.

Sandra Bullock

Bullock in a scene from Gravity.

“The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying,” said Bullock, who voices a supervillain in the upcoming Minions movie.

Aside from motherhood, Bullock credits a healthy diet; she’s moved away from raw cookie dough and embraced green juice. She also works out four to five times a week to stay balanced.

“I love that it’s not big weights, you move the entire time, it’s a torture chamber of sorts,” said Bullock. “When I started, I could barely do 20 seconds, and I’m not kidding.

“I’m crying on the floor, and (my trainer)’s like, ‘Are you a smoker?’ I was like, ‘I hate you.’”

These days, the best compliments she hears are usually spoken by her little man.

“I was putting him to bed and told him that even when I’m old and grey and more wrinkly than I am now, I’ll still love him and want to tuck him in,” mused Bullock.

“He asked why I have wrinkles and I said, ‘Well, I hope some of them are from laughing so much.’

“And he touched my face and said, ‘You’re not old, you’re just happy.’”

Happiness equates to true beauty and in Bullock’s case, it is more than obvious; wrinkles be damned.

 


⇒ William thinks the most beautiful woman in the world is his mum. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mums out there. Send feedback to star2@thestar.com.my.