The passionate and celebrity-obsessed readers of People take the magazine’s annual superlative issues very seriously—like the protesting outside their Midtown offices in the name of Ryan Gosling kind of seriously. While someone once said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone certainly has their own preference when it comes to physical attractiveness, there is still some validation in having “your” celebrity of choice catapulted to the top of the list. We have to believe it will be hard to argue against naming Beyoncé the year’s Most Beautiful Woman, particularly when she delivered her own portfolio for fans and those in charge to enjoy. The lucky and powerful few that get to stare at pretty pictures all day long (for work!) shared the results from this year’s Most Beautiful issue on Wednesday morning, by unveiling the cover with new mom Queen B on Today. Beyoncé looks lovely and effervescent in a white dress, which you can imagine is her wedding gown if you’re still not over missing out on the 2008 ceremony. Way to go, Hov! In case people don’t say that enough.
The issue hits newsstands this Friday, but we’ve been given an advance glimpse into the post-pregnancy world of our fair queen. Most of the quotables consist of Bey cooing over her little one, Blue Ivy, and explaining how being a mother has completed her life (“I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth”) but there is the helpful tidbit about how about how its forced her back into pre-baby weight in just a few months. Despite giving birth in January, Bey is apparently on schedule—in more ways than one—for those comeback shows in Atlantic City next month. Consider this motivation for your own Memorial Day plans? Go ahead and try to hate her.