LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) — Jennifer Aniston was revealed as “People’s” Most Beautiful Woman of 2016 on Wednesday.
The 47-year-old actress, who previously earned the title in 2004, told the magazine she was “very, very flattered” by the honor, admitting there “was this sort of very excited, teenag-y kind of moment” when she heard the news.
Aniston has been a beauty inspiration to many since her early days on “Friends,” but didn’t always feel great about her appearance. She has since learned to embrace her looks and feels her best when she’s “healthy and strong,” she said.
“Beauty has changed for me over the years,” the actress said. “It’s really learning to love every single thing about yourself and also realizing that it’s not just sort of clothes, but that there’s so much more that’s beautiful in a human being.”
“[I define beauty as] inner confidence. Peace. Kindness. Honesty. A life well-lived,” she elaborated. “Taking on challenges and not feeling shame for things that haven’t gone the way you felt they should have. And not feeling like a failure or allowing to critique your life.”
Aniston cited activist Gloria Steinem and actresses Lauren Hutton and Brigitte Bardot as her beauty icons. The actress keeps fit by exercising six days a week and eating healthy, although she’s no longer “as strict” about her diet.
“It’s funny, it’s a really quick transition from not a care and now all of a sudden, we’ve got to be really mindful of what we put inside our bodies,” she said. “And how we sleep and take care of ourselves. You can get away with a lot in your 20s.”
Aniston recently told Vogue she takes a “less is more” approach to beauty, saying she prefers a “more natural” look. The actress will next star in “Mother’s Day” with Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson, who celebrated her 37th birthday with mom Goldie Hawn on Tuesday.