Celebrity magazines' annual lists of the most beautiful people on the planet are as arbitrary as they are popular.
They also cut across a broad spectrum of celebrities (term often used loosely) based on the magazines' respective readerships.
Beyonce, a 16-time Grammy Award winner, beauty and style icon, wife and mother, recently added World's Most Beautiful Woman to her resume.
People Magazine bestowed that honor upon her.
She's certainly a worthy pick, but also a safe one for the widely-read periodical. Even if you're not a fan of her musically, there's a lot to like about Beyonce.
Case in point, the magazine leads with this quote:
"I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth," the megastar said of becoming a mother.
Maxim, meanwhile, is targeting a different demographic with its Hot 100 list.
People's audience is predominantly female, which helps explain the selection of Beyonce, who's as popular with women as she is with men.
Maxim's choice of Bar Refaeli, on the other hand?
The Israeli supermodel, who bested Olivia Munn, Mila Kunis, Katy Perry and Olivia Wilde for the #1 spot, may be unmatched in the pure, physical beauty department. She's probably a lovely person, too, but her Sports Illustrated spreads are what she's best known for.
Taking it down another notch, Kim Kardashian was just named the Hottest Woman in the World by the UK's Zoo Magazine.
Posing in a skimpy black and red lingerie set, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star does her best to live up to the title.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes ... or in this case, the reader.
Which of these three women do you think is the most beautiful? It all depends on your definition and perspective. Kanye West allegedly called Kim Kardashian "his Beyonce." So really, there is no right answer.