We're so here to celebrate the increasing age of the 'world's most beautiful women'

Julia Roberts was named the most beautiful woman in the world this year by People magazine [Photo: Getty]

According to new research conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine, the average age of the world’s most beautiful people has risen from 33 to 38.

Scientists analysed the celebrities listed in People magazine’s ‘World’s Most Beautiful’ list in 1990 and then compared the findings to those listed in 2017’s issue.

And results indicate that three decades ago, the average age of the most beautiful celebrities was 33.2. Whereas this year, it lies at 38.9.

This year’s list included celebrities such as Michelle Pfeiffer (59) and Julia Roberts (49), who just so happened to be voted the most beautiful woman in the world.

Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on both the 1990 and 2017 lists [Photo: Getty]

The actresses also appeared in the 1990 list therefore suggesting that the A-listers have been fundamental in changing Hollywood’s portrayal of age.

Leader of the research project, Dr Neelam Vashi, wrote in the Jama Dermatology Journal: “The mass media platform has for years introduced certain criteria for what constitutes beauty.”

He continued, “Through an examination of the WMB (World’s Most Beautiful) issue of People, we found that these beauty standards are evolving as people learn how to integrate the effects of media with exposure to new cultures and different norms.”

Although we have a long way to go until breaking down the pejorative stereotypes surrounding age in Hollywood, the findings prove we are a step closer to combatting ageism in the industry.

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