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Gwyneth Paltrow says she’s thrilled to be picked by People magazine as “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” for 2013 but it’s “obviously not true.”

Paltrow questioned her own selection as she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of “Iron Man 3” Wednesday night wearing a colorblocked illusion gown with wide sheer panels down the side — shoulder to hip, except for the waistband — that left almost nothing to the imagination. “It’s funny, these things, because it’s like obviously not true. But it’s very sweet to be named that,” Paltrow told The Associated Press. “Because I mean you can’t say that, you know! But it’s been wonderful. It’s been very wonderful. And as my friend said, it’s so nice that someone who has kids and is a mom and is not like 21 is named that. It’s really an honor.”

Paltrow said her two children weren’t aware of the news in this week’s edition of the magazine, but she’d been getting plenty of congratulatory emails from friends and family. The 40-year-old actress stars as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s love interest and assistant-turned-business partner in the “Iron Man” trilogy. Her co-stars in “Iron Man 3” praised People’s proclamation.

“Completely justified. Completely justified. She’s gorgeous,” said Guy Pearce. “Let me tell you: She is as gracious and beautiful inside as she is outside. She’s got a good heart. She’s got a good heart. A lovely girl,” said Ben Kingsley.


Actress Anouk Aimee is 81. Announcer Casey Kasem is 81. Actress Judy Carne is 74. Singer Cuba Gooding of the Main Ingredient is 69. Singer Ann Peebles is 66. Singer Kate Pierson of The B-52’s is 65. Singer Herbie Murrell of The Stylistics is 64. Actor Douglas Sheehan (“Knots Landing”) is 64. Guitarist Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 62. Singer Sheena Easton is 54. Actor James Le Gros (“Ally McBeal”) is 51. Bassist Rob Squires of Big Head Todd and the Monsters is 48. Singer Mica Paris is 44. Drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket is 35. Singer Jim James of My Morning Jacket is 35. Singer-guitarist Travis Meeks of Days of the New is 34. Actress Ari Graynor (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) is 30. Singer-guitarist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is 29. Actor William Moseley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 26.