Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 15:01 GMT
Loren voted most beautiful
Still commanding attention: Sophia Loren in Canada this week
Screen legend Sophia Loren has been voted the world's most beautiful woman.
In an age where youth is everything, the 65-year-old actress won a victory for maturity by beating a host of younger stars for prime position in a poll carried out by UK beauty company Beautiko.
Caroline Quinn of Beautiko said: "It is a surprising accolade for the more mature stars who have made sure that they still look stunning in their 50s and 60s.
"Sophia Loren, Joanna Lumley and Raquel Welch typify a generation of women who manage to defy the years."
The firm compiled a Top 20 list from a poll of more than 3,000 UK men and women aged between 20 and 40. It will use the results to help in its wider research into attitudes to looks at the close of the century.
Glamorous "granny" Loren beat Liz Hurley to the top spot with Cindy Crawford in third place. Fourth was Pretty Woman Julia Roberts, closely followed by the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.
Countdown number-cruncher Carol Vorderman proved that brains can be attractive by coming in at Number 17, ahead of Coronation Street's Tracy Shaw and Titantic songstress Celine Dion.
While the cool sophistication of Queen Noor of Jordan earned her the Number 20 slot.
Anthony Edwards, who helped Beautiko devise the poll, thinks that asking an equal number of men as women had a significant bearing on the results.
"Young women today may look at someone like Sophia Loren and admire the way she looks, but they aspire more to being sexy, pretty or a ladette," he says.
The list, with photographs of the 20 women who attracted the public vote, will be placed in Europe's largest time capsule, the 100 cubic metre Millennium Vault.
This will be sealed for 1,000 years at the start of the millennium and will present a broad spectrum of 20th century trends for the people of the year 3000.
Top 20 for beauty
1. Sophia Loren