Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has beaten the beauties of Hollywood to the coveted title of Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

British celebrity magazine HELLO! announced the stunning Indian actress has beaten Keira Knightley and Nicole Kidman to the title, in a poll by the tens of thousands of the publication's readers.

Rai, 30, is the highest paid actress in India and was the face of PEPSI there, but is little known outside the country. She is set to launch herself in Hollywood after talks with producers on the James Bond movies.

Meanwhile Keira's Pirates Of The Caribbean: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL co-star Orlando Bloom joined Jon Bon Jovi and Colin Firth as the Most Handsome Men in the World.

18/01/2004 10:40