French actress Catherine Deneuve hated her tag of the most beautiful woman in the world, because she was constantly under pressure to look immaculate at all times.

The INDOCHINA star, 62, has aged so gracefully she models for L'Oreal and MAC, but admits she finds her renowned beauty a burden.

She says, "I realised very quickly that is was as much a responsibility as a compliment. I was expected not just to be a good actress but to look like this creature from heaven.

"Pictures are airbrushed and retouched. It's not a question of not thinking that you are not that good, it's just that you are different. Nowadays, having that tag is still a challenge. People still expect a lot, but I have a fixed time limit on what I am supposed to look like. I don't want to fall into that trap of the total refusal to grow old."