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Julia Roberts - 2017 World's Most Beautiful Woman

Julia Roberts has been named the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2017.

The 49-year-old actress is "very flattered" to have picked up People magazine's annual accolade for the fifth time, and joked she'll be bragging to her good friend George Clooney, a double winner of the publication's Sexiest Man Alive title.

She said: "I am very flattered.

"I'm going to mention that in my Christmas card to the Clooneys this year."

And despite her beauty, the Eat Pray Love star insists she felt "awkward" in her early years.

Julia - who has children Hazel and Phinnaeus, 12, and Henry, nine, with husband Danny Moder - first scooped the title in 1991 when she was 23 years old, a year after she shot to fame in Pretty Woman.

Looking back, the actress admits she had no idea how much the film would change her life.

She said: "People say, 'Oh, when Pretty Woman came out it must have really changed your life,' and it's kind of become this joke, but the truth is I was out of town when Pretty Woman came out.

"I was in another movie in this tiny little town that was showing Star Wars in its first run. I remember reading ... 'Pretty Woman came out this weekend and made this much money' and I thought, 'Is that a lot of money? Is that good? Is that great?' I didn't really know."

These days, the Notting Hill actress couldn't be happier with her personal life.

She gushed: "I mean every day my husband walks in the door it's like a recurring dream. I'm like, 'Ah, he's back!'"

Chris Brown to pay US$30,000 fine

Chris Brown may be forced to pay US$30,000 to a nightclub after he cut his appearance short following a scuffle with its in-house photographer earlier this week.

The Privacy hitmaker was reportedly paid the hefty sum by Aja Channelside in Tampa, Florida, to spend Monday night at the establishment with fellow partygoers, but now the venue is determined to claw back the fee they forked out because they had hired him for an hour and he only managed to stay "five minutes", according to TMZ.

The 27-year-old singer fled the scene with his entourage after he allegedly got caught up in a fight with a photographer after he kept trying to take pictures of the vocalist.

The Loyal hitmaker and his entourage reportedly begged Bennie Vines to stop waving his camera in the pop star's face - but the request was constantly ignored.

Chris reportedly reached the end of his tether when he saw the photographer trying to get a crowd shot of all the guests at the hotspot which, in turn, led to the singer allegedly leaping over the sofa and attacking him in the corner of the club.

The alleged victim doesn't look like he's prepared to let things go without a fight as he has claimed Chris' blow has left him with a painful jaw and a split lip, for which he was forced to seek medical attention after the brawl.

The throw was caught on camera and the footage seemingly shows Chris - who was dressed in a red jumper - throwing punches around before his team pulled him off.

The police were called to the scene to defuse the situation but the star and his entourage had already fled by the time they arrived at the venue.

No charges have been brought yet but the photographer is planning to press charges.