That the senior citizen in question happens to be award winning actress Helen Mirren may have helped.
But nonetheless the blonde screen veteran beat tough competition from the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Elle MacPherson and Kelly Brook to the take the title awarded by international healthclub chain LA Fitness.
Mirren said she probably got the title as a 'sympathy vote' and said J-Lo should have won.
She added: “It’s ridiculous: J-Lo is a thousand times, a thousand million times more of a beautiful body than I am, head-to-toe.
“Maybe I got sympathy votes. But it was a beautiful thing that these fitness people did, I have to say.
“I think it was recognition of the fact that you don’t have to be perfect.”
Gym chain LA Fitness said of the award: “Helen Mirren's victory in our Best Body poll illustrates how, when it comes to body maintenance and well-being, age really is nothing but a number.
“It's great to see the public celebrating bodies of all shapes and sizes, and proving that you really can look fabulous over 40 and 50.”
Speaking on CBS TV 'The Early Show, Mirren said she planned to talk to 40 year old Lopez about the award.
She added: “My husband is working with J. Lo at the moment in his latest movie, and he was thrilled because the pictures of me and J. Lo both on the front page of a newspaper, and he's, 'Oh, my two leading ladies.''
Mirren spoke about the Best Body award while promoting her new film 'The Debt' which opens in the US on September 1.