May 08, 2006 12:00 PM

For the past 16 years, we’ve picked 50 people for our annual Most Beautiful issue. This time around we were beguiled by so many fabulous faces, we doubled the number. More beauties meant more opportunities for amazing photography. In addition to extraordinary shots of Angelina Jolie and her family frolicking in Namibia, Africa, we’ve showcased other subjects in unexpected ways. We photographed animal lovers with their beloved pets, and we put star athletes in the intimacy of the locker room. “It was great fun showing stars in a new light,” says PEOPLE’s director of photography Chris Dougherty. Nigel Parry, who photographed famous mothers with their daughters, was especially struck by the relationship between Glenn Close and 18-year old Annie. “They were very playful,” says Parry. “Annie would tell her, ‘Don’t look like that, Mom, pose this way.’ It was cute.” Close admits that she and her daughter “can both be really silly.”

Robert Maxwell’s mission was to capture celebrities in different stages of pregnancy. No worries with Mariska Hargitay and Elizabeth Vargas, who were seven and five months along, respectively. But he made it to Brooke Shields with less time to spare; baby Grier arrived just three weeks later.

Finally, Stewart Shining was entrusted with exploring the feminine sides of three singers known for their forthright feminism. Surprisingly, he had no trouble getting Pink in a bubble bath. Says the pop star: “I love being able to be a chameleon.” We agree with Pink that change is good, and we invite you to enjoy our new, expanded special section.


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