By People Staff
May 09, 1990 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER: Michelle Pfeiffer; inset (from top): Tom Cruise, Jane Pauley, Roland Gift

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Did you nominate Mother Teresa or your own mother? The surprising and heartening results of our Most Beautiful People readers’ poll

A SHORT HISTORY OF GORGEOUS 7

Could Helen of Troy’s face launch even a rowboat to day? Would a Michelle Pfeiffer have drawn wolf whistles during the fat fetishist 17th century? Here’s a droll chronicle of civilization’s ever-shifting standards of beauty

MOLDING MR. RIGHT 16

A New York City artist creates a virile new vision of the ideal man for the ’90s

BEAUTY ON YOUR BLOCK 118

Sales rep, hairstylist, fisherman: PEOPLE celebrates 24 everyday Americans with captivating looks

THE MAGIC OFGENES 126

Scions of the stars rise and shine with a radiance that is familiar yet fresh

  • THE YEAR OF THE MOLE 128
  • What’s the beauty mark of the ’90s? The answer lies right under Janet Jackson‘s nose

THE 50 MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD 19

We give you a Cannibal, a Kennedy and a Washington, six jocks and a Jock, a Cruise and an anchor, a Paul, a Paulina, a smart Alec, an Angel, a Mel, a Mello, a not-so-plain Jane, three new Oscars, many hunks, no punks, a New Kid, a Battle royal—and one real Bhut

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