Priyanka! Julia! Sandra! PEOPLE's 2019 Beauties of the Year
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
“In the world we live in, the standard of beauty is not really real,” the newlywed tells PEOPLE. “And that’s something that we have done to ourselves.”
“Of course there’s been times growing up that I felt insecure about something physically,” reveals Cabello, who will make her film debut as Cinderella in an upcoming version of the fairy tale. “But I’ve always known someone’s personality is the most important and most attractive or unattractive quality.”
“I feel very comfortable with the fact that my body will fluctuate and change and that’s important too,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m not trying to maintain a certain image of any kind. This is what the human experience is like. I’m in other countries, I’m going to eat those foods. I’m not going to stop doing that because I’m worried.”
The former Most Beautiful cover star "was a tomboy,” she admits to PEOPLE. “My parents did not emphasize gender norms. I loved climbing trees and getting dirty outside. I also enjoyed playing tricks on my family—I still do!”
A few things are different now for Roberts, who has been named People’s Most Beautiful a record five times. “I look forward to work forcing me into change,” she says. “It’s liberating. I recently cut my hair, and it’s been so great to remember how fun shorter hair is.” But the essential Julia (who names Rosebud Salve as her fave beauty product) has remained the same. As a young girl, “I was a happy, nerdy little kid," she says. So what kind of “old lady” will she be? “Happy,” she adds. “And hopefully nerdy.”
Since revealing her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis last October, the actress has been an inspiring figure of strength and self-deprecating honesty. “Life is hard, and living with a chronic illness is hard,” says Blair, who will next be seen in the sci-fi series Another Life. “There are things I can’t do at the moment, but things like all these [facial] lines are a luxury because it means I’m still alive and enjoying it.”
Her Hulu series Shrill celebrates size inclusivity, and Bryant enjoys hosting the party. "Having someone who wouldn't normally be cast as a lead, you're saying something about who has value," she says. "We're letting people know that there's something worthy in every type of person's story."
As a kid,“I was most likely to be found in mismatched dress-up clothes, with wild fuzzy hair and no shoes,” Fanning says. Now the Teen Spirit star uses grape-seed oil for makeup removal and aims to drink 64 oz. of water a day. “I’ve been trying to do better!”
Asia Kate Dillon
The Orange Is the New Black alumna became the first nonbinary actor to land a part as nonbinary character Taylor Mason on Showtime's Billions.
Oscar-nominated for The Wife, the gorgeous star has perfected her look, from preferring no makeup to “letting my white/silver [hair] grow in,” she says. “Mainly because I was spending too much time touching up roots.” Now she’s empowered “because I am finally comfortable in my own skin,” adds Close. “I own my choices in life — good and bad. I trust my instincts and sense of right and wrong. And I have a strong support system.”
The actress, who recently celebrated her fifth decade with a bevy of A-list pals, has learned a thing or two about beauty along the way. “There were the years where I was pounding makeup on like it was going out of style,” said Aniston, who will next be seen in Netflix’s Murder Mystery. “To me it’s not about hair and makeup as much as how I’m feeling inside.”
The Canadian-born star reached new heights this year when she became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series, thanks to her work on the BBC America drama Killing Eve. Now starring in the show’s highly anticipated second season, Oh plans to keep on getting better, saying that someday “I hope to be a healthy and wise old lady who has not given up.”
Whether wielding a spear in Avengers: Endgame or a katana in The Walking Dead, Gurira is a force to be reckoned with on any screen. But she has discovered that her greatest hero is right in the mirror. "No one gives you power," she says. "You must generate it from within."
The Magnolia mogul welcomed her fifth child last year. "I tell people, 'If you ever want to feel young again, have a baby at 40.' "
After winning a third Emmy in September, the actress then won the Oscar for her performance in If Beale Street Could Talk. On her own she steers clear of too much glam. “I don’t really wear makeup when I’m not working,” King says. “My daily regimen is Dove soap and Kiehl’s lotion.”
Coming off one of the most prolific and acclaimed years of her career, including a box office blockbuster in Aquaman and a Best Actress Emmy and Golden Globe in 2017 for HBO’s Big Little Lies (the second season premieres in June), the Oscar winner says she feels “an enormous amount of gratitude.” More than any accolade, Kidman is grateful for the life she’s built with husband Keith Urban and their daughters Sunday, 10, and Faith, 8. As for the best thing that anyone has ever done for her, she says simply: “Keith Urban married me!”
Starring in FX’s ’80s series Pose is the perfect day job for the actress. “I’m most happy when I’m able to put a smile on someone’s face, especially through my goofiness,” Rodriguez says. “I love to make people laugh."
The usually comedic star showed off her more serious side in Can You Ever Forgive Me? — and earned her second Oscar nomination for it.
Christy Turlington Burns
In February the model felt "proud and grateful" to return to the runway after 25 years.
The Crazy Rich Asians star, who was just cast in James Cameron's Avatar sequels, takes stock in what makes her most happy. "Friends. Family. Knowing I've put my best self forward that day and live fully in the moment," she says.
What advice would the star of Gloria Bell give to her 15-year-old self? "Stop plucking your eyebrows," she says. "You will be so sorry you touched them."
The Emmy-winning TV host shared her breast-cancer battle in her acclaimed HBO doc Rx: Early Detection: “It is naked, it is the truth. And it will save lives.”
The Danish tennis star, who is set to marry former NBA player David Lee, is now a sensation on and off the court for her killer serve — and body!
The singer-actress is now engaged to former baseball star Alex Rodriguez. "Together we feel like we're stronger," she said.
The stunning star is set to make history this fall when her Law & Order: SVU becomes the longest- running TV drama in history.