“Rarely am I left speechless, but I feel honored,” says Lopez of topping PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful list of 2011. But at 41, the singer-actress has earned her status as a beauty icon, something she says that family – husband Marc Anthony and twins Emme and Max, 3 – has taught her. As for looking glam week in and week out on American Idol, Lopez says, “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy. It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend!”
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Those abs! Those pecs! That chest! No wonder the newly single star also topped PEOPLE’s Most Amazing Bodies list last year. But the 23-year-old is more than mere eye candy. Efron, who’s currently filming the A-list ensemble New Year’s Eve, tells PEOPLE, “I think it’s important to remember to live in the moment and enjoy every day to the fullest.”
Dressed in a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown, Witherspoon, 35, “took your breath away,” a guest at her April nuptials told PEOPLE. Husband Jim Toth, 40, is certainly a big reason why the A-lister can’t stop smiling these days. “He’s wonderful,” the Water for Elephants star tells Vogue. He’s just a really great guy, and I feel really lucky.”
Being well-endowed since sixth grade, the blonde bombshell points out that “there’s no way to hide them as much as you want to bandage your boobs down.” Simpson, 30, has since learned to embrace her chest as her “best accessory,” telling PEOPLE, “Now I can make my way in and out of parking tickets: Show the girls and give a wink!”
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Moore’s musician husband Ryan Adams likes her makeup-free, but the actress tells PEOPLE, “I’m a product junkie. I love playing with makeup.” Though the 27-year-old Tangled star admits she may not be “particularly good at putting on my own makeup,” there’s one thing she can do without blinking an eye: “I’m an expert at curling my lashes without a mirror.”
Her good looks and fashion sense made Holmes a natural choice to play Jackie O. in the TV biopic The Kennedys. But the 32-year-old star mom felt a connection to the former First Lady that was more than skin deep. “She had so much strength. … I loved her love of family, how important it was for her to be a good mother,” Holmes told Elle.
Now that she’s in the “best shape of my life,” the size 4 Weight Watchers spokesmodel and busy mom (to 20-month-old David) is working on getting her beauty rest. “Between working and keeping up with my son, I can’t say that I get too much sleep,” says Hudson. “One of the greatest luxuries I am afforded is a solid eight hours every once in a while!”
“I started out modeling, so this is the pinnacle,” Lutz told PEOPLE of his Calvin Klein underwear ads. So what makes the Twilight star such an irresistible pitchman (besides his pecs)? “I have dimples, so thank the Lord I was blessed with something I could use to look like a little beggar,” the 26-year-old tells PEOPLE.
Looking good is all in your “attitude,” says Delany. And good habits: The 55-year-old sticks to a diet of mostly fish and vegetables and does yoga five days a week, though the self-proclaimed hedonist admits a weakness for good wine. The payoff? “I just learned that my Body of Proof role was written for a 35-year-old, but they offered it to me,” Delany tells PEOPLE.
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At 22, the Easy A star is already being called the new face to watch. With that label also comes the pressure of staying thin in Hollywood. “I’d be crazy to sit here and tell you that I’ve never thought about it,” Stone, who can next be seen in this summer’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, told Glamour. “[But] I never can beat myself up about it … You’re a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.”
MINDY KALING &ELLIE KEMPER
Being book smart didn’t help Kemper, a Princeton grad, when it came to Beauty 101. “I have learned to moisturize,” the 30-year-old star of The Office tells PEOPLE of what she’s picked up from Hollywood. As for costar Kaling, the fellow Ivy Leaguer – a Dartmouth alum – is ready to embrace beauty over brains: “I identify as a comedy writer, so to get compliments on appearance, that’s the nicest compliment – to be shallow!”
“My mother always said, ‘Be original!’ but I didn’t understand until I changed to be like everyone else,” Bullock told InStyle in 2009. These days the single mom (to Louis, 15 months) has learned to embrace her “oddities” – and even her decidedly un-Hollywood beauty regimen: “My entire routine takes eight minutes since I have this mop on my head I need to wrangle.”
Her breakout performance in Winter’s Bone caught the Academy and the public by surprise, but the Louisville, Ky., native was nonplussed, telling Black Book that the attention “doesn’t give me a big head or anything.” Lawrence, 20, who stars next in The Beaver and just nabbed a coveted role in The Hunger Games, is, however, ready for a change: “I would like to move on to do something different … Maybe wear makeup in a movie. I mean, that’d just be crazy, right?”
“It’s been hard. Very hard,” Longoria told Allure of her divorce in January from San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker. “I’m just trying to get through it as gracefully as possible without any drama.” As she begins her “new journey,” the Desperate Housewives actress, 36, is putting that grace on display as she quietly moves on with new guy Eduardo Cruz.
His chiseled abs may have something to do with PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive crossing over to the Most Beautiful list, but the newly single star’s self-deprecating humor may be his best asset. The strapping 6-ft., 2-in. actor and proud Canadian, 34, who suits up as the Green Lantern this summer, tells PEOPLE, “We’re trying to nationalize Sexy. Sort of like Medicare.”
To see who else made PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful list, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday!