With her glowing complexion, lush hair and always-present smile, it's not hard to see how Kate Hudson managed to be chosen out of 100 gorgeous peeps to land the cover of People magazine's Most Beautiful issue.

A self-confessed tomboy, Hudson says she can't remember the last time she had a manicure or facial. However, she does admit she took an interest in fashion early on, telling People: "I had three brothers. I was the girl with the dress on that always came back in the house filthy with scrapes and bruises. But I was always very girly. I had to be able to twirl so that my underwear showed."

Other names who made it onto the list include Salma Hayek, Dr McDreamy Patrick Dempsey, Confessions of a Shopaholic star Isla Fisher, comedienne Sarah Silverman, offspring of Bruce and Demi Rumer Willis, and the whole cast of Gossip Girls.