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PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful

PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful celebrates its 25th birthday in 2014. Celebs featured (both men and women) continue to fascinate our audience with their timeless beauty – both inside and out.


Since PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful issue made its debut in 1989, it has become a pop culture phenomenon. Popular features include “Not a Drop of Makeup” (women photographed without makeup); “Half Their Age” (stars whose looks defy the test of time); and “Real Beauty at Every Age” (contest since 2012 where readers nominate themselves or someone they know for a chance to be featured in PEOPLE and on PEOPLE.com).

'50 MOST BEAUTIFUL' IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN AND POPULAR FRANCHISES IN THE 40-YEAR HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE BRAND

The Facts

  • “Real Beauties at Every Age” Contest is an annual online contest where readers nominate themselves or someone they know between the ages of 20 – 59 for a chance to be featured in PEOPLE and PEOPLE.com.
  • PEOPLE’s “Most Beautiful” debut cover in 1990 featured Michelle Pfeiffer; she has appeared on the “Most Beautiful” cover twice.
  • PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful is also known as “World’s Most Beautiful.”
  • In 2014 Lupita Nyong’o graced the cover of PEOPLE’s “50 Most Beautiful” issue. Past cover subjects include: Gwyneth Paltrow (2013), Beyoncé (2012) and Jennifer Lopez (2011).

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