Kate Hudson, People Magazine

People Magazine

So how does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?

Pregnant (or practically) if you go by People's 2008 list of the 100 Most Beautiful men and women in the world.

Single mom, self-professed tomboy and favorite stork-watch candidate Kate Hudson tops a list that includes bona fide bump bearers such as Jessica Alba, Nicole Kidman and Angelina Jolie; new moms ranging from Halle Berry and J.Lo to Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera; fellow under-the-mommy-microscope star Ashlee Simpson; big-screen pregnant teen Ellen Page; expectant dad Matthew McConaughey...

All are sporting that special glow, according to the magazine's latest roundup of the fairest in the land.

Which used to only feature 50 hotties back in the day but has since expanded—most likely on account of reality television and mythically pretty ensemble casting (there's that sneaky trick of counting each castmember—it's easy enough to dish up seven Gossip Girls [and boys], four residents of The Hills and three Desperate Housewives and call it a layout).

Breaking down the numbers within the numbers, however, here are a few handy statistics to help you navigate the jungle of media-dictated attractiveness (and, yes, in some cases, plain old natural beauty):

  • Age range: 67-year-old Raquel Welch tops the list in one direction, while 15-year-old Miley Cyrus, who's probably preparing an apology as we speak for being so darn lovely, caps the other side
  • Making her record 12th appearance on the list: Halle Berry
  • Musicians/singers: 18
  • Athletes: 5
  • Career models: 1 (Go Iman!)
  • Hot by association: George Clooney girlfriend Sarah Larson; Sean Combs ex Kim Porter; Jessica Alba baby daddy Cash Warren; rock-and-roll muses Pattie Boyd (George Harrison and Eric Clapton), Marisol Thomas (hubby Rob Thomas) and Vanessa Marcil (Prince's "Most Beautiful" girl in the world)
  • Made even hotter because of how funny they are: Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Ellen Page, Isla Fisher, Heidi Montag (although that last one might be unintentional)
  • People singled out just for their neck tattoos: 12, including Kelly Osbourne and Pink
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