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RINKO KIKUCHI

HAILS FROM
Tokyo

HOW YOU KNOW HER
Kikuchi, 26, played the troubled deaf girl in 2006's Babel.

BEAUTY AND THE EAST
"Skin is important for Japanese women—for it to be smooth and lovely, whitish. I put a lot of moisturizer on my face."

SURPRISE BEAUTY SECRET
"Miso soup. I drink it even when I am far away from Japan. I take a pack of the miso powder with me. There are a lot of minerals in the soup."

HOW SHE PREPPED FOR HER NUDE SCENES IN BABEL
"I didn't do anything. If I took a role in the future that needed muscle training, I would be very happy to go to the gym and to exercise very hard. But I don't choose to."

JESSE SPENCER

HAILS FROM
Melbourne

HOW YOU KNOW HIM
Spencer, 28, plays the eager Dr. Robert Chase on FOX's House.

BEAUTY DOWN UNDER
"The only thing Australian kids are told to do to is, wear zinc cream. When I was young, I got it in browns and greens, and I'd go to the beach with a camo face."

IDEAL STYLE
Spencer's fiancée (and House costar), Jennifer Morrison, "would like me in a sort of schoolboy look, with a shirt and tie, sneakers and glasses."

SCENTS OF PURPOSE
"I wear cologne every day. Right now I'm wearing Signature from Kenneth Cole; Jen loves it."

PADMA LAKSHMI

HAILS FROM
Tamil Nadu, India

HOW YOU KNOW HER
Lakshmi, 36, is the host of Top Chef on Bravo.

BEAUTY ABROAD
"In India and Italy, where I lived for a long time, we like healthier, more voluptuous types."

INDIAN SECRET
"Honey. It's a great skin-care product. It pulls out the impurities from the pores."

IDRIS ELBA

HAILS FROM
London

HOW YOU KNOW HIM
Elba, 34, played a drug kingpin on HBO's The Wire and starred opposite Hilary Swank in The Reaping.

BEAUTY ACROSS THE POND
"In L.A. people are very conscious about certain parts of you, like your teeth, your skin. In England, not so much."

BIGGEST INSECURITY
"My egg head. It's just a funny shape, and I always wore my hair short, so it was obvious."

WHAT GIVES HIM GOOSE BUMPS
"When my daughter [Isan, 5] says, 'You're handsome, Daddy.' She'll say it at any random time."

OLIVIER THEYSKENS

HAILS FROM
Brussels

HOW YOU KNOW HIM
The Paris-based designer for Nina Ricci, Theyskens, 30, designed all of Reese Witherspoon's major red carpet gowns this year.

BEAUTY WITHOUT BORDERS
"Everybody has his own way to see beauty, but I don't think mine is connected with my Belgian nationality."

WHY LONG HAIR RULES
"When your hair is short, you're always going to the hairdresser—I go twice a year."

RAIN

HAILS FROM
Seoul

HOW YOU KNOW HIM
Rain (real name Ji-Hoon Jung), 24, is the Justin Timberlake of Asia—he's sold over 3 million albums and sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden.

EAST MEETS WEST
"Beauty in the U.S. is much more glamorous and in-your-face, but in Korea things are much more subtle and conservative. I see both standards as beautiful."

HARSHEST CRITIQUE
"I got turned down from seven different record labels in Korea because I wasn't good-looking enough. I never thought I was ugly; industry people were just looking for the same formulaic look."

CAROLINA HERRERA JR.

HAILS FROM
Caracas, Venezuela (currently lives in Madrid)

HOW YOU KNOW HER
Herrera Jr., 37, is the spokeswoman and muse for her namesake mother's perfume and secondary fashion line, CH. She's also mom to daughter Olimpia, 2, and son Miguel, 9 months.

BEAUTY IN SPAIN
"The Spanish woman has big boobs. It's considered the canon: More beauty equals more boobs."

LOOKED HER BEST WHEN,
"I was pregnant—my skin looked good, I didn't gain too much weight, I felt good."