Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Melissa Gorga on Teresa Giudice's Return Home from Prison: 'It's A Beautiful Thing'
- Read the Cover Story: Ryan Reynolds: Sexiest Dad Alive
- Let Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans Heat Up Your Valentine's Day in Their Gucci Guilty Video
- Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard on Her Journey from Small-Town Mail Carrier to Meeting Paul McCartney and Becoming a Grammy Nominee
- American Crime Story's Keesha Sharp Reveals Key Role Johnnie Cochran's Wife Played in O.J. Simpson Trial
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- June 19, 1995
- Vol. 43
- No. 24
Class of the Class
Rebecca Marier, Not Settling for Less, Becomes West Point's First Top-Ranked Woman Graduate
And that she did. On June 3—193 years after the academy was founded and 19 years after it began admitting females—Rebecca Marier, 21, became West Point's first woman to graduate at the top of the class. She beat out 858 men and 130 women—amassing a cumulative best in academics (she had a 3.95 average), military performance (field tactics and riflery) and physical fitness (she can do 100 sit-ups, 70 push-ups and run a 6-minute mile). "Rebecca's tougher mentally than other people," says Colin McGraw, 22, her cadet classmate and boyfriend. "She works to meet her own standards. She doesn't quit."
Marier is used to being No. 1. Reared in New Orleans, the daughter of Dr. Robert Marier, 51, associate dean of medicine at LSU Medical School and chief administrative officer at University Hospital, and his wife, Joanne, 49, a lawyer, Marier was a National Merit Scholar and president of the senior class at Metairie Park Country Day School. (Her younger sister Alicia, 19, is a Princeton junior.) Rebecca won varsity letters in volleyball, soccer and tennis. She applied to several top colleges and was accepted at Harvard but chose West Point, she says, because "I thought it would be good to learn to be a leader."
First, though, she wants to become a healer. This fall she will enter Harvard Medical School—the second West Pointer to do so. "I think I've changed a few people's minds about women in the military and in leadership positions," she says. "This is the '90s. People better get ready, because there are a lot of talented women behind me."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!