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updated 05/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ON THE COVER: Michelle Pfeiffer; inset (from top): Tom Cruise, Jane Pauley, Roland Gift

MAIL 3
Did you nominate Mother Teresa or your own mother? The surprising and heartening results of our Most Beautiful People readers' poll

A SHORT HISTORY OF GORGEOUS 7
Could Helen of Troy's face launch even a rowboat to day? Would a Michelle Pfeiffer have drawn wolf whistles during the fat fetishist 17th century? Here's a droll chronicle of civilization's ever-shifting standards of beauty

MOLDING MR. RIGHT 16
A New York City artist creates a virile new vision of the ideal man for the '90s

BEAUTY ON YOUR BLOCK 118
Sales rep, hairstylist, fisherman: PEOPLE celebrates 24 everyday Americans with captivating looks

THE MAGIC OFGENES 126
Scions of the stars rise and shine with a radiance that is familiar yet fresh

THE YEAR OF THE MOLE 128
What's the beauty mark of the '90s? The answer lies right under Janet Jackson's nose

THE 50 MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD 19
We give you a Cannibal, a Kennedy and a Washington, six jocks and a Jock, a Cruise and an anchor, a Paul, a Paulina, a smart Alec, an Angel, a Mel, a Mello, a not-so-plain Jane, three new Oscars, many hunks, no punks, a New Kid, a Battle royal—and one real Bhut

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