updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
But in the adult world, belligerence was replaced by awe. Even as an infant, Yasmine Bleeth had a career—as a baby model. By kindergarten she was taping TV commercials, and at 16 she started her soap career, playing Ryan Fenelli on Ryan's Hope. Now 26 and Baywatch's newest lifeguard, she brings a flirty vulnerability to the show. "She's no beach bunny," sums up costar Jaason Simmons. "She's exotic and classy. Her eyes are outstanding—a brilliant pale blue. They're filled with energy and mischief."
In the past those eyes hypnotized boyfriends Luke Perry and Grant Show, but Bleeth finally met her match in well-toned actor Ricky (Another World) Paull Goldin, 29; they became engaged in January. "He says he can spend the rest of his life looking at this face," Bleeth says with a sigh.
Most people wouldn't turn away from her 5'5", 117-lb. hourglass figure either, but Bleeth would rather be 5'11". "Tall, skinny women can get breast implants, and they become perfect," she says teasingly. "But women who are small and curvy can't get leg extensions. That isn't fair."