John F. Kennedy Jr.

updated 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Journey to Incredible Hunkdom

In 1974, John F. Kennedy Jr. was a still-unformed 13-year-old playing an awkward game of tennis in Manhattan's Central Park. Twenty years later, he is a skilled Rollerblader and kayaker, as well as a finely muscled weight lifter. Those muscles proved useful in helping him win the title of PEOPLE'S Sexiest Man Alive in 1988. Having long outgrown "John-John," the affectionate nickname of his childhood, JFK Jr. has even emerged from the shadows of his celebrated parents. At 33, having recently quit his $40,000-a-year job in the Manhattan district attorney's office, he is America's most eligible unemployed bachelor. "He is constantly besieged by women, and that makes it difficult for him to settle down," says Wendy Leigh, author of Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy jr. Story. "The world is his sexual oyster, and who could blame him for wanting to harvest every pearl?" Sony, Daryl.

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