Kate Hudson Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Cover Girl

04/30/2008 at 07:55 AM EDT

Kate Hudson Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Cover Girl

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Heading the list of PEOPLE's 100 Most Beautiful People is a 29-year-old mother remarkably short on her beauty sleep – for which she lovingly credits her active 4-year-old son.

The beautiful, sleep-deprived mom? Kate Hudson, PEOPLE reveals in its special issue, which goes on sale Friday.

Was she always such a head-turner? Admits the actress: "I was a tomboy. I had three brothers. I was the girl with the dress on that always came back in the house filthy with scrapes and bruises. But I was always very girly. I had to be able to twirl so that my underwear showed."

Her best time for looking good, she says, comes "at the end of the night, when everything's soaked in and I'm still up. I like the leftover makeup in the morning. You've got to wash your face but there's always the leftover eye makeup, I love that."

(See Photos: Get a sneak peek of the 100 Most Beautiful)

For other aspects to Hudson – including her favorite body part, losing her pregnancy weight and what she has to say about Owen Wilson – as well as the other 99 beautiful people who made this year's cut, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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