Year of the Bombshell

UPDATED 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/25/2011 at 01:00 AM EDT

THERE'S A NEW APPRECIATION FOR SEX SYMBOLS. THESE WOMEN HAVE GOT IT-AND THEY'RE HAPPY TO FLAUNT IT

JESSICA SIMPSON, 30

SINGER, FASHION MOGUL

She loves her curves

"I was well-endowed when I was in sixth grade. There's no way to hide them, as much as you want to bandage your boobs down. Eventually you learn to look at them as your best accessory. Now I can make my way in and out of parking tickets: Show the girls and give a wink!"

Her favorite feature

"I like my nose because there's a bump in it. Little imperfections make you different. But Eric [Johnson, 31, her fiance] always compliments me on my eyes."

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, 35

STAR OF MAD MEN

Favorite feature

"I've always been into lipstick because I've always liked my lips."

She feels sexiest when ...

"I like to get dressed up and go out to dinner with my husband [actor Geoffrey Arend, 33]. He appreciates all the work that goes into getting dressed up but he likes me when I'm relaxed. He would probably say I'm sexiest at home cooking."

SOFIA VERGARA, 38

STAR OF MODERN FAMILY AND NEW YEAR'S EVE

She's a natural blonde

"I was a lot: big boobs, tan, big mouth, the accent, the blonde hair. The dark hair toned me down. My eyelashes are still super blonde, so I can't live without mascara."

She loves going glam

"I don't believe in the natural look. Unless you're Gisele Bundchen, you need to take care of yourself with makeup and comb your hair."

She's self-aware

"My body limits me, because I cannot play a scientist, and it's not like I'm gonna go for Schindler's List. But I don't want to try to become somebody else for roles."

PAULA PATTON, 35

STAR OF JUMPING THE BROOM

She's a new mom

After having son Julian, now 1, with husband Robin Thicke, 34, "I wear less makeup and am less fussy. I accept myself more because I have less time to be down on myself!"

Her beauty must-have

"I'm always experimenting with blush. I like the idea of looking like you've just run a marathon or gone dancing and your face is a bit flushed."

She eats carbs!

"I realized a long time ago I'm not going to be a size 0. For me, life is about drinking wine and having bread and cheese-just not every day!"

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