Most Beautiful 2014

PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Women: Then & Now

See the gorgeous icons who've earned the coveted title – and find out how they've gotten more gorgeous with time


Most Beautiful 2002: "I was the plain one," proclaimed Kidman, talking about growing up with a younger brunette sister. By the time the Oscar winner graced PEOPLE's cover, she knew her porcelain skin was an asset. "Nicole won't even cross the road without a hat," said pal Naomi Watts. "She's really disciplined about that and it pays off. Her skin is like a perfect china cup."
Now: Happily married since 2006 to country star Keith Urban, with whom she has two girls, the 48-year-old actress still makes suncare a priority. "It is the worst thing in terms of aging," she told Marie Claire, "so I wear a lot of sunscreen, and I never go in the sun."