Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet

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Nicole Hyatt

We couldn't have asked for a more talented, down-to-earth December cover model than English beauty Kate Winslet. The four-time Oscar-nominated actress, who's also a mother of two, delighted our crew with her playful humor, smart sensibility and elegant poise. "She is very charismatic," says stylist Freddie Leiba. "She is friendly and outgoing."

-Jennifer Chan, with reporting by Alysia Poe

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Ici Restaurant, a Brooklyn-based eatery that specializes in natural ingredients, catered the shoot. Tea sandwiches, watercress salad, roasted vegetables, chocolate cake and sparkling water fueled the cover girl and crew and kept energy levels high.

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Kate modeled everything from winter coats to ladylike frocks, but the focus of the shoot was her unique personality and her career milestones. "We're not really telling a fashion story-it's about her," says makeup artist Dick Page.

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Subtle makeup in shades of coral and beige was used. "She's beautiful and animated, and I didn't want to impose on that," says Page.

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Not only did Kate take stunning pictures-she also discovered a new love: Blue Cult jeans. The actress was so impressed by their flattering fit that she took a pair home.

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The star was thrilled by the plentiful selection of jewelry on hand at the shoot. Her favorites? Delicate gold and silver rings and a sweet charm bracelet by designer Erica Cortney.

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"She's very down-to-earth," says Leiba of the actress. "She is normal and easy, and she knows exactly what she wants."

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Kate sipped a cup of tea at Tea & Sympathy, a quaint café that boasts authentic British treats and beverages. "You can't be English without tea," she said with a laugh.

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The actress not only charmed our crew but also proved that she has mass appeal on the streets of New York City. Dozens of bystanders stopped to watch and wave to the star-many even snapped a candid photograph or two of their own. Winslet was graceful the whole time. "I think she's fairly used to it," says assistant stylist Cristal Butler. "I was so impressed by her."

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At the end of the day, both fans and friends couldn't stop saying nice things about the accomplished actress. "She has a great smile and a great laugh," says hairstylist Sam McKnight, who has worked with the actress numerous times before.

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