By Kelsey Glein
Jun 13, 2014 @ 5:50 am

For our July cover star Kate Hudson, being on the front of InStyle magazine is loaded with special memories that date back to 1996, when she was just 16 years old. "I came home from school—it was just all these people in the house—I walked in and my mom said, 'Honey, let's get a picture together,'" the actress recalls during her seventh InStyle cover shoot. "My mom told me later that InStyle wanted to put it on the cover … It was just sort of a special moment for mom and I."

Hudson first appeared on InStyle just two years after the magazine debuted in 1994. "You've made such a mark that I'm surprised its only your 20th," she says of our big anniversary. "I'm very honored to have been a part of your family at various times throughout the years."

During her shoot for the July issue, Hudson shared some of her favorite memories from appearing in the magazine over the years. "It seems like every time I've shot InStyle, it's always been at seminal moments in my life," she says. "One of the things I really like about working with InStyle is that it always seems to capture my personality more than anything else. Now as I look back at the shoots I realize I must have a really crazy personality!"

Watch the video above to hear all about Hudson's favorite memories with the magazine, and pick up a copy of InStyle's July issue, on sale and available for digital download this Friday, June 13, to see her full feature.