Out100 2010

Nate Berkus has plenty of reason to pop the cork in 2010. This past May, after executing 127 home makeovers, he left The Oprah Winfrey Show to launch his own nationally syndicated TV project. But wasn't it only a matter of time before the Empress of Media's go-to home and design guy had his turn in the spotlight?

December 09 2010 7:00 PM

Is there anyone you'd rather ask to ride a white horse bareback in a Ferragamo gown than Julianne Moore? On the day of her shoot, she doesn't hesitate for a second to seize her Bianca Jagger moment. For a woman known for her propensity for, or rather, her superiority at crying on camera, Moore's easy warmth, enthusiasm, and infectious laughter immediately ease the tension in a room where the person least nervous about Julianne Moore getting on a horse is the actress herself. Because as you quickly learn, Moore, who turns 50 in December, does more than just show up.

December 08 2010 7:00 PM

In his new memoir, Me, Ricky Martin recalls the last-minute efforts of friends and colleagues to dissuade him from coming out last March. Why can't he carry on as he's always done, they want to know? What is the big deal? It's a moving moment, in which Martin has to draw on his resolve and remind himself why the status quo is untenable. 'What part of 'I can't take it anymore' don't you understand?' he replies.

November 14 2010 7:00 PM

Jenny Shimizu has defied the rules of modeling. She's not the tall, blonde, rail-thin beauty typically worshiped by the industry. She's a Japanese-American lesbian who started off as a mechanic. The San Jose, Calif. native has been photographed by some of the world's biggest photographers, including Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, and Michel Comte, and she's been featured in ads for Donna Karan, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry Muegler.

November 09 2010 7:00 PM

Joe Zee has played a major part in the direction of women's fashion since he took on the role of creative director at Elle magazine in 2007, and his street cred rocketed with the high-school crowd when he began appearing on MTV's The City. We emailed with the 2009 Out 100 honoree to chat about his new projects, the latest trends, and of course, the future of publishing.

November 09 2010 7:00 PM

On March 29th of this year, Ricky Martin made a decision that would change everything. He posted a letter on his website and linked to it from Twitter. The letter outlined the process of writing his upcoming memoir, during which Martin came to realize that he needed to free himself of a particular burden. Writing about it, he added, was 'a solid step toward my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.' He closed the letter, with a beautiful, eloquent, and simple declaration: 'I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.'

November 09 2010 7:00 PM

It's difficult to deny the dynamism of Johnny Weir's ice skating. Since he entered the sport 14 years ago at what many would consider the advanced age of 12, he has made two Olympic appearances, won three U.S. championships, and is currently ranked 12th in the world by the International Skating Union. But, ultimately, it's his commitment to glamour and pageantry and his dexterous, playful handling of the controversies that dog him off the ice that have made him such a fascinating and beloved figure.

November 09 2010 7:00 PM

'Things are moving, so there's an unpredictability that makes covering the news very exciting,' says Rachel Maddow, whose nightly MSNBC show is appointment TV for anyone even halfway interested in the surreal theater of American politics amid the surging tide of anti-Washington sentiment. Maddow, a wry, mischievous counterweight to the brawling style of her rivals on Fox, is proof that not all political debate has to be reduced to schoolyard taunts, perhaps because she's more interested in the concept of change.

November 09 2010 7:00 PM

Fourteen years after he inaugurated the starring role in the original Broadway production of Rent, Anthony Rapp is still a sought after talent in the theater community. He recently directed a workshop of Born Blue and his musical, Without You, based on his own life experiences, specifically the death of his mother, made its New York premiere this fall.

November 07 2010 7:00 PM