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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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