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The mystery of Kate Hudson's appeal

There is no apparent correlation between the actress' style-world allure and her box-office pull, a puzzling paradox that underlies her popularity

Hudson at the Campari Ball in New York on Nov 18. She is prominent in a constellation of professional beauties who have risen above the occasional career lull to thrive as fashion billboards and media personalities, their exposure in the glossies or endorsement of a brand a proven spur to sales.

New York

FLANKED by a pair of zealous escorts, Kate Hudson was trotted like a show horse onto a makeshift red carpet at the Standard High Line hotel in New York City's meatpacking district.

She was sheathed for the occasion, a celebration late last month of her debut as Campari's...