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It's in the Genes

Paper Magazine Celebrates Its Beautiful People Issue

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Aziz Ansari claims to be a high-maintenance kind of guy. "I apply moisturizer 36 times a day and leave my masks on for three days at a time," he joked about his get-beautiful routine last night. The Parks and Recreation actor and increasingly visible scenester was playing host at Paper magazine's Beautiful People 2011 party—Ansari is the cover star of the annual issue—and was plenty pleased with the role. "I thought I might have to carry around a tray of quesadillas," he said. "But I'm happy to find that I just have to have my photo taken and hang out with beautiful people. Not so bad."

While Paper isn't as predictable as some magazines in its definition of beauty, a look around the Good Units crowd certainly would have brought back a skewed sample of your average gene pool. There was designer Mandy Coon and DJ Chelsea Leyland (both featured in the issue), genetically blessed fashion duo Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and current Lancôme face Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who made a late entrance to catch a special performance by Duran Duran. "The album is really about us," Duran Duran's Roger Taylor said of their new LP, All You Need Is Now. "Mark Ronson, who produced it, wanted us to reflect on our work from the past."

Model Maryna Linchuk, meanwhile, offered this bit of consolation to those of us who don't tend to be listed: "Everybody in school used to make fun of me. I was so skinny with these long legs and arms that they called me 'Spider.' None of the boys ever paid attention to me." Safe to say times have changed.

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