Kate Beckinsale Models Fall 2012 Collections for Allure

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Kate Beckinsale is fresh-faced in an orange Calvin Klein Collection dress.

She's hands-down one of the hottest women on the planet, but to hear Kate Beckinsale tell it, being a Hollywood bombshell isn't all it's cracked up to be.

"I think the risk of being the sexiest woman alive is that you don’t want to ever have sex again," the Total Recall star jokes in the August issue of Allure. "You don’t want to wear a bikini again. You want to wear some nice overalls and a trucker's hat. Anyway, you're only that for a year, and then you're done. You're old news. I don't know who it is right now, but it's not me."

Gracing the cover in an orange wool tweed dress from Calvin Klein Collection, the British actress also opens up about "embarrassing" her teenage daughter, why her "massive hands" are useful when firing a gun on-set, and how she considers herself a late bloomer in the looks department.

"I didn't feel very attractive as a child, and actually I wasn't," she says. "Feeling attractive didn’t come until I was 29 and with [my husband] Len. At the time it was partly perceived as if I’d gone all Hollywood, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was just OK for me to walk around and feel feminine and attractive. I like feeling liberated like this.”

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All that glitters is gold: The British beauty shimmers in a sequined Michael Kors Fall 2012 gown.

And who wouldn't love starring in a fashion editorial lensed by Norman Jean Roy and showcasing the most daring designs from the Fall 2012 collections? Beckinsale poses in Prada, Michael Kors, Gucci, Donna Karan New YorkLouis Vuitton, and Fendi for her dramatic shoot, which sees her walking in the rain and sporting a sky-high hairdo.

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The actress makes a bold statement in Prada's wool jacket and pants.

Just days away from turning 39, the star says she's got no qualms about getting older.

"What is it about a woman being in her late 30s that brings out the ‘Oh, my gosh, are you worried?’ questions," she asks. "Worried? What about? Thirty-eight, 39, 40, 50! Great! Still alive! ... I haven’t experienced a full facial collapse, I haven’t suddenly gained 20 pounds that won’t go away, or a beard. That probably will happen, but it hasn’t yet."

And even if it does, something tells us this gal will have no problem pulling it off.

For more Kate Beckinsale, including a behind-the-scenes video of her shoot, visit and pick up the August issue, on sale July 24.