Temperatures are heating up, but that’s not the only reason it’s going to be one sizzling summer. We couldn’t be more thrilled to reveal the bubbly, gorgeous, girl-next-door Kate Hudson as our smokin’ July cover girl.

From her breakout role at the age of 21 as Penny Lane in Almost Famous, to her heart-warming, knee-knocking roles in rom-coms like Bride Wars and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Hudson is no stranger to the spotlight (“I joined the circus because I wanted to be part of the circus,” she tells the mag, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday, June 13). But somehow, growing up around all that fame (after all, mom is actress Goldie Hawn) hasn’t seemed to jade her the least bit.

Case in point: At a 3-acre artisanal garden in Malibu with a sweeping view of the Pacific ocean, the energetic actress arrived to our photo shoot looking every bit the Cali girl in a white T-shirt, a blue printed Isabel Marant Étoile skirt, and blush fringed Zara sandals.

When she wasn’t walking around barefoot in the grass, the star posed in sleek faux-leather sandals by designer (and longtime pal) Stella McCartney, while listening to Beyoncé, belting out Prince songs, and sifting through racks and racks of clothing. In fact, she loved the Salvatore Ferragamo snakeskin bra that she wore in our cover story so much that the brand later gave it to her to keep.

But fashion isn’t the only arena where the star loves to experiment; flying a plane is on her list of things to accomplish, as well as being open to whatever women (or men) want to do to their bodies. “Will everybody stop being so damned judgmental?” she says. “If someone wants to go get butt implants, then sure, go get butt implants. The real question is, How do they treat the person next to them? Are they a—holes or are they awesome?”

For Kate Hudson’s full feature, pick up the July issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download June 13.

Want more of the gorgeous actress now? See her best looks ever in our gallery!