"I've worked really hard!" she tells People. "Haven't I earned the right, at this point, to look good?"
She says she hopes her new bod turns some heads: "I'm waiting for Mr. Right," she says. "It would be nice if somebody noticed me, sure!"
Kate looks amazing in her white bikini ... but we're wondering if a stretch mark or two wasn't Photoshopped out before this cover went to press ....
What do you think? Airbrushed or not -- or who gives a damn?!