New York Lands Six Spots in The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful on Capitol Hill


The Hill released its annual singles ad-style “50 Most Beautiful People” list last week, and politicks heralding from New York represented our good lookin’ state with swagger and, um, some flair as well.

Like any “Most Beautiful People” list, it’s fun to scan, but the pageant-style fun facts that The Hill lists below the photos are especially entertaining. We’ve included those (edited down), along with our expert analysis.

New York’s Six D.C. Beauties and Beaus:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Supermom
Age: 43
Hometown: Hudson, N.Y.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Married

If you tell Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand there’s something she can’t do, she’ll likely find a way to do it…By night she balances a family life that includes two small boys — 2-year-old Henry and 6-year-old Theodore — and fits in an exercise program that the New York Daily News wrote earlier this year has resulted in “a leaner, meaner campaign machine … [with] a slimmer silhouette.”

Our take: M.I.L.F. Gillibrand took the #3 spot (they only number the top three), after two twenty-somethings who are essentially newborns on the D.C. scene. Good for Gillbrand, still lookin’ fine after so many years in politics and momhood!

Mariel Lim, A Modest Globetrotter
Age: 27
Hometown: Pelham, N.Y.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: In a relationship

She’s quick to laugh, easy to banter with, breezily unpretentious; in terms of outward appearance, her look is more Lisa Loeb than Lucy Liu. As for earning a spot on this year’s list, she offers a shrug. “I didn’t tell many people. I think this is all kind of awkward, really.”

Our Take: Lim knows her stuff. This list might be the most awkward form of flattery in America, especially the personal descriptions following the names that evoke a rare emotion, the simultaneous laugh-cringe of utmost discomfort.

Amit Bagga, Fashion Forward
Age: 24
Hometown: New York
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

Adding to his look is the salt-and-pepper hair that defies his age, and on which he receives lots of “positive feedback,” he says. (It’s natural, he clarifies.) “I’ve always been a bit of an anomaly,” he says. “It’s something that I’ve come to embrace, and I love it.”

Our take: Um, an anomaly, that about sums it up. But, hey, he’s a New Yorker!

Jonathan Black, All Muscle
Age: 46
Hometown: New York
Political party: Independent
Relationship status: “Dating, but not married yet.”

Beauty isn’t just about appearance for Senate Staff Health and Fitness Facility trainer Jonathan Black. For him, it’s a way of life. Black moved to Washington in September 2004 from New York, where he worked as a personal trainer at a health club.

“You have to believe that what you conceive, you can achieve,” Black says.

Our Take: Personal trainer, life coach, and rhyming poet. Think he can dance too?

Jonah Crane, Going to the Chapel
Age: 32
Hometown: Spring Valley, N.Y.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Engaged

The transition to Washington life, however, was a gradual one for the New York University grad, who made weekly trips back to New York to visit his then girlfriend (now fiancee), Sarah Petrasso.

“We got engaged this June, during a weekend trip to visit her family in Portland, [Ore.],” he says. “But we’ve been dating since college, so it was definitely time.”

Our take: Another smitten kitten — why are so many ‘beautiful’ people off the market? Four out of six!

Adam Comis, A Really Good Friend
Age: 28
Hometown: Niskayuna, N.Y.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

This is how good of a friend Adam Comis is: A few years ago, he agreed to help one of his childhood buddies move from San Francisco to New York.

Easy enough — except that they were to make the trip in a 1991 Honda Civic that had no air conditioning. In August. Oh, and one other minor glitch: The car was a stick-shift. Comis had never driven a manual before.

When he’s not at work, lifting weights or stirring a pot of tomato sauce, he busies himself working on his new condo in Washington’s U Street area.

Our Take: A cook with a hot body who likes road-trips — cha-ching.