Washington thinks of itself as a very serious city, and it can only tolerate a certain kind of celebrity: the kind that wears Brooks Brothers suits. The Hill has released its annual 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill, a fawning list of attractive young Hill staffers and and attractive-for-middle-age politicians. The newspaper justified its daring to be superficial last week by pointing out that many 50 Most Beautiful alumni have gone on to be very successful.
Last week, The New Republic's Noreen Malone revealed that Washington people actually hate the real celebrities who have sunk low enough to actually be seen in D.C. "Like, no one cares about Rosario Dawson's opinion on the Keystone Pipeline," an anonymous columnist complained. Another said: "I really do think of Rosario Dawson as the worst because she is just ... not that famous."
In a fitting coincidence, the day before Malone's story was posted, The Hill's Emily Goodwin wrote about how the 50 Most Beautiful list had turned the truly not-that-famous in to the kinda-famouser. "It’s been a whirlwind year for Max Engling, the former model named No. 1 on The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful list last year." Since then, Engling was photographed by GQ, Refinery 29, Washington Life, and the Washingtonian, the latter for its great hair issue. Other beauties had built up their resumes: Kevin Madden, second-hottest in 2006, went from being John Boehner's spokesman to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign spokesman in 2012. Megyn Kendall, a little-known Supreme Court reporter for Fox News when she made the list in 2006, is now Megyn Kelly, one of Fox's best-known anchors.