Every year, The Hill newspaper publishes its list of the 50 Most Beautiful people on Capitol Hill. Staffers, lobbyists, press and other Hill denizens are nominated by the public, photographed by the paper and then the final 50 are chosen and ranked by the staff at The Hill.
In past years, I have used the release of the “50MB” list to decry fashion faux pas, bad interviews and awkward photo poses. I’ve been snarky. I’ve been funny. And occasionally, I’ve been harsh (but trust me, no harsher than the hoards of staffers poring over their copies of The Hill).
Sadly, this year is different. Having changed jobs and surrendered the warm, protective veil of anonymity, I will not be able to wax acerbic about this year’s list with the same depth and breadth as years past.
My unhappiness about my decision only deepened when I cracked open my copy of the paper to reveal that the Hill’s Most Beautiful person, Max Engling, while handsome, was wearing a black, waxed canvas blazer and a black skinny tie like some kind of B-movie villain lurking in a dark alley during a rain storm. I turned another page and found that The Hill had compared the second most beautiful person to a Kardashian (because doesn’t everyone want to be compared to a sociopathic fame whore in print, preserved on the web for all eternity?).
It was at that point that I resolved to stop reading. Further discoveries of comedic material would only compound my grief. What would I do if I spotted a woman in an evening gown (it has happened before)? Or a man in a graphic t-shirt and Converse sneakers (ditto)?
No, I would not torture myself by reading on. However, if you would like to take a gander at the people chosen to be this year’s 50 Most Beautiful, click here.
On a related note, Virginia and I were G-Chatting yesterday, and she brought up an interesting point: The Hill is a place where power, proximity to power, intelligence and knowledge are heavily valued, so why does making a list of the allegedly most-beautiful matter? Or does it matter? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Update: Also, Max Engling should be much more proud of being featured in National Journal today for his work to improve the Congressional Summer Intern Lecture series, than he should be of being in 50MB. He should also burn that jacket, or start looking for extra work in spy movies.