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50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2015

Each year we scour the city to find a fresh crop of 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans who embody what it means to be beautiful both inside and out. Hey, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! With each new group comes an impressive list of accolades, philanthropic endeavors and burgeoning businesses just waiting for a moment in the spotlight. Luckily, the moment has arrived for this fabulous fleet of guys and gals, which includes reigning beauty queens, sports studs, fitness gurus, fashion powerhouses, finance and tech stars, rising celebs and more. Meet the showstopping set Nov. 19 at Havana Club. Ready, set, gorgeous!

BETTY CANTRELL
Miss America 2016
Age: 21
Originally from: Warner Robins, Ga.
Lives in: Warner Robins
Relationship status: In a relationship
Georgia, the beautiful! After blowing away the judges at this year’s Miss America competition with her operatic voice, this stunning Mercer University student brought the crown back to the South. An avid lover of the stage and philanthropy, Cantrell is the national goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and dreams of performing on Broadway. When she’s not cheering on The University of Georgia Bulldogs, find her with suitcase in hand traveling up to 20,000 miles a month as Miss America 2016.

Photography by Derek Blanks; styling by Shaye Strager, Strager Style; dress, $260, by Joseph Ribkoff, josephribkoff.com; earrings, $370, by Adornia, vintage necklaces, $1,270, by La Rose, and boots, $655, by Stuart Weitzman, all at Tootsies

VANCE SMITH
Personal Trainer, The Vance List LLC
Age: 26
Originally from: Bay Shore, N.Y.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
When it comes to hobbies, this Columbus State University grad is all about staying active with a passion for running, hiking, biking and helping others get in shape through his personal-training biz. But he also has a softer side as a singer and songwriter. Aw! Spot him at Bartaco or True Food Kitchen.

DANA KELSON
Singer; songwriter; and model, Factor Women
Age: 21
Originally from: Atlanta
Lives in: Alpharetta
Relationship status: Single
If this fiery redhead looks familiar, you’ve probably seen her on a local stage sharing her latest song or working the catwalk in a local runway show. When she’s not hitting the books at Kennesaw State University or giving back to Wellspring Living, find her at the gym, a concert or Rosa Mexicano.

KAYLEY GROSS
Financial Analyst, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey
Age: 25
Originally from: Newport Beach, Calif.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
The finance world took a turn for the fab when this University of Georgia grad came on the scene. When she’s not hitting the gym or checking off her daredevil bucket list (hello, skydiving!), find Gross delivering lunches to families in need through CURE Childhood Cancer or adding to the more than $20,000 she’s helped raise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Shot on location at Regina Andrew at AmericasMart Atlanta

RUDY OTWELL
Model, Maximum Talent Agency, Ford Models and Directions USA
Age: 32
Originally from: Wichita, Kan.
Lives in: Smyrna
Relationship status: Married
If this Wichita State University grad’s chiseled face seems familiar, perhaps you recognize it from Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down” music video (where Otwell appears with his new wife, former Most Beautiful Malone Galster) or from one of his numerous advertising campaigns with brand powerhouses such as Wrangler, The Home Depot, UnderArmour, Garmin and more. A self-professed “sap at heart,” find this newlywed flying his private plane, playing basketball or catching a bite at RA Sushi or Le Fat.

Photo by Charlz Chalmers
 

ASHLEY LOVE-MILLS
Actress/model, J Pervis Talent Agency
Age: 27
Originally from: Orlando, Fla.
Lives in: Peachtree Corners
Relationship status: Single
After taking home the title of Miss North Carolina USA in 2013 and placing in the top 10 at Miss USA, this North Carolina State University grad continues her reign in the spotlight, speaking to more than 30,000 students through her anti-bullying campaign, Reach for More: Be Better Than Average. Spot her starring in her first feature film, LWA: All Saints’ Eve, out next year; or at Divan, Do Restaurant or There Brookhaven.

Photo by Fadil Berisha

 

OLIVIA MODLING
International project manager, Industrial Asset Management Council
Age: 24
Originally from: Birmingham, Ala.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
This self-professed “very low-maintenance” looker is turning heads for her work abroad with Jacobs Color Link Initiative, through which she sponsors a child in Haiti; and on the local scene by rescuing pups like her fur baby, Ross. Find the University of Alabama alum at local festivals or enjoying date night at The Optimist with her beau.

JORGE DANIEL D'OLEO
Fitness instructor, Gravity Fitness
Age: 26
Originally from: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
After moving to the United States in 2010, this aspiring actor, model and disciplined trainer is using his knowledge of nutrition and fitness to help others. “It gives me great joy to see them achieve their goals,” he shares. Glimpse him at Kyma and Houston’s.

SHANNON KING
Account executive, BRAVE Public Relations
Age: 25
Originally from: Orlando, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
From scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef to sandboarding in Western Australia, this Elon University grad is a thrill-seeker. On the homefront, find her flexing her PR prowess; giving back to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Lutzie 43 Foundation and Open Hand Atlanta; and noshing at Saltyard or 1Kept.

Shot on location at Four Hands at AmericasMart Atlanta

 

BEAU BARRON
Medical device sales representative, Teleflex Medical
Age: 29
Originally from: Mountain Brook, Ala.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
A strong work ethic makes this Auburn University grad a standout. Prior to entering the sales field, this CrossFit enthusiast was a full-time firefighter and EMT during his undergrad days. Donating to Cru Miami, deep-sea fishing, mountain biking and nights out at JCT. Kitchen & Bar or Johnny’s Hideaway round out his busy schedule.

MELANIE OTERO
Store manager, Bravura Bridal & Prom; and wardrobe stylist
Age: 22
Originally from: New York, N.Y.
Lives in: Suwanee
Relationship status: Single
Stepping out in style is the name of the game for this Fashion Institute of Technology grad who dreams of dressing A-listers. For now, she’s making a name for herself through her stylish Instagram (@styledbymoi) and by managing Bravura, where she helps donate gently used evening attire to local teens.

DANNY WILLIAMS
Actor, J Pervis Talent Agency; producer; model, Click Models; and partner, Oakey Agency
Age: 25
Originally from: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
With a charismatic personality and can’t-miss smile, this Liberty University grad is one of the A’s biggest rising stars. While his acting résumé includes the films The List and Trouble With the Curve, plus ad campaigns for The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, NBA and more, he still makes time to travel and support the local arts community.

Shot on location at Palecek at AmericasMart Atlanta

KEITH CARLOS
Model, Next Model Management; and actor
Age: 27
Originally from: Bridgeport, Conn.
Lives in: Downtown
Relationship status: In a relationship
Hello, eye candy! This Purdue University grad holds the title of the first and only male winner in America’s Next Top Model’s 21-cycle history. Smart move, Tyra! But he’s not just a looker. This stud has also played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, and was the first in his family to go to college, where he majored in business and social engineering. His current passions include cooking, traveling, nonprofit HeForShe, which supports equality for women, and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

Photo by B. Alyssa Trofort; wardrobe by Paige Jeter; photo assistant: Cherise Richards

 

JOSH PERKINS
Commercial account manager, Servpro of Decatur
Age: 30
Originally from: Buffalo, N.Y. 
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: In a relationship
As a former D1 baseball player at St. Bonaventure University, Perkins maintains a love for sports with frequent stops at the golf range and batting cage. Dreams of owning his own business, cooking almost every night of the week and nights out at The Painted Pin or Tongue & Groove make him a lucky catch.

REBECCA SINCLAIR CRISPIN
Master stylist, Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Age: 24
Originally from: Fayetteville, Ga.
Lives in: Newnan
Relationship status: In a relationship
This styling whiz is tressed to impress as a master stylist at one of the A’s most popular salons. “I love making people feel and look beautiful,” says the Southern Crescent Technical College grad. Seek her backstage dolling up models at charity fashion shows for Thriving Children, Lost-n-Found Youth or the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

BENJAMIN CLARK
Owner and executive director, North Georgia United Soccer Club
Age: 30
Originally from: Chesterfield, England
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: In a relationship
After playing professional soccer in the States and overseas, Clark is now sharing his skills as a youth coach through his soccer academy, which grants up to 25 scholarships per year to players in need. When he’s not mentoring kids, find him at local festivals, adding to his tattoo collection or unwinding at Rí Rá Irish Pub with his girlfriend.

Shot on location at Leftbank Art at AmericasMart Atlanta
 

JOOLIANA KIM
Digital marketing coordinator, Merit Financial Advisors; model, CMT Agency,
J Williams Agency and JK Model & Talent; and media correspondent, Iris TV
Age: 24
Originally from: Queens, N.Y.
Lives in: Vinings
Relationship status: Single
This University of Georgia alum is a social butterfly to the max. From working red carpets and local festivals as a PR and media professional to mentoring students and fundraising as a member of The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter and the Georgia Music Partners, Kim is rarely without an event to attend. When she’s not networking her heart out, find her on the BeltLine or at The IVY Buckhead.

Photo by Happictory Photography Studio, happictoryphotos.com

BROOKE FLETCHER
Miss Georgia USA 2015; and associate director, ESPNU and SEC Network
Age: 23
Originally from: Fayetteville, Ga. 
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
With winning titles as the current Miss Georgia USA and former Miss Georgia Teen USA 2009 (she was the first runner-up at Miss Teen USA), this Auburn University alum knows a thing or two about playing the game. Charities close to her heart include Girls Inc., Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Atlanta Humane Society. Peek her sans crown flexing her sports knowledge at ESPNU and the SEC Network, or grabbing a bite at Superica or YEAH! Burger.

Photo by AJ Day
 

CAMERON MAYBIN
Professional baseball player, Atlanta Braves
Age: 28
Originally from: Asheville, N.C.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Married
The Braves hit a home run when laid-back pro Maybin joined the team. Drafted straight out of high school, the center fielder has also stepped up to the plate for the Detroit Tigers, the Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres. Off the field, he’s a fun-loving husband and father of two who loves to travel, collect sneakers (more than 150 pairs and counting!) and give back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Sisters Network Triangle NC.

Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves

SETH DOUSMAN
Actor, Alexander White Agency; model, Chosen Model Management; and bartender, Burn Social Club and Czar Ice Bar
Age: 27
Originally from: Champaign, Ill.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
Fresh off the release of his first movie, Ashby (in which he got to work with Mickey Rourke and Emma Roberts, among others), this University of Illinois alum is chasing the ATLwood dream and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Kevin Hart or Channing Tatum. At 6 feet 6 inches, this stud is hard to miss when he visits his fave stomping grounds like 10 Degrees South, Czar Ice Bar and Burn Social Club.

Photo by Ahmad Barber Photography

REEMA PATEL
Marketing specialist, AmericasMart Atlanta
Age: 25
Originally from: Richland, Ga.
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
While this Savannah College of Arts and Design grad can be found at AmericasMart during work hours or unwinding at Whiskey Blue at night, she fills the rest of her busy schedule with coding classes to prep for her MBA and volunteering at BAPS Charities.

JORDAN HARVEY
Realtor, Dorsey Alston Realtors
Age: 24
Originally from: Braselton, Ga.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
This 4-foot-10-inch University of Alabama grad may like to get dolled up, but she also loves football, dominating her co-ed fantasy league and cheering on the Tide. As a real-estate guru, she dreams of having her own HGTV show and is passionate about Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. Spot her at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina or Five Paces Inn.

DARBIE DUFF
Dancer; choreographer; and actress
Age: 25
Originally from: Bristol, Va.
Lives in: Vinings
Relationship status: Single
The stage is a second home to this animal lover, who cites her mom and Beyoncé as her biggest inspirations. Her love for all things dance has even allowed her to perform for the Queen of England. Find her busting a move on the dance floor at The IVY Buckhead.

Shot on location at Codarus at AmericasMart Atlanta

BRITTANY MCELHENEY
Model, Factor Women; private chef; and personal trainer
Age: 26
Originally from: Newport News, Va.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
From dancing competitively for 11 years to conquering the stage as one of ATL’s most recognized models, this statuesque gal is used to the spotlight. Behind the scenes, she’s educating young women on healthy fitness and nutrition habits; cooking up a storm thanks to her Food Network obsession; and volunteering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Atlanta Humane Society and Defined With Purpose.

Photo by Jamila Lisbon of Benjamin and Grace Photography

MALLORY HOPE SCHWARTZ
Field marketing manager, Highway 9 Marketing & Events; and instructor, Pink Barre
Age: 29
Originally from: Richmond, Va.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
If you’re lucky enough to get this University of South Carolina alum to slow down, she’ll likely bring you a box of SkinnyPop Popcorn (her current client), show you her moves at Pink Barre, bake you a treat or have you join her at a Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta meeting. Well-rounded, indeed!

RACHEL BRITT
Associate territory manager, EndoGastric Solutions
Age: 29
Originally from: Orlando, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Engaged
Don’t let this Florida State University grad’s girly-girl style and enviable tresses fool you—she’s a daredevil. Last year, the travel bug went cliff jumping in Interlaken, Switzerland, and will take the plunge into wedded bliss with her new fiance next June in Jamaica. Spot her at Umi and The IVY Buckhead.

CHANDLER WHITMER
Private quarterback instructor; business development, eRecruit; and model, Chosen Model Management
Age: 24
Originally from: Conyers, Ga.
Lives in: Sandy Springs
Relationship status: Single
After playing quarterback on the University of Connecticut’s football team and training as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles mini-camp, this sports enthusiast has come back to his roots to train other rising athletes. Glimpse him at Krog Street Market or mentoring students through Passion City Church.

Shot on location at Gabby Home at AmericasMart Atlanta

SHAWN MADDOX
Finance Services manager, The Coca-Cola Company
Age: 29
Originally from: Marietta
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
Inspired by his father’s work ethic as an entrepreneur, Maddox obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees at The University of Georgia before landing a job at his “favorite company in Atlanta.” Along the way he’s kept his wanderlust passions alive with a trip to Greece and enjoys hitting the town at Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market or running and biking on the BeltLine.

KATIE BYRUM
Model, Ursula Wiedmann Models
Age: 23
Originally from: Newnan, Ga.
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
Don’t mistake this leggy blonde for just another pretty face. This Georgia Institute of Technology grad has her degree in biomedical engineering and loves the outdoors thanks to her four brothers. When she’s not cheering on her Yellow Jackets, she’s hanging with friends at Superica, Ormsby’s or Dark Horse Tavern.

Shot on location at Ambella Home at AmericasMart Atlanta

BILL BARRETT
Model, Chosen Model Management; and actor, Stewart Talent Agency
Age: 27
Originally from: Homer Glen, Ill.
Lives in: West Midtown
Relationship status: Single
This University of Illinois grad’s current career path happened by chance. After moving to the A for a relationship and to pursue golf, he was spotted by a photographer while serving tables in Peachtree City. The rest is history. See him in local Belk charity fashion shows, on the golf course training or at Seven Lamps.

Photo by Scott Teitler Photography

ZULAY HENAO
Actress
Age: 36
Originally from: Medellín, Colombia
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
This knockout actress has been heating up the city in the locally shot Tyler Perry series If Loving You Is Wrong on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in projects like Army Wives, The Single Moms Club and Fighting with Channing Tatum. Behind the scenes, she’s most proud of running the New York City Marathon in under five hours on a team for UNICEF and loves to unwind with a glass of vino at her favorite Atlanta restaurant, Chops Lobster Bar.

Photo by Dewayne Rogers Photography

WILL WHITE
Orthopedic medical sales representative, Zimmer Biomet; and model, Chosen Model Management and Marilyn’s Model and Talent Management
Age: 28
Originally from: Barnesville, Ga.
Lives in: Cartersville
Relationship status: In a relationship
It’s hard to believe this well-dressed sales whiz grew up in the country and was the champion of catching greased pigs at his local county fair for eight years running! These days, he’s working on his dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur; playing hoops any chance he gets (he trained at the international level with plans to go pro); and enjoying nights out at Hal’s, Rathbun’s and Six Feet Under.

COURTNEY STARLING
Account executive, Optomi
Age: 24
Originally from: Memphis, Tenn.
Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Single
From diving with sharks in South Africa to jumping off the world’s highest bungee bridge, this Troy University grad is an adrenaline junkie with a heart of gold. When she’s not traveling, find her painting Atlanta pretty through volunteer work with ATP, Power My Learning, That’s Caring, CHRIS Kids, MUST Ministries and The Atlanta Girls (through which she’s raised more than $2 million!).

MELBIN DE LA CRUZ
Professional ballroom dancer; and owner, Dance with Melbin Inc.
Age: 32
Originally from: Cancun, Mexico
Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
This professional ballroom and Latin dancer won our hearts over after taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy at Dancing Stars of Atlanta this year and continues to impress with his list of accolades, which includes winning the United States Dance Championship and Ohio Star Ball Championships. Find him at The St. Regis Bar or volunteering with local nonprofits like Dance for a Cure.

Shot on location at Calvin Klein Home at AmericasMart Atlanta

KATHERINE AKRA
Founder, The Barre Scene
Age: 32
Originally from: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
When this University of Florida alum isn’t chomping for her Gators or grabbing a bite at Gypsy Kitchen, catch her stepping up her fitness and charity game at her new Buckhead fitness studio, The Barre Scene, where she regularly hosts charity workout classes. With a résumé that includes time spent as a Miami Heat dancer and as an emcee for the Atlanta Braves, it’s game on!

Photo by Stacey Bode Photography

MICHAEL AARON MILLIGAN
Actor, J Pervis Talent Agency; producer; and stunt performer
Age: 35
Originally from: Victoria, Texas
Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Single
It’s lights, camera, action for this ex-boy-band member (he was in a pop and R&B group called Next Page) and current SAG-AFTRA actor, producer and stuntman. “My greatest ambition in life is to start my own production company and produce inspiring, award-winning feature films,” shares the pet lover who volunteers with Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption. Peep him at Little Trouble or Havana Club.

Photo by Danny Griffin

PAUL BLACK
Professional soccer player, Atlanta Silverbacks
Age: 25
Originally from: Manchester, England
Lives in: Chamblee
Relationship status: In a relationship
If these are the types of men they grow in England, we’re moving! Luckily this talented athlete crossed the pond to chase his dream of playing in the MLS (he’s gunning for Atlanta United FC next), made his pro debut at 17 and is currently a defender on the Atlanta Silverbacks. Find him at festivals, Shake Shack or Whiskey Blue with his girlfriend on his arm.

CLARA CHUNG
Women’s health specialty representative, Allergan
Age: 28
Originally from: Marietta
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
Having just made the move from Nashville to Atlanta two months ago, this University of Alabama alum is loving Barcelona Wine Bar, Le Bilboquet and Gypsy Kitchen. Currently, her face can be spotted in campaigns for Show Me Your MuMu and Fab’rik, and she’s worked her booty off for these opportunities as the first person in her family to go to college in addition to working full time to pay for it. You go, girl!

MELISSA BUZOGANY
Office support specialist/social media manager, Swan Center for Plastic Surgery
Age: 31
Originally from: Snellville, Ga.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
Being a mom to three beautiful children comes first for this Chattahoochee Technical College alum, who is currently enjoying a new role at Swan Center for Plastic Surgery. “I love helping others make positive changes to their appearance and lives as a whole,” she says. In her free time, find her biking on the BeltLine or dancing the night away at Tongue & Groove.

Shot on location at Codarus at AmericasMart Atlanta

CARLOS BOCANEGRA
Technical director, Atlanta United FC
Age: 36
Originally from: Alta Loma, Calif.
Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Married
On the field, this UCLA alum is a soccer all-star with achievements like two-time MLS Defender of the Year and more than 100 appearances on the U.S. Men’s National Team, for which he was captain for six years including during the World Cup. After playing professionally in the United States, England, Scotland, France and Spain, the phenom has joined the new MLS Atlanta United team as technical director. Off the field, find him at Yebo, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Superica and King + Duke.

CHRIS MCDOWELL
Food and beverage manager, Dolce Italian
Age: 29
Originally from: Indianapolis, Ind.
Lives in: West Midtown
Relationship status: In a relationship
Thrilled to be part of LDV Hospitality’s Dolce Italian, this Florida State University grad can’t get enough of the hospitality industry but also enjoys modeling, personal training and working toward owning his own business. When he’s not serving the elite of Buckhead, find him adding to his sizeable tattoo collection or enjoying a night off at The Painted Pin, Little Trouble or Umi.

NAZY GAVAHI
Regional marketing and events manager, LDV Hospitality Atlanta
Age: 29
Originally from: Isfahan, Iran
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
Fresh off a move from Sin City, where this bombshell was marketing manager of Wet Republic and Hakkasan Restaurants nationally, this Georgia State University grad is taking over The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, repping hot spots Corso Coffee, Dolce Italian and forthcoming projects The Regent Cocktail Club and American Cut. When she’s not living the good life, catch her at Umi or The St. Regis Atlanta.

Shot on location at Bliss Studio at AmericasMart Atlanta

DAVID HOLLEMAN
Police officer, Atlanta Police Department
Age: 30
Originally from: Marietta
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
At 6 foot 5 inches, this Georgia Southern University grad is something of a real-life G.I. Joe, serving the community as an APD officer and scoring the Officer of the Year award for the 2014-2015 calendar year. While he’s usually found in his patrol car covering Bankhead, after hours find him at Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Five Paces Inn.

NICKIE BLACK
Owner, Atriarch Leather
Age: 34
Originally from: Athens, Ga.
Lives in: Athens
Relationship status: In a relationship
This Georgia College & State University alum is one badass babe who counts shooting guns, skinning rattlesnakes, hunting and boxing among her favorite hobbies. Through her leather handbag and accessories company she’s changing views on hunting by feeding children in the South African bush with animals that have been ethically tagged and hunted for food, rather than sport, using their skins to create her supple collection. Spot her at Chops Lobster Bar.

KORY KUBACKI
Sports orthopedic technology consultant, Arthrex
Age: 24
Originally from: Naples, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
Staying active is a daily part of this Florida State University grad, former competitive cyclist and triathlete’s routine. On the work front by day, he finished in the top 10 percent among his peers for sports orthopedics in his first year, and by night, he’s enjoying it all paying off at Umi, Five Paces Inn and The IVY Buckhead.

Shot on location at Global Views at AmericasMart Atlanta

 

JACLYN KIRBY
Model, Factor Women; and account manager, Payscape Advisors
Age: 23
Originally from: Woodstock, Ga.
Lives in: Chastain Park
Relationship status: In a relationship
The spotlight beckons for this Kennesaw State University student who’s worked the runway for the likes of Michael Kors and Jeffrey Campbell. Off stage, she’s a lover of all things DIY, reading about and watching crime shows, and supporting the Atlanta Humane Society and Kind Campaign. Gypsy Kitchen, 10 Degrees South and Chops Lobster Bar are her faves for a night out on the town.

Photo by Mark Hill Photography

EDMOND DE ANDRE' NEWTON
Fashion designer/CEO, Edmond Newton; and contestant, Project Runway Season 14
Age: 37
Originally from: Union, S.C.
Lives in: Downtown
Relationship status: Single
Life in the fashion industry has been very good to this design star who dominated the competition on season 14 of Project Runway and whose creations have appeared on NBC’s Fashion Star and most recently at RagTrade Atlanta’s fall fashion extravaganza. When he’s not dressing the masses, he’s enjoying photography, painting, the outdoors, watching his Atlanta Falcons or hitting the town at The Rusty Nail or MJQ Concourse.

Photo by Carlos Jones

 

JORDAN WILLIAMS
VIP cocktail waitress, AG Entertainment
Age: 24
Originally from: Columbus, Ohio
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
Williams proves that social media can be a life-changing medium. Just ask her current boss, who hired her thanks to her strong Instagram following and connections in the nightlife industry. Catch the Valdosta State University alum serving the city’s top VIPs at Gold Room, Compound, Privé and Soho or enjoying interior design, traveling and all things country music.

STEFANII HAMMETT
Bartender, Twin Peaks Buckhead
Age: 22
Originally from: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Lives in: Flowery Branch
Relationship status: Single
Beauty and brains collide thanks to this Air Force brat’s work ethic, which includes majoring in criminology and criminal justice and minoring in sociology, English and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, plus a crowning title as Miss Twin Peaks Lincoln 2015. “My greatest ambition in life is to inspire and help young girls,” says the bombshell.

JOSHUA NATHAN GONZALEZ
User interface architect, MemberClicks.com
Age: 33
Originally from: Palm Beach, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
A self-professed “closet nerd,” this tech whiz is using his skills to better the community by mentoring his peers, specifically an engineer who went on to start his own software business and later thanked Gonzalez for getting him there. The Florida State University grad also has a passion for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses—in addition to CrossFit; traveling; and hitting up Yebo, Bartaco and Whiskey Blue.

Shot on location at Christopher Guy at AmericasMart Atlanta

Hair by Steve Hightower, Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Makeup by @NyssaG and Brandi Mallory, The Green Room Agency using PÜR Cosmetics
Photography assistant: Naomi Smith