On Wednesday, TheHill.com published its ninth annual “50 Most Beautiful” list, which highlights people working in and around the U.S. government who are stylish, intriguing and, well, beautiful. Three Natives made the 2012 list, for which over 400 individuals (both male and female) were nominated.
Those three indigenous lookers are:
Jessica Imotichey, senior policy analyst for the Chickasaw Nation. Hailing from Oklahoma City, Imotichey grew up the daughter of two Indian Health Service employees and followed their lead, working for a time with both the Department of Health and Human Services and Indian Health Service.
Nikki Santos, an executive assistant to three lawyers at the National Indian Gaming Association. Santos, Coeur d’Alene, grew up in Seattle and is a regular competitor in dance competitions at pow-wows. “I was raised in a very traditional home with a very traditional Native American upbringing,” she told The Hill. “I knew that I had an obligation to do something for Indian people and to work for them.”
Mary Hiratsuka, legislative assistant for Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska). From Dillingham, Alaska, Hiratsuka describes herself as a “fish snob” and carries a sealskin purse — as an Inuit in the big city would. Although Most Beautiful selections can only be on the list once, Hiratsuka is about to be doubly ineligible (if such a thing were even possible), as she will soon leave D.C. for New York City and a job in finance.