Life is about learning, as they say, and everything is a teachable moment — including our collective exclusion from The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" 2014 list. For example, here's what I picked up from really attractive people today:
Lesson: Your Extremely Chill Life Advice Does Not Necessarily Have to Match Your Reality
Example Case: Tim Johnson
Everyone just relax, says this dude, who took somewhat intimidating crossed-arms photos for this light-hearted feature. "It's cliche, but I try very hard not to take myself too seriously in this town."
Lesson: Hands on hips, everyone!
But what if I want to cross my arms, like Tim Johnson?! What do I do now?
Lesson: Crossing your arms is also acceptable!
Good to know.
Lesson: It is important to maintain a nerd vs. cool life balance
Example Case: Raffi Williams
I've taken the liberty to note most of the name drops, buzzwords and culture references in Raffi Williams's interview. Here's how it broke down:
This is a near-perfect mix! Well done, Raffi Williams.
Lesson: A good way to make sure that everyone knows your are on the The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list is to tweet about how you are on The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list
Example Cases: Cory Booker; Rand Paul
Guys. We saw. We all saw. This is not how Tim Johnson, noted cool guy, would tell you to play this.
Lesson: Like Sports Pretend to Like Sports
Example Case: Heather Murphy
As a girl who likes baseball, I was initially pleased to see Heather Murphy's profile begin with stories about her apartment by Nats Park and her boss's autographed baseball collection. Then I got to the line highlighted above and realized that Heather Murphy might not be the fan I thought she was.
Whatever. Close enough. Go Nats!
Lesson: "Details" and "Accessories" are different things
Example Case: Devron Brown
“There’s two schools of thought for me in fashion,” Brown said. “You’re all about the details or you’re all about the accessories. For me, I’m all about the details.” See? This is actually one of those very cool fashion lessons that you can use in everyday life, because I definitely thought "accessories" and "details" were basically the same thing.
Lesson: Replace Casual Friday With Dress Like a Dance Squad Member Wednesday
Example Case: Danielle Sikes
Yo, Sikes, that's just straight "50 Most Beautiful" cheating. Of course you are going to make this list. Also! You cannot tell people that and then — a few paragraphs later — talk about having a laid-back style. "You can keep it simple and still have that ‘wow’ factor,” she says. You are sending mixed messages here, Danielle!
Lesson: Match your dog's leash to your lace dress
Example Case: Meredith Raimondi
I support this.