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50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2016 (exist) - 27

Written and produced by Allison Mitchell | November 9, 2016 | Articles

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HEATHER MCMAHAN 

Actress/comedian, J Pervis Talent Agency

Age: 29 

Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Midtown 

Relationship status: In a relationship
This comedian-on-the-rise, who counts Joan Rivers as her biggest inspiration, is blowing up Instagram 
(@heatherkmcmahan) with her alter-ego personas (don’t miss a quirky Mississippi real estate agent by the name of Brenda Carlyle) and keep-it-real attitude. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, McMahan is passionate about Angel Flight—a charity in which pilots donate their time and aircrafts to patients in need—and even knows how to fly! Catch up with this star-in-the-making at Bones, Laughing Skull and Johnny’s Hideaway.

NICOLE BELL 

Journalism student, Georgia State University; cheerleader, Atlanta Falcons; model; and actress
Age: 23 

Originally from: Covington Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: In a relationship
If Bell looks familiar, it’s for good reason. She’s a three-year vet of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleading squad who’s been featured in Sports Illustrated and has appeared on Necessary Roughness, Drop Dead Diva and even a Jonas Brothers music video, among others. While her schedule is jampacked, she loves to give back to children through her work with the Falcons and can be found at STK, Superica or Big Sky Buckhead.

JAMES CHRISTOPHER FULLER
Private client advisor, JP Morgan Chase Bank

Age: 31 

Originally from: Las Vegas Lives in: Midtown 

Relationship status: In a relationship

A graduate of Florida International University, Fuller is a top-notch financial adviser, winning the gold star of excellence for customer service last year; and a charitable superman, helping to feed children in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, through The Action Not Words Project. Basketball, yoga and good eats at Little Trouble and Gypsy Kitchen round out his schedule.

LANCE POOLE
Multimedia specialist/technician

Age: 30 

Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Kennesaw 

Relationship status: Single
Whether you’re looking to jam out at a live show or hit the great outdoors, Poole is your guy. The Chattahoochee Tech graduate has been playing guitar for 17 years, currently with local band The Perks; and indulges himself in hiking, biking and kayaking any chance he gets. Find him exploring new bars and restaurants around town to indulge his sweet tooth.

D'ANA ROLLE
Personal chef; and co-creator, bluhazl.com
Age: 24 

Originally from: Gardner, Mass. Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: In a relationship

With a bachelor of science in culinary nutrition, this Johnson & Wales University alum, who also played collegiate basketball, can be found in the kitchen dreaming up new recipes or indulging her passion for fashion. She’s also an avid supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, puts family first, and loves health-conscious concepts like True Food Kitchen and Kale Me Crazy.

LATICIA ROLLE 

Co-creator, bluhazl.com; marketing director, Medea Vodka; and print model, Ursula Wiedmann Models

Age: 28 

Originally from: Gardner, Mass. Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship

“Everything I am, I owe to my mother, father and five siblings,” says Rolle, who’s half of the sister duo behind lifestyle blog BluHazl. While her online, marketing and modeling duties keep her plenty busy, the Eckerd College alum still finds time to give back to the Boys & Girls Clubs with ambassador and boyfriend Shaquille O’Neal(!). Catch her shooting hoops; hiking; and hanging out at Red Martini, Divan and Bartaco.

JOSH LEARY
Actor, People Store; and bartender, Tongue & Groove
Age: 36 

Originally from: South Hadley, Mass. Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: Single

This Irish go-getter, who counts playing ice hockey and cheering on the Los Angeles Kings among his hobbies, is working his way to the big screen with principal roles on New Girl, Body of Proof and NCIS: Los Angeles already on his résumé. When he’s not slinging drinks at Tongue & Groove or taking in the game at Northside Tavern, he’s giving back to the homeless in Downtown ATL or doing charity runs on his motorcycle.

SARA LACHAPELLE
Executive assistant, Valhalla Film Studios; and fashion blogger/model, Tanger Outlets

Age: 23 

Originally from: Marietta Lives in: Inman Park
Relationship status: In a relationship
A self-professed theater nerd, this University of Georgia grad’s passions are grounded in the arts, having attending the University of Oxford to study Shakespeare and international journalism. She’s also spent 16 years of her life as a dancer and is using that discipline to drive forward her ambitious career path in marketing, blogging and modeling. She’s an active member of Cool Girls, an org that mentors and supports girls in need; and can typically be found baking, golfing or attending local festivals.

ELIZABETH SHERWIN
Photographer, Image Bureau

Age: 29 

Originally from: Lawrenceville Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: In a relationship

The University of Georgia magna cum laude graduate spends her days capturing beauty through her business, Image Bureau, where she serves as a portrait photographer. In the charity world, she enjoys volunteering with 7 Bridges to Recovery and St. Francis Table. Did we mention she’s also a licensed pyrotechnician who’s even worked on Stone Mountain’s laser show? Boom goes the dynamite! When she’s not taking care of her pet python, Petrie, or bearded dragon, Lola, she’s rock climbing; hiking; or hanging with friends at Dolce Italian and Umi.

JOEL RUSH 

Actor, Tyler Perry Studios/Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc.; owner, 3D Printlife; and fitness instructor, Blast Midtown

Age: 35 
Originally from: Logansport. Ind. Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: In a relationship

Brains, meet beauty. Rush, who currently stars on Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong on the OWN Network, isn’t just a pretty face. He graduated with a marketing degree from Butler University and uses his passion for technology to run his biz, 3D Printlife, which produces eco-friendly printing filaments that reduce waste and are used by education facilities and manufacturers worldwide. Outside of the office and soundstage, he keeps in tiptop shape teaching classes at BLAST Midtown and hitting the great outdoors with his French bulldog at Piedmont Park or Stone Mountain. Catch his eye at Chops Lobster Bar, Ecco or Lure.

PARTHA UNNAVA
CEO, Better walk

Age: 23
Originally from: Columbus, Ohio Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: In a relationship
Ambition is the name of the game for Unnava. At just 23, he’s a black belt in taekwondo and has played the jazz trumpet for the last 15 years, even touring in Peru in high school. Oh, and did we mention his company’s flagship product—a redesigned crutch for walking—scored him an invite to meet President Obama at the White House? He’s using that entrepreneurial spirit to give back to rising inventors through Georgia Tech’s Startup Semester and loves a good night out at Supply & Demand or Establishment.

SHELLI POOLE
Designer, Simply Staged Atlanta
Age: 34

Originally from: Marietta Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
“Working in interior design has been a dream come true,” says this University of Georgia grad and Big Brother star, who flexes her creative skills outside of work with a handmade jewelry shop dubbed ShopSweetClover on Etsy. She’s also an advocate for the Atlanta Humane Society. Spot Poole hanging out with her inner circle at local sushi spots or cheering on her Georgia Bulldogs.

J. WRIGHT
Real estate agent/owner, JWright Realty Atlanta

Age: 35 

Originally from: Baltimore Lives in: Lawrenceville 

Relationship status: Single

A father of two, Wright is setting an example that hard work pays off, selling more than $1 million in properties in his first six months in real estate. With family ties to pancreatic cancer and a father who worked as a therapist and social worker, he’s a supporter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Special Olympics Georgia. In his free time, find Wright toasting the good life with whiskey in hand at Bar Margot or The Palm.

OLIVIA HARLAN
Sports Reporter, ESPN/SEC Network/Fox Sports South; and host, ACC All Access

Age: 23 

Originally from: Kansas City, Kan. Lives in: Midtown 

Relationship status: In a relationship
Landing a gig with ESPN at just 22, Harlan is the youngest on-air hire for a full season package in the history of the company. When she’s not manning the sidelines at college football or NBA games, she’s pursuing a passion for writing music and singing. Spot this University of Georgia grad at Bistro Niko or St. Cecilia.

JOHNNY D'ANGELO
Firefighter, Dekalb County Fire Rescue

Age: 29 

Originally from: Peachtree City Lives in: Braselton 

Relationship status: Single
This advanced EMT and Auburn University badass is saving lives on the daily as a firefighter with DeKalb County Fire Station 16. He’s also the father to a 3-year-old daughter, an active supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and loves to cut loose at Hangovers Buckhead or Tongue & Groove when he’s not playing superman.

BRANDON MARK
Senior Sales Manager, Axogen Inc.

Age: 36 

Originally from: Oceanside, Calif. Lives in: West Midtown 

Relationship status: Single
Mark touts an impressive résumé, which includes time in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant in the combat medic unit and a spot as one of the top sales managers at his current gig at AxoGen Inc. Inspired by Jay Z, Joe Rogan and President Barack Obama (how’s that for eclectic?), Mark is often found flexing his passion for travel or enjoying a top-notch steak at Marcel.

MAYA DIRADO
Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company

Age: 23 

Originally from: Santa Rosa, Calif. Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: Married

A Stanford University graduate, this new Atlantan is fresh off the plane from Rio, where she won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze for swimming in the 2016 Summer Olympics. No big deal! Now that she’s hung up her swim cap in the professional arena, she’s utilizing her degree in management science and engineering as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company. Yoga, beach trips home to California and exploring A-Town’s food scene at Marcel and Antico Pizza round out this Olympian’s busy schedule. Welcome to Atlanta, DiRado!

BHAVIK MEHTA
Anesthetist, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center

Age: 27
Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: West
Midtown 
Relationship status: Single

A first generation Indian-American, Mehta puts his Georgia State University and Nova Southeastern University degrees to good work as an anesthetist. Outside of work, this self-proclaimed goofball loves mixing music, taking pictures, drumming and performing with the Indian bhangra dance team he founded in college. He’s passionate about cancer orgs like Sisters by Choice, credits his parents for the life he has in America and can typically be found busting a move at Big Sky Buckhead or getting competitive at The Painted Pin.

JOSH SANDERS
Police Officer, City of Dunwoody Police Department

Age: 24 

Originally from: Toccoa Lives in: Dunwoody 

Relationship status: In a relationship
Currently studying to obtain his criminal justice/pre-law degree at Liberty University, this charming police officer loves spending time in the community to strengthen the bond between the police force and those around him. While the majority of his days are spent protecting and serving, he also finds time to golf, play softball or kick back with friends at Chops Lobster Bar and Big Sky Buckhead.

KATIA J. FULKS
Senior merchandise analyst/manager of Boys Playwear Allocations, Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh

Age: 29 

Originally from: Sao Paulo Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single

A graduate of the College of Coastal Georgia, Fulks spends her days at children’s clothing company Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh, where she’s most proud of her volunteer work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a team captain for her company. After hours, she’s getting her “om” on at Atmasphere’s yoga classes, grabbing a drink at Gypsy Kitchen or dancing with her girls at Tongue & Groove.

RICHIE NUZZ
singer/musician
Age: 26 

Originally from: Long Island, N.Y. Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: In a relationship

Remember the name Richie Nuzz. A trombone player since the fourth grade, this Fashion Institute of Technology grad got his big break playing Katy Perry’s love interest in her “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” music video and has continued that star power with his own music career. JEZ VIPs will get a taste of Nuzz’s talent at JEZEBEL’s 20th Anniversary Party Nov. 10 at Havana Club, where he’ll open for Ying Yang Twins!

EMANII J. DAVIS
Miss Georgia USA 2016; model, Factor/Chosen Model Management; and student, Valdosta State University

Age: 22 

Originally from: Cleveland, Ohio Lives in: McDonough 

Relationship status: In a relationship
After placing in the top three at the Miss USA competition, Davis is back to business finishing up her Bachelor of Fine Arts in communication this December at Valdosta State. Following in the footsteps of her role model first lady Michelle Obama, Davis is giving back to children through her charity Modern Enlightenment Program, which encourages kids to get involved in extracurriculars. When she’s not changing the world, find her in front of a camera modeling, hiking outdoors or having a cheat day at Five Guys. Now, that’s a girl after our own heart!

ARTY SANTOS
Project coordinator, Mogean; and bartender, Big Sky Buckhead

Age: 28
Originally from: Westborough, Mass. Lives in: Buckhead 

Relationship status: Single

This half-Brazilian stud, who speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is a Georgia Tech graduate using his Bachelor of Science in management to improve Mogean’s mobile analytics platform. He’s an advocate for Brawl for a Cause, loves to attend networking events and enjoys a good patio like Gypsy Kitchen’s or Big Sky Buckhead’s.

BRITTNEY CROWELL
Owner, Bikini Coast International; 
and model, Atlanta Models & Talent, inc
Age: 29
Originally from: Pensacola, Fla.
Lives in: Dacula
Relationship status: In a relationship

Ever the adrenaline junkie, this University of West Florida alum couples her travel-bug tendencies with a love for riding motorcycles—a Kawasaki Ninja 250R and Suzuki GSX-R600 to be exact. She’s served as a spokesmodel for Dodge and shown off her fab physique for various bikini companies, in addition to The Official Gem Shopping Network. Meet up with her at Angels Among Us Pet Rescue or Sushi Niko Niko.

ALLY YORK
Interior designer, Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart and Associates
Age: 23 

Originally from: Marietta Lives in: Brookhaven 

Relationship status: In a relationship

This commercial interior designer, who specializes in upscale corporate office spaces, is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a few hidden talents. She’s a vocally trained singer who’s flaunted her chops at musicals, pageants and various sporting events, and even knows how to weld metal thanks to a mission trip in Mexico, where she helped build a house for a family of four. Spot her giving back through Best Buddies Georgia or hanging at Topgolf and King + Duke.



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