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50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2016

Written and produced by Allison Mitchell | November 3, 2016 | Articles

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CLIFF TAYLOR
Chiropractor/co-owner, Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness
Age: 28
Originally from: Dunwoody Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a Relationship
This University of Georgia and Life University alum, who’s sharing the Most Beautiful honor with his identical twin brother, is relieving aches and pains throughout the A with Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness. Catch him sharing his passion for alternative health care through the Georgia Chiropractic Association, hitting the BeltLine with his three dogs or unwinding at Big Sky Buckhead.

CRAIG TAYLOR
Chiropractor/co-owner, Taylor Chiropractic & Wellness
Age: 28
Originally from: Dunwoody Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
Listen up ladies. This Taylor bro is single! Having attended the University of Georgia and Life University with his brother, Taylor loves to give back to the American Humane Association, Foundation for Wellness Professionals and Marcus Jewish Community Center. Find him cooking, hiking or hanging out at Gypsy Kitchen and Barcelona Wine Bar.

MARY ALEX BOWDEN
Hairstylist, Color specialist and Photographer
Age: 28
Originally from: Carrollton Lives in: West Midtown
Relationship status: Married
Bowden is the epitome of a free spirit. She’s a yoga enthusiast who’s traveled around the world in 30 days and has more than 30 tattoos to boot! She’s also a talented hairstylist and photographer who honed her chops at Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta, Sassoon Academy UK and The Showcase School of Photography. Catch her shopping and dining at Westside Provisions District.

HART HOEFFNER
Speech language pathologist, Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services; cheerleader, Atlanta Falcons; and Fitness instructor, Pure Barre Buckhead
Age: 24
Originally from: Suwanee Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
When this University of Alabama alum isn’t yelling “Roll Tide,” she’s reaching out to kids through her charity work as a Falcons cheerleader and as a speech language pathologist. This beauty also has brains to boot, graduating with a 4.1 GPA! Find her tucking and toning at Pure Barre or exploring her passion for cooking and healthy eating.

STEPHEN COLE
Resident Physician, Radiology, Emory Healthcare
Age: 28
Originally from: Huntington, W.V. Lives in: Poncey-Highland
Relationship status: Single
After graduating in the top 10 percent of his medical school, Cole hopes to use his education from the University of Kentucky and Marshall University to better the lives of cancer patients. Cole enjoys sailing, traveling and weightlifting in his free time or hitting Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall.

EMILY HEER
Owner/designer, Hemstitch Home
Age: 27
Originally from: Pensacola, Fla. Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Engaged
This University of Mississippi grad is a jill-of-all-trades with passions for interior design, photography, and writing food and wine reviews. “I am a modern-day Martha Stewart!” says Heer, who details her inspirations on her blog www.littlehouseofchic.com. When she’s not honing her domestic and design skills, catch her salsa dancing or indulging in Tex-Mex at Superica.

JESSICA BREWER
Physician Assistant, Emergency medicine, ApolloMD
Age: 26
Originally from: Roswell Lives in: Decatur
Relationship status: Single
This 5-foot-11-inch beauty is a medical whiz with a heart of gold who boasts degrees from the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She’s been on mission trips to Haiti, Panama and Costa Rica, and seizes the opportunity to learn about other cultures any chance she gets—even ringing in 2016 on an elephant in Thailand! Find her kickboxing at 9Round Fitness or exploring Westside faves O-Ku Atlanta and Little Trouble.

DAYO OKENIYI
Actor, United Talent Agency
Age: 28
Originally from: Lagos, Nigeria Lives in: Smyrna
Relationship status: Single
This local actor, who holds a degree in visual communications from Anderson University, is having his biggest year yet with a starring role alongside Jennifer Lopez on NBC’s cop drama, Shades of Blue. His big break occurred back in 2012 when he nabbed the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games, and continued in 2015’s Terminator Genisys, in which he shared the screen with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jai Courtney. Catch him on the scene in Midtown or getting his grub on at Fogo de Chao.

ZAKIYRAH FICKLIN
Author, Philanthropist and Speaker
Age: 23
Originally from: South Plainfield, N.J. Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
A true entrepreneur, this Georgia State University alum has already penned her first book, Her 20 SomeTHINGS, is working to build a home for 10 to 15 girls in Malawi in 2017 and founded a nonprofit dubbed H.E.R. Foundation for young women with absentee fathers. Spot her at Sweet Auburn Seafood and Whiskey Park.

CHELSEA MACK
Vice president of sales, Bella Bag
Age: 28
Originally from: Newark, Del. Lives in: West Midtown
Relationship status: It’s complicated
This FIDM and Florida State University grad can spot a real (or fake!) designer bag with just a glance, and it’s those retail skills that have put her on top at luxury handbag powerhouse Bella Bag, where she’s helping to open new stores and build partnerships with brands like Bloomingdale’s. Find her indulging her foodie passions at St. Cecilia or dancing the night away at Johnny’s Hideaway.

MICHAEL GERBICK
Senior brand specialist/R8 specialist, Audi Atlanta
Age: 26
Originally from: Palm Harbor, Fla. Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: In a relationship
Need an Audi? Gerbick’s your guy, with spots on the top 50 list for brand specialists and the top 20 list for Audi R8 sales in the country! He’s also a Thai boxing badass, winning an amateur world title for the International Kickboxing Federation at just 19. Meet him on the slopes for a snowboarding sesh or at the bar at Tongue & Groove or The Tavern at Phipps.

LAURA WILLIAMS
Communications project manager, The Coca-Cola Company
Age: 30
Originally from: Panama City, Fla. Lives in: Smyrna
Relationship status: Married
Williams is as beautiful as she is talented. On the career front, Williams has cheered for the Atlanta Falcons; worked with brands like TBS, TNT, NBA, NCAA, PGA and Sports Illustrated at Turner Broadcasting; and is currently rocking the communications team at The Coca-Cola Company. But there’s no question Williams’ biggest passion is charity. This year, she helped raise more than $70,000 as a committee member for Doggies on the Catwalk and is also a captain at Buckhead Church’s KidStuf program.

TRACY SMITH
Corporate marketing associate, Colliers International - Atlanta; creative director, I Do Social Marketing Agency; and model, Miles Agency
Age: 26
Originally from: Clemson, S.C. Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
From marketing to modeling, this Clemson University grad’s life is a melting pot of interests. Supporting the Atlanta Humane Society, where she rescued her pups Chipper and Hudson (whom she named after Atlanta Braves greats!), remains at the top of her philanthropic endeavors. Meanwhile, time with her girl squad at Superica and Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall and CycleBar classes keep things balanced.

ALEXA FORNISS
Registered nurse, surgical/transplant ICU, Emory Healthcare
Age: 27
Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Smyrna
Relationship status: Single
When this Clayton State University alum isn’t saving lives at Emory Healthcare, she’s raising awareness for breast cancer, volunteering at Clayton County’s Board of Health and keeping up with her car club. She’s also the mom to a python named King Basilisk! Check her out at Chops Lobster Bar or Tongue & Groove.

CALLUM ALEXANDER
Filmmaker; writer; and model, Click Models Atlanta
Age: 23
Originally from: London Lives in: Decatur
Relationship status: Single
Alexander, a University of St. Andrews graduate, is a British dreamboat who’s sung for Prince William and his wife, Kate, and Queen Elizabeth; speaks Mandarin; and has a penchant for flexing his rowing skills on nearby lakes. Well-rounded, much? Find him cutting a rug at Havana Club, dining at Kimball House or out and about in Piedmont Park.

RYAN ASHLEY LOWERY
Model/actor, Directions USA/Option Model & Media; and doctoral student/instructor of record, University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business
Age: 35
Originally from: Gastonia, N.C. Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: Single
Lowery is a brain; there’s no doubt about that. This former investment banker’s educational background includes degrees from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (MBA) and Florida State University (undergraduate—where he also played basketball while maintaining a 4.0 GPA), with another on the way from UGA (Ph.D.). He’s also stealing the spotlight modeling for The Home Depot, Belk, Spalding and Delta, among others. Spot him at TWO Urban Licks.

CHRISTAN WILLIS
Chef/owner, Chef Christan Willis LLC
Age: 26
Originally from: Atlanta Lives in: Brookhaven Relationship status: Engaged
Chef Christan Willis has got it going on! She’s currently appearing on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons and nabbed a spot in On Top Magazine’s “30 Under 30 Female Entrepreneurs” list, thanks to her booming personal-chef biz, for which she creates personalized meal plans, provides cooking demos and more. She’s also heading down the aisle with the cutie on her right next June and enjoys mentoring kids through Woodson Primary School. Follow her to favorites Top Spice, No. 246 and Sotto Sotto.

IMANI GREER
Chef de cuisine, Two Urban Licks
Age: 32
Originally from: Madison, Wis. Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Engaged
Greer is half of this cooking power couple and has made a name for himself cooking at TWO Urban Licks and at the coveted James Beard House in New York City. He’s a big supporter of helping men and children in need, and can often be found enjoying concerts, hiking and checking out new restaurants like Staplehouse.

DESIREE M. DIXON
Professional background dancer, Xcel Talent Agency
Age: 26
Originally from: Paterson, N.J. Lives in: Midtown
Relationship status: In a relationship
This North Carolina A&T State University graduate has all the right moves. Just ask Robin Thicke, Pitbull and Beyoncé, who have all tapped Dixon to dance with them. Riding high on recently appearing with Queen B in Lemonade and onstage with her at Super Bowl 50, Dixon hopes to perform on tour with Bey in the near future. When she’s not rubbing elbows with A-Listers, check her out at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Blu Cantina.

MICHAEL GLANTZ
Physician liaison, Spine Center Atlanta; and bartender, The Tavern at Phipps
Age: 28
Originally from: Marietta Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Single
Say hello to Glantz, who’s a JEZ fave after winning our 2016 Best Bartender award for his impressive mixology skills at The Tavern at Phipps. But this Penn State grad’s talents exceed bartending thanks to years on the field playing Division I baseball in college and heading to the pros thereafter. Spot Glantz with his French bulldog, Moose, in tow or enjoying a night out at Tongue & Groove and Hangovers Buckhead.

JOHN OLIVER
Medical student, American University of Integrative Sciences; and bartender, Xcel LLC/bartaco
Age: 32
Originally from: Phoenix Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: Single
This father of two is putting his passion for the medical field to good work both inside and outside the classroom. Currently studying to be a cardiologist, this blue-eyed stud, who holds degrees from the University of Findlay and Davenport University, volunteers as an American Red Cross CPR and first aid instructor for inner-city and foster families. To unwind, he hits the dance floor at Tongue & Groove’s Latin Night or dines at The Capital Grille.

MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ
Pitcher, Atlanta Braves
Age: 25
Originally from: Sterling, Ill. Lives in: Marietta Relationship status: In a relationship
Drafted straight out of high school, Foltynewicz has dreamt of being in the pros since he was a kid. “It’s been my dream and goal since I was 4 or 5 years old, and to have it come true—there’s nothing like it,” says the pitcher. When he’s not hanging with the Braves, he’s playing the drums, golfing, fixing up cars and getting his grub on at hibachi steakhouses.

TINA JACKSON
Owner/designer, Velina Jewelry; and owner, T. Boutique
Age: 23
Originally from: Toronto Lives in: Alpharetta
Relationship status: In a relationship
Jackson’s passion for fashion has taken her around the world. The Italian Samford University stunner has lived in Paris and studied fashion styling at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. She brings her worldly flair to her store, T. Boutique, through which she supports CURE Childhood Cancer; and her jewelry brand VELINA, which counts Gigi Hadid, Joe Jonas and Lance Bass as customers. Spy her at Dolce Italian and Crù Wine Bar.

DAWN WILEY
Litigation paralegal, Fidelity National Law Group
Age: 29
Originally from: Lawton, Okla. Lives in: Lawrenceville
Relationship status: In a relationship
This Georgia State University girl boss, who already has an MBA under her belt, is making her family proud by pursuing her Ph.D. in history this spring. While she’s yet to determine which university she’ll attend, her impressive résumé also includes supporting literacy and education in her homeland of the Philippines and a 13-year ballet career. Find this stunner wining and dining at Gypsy Kitchen.

CASEY HALLIBURTON
Managing director, Optomi
Age: 31
Originally from: Boca Raton, Fla. Lives in: East Cobb
Relationship status: Married
A self-professed movie and music nerd, this Georgia Southern University alum loves to work hard, leading the growth of the largest of eight branches at Optomi; and play hard, hitting up concerts and festivals any chance he gets. He’s also an avid supporter of giving back to children in need and can be found unwinding at Bacchanalia and The Optimist.



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