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50 Most Beautiful Atlantans 2017

How YOU doin’? Meet this year’s batch of stunning, sculpted, smoldering Most Beautifuls who are not only turning heads on Atlanta’s social scene, but also transforming the city through a mix of creative, business and philanthropic endeavors. Like what you see? Then save the date for Nov. 30, when we’ll raise a glass to these 50 fab individuals and celebrate our 21st anniversary in true JEZEBEL fashion—at the sexiest spot in town, The Cheetah. Meow!

MICHELLE STEGALL, ERIN ALVEY AND JOSH WAKEFIELD

Shot on location in Harlow Hall 

ELYSE DUFOUR

Photo by Corryn Lytle 

JESSE SPRINGER

Photo by Marty Salinas 

JOSHUA MASCAREÑAS, EVAN GOLD AND JULIE SMITH

Shot on location in Harlow’s Trenton model 

ADABELLE BUNTROCK, STEVEN ROSEN AND CHASE VASSER

Shot on location in Harlow’s Trenton model 

HOPE FOREVER

PHOTO BY JENO UCHÉ 

ARMIR HARRIS, BRANDI RHODES, OBI MOTANYA AND ASHLEY HARRIS

Shot on location in Harlow’s Concord model 

DILLON CRIST, ANJA KOLMERS, DAVID BARKER AND ADAIR BARECICH

Shot on location in Harlow’s Trenton model

JOHN COLLINS

Shot on location in Harlow’s Albany model

KAYLEE HARTUNG

Photo courtesy of CNN 

DR. JOHN CONNORS

Photo by Ninh Chau 

EJ ADAMS, TERESA ANN MOTES AND BENJAMIN WAGES

Shot on location in Harlow’s Concord model

MICHELLE STEGALL
Executive meeting specialist (sales), Marriott; and freelance sports broadcaster
Age: 27 Originally from: Peachtree City
Lives in: Brookhaven Relationship status: Single
Not only has this Georgia peach started her own nonprofit—“Toya Tuff, in honor of my sister who had cerebral palsy,” she says—but the rising sports broadcaster with a degree from the University of Florida also finds time in her packed schedule to be a camp counselor for children with cerebral palsy at Camp Twin Lakes, help with the Special Olympics Georgia and support the Kyle Pease Foundation.

ERIN ALVEY
Singer-songwriter
Age: 23 Originally from: Statesboro
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
“I love being able to connect with people on a different level through music,” says the stunning musician with a heart of gold (she’s involved with Enduring Hearts and Make-A-Wish Georgia). This gal is your typical Southern sweetheart—she loves nothing more than a run to the nearest Zaxby’s and screaming Shania Twain songs at the top of her lungs. Fun fact: She rides a 6-foot unicycle!

JOSH WAKEFIELD
Programmatic ad ops coordinator, Terminus account-based marketing
Age: 24 Originally from: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
You can find this University of Georgia grad (who made the move to ATL for a job in Buckhead—“Our company outings are lit!” he says) sporting his signature stylish threads out on the town, whether it’s at The Ivy Buckhead on a Saturday cheering on the Dawgs or ordering up some eats at Park Tavern. A quick PSA to the ladies of the A: He’s as fit as he is handsome. “I go to LA Fitness every day at lunch,” he says, “unless Terminus is paying for lunch—free food over everything!”

ELYSE DUFOUR
Actress
Age: 25 Originally from: Stafford, Va.
Lives in: Reynoldstown Relationship
status: In a relationship
The pretty redhead, known for playing Frankie on The Walking Dead, is living out her dream on the silver screen—something she has been pursuing since her days at Austin School of Film and The State Theatre School of Acting. DuFour uses her position as a public figure to help girls struggling with a number of different issues. “Some of them are seeking advice or just need someone to talk to. The fact that I could be that person amazed me,” she says. Truly gorgeous from the inside out.

JESSE SPRINGER
Management consultant, Midtown Consulting Group
Age: 36 Originally from: Endicott, N.Y.
Lives in: Inman Park Relationship status: Single
Management consultant may be Springer’s official title, but hip-hop music is his true calling. This lyrical genius and fitness guru (we should also mention he’s working toward becoming vegan—this guy knows commitment!) loves everything that has to do with the BeltLine. From weekend bike rides to vinyasa in Piedmont Park, the A has proven to be a great springboard for creative vibes for his album Inside the Unstable Mind of the Manster and singles like “BeltLining.” Catch this hottie at any stand-up comedy club watching improv or even diving in to join the performance on open-mic night.

JOSHUA MASCAREÑAS
Network analyst, Southeast Georgia Health System
Age: 31 Originally from: Las Cruces, N.M. Lives in: Midtown Relationship status: In a relationship
This network analyst is one-part giving, one-part sophisticated—and all parts beautiful. “It’s such a satisfying feeling being able to help the staff, nurses and providers,” says the Columbia Southern University grad with a master’s from Western Governors University. The new-to-ATL cutie (he recently moved from Brunswick) even dabbled in acting for a while, and ended up meeting his now-GF on set!

EVAN GOLD
Senior project manager and head of operations, Hallmark Builders, Inc.
Age: 29 Originally from: Stone Mountain
Lives in: North Druid Hills Relationship
status: In a relationship
Family man, international traveler and, in his spare time, volunteer to an organization committed to empowering urban youth through mentorship and education—is there anything this guy doesn’t do? After spending a year living in Spain to get his MBA, Gold moved back to Atlanta to join his father in the family biz of construction. Now he can be found perusing the local restaurant and bar scene, from Poor Calvin’s to Red Phone Booth. Also, we’re pretty sure this ubersuccessful babe is Jordan Rodgers’ secret twin. Will you accept our rose?

JULIE SMITH
Traffic reporter, CBS46; and host, Atlanta Plugged In
Age: 43 Originally from: Florence, Ky.
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
This drop-dead gorgeous traffic reporter and host of CBS46’s local talk show is a real go-getter with her eye on the prize. “A lot of people work very hard to get to a position like this in a market like Atlanta, and the blessing is not lost on me,” says the University of Louisville alum. The No. 1 thing on her bucket list right now? “Get a full eight hours of sleep,” she jokes.

ADABELLE BUNTROCK
Social engagement manager, Moxie 
Age: 29 Originally from: Monterrey, Mexico
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Married
Though she grew up in Lilburn, this Georgia Tech grad gets her exotic good looks from her Mexican roots. When she’s not building social strategies for world-known brands, you can find Buntrock encouraging women via style advice and fabulous deals on her blog, The Daily Belle, or simply enjoying newlywed life with her hubs—the pair recently tied the knot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

STEVEN ROSEN
Assistant baseball coach, Georgia State University; and business owner, CatchBig LLC
Age: 23 Originally from: Rockaway, N.J.
Lives in: Brookhaven Relationship status: Single
Between working for both the New York Yankees and the New York Knicks and his current assistant baseball coach position, it’s no wonder this sports-obsessed cutie can be found at The Battery Atlanta most weekends—and if he’s not there, check The Ivy Buckhead (especially on a Saturday during football season). As for his trendy ’do, the man with an MBA says that’s thanks to 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon near his home turf.

CHASE VASSER
Actor, Atlanta Models & Talent
Age: 26 Originally from: Gainesville
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
The former University of Georgia football player has charm and personality for days, so it was only fitting that he decided to swap playbooks for scripts. (In fact, he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins but declined the offer to attend The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. “Parents thought I was insane!” he says.) Catch the handsome actor at The Capital Grille or playing with his dog, Bailey, in the park on his days off.

HOPE FOREVER
Runway/print model, Click Model Management Inc.; actress/on-air talent, J Pervis Talent Agency; and creative marketing producer, Concierge Services of Atlanta
Age: 31 Originally from: Stone Mountain
Lives in: North Druid Hills Relationship status: In a relationship
This radiant model is truly a role model when it comes to philanthropic involvement. Working closely with the Concierge Services of Atlanta to help homeless children and mothers in the Atlanta area has allowed her to see from a different perspective, just as her acting has. As a firm believer in “when you look good, you feel good,” Forever encourages positive self thought to increase one’s self-worth. But, she also believes in giving yourself a break when you need one—like a Grey’s Anatomy Netflix binge with Reese’s Cups.

ARMIR HARRIS
CEO, Shofur; chairman, Gogo Jets; and chairman, charterup.com 
Age: 30 Originally from: Vlorë, Albania Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
With only $800 in his pocket, Harris—an Albanian refugee—managed to build his successful ATL-based transportation startup, Shofur, and now the company is disrupting the bus travel industry with more than 2,500 charter buses serving more than 100 cities nationwide. (Fun fact: Shofur ranked No. 21 on the Inc. 5000 2017 list of fastest-growing private companies in America—landing Harris the September cover!) When he’s traveling, you can bet this Mediterranean heartthrob will be in the water, either surfing, sailing or scuba diving; but when he’s home in the A, you’ll often find him drinking a glass of wine at Kyma, Umi and Barcelona Wine Bar.

BRANDI RHODES
Professional wrestler; and blogger, Being Brandi Runnels
Age: 34 Originally from: Canton, Mich. Lives in: Brookhaven
Relationship status: Married
You wouldn’t know it from looking at her, but this stunning brunette can throw down in the ring. When she’s not training, traveling the world or making celebrity appearances, you can find her hanging with her hubby, fellow pro wrestler Cody Rhodes; or showcasing her latest fashionable finds to her more than 500K Insta followers and on her blog, Being Brandi Runnels.

OBI MOTANYA
Fitness coach, Orangetheory Fitness
Age: 23 Originally from: Grayson
Lives in: North Atlanta Relationship status: Single
Though Motanya’s a fitness instructor (with a fantastic bod, might we add), even he can’t resist heading to Houston’s for a savory burger every now and then. Something else you might not guess about the Georgia State alum: “I carry around a notebook to document important phrases or ideas that I come across in a day,” he says. “At the end of the year, I compile them all into a collage.” Sexy and sentimental? Now that’s the total package.

ASHLEY HARRIS
Owner, Bark Fifth Avenue; and fashion model, Click Models
Age: 33 Originally from: Tampa, Fla. Lives in: Buckhead
Relationship status: In a relationship
This blond bombshell is building a luxury doggie empire via her Bark Fifth Avenue boutique, which was awarded Small Business of the Year in September by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta. When she’s not outfitting Buckhead’s poshest pooches in everything from parkas to party dresses, the Kennesaw State grad gives back as a member of the Buckhead Business Association and the Atlanta Humane Society. Girl boss!

DILLON CRIST
AVP of sales, Preferred Capital Securities 
Age: 26 Originally from:
St. Augustine, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: In a relationship
The handsome Florida State University grad turned sales pro is a big fan of working out and traveling, and loves treating his bombshell girlfriend seen next to him to a meal at Gypsy Kitchen or Verde Taqueria. When it comes to the Atlanta going-out scene, Crist can typically be found making the rounds in Buckhead—Five Paces Inn is one of his go-tos.

ANJA KOLMERS
Account manager, Azalea Health
Age: 24 Originally from: Dunwoody
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: In a relationship
An avid runner who loves to travel—top destination on her bucket list? South Africa—this Georgia Southern University graduate and member of the Young Supporters Board for The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta is the total package. That’s why the guy to the left scooped her up quickly, and now the pair can be seen together around town at hot spots like The Optimist and Big Sky Buckhead.

DAVID BARKER
Regional sales manager, JCB, Inc. 
Age: 30 Originally from: Park Hills, Mo.
Lives in: Brookhaven Relationship
status: In a relationship
Barker’s the lucky man who landed the beauty in front of him here, and the pair often spend date night at Eclipse di Luna or head to The Ivy Buckhead to watch football. The sculpted Mizzou alum also likes to get his powerlift on at LA Fitness, but you may not guess that at home, he enjoys cooking and has a secret love for watching The Voice and America’s Got Talent.

ADAIR BARECICH
Director of business development, Transperfect Translations
Age: 25 Originally from: Marietta Lives in: “Bucktown”—where Buckhead meets Midtown Relationship status: In a relationship
The Kennesaw State University alum (and self-professed Harry Potter nerd) may spend her 9-to-5 helping companies overcome obstacles to succeed in the global marketplace, but on the weekends she’ll likely be cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, strength training with her other half, or getting her brunch on at Red Pepper or Kaleidoscope. She’s also a passionate supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

JOHN COLLINS
Forward, Atlanta Hawks
Age: 20 Originally from: West Palm Beach, Fla. Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
This 6-foot-10 rookie may be new to the ATL, but he’s quickly settling in to our city both on and off the court. The former Wake Forest University hoops star already recorded his first double-double in his third game with the Hawks, and he loves supporting the A’s other pro teams as much as he can, from the Atlanta Braves to Atlanta United. He says his favorite thing about being in the NBA is “playing the game I love every single day.” We can’t wait to cheer him on in Philips Arena this season!

KAYLEE HARTUNG
Correspondent, CNN
Age: 32 Originally from: Baton Rouge, La.
Lives in: Midtown Relationship status: Single
From ESPN to CNN, this petite brunette knows a thing or two about being in the spotlight. “Every day this job challenges me in new ways and introduces me to new people,” says the Washington and Lee University grad. Another job perk? Hartung’s correspondent position has even led to her flying with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in Las Vegas. On her few off days, you can spot the Baton Rouge-born beauty cheering on Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

DR. JOHN CONNORS
Founder and CEO, John Connors, MD Plastic Surgery
Age: 48 Originally from: St. Louis
Lives in: Alpharetta Relationship status: Single
The St. Louis native planted his roots in ATL after attending some of the most prestigious schools in the nation—Vandy, Georgetown, Dartmouth and Harvard. Now, this top-notch doc is topping our list clearly not just for beauty, but also for brains! Outside of the office, but ITP, you can find the real-life McDreamy at his favorite resto, Bistro Niko.

EJ ADAMS
CEO, TeamFitness Athletics
Age: 30 Originally from: Stone Mountain Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
The athletic self-starter with a magnetic personality finds joy in his job and the way he gets to help others. “When a person loses weight and gains confidence, or when an athlete signs a contract or gets a scholarship, there is no greater feeling in this world,” says the University of Kentucky graduate. You can spot the handsome altruist dining on decadent eats at American Cut.

TERESA ANN MOTES
Accounting representative, Fresenius Kidney Care
Age: 26 Originally from: Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Lives in: Buckhead Relationship status: Single
When this Georgia Southern alum isn’t donating her time and money to the ALS Association in honor of her aunt, you can easily find the local foodie at hot dining spots—think Gypsy Kitchen, Himitsu and Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall—sharing an app with friends or sipping a ’tail on the patio. The accounting rep even dabbles in modeling; you might’ve seen her on a billboard in the heart of the Big Apple. But even models have their guilty pleasures—and hers? “Reality television and Taco Bell,” she says.

BENJAMIN WAGES
Sales manager/project manager, Jaco Contracting Solutions, Inc.
Age: 28 Originally from: Locust Grove
Lives in: Vinings Relationship status: It’s complicated
His job may keep him on-the-go, but this strapping guy enjoys being social so “face-to-face interaction doesn’t feel like work to me,” he says. Plus, he’s got bigger priorities—like being a dad to his adorable baby boy, Hayden. Catch him pumping iron at MiscFit Atlanta and World Gym Smyrna; watching a game at Sports & Social and The Ivy Buckhead; or hanging with his son—“He loves the Statue of Liberty,” he shares. “The No. 1 thing on my bucket list right now is to take him to see it.”

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