Sara Zou

Age: 24
Hometown: Elkhart, Ind.
Political party: Nonpartisan
Relationship status: Single

Sara Zou's sparkling brown eyes and tousled locks have shone in the spotlight even before making The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful List.

Zou, a production assistant at C-SPAN, won third runner-up and Most Photogenic in this year's Miss District of Columbia pageant. It was Zou's first pageant, but she's no stranger to performing.

She usually has company, though.

Zou and her identical twin sister, Chellie Zou (No. 5 on this year's list) have been dancing together since they were 3 years old.

In college, they were Purdue's Silver Twins, the university's dual position of twin twirlers that dates back to 1960. As the Silver Twins, they twirled batons with the marching band, always performing together and often mirroring each other's movements.

"The Silver Twins position was a perfect match for us. It highlighted the special bond between twins and uniqueness of performing perfectly in unison," Zou said.

For the Miss D.C. pageant, Zou did a baton performance to Alicia Keys's "Girl on Fire" for her talent and her platform was "Kid Power: Engaging in Civics Education."

There was also a swimsuit competition.

"The thought of going onstage in a swimsuit and high heels is very motivating to get into a healthy lifestyle," she noted. That mindset became habit, and now she finds herself craving watermelon instead of cupcakes.

Chellie Zou decided to sit out on the pageant and help her sister.

"She helped me so much," Sara Zou said. "It helps me reach my goals when I have Chellie to support me along the way in whatever she does."

For the future, Zou is looking at law school while her sister is considering an MBA. Still, the former Silver Twins plan on remaining a duo.

"Wherever we go next, we'll probably go together," Sara said. "As cheesy as that sounds, but we have a good time."

— Talia Mindich

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