Cory Booker famously ran into a burning house in 2012 when he was mayor of Newark, N.J., to save a woman from a fire. He rescued a freezing pup from the cold last year. But the newly elected U.S. senator may really have to put his superhero-like abilities to the test for his next mission: getting in shape.
The Garden State Democrat — whose office denied a request for an interview and photo shoot for the Most Beautiful list, saying the lawmaker was simply too busy — told a local news outlet earlier this year, “I ate my way through New Jersey,” in 2013 during his special election race. New Jersey’s 45-year-old junior senator also vowed to get fit.
Booker knows his pitfalls. He once said that he attempted to nix animal products from his life as part of a vegan diet, but it “didn’t last long” because of his deep love of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, specifically the Oatmeal Cookie Crunch flavor. “I don’t let myself eat and watch TV,” he has said, “I lose track of how much I eat at that point.”
But Booker, who played football as a student at Stanford University, also knows how to take care of himself. As mayor, Booker told Dujour magazine, “I had an ex-girlfriend who ruined me in terms of my macho, ex-football-player self — she turned me on to mani-pedis.”
He dished on details of his late-night nail care routine, disclosing, “Being a public figure, people talk smack about you, so I found this 24-hour mani-pedi place and go in the middle of the night. It’s this guilty pleasure I have. Look, manis are good, but pedis — there’s something … transformative.”
There’s no doubt Booker is transforming the way some folks in Washington communicate with their constituents. A prolific tweeter, he boasts nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers. He averages about 22 tweets a day, according to an analysis Time magazine did last year.
A “Star Trek” fanatic who grew up watching the sci-fi series with his dad, Booker reveals he had a major crush on the actress who played the USS Enterprise’s chief communications officer, Nyota Uhura. “[I] would be married now if Nichelle Nichols would remove the restraining order and allow me to propose,” the longtime bachelor quipped.
— Judy Kurtz