2016 50 Most Beautiful

Mercedes Schlapp
Mercedes Schlapp
Hometown: 
Miami
Age: 
43
Relationship Status: 
Married
Party Affiliation: 
Republican

Listening to her father’s stories of being a political prisoner under Cuba’s Castro regime is what led Mercedes Schlapp to a career in politics.

“He taught me since I was a little girl to always fight to protect America’s freedom and democracy,” says the 43-year-old Fox News contributor.

“I felt I was ... called to do something bigger, greater than myself, and that’s what drew me to Washington.”

She’s been in the city for more than 20 years, working for the campaign and administration of former President George W. Bush and co-founding a consulting firm with her husband, Matt Schlapp. But these days, the wild 2016 presidential race keeps her constantly lending her voice to Fox and The Washington Times, where she regularly pens a column.

When she’s free, she spends time with her husband and five daughters, calling them her “center of fun” and a “great blessing.”

— Jessie Hellmann