50 Most Beautiful People for 2011: Page 34 of 50



Age: 25
Hometown: Miami
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Dating

With parents who both had children from their first marriages, Carlos Fleites said he has always considered himself the “mutt” of his family. 

Yet his strong jaw and bright smile show that Fleites’s good looks are as pure as they come. 

The serious-looking Fleites, a staff assistant to Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), has velvety brown eyes, and his face often crinkles into a dazzling grin. 

Though the half-Colombian, half-Cuban Miami native never imagined living away from home, he came to love being on his own after moving to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. 

“I’m the baby [of the family], so everyone’s always in my grill,” said Fleites, who has five older siblings and 13 nieces and nephews.

“I like to joke that I have 13 kids,” he said. “We’re a big, crazy family, [but] in a way, it defines you. I want a family now — probably five kids maximum.” 

Fleites has been in Washington for only seven months, but he has already realized the city “is a small world.”

“Making friends just happens,” he said. 

Last year Fleites joined a kickball league with a buddy, and the team instantly became his inner circle. He now plays volleyball and hits the local nightspots with them as well. 

With kickball season over, Fleites keeps fit through daily workouts on an indoor rowing machine — “the ultimate torture machine,” he calls it — that he set up in his bedroom.

For the former college rower, crew “is a habit you don’t enjoy, but you can’t get away from. … Every part of your body has a heartbeat when you’re done,” he said.

More than anything, Fleites credits genetics — and a positive outlook— for his eye-appeal. 

“I don’t moisturize twice a day or anything,” he said. “My philosophy is just to have fun with the life you have. If you make it active, it’s going to be active.” 

—Becki Steinberg