The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful People: Page 15 of 50


Age: 30
Hometown: Anaheim Hills, Calif.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Single

Getting her open-water scuba-diving certification has only added to Yvonne Hsu’s to-do list.

Hsu, a legislative assistant for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), got her certification in April and went diving off the coast of Taiwan. Now, she says, she’s already eager to plot out her next location.

“Friends say it’s like checking off your list — no, once you get it, you keep going,” Hsu says. “It’s to go to as many dive sites as possible.”

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Hsu isn’t just setting her sights on her next exotic location to dive — she’s already eyeing a new activity to tackle: outdoor rock climbing.

With a laugh that can fill a room, Hsu is constantly looking for new adventures, like the one that brought her from California to Washington in the first place. She didn’t go looking to move out here, but jumped at the opportunity while working in Schiff’s district office.

Hsu likes to stay active, she says, because she loves food.

But she says she hasn’t been able to find the variety of Asian food that she had back in California. 

So she took to cooking.

“I like to try out things,” she says, “and because I can’t buy the food that I had back home, I end up cooking a lot more than I used to.”

Hsu says she doesn’t put too much effort into cooking for herself, but she and a group of friends all cook for one another. Just don’t call her a foodie.

“I don’t like that term,” she says.

Whether it’s cooking or scuba diving, Hsu says she lives by the philosophy that if you’re going to try something new, you should do it all-out. 

“How else would you do anything?” she says.

— Jeremy Herb

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