Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
Political party: Democratic
Relationship status: Married
Buried in Rep. Jim Himes’s (D-Conn.) long list of accomplishments — he’s a former nonprofit executive, Wall Street banker, Rhodes scholar, Harvard rower and on and on — is this important nugget, at least for the purposes of the 50 Most Beautiful People list: He was once a model for Polo Ralph Lauren.
Now, we’re not talking Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)-level modeling — no Cosmopolitan centerfolds — but Himes did spend some time in college earning extra cash appearing in photos for the most American of clothiers. Famous fashion photographer Bruce Weber spotted him at a boathouse on the Charles River, and soon thereafter Himes went in front of the camera at a shoot on Martha’s Vineyard. The congressman laughs about it these days.
“I worked very briefly with a local agency on local stuff,” he says, “but I was not quote-unquote a model.”
Himes has taken a liking to Twitter, deciding early on that it’s a good platform to reveal the more informal daily goings-on of his life as a congressman. One recent tweet reported that the Democratic Cloakroom was out of Mountain Dew. “A nation at risk,” he wrote.
“People really hunger for an authentic voice out there,” he says. “It is a little risky, of course, but I have a little fun with it.”
— Kris Kitto