By The Hill Staff - 07/25/12 09:00 AM EDT
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Political party: Republican
Relationship status: Single
If the cowboy boots don’t tip you off that Stephanie Stouffer is from Texas, it won’t take you long to figure it out after you start talking to her.
Whether it’s proclaiming her love for the Dallas Cowboys, cooking her signature enchiladas or discussing the intricacies of the energy industry, the 23-year-old client strategist for Engage says her Texan heritage informs just about every facet of her personality.
“Where I grew up, we’ve got the stockyards, and we’ve got cattle drives going through Main Street twice a day every day,” Stouffer says. “And that kind of really resonated with me as more of a down-to-earth vibe. It’s more wholesome.”
“I was really interested in broadcast as a career, and I thought I wanted to be the next Erin Andrews, because I’m a really big Cowboys fan,” she says.
Working for a local television station’s “Friday Night Fever” high school football show, Stouffer pioneered a social-media outreach program. After graduating — and inspired by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) flirtation with a White House run — she looked to do similar work for political clients in Washington.
Stouffer even credits her Texan values for landing her a spot among the 50 Most Beautiful People. In addition to running every morning and staying away from junk food — allowing for the “occasional splurge” — Stouffer says she looks her best when she sticks to her roots.
“I try to look as natural as possible, and I don't like to wear a lot of makeup and have it caked on,” she says. “I think the au natural look is the way to go, and I think that comes from where I grew up, the sort of simple Southern beauty.”
— Justin Sink