2016 50 Most Beautiful

Zoya Awan
Zoya Awan
Long Island, N.Y.
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Zoya Awan has built a busy life in Washington since she moved to the city for college eight years ago, but she still finds time for the occasional break.

As a member of Microsoft’s government affairs team, she presses the tech giant’s case with policymakers. When she’s not on the job, she’s taking classes two nights a week — or doing homework — to earn an MBA from Georgetown University.

Awan serves in student government, too, and helps to organize events for young professionals.

That doesn’t leave her with a lot of free time.

But short trips to places like San Francisco and New Orleans are a break from school and work, and they let Awan pursue her passion for travel.

“It gives me something to look forward to,” she said. “It’s just my way of having something new and refreshing and checking out a little bit.”

— David McCabe