2016 50 Most Beautiful

Nicole Merlene
Nicole Merlene
Arlington, Va.
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Nicole Merlene likes to keep busy.

Outside of her day job at the trade association Invest in the USA, Merlene is a member of the North Rosslyn Civic Association and on the board of the nonprofit Active 20-30 Club of Washington.

Her activities often come with meals, which is a plus. If she gets the chance to cook for herself, she says, “it’s a really big deal.”

Merlene loves to cook and tends to prepare Mediterranean-style food but says she’ll “literally eat anything.”

She’s also a big believer in hydrating, saying that water is “so crucial to your whole-body health.”

For burning off the calories, Merlene favors jogging — often crisscrossing the Potomac along the way.

“My favorite loop is probably running from Rosslyn and then around the [National] Mall, or through Roosevelt Island, which is beautiful,” she says. “That, or just run home and go have dinner with my parents.” 

— Naomi Jagoda