21 Beautiful Residents
We asked dozens of beauty pros, put out a call for nominations, and queried our neighbors, friends, and family to come up with this bevy of beauties of all ages, from all walks of life. Yes, we know that true beauty comes from within and yada, yada, yada—but sometimes you just have to take things at face value. Enjoy the scenery.
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Featuring photography by Chris Ware
Hair by Joann Tufaro and Makeup by
Valerie Guglielmo, both of Salon V in Mamaroneck
❯❯ Marisol Thomas
35, Bedford, Model, Founder of the Sidewalk Angels Foundation, Co-Founder of Pendencia Films, and Animal Advocate
❯❯ Define beauty: It is an idea, and everyone’s idea is unique. ❯❯ Have you always been a beauty? I was a late bloomer and I suffered a lot of abuse from the other kids when I was in middle school. I was flat- chested, had extremely curly hair, and I didn’t fit into my teeth or my arms. I also had big lips, which are great for modeling but not for middle school. When I look back at pictures, I did look so much younger than everyone else—the other girls were so developed, wore lots of makeup. Now I’m glad that I look younger than my age! I remember the time one guy, who decided he was the popular guy, thought it would be fun to trip the gawky girl in front of everyone. Years later, I ran into him at a party. He didn’t recognize me and tried to hit on me all night. Karma. ❯❯ When did you realize you were beautiful? About the middle of high school, people started treating me like I was beautiful, but growing up without that sense of it, I didn’t feel beautiful. Of course, my parents told me I was, but their philosophy was that beauty is nice, but not the most important thing. Then, when I was scouted by the Wilhelmina Agency when I was nineteen, I realized I had something people were interested in. ❯❯ What would you change? If you asked me that in my twenties, I’d have a laundry list: my hips, knees, hair. But now, being in my thirties with a chronic illness, I’ve learned you have to embrace whatever body God gave you, even my chubby knees. If anything, I’d only want to be healthier. ❯❯ I can’t leave the house without: Smith’s Rosebud salve for my lips. I keep it in my purse, my car, different rooms in the house. It’s been around for about a hundred years and it's hard to find—I was so excited to find it at Drug Mart in Millwood so I didn’t have to go into the city to get it. And I’ve worn Nana de Bary Bronze eau de parfum for eight or nine years. Sometimes I change, but always come back to it, usually within a week.
❮❮ Sabina Cieszynski
27, White Plains, Medical Student at Eastern Virginia Medical School
❯❯ Define beauty: A genuine commitment to search for a connection to others and an ability to strip any pretenses is the foundation of internal beauty— and this will shine through. ❯❯ The most beautiful person: My mother. She has always stressed the importance of focusing on inner values. ❯❯ Plastic surgery? Often people do not realize that multiple cosmetic procedures are like spot Band-Aids on a deep wound. It’s vital to address issues of acceptance of oneself and one’s core values before undergoing elective procedures.
❯❯ Favorite beauty product: Lip gloss. After a makeup-less fourteen-hour day in the library or the operating room, a dab of it can make even a sleep-deprived med student feel like a girl.
❮❮ Jim Cooper
45, Pelham, Executive Editor, Adweek Magazines
❯❯ What is attractive to you: A certain sereneness, someone who is happy in their own skin. ❯❯ Do you consider yourself attractive? I’m a modest person. It's more important to me that people regard me as respectful, how I interact with people. I was intensely embarrassed when I was selected for this—but very flattered.
❯❯ Cindy Joseph
60, Yonkers, Model, and Beauty Entrepreneur
❯❯ Beauty philosophy: You are beautiful and perfect as you are. I’m proud of my wrinkles and silver hair—I’ve earned them. The day I was approached to model after twenty-five years of doing makeup for top models was the day I had cut off the last of my dyed hair and was totally silver. I took that as a sign. ❯❯ Beauty misconception: I grew up with fashion models, and my idea of a model was eighteen years old, eighteen pounds, and eighteen feet tall. But Boomers are living passionate, active lives, and advertisers want my demographic. Boomer models are more about personality, energy, lifestyle—not just a clothes hanger. ❯❯ Favorite beauty product: My new line of makeup, Boom! by Cindy Joseph [boombycindyjoseph.com]. Each Boomstick multitasks: the sheer color can be used as blush, lipstick, or eyeshadow; Glo adds moisture and shine; and Glimmer is just for fun because makeup should be fun.
❯❯ Grace Beltran
25, Scarsdale, Marketing Manager, Open Door Family Medical Centers
❯❯ Define beauty: Beauty is all in your sense of humor and in your heart. It’s in the smile and the eyes. ❯❯ Best feature: Thank God for long lashes—I don’t know how people can put on eye makeup every day. ❯❯ Beauty philosophy: Less is more. Natural beauty comes through if you take care of the basics. Clean skin is key.
❯❯ Ed Hardesty
50, Dobbs Ferry, Senior VP, Prudential Douglas Elliman in New York City, Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty locally
❯❯ Define beauty: External beauty is fleeting—it is much more about what is in your heart. ❯❯ Do you consider yourself attractive? I hear that from people sometimes, but I don't really get it. My wife seems to thinks so, and that's all that matters. ❯❯ How do you keep fit? I have a third-degree black belt in karate and teach at the Seido Dojo [One Parkway Plaza, Elmsford]. It helps me center, focus, and de-stress. There’s nothing better than karate to stop all the noise—plus it’s a great workout. ❯❯ What’s your secret? My wife works for a company that sells a nutritional supplement that improves physical, mental, and sexual health. I feel twenty years younger.
❯❯ Declan Rainsford
39, Bronxville, Owner Brazen Fox and Ron Black's in White Plains
❯❯ Define beauty: If you can't find me in White Plains, I'll be in a little place called Dalkey, an area outside of Dublin by the sea with my wife, Diana. That's what quantifies beauty for me. ❯❯ The most beautiful person: Diana, who is, among other things, extremely patient and supportive. ❯❯ Plastic surgery? It's not for me personally, but if it were used to help a person’s quality of life, then, why not? ❯❯ What do you think of people who focus on physical beauty? They should re-evaluate what's important in life. They obviously don't know what's going on in the real world. ❯❯ Favorite grooming product: Toothpaste. A bright smile is a contagious smile!