What I Love About Me: Pretty Patriotic

These fabulous citizens share what it takes to be a true American beauty.

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June 15, 2010 2:00 PM
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Emily Do, 23
Baltimore, MD

"I blend influences from my past with today's trends. In Vietnamese culture, long, healthy hair is beautiful, but I like my '60s bob."

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Jordan Silverman
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Jennifer Kalanges, 24
Burlington, VT

"Living in a small, Northeastern town, I have always stood out because of my Greek and Irish features."

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Jesse Chehak
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Alix McVay, 25
Santa Fe, NM

"I love that I'm comfortable enough with myself to not always care how I look."

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Stephen Aviano
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Shelah Marie, 25
Miami, FL

"I shaved off my chemically straightened hair when I was teaching on an army base because I wanted my natural texture back."

David McClister
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Cara Rosenthal, 28
Louisville, KY

"I try to emulate my mother. She's a lawyer and a professor and can leave the house with wet hair and still stop traffic."

Rebecca Greenfield
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Kristie Henslin, 25
Madison, WI

"Perseverance. I suffer from hearing loss and am working on my doctorate in audiology so I can help others."

Joao Canziani
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Jen Craymer, 26
San Diego, CA

"I'm proud to come from a long line of strong women — my grandmother had a pilot's license — and follow in their footsteps."

Jennica Johnstone
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Tia Newton, 26
New York, NY

"I take my cues from women with timeless style and poise, like Michelle Obama."

Mackenzie Stroh
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Leah Samaha, 22
Princeton, NJ

"Being Lebanese and Scotch-Irish, I love that my olive skin tone allows me to wear less makeup."

Amanda Friedman
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JoAnna Jackson, 30
Chicago, IL

"I have the freedom to look how I want, when I want. I can go from being an ER doctor in scrubs to a girl on the dance floor in a bright dress."