Editors and readers reviewed and voted on more than 10,000 submissions, selecting the women to represent the most beautiful in four age groups: the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The grand winners were: 22-year-old Kimberly Tran of Houston, Texas; 39-year-old Nazy Meknat of Los Angeles; Courtney McCarthy, 40, of Hinsdale, Ill.; and Campbell.
The four were flown to New York City for a photo shoot and interviews, which appear in this week’s People, an issue that showcases the magazine’s selections for the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. Holding the top slot this year is actress Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for her work in “12 Years a Slave.”
Campbell’s beauty advice to others is simple: “Age is only a number!”
Although it’s wonderful to be appreciated for her beauty, Campbell said, winning proves that beauty comes from within.
“It’s really been quite a pleasant surprise,” she said. “It gives us the opportunity to celebrate that beauty is more than skin-deep.”
Sweeney said this honor is not a culmination for Campbell, but hopefully a beginning.
“This is a launching pad for her career, and we really need to grab hold of it,” Sweeney said. “We’re hoping to work with a public relations firm from Boston to get Elissa more interviews and in front of other media. There’s a short window on something like this. It’s very easy to be yesterday’s news.”
The Campbells have more going for them than pretty faces to endear them to their fellow Salisbury residents. They’ve both been involved members of the community, helping out when needed, according to Knowles and Beaulieu. Robert Campbell served with Knowles on the town’s Solar Energy Committee. And, according to Beaulieu, the two were major forces behind Salisbury’s Community Garden.
But being singled out by People magazine is no small feat, the men agreed.
“Her winning is a positive for Salisbury,” Beaulieu said. “Even the beautiful people live here.”