The arrival of the first African American President of the United States and his family to Washington D.C. has had a major impact on the city’s social scene. While long known as “Chocolate City,” people of color are firmly entrenched among the Who’s Who around town, and D.C. is quickly turning into a city with its own paparazzi, gossip columns, and celebrity spottings.
Thanks to political events ranging from fundraisers to inaugurations, and big annual events like the White House Correspondents Dinner, big name stars from across the country are not rare in D.C. Of course, the difference between celebrities in Washington, and say, Hollywood, is that ours are from the political and business worlds, rather than movie star variety. But as government changes, more diverse personalities are making up a new flavor of the city, and a couple of the most popular new residents are featured below.
Desiree Rogers, the first Black woman to be named White House social secretary, was voted Washington’s Best-Dressed Woman by Huffington Post, along with one of the city’s most eligible singles. A New Orleans native with deep Chicago roots, Rogers sense of style runs to high end designers and runway looks. A Rogers spotting around town is just a few steps away from a First Lady sighting, and she has also sparked the hopes and dreams of D.C. residents itching for an invite to a White House shindig by hinting that she wants to support the Obama’s plans to make it more accessible to the local community.
Reggie Love became a fixture on the campaign trail as President Obama’s right hand man, and continues his position as Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the President. Before moving into politics, Love played basketball at Duke University, and tried out for several pro football and basketball teams, and is probably most known for taking part in Obama’s regular games during the campaign. Last year Love won Hottest White House employee, and the 28 year old has one of the most visible positions in the administration.
Mona Sutphen (right) is Deputy White House Chief of Staff, and a serious role-model for working mothers. A foreign policy expert who first served in government during the Clinton Administration, Sutphen has two children under age 5, and one of the most demanding jobs in the Obama White House. After her first go-round in the government, she spent time as a consultant and author, until the invitation to return to Washington proved too strong to resist. Despite her busy schedule and that of her husband Clyde Williams, who is political director for the Democratic National Committee, she still finds time to make social appearances around town and has been featured in magazines ranging from Working Mother to Glamour.