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Posted at 1:05 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Elle's photogenic power list: Big names get magazine star treatment

By The Reliable Source

Michelle Rhee, Jaci Reid, Stephanie Cutter, Savannah Guthrie, Deborah Shore, Linda Daschle, Kathleen Parker, Lisa Jackson and Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, 2010. (Kyle Samperton)

Elle magazine coronated its new "Washington, DC Power List" on Tuesday, and what do you know? It seems the most powerful women in Washington are all, basically, gorgeous.

In person, sure, they are -- at a dinner in their honor at the French ambassador's residence. But also unquestionably on the page -- the 10 Beltway honorees are all getting the glossy starlet portrait treatment in the newly unveiled issue. No big ordeal, insisted top Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter (lauded as "The White House Fixer"). She told us she broke from a busy schedule to rush over to the photo shoot at the W Hotel; "You have 20 minutes!" she warned them. It worked out well.

The hosts -- Elle and luxury merchant Louis Vuitton -- may have been Not From Here, but the party followed the typical Washington party rules: There was the good cause (a donation to the French American Cultural Foundation and something called the Kids Euro Festival), and honorees, as usual, who had no shortage of prior honors (two Pulitzers, a Cabinet-level appointment, a Time magazine cover, a whole lotta TV time, etc.) In addition to Cutter, they were lobbyist Linda Daschle (dubbed by Elle as "The Persuader"), MSNBC's Savannah Guthrie ("The Correspondent"), EPA chief Lisa Jackson ("The Eco-Chief"), Washington Post opinionator-turned-CNN host Kathleen Parker ("The Sparring Partner"), socialite charity-booster Jaci Reid ("The Giver"), ex-schools chief Michelle Rhee ("The Reformer") and Share Our Strength founder Debbie Shore ("The Food Fighter"). Two of them -- NYT columnist Maureen Dowd ("The BS Detector") and GOP communications guru Dana Perino ("The Relevant Republican") -- sent their regrets. There always has to be a good cause to get the VIP honorees to sign on; there always have to be VIP honorees to get the other VIP guests to show (among them Maureen Orth, Catherine Reynolds, Julianna Smoot, Tom Clancy, Tom Daschle, Carole Browner, Capricia Marshall).

It was a serious crowd. No one, when approached for a party pic, did the red-carpet hand-on-hip thing. And when the honorees stood to be toasted by Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, it turned out everyone had decided to wear black---only Guthrie standing out in vibrant blue.

By The Reliable Source  | December 2, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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Posted by: donnavilla | December 2, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Is Savannah Guthrie still married to that British guy with the wandering eye???

Posted by: Rockvillers | December 2, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Rhee, gorgeous? Pulleeeze!

Posted by: SoCali | December 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Is coronated even a word? Shouldn't that be "Elle magazine crowned its new..."?

Posted by: BMore_Cat_Lover | December 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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