Who is the Most Beautiful Person in Washington?

You may have heard the phrase "politics is show business for ugly people." But with hundreds of nominations for its "50 Most Beautiful" list every year, a Capitol Hill newspaper is putting that rumor to rest.

The Hill editor Kris Kitto debuted the annual list on Wednesday's "Washington Unplugged," anchored by CBS News Senior White House correspondent Bill Plante.

"It's a tough job," Kitto joked.

Topping 2010's list is staffer Alexis Latifi, who only moved to Washington from Alabama last fall. The 24-year-old works in Republican Sen. Richard Shelby's office and said she's "flattered, but extremely surprised."

The "50 Most Beautiful" include 17 Republicans, 29 Democrats and four people who did not specify a party affiliation.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the highest ranking member on the list, coming in at number three. Kitto said her "focus on her health amongst all the other things she's doing" really made her stand out as a nominee. Other "beautiful" members include Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).

Staffers like Doug Thornell in Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) office and Erikka Knuti in Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) office said they're "dreading" the attention. "My office has started a campaign to notify as many people as possible," Thornell said.

"During the summer we all need a little bit of entertainment to lighten it up in DC and this is a good source for that," said the Daily Caller's Jon Ward, the only reporter to make The Hill's list.

Watch the full video above, which also includes a a discussion of the week in politics with CBSNews.com's Kevin Hechtkopf and the University of Virginia's Center for Politics' Larry Sabato.

"Washington Unplugged," CBSNews.com's exclusive daily politics Webshow, appears live on CBSNews.com each weekday at 2 p.m. ET. Click here to check out previous episodes.

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