From the Beautiful People Archives: Amy Poehler, Anderson Cooper, Solange and More


For the past 14 years, we here at PAPER have put out an annual Beautiful People issue highlighting up-and-coming actors, musicians, artists, writers, designers, etc. who we feel particularly inspired by, and believe may go on to do great things. To celebrate the April release of our 2011 BP issue, throughout the month we'll be poring through the archives and featuring a few of our favorite Beautiful People of years past. Below, we include the original text and photos from our 2003 BP issue, which included Amy Poehler, Anderson Cooper, Libertine, Solange and Antony Hegarty.

Amy Poehler

"I get mistaken for Tracy Morgan a lot," explains comedian Amy Poehler. She's referring to her fellow Saturday Night Live cast member, who is an African-American male, and she's joking. Poehler has been crafting her quick wit since the early 1990s, when she started doing improv in Chicago with troupes like Second City and the Upright Citizens Brigade. In 1996, she was one of four people who helped bring UCB to Manhattan, where she landed a full-time gig on SNL. Her first appearance on the show was during the week after 9/11. "I just stayed out of the way and tried not to ruin anything," she recalls. The Burlington, Massachusetts, native did better than that, garnering attention with her impressions of Tonya Harding, Sharon Osbourne and Fox News fox Greta Van Susteren. Though she's not as high profile as, say, Jimmy and Tina, Poehler has proven herself to be an indispensable asset to one of SNL's sauciest casts ever. She's still closely involved with the Upright Citizens Brigade, and occasionally she goes big-time Hollywood, appearing in films like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and as Jack Black's wife in Barry Levinson's upcoming Envy. Her jam-packed career seems satisfying, even if there's no rest. "I don't know what that phrase means, 'not working,'" she admits. "I guess other people would go to a movie or read some kind of magazine, right?" -- Meghan Sutherland
2011 Update: Poehler went on to join the ranks of Jimmt and Tina, becoming a standout player on five more seasons of Saturday Night Live and giving hilarious performances in Mean Girls and Baby Mama. She's currently the star of the NBC prime time comedy-that-could, Parks and Recreation

Anderson Cooper

CNN isn't exactly the first place one would look to find a male sex symbol, but that's where we found the man who makes our hearts flutter. Thirty-five-year-old Anderson Cooper is the prematurely gray, ultra-smart, witty and wry anchor and correspondent who's brought a breath of fresh air (not to mention a sense of humor and dignity) to the tabloid world of cable news.

Cooper got into the news business thanks to a harebrained scheme that he hatched in 1992. "I just started going to wars," he recalls. "I took a video camera and went to Burma." He later traveled to such charming destinations as Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda and Haiti. "If I had told anyone I wanted to be a reporter, they wouldn't have let me," he explains. After viewing his tapes, Channel One, a daily-news broadcast for high school students, hired Cooper as a correspondent. Since joining CNN last year, he has been creatively rotating his four suits (three Prada, one Ralph Lauren). His potent charms have landed him on the International Best-Dressed List and a place in the hearts of viewers. The adoration leaves Cooper a bit perplexed. "I don't get that. I guess people have a fetish for pale, skinny, gray-haired people." The news sometimes is stranger than fiction. -- Mickey Boardman

2011 Update: Something tells us Cooper now owns more than four suits -- he's the host of his own CNN show, Anderson Cooper 360°, is a regular correspondent on 60 Minutes and has a daytime talk show slated for fall 2011. Someone needs to fill the void when Oprah goes, and Cooper's clearly the man for the job.

Solange Knowles

She's got the jeans -- in this case, low-riding, belly-baring designer duds like her big sister Beyonce wears. But Solange Knowles knows well that it takes more than shiny legs, perfume pipes and a funny name to set yourself apart in the cluttered world of R&B. "Being unique is a big thing for me," she explains. "People think that if you come out dancing and if you're okay looking, then you can't be an artist. I want to prove that you can." If her resume is any indication, Solange just might. At 16, she's already done time as a dancer for Destiny's Child, co-produced three songs on Kelly Rowland's solo record and recorded her own debut album, Solo Star, featuring a star-studded slew of collaborators, including Timbaland, the Neptunes and Linda Perry.

Solange co-wrote and produced eight tracks on the record. She also penned all of the lyrics. More impressive is the fact that she did it all while living at home in Houston with her parents, Mathew and Tina, who, as with Beyonce, serve as her manager and stylist respectively. None of it, mind you, stopped Solange from scrapping in the studio with Neptune Pharrell Williams ("He was like, 'Do you know how many hit records I've made?' and I was like, 'I don't care'") and tussling with her 'rents over her sound and style. "I'm a bit of a hardhead, and when it's family, sometimes people take it to heart," she says with a laugh. "But I have to make decisions and stand by them as an artist."--Stephen Mooallem
2011 Update: Solange's follow-up to Solo Star, the vintage-tinged Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams was a hit with critics. The album also won Knowles fans among the cool-kid Pitchfork set, whom she rewarded with a much-loved, much blogged about cover of the Dirty Projectors' "Stillness is the Move." (She also appeared on our December 2009 cover.) Solange has a third album in the works. 

Antony Hegarty
With a voice reminiscent of soul priestess Nina Simone and a style that stirs up memories of the legendary costume artist Leigh Bowery, Antony writes gorgeous, crystal-pure tunes with titles like "Cripple and the Starfish," "Atrocities" and "I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy" -- all possessing a silvery, sweetly masochistic intensity.

Back in the early '90s, he performed with Blacklips, a collective of what he calls "toothless perverts, drag queens and punk women," appearing at such groundbreaking venues as the East Village's Pyramid club. When Blacklips disbanded in 1995, he formed a new group, the Johnsons, which eventually focused on music, his primary passion. Since then, he and the Johnsons have released two CDs, and they'll be recording a third this spring. As if that's not enough, Antony has just provided backup vocals and a cover of the classic "Perfect Day" for Lou Reed's latest opus, The Raven, which was inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. Now he's filming an upcoming indie feature, Wild Side, directed by acclaimed French auteur Sebastien Lifshitz (Come Undone). He'll also tour with Reed this May and appear in a Seattle festival curated by Laurie Anderson.

Antony's stage patter is witty, and his manner can be camp, but don't ever call him "arch." He has no patience with the overly self-conscious, distanced cool affected by so many hipsters these days. "In the frightening world of 2003," he says, "hope and sincerity are the new punk." -- Henry Flesh
2011 Update: Antony and the Johnson's breakout 2005 LP, I Am a Bird Now, was on many critics' best-of-the-year shortlists and featured guest-spots from Lou Reed and Boy George among others. He has since recorded two additional albums with the Johnsons and appeared on a slew of fellow musicians' albums, including Bjork, Rufus Wainright, Marianne Faithfull and Nico Muhly's among others.

Johnson Hartig and Cindy Greene met through a mutual friend a few years ago, and what blossomed from their relationship is the chic bi-coastal clothing label Libertine. "I was at this party in L.A., wearing a shirt Cindy had sent me with one of her prints, and eight people approached me!" Hartig joyfully recounts. "At the time, I already had my own line, and we just started collaborating." Greene, who lives in New York City, makes the silk-screen prints, and L.A.-based Hartig, a former model, selects old clothes and gives them a total makeover. The result is a line of hand-sewn, hand-washed, restructured, one-of-a-kind pieces with Greene's eclectic prints, which range from portraits of famous authors to images of the English horsey set. The aesthetic is boarding-school WASP boy meets Victorian governess. Libertine has already found a fan base that includes such show-biz heavyweights as Mick Jagger, Brad Pitt and Sting. Having Mick and Brad wear your clothes is pretty cool. But that's not all. Hartig and Greene are also pop stars in their own right. Hartig is in the band Model Citizen, which includes uber-models Shalom Harlow and Verushka. But don't ask them to sing or play live -- this band only performs other people's music in videos. Greene is a member of Fischerspooner, the Vegas-y electronic dance-music band. "What I like most about what I do is that I can take a nap from 1 to 3 every afternoon. I just turn off my phone and sleep," Hartig says. "And I like messing around with bleach and scissors." The 29-year-old cutie adds that he is looking for a boyfriend. "Any hot, straight-acting type or straight dude should e-mail me at" Glad we could help. -- Carol Lee
2011 Update:Greene and Hartig parted ways in 2009, but Hartig continues to design Libertine. In February, Hartig and Libertine resurfaced for Fashion Week, where his vintage-inspired cuts bold prints won him loads of positive press.

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