No, really. Here is Kaitlyn Yelle, Esquire's 2009 Hostess of the Year, on how she vaulted to the pinnacle of her profession in just sixteen weeks:
ESQUIRE: What an incredible moment this must be for you.
KAITLIN YELLE: I'm pretty shocked. I didn't have tons of
experience before I started at Meat Market, but I tried hard and did
what I could to be the best at what I was doing.
KY: I'm usually the first person the customer sees, so I try to smile and be happy. I like to make them feel special.
ESQ: And what if some customers don't feel special?
KY: Some people get a little upset if something bad happens, but we just smile and tell them we're sorry. It's kind of hard for people to be mean when you're smiling at them.
Hell -- this makes Obama's Nobel look like Scorsese's Oscar. A possible explanation of Mariani's decision to bestow this momentous honor may lie in the photograph at right. Possibly. Between Obama and this kid, lanky brunettes are taking over the world. Tip of the fin to Frodnesor.
*If you are a "lovely 21-year-old." (According to John Mariani.)