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June 14, 2007
More than a pretty face

OCONNOR_MORE.jpgBefore they're gone, be sure and grab a copy of the June issue of More magazine. That's because it features the publication's seventh annual model search. That would be for accomplished and beautiful women - all over 40!

After receiving more than 16,000 entries, More picked 10 finalists - with some welcome input from Wilhelmina Models.

I've always loved this issue because it really shows how women over a certain age can look totally gorgeous. Of course, great lighting, a great makeup artist, great clothes and great hair all help. But, they also have great life stories to tell.

Interestingly, the issue features full-page spreads of the top three, who were feted earlier this year in New York. The winner is Patricia Neville, 50, a former sales director from Miami. Second runner-up is Steffi Jo Chapin, 42, an optometrist from Terra Ceia, Fla.

And, get this: The first runner-up is Paula O'Connor (pictured), who lives in San Francisco! Paula, 41, is an oncologist who also is a cancer survivor. Her cancer was a rare uterine tumor discoverd in January 2006. She had several surgeries and procedures and was eventually given the good news that the tumor was benign.

"I have a new birthday of sorts," Paula told More. "There are so many things I haven't done because it wasn't the right time. But now, I'm focusing on being the woman I would like to be: fearless and vulnerable!"

Paula is even considering adoption because she's really into the idea of the 6 o'clock family dinner.

Just so you don't miss the issue, look for actress Ellen Barkin on the cover.

And congrats to our fabulous and over-40 model from the Bay Area!

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