Occupation: Freelance writer
Why She’s a Semifinalist: This 5-foot firecracker is a well-rounded combination of model, writer, and philanthropist. She also dabbles in acting, with a history of small movie roles and an interest in screenplay writing. These days she's mostly a mom to her two young sons. She's an exotic blend of Japanese, Chinese, and Italian descent and was born in Hawaii before growing up in Massachusetts. This cultural fusion means she’s the lucky recipient of caramel-colored skin, a little East Coast attitude, and Italian cooking prowess. When she’s not writing (freelancing and penning a book), she’s focusing her attention on local nonprofits that benefit troubled teens, including the Letot Center and Youth Village. “Teenagers are the ones that are ready to soak up knowledge and become empowered,” she says.
Fun Fact: Genevieve is an Apple junkie, citing three things she can’t live without as her iPhone, Apple TV, and iBook.
How We Picked The Semifinalists: We solicited nominations through www.dmagazine.com, plus we threw in our own candidates.
After looking through hundreds of nominations, and interviewing dozens of women,
D Magazine editors narrowed the pool down to 20 semifinalists.