By Lisa Petrillo

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Fontainebleau Miami Beach played host to Ocean Drive Magazine’s 2nd Annual “Real Miami Beauties” shoot on Friday.

The magazine is shining the spotlight on six local women who are making a difference in their communities. Jared Shapiro is the magazine’s new editor-in-chief.

“I think when you are looking for real Miami beauties, you’re always looking for someone who is beautiful inside and outside,” said Shapiro. “People that devote their lives to philanthropy…women who work hard and have creative ideas…beautiful on the outside, no matter what their age,” said Shapiro.

Michelle Oka-Doner is a 67-year-old artist who proved beauty is timeless. Her work is seen daily by thousands at Miami International Airport, where her design skills grace the crustacean floor of the new north wing.

“It’s very exciting to be participating in this,” said Oka-Doner. “I suggested next year they do Real Grandmothers of Miami Beach!” she joked.

Nathalie Cadet-James, 35, is a Haitian American whose love for music inspired her to become the director of the Young Patrons Group for the New World Symphony. She’s also on the board of the Overtown Music Project.

“I was floored!” said Cadet-James. “What an honor!”

“These are people who work hard during the day and devote their time to charity causes. [They] live a life outside work and charity as well, experiencing everything Miami has to offer while giving back,” said Shapiro.

CBS4’s Shannon Hori knows a lot about giving back. The mother of 4-year-old twin boys recently helped raise $450K for Miami Children’s Hospital.

“It’s something we all dream about,” Hori said, referring to her being featured in Ocean Drive Magazine. “But when when we take off all the makeup and go home at night, we really do think of what a difference you have made in the world. That’s what makes a true beauty,” said Hori.

You can see the Real Miami Beauties in the May-June issue of Ocean Drive Magazine. The photographer taking the shots was Jana Cruder.


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