Falcons Cheerleaders Make JEZEBEL’s ‘Most Beautiful’ List

Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine released their annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans and two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list.

By Emily Adams
Atlantafalcons.com

Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine released their annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans and two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list.

Each year, Atlanta’s popular JEZEBEL Magazine releases a list of the “50 Most Beautiful Atlantans”, showing off the city’s most attractive smiles, but also the philanthropic work and successful businesses behind each one. This year, two Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders made the list – rookie Cara M., Ms. November 2015 in this year’s calendar, and second-year vet Micki J.

Over a course of a few months, with questionnaires, interviews, a photo shoot, and the inevitable waiting-to-hear-back period compacted together, the finalists were notified.

The team had just landed in Newark, NJ, a stop on their way home from London, when Micki checked her phone and saw a congratulatory email. Immediately, she knew what is was and quickly found Cara, forcing her to check her phone in hopes that she’d be able to share this experience with her cheer sister.

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Cara

When the surprise and excitement of making this year’s list subsided, both women reached out to their loved ones. Cara forwarded the email to her husband, Jeremy, the person who nominated her as a surprise, and to her mom. Micki blasted the email to her mom, who learned how to take a screenshot for a very special social media post about her daughter, her sisters, and her friends, including the one who had encouraged Micki to nominate herself.

“I was really excited,” Cara said. “I can’t believe they actually picked me. Looking through, these people have (great) jobs and I’m just a little girl in the world; just a small-town girl.”

Humbled by JEZEBEL’s decision, both women are still in awe. They each participate in local charities of their choosing, on top of cheering for the Falcons and having full-time careers. Their personalities are warm and encouraging towards anyone they meet, making them perfect, well-rounded choices for the magazine’s annual list.

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Micki

“When I look at the people who made it, I’m just like, ‘Wow, I know some of these people,’ ” Micki said. “When I think of them, I think about the energy they give off. I guess it’s a beautiful energy. You like being around them, they’re cool. They are attractive in more than a physical way.”

Be sure to check out Micki (page 90) and Cara (page 103) in the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans in this month’s digital edition of JEZEBEL Magazine.

Cheerleader Shares Stories of Funeral Home Life

Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader Alice F. talks about what it was like to grow up in the family business, living next to Fair Funeral Home in Eden, NC, and the pranks they pulled on people

By Emily Adams
atlantafalcons.com

falcionsEmily Adams: Explain why you lived next to a funeral home growing up.

Alice F.: “I lived right down the street, less than a quarter of a mile. It was within walking distance and I would walk there a lot. It was my great-grandfather who started it, then my grandfather took over, then my dad from there. My grandfather’s house is right across the street from the funeral home — about 100 feet. It’s where my dad grew up and my uncle. It’s just been our entire family. My whole family works there. My mom does the flowers for the funeral home. A whole family business.”

EA: What was it like?

AF: “Since I grew up with it from such a young age, I didn’t understand why other people thought it was so strange. I thought of it as normal life. When I was younger, I would wake up, go to school. Most of the time I’d walk back to the funeral home because my school was right next to the funeral home and I’d go see my dad and hang out there. Then I’d walk back home. Me and my friends would hang out in the funeral home and pretend we were in a band. We would go into the chapel and turn on the mic and sing songs. We didn’t even think about how people were having funerals in there and constantly having dead bodies all around. I just didn’t really think about it. It was normal life.”

EA: When did you get to the age when you realized it was different?

AF: “It was in high school. People started asking me about it. ‘Is that weird? Your dad is the one that owns the funeral home, right?’ ‘Yeah,’ I’d say. ‘That’s so crazy.’ It was kind of that punk and Goth phase when people thought they were really cool and they wore black all the time. My friends thought it was funny and went to Hot Topic and got a shirt that said, ‘I put the FUN in Funeral.’ Which is funny because it turned out my mom got shirts made for us and we wore them as a joke on Halloween.”

EA: What was the creepiest thing that ever happened?

AF:: “There are stories. It was my great-grandfather that died in the funeral home. There is an apartment in the funeral home. He died in the shower. There are all these stories that say that people haunt the funeral home. We own the house next door, which is my great-uncle’s, and we think that my great-uncle haunts that place. But he’s a good ghost. We talk about it all the time. We go there and we’ll open the shutters, then they’ll be closed. Plants will be moved. Things will be out of place. But they are good ghosts.”

EA: Do you think anyone who has gone through the funeral home haunts it?

AF: “Probably. We get along with the most of our families. I don’t think they’d do anything bad to us. They’d probably just play some jokes on us which is normal.”

EA: Were you ever around any of the dead people?

AF: “Definitely. I helped my dad. I worked there throughout the summers in high school and college. I was officially on payroll, and still am when I go home.”

EA: What is that like?

AF: “It doesn’t really bother me unless it’s a bad situation. I’ve helped my dad and I think he is an artist now. He can transform someone into looking like their old self. It’s really cool to see, especially when the family is really upset. They’ll give us a picture of the person and how they want to remember them. I’ve watched my dad make this person look healthy again, like their old self. It’s amazing to see. I think that’s really been an inspiration to me. The fact that we can do this for people and it’s the last thing they see, it’s cool.”

EA: Was it a little spookier around Halloween?

AF: “We made it spooky. We would dress up and watch scary movies in the chapel; we’d pull down the screen. I didn’t know my dad had all this planned, and he asked, ‘Oh, do you guys want to go on a tour?’ I was like, ‘Sure.’ Me and a bunch of my friends went on a tour. I didn’t know he had my uncle lying in a casket. He was like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, there’s a body in here. We’ll just walk through really quickly.’ Then he was like, ‘Oh, hang on just a second, his tie’s messed up. Let me fix it.’ He was fixing my uncle’s tie, then walks away. My uncle popped up and said, ‘Thank you,’ and then went back down in the casket. My friends literally screamed to death and ran out of the funeral home.”

EA: Did you ever play pranks on people throughout the year? Around Halloween?

AF: “Oh yeah, all the time. We like to scare people. My dad keeps this animal down in the bottom of the funeral home called the Mongoose. He likes to scare people with it. He’ll bring it out and it’ll pop out. People will scream and run away. That’s a classic. I always like to tell how my aunt and uncle live in the funeral home. They like to scare all my friends.”

[Alice at AtlantaFalcons.com]