Everyone knows Boston is the college Mecca of the world. But one filled with glamor gurus? Better believe it.


This year, four of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women study on the banks of the Charles. The October issue profiles Berklee’s Emily Elbert, Harvard’s Mackenzie Lowry and Merritt Moore as well as MIT’s Amy Qian. And not just for their looks.


“This competition evolved over the years,” Lowry said of the 53-year-old feature. “Way back when it was the Top 10 best-dressed, then it focused on achievement and success. It’s definitely not a superficial contest. This application process was perhaps one of the most intense I’ve been through, including the Harvard application.


“It’s so involved, it makes you reflect on pretty much your entire life and really sift out what’s important.”


As honored as they were to attend a Sept. 8 luncheon in New York with all 10 winners, it was also daunting.

“It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh these girls are incredible’ and so many go to school in Boston so that’s cool,” said Elbert.

Moore said the luncheon, which featured Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn, was inspiring.

“It’s only been a week later, but I see us staying really close friends,” Moore said.

Their demanding schedules make that easier said than done for Boston’s four winners.
“We all just managed to scramble back to class as soon as we got back,” Qian said.

“Definitely, we’re going to hang out.”