KU student included in Glamour's top-10 college women list

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas student Sarah Stern has been included in Glamour’s “Top 10 College Women 2012” list. A Lawrence native, she is a Latin American studies and journalism major.

Stern was selected for the honor in large part due to her photographic acumen. She’s traveled to both Brazil and Paraguay to document local cultures with her camera, teaming with KU alumnus Gary Mark Smith, a renowned street photographer who donated his extensive collection to the Spencer Research Library in August 2011.

“In Paraguay for the massive annual Carnaval Encarnaceno, she photographed the parade and danced samba in it, becoming the first American to do so. In Brazil she walked up to a gang lord who’d taken a camera from her partner and negotiated, in Portuguese, for its return,” the article says.

Stern started a photography business when she was 15, and her work documenting life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro will be featured in an upcoming book. Each year, nearly 1,000 college juniors apply to be selected for the list. Past honorees include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, Diane Sawyer and Swati Mia Saini.