10 Most Beautiful 2012

Meet the 20 women who were chosen as finalists to compete in the 417 Magazine 10 Most Beautiful Women contest.

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Kristal Gaines, 30

Occupation: Marketing Consultant at WCA, Waste Corporation of MO, Inc.
City: Republic
Family: 13-year-old Quinten, 6-year-old Jozlyn

What is your charity of choice, and why is it important to you?

Women in Need (WIN). I choose this organization because I believe in its mission: “A not-for-profit organization designed to improve our local community by providing Women In Need the opportunity to enhance their self-esteem. We pledge to provide resources necessary to enable Women In Need to become women of strength, and provide reinforcement as they develop the qualities of compassion, professionalism, and motivation which will lead them to the path of success.”

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

I truly believe that beauty comes from within: kindness, appreciation, good character, attitude, good sense of humor, generosity, honesty, trustworthiness and a friendly smile. I think all of these things help a woman be confident in who she is, and that confidence comes out as beauty. A woman comfortable with who she is, is a beautiful thing.

Why do you think you’re a 10 Most Beautiful Women finalist?

I think I possess the qualities I listed above. I have a huge heart (that I wear on my sleeve), and I’m willing to help anyone who is willing to help themselves. I feel that everyone is beautiful in their own way. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Do you volunteer, or are you involved in any philanthropic or community organizations?

I am an ambassador chair with the Republic Chamber of Commerce. I absolutely love the city I live in! I recently started a 12-week Citizen’s Police Academy in Republic as well. I belong and involve myself with several other organizations throughout the city of Springfield for my job. I am also in the early stages of developing a pet food bank for the citizens in Republic (and surrounding areas).

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

I enjoy helping out within my community. I feel it gives you a sense of human compassion and allows you to see that there still is good in the world. To that end, I think we are responsible for making good. A lot of people wait for the good to happen. Or they think, “Someone else will do it.” We all have to participate if we want our world to be a better place. I want my community to be the best place it can be for my kids, my friends and my family. I’m willing to do my part to make it that way.

Tell us what you do for a living:

My title is marketing consultant, which technically means I specialize in waste reduction, and I design and implement recycling programs. However, what I really do is rent out big blue dumpsters to businesses and contractors. Needless to say, I talk a lot of trash!

What has been your proudest moment?

Proudest moment: Winning Business of the Year from the Republic Chamber of Commerce. Most proud of: My two children. They amaze me with their kindness and can always make me smile (and test my patience!). I am proud of how close we are as a family. We love spending time together.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

Being a single mother, hands down. Being active in my community, having a career, and maintaining the busy life of two little ones is challenging and rewarding at the same time. There are days that I work off pure exhaustion.

What are three words that describe you?

Giving, creative, ambitious. 

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?

I would have to say my smile or my eyes. I think that you can tell a lot about a person by both.

When you were a child, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?

Julia Roberts. Her smile is contagious.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

I find inspiration in more things than I can count. But nature really inspires me. I would say nature humbles me. I love to be on the river. The beauty of a river is that it’s continually moving, never stops, is always changing and adapting. It nourishes nature around it: plants, animals and people. We can learn a lot from nature if we are willing to stop and notice.

What advice would you give to a young girl about being beautiful?

Be true to yourself no matter what others try to tell you. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”—Christopher Robin 

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

If the weather cooperates, a day at the river with my kids, dogs and friends would be ideal. 

What is your most prized possession?

My camera and pictures. I love being able to look back on the memories that I’ve created.

What is your Facebook status right now?

A quote of some kind. I am a huge quote fan!

If you could have one talent that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

I would love to play the piano. I find it very soothing.

What’s something that might surprise us about you, or a story you love to tell?

I enjoy traveling and love a good road trip! I love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been before.  I want to visit the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

I would also love to live outside the city limits and start a hobby farm, and take care of as many animals as I’m able. Animals have an unconditional love like no other. 

Head to voting!

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