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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Allison Croghan, 22

Occupation: Morning Show Co-Anchor at KSN/KODE
City: Joplin

What is your charity of choice?
Homes of Hope in Joplin. It’s an organization created to help rebuild homes for those who lost theirs in the May 22, 2011 tornado.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

I think there are several factors that make a woman beautiful. Confidence, compassion and personality are some of the most important things to me. A smile is always the best accessory!

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

I think it’s important for younger girls to have positive role models to look up to. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference! I’m only 22 years old and I’m involved in my community, driven in my career, living a healthy lifestyle and hoping to make a positive impact on the people around me.

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

I recently participated in Dancing With The Joplin Stars, which raised money for Art in Public Places. I practiced 15 to 20 hours a week with a professional dance partner for several months before the event. We ended up winning Judges’ Choice, which was very exciting. I’ve also been involved with the Special Olympics Missouri and Homes of Hope in Joplin.

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

I was really happy to be a part of Dancing With The Joplin Stars because it was a fun event that benefited an incredible cause. Arts are more important than ever in Joplin because it’s a way to help people get their minds off of recent events. It also gave me the opportunity to work with other people who are passionate about our community.

I also had a blast judging the Polar Plunge in Joplin this spring. Hundreds of people braved cold temperatures and jumped into Shoal Creek to raise money for the Special Olympics, which is another great cause. And of course the rebuilding efforts are very prevalent in the Joplin community, so I have collected donations from friends and family in St. Louis and brought them to Homes of Hope in Joplin. They have a thrift store where they sell items and 100 percent of the proceeds go to rebuilding homes.

Tell us what you do for a living:

I co-anchor the morning show “Hometown Today” on KSN in Joplin. You know when Al Roker says “And now here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods” during the Today Show? That’s me!

What has been your proudest moment? 

 Seeing the people of Joplin come together after the tornado last May. The spirit of the community never ceases to amaze me, and I am so proud to call Joplin home.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

Trying to balance my crazy schedule and still have some sort of social life. Waking up at 3 am every day is harder than it sounds!

What are three words that describe you?

Adventurous, positive, goofy

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?

My smile! You never know... It could make a difference in somebody’s day!

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

Princess Diana. She was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was very passionate about helping others and made a difference in the world. I loved her style and elegance as well.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

My faith. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and I know that God has amazing plans.

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

There’s nothing wrong with being beautiful on the outside, but it’s more important to be beautiful on the inside. It’s important to take care of yourself, treat others with respect, treat yourself with respect, and be the change you wish to see in the world. Your looks might fade, but your impact will last forever.

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

I really enjoy traveling and trying new things. I like spending my days off with good family or friends, doing something outdoors and sharing lots of laughs. Plus it’s nice sleeping in past 3 a.m.

What is your most prized possession?

My family. I don’t know what I would do without them! A close second is my mom’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.

What is your Facebook status right now?

“Good morning, Hometown Today-ers!! I’m back on-air today, so be sure to tune in to KSN from 5:30-7 a.m. for all of your latest news, sports and weather on the tens! See you there. :)”

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

For the sake of my family and friends, I wish I had a better singing voice. I enjoy karaoke, so it would probably help if I could carry a tune.

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

I love sports! I interned at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut when I was in college. The first time I ever reported on live television was sideline reporting on ESPNU. 

Head to voting!

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