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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Karen Catt, 46

Occupation: Founder of Ellis Fund; Mary Kay independent Beauty Consultant
City: Saddlebrooke
Family: Husband Larry Catt; Ellis (died 1994); stepchildren 31-year-old Jennifer, 29-year-old Jeff and 21 year-old Jon

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

The Ellis Fund. The Ellis Fund is important to me because I started it in memory of my son, Ellis Beam, who died in 1994 of cancer. The Ellis Fund helps pay non-medical expenses for families who have a child with cancer who are living in southwest Missouri. One of our main goals is to give people hope during a difficult time in their lives. I have personal experience and proof that there is a good reason to believe life will be good again.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It can be the kindness in her eyes, the heart that shares compassion, the hand which wipes away a tear, or the smile that brings out laughter. How you have treated someone else will influence how they see you as beautiful.

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

I think I was nominated because I made a difference to someone’s life, and the volunteer activities I have helped with impact a variety of ages and concerns in our community.

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

Currently I am the founder of The Ellis Fund, the committee chair for Camo vs. Cancer, and volunteer with The Zo Charity Golf Tournament, Female Leaders in Philanthropy (FLiP), American Cancer Society Jr. Cattle Baron’s Ball and recovery meetings at Taney County Jail. And I am an active member of Fellowship Bible Church.

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

It feels like a fresh start for me each time I see the spark in someone’s eyes when they either see a new way of life or at least a glimmer of hope that they are going to be okay through this tough spot.

Tell us what you do for a living:

I use the profits from my Mary Kay business to support the non-profit, The Ellis Fund. In my cosmetic business, I help other women feel beautiful about themselves with skincare and building self-confidence. And for The Ellis Fund it is my responsibility to raise funds, discover what financial help our families need and then negotiate the best way to fill those needs.

What has been your proudest moment?

I would say the Ellis Fund because it was rather scary to give up my comfortable life to begin something I knew would have some hard emotional hits for me. Add to that I was stepping into a position where people are depending on me as I am figuring out how to help them. What keeps me going is simply reflecting back to my needs years ago and the gratitude I still carry with me today.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

I had to throw several lifelong conceptions out of the window then go through some huge emotional rearrangements, and finally I realized God was giving me everything I needed to take care of such problems all along. I had just been looking through the wrong window. (This is paraphrased from another source.)

What are three words that describe you?

Hope, radiant, practical.

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?

I have lived a phenomenal life, which has shaped my personality, and met the most fantastic friends along way. I really like people, and their quirks.

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

I always wanted to meet Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters because I thought they lived a glamorous life and were respected for being intelligent with successful careers. I wanted to know all about the world and interview those famous people. I still watch every interview either of them airs.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

The outdoors (skiing, hiking, four-wheeling). I am inspired when I take a challenging trail, stop to admire beautiful scenery, and just wonder at how it all flows.

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

“Do not confuse the girl you are today with the woman you can become tomorrow.” This is what I used to share with girls of the Inside Out program of the Greene County Juvenile Justice Center.

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

Walk my dogs, go hiking or four-wheeling, read a good book curled up on the couch in our library, cook up something in the kitchen that fills the home with a delicious aroma, and kiss my husband goodnight.

What is your most prized possession?

Books! I am sort of possessive about them. Especially the biographies.

What is your Facebook status right now?

I just posted a picture of the quilt my girlfriends made for me.

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

I wish I could sing: I’d like to give the world a Coke and sing in perfect harmony… (You’re humming along aren’t you?)

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

Two comments from my husband: “You are a bit rough around the edges with a gooey caramel center.” He often says, “Things happen in Karen’s world that don’t happen in anyone else’s.” The stories are great, but too long to print.

Head to voting!

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