10 Most Beautiful 2012

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

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Kimberly Harrington, 37                                   

Occupation: Commercial Real Estate, Davis Property Management LLC
City: Springfield
Family: Husband Patrick Harrington, 7-year-old William, 4-year-old Preston

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

Developmental Center of the Ozarks. The charity I would choose would be Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO). They help children and adults with disabilities maximize their abilities in their day-to-day lives, as well in the classroom and future career opportunities. DCO re-enforces their confidence, self-control, independence and self-esteem. One of the most powerful things they do is give the parents and family a sense of normalcy and hope. I’m not sure that the staff at DCO realize how empowering they are to these families. The unknown that future parents face when first finding out their beautiful baby has a disability is devastating and heart breaking. DCO’s purpose and mission is important to me (and my husband, family and friends) because William, our oldest son, has a disability. He suffered an in utero stroke, leaving him with the clinical diagnosis of left side spastic hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

I believe a beautiful woman is measured in how she handles adversity. It takes a blend of compassion, faith, humility and confidence all tied together with grace. That is beautiful to me.

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

I am honored by this gesture. I believe each of us is put on this earth for a greater good. If I have made a positive impression on one person, than I am living the life the Lord has intended. Being a finalist is a reflection of my parents’ guidance and faith.

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

DCO and YMCA. I have chaired the White Party Committee for DCO for the past three years. I have chaired the YMCA’s annual auction for the past two years.

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

Both organizations have unbelievable standards to achieve their missions for our community. It has been an honor to work with these organizations and help them with the fundraising that is so critical to aid them with their missions. I feel that I get as much, if not more, than I give to them.

Tell us what you do for a living:

First, I am a wife to my best friend, Patrick. Secondly, I am a supportive and loving mother to my beautiful, yet ornery, boys. My day-to-day duties require me to wear many different hats. For the past 13 years, my profession has been with Davis Properties, a commercial real estate company here in Springfield. Examples of my responsibilities include buying, selling, leasing and renovating commercial real estate. I work with lenders, accountants, attorneys, appraisers and title companies. I also review financials, insurance policies, payroll, audits and accounts payable. Our company would not be where we are today without the outstanding guidance and vision of Warren Davis. I have to tip my hat to our staff’s exceptional dedication to the company, and I appreciate them immensely. Without the support and love of my husband, I could not balance motherhood with my career.

What has been your proudest moment? What are you most proud of?

 My proudest moment was giving my mother the memory of birth. With the birth of our first child, the doctor allowed her to be present. This might not seem like a big deal to many but it was the greatest gift I felt I could give her. I was adopted and this was something she had never experienced.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

Finding acceptance in the unknown and handling it with grace.

What are three words that describe you?

Loving, gracious, and sunshine (that is what my mother has always called me).

What’s your favorite feature about yourself? Why?

I love to smile. I love to smile at my husband, my children, my family, my friends. But the best time to smile is when you might be looking at a complete stranger. You don’t know the path they have walked that day but everyone deserves to feel accepted and appreciated. The next time you see someone, simply smile. It warms the heart.

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

My mother. She raised me to always know beauty is within.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

Music is so powerful. Before graduating from Drury I was a dancer for more than 16 years. I never feel as free as when I’m dancing. I do dance like no one is watching.

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

Beauty is in your heart and witnessed through your actions.

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

Snuggled up in the morning with my boys… all three.

What is your most prized possession?

My family is the most important thing in my life. If I had to choose a worldly possession, it would be the home I share with my family.

What is your Facebook status right now?

I am really bad about making time for Facebook. If I were to type a status right now it would be: Spring has come. Hallelujah! It’s almost lake time.

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

I would love to have the ability to shoot hoops with my husband, but basketball’s not my game. One would need to be able to dribble the ball to play the game, and I can’t even do that.

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

When I was in kindergarten, I got sent to the principal’s office for saying a bad word. The school called my father to approve disciplinary action for me (keep in mind that back in the early ’80s parents could allow the principal to give spankings with a paddle). So my father asked what was said and the principal answered, “Give them Hell.” My father chuckled and explained to the principal that was our family motto. I did not get the paddle that day, and I will never forget the strength that motto has provided me. I now know this was my father’s way of teaching me to be strong, stay true to myself and never let others dull my shine.

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