10 Most Beautiful 2010
Meet your winners in our search for 417-land's most beautiful women—inside and out.
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Renee Steele worked as a nurse and in the health care business until 2003, when she became a stay-at-home mom. “Now I use my nursing abilities to clean up road rash from bike injuries,” Steele says. She and her husband, Robert, have five kids: 17-year-old Ryan and 15-year-old Mitchell (who are Robert’s sons; Renee calls them her “bonus sons”), a 6-year-old daughter named Dora Jean and twin 2-year-old boys, Austin and Christopher. Steele keeps busy with volunteer work, including volunteer efforts at her daughter’s school and her church. She is also an active volunteer for St. John’s Physician Retention Program, which helps new and existing physicians feel welcome to the community.—S.W.
Q+A with Renee
What do you think makes a beautiful woman?
“I think it’s more of an internal thing than an external thing. I try to instill those beliefs and that idea into my daughter as she grows up and becomes a woman. We always say, ‘Pretty is as pretty does, and it’s more important to be pretty on the inside than pretty outside.’”
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
“It was from my husband. He told me a long time ago that he knew he could accomplish anything as long as he had me in his corner. I’m very proud of him, and he continues to amaze me year after year with all that he achieves. Whenever I commend him on his work, he throws it right back at me and says, ‘I told you I could do anything as long as you are in my corner.’ He’s awesome!”
What are you most proud of?
“All of my girlfriends, myself included, who have faced some of life’s most agonizing trials and come out on the other end with their heads held high and their faith intact.”
What are three words that describe you?
“Talkative, fun-loving and compassionate.”
What’s your favorite feature about yourself?
“Probably my smile.”
When you were a little girl, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?
What’s your favorite source of inspiration?
“Stories of sacrificial love.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“To take time for myself and not to pour everything I have into everyone around me. Women are horrible at that, we give and give and give and don’t stop to invest time into ourselves and our friendships. I just have to trust that taking time for myself is okay, and know that the kids will survive.”
What’s your biggest goal in life?
“I think it’s to raise my children to have the correct priorities in life and to have them always put God first and others second, to teach them to be more self-less than selfish.”
What are your hobbies?
“Ballroom dancing is the hobby I put the most time into. I also enjoy exercising with my husband, cooking, reading and hanging out at the pool or the lake. Oh, and I’m a movie junkie. I love movies.”
Who is your celebrity crush?
What was your worst date ever?
“I was out with a guy who did not talk. At all. And I am just a motor mouth and totally bubbly and talkative—very conversational. We went and saw a movie that was longer than three hours. It was painful. The whole date was painful, and I knew that I wouldn’t go on a date again with someone that doesn’t talk.”
What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
“If I had my ideal Saturday, my wonderful husband would allow me to sleep in, which he does a lot. I would sleep late, then we would spend time with the kids, maybe at the pool or going to lunch. Then my husband and I would get a sitter and go out for a fun date night, to dinner and probably dancing.”
What is your most prized possession?
“My wedding ring.”
What is your Facebook status right now?
“I don’t have a Facebook page. I don’t have time to keep up with one.”
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
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