10 Most Beautiful 2010
Meet your winners in our search for 417-land's most beautiful women—inside and out.
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Kristi Seibert was born and raised in Joplin, where she lives with her husband, Michael, and has lived nearly all of her life. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and she has been very involved with breast cancer awareness and fundraising since then, supporting both Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation. She is a member of Surviving Together With Hope, which is a group of women with breast cancer that Seibert describes as a sisterhood. You’ll almost never see Seibert without her pink bracelet on, which she wears for her little pink sister, a woman who was 26 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year as Seibert.—S.W.
Q+A with Kristi
What are you most proud of?
“I have been very proud of watching our survivor group grow. I’m very proud to get to be representing my pink sisters, because so many times, these girls don’t feel very physically pretty at all, and to let them know that their inner beauty is truly what’s important... You know, I am proud of myself and how I have handled my whole breast cancer journey with a positive attitude.”
What do you think makes a woman beautiful?
“Her heart, because what’s in the heart comes out of the mouth. I don’t care what physical beauty looks like, if ugliness and a mean heart are there, there is no beauty.”
What is your most prized possession?
“A teeny cross charm that I always wear. It’s not worth really anything… One time I was on a business trip, my necklace chain broke and it went down a pipe at the hotel, I called maintenance, they came and got it for me. My mother gave it to me, which was very difficult to do because when we were young, we were very poor. I have lost other things since then, but not this. It’s been with me for a very long time.”
What are three words that describe you?
“Passionate, Faithful, Positive.”
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
“That I have a good heart. I’ve been told many times that I’m one of the nicest people [they’ve] ever met, and I’ve been told I’m a great mom, and that I’m the best wife ever.”
What’s your favorite feature about yourself?
“I’m glad that I can communicate. I can express my feelings and communicate when I have a passion about something, I’m thankful that God has given me that gift.”
When you were a little girl, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?
“My mom. She was gorgeous—Oh, I’m not kidding you. I have pictures of her and someone will come in my home and say ‘Who is that!,” she was gorgeous, still is, 72 years old, black-headed, never colored a hair… She is gorgeous.”
What’s your favorite source of inspiration?
“God and my faith.”
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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“I remember one of my husband’s very first boss’s saying that if you help enough people get what they want by serving them… basically, you have to be a servant first, and then good things will come to you, and that the good things in life do not come easy. I even have a little card thing that says ‘The good things in life don’t come easy,’ and Mike and I have always had to work for what we have, and it is important for us to be servants.”
What’s your biggest goal in life?
“To live out the purpose that God has put before me. I feel like I’ve been doing that through the whole breast cancer thing. When I’ve done that, it’s been very exciting, fulfilling—as far as a goal is, just to do what I’m suppose to do on this earth.”
What are your hobbies?
“Running, landscaping my yard, gardening… We love to travel as a family, be outside, these are the main ones.”
Who is your celebrity crush?
“I do not have a crush, but if I had an entertainer that I consider my eye candy—Matthew McConaughey.”
What was your worst date ever?
“Back in high school, it was a double-date thing, I had never even kissed yet in my life and I wasn’t ready for what the boy was ready for.”
What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday?
“In the summertime, get up when it’s cooler outside and go out and work in my yard, make sure there’s food in the house to make little hors d’oeuvres, float around in the swimming pool, have good conversation, stay home and cook dinner—basically a day at home.”
What is your Facebook status right now?
“If you watch KOAM TV or the local FOX news, you might listen for a familiar voice—Jonmichael is interning at the TV station again this summer.”
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and why?
“Ronald Reagan. He was a normal person that got into politics, I think he changed the world as far as, you know, tear down this wall, he and his wife Nancy had such a neat love affair… I know he was an actor, which made him to me even a little more normal. So many of our politicians now are ‘bread that way,’ and I don’t think he was bread that way. He was a real person.”