10 Most Beautiful 2013

It’s finally time to announce the winners of this year’s 10 Most Beautiful Women competition.

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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With grandparents and parents immersed in mission work, Kara Edson grew up in some of the poorest regions of the world. At age 9, she was sitting alongside her dad as he helped heroin addicts in Pakistan. She moved from city to city, stopping along the way in Asia and Europe. Living all over the world gave Kara an idea of beauty far removed from other kids her age. “Beauty couldn’t be about brand names or what you wore or what you looked like,” she says. “People just loved each other for who they were on the inside.”

After graduating from high school in Spain, Kara returned to Pakistan for an internship at a drug rehab center. “It was the craziest, best experience of my life,” she says. “These women all came from poor families, and their addiction was the result of inhaling smoke as their husbands overdosed on the drugs. Hearing their stories and watching their recovery and their trials really cemented in my heart that these are the people I wanted to work with my entire life.”

Working with Convoy of Hope was a natural fit for Kara. Not long after starting in administrative work, she graduated to managing international programs. Today she’s the director of Women’s Empowerment, a program she helped start in which she and the staff work with women truly in need­—the poorest women in Ethiopia—to provide them with skills to open their own businesses. “Growing up around people who don’t have a lot, you learn to treasure the less tangible things,” Kara says. “Love and goodness, people who show those kinds of loyalty, that’s beauty.”

Dressed by Harem & Company |  Hair by Frost Salon | Shot at Studio 417 Salon

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