10 Most Beautiful 2013
It’s finally time to announce the winners of this year’s 10 Most Beautiful Women competition.
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Cristal Dawn Hedrick and her best friend, Michelle O’Day, have always been close, so it was no surprise that Cristal jumped in to help when Michelle’s daughter Shaylee was diagnosed with autism. “When Shaylee was diagnosed, her mother and I researched foundations for autism,” Cristal says. “Generation Rescue was the only foundation we found where we knew the majority of money raised was given directly to the families of children with autism.”
Among the five fundraisers Cristal organizes for Generation Rescue and all the traveling she does to meet other families with autistic children, Cristal’s volunteering has become a full time job, but she has no desire to quit any time soon. In fact, she and her husband even started Rock the Spectrum, a fundraising event that benefits Generation Rescue, and she actively works with her own two children, neither of whom has autism, to instill a desire to help others and to accept people’s physical and mental differences as gifts rather than obstacles. “I think that the most beautiful people are actually autistic,” Cristal says. “It doesn’t matter what you or I think about them. On the inside, they are the happiest people in the world. Seeing their struggles and their achievements has helped me define beauty. You see what they go through in a day, and they still have amazing personalities and a smile on their face.”
Dressed by Harem & Company | Hair & Makeup by Frost Salon | Shot at Rogers & Baldwin
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