10 Most Beautiful 2016
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Jamie Kinkeade, 33
Owner and Fitness Instructor, The Studio
Charity: Care to Learn
Jamie Kinkeade has been into fitness and dancing since she was 4 years old when she used to watch her mom’s Richard Simmons workout videos. In 2011, Kinkeade took a Zumba class and found a new way to channel her love of fitness and dancing. She became a certified Zumba teacher, and today she is the owner of The Studio in Nixa, where she promotes a body-positive fitness philosophy. “We’re more of a lifetime fitness facility with realistic goals that make people feel good about themselves,” she says. “I often get messages from women who have been struggling with depression, anxiety and negative body image telling me that, for the first time in a very long time, they are feeling good about themselves because of the atmosphere at The Studio.”
Her business has been so successful, Kinkeade is now in the process of upgrading to a larger Springfield location. The space, which is set to open this month, is in the Quail Creek shopping center on Republic Road and will include childcare and shower facilities.
Before Kinkeade owned her own business, she was a teacher at Espy Elementary for five years. It was there she first became passionate about her charity of choice, Care to Learn, a nonprofit that provides immediate funding to meet the health, hunger and hygiene needs of students in the region. “I just saw so many kids going without things they needed,” Kinkeade says. “Care to Learn was a really new concept at the time.” Helping to fulfill the needs of those kids is a cool experience, she says.
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