10 Most Beautiful Women 2018 presented by Bharat Shah

Jordan Schrandt, 32

Lives in: Billings, MO
Owner of The Farmhouse Movement Magazine and Royal Crown Diamond in Young Living Essential Oils
 Charity: The Pregnancy Care Center

The woman who receives the most online votes and brings the biggest crowd to Indulge will donate a portion of the event proceeds to her local charity of choice. The winner will be announced at Indulge on October 3.

What is your local 417-land charity of choice, and why is it important to you? 

The Pregnancy Care Center. I am passionate about their work because I believe when a woman or girl finds out she’s pregnant, it’s our job as a community to come around her and support her and give her the best chance of success, in all areas—physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually—in her life and the life of her child. It’s possible to still be a wild success in life with an unplanned pregnancy. I’ll always champion that girl!

Do you volunteer, or are you involved in any philanthropic or community organizations? If so, what are they, and what do you do?

Yes. I have started a small nonprofit through which I’ve funded several family’s adoptions. I legally adopted my first five children after I married their widower father, so adoption is so, so near and dear to my heart. I also take my children to local nursing homes regularly and on holidays and have for many years to sing and play music for the elderly.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

A beautiful woman is healthy and happy in her heart, mind, spirit and body and sees the unique value she can bring to the world.

What has been your proudest moment? Or, what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the fact that my first “fab five” children have become thriving teens and children. The nightmare they walked through was something no one on earth should have to endure, and the fact that I’ve been their mom the past nine years and they’ve grown into healthy and happy people is just a blessing to me.

What was one particularly defining or life-changing moment in your life?

The day I married my husband and became an instant mom. That moment was so special and absolutely changed my life so immediately and drastically at 23 and has only continued to change it for the better.

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When you were a child, who did you think was the most beautiful woman? Why?

My mother, of course! She was full of love, happiness, joy, and fun. She made every day seem like sunshine. She could take a boring moment and make it so exciting. Rocks became game pieces and sticks became objects for life lessons. She poured out generously to her family, the neighborhood children and our community.

What advice would you give to a young girl about being beautiful?

Girl, nobody can be you! You are unique and perfect just the way you are! Your beauty radiates from your heart, your smile, your kind words, your big hugs. Walk confidently knowing that your worth is far beyond your wardrobe, your beauty is far beyond your body and your future is far beyond anything you can imagine! Go for it.

What’s something that might surprise us about you, or a story you love to tell?

I grew up on a farm and have always been really involved in production agriculture. For years, I thought it wasn’t cool to be the girl who knew all the plants and trees around, and when I finally really found my identity a couple years ago, I decided to just be the best version of my authentic self—to rock it, to own it and to be ok with it, and so I launched The Farmhouse Movement magazine, which is now on major newsstands around the world. I’m walking confidently in who I am and unfolding the Farmhouse story for our generation.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

My faith is definitely my rock and inspires me to be better every day. I am inspired by my family members and friends, but one of the things that inspires me the most is to see women, day in, day out, overcome all odds and rise up out of impossible situations to pursue their dreams in business. The ones who weren’t supposed to make it inspire me the most. 

Where do you find beauty in 417-land?

Is there anywhere in 417-land that isn’t beautiful? Every lake, river and stream provide peace to our region. The plants and trees are as diverse and beautiful as anywhere in the world. The landscapes are unique and full of variation. But the people here are the best part. You’ll always find a warm smile, a generous encounter—our first meal in town was paid for by a perfect stranger—and friendships to last a lifetime. 

What do you think is the biggest issue or challenge 417-land is facing right now, and how would you tackle it? 

I love how many entrepreneurs are here in our region. I think creating and maintaining a consistent market for them here, keeping their doors open and their revenue coming in, and elevating their offerings and brands is key to keeping up with the demands of online markets and overseas trade. America was built on small businesses, and I believe those small businessmen and businesswomen are our future as well. 

Fill in the blank: Friends would describe you as “The _____ One.” 


See the winners in the September issue!

Get to know our 10 Most Beautiful even better. Then, watch them walk the runway at 417 Magazine's Indulge on October 3 at Oasis Hotel and Convention Center.