May 2019 Cover

Kristi Bailey and her 7-year-old daughter, Katarina, had no problems dressing up for our May cover photo shoot.

“We’ve done it a couple of times, really, for Christmas cards,” Bailey says. “My husband always wants us to do a mother-daughter photo every year so we usually do it around Mother’s Day.”

Bailey, who lives in Savannah, Missouri, with her husband and daughter says the outfits don’t always have to match exactly. Sometimes it’s the same color.

Bailey says dressing like her own mother was not something she experienced growing up. However, with her own “mini me” in tow, she says people always comment on how much they look alike.

“These days you see so many corresponding outfits for sale,” Bailey says. “Right now, my daughter is young enough that she still wants to be with me all the time. She thinks I’m cool. So if we’re going to do this, I need to do it now before she wants nothing to do with me.”

Bailey is the director of communications and marketing for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. The Missouri Western State University alum is a native of Ewing, Missouri.

“I really feel like I get to help the St. Joseph community with the work at the chamber,” she says. “Growing businesses and, with Uncommon Character, we really improve moral with residents, create opportunities for residents to make St. Joseph great.”

Katarina is in first grade at St. Joseph Cathedral School and is interested in ice skating, soccer and art.

“She’s very creative,” Bailey says of her daughter. “She likes to do art projects and is really looking forward to Camp Invention (at emPowerU).”

When asked if there is anything people don’t know about her, Bailey says it’s her tattoos.

“I think what surprises people is that I’ve got a back full of tattoos,” she says. “I’ve got an edge to me, I just don’t show it to a lot of people. I’ve got that side to me that people from work or acquaintances don’t get to see.”

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