Why She’s a Semifinalist: It’s hard to believe this stunning model has a 15-year-old son, but she does, and an 8-year-old as well. “I’m a boy mom,” she says. “I like girly stuff—makeup, clothes, and hair—but I can totally roll around in the dirt.” Parks and her fiancé (also a model) are self-proclaimed foodies, and between busy travel schedules, they make time to dine around town. When she’s not hanging with her family (watching movies), spending time at the gym (her iPod is her motivator), or testing restaurants with her fella, she’s making time to go back to school for pediatric nursing. “My sister is a pediatrician at Children’s, and I would love to work with her one day,” she says, “and I would love to be with babies.”
Fun Fact: Even though she’s a model, Parks is a Forever 21 and Target girl. “I love Target. I go in there for groceries and come out with so much.”
How We Picked The Semifinalists: We solicited nominations through www.dmagazine.com, plus we threw in our own candidates.
After looking through hundreds of nominations, and interviewing dozens of women,
D Magazine editors narrowed the pool down to 20 semifinalists.