There is a bounty of beautiful women in Northeast B.C. — now, residents can help put one of them on the cover of Maxim Magazine to prove it to the rest of Canada.
At least half a dozen local models are vying for votes in the magazine’s cover girl competition, which promises a $10,000 cash prize and a featured spread in Maxim Magazine. Voting for the current round goes until 11 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 16.
Lexi Read, of Fort Nelson, is currently leading her group in the first round of voting.
“I said what the hell and loaded a picture, then I asked myself ‘what have a just done?” Read, originally from Dawson Creek, tells the Dawson Creek Mirror.
“Things like this help women get out of their comfort zones, and let us know that sometimes our minds are cages that are preventing us from exposing ourselves to new things.”
If she wins, Read says she'll invest her cash prize into her business and family. "I’d invest in my business to broaden my outreach and squirrel a chunk of it away for my offsprings future endeavours," Read says.
Skyla Richter, also from Fort Nelson, is sitting in first in her round. Richter is a personal trainer by day, and a bartender and server by night.
"First and foremost I’d put money into my 4 year old sons education funding. I’ve never left the country, so that would also definitely be on the agenda as well!" Richter says. "The exposure itself from winning this competition would wonders for my training business and dream of fitness modelling."
Jessica Haggstrom of Fort St. John is sitting in sixth in her round.
Haggstrom is a new model and has recently been accepted into the Edge Agency.
If she wins, Haggstrom says she's looking to help her parents get back on their feet. But, "if they refuse the offer I’ll be putting that money into a savings account for post secondary education, to further educate myself for future career options," she says.
Meriah Alberts of Fort St. John is in first place in her group round.
A fourth-class power engineer with a talent for training animals, Alberts aspires to be a fitness and swimsuit model. Winning the prize would help her become debt-free.
"I would most likely use it to pay off the rest of my vehicle loan. So I could finally be debt FREE!" she says.
Jennifer Nguyen of Dawson Creek is in first in her group round.
Nguyen has been running Rock Steady Skate Snow Surf for 11 years, been working at her family’s business Le’s restaurant since she was 13, and runs half a dozen spin classes at True North Fitness each week.
Nguyen tells the Dawson Creek Mirror that her support so far has been great. “It has blown me away.”
Lou Potter is in second place in her group round.
Potter, already known for her Billboard-tracking music, was saw the chance to become a Maxim model online, and was drawn by the competition's support for the Canadian Cancer Society.
“I saw the Canadian Cancer Society logo and thought that was a unique way to attract attention and raise funds," she tells the Mirror.
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