By Mark Aldrich
Vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim magazine here! She made it through the first round of voting with your help; please vote each day.

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This spring, when Maxim magazine first invited Meghan to compete in an online contest to be a cover model, the people in charge of the contest did not share some details with her, or the other possible cover models of the future: some of what we at like to refer to as “the rules.”

She and her friends utilized their social media skills the first time around, blitzed their contacts, had fun, and enough people voted for her that she … did not come in first. (Sad face emoji.) However, one of her friends (his name is me) finally noticed an important phrase on Maxim’s somewhat cluttered website: “Next round.” She had not lost by not reaching first place, she had qualified for the next round instead. (Raised eyebrow emoji.)

There were three next rounds, a phrase which some of us might have once considered fun on a Friday evening out, but is nerve-racking in an online contest. A true underdog, Meghan made the cut each time, and finished in third overall.

Her competitors were professional models with slick portfolios and modelling agencies behind their campaigns and none were actors or comedians: readers voted, and Meghan advanced from round to round (there were three or four rounds) until she finished in third in the final round. For someone whose portfolio was comprised of self-styled samples from her “coronavirus cuties” comedy selfies taken in her home rather than beach photos styled by a professional team, this was a remarkable achievement.

Yesterday, Meghan qualified for the next round of voting in Maxim magazine’s cover model contest. If you have not yet voted for her, please visit the site and extend your support. The winner will appear on a cover of Maxim Australia, win a trip to Australia, and win $10,000 AUD.

Supporters can vote for free once per day on this website: Vote for Meghan Jenkins to be Maxim Cover Girl Australia!, or you can buy votes which will support the K2 Adventure Foundation, a charity that supports “children, adults and families with special needs and or life-changing medical and financial circumstances by providing services, support and funds that will be used for educational and medical enrichment.”

For those who support both Meghan’s ambition and her charity, every few days Maxim will double the K2 Adventure Foundation donation-votes: one dollar counts as two votes on those days, but the double-vote days are not announced in advance, so that right there is another reason to check the Maxim contest each day and vote for Meghan.

Here is a word from Meghan herself:

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Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with The Magnificent Glass Pelican audio theater improv group, now in its thirtieth season. His website is

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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, model, brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, and author of the forthcoming book, The Adventures of Pizza Alien.

A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.

She is currently the host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:

She is a cast member of the upcoming The End of the World Podcast with Derek Eric:

In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show podcast, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.

From 2017 to 2018, she was the host of her self-titled podcast, The Meghan Jenkins Show, which remains available on iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts, and Soundcloud:

Follow Meghan on Instagram!

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