By Mark Aldrich
A note from the editor: Click here to vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim Australia magazine! She has made it this far thanks to your help; please vote each day.
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Two more rounds remain in the online vote for a model to appear on a future cover of Maxim Australia, and Meghan Jenkins, the star of this website, will make the semifinals on October 15 with your continued support. The winner of the contest will be announced after the final round at the end of October.
After consultations with her team of advisors—comprised of Panda, MeghaZine sports editor Mark Aldrich, her many friends, and especially Panda—Meghan embraced the idea that perhaps victory with a magazine like Maxim can be hers with some photographs that could be considered more Maxim-like. Hence the photo at top and others of her in a bikini. The D.I.Y. aesthetic remains: these are photos of Ms. Jenkins in her own clothes, styled by herself (and Panda) and taken with Ms. Jenkins’ own camera, in a non-professional location, in a set designed, built, and lighted by her.
When one looks at Meghan Jenkins’ competition in this round, as seen in the Maxim-supplied tearsheet seen below, the point is plain: the models in the quarterfinals are professional models, the photos supplied to Maxim for popular vote are from professional studios, and the models are styled by professionals.
The Maxim contest rules allow for professional models styled and photographed by professionals, of course. Ms. Jenkins’ beauty has carried her far in a beauty contest in which other beautiful women have had assistants maximize (and Maximize) their potential.
The winner of the contest will be brought to a beach on Australia for a professional photoshoot, a modeling fee, and an appearance on a future cover of Maxim Australia.
Supporters can vote for free once per day at this link: Vote for Meghan Jenkins to be on the cover of Maxim Australia!, or you can buy votes which will benefit 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.
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Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season. His website is TheGadAboutTown.com.
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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 Erik:
In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.
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