By Meghan Jenkins and Mark Aldrich
The most important thing to say is thank you: Thank you to the hundreds or thousands of people who voted for me in the two recent Maxim magazine cover model contests!

Neither contest resulted in what everyone at MeghaZine thinks would have been the correct outcome: me on a future cover of Maxim. After all, the team here, which is comprised of Panda, MeghaZine sports editor Mark Aldrich, many friends, and especially Panda, helped create and publish a website about me and my interests, and they put a photo of me on the virtual cover several times a month. But Panda and Mark were not the only two … um, creatures … who voted, since Maxim only allowed one vote per day, and in both contests, I finished so close that it made sense to cross my fingers about it.

A lot of people that I’ve never met or heard of voted for me, and that means a lot.

In the first contest, I came in third, and this month, Maxim Australia reported that I came in the top one-percent and was so close to the semi-finals round. It was also an honor to represent a great organization, K2 Adventures Foundation, in the most recent contest.

If I am invited to participate in a Maxim magazine cover model contest again, or almost any other one, count me in. If they keep inviting me and I keep coming in thiiiiiiis close, the worst-case scenario is I’ll be the Susan Lucci of Maxim cover model contests.

It’s a little frustrating to not win, but it warms my heart when I think of how many people voted for me online each day. ❤

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By Mark Aldrich
Meghan Jenkins is still a little unsure about how she came across Maxim magazine’s radar for that publication to invite her to submit her photos to the online beauty contest. She has had an active and lively Instagram account for years, and she frequently publishes photos in which she pretends to be a model going about her day-to-day life.

As the pandemic year unfolded, Meghan started to publish some comical “coronavirus cuties” poses of herself online, and it was around then that Maxim contacted her.

When she was asked to submit photos, Meghan wrote, “I was like there’s no way they’re going to accept me. I mean look at some of the photos I sent in. I’m a ridiculous person, but apparently a pretty one.” From the start, what got her attention more than the popularity contest was the chance it represented at growing her career and a one-time contract that would not change her life but would be life-enhancing.

All the photos Meghan submitted to the two contests are selfies taken with her smartphone. Thus, she is her own model as well as her own photographer, stylist, lighting designer, cosmetician, and agent.

When one looks at her competition in both contests, as seen in the Maxim-supplied tearsheet below, the point is plain: the models 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. Meghan Jenkins’ beauty carried her far in two beauty contests in which other beautiful women have had assistants maximize (and Maximize) their potential.

It may happen that she is invited again, in which case, watch this space. Until then, Meghan offers a thank you to all who believe in her multifaceted career.

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

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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 and summer of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine and then Maxim Australia to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to the top 1% of the models.

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.

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

Follow Meghan on Instagram!

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