By Mark Aldrich
[Click here to vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim! Vote each day for free. You can also purchase more votes to support Meghan and Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors! $25 buys 25 votes.]
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Does our own Meghan Jenkins belong on a future cover of a major international lifestyle magazine with a readership of nine million readers per month? Anyone and everyone who knows Meghan likely thinks so, and MAXIM magazine may hold that opinion as well.

It will take all of our votes to push MAXIM magazine from 99% convinced to 100% convinced and put Meghan Jenkins—actress, model, author, comedian, music composer—on a future cover of the esteemed publication. MAXIM magazine holds an annual online vote, the MAXIM CoverGirl contest, to place a worthy face on a cover, as photographed by the renowned fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon. Meghan Jenkins has accepted a nomination to be a contestant in this vote.

Included with the photoshoot and cover appearance is a prize of $25,000. When asked what the financial reward would mean for her, Meghan replied, “I am in entertainment and have my own production company and also live at home where I help take care of my parents. My mother has advanced stage Alzheimer’s, and my father, a Vietnam veteran, is also a multi-time cancer survivor. I am good with money, and this would all go to very useful and beneficial things needed in my life and in the world. Thank you for your consideration. God Bless America.” Asked to identify her “secret talent,” she replied, “I’m psychic.”

Besides being a psychic, Meghan is a writer, comedian, performer, podcaster, social media influencer, music composer and producer, painter, and set designer. She is also a self-starter who continues to assemble a team of writers and performers—including me—for a variety of projects through the use of every social media platform available.

It is a beauty contest, of course—and Meghan is beautiful—and it is a popularity contest, thus votes from her fans are needed, and Meghan’s insistence that her vivacious and fun personality be a part of what she offers in the handful of photos that MAXIM includes in her MAXIM CoverGirl profile makes a vote for her all the more appealing. Three of the photos are at top. She will not compromise to compete.

When she was asked to submit photos, Meghan wrote me, “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 to grow her career and her network that the contest represented and a one-time financial award that would not change her life but would be life-enhancing.

All the photos Meghan has submitted to the contest 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 the contest, as seen in other MAXIM CoverGirl submissions, 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 to submit entries styled and photographed by professionals, of course. In previous similar contests, Meghan Jenkins’ self-styled beauty submitted in smartphone selfies carried her into the final round of voting several times in which other beautiful women have had assistants maximize (and MAXIMize) their potential.

As the old expression has it, Meghan always keeps it real. When I asked her for a quote about the MAXIM CoverGirl contest, she simply said,

“I just got back from the dentist. ✊
“P.S. 🤡🎈🔥💐🦾.”

Meghan’s love of art has led to a personal exploration of many forms, forums, and formats for self-expression. Her paintings have been shown in galleries, her personality and approach to comedy win her spots on podcasts and comedy panels, her beauty and style have attracted notice from prestigious publications like MAXIM, and her music recently won praise from producers and airplay on FM radio.

I often point out that there is a show business axiom that one could build a brick wall on a stage and a charismatic performer will attract an audience even from behind that wall. Brick wall, meet charismatic performer. There is an audience out there that does not know it is about to discover and celebrate the multi-talented Meghan Jenkins. With your votes, MAXIM magazine may help her knock down that wall.

“I’m honored to have been asked to compete,” Meghan said humbly.

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Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, publisher/editor of Meghan-Jenkins.com, writer/performer on the Mark Aldrich & Panda show, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirty-first season:

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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, artist, author, musician, model.

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 4 was released on March 27, 2022, and is available from these fine music services: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

As a model, Meghan has been invited by Maxim and Miss Jetset magazines to compete several times in contests to appear on a future magazine cover. Fans vote for their favorite model.

On December 14, 2021, Safety Date, Meghan Jenkins’ second book, was published. Meghan writes, “This book is dedicated to life, love and romance. This is also a humor book. Don’t take this too seriously. Whatever you have been through, if you are married or single, this book is for you. Safety first.”

The Adventures of Pizza Alien, a novel of interlocking short stories by Meghan Jenkins, is is available through Lulu.com and the online book retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Adventures of Pizza Alien is available for $18.

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 3 is available from these fine music services: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

Panda’s Dance Party, Vol. 2 is available here: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

Panda’s Dance Party, Meghan’s first album, was released in December 2020. It is available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.

Meghan is a brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing. Use the code “MegJen” for a 20% discount!

Meghan’s new internet comedy show, “Mark Aldrich and Panda,” debuted in August 2021.

You can see each episode of Meghan’s previous internet show here: Camp Panda.

Meghan is the founder and host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube.

In 2018-’19, she was one of the feature performers in the longest running improv comedy show at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, The Ding Dong Show.

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:

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