Contest for female drivers accepting nominations
Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest, which recognizes exceptional female drivers, is accepting nominations through March 20.
Women may nominate themselves, and anyone may nominate a female driver he or she knows. Nominees must be female drivers currently driving with a valid CDL. The grand prize winner, selected through online audience voting in April and a judging panel, will win a trip to The Great American Trucking Show, where she will be photographed with a custom truck. She will be featured in a story in Overdrive in the fall.
In 2013, more than 70 women vied for the top honor. Each contestant had a different story to tell, the field was varied and the decision was tough — but through a combination of audience voting and a judging panel, independent owner-operator Maggie Stone of Galva, Iowa, was crowned Most Beautiful.
Stone loads, hauls and then unloads 173 adult hogs — 10 times a week. “Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy. I’m in a man’s world, and I don’t like to ask for help, which can be difficult when you’re moving 300-pound hogs,” she told Overdrive last year.
George and Wendy Parker were on the judging panel that narrowed the top three down to the final winner. Of judging, Wendy said, “I learned more in the hour and a half we spent with these ladies than I have in a very long time. These women know their business, and they all know their way around a truck … Miss Maggie was our choice, and congratulations to her, but Tina and Libby sure didn’t make it easy on us.”
Stone says that what dictates beauty is a person’s soul, not their outward appearance. “It’s an honor to be chosen to represent so many beautiful women in such a great industry,” she says.