Female trucker contest holds online voting
Online audience voting for Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest is now open. Every day through April 30, readers can visit the Most Beautiful website to vote for up to three of their favorite nominees. Seventy-six women — up from 70 last year — spanning a variety of backgrounds and career paths in trucking are up for the title.
Women either nominated themselves or were nominated by a friend, family member, colleague or peer. Nominees are female drivers currently driving with a valid CDL. The grand prize winner, selected through a combination of the online voting and a judging panel, will win a trip to The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August, where she will be photographed with a custom truck. She will be featured in a story in Overdrive in the fall.
In 2013, 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.