“She’s the beauty, I’m the beast,” wrote one trucker who sent me a photo of his wife to submit to the Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest. As if I couldn’t see that with my own eyes. It’s the photos that really get me. The smiling ones make me happy but I can relate to the embarrassed, shy ones. I hate getting my photo taken and my daughters like to point out shots of what they call my “pained look.” It takes guts to put yourself out there and I admire the women who have entered Overdrive’s Most Beautiful. Every one of them is beautiful and when you get the chance to read their essay’s, you will come away with a new definition of beauty. And strength. And toughness.
Here are a few snippets of some of the emails and essays so far:
“My wife is beautiful on the inside and outside. Everyone who meets her feels happy to just be in her presence.”
“My friend is the most beautiful person I know. She’s tiny but can handle the truck as good as any man. Maybe better.”
“I’m so happy you are doing this program. I always hated the whole supermodel thing. Real women of trucking are so much more interesting.”
“My mom is the most loving, beautiful woman in the world. And I’m proud of her because she’s also a truck driver.”
If you are on the fence about submitting, think about how your story and photo will help improve the public’s perception of the trucking industry. Trucking never looked so good. Really.