Lizzie Wright’s quest to become Inked Magazine’s next cover girl ended just short of her goal, but the contest brought the Manchester native out of her comfort zone.
Wright said she entered because she wanted to reach an audience of people who lacked confidence in themselves and use her platform as a gateway to inspire others. Her run closed at the semifinalist stage of the competition, the second-to-last round.
She finished third in her group of semifinalists, which consisted of 16 women.
“It definitely helped me show off my talents in a way that I didn’t really have the courage to do before,” Wright said. “It also showed me how to market myself and knowing how to grab people’s attention and network with other people.”
Wright was in the running for a grand prize of $25,000 and a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to join celebrity photographer Christopher Kolk and his team for an exclusive cover shoot to be featured on the magazine’s cover.
The contest, which opened Jan. 18, is hosted by Jessica Wilde, one of the industry’s leading tattoo models, and co-hosted by guitarist and singer Dave Navarro. The winner will be announced March 12.
Wright said about 28,000 women entered the contest and each contestant was divided into groups based on their individual following. The numbers continued to get smaller as votes came in and the semi-finalists were narrowed down to four groups of 16 women per group.
“It got very tough toward the end of it,” Wright said. “It really came down to a matter of money and the purchased votes, even though I had a really strong following.”
Votes made in this competition can either be free or purchased. Purchased votes benefit MusiCares, a charity that provides a safety net of critical assistant for music people in times of need by focusing resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that influence the health and welfare of the music community.
Wright said the Carroll County community is passionate about its local residents and she received votes from former peers at Carroll Community College, family, and people in Hampstead who were already familiar with Wright’s longterm boyfriend, “Creepy Jason,” also known as Jason Lynn, a Hampstead tattoo artist who was one of three finalists on season 12 of the Paramount Network competition show “Ink Master.”
Wright has befriended professional models and other women with large followings on social media platforms since being a part of the Inked Magazine contest and she has learned how to better market herself in the process.
“I’ve gotten a lot more ideas of how to promote my virtual fitness classes and how to grow that,” Wright said. “I was never a businessperson before but I can really see myself kind of running my own small business at this point.