CASPER, Wyo. — Rachel Warner has advanced to the final round of an “Inked Magazine Cover Girl Contest.”
The Casper mother of twin girls has relied on support and votes from the community to get her this far in the contest. Of the more than 30,000 women who initially entered the contest, Warner is now among the last 1% of contestants remaining.
“It’s kind of amazing to be one of 240 girls in the nation,” she said on Wednesday, July 24. “People have been amazingly supportive.”
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Photographer Cari Faye has captured the images Warner is using for the competition. Warner’s daughter Betsy captured the following behind the scenes photo:
“When Rachel first asked me if I would be down to take her photographs for the competition, I was definitely on board,” Faye said. “I wanted to make sure we approached the nudity in a sensual, yet modest manner, and also wanted to throw in my dark style too.”
“I’ve had a positive outlook from the get-go and I honestly think we can win this.”
Warner made it to the final round after winning her semi-final group. The top vote-getter in each group automatically advanced.
Voting reset at the start of the semi-final round. Contestants are now split into 30 groups of 8 each.
On Thursday morning, Warner was second place in her group.
People can vote once per day until August 8 to help Warner win the contest.
There is also the opportunity to purchase additional votes for $1 a piece, with proceeds going to support the “MusiCares” foundation, with “Inked” announcing buy-one-get-one free vote deals from time to time.
“I’ve gotten a lot of really positive feedback,” Warner said. “People will shoot me messages…that’s been amazing.”
She says that the anticipation is pretty intense.
“When it comes time for the deadline, I get really nervous in my stomach,” Warner said.
If she wins the $25,000 prize that comes with landing the cover spot, Warner says that most of those winnings would go toward her daughters.
She encourages her daughters to get involved in whatever kind of art they are interested in, and says one reason for doing the contest was to show them how to be courageous.
“Her daughter Betsy came over for the last shoot and observed,” Faye said. “She is interested in photography and it was fun to show her my process.”
For Warner, the contest has been a long process.
“It is a pretty drawn out competition,” Warner said, adding that she appreciates all the support and hopes people keep voting each day.
Note: This story has been updated to note that Warner advanced to the final round of the contest.