Amanda Cristine Guffey, Durango’s aspiring Maxim Magazine cover girl, narrowly missed moving forward in the magazine’s national modeling competition.
Guffey, daughter of the family for which Lemon Dam is named, finished third in her quarterfinal group after successfully passing seven rounds of public voting. She was two rounds away from a spot on the magazine’s cover, a $25,000 prize and a huge boost in her amateur modeling career. Guffey raised about $7,000 for Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors through donation-based voting.
“I feel great,” Guffey said. “Even though I didn’t move on to the next level, raising that much money for a good cause, I’m just happy to be a part of that.”
Each year, competitors submit photos and biographies to try to win public votes. The photos play to Maxim’s mission, which it describes as catering to the modern man with content that promises to seduce, entertain and continuously surprise readers.
In her biography, Guffey emphasized her horsemanship and gardening skills, and her current career in real estate. Guffey’s modeling portfolio played to her strengths, mixing horses with motorcycles, lingerie, guns, American flag T-shirts and short-shorts.
Guffey plans to continue working with local photographers and to pursue modeling opportunities outside of Durango.