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Maxim|January - February 2021
Jessica Carter crushed the competition to take home top honors
By Zeynep Yenisey

Edgy, bewitching, and ethereal are all words that can only begin to describe Jessica Carter, the winner of the 2020 Maxim Cover Girl competition. She’s not your average cover model, but evidently, she’s exactly the woman people have been wanting to see.

Carter has an air of casual unencumbered beauty about her, with sleek platinum blonde tresses, rich brown eyes under lush lashes, and perfectly pouty bee-stung lips. To top it all off, she boasts an impressive collection of intricate tattoos that adorn and accentuate her glorious figure.

“I have between 20 and 30 tattoos,” she says, adding that she got inked for the first time at the age of 16. “It was a Chinese symbol. You know, when you’re 16, you don’t really think about the things that you want on your body long term. It was a teenage choice, and I don’t hate it! At the time it was very trendy, but that was over a decade ago. I picked it offof a poster at the tattoo shop. Now I make more thoughtful choices.”

Her killer looks are amplified by an irresistible personality that’s humble and unapologetically authentic—an absolutely nuclear combination that makes Carter a rare gem of a woman. It’s no wonder she stood out from the crowd and captured the undivided attention of devoted fans who voted her all the way to the top.

She’s a self-proclaimed horror enthusiast and a classic horror--film buff, particularly the old-school ghoulish monster flicks of the ’80s and ’90s. Her favorite movie is Hellbound: Hellraiser II, which she says is on an otherworldly level far above any generic horror movie you’d find today.

“It shows you all of these special effects and all of the stuffthat actually scares you. It’s such a good non-CGI type of movie where the monsters are actually scary and the story is actually interesting. I feel like it’s so unique. I geek out whenever I get to meet the actors who played the monsters. I had a photo taken with Doug Bradley, the actor who played Pinhead in Hellraiser, and it looked like I was taking a picture with Santa.”

Her love of the genre stretches all the way back to her childhood. “I grew up watching horror movies,” she explains ebulliently. “I thought it was completely normal for children to watch horror movies. I’d have friends who’d come over to spend the night, but they’d end up calling their parents to come pick them up because they’d be too scared.”

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