Carla Tempesta, Kiara Gomez and Amanda Strachan

Last fall, we put out the call for aspiring models to compete in our first-ever, reader’s choice Maxim Cover Girl contest

More than 10,000 beautiful women entered for the chance to be featured in Maxim magazine (the winner, Olivia Burns, graced the cover of the January/February issue). Meet the the top nine finalists here:

Carla Tempesta, Runner-up 


Hometown: Conneaut, Ohio (currently living in Los Angeles)

How I got my start: I was discovered by a photographer on the set of a film. 

First time in front of the camera: I’d been acting since my early teens, so my comfort level in front of the camera translated into a comfortability with…

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