In the farmlands near Glenlea, south of Winnipeg, lives a foster parent who acts, and runs a small livestock rescue for goats, geese, ducks and chickens. On Thursday night, Susanne Hickey could be named Maxim magazine's next Canadian cover girl.
The winner of the multi-round contest that allows models the chance to be featured in the men's magazine will also receive a $10,000 cash prize. The contest started with 3,000 contestants — according to the Maxim website, Hickey currently sits third out of 12 finalists.
"It's amazing," Hickey said in an interview. "I've had such huge support, and even at times when I was down, my supporters were always right there to pick me back up."
Dealing with low self-esteem most of her life, Hickey said modelling was not her original career path. It wasn't until six years ago, when she started acting, that her colleagues pushed her to start modelling.
Now, she is hours away from possibly being on the cover of one of the world's most well-known magazines. Hickey said it has been an empowering experience.
Hickey, who turns 39 in September, has been a foster parent for 15 years. She said her journey taught her how to pick herself back up and how to boost her own self-esteem, "because no one will vote for you if you don't believe it."
"It taught me to love myself and all that I've accomplished."
According to Hickey, all of her income goes towards her foster family. So if she wins, she would put some of the $10,000 towards her animals, and "it would be nice to take my foster kids on a trip."
If there's enough money left, she also plans on finally doing something for herself.
"I've never been on a vacation where I can relax and experience new things," Hickey said, adding she wants to go "somewhere with soft fluffy sand and blue water."
Voting at the Maxim website closes at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Updated on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:14 AM CDT: Corrects typo