In a world where celebrity gossip still reigns supreme – I must admit I hold steadfast to my belief that good will triumph over evil and celebrity news will prevail. So in the name of all things positive and in an effort to uplift the spirit rather than selling out to the slander and salacious, I was more than thrilled when Shannon McIntosh agreed to sit down and admit after our more than appropriate Twitter friendship that she was playing to win.
This self-proclaimed “girlie” girl is no stranger to getting down and dirty on the racetrack, but she is no tomboy and nobodies trophy gal. “I enjoy competing, I like to win and I can keep up with anyone who crosses my path…” A young self-assured woman who is smart, sassy and beautiful… A role model to say the least.
So tonight, when MTV Presents Seventeen Magazine’s Pretty Amazing Contest aired I must admit I was 100% Team McIntoshand while she may not have won the trophy this lap around the track, it is only the beginning. Besides, if this contest is anything like American Idol, coming in “not first” could actually be a blessing in disguise…
Haven’t heard about the show? A quick update to keep you on your Pop Culture toes:
MTV Networks, the world’s premier youth entertainment brand, airedthedocu-reality special MTV Presents Seventeen Magazine’s Pretty Amazing Contest. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTVprofiledINDYCAR “Mazda Road to Indy” USF2000 race car driver Shannon McIntosh, along with the four other finalists who were allcompeting for the October 2011 cover of SeventeenMagazine.
“To think just a year ago I wasn’t racing full-time yet and today have the opportunity to appear on an MTV special is very humbling,” said McIntosh. “Being followed by cameras for a couple weeks was definitely an experience in itself and I can only hope that people will see the passion I have for my racing career as well as a bit of who I am. I really have to thank the Hearst Corporation, Neutrogena, MTV and the production company VIMBY for giving me this platform to tell my story.”
McIntosh learned in May 2011 she was a finalist to grace the October 2011 cover of Seventeen, the iconic fashion and beauty magazine for 13 million teen girls, as part of the magazine’s inaugural “Pretty Amazing” real girl cover contest. The 22-year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, was featured in the August 2011 issue in a one-page spread and is also featured in the September issue, which is currently on newsstands.
MTV cameras captured McIntosh during her race weekend at The Milwaukee Mile in early June 2011 along with her trip to New York City for a makeover, photo shoot, and a luncheon with actress Miranda Cosgrove, star of Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly.
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