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Buffalo’s Own Janel Tanna Wins 2019 Maxim Cover Girl Contest

By Teresa Reile

Buffalo, NY native Janel Tanna has been named the new 2019 Maxim Cover Girl and will be featured on the cover of the January/February issue of Maxim magazine!  In addition to winning the title and $25,000, Janel will be photographed by legendary fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon for her exclusive cover shoot with featured  spread in the world’s leading men’s lifestyle magazine – Maxim.

This is certainly an exciting time for the multi-talented award winning actress and film producer.  She is going to use the $25,000 prize to fund her next movie which will be focusing on women’s health and social issues.

Not just another pretty face, Tanna has won awards in both biochemistry and organic chemistry and has taught both subjects to aspiring medical students.

“To be photographed by the legendary Mr. Gilles Bensimon is truly an honor and a dream come true. He has captured some of the most famous faces of all time such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson to name a few.  I am almost in disbelief that I am going to be in front of his lens,” says Tanna, “but I worked really hard for this and as my mother always told me – I can be whatever I put my mind to.”

Bensimon is the former Creative Director and Head Photographer of Elle magazine.  His works have been seen by an estimated 20 million readers worldwide. 

Ms. Tanna thanks Maxim Magazine, Art Voice and all the wonderful readers who voted for her to put her in this coveted spot.  This was no small feat having beat out over 10,000 other contestants, in what can only be described as grueling competition that went on for months.  This just proves that persistence and a great attitude always wins.  Congratulations Janel! 

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Teresa Reile

Teresa is a strong leader having worked closely with Nobel Peace Prize Nominees, business and entertainment icons, political and religious leaders the world over.

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