A Campbell River woman is a step closer to being on the cover of Maxim Magazine.

Kristy Watkins took first place in her group and has entered the next stage of the competition.

Voting to determine the next Maxim Cover Girl resumes July 6th.

After making it to the Canadian semifinals last year, the 37-year-old DJ is vying to make the cover of the U.S. version of the magazine.

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There’s more on the line than being on the cover of the magazine. On top of the $25,000 grand prize, the winner will enjoy a lavish photoshoot with legendary photographer Gilles Bensimon.

Kristy Watkins (Lynda Allen Photography)

If she takes the top spot, Watkins says she will be donating a portion of her winnings to the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society.

This year, she received an email from Maxim asking if she’d be interested in taking another shot at it – but this time in the U.S.

“I signed up,” Watkins said. “I had a little hesitation because of putting yourself out there. It can be a little scary, at times. Last year went well, we had a few bumps on the road as far as putting my name out there but definitely it worked out in the end.”

Voting for Watkins will support the Wounded Warriors project.

It supports Homes for Wounded Warriors in its mission to build and remodel handicap accessible homes for disabled American veterans.

“What they do is, you can free daily vote, as well as team up with a foundation or a society. This year it’s the Wounded Warriors project in the U.S. So when people see that Warrior vote, that’s what it is,” Watkins said. “On days when you do donate a dollar (to Wounded Warriors) I get two votes rather than one vote and you can do that as much as you want.”

Watkins says if anyone wants to do a Warrior Vote, “I advise them to wait on a day that you get two votes per dollar donated for the Wounded Warriors Project.”

You can link to Watkin’s page here.