Discovery Girls

A U.S. magazine that aims to promote a positive self-image among teen girls has selected three from the Greater Toronto Area to act as role models for millions of readers around the world.

The girls were chosen from an international contest run by Discovery Girls magazine that attracted nearly 10,000 applicants.

Some of the questions asked of the role models included:

  • What are your dreams for the future?
  • How do you plan on making your mark on the world?

"It was really good to think about all these things and really take the answers from my heart," said Vanessa Milton, who will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue.

Milton even flew out to San Francisco for a photo shoot.

"That trip was actually my first time being out of Canada," she said.

Markham's Cindy Xiong was also selected as one of the winners.

"If I want to do something I'm not going to give up just because something is in my way," she said.