Victoria woman competes for Maxim Magazine's Hometown Hottie title
June 20, 2013 at 1:20 a.m.
Updated June 21, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.
A Victoria woman is once again vying for the title of Maxim Magazine's Hometown Hottie.
Last year, Roxanna Hernandez didn't have the votes to make it past the first week of the competition, but this year, she's anxiously waiting to see whether she's made it to the semifinals.
Thousands of woman enter the contest each year, and only 1,000 are selected for voting. The five-week process whittles the list of applicants down to the top 100, who then move on to the semifinals.
"It's what I've always wanted," she said. "It's exciting. I'm one step closer to my dreams."
Roxanna, who grew up in Port Lavaca, said it wasn't always easy to dream big in a small town.
"When I was younger, we didn't have money," she said. "I never acted like we did."
Knowing that she is pursuing her dreams today is almost unreal, she said, especially because she didn't grow up with a huge support system.
"I'm always worried about what other people are going to say," she said. "It's discouraging when people say you shouldn't follow your dreams."
Roxanna's husband, Alex Hernandez Jr., said he wants to be the support system that encourages his wife to pursue her goals.
"I've always told Roxanna to follow her dreams," he said. "We all had dreams when we were kids. The support system is what we lacked.
Alex said modeling has helped his wife develop self-confidence. "It brings her out of her shell," he said.
But modeling isn't her only goal. Roxanna said she just got accepted into nursing school, and if she doesn't win the competition, she still has a bright future to look forward to.
"It's just one of my dreams," she said.