A Red Deer toddler will be striking a pose for Today’s Parent magazine — possibly the cover.
Three-year-old Isla Jean Leung is one of four Canadian finalists, age six months to six years, who will be flown to Toronto in January for a photo shoot for Today’s Parent Cover Contest.
Daniela Basacchi, sales co-ordinator with Today’s Parent, said “thousands upon thousands” of photo entries are submitted for the annual summer contest.
“We created the contest because the number one question we get from all parents is: How can I put my child on the cover of Today’s Parent? This is one of the ways we could give back to Today’s Parent readers,” Basacchi said from Toronto.
The winner will be on the April cover and the other three finalists will be pictured inside.
Isla’s mother, Kathy Leung, said she noticed the contest on Today’s Parent’s website and decided to send in her daughter’s photo.
“She looks pretty cute in the picture and happy. It was one of her laying on my friend’s couch, smiling at me. It was a really random picture. There’s even the corner of a computer desk in it,” said Leung, who manages the lounge and kitchen at Jackpot Casino.
Her husband Eric Leung owns the Jackpot Casino kitchen.
Considering the popularity of the contest, she was surprised to find out in November that Isla was one of the finalists. But many people have told her and Eric that they have a beautiful daughter, she said.
“I do get told that a lot. Every single day we take her out someone always stops.”
Leung, who is Caucasian, said her husband is Chinese so their dark-eyed, dark-haired daughter is unique.
“She’s different I guess because she is mixed. We mixed really well for her,” Leung giggled.
People also take notice of their son Marcus, who is four.
“He used to get a lot of attention before his sister was born.”