11/28/2013 07:22 EST | Updated 01/28/2014 05:59 EST

U.S. magazine for girls features 3 GTA role models

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

The magazine even flew her 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.