This has been a summer of extremes, to put it mildly. Day after day, the mercury has climbed above 100, and not just a little: 103, 104, 105 degrees. By late August, even 110 didn't faze us. With the all-time Texas record of 69 days of triple digits in our sights, the summer of 2011 is shaping up to be the ultimate scorcher of our lifetime. (Wasn't it just a few months ago that North Texas was covered in ice for Super Bowl XLV?)
But that's what we're talking about: extremes.
And it's not just the temperatures. Since last year's inaugural Hot Issue, DFW has experienced its first World Series, its first Super Bowl and its first NBA championship. The day after our beloved Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat on June 12, we had our first 100-degree day. We haven't cooled off since.
Fitting, then, that two of our Hot Issue models are associated with that championship team. And one of the stars of the Super Bowl party scene is joining us, too: an intrepid reporter who braved the February tundra to bring us red-carpet coverage that was second to none.
We've also buddied up with an extreme eater who devours giant portions of food for TV cameras but still has the body of a personal trainer. (Don't worry, we've got one of those, too.)
Truth is, no matter how extreme the weather in DFW, you can find hotness all over -- from the clubs, restaurants and bars of Fort Worth's West 7th area to Uptown Dallas. The place to be this summer, though, has undoubtedly been around the pool. That's why we brought our cameras to the Four Seasons Resort and Club, where the three gorgeous pools include one with a white sandy beach. (Who needs L.A. when we've got Las Colinas?) And we invited more than a few of our hottest friends to stop by and bring their suits. (Did we mention Miss Texas United America?)
And it's amazing how this brutally hot summer began to feel downright cool.
Born: Cali, Colombia
Current city: Prosper
Birthday: July 14
You may recognize her from ... Dallas Mavericks games. She is entering her second season as a member of the Mavericks Dancers.
Day job: School, right now. Paula moved to North Texas from Columbia with her family when she was 14 and did not speak English. She took ESL classes into high school, and is now a busy college sophomore.
Dream job: Interior/wedding designer
Best feature: Smile
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: The Shops at Legacy
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? Absolutely. All I look for is a guy that respects me, someone that is honest, someone I can trust, someone that takes good care of me.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? Facebook
Fantasy person to date? Ryan Gosling!
Favorite TV show: So You Think You Can Dance
Favorite movie that made you laugh: The Hangover
Favorite movie that made you cry: The Help and The Notebook
If you could go anywhere in the world for a summer vacation, where would it be: I would say Hawaii. Never been there.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Fried pickles, and hot brownies with ice cream on top
Hobbies: Dancing and working out
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? My ankle weights. Kind of heavy, but I'm always ready to work out.
Best part of your summer wardrobe that you hate to put away after Labor Day? I'm actually more of a winter person. I love wearing boots and leggings and cute sweaters.
Best summer patio in DFW? Gloria's
Follow her on Twitter: @paulitabares
Current city: Rockwall
Birthday: Aug. 31
You may recognize her from ... Cowboys and Mavs games. Castillo is entering her third season as a member of the Mavericks Dancers. She was also a member of the 2008 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Day job: Administrative assistant
Dream job: Owning a dance studio. I've been dancing my entire life.
Best feature: My smile; there is always something to smile about.
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? I prefer a small-town, down-to-earth, old-fashioned Southern gentleman.
Fantasy person to date: Jake Gyllenhaal
Favorite TV show: My favorite of all time is Friends. I started watching it in fourth grade and to this day I still laugh at every episode.
Favorite movie that made you laugh: The Hangover. I laughed for a week after I saw the movie.
Favorite movie that made you cry: P.S. I Love Yo u
Favorite place to hang out: Sfuzzi in Dallas. I love the atmosphere and of course the pizza.
If I could go anywhere in the world: I would go to Fiji. It would be a dream to lay out on the sand next to the most beautiful ocean in the world with a tropical cocktail in hand.
Favorite food: Hamburgers
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Chocolate cake. I am an absolute chocolate lover.
Hobbies: Scrapbooking and chess. I learned to play when I was 10 from my father and then passed it on to my sisters.
Perfect night out: Dinner and dancing with my best girlfriends.
Current city: Dallas
Birthday: Nov. 21
You may recognize her from ... The local news. Kim is a reporter for KXAS/Channel 5. You probably recognize her from the red carpet, too. She braved the icy weather in February to cover the party scene during Super Bowl XLV.
Day job: Reporter
Dream job: Anchor of a network morning show
Best feature: I'm usually told my eyes.
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: My pool, or Sfuzzi Uptown
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? The guy I'm dating isn't rich or famous. But he's funny, kind, intelligent, and he truly cares about me. THAT is what matters.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? Cat calls. Why do some guys do that? Has that ever actually worked?
Fantasy person to date? Ryan Reynolds. Funny and attractive? Sign me up!
Favorite movie that made you laugh: Anchorman (for obvious reasons)
Favorite movie that made you cry: Sliding Doors (Ladies, rent it. You won't be sorry!)
If you could go anywhere in the world for a summer vacation, where would it be? The Greek Islands or Ibiza. I hear they're both gorgeous.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Double Doozie cookie from Great American Cookies
Hobbies: Softball, working out, walking my dog and eating with friends.
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? Everything is pretty believable: ChapStick, floss, pens and my TV earpiece.
Best part of your summer wardrobe that you hate to put away after Labor Day? Wedges! They're so much more comfortable than heels.
Best summer patio in DFW? When it's not 105 degrees outside, either Saint Ann or Katy Trail Ice House.
Follow her on Twitter: @txnewsgirl
Born: Simsbury, Conn.
Current city: Dallas
Birthday: Sept. 21
You may recognize him from ... The Travel Channel's Man v. Food Nation. On a recent episode, he downed a 5-pound bowl of pho at Sprouts SpringRoll and Pho in Arlington. He is also the only person to ever finish the 7-pound El Jefe Grande burger in less than an hour at Kenny's Burger Joint in Frisco.
Day job: Financial analyst and quality control auditor for a mortgage company
Dream job: President or general manager of a professional football or baseball team
Favorite sports team and favorite player: I was raised a Boston Celtics fan by my old man. And my hero was (and always will be) the great Larry Bird.
My best feature is: I get by far the most comments on my height (6 feet 6 inches), but that's just dumb luck, so I'm most proud of my sense of humor (can that be considered a feature?).
My favorite place in DFW to hang out: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, American Airlines Center and Cowboys Stadium
Does a girl who does not look like a supermodel have a realistic chance to go out with
you? I've never dated a supermodel, so absolutely, YES!
Ideal place for a summer vacation: I grew up spending my summers in Cape Cod, Mass., so that will forever hold a special place in my heart. Plus, it's a heck of a lot cooler than it is here.
Favorite food: Can I say CiCi's? My favorite local restaurant would be Hibiscus in Dallas -- I have never had a bad meal there. And, as far as junk food, my sweet tooth is killer, so I eat ice cream and cookies almost daily.
Best summer cocktail? I'm partial to tequila, especially margaritas -- for which I take a lot of flack, but I don't care. They are cold and loaded with sugar -- perfect.
Follow him on Twitter: @pmacgillis
Born: Wichita, Kansas
Current city: Frisco
Birthday: March 30
You may recognize her from ... TV or the club. She appeared in an episode of the DFW-filmed NBC series Chase, has worked in theater and recently returned from an overseas trip to visit U.S. troops. Romano also appeared at the Aces & Angels Super Bowl bash, and she'll be doing bottle service at the nightclub/lounge Avenue, opening in September on McKinney Avenue.
Day job: Promotional model
Dream job: Actress
Best feature: My legs, but my calves in particular
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: The pool
Fantasy person to date? Batman
Favorite TV show: The Millionaire Matchmaker
Favorite movie that made you laugh: Zoolander
Favorite movie that made you cry: Bambi. It got me every time when I was little and it's still sad!
If you could go anywhere in the world for a summer vacation, where would it be? I would go back to Italy or Greece -- somewhere near the ocean.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Gummy bears
Hobbies: Reading, swimming and cooking
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? Socks for the gym
Best summer cocktail? Blueberry mojito
Follow her on Twitter: @mistybeautiful
Or check her website: www.ilovemistysunshine.com
Current city: Dallas
Birthday: Oct. 17
You may recognize her from ... The golf course. She was named Playboy Golf's Miss Dallas at the tour's DFW stop in May. She was also a dancer on the LAW dance team for the Allen Wranglers arena football team, is Miss Longhorn Harley-Davidson 2011 and sings the national anthem at sporting events, such as the FC Dallas games in Frisco, and military events.
Day job: Nurse phlebotomist, model, actress and singer.
Dream job: Touring the world as a musical artist. I love singing and writing music.
Best feature: My green eyes.
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? Yes. Relationships shouldn't be based on dollars and fame. I am a down-to-earth Southern girl.
Fantasy person to date? Josh Duhamel. Look out, Fergie.
Favorite TV show: I'm always watching Fuel TV. I ride motocross, so anything that has to do with a bike, I'm going to TiVo!
Favorite movie that made you laugh: The Hangover. All it was missing was a scene with Jennifer Aniston. She's my girl-crush!
Favorite movie that made you cry: The Notebook -- you know you cried, too!
Favorite food: A thick, juicy steak.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Chocolate-covered brownies. I am a chocoholic.
Hobbies: Anything that gets my adrenaline pumping: motocross, snowboarding, wakeboarding and zip-lining.
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? A sharp survival knife from a paramedics course. It's always good to be prepared in case of an emergency.
Best part of your summer wardrobe that you hate to put away after Labor Day? My favorite white bikini.
Best summer patio in DFW? Ozona Grill & Bar in Dallas
Best summer cocktail? Tequila sunrise, yum!
Check out her website: brookebeckerxoxo.com
Current city: McKinney
Birthday: March 11
You may recognize her . . . as Sexy sidekick Sybil, co-host of the RAGE, which airs 2-7 p.m. weekdays on 105.3 The Fan.
Day job: Radio personality
Dream job: Hosting E! News
Best feature: Eyes or dimples
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: My couch. I never get to spend time there.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? With his girlfriend.
Fantasy person to date? Charlie Sheen. Wait, scratch that. What I meant to say was Joe Manganiello.
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite movie that made you laugh: Wedding Crashers
Favorite movie that made you cry: I cry at every movie. Even commercials. Sarah McLachlan and the dogs get me every time.
Favorite food: Buffalo wings. The hotter the better.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Strawberry ice cream
Hobbies: Going to the lake, traveling, scrapbooking (yes, really).
What is your perfect night? Bottle of wine, hot tub.
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? A receipt from The Lodge
Best summer patio in DFW? Duke's Addison
Follow her on Twitter: @sybil1053
Born: Los Angeles ("Nothing comes close to the Golden Coast!")
Current city: Carrollton
Birthday: April 30
You may recognize her from ... Her role on Paris Hilton's My New BFF 2 on MTV, Room Raiders on MTV and Fox's Prison Break. She was also a member of the 2005-06 Dallas Desperados Dancers.
Dream job: Being an entertainer. I'm an actor, dancer and singer, so I'm pretty much a triple threat!
Best feature: My legs, for days.
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: Cameo in Dallas. It reminds me of the clubs in L.A. and Vegas.
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? Of course. Don't let this face fool you, guys. I'm extremely down-to-earth and appreciative.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? Grabbing me or saying "say, guuurrrl." I like the humorous approach.
Fantasy person to date? Shia LaBeouf. Yum. If I was a dude, it would be Kim Kardashian! Hah.
Favorite TV show: True Blood
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: OMG, Totino's pizza. So delish.
Hobbies: Dancing, exploring, working out and collecting shoes.
What is your perfect night out? I'm not super picky. Redbox and wine on the couch, dinner and a movie, or taking me out of town.
Best summer cocktail? Malibu and Coke all the time! Leaves me hangover-free.
Follow her on Twitter: @missdesidoll
Erin Marie Garrett
Current city: Dallas
You may recognize her from ... The Lingerie Football League. Erin was a defensive end/running back for the league's Dallas Desire. She has also been a stunt double on the DFW-filmed Chase and appeared in ads ranging from New Balance to Muscle Milk to Miller Lite.
Day job: Actress and model
Dream job: Successful actress in feature films. She recently appeared in the Dallas-filmed movie The Ghost of Goodnight Lane , starring Billy Zane. Her ultimate dream is to work on a horror film with director Robert Rodriguez.
Best feature: Smile and abs
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: Sporting events
Fantasy person to date? Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp
Favorite TV show: Archer
Favorite movie that made you laugh: Get Him to the Greek
Favorite movie that made you cry: What Dreams May Come (But why no question about our favorite horror flicks? I love those, especially Interview With the Vampire, Blade and From Dusk Till Dawn.)
Favorite food: Sushi
Hobbies: Singing, dancing, waterskiing, running, gymnastics, reading plays, playing with my Cane Corso dog, target practice at the gun range, traveling, and working on my superhero skills!
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? A 650k-volt Taser
Best summer patio in DFW? Marquee in Highland Park Village (amazing view!)
Check out her website: www.erinmariegarrett.com
Current city: Fort Worth
Birthday: March 6
Day job: Assistant fitness manager at 24 Hour Fitness in Lake Worth. Also a personal trainer.
Dream job: To own a gym
Favorite places to hang out: Vice in Sundance Square, BoomerJack's in Montgomery Plaza and the pool at Dallas' Hotel Zaza on a Sunday afternoon
Best hot memory from the summer: A float down the river in New Braunfels
Favorite sports team and favorite player: Dallas Mavericks and J.J. Barea
Does a girl who does not look like a supermodel have a realistic chance to go out with you? Looks are important, but not the ultimate determining factor. Essentials are eyes and an outgoing personality.
Fantasy person to date: If I have to choose just one, Elisha Cuthbert.
Favorite food: Steak from Bailey's Prime Plus
Best summer patio in DFW: (Tie) Joe T. Garcia's and the Reata rooftop
Born: The Big Easy
Current city: Carrollton
Birthday: Feb. 7
Day job: Assistant golf pro at the Four Seasons Resort and Club and part-time actor/model
Dream job: Actor
Favorite sports team and player: LSU Fighting Tigers (Geaux, Tigers!!!); Drew Brees, best damn QB in the NFL.
Best feature: I've been told my smile, but for a white guy, I've got a pretty sweet caboose.
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown. Killer scenery.
Ideal place for a summer vacation: Key West. I'd like to personally thank the guy who invented body painting.
Fantasy person to date: Yvonne Strahovski from the show Chuck. Aussie, gorgeous and she's a kick-ass spy.
Favorite food, restaurant, junk food: Pizza (either pepperoni or Hawaiian-style); Dodie's or Pappadeaux; Pringles (once you pop ...)
Hobbies: Basketball, golf, gym, water volleyball (you can drink while playing).
Best summer patio in DFW: Obzeet in Plano. Quiet and serene, with lots of shade and fans.
Best summer cocktail? I'd have to say a Pain in the Ass, a frozen drink that will knock you on your you-know-what.
Follow him on Twitter: @NickHirsch7
Current city: Arlington
Birthday: Dec. 20
You may know her from ... Her work as club/private party DJ Jecho.
Day job: Fitness model, registered dietitian, social worker (master's degree in social work), music mixer and producer, club/private party DJ (name: DJ Jecho), and head judge for the NPC organization of bodybuilding and fitness in Texas. Oh, and I am on a dance team called Swag Alpha Phi -- yes, this girl can dance AND mix music.
Dream job: Radio or TV host -- something that involves music, sports, entertainment, fitness/health, or promotes well-being. My other dream job is to be a successful music producer and to showcase my DJ performances.
Best feature: Eyes and smile -- quoted by bodyguards, police and lawyers. Thanks, guys!
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? If the guy is annoying, then I'll pull out my Muay Thai moves -- and it'll hurt like hell.
Favorite TV show(s): Family Guy, Tosh.0, Chelsea Lately, and yes, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Favorite food: I love me some sushi!
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? A Chihuahua -- seriously, he's in there. His name is Louie, but in reality his name is Lucifer. This 10-pound pup likes to tear up women's underwear.
Check out her website: www.jencookexclusive.com
Current city: Dallas
Birthday: June 7
You may recognize her from ... Miss Congeniality. She played Miss Nebraska in the popular Sandra Bullock beauty-pageant comedy. (She was also a real-life Miss USA contestant.) You can also see her in a national ad for Wingstop and the upcoming DFW-filmed ABC series Good Christian Belles.
Day job: Spokesperson, actress, model and TV show host/producer
Dream job: Hosting and producing my own animal show that helps to create a shelter-free world.
Best feature: My eyes and my heart.
Favorite place in DFW to hang out: I'm a Gemini -- and a social butterfly -- so I don't have just ONE favorite.
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? No, but for the right reasons. I have a fabulous boyfriend whose name is Rich.
What's the worst way for a guy to approach you? With a horrible pick-up line.
Favorite movie that made you laugh: The Hangover
Favorite movie that made you cry: Immortal Beloved -- "Pride goeth before the fall."
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Coffee ice cream with Heath bars chunked in it
Best summer patio in DFW? Primo's on McKinney Avenue, of course.
Best summer cocktail? A Purple Nurple from The Nodding Donkey in Uptown
Follow her on Twitter: @LeeAnne_Locken
Or check out her website: LeeAnneLocken.com
Born: Tulsa, Okla.
Current city: Dallas
Birthday: April 16
You may recognize her as . . . The woman who just went zooming past you. She holds motorcycle land-speed records in four classes.
Day job: Owns High Five Cycles in Dallas, and is a professional motorcycle land-speed racer
Dream job: I'm living my dream.
Best feature: My sense of humor.
Does a guy who is not rich and famous have a realistic chance to go out with you? Of course! I do a lot of crazy things and live an unconventional life, but I'm actually kinda dorky.
Favorite movie that made you laugh: There are so many! The Jerk with Steve Martin, but I like all the Will Ferrell movies.
Favorite movie that made you cry: Old Yeller really got me. I love dogs. I can't watch that one. Favorite food: Pizza. For sure.
Favorite guilty-pleasure food: Pizza again. I could live off of it.
Hobbies: Skiing, riding horses, running with my dogs, scuba-diving, going ridiculously fast on motorcycles (246 mph!)
What is your perfect night out? Probably going to a place with a dog-friendly patio where I can take Freeway, my black Lab. He's great company.
What's in your purse right now that no one would believe? Four CR9E spark plugs, and 5mm and 6mm Allen wrenches. I have girly stuff in my purse, too.
Check out her website: www.leslieporterfield.com
Or find her on Facebook: High Five Cycles
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