More than 18,000 Hooters Girls are competing in regional contests for one of the coveted spots in the 17th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant. This year, the pageant will be held in Las Vegas, where 60 of the most beautiful Hooters Girls from all over the world will have a chance to win more than $100,000 in cash and prizes and represent Hooters as Miss Hooters International.
“The road to Vegas for the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant is an exciting time for our Hooters Girls,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “This year, we want to build on the energy that surrounds each local and regional pageant to align with the Hooters for Heroes military fundraising campaign.”
The Texas Hooters restaurants are separated into six regions with each sending its winners to Vegas. The five stores represented in the 'DFW West region' on Thursday evening were Fort Worth, South Arlington, Lubbock, Amarillo and North Richland Hills. The contest was held in a large tent constructed for the event in the parking lot of the Fort Worth Hooters located on Southwest Blvd. between Hulen and Bryant Irvin.
The 19 contestants began the evening with evening gowns before switching to costumes. In between, they were clad in white T-shirts with the Hooters logo in camouflage colors that were auctioned off with the money going to non-profit military organizations through Hooters for Heroes.
The evening concluded with the ladies in bikinis walking down the runway to big cheers form the crowd in hopes that they would be selected for the big event in Las Vegas. After the judges cards were tallied, five finalists were named. And the winner was ... contestant No. 6, Taylor from North Richland Hills.
The next Hooters Swimsuit Pageant in the Metroplex will be the DFW East region at the "World's Largest Hooters," aka the Hooters West End in Dallas on April 22.
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