Hooters Girls will ditch their white tank tops and orange short shorts for bikinis on Thursday for the 2013 Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant in Las Vegas.
More than 18,000 Hooters Girls from more than 400 locations worldwide competed locally to be chosen for the annual swim pageant, which will be held at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Thursday. Now, 60 contestants remain to compete in the pageant, where the first place winner will score a cash prize of $30,000, feature appearances in Hooters Magazine and Hooters Calendar as well as additional modeling opportunities for the brand. Other winners will be selected for Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic and Miss Hooters World titles as well as a new title, Miss Hooters Social. This social media-savvy contestant with the most activity online before the pageant will score $2,000 as well as a spot in the top 10 winners.
The Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant, hosted by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian, will air live beginning at 9 p.m. exclusively in Hooters locations around the country. To find a Hooters near you, visit the website for location details. But for those who can’t make it to a restaurant for some wings and beer with a side of swimsuits, a recording of the pageant will air on FOX-Speed TV at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
For those who want to vote for their favorite Hooters Girl before the pageant begins, head over to the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant website to cast your pick for your favorite lady. Judges for the pageant this year include actress Audrina Patridge, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, supermodel Cynthia Bailey, ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jay Williams, co-host of The Daily Buzz Lance Smith, Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo and NFL player Terrell Owens. The panel will also include a military hero, Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, as a special guest.
Hooters of America, LLC, which opened its first location in Clearwater, Fla. in 1983, now has more than 400 Hooters locations worldwide, in 44 U.S. states and 27 international countries.