Hollywood Hooters Girl, Chelsea Morgensen, claimed top honor Wednesday night at the 21st Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, taking home the exclusive 2017 Miss Hooters International title. Chelsea was selected from a field of 80 of the most exceptional Hooters Girls from across the U.S. and around the world.
After a stunning display and camaraderie at the Palms’ Pearl Theater, Chelsea was honored with the coveted 2017 Miss Hooters International title and a new reign began. It’s no coincidence Chelsea hails from the city known for the stars who live there. Her passion for acting and modeling is remarkable, and her energy and positivity are contagious. No stranger to the stage, since 2010 the 22-year-old has owned multiple pageant spotlights. Her biggest accolades to date include winning Miss Texas Teen USA 2010 and the People’s Choice Award for Miss Teen USA Most Photogenic.
An ambitious rising star, Chelsea scoops a $30,000 cash prize and becomes the newest face of the iconic Hooters brand. Her brand ambassador responsibilities include contributing to Hooters marketing initiatives and special events throughout the year, as well as leading the Hooters Number 24 Crew in cheering on NASCAR’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS driver Chase Elliott.
“The past few years working at Hooters have been life-changing for me,” said Chelsea. “I’ve been able to build upon my self-confidence and become a more articulate and approachable individual. I plan on carrying this focus over to my new role as Hooters ambassador, and look forward to helping the next generation of women believe in themselves, their beauty and their self-confidence. I can’t wait to represent Hooters and give back to the brand that’s already afforded me so many amazing opportunities!”
Chelsea and her fellow contestants were evaluated based on responses to interview questions, personality and overall contribution to the iconic Hooters brand, as well as swimsuit attire. They were selected from a pool of more than 18,000 Hooters Girls who presently work in one of the more than 425 Hooters locations worldwide. The Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant is the culmination of local and regional swimsuit contests along “The Road to Vegas.”
A six-person panel of judges included Lynn Austin, the original Hooters Girl; Miesha Tate, former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion; Brittany Oldehoff, Miss USA 2014 fourth runner-up and top fashion and swimsuit model; Steve Covino, host of Covino & Rich on Sirius XM; Bonnie-Jill Laflin, first and only female NBA scout and former NFL cheerleader; and Chase Elliott, NASCAR’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS driver and special surprise celebrity guest for the event.
The top five Hooters Girl finalists are first runner up, Amberly Hall, Hooters of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; second runner up, Amanda Olson, Hooters of Riverside, California; third runner up, Rachel Swartz, Hooters of Chantilly, Virginia; and fourth runner up, Jorra Stewart, Hooters of Daytona Beach, Florida.
Rounding out the top 10 in alphabetical order are, Laiken Baumgartner, Hooters of Douglasville, Georgia; Hailey Slobodzian, Hooters of South Fort Myers, Florida; Amanda Steinbecker, Hooters of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jennifer Koenig, Hooters of Tuscon, Arizona.
Additional awards went to Hika Nakazawa, Hooters of Tokyo, Japan, who was voted Miss World; Dominique Sum, Hooters of Long Beach, California, who was voted Miss Photogenic; Aki Li, Hooters of Shanghai, China, who was voted Miss Congeniality; and Hailey Slobodzian, Hooters of South Fort Myers, Florida, who was voted Miss Fan Favorite.
Earlier in the week on Monday, July 10 the Palms vibrant poolside was the scene of the sixth annual Hooters World Wing Eating Championship, an officially sanctioned Major League Eating event.
The number five professional eater in the world, Geoffrey Esper, claimed the coveted 2017 Hooters World Wing Eating Champion title by devouring a record-breaking 250 world-famous Hooters chicken wings in 10 minutes.
The championship events also celebrated Hooters latest craveable wing innovation: Smoked Wings, now available in participating locations across America. Hooters Smoked Wings are marinated overnight with a dry rub before being hickory smoked in-house, with Hooters oven smokers. Guests can then opt to enhance their wings with several dry rub flavors or sauce them with any of Hooters signature sauces, including teriyaki-style samurai, lemon pepper and chipotle honey.
They’re so good Hooters is issuing a warning – Smoking Can Be Addictive. Hooters invites fans to try its new Smoked Wings on National Smoked Chicken Wing Day, celebrated Saturday, July 29. Buy any ten wings and get ten new Hooters Smoked Wings free at participating Hooters locations nationwide. Just try to stop after ten, we dare you.