On Saturday, June 23 Hooters will host the 16th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant in Miami, FL.  101 of the most beautiful Hooters Girls around the world will represent their Hooters restaurant and hometowns to compete for the $50,000 first place prize, crown and chance to represent Hooters for a year as Miss Hooters International.

The Hooters Girl contestants were selected from over 18,000 Hooters Girls who presently work in one of the 430 Hooters restaurants worldwide.  The contestants received a coveted spot in the pageant by competing in local swimsuit contests or were selected as the top Hooters Girl to represent their market.

This year’s pageant will be held at The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater and will be broadcast on FX and to all Hooters restaurants across the country on June 23rd at 10 PM ET.  The contestants will be judged by a celebrity panel of judges.  The first place contestant, Miss Hooters International 2012, will receive $50,000 cash, a feature in the Hooters Magazine, Hooters Calendar and appear in national TV commercials.

Other awards will be presented to Miss Hooters World, representing Hooters 27 international markets; Miss Hooters Congeniality; Miss Hooters Magazine Viewer’s Choice, who is selected based of voting at www.facebook.com/Hooters and Miss Photogenic.

Hooters of America, LLC is the franchisor and operator of over 430 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 27 foreign countries.  The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida.  Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly, world famous chicken wings, and service provided by the All-American cheerleaders, the Hooters Girls.  For more information about Hooters visit www.Hooters.com or follow us at www.twitter.com/Hooters or www.Facebook.com/Hooters.