Thursday, June 23, 2011

The next Miss Hooters International could be from Missoula

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Meet Katey Bramson, the 19-year-old Missoula Hooters waitress who's hoping to be "Hooterific" enough to win this weekend's Miss Hooters International competition. Yes, "Hooterific." We spoke to Bramson briefly as she prepared in Miami, Florida, for Saturday's televised pageant, and she explained her strategy for winning.

"To own it and be confident," said Bramson, who's never competed in anything like this before. "To try and be myself. To be 'Hooterific.' That means the all-American girl, the cheerleader, the girl next door. But mostly to be myself."

Miss Hooters International brings together 100 finalists from throughout the world to vie for $150,000 in cash and prizes. The winner will also be featured in Hooters Magazine and the annual swimsuit calendar, as well as appear in national commercials. Bramson, who's worked at the Missoula restaurant for a little more than a year, is the only finalist from Montana.

"This is actually my first time on the East Coast, so it's really exciting," said Bramson, who's taking some time off from classes at UM and considering a switch to cosmetology school. "It's the first time I've been able to dip my toe in a warm ocean."

Fans can see the pageant live on Fuel TV beginning at 11 p.m. on June 25, or on Spike TV July 22. It's also airing in Hooters restaurants, and Bramson expects to have a few friends, family and colleagues watching.

"All of our gorgeous Hooters Girls contestants advanced to the finals through local and regional contests or were selected as the top Hooters Girls to represent their city," said Alexis Aleshire, public relations manager for Hooters. "Hooters fans will be watching and cheering for their favorite Hooters Girl on June 25th as the show airs on TV at every Hooters."

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