Miss Hooters International Says Work Has ‘Empowered’ Her

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

You won’t find the current Miss Hooters International complaining about her work in the well-known but sometimes criticized restaurant.

Chelsea Morgensen tells Fox News that working as a Hooters waitress has “empowered” her. Morgensen will also grace the cover of the 2018 Hooters calendar — the sale of which benefits breast cancer research. One dollar from every one sold goes to that charity.

When asked if Hooters “depicts women in a negative light,” Morgensen responded, “Honestly, I haven’t experienced any incidents of negativity. It has done nothing but empowered me. It has given me so much more confidence. And all the girls that work there are amazing. There are girls going to school to become nurses, become lawyers, to be doctors… I think it’s a great job… It gives you that ability to talk to anybody… I have had nothing, but positive experiences working with Hooters.”

Morgensen began working for the food franchise in April 2015 after being just a customer who enjoyed eating chicken wings at the restaurant. One day she decided to casually ask about work and was told, “Yeah! Stop in tomorrow and meet our manager.” She came in the following day and was “pretty much hired on the spot.”

Being on the cover of the Hooters calendar was a big surprise for Morgensen, who told Fox News that her managers first told her that she would be doing a television spot but then revealed that she was featured on the front of the upcoming calendar.

“The entire restaurant was chanting my name as I came downstairs. I had no idea what was going on. And then they finally showed me the cover… I loved it. I just really loved my picture! I was so excited, the whole restaurant was cheering for me… But it didn’t actually hit me until… I saw the physical, actual calendar. I just thought, ‘Wow, this actually happened.'”

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