Hooters Named Its 2015 Girl of the Year in St. Louis This Week

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2014 winner Tyler Suess, left, and 2015 Girl of the Year Jenell Hendrix. | Steve Truesdell
  • 2014 winner Tyler Suess, left, and 2015 Girl of the Year Jenell Hendrix. | Steve Truesdell

Venerable American institution Hooters named its Girl of the Year this week, and right here in St. Louis to boot. Naturally, we were on hand to witness this important culinary award. Unfortunately, winner Jenell Hendrix isn't from the Gateway to the West, but we showed her a good time all the same.

See also: Wing-Driven Thing: Hooters gets a menu makeover, but some things never change

Things got emotional when it was time to pass the sash. | Steve Truesdell
  • Things got emotional when it was time to pass the sash. | Steve Truesdell

Hendrix was chosen out of 30,000 Hooters Girls from around the world as the woman who exemplified everything a Hooters Girl should be: "an impeccable image, excellent hospitality skills and great attitude and personality." She thought she was attending divisional training meeting, but instead, Hendrix was presented with the Girl of the Year title, a cake and a $4,000 cash prize.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to point out the time in the not-so-distant past when we reviewed this same Hooters when it got an updated menu. Some things never change, though -- for better or for worse, Hooters is still all about the ladies.

Hendrix's cake. | Steve Truesdell
  • Hendrix's cake. | Steve Truesdell

Hendrix works at the Hooters in Champaign, Illinois, and has represented it multiple times in the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant. She was voted Miss Congeniality in 2012. Congrats, Jenell!

Hendrix and her cake. | Steve Truesdell
  • Hendrix and her cake. | Steve Truesdell

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