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Hooters pageant winner Chelsea Morgensen: It allows me

Chelsea Morgensen was crowned the 2017 Miss Hooters International

(Thanks to Hooters)

Chelsea Morgensen is heating things up faster than a plate of wings these days — the reigning 2017 Miss Hooters International is at the service of the sizzling 2018 calendar as the new cover girl.

And it is for a good purpose. Since October, $1 from each calendar going to be A Hoot, a campaign in support of breast cancer research.

Fox News spoke with the Texas native lives in Hollywood about appearing in the latest Hooters calendar, how she was hired by the restaurant, and the one talent she likes to show off:

Fox News: Can you describe the moment you saw yourself on the cover for the first time?
Chelsea Morgensen: My managers for the first time, told me that I was going to make a TV appearance, but instead they were actually surprising me with my cover. The entire restaurant was chanting my name as I came down. I had no idea what was going on. And then they finally showed me the cover… I thought it was great. I really loved my picture! I was so excited, the whole restaurant was cheering for me… But it didn’t really hit me until… I saw the physical, the actual calendar. I thought: ‘Wow, this actually happened.’

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Fox News: When did you first became involved with Hooters?
Morgensen: I began working for Hooters in April 2015. I was actually just eating at Hooters because I love their wings and thought: ‘You know, I really need a job. I wonder if they’re hiring.’ I asked the Hooters girl there and said, ” Yeah! Stop in the morning and our manager.’ I went in… They pretty much hired me on the spot. It was pretty exciting. I was a bit overwhelmed, but I’m glad I pursued. It is the best job I’ve ever had.

Fox News: How has working at Hooters helped build your confidence?
Morgensen: Just to communicate with people every day, especially in Hollywood, people come from all corners of the country… I had to open and talk with everyone. Is outgoing just in the workplace encouraged me to be more in my regular life.

Fox News: What is your relationship like with your customers?
Morgensen: In Hollywood, we actually have very few regulars… It’s always new customers. But recently, and I’m so excited about this — I actually have two regulars of my own that now regularly use the restaurant, that is really cool!

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My relationships with them are very friendly. We talk about work, travel, career. I’m modeling and acting right now, so they are always very curious about what that is and how I’m doing… If they ever have a down day, I try to turn the tables for them. I really like that familiar face. And I hope that I create more of.

Fox News: do you Have interaction with all the celebrities?
Morgensen: I personally have not that I know of, but there are a number of celebrities that come out. I know, we had a football player once who came in and ordered one of everything on the entire menu… We have a number of celebrities that come every now and then.

Fox News: Some people believe Hooters shows women in a negative light. How do you respond to criticism?
Morgensen: to be Honest, I have not yet experienced incidents of negativity. It has done nothing but empowered me. It has given me a lot more confidence. And all the girls who work there are great. There are girls who go to school to be nurses, become lawyers, doctors… I think it’s a great job… It gives you the opportunity to talk with someone… I have nothing but positive experiences with working with Sirens.

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Fox News: Are there any misconceptions you feel people have that simply are not true?
Morgensen: I think a lot of people need to visit Hooters and see it for yourself. Hooters is a great family-oriented restaurant. Families bring their children all the time and they absolutely love it. They have a blast. So if someone has any misconceptions, they only need to come to Hooters and see for yourself.

Fox News: Before Hooters, she was a pageant girl in 2009. What was that?
Morgensen: I was a tomboy my whole life… But I was long and thin, so people would always tell me that I should model. A friend of my mother told me that there was a beauty pageant and I have to compete. It was a part of the Miss Universe organization… It was in my hometown of Texas, so I joined and eventually win… I was so surprised, I didn’t know what I had gotten myself into… It actually led me to Hollywood and that is where I wanted to end up.

Fox News: What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve ever had to do for a good photo?
Morgensen: I was in New York and the record of a summer line for a collection. It was about five degrees outside. It was also raining. I was wearing a tank top with strappy heels and little capri pants. I was just to wear that while walking around in the street the pictures were taken the purse. It was so cold. I couldn’t feel my body or whatever. But that’s how it is in this industry. It’s all over the place, but I love it.

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Fox News: What are some other fun facts that our readers should know about you?
Morgensen: I can sing and talk in a Chipmunk voice! I discovered the talent from about five years ago. I am also a world champion basketball player. I won a big tournament when I was in the third grade. And I just love to stay active. Whether it’s rock climbing, kickboxing – something I just love.

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