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Boca's Amanda Jemini Wins Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant (Video)

21 year-old Amanda Jemini from Boca Raton won the crown at Saturday's 16th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant, making this the second year in a row that a south Florida contestant was named the most beautiful Hooters girl in the world.

Jemini wrested the title from 100 other contestants, including Glades Road Hooters co-worker Kelly Bourdon and Miami-native Juliette Cabrera from the Doral Hooters (who came in among the top five finalists).

"This was my first time participating in the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant and it was an unbelievable experience," said Jemini.

Jemini wins $50,000, a crown, and a place of honor in the next Hooters swimsuit calendar.

Last year's winner, Lindsey Way of Fort Lauderdale, crowned Jemini after her final walk as reigning Hoooter-queen.  "This past year has been the best year of my life," Way told the sold-out crown at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

As part of her duties as pageant winner, Jemini will represent Hooters as a spokesmodel, probably spending most of 2012 in a swimsuit.  After that, the bathing beauty hopes to pursue a career in public relations and continue to volunteer at animal rescue organizations.

Watch Amanda take the crown here:






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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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