Hooters, the original American wing eatery, has released its 2022 calendar, featuring its world-famous Hooters Girls, including one from its Daytona Beach restaurant.
It's the 36th year for the calendar with Hooters Girls from around the country, including Enayyah Musa of Orange City as Miss May.
For every calendar sold, Hooters donates $1 toward its Give A Hoot fundraising effort, benefiting the V Foundation for Cancer Research and local efforts through the Kelly Jo Dowd Breast Cancer Research Fund.
The late Ms. Dowd, the 1995 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl and Hooters first female general manager, at the Palm Harbor location, succumbed to breast cancer in 2007.
In 2020, during the pandemic, Hooters exceeded expectations by raising $710,000 in October alone. This year, Hooters’ goal is to raise $1 million towards breast cancer research.
All of the ladies featured in the calendar work at Hooters restaurants. More than 2,000 Hooters Girls applied. The Hooters Calendar team photographs more than 450 of the girls from March to July each year. Roughly 200 end up featured in promotional material, including the calendar.
Ms. Musa works at the only Hooters in Volusia County at 2100 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Ms. Musa, 21, has a cosmetology certificate from Daytona State College and has been working at Hooters a little over a year.
“I want to mix cosmetology and modeling,” she said. “Knowing thousands of girls are trying to get to this goal and for me to be selected is such an honor. I didn’t expect it at all being with Hooters for such a short amount of time. They’ve done so much for me (and) they’ve given me so many opportunities. It feels amazing and I’m soaking it in every day. I’m so happy to have a company that supports me and does a lot for me.”
Hooters has assisted with Ms. Musa's modeling career, including the promotion photo shoots.
The cause is personal to Ms. Musa as her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, but doctors intervened in time and she is now cancer free.
Hooters takes Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October very seriously.
“Every year Hooters has been an active participant in the fight against breast cancer,” Ms. Musa said. “Every year they do so amazing with raising money and helping the community and helping the world raise money for such an amazing cause. It feels amazing to even be a part of that.”
As to working at Hooters, she said, “It doesn’t even feel like you are working when you are there. You just make so many friends and everybody is so kind. It just feels like you are having a fun time with your friends at work.”
The first Hooters Calendar was released fall 1985, two years after the first Hooters opened.
"We are proud of the history and tradition of the Hooters Calendar as it continues to be one of America's top selling calendars and is a cornerstone of the Hooters brand," said Chuck Melcher, owner and publisher of the Hooters Calendar in a news release.
Besides the calendars, Hooters restaurants do various breast cancer awareness activities throughout October, including featuring pink drinks.
Besides Ms. Musa, the 2022 Hooters Calendar Girls are:
Cover Girl: Gianna Tulio, Boca Raton; January, Gracie Chamberlain, Tampa; February, Jennifer Koenig, Tucson, Ariz.; March, Sloan Miavitz, Sarasota; April, Isabel Belandres, Jacksonville, N.C.; Centerfold, Deeanna Krakowski, Weston; June, Delaney Holliday, Fairview Heights, Ill.; July, Blakelyn Brown, Jacksonville; August, Nadira Dunn, Kirby, Texas; September, Ireland Dabydeen, Madeira Beach; October, Eden Davis, Abilene, Texas; November, Kaitlin Crombie, Atlantic City, N.J.; Allie Robert, Lone Tree, Colo.; and Back Cover, Shelbe Boudreaux, Houma, La., Laura Huynh, Pembroke Pines and Ashley Ellis, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Calendars are available online and in Hooters restaurants. For more information about the Hooters GiveAHoot fundraising campaign, visit hooters.com/give.