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Boca Raton beauty Gianna Tulio crowned Miss Hooters International

23-year-old Hooters waitress wins $30,000 grand prize, becomes international face of company
Gianna Tulio, 2021 Miss Hooters International
Posted at 12:06 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 16:00:39-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — South Florida is once again home to Miss Hooters International.

Gianna Tulio, 23, was crowned the 24th Miss Hooters International during Thursday night's Miss Hooters Pageant in Orlando.

Tulio lives in Delray Beach and works at the Boca Raton location.

She follows in the footsteps of South Florida's Briana Smith, who took home the crown in 2019. Smith works at the Hooters in Sunrise.

2019 Miss Hooters International winner Briana Smith crowns 2021 Miss Hooters International winner Gianna Tulio
South Florida's Briana Smith, 2019 Miss Hooters International winner, crowns friend and fellow South Floridian Gianna Tulio after she won the 2021 title.

Tulio beat out 19 other finalists to become the international face of Hooters and claim the $30,000 grand prize.

The competition consisted of a swimsuit, evening gown and interview portion.

It was only fitting that Tulio, who also received the Miss Photogenic award at this year's pageant, was crowned by Smith.

Both women are familiar names in the Hooters family, making their debut appearances in the international Hooters calendar in 2018.

Gianna Tulio and Briana Smith in 2018, courtesy of WPLG
Gianna Tulio and Briana Smith are the most recent Miss Hooters International winners. They both appeared together on the 2018 Hooters international calendar.

Tulio, who grew up in Philadelphia before moving to South Florida for her senior year of high school, will become a brand ambassador and spokeswoman for Hooters, traveling to assist in openings, appearing in advertising campaigns, and attending community outreach and special events, including the Kelly Jo Dowd fund for breast cancer research. Dowd graced the cover of the 1995 Hooters calendar and rose through the ranks of management before dying of breast cancer in 2007.

In her spare time, Tulio loves traveling, getting to explore the different parts of the world and spending time with friends and family. She is involved in numerous charitable events throughout South Florida.

The first runner-up at this year's pageant was Sloan Miavitz, who works at the Hooters in Sarasota.