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Amber Swisher isn't just a local Hooters employee, but featured in the company's 2011 calendar



Recently, Amber Swisher beat out more than 20,000 women for the chance to hang on your wall.

The Newcastle native works as a Hooters Girl at the 2109 W. Interstate 240 Service Road location of Hooters, and will be featured in the restaurant chain's 2011 calendar, which also will be its 25th-anniversary edition.

"It was something I was looking forward to all year long," Swisher said. "I was really excited when I found out I made it."

The calendar, which sells more than half a million copies a year, won't be the first time her curves have graced Hooters products, having already appeared in a "Girls of the Southwest" spread in the eatery's official magazine.

When Swisher joined the company a year ago, she looked through past calendars and "just thought it would be cool to have that credibility," she said, and applied for the chance.

A Hooters photographer spent about an hour taking shots of a bikini-clad Swisher alongside the Bricktown Canal one weekday afternoon, and yes, she attracted a crowd.

"People were staring and stuff," she said, "but I got over it."

For her, worse than the prying eyes of the public was simply waiting to hear whether or not she'd make the final cut.

"It was kind of nerve-wracking," she said, "because you don't find out until four or five months after you take the pictures."

But she did, of course, and she says she's not at all fazed by anyone who may claim her photo demeans or degrades her gender.

"I don't think it's bad. It doesn't bug me," said Swisher, currently a sophomore majoring in biology at the University of Central Oklahoma. "My mom's happy about it; my grandma's excited about it. The people who matter to me are excited about it. That's all that matters." "Rod Lott

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