The Augusta model, caterer and server at Hooters of Augusta is among several bikini-clad women featured in the May section of the national 2009 Hooters swimsuit calendar. She also was featured in the 2008 calendar.
"I've been modeling since I was 13 years old," said Mrs. Ensley, 28. "I've been on the cover of Bikes and Babes calendar and an Atlanta calendar, but this one is the most fun."
The calendar makes her known to hundreds of thousands of Hooters girls fans and offers her opportunities other modeling gigs don't, she said.
"I love to travel, and Hooters is good about paying for us to travel to calendar signings," she said. "I've been to Daytona, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte, the Bahamas. I've met a lot of great people and have seen some beautiful beaches."
Mrs. Ensley said she also enjoys the camaraderie with her fellow Hooters girls.
"I know a lot of people think this job is just a bunch of girls wearing big orange panties," she said. "The truth is that we're a family. I love getting to know the girls I travel with and spending time with them."
Having a calendar model in Augusta certainly doesn't hurt business, Hooters of Augusta General Manager Chad Stawicki said. "There are a lot of fans of those calendars, and guys like that they can actually meet one of them (the models) right in their hometown." Mr. Stawicki said.
The 2009 calendars went on sale last week. Locally, they are available only at the Hooters restaurant on Washington Road for $12.95. They also will be available at www.hooterscalendar.com starting Wednesday.
Mr. Stawicki said he intends to hold a calendar signing, featuring Mrs. Ensley and other area "calendar girls," at the restaurant in December.
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