Photos by Per Bernal
A FORMER HOOTERS WAITRESS AND CURRENT REGISTERED NURSE, JANET LAYUG OPENS UP ABOUT OVERCOMING HER SHY TENDENCIES TO MAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE BIKINI OLYMPIA.
Janet Layug's résumé in NPC and IFBB Pro League bikini competition reads as follows: nine wins, two runner-ups, one third, one fourth, and one eighth (that last anomaly being her pro debut). Impressive for someone who took it up in 2013. But long before she was turning heads on bikini stages around the world, the stunner from Lakeland, FL, was doing it at Hooters, where she worked for seven years as a waitress. In between bringing happy patrons their drinks and appetizers, she also graced the Hooters calendar, won its International Swimsuit Pageant, became a registered nurse, and won the 2013 FLEX Bikini Model Search Championships. Oh, and she’s a mom. Whew! Here’s how the self-professed shy kid burst out of her bubble to become one of the sport’s hottest rising stars.
FLEX: How did you come to work at Hooters?
JANET LAYUG: I was working in retail at the time, and I’d never been to Hooters, but my friends suggested we go to watch the college championship game. I was approached by the manager, who handed me an application right there. The hours were flexible, which was great because I was starting college, and also, I was kind of shy growing up, so I knew that meeting new people all day would help me develop better social skills. And of course I loved the fast money!
How did you end up being in the calendar?
They had tryouts every year. My first year I didn’t make it! I wasn’t devastated. I just knew I would try again. I did and made it every year I worked there, including the cover in 2015! I also won the 2014 Miss Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant.
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