I’m the original 1983 “Hooters Girl” — and the thrill never gets old

She’s a hoot!

The original “Hooters girl,” Lynne Austin, is reliving her glory days in a big-haired blast from the past on social media.

Now 61, she remembers the skimpy orange shorts and too-tight T-shirts that made the racy restaurant famous. She became the figurehead of the chain in 1983, when the first restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida, while also working as a waitress.

The establishment’s attraction wasn’t to toss back cold burgers and indulge in a burger — it was the Hooters face that drew patrons through the front doors: a petite bombshell with billowing blonde curls and a tiny tank top embellished with the Logo.

Austin was the lucky girl chosen to pose on the promotional posters, which featured taxi tops, boats, vans and of course billboards. She was the face of Hooters for 15 years and said the “thrill” really “never got old”.

“When I first saw the billboard, it was kind of surreal,” Austin told Fox News of her poster fame. “Like ‘Oh my god, here I am, my big old face is up here.'”

Lynne Austin
Austin, who was the OG Hooters Girl in 1983, reminisced about her glory days rocking the orange shorts.
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For many years, customers flocked to the restaurant hoping to be seated at one of Austin’s tables. She told the outlet men would even send her floral arrangements to get her attention, calling it “flattering.”

“Who doesn’t love that? Who doesn’t love it when people want to see you, be around you, and love your personality? Of course I loved it. She said. “People still come up to me and want a picture with me. And I’m always so flattered and grateful that people still care.”

Lynne Austin
She posted promotional images that were seen on billboards, taxis, boats and more.
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Hooters girls
Old photos from almost 40 years ago show Austin with her colleagues in Hooters t-shirts and tiny shorts.
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Now she’s sharing some of the infamous snaps that paved the way for the legendary American restaurant.

On Instagram, she posted a nearly 40-year-old throwback to the first Hooters girls posing around a jukebox – and the next image featured the ‘Hooters Girls 2.0’ recreating the original.

The official Hooters account showed some love to the post, showering the comments with some heart emojis. Other followers joined the love, saying they “miss those days”.

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Austin was one of the first waitresses at Hooters when it first opened in Florida.
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New Hooters girls
Now the Hooters Girls 2.0 are trying to recreate the iconic images from four decades ago.
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“You can try but will never replicate these icons,” wrote one fan.

“LOVE that! (and by no means has it been 40 years),” chimed in another.

“Those were the good old days,” commented another.

Lynne Austin
Despite the criticism the chain is facing today, Austin insisted her days at the restaurant were enjoyable, especially surrounded by aspiring and successful women.
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Lynne Austin
The bleach blonde pin-up caught the attention of passers-by, who were keen to have her as a waitress.
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The uniforms don’t look much different from four decades ago – although they might be a tad cozier – the logo and bright orange shorts remain staples of the Hooters brand.

Despite criticism of the restaurant’s scantily clad waitstaff and their, er, strict dress code, Austin said she’s never had a problem with dress.

“We wore running shorts and a tank top and I understand that’s not another restaurant’s attire. But you saw a lot more on the beach than you ever did at our restaurant,” she said. “We patterned our uniform after one of the owners who was a runner. So we got the running shorts. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with runners wearing shorts. I’ve never had a problem with it.”

Lynne Austin
“Our accomplishments are remarkable,” Austin said. “It’s much more than serving wings and wearing shorts. I’m proud of it.”

Surrounded by nurses, lawyers, students, and aspiring models and actors, the OG Hooters girl has defied the slimy reputation the chain has garnered over the years.

In August, the company began searching for employees who “have used their time in the orange shorts to prepare for life beyond the orange shorts” to advocate for the “powerful” women who rise above theirs in their careers Time when waitress got out.

“Our achievements are remarkable,” she remarked. “It’s much more than serving wings and wearing shorts. I’m proud of it.”

Perhaps the sleaze is to be blamed on the customers who slide into the orange booths. Some waitresses have gone viral online for sharing the “most disrespectful” comments they’ve received at work.

But the occasional pervert could never tarnish Austin’s love for the place that has made her a career, later earning her guest spots on television and even a meet-and-greet with Hugh Hefner.

“Pretty much everything I do, Hooters is always my base, my heart,” she gushed. “Every success I’ve ever had, I’ve always brought with me. You were a launch pad for me. And the Hooters girl? She is an icon. All you have to do is see those orange shorts.”

Lynne Austin
Pinups’ pit stop became an American classic as the small business boomed into a chain.

Other former Hooters girls have been celebrated online for cramming into their cleavage tops and barely-there shorts.

A 35-year-old former waitress named Shannon posted a viral clip on TikTok last year in which she flaunted her old uniform, shocked it still fit.

“It’s a little tight,” she admitted in the video’s caption while touting the skimpy clothing.

Lynne Austin
Austin said she “never” had a problem with the chain’s uniforms.
Instagram / @lynnea11

Users in the comments told her she still looks “amazing,” adding that she could “outperform” any of the current Hooters girls.

“It still looks great! Well done!” exclaimed an eager onlooker.

“Looks perfect to me,” agreed another, who then prompted her to wear the outfit as a Halloween costume.

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Emma Bowman

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