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From red-hot wings to the red carpet, Marissa Raisor has come a long way from the Hooters on the river in Northern Kentucky.
Since winning the Miss Hooters International pageant last July in Las Vegas, Raisor has traveled the world working for the popular chain restaurant.
Since her crowning, she has thrown the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game, kicked a football in Times Square for the Super Bowl and been on the radio in Chicago. And she recently returned from helping open a new restaurant in Thailand.
But most exciting was landing a role in the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore movie, “Blended.”
The movie portrays two characters that find themselves stuck together at a family resort after a blind date goes terribly wrong. During that bad date the characters have dinner at a Hooters restaurant where Raisor makes her cameo as a waitress named Bethany.
According to Raisor, the short scene, which took place at a Hooters location in Georgia, took 13 to 14 hours.
“I don’t know how actors do it. It took all day and it was a small part in the movie,” she said. “We must have shot that scene a million times.”
Raisor said Sandler and Barrymore were very laid back and down to earth, and it was a lot of fun shooting a scene with them.
While she enjoyed her film spotlight for the moment, Raisor said she doesn’t seek a career in acting.
“If an opportunity comes, that would be amazing,” she said. But for now she is planning on completing her education.
“I just finished the semester, so I only have a year left,” she said.
Raisor’s mother, Victoria Raisor, says despite all the excitement, her daughter is on the scholar’s list, maintaining a 3.6 GPA at Northern Kentucky University and will graduate in the spring of 2015.
But unlike most students, when Raisor’s not in the classroom, she’s traveling the world.
“We were there [in Thailand] for the grand opening of Thailand’s first Hooters,” she said. “It was crazy and fun.”
Raisor said she enjoyed shopping and participating in many events leading up to the opening, including a parade.
“They brought an elephant to the store,” she said. “I got to ride on an elephant!”
Despite all the traveling and attention, Victoria Raisor said her daughter has stayed grounded.
Once she was crowned, photos were snapped, interviews were taken, and there was no time to stop. Raisor did not have an opportunity to contact her mother until 1:30 the following morning.
“She just broke down. She was so excited. Then it hit her.” Victoria Raisor said. “The first thing she wanted to do was come to church.”
The following Sunday she attended her Shelbyville church, New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where church pastor, Dr. Kilen Gray spoke highly of a young lady that had achieved so much in so little time.
Victoria Raisor said her daughter didn’t even know he was speaking of her, “She said [to me], I wonder who he’s talking about,” her mother recalled. “She’s so humble.”
An end to her reign
While she’s had many amazing experiences with Hooters, this July, Raisor will head back to Las Vegas to pass on the title. However, Victoria Raisor said her daughter may not be ready to give up wearing a tiara so quickly. Marissa Raisor plans to compete in the Miss Kentucky USA pageant next year.
“Last year, she was the first runner up,” said Victoria Raisor.
Despite all the fame, her mother said her daughter is still very humble and is “Thankful for the opportunities it’s given her”.
Her daughter loves the many opportunities she’s had to visit hospitals and work with the military around the country, she said.
And despite traveling the globe, her daughter’s heart is still in Kentucky.
Though Marissa Raisor was born in Florida, her mother said, “She’ll tell you, she was Florida born, Kentucky raised.”