BOCA RATON, Fla. -

A South Florida college student and Hooters waitress has become famous worldwide after winning the Miss Hooters International 2012 pageant this week.

Amanda Jemini, 21, took the crown earlier this week during the pageant on Miami Beach.

Jemini has worked at the Hooters of Boca Raton for three years.

Jemini won $50,000 cash and will be featured in Hooters Magazine, Hooters Calendar, national marketing campaigns and TV commercials.

"This was my first time participating in the Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant, and it was an unbelievable experience," said Jemini. "The week leading up to pageant day was filled with early wakeup calls, hair and makeup and all-day photo shoots, but the real highlight was meeting wonderful kids at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. It was special to spend time with them and help to lift their spirits."

Jemini also attends Palm Beach Community College.

In a statement, Hooters said, "The contestants were selected from more than 18,000 Hooters Girls who presently work in one of the 430 Hooters restaurants worldwide."