The search for America's next top bikini-clad waitress is on. The Hooters bus has hit the road to search for its 2013 calendar girls. Its mission: “To provide our customers with something beautiful to look at every single day of the year! We provide over 200 girls in each of our calendars.” Over the next three months, two teams of photographers will take more than 20,000 photos, travel to 200-plus cities and photograph at least 600 bikini-clad girls.

The bus will hit Los Angeles from May 14-16. “The photo tour is the most grueling and rewarding part of the year for our team,” says Dylan Melcher, the photographer for the calendar. “It is a chance to get out to the local markets and see firsthand the excitement and anticipation of the Hooters Girls as they vie to be featured in the Hooters calendar.” The full tour schedule can be found here.

The trip can be followed on the Hooters calendar's Twitter and Facebook page. No surprise here that most of the commenters are male.

And if the social media pages weren't enough, Fox News has rounded up a slideshow of 24 years of Hooters calendars “in honor” of the chain restaurant's quest.

A grueling quest indeed.

LA Weekly