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LAS VEGAS – Miss Hawaiian Tropic England was crowned the 25th Annual Miss Hawaiian Tropic® International Model Search Queen at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino here May 10.

          Debbie O' Toole of Liverpool, England, will go on to represent Hawaiian Tropic® throughout the year, and has received countless promotional opportunities along with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

          Prestigious sun care provider Hawaiian Tropic® celebrated the 25th Annual Miss Hawaiian Tropic® International Model Search May 6-10, 2008. The event hosted 50 contestants from around the world to experience the grandeur of the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino and the excitement of the jammed packed Fremont Street Experience in true Las Vegas style, with a concert by multi-platinum recording artists Everclear, which featured music from their new album "The Vegas Years," as well as classics such as “Wonderful” and “Santa Monica.”

          The top four runners-up in consecutive order were Martin Ledema from Holland, Sabrina Poutis of France, Sharon Gomez from Puerto Rico and Frida Reuterski of Sweden. Miss Congeniality and photogenic awards were given to Clair Cooper, representing Scotland.

          The week of photo shoots, television modeling, rehearsals and the preliminaries at the Golden Nugget’s aquarium framed pool, The Tank, all culminated with a historic evening of beauty and grace as contestants, representing countries from around the world, competed for the 25th Anniversary Miss Hawaiian Tropic® International title on May 10. This spectacular was held on the Fremont Street Experience’s First Street Stage in front of the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino and will be broadcast nationally during a one-hour television special this summer. The final competition was hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley and co-hosted by the reigning Miss Hawaiian Tropic® International 2007, Anna Naroznaja of Estonia. The judges had a formidable job choosing which beautiful lady would represent Hawaiian Tropic® for 2008.

          Special VIP guests and judges in attendance were former Miami Dolphins football player and NFL record holder Louis Oliver; soap opera star Ricky Paul Goldin, formally on Guiding Light, The Young and the Restless, and currently on All My Children; artist Christian Riese Lassen; Amanda Corey and Tomas Severo, winners of the CW’s latest “Beauty and the Geek”; professional soccer player Darren Anderson of the English League; and director Michael Bay, whose credits include Armageddon, The Rock, Pear Harbor, Bad Boys I & II, The Island, Transformers and currently working on Transformers 2.

          Special thanks from the Miss Hawaiian Tropic® International Model Search to all of the system sponsors including the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Bill Mack, Christian Lassen, EarthCam, Dr. Gary Kawesch and the Laser Eye Center of Silicon Valley, The Hawaiian Tropic® Zone Restaurant, Raymond Weil Watches and Yamaha Watercraft Group.

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Winner of the AAA Four-Diamond Award since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget offers more than 1,900 deluxe guest rooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book and poker room; nightly entertainment; world-class restaurants; luxury spa and salon and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a live shark aquarium. In September 2005, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. purchased the Golden Nugget hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., and embarked on a 14-month, $100 million renovation project, which was completed November 2006. In December 2007, the Golden Nugget completed its $60 million Phase II project, which expanded the resort west onto First Street and introduced additional entertainment, event and dining venues. Hotel reservations and additional information are available by calling 800-634-3454, or by booking online at



Justin McVay
Golden Nugget Public Relations Manager
129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 386-8107
(702) 387-4413