Even on your phone’s sketchy Periscope feed, you could see Tawny Jordan’s unbreakable smile throughout Saturday night’s Mayweather-McGregor bout.
It was a winner’s smile. The kind you can’t fake. The kind of smile that only comes after 16 exhaustive weeks of campaigning for the grand prize in the 2017 SPYONVegas Hot 100 bikini battle royale. The event, held annually since 2008, is a collaboration between SPYONVegas and MGM Grand’s Wet Republic dayclub that offers more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Jordan, a 25-year-old Peoria, Illinois native turned model, entered the selection rounds in April. She bested hundreds of competitors and eventually about 20 fellow finalists in the voting rounds before earning the title of “Las Vegas’ Hottest Pool Partier” (and a $25,000 prize) at Friday afternoon’s grand finale. Darrian Dallas took the $15,000 second prize, and Jana Breslin came in third place, taking home $10,000.
Posing for a post-victory Instagram photo with her giant check, first place sash and a bouquet of flowers, Jordan thanked all 702,000 of her followers, saying she was “forever grateful” and “still in complete shock” from winning.
The shock, and the smile, hadn’t worn off by Saturday, when Jordan was back in her “night job” as a Corona ring girl, sporting a logo-enhanced bikini and hoisting round cards before a celebrity-packed audience at T-Mobile Arena.
Jordan, whose previous ring girl duties include Mayweather’s 2013 victory over Canelo Álvarez and last fall’s Ward-Kovalev bout, stayed out of the spotlight during the action but stole the show on social media. A Twitter search of “ring girl” will net you dozens of comments and photos of Jordan (and her smile) prominently in the frame during pre- and post-fight interviews.
And you thought Mayweather was the night’s big winner.