Girls Gone Wild Crowns 'Hottest Girl in America'

May 4, 2012 12:00 PM PST

LOS ANGELES — Girls Gone Wild has announced that 24-year-old Abbey Lauren Wilson is the winner of "The Search for the Hottest Girl in America" Season 3.

Wilson, a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., was crowned the winner in Thursday night’s dramatic season finale. Wilson edged out thousands of other contestants to win the title, which is actually linked to some controversy on Capitol Hill.

The controversy began when Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis purchased an internship through a charity auction, to take place in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) in Washington D.C this summer. Francis then added the internship to the prize package for this season’s winner, until the Senator went public claiming it was all a hoax. Francis’s name was cleared when Chad Brownstein, son of prominent lobbyist Norm Brownstein, admitted that he had in fact arranged for the internship with Senator Pryor’s office, and promptly apologized.

While Abbey Lauren Wilson won’t be walking up those steps on Capitol Hill this summer, she will still be juggling plenty of work as this season’s winner. After her big win, Wilson said, “I am unbelievably excited and honored to have been voted as this season’s winner. This means the world to me!”

Wilson added, “I want to thank all of the Girls Gone Wild fans and everyone that voted for me. Thank you!”

Joe Francis said, “Abbey really deserved to win. She will be a great global ambassador for the Girls Gone Wild brand.” As for the internship controversy, Francis commented, “Abbey would have been a great intern. Senator Pryor truly missed out.”

“Girls Gone Wild Presents: Search for the Hottest Girl in America” airs Thursday and Saturday nights on HDNet at 10 p.m. PST. 

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