(photos by MADCreativity.com)
There’s a distinct possibility that if I stepped in the cage with Amber Nichole Miller, I would get pummeled—if not because her hyper-fit body would overwhelm me like a hurricane of hotness, then because I was too distracted by said body to keep my guard up. To be fair, I can think of far worse things than being mounted by Miller, even if I had to eat a few elbows to the chin for the privilege. On the off chance that I did walk out of the cage, I would quickly have my bone structure reconfigured by the countless MMA fighters she has interviewed, befriended, and even dated over the years.
Miller got her start as an Octagon Girl in 2002 while bartending in a casino club owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta. Her modeling career skyrocketed alongside the sport. On top of her numerous mainstream credits, Miller has graced the covers of MMA Authority, DXL, Ultimate MMA, Extreme Fighter, and Fighters Only. Currently she is a spokes model for Xyience and Xenergy—the official energy drink of the UFC. While the bodies of most fighters start to give out after a decade in the cage, Miller’s appeal shows no signs of fading, even beneath the heat and bright lights of Vegas. This year she is a lead contender for the Spy on Vegas Hot 100 bikini contest.
Join us after the jump to get to know her a little better and find out why this is one candidate you need get behind. We're pretty sure you will love the view. So get off your ass and go vote for her now!
(photos courtesy of Xyience and MMA Authority)
How did car-shopping go today?
Great. I got a Mercedes 550 SL.
I guess modeling pays well.
It does—modeling and working in the bar industry in Las Vegas. I bartended for three years at Moon in The Palms. I made good money but then I started cocktailing at a nightclub in the Bellagio. Now I make triple what I was earning.
In my experience, bartenders and cocktail waitresses are impervious to pickup attempts, as being hit-on is part of their job description. Is it possible for a male tourist to charm a female bartender or cocktail waitress in Vegas?
It is a hundred percent possible. If you are a nice guy, you can charm a bartender or cocktail waitress for sure.
Are there any tricks for getting passed a Vegas bartender’s guard?
I don’t think there are tricks. I think we are so used to guys with tricks that we prefer you to just be straight up.
Are you constantly bombarded with pick-up lines?
Most guys will say things like, “Has anyone told you that you are beautiful today, or am I the first one?” It is always something kind of sad and cheesy. I would rather them just ask me, “What’s a fun place to go,” then, “Well, do you want to come with?”
In my experience, the winners of bikini contests are not always the hottest girls on stage; they are often the ones who know how to work the crowd. Obviously you’re attractive, but do you have a strategy for winning the Vegas Hot 100?
My strategy is always to get the girl vote, because honestly, guys will vote for whomever. They don’t really care. Most girls won’t vote at all. I’m a friendly girl so it is easy. Some contestants go on stage and act stuck-up or slutty. It’s much easier just to go up to girls and be honest, and say, “I need your help voting.” You don’t have to flirt with the girls.
You retweet a lot of @HornyFacts paired with reminders for followers to vote for you. Is sex really on your mind that much, or is that just another clever ploy to win voters?
That is my clever strategy to be different on Twitter. People get annoyed if they just keep seeing tweets asking them to vote. A guy friend of mine told me, “Every time I see your HornyFacts, it makes me want to vote for you again.”
So this strategy is to win male votes, not women?
Yeah. Guys are the majority of my Twitter followers. But, we also do pool votes every Friday where we have to get the audience to vote. That is when I target the girls.
Do you have any plans for how you will spend the prize money if you win?
If I were to get even in the top five, it would be wonderful. But, yeah, I plan on going back to school, so I am really hoping to get enough money to help do that. There is a two-week course in Scottsdale I want to take this year, and it is a good chunk of change. It would be nice to have that money instead of having to use money I have saved.
Are you going back to school as an exit strategy for life after modeling?
There hasn’t been an age-cap put on modeling for me yet. I am one of the oldest models I know, but as far as an exit strategy, I really don’t worry about that. I just like to have more knowledge. This course is something that every girl I know uses. It is for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, photofacial... With it I can work at doctors offices all over Vegas and even California.
I know you have at least one tattoo—
I have had nine.
Do you prefer a guy with tattoos or cauliflower ear?
Ha ha. Well, no cauliflower ear. Honestly, with the guys that I am attracted to, tattoos don’t really matter. I used to really be into tattoos when I was getting them. I was with someone who had full sleeves before, but recently the guys I date have had none.
On fighters or on men at the pool, do you prefer long board-shorts, or smaller, tighter trunks?
I like board shorts but if you are a hot guy it doesn’t really matter. You can wear shorts that are a little bit more European, a little shorter than board shorts. I like those.
In one of your Xyience commercials, you are hitting a heavy bag. Do you regularly incorporate MMA workouts into your fitness routine?
I have for a long time. Boxing and kickboxing are great workouts. They challenge you. They work different muscles so you can stay fit doing something fun and different. Plus you can get out stress by punching a bag.
Have you ever showed up to a modeling shoot with a black eye from boxing?
No, because I never box or grapple with an actual person. The most I will do is bag or mitt work.
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta asked you to be an Octagon Girl for the UFC when you were bartending in one of their casinos. Do you consider that the defining moment of your modeling career?
MMA has been wonderful for me, just because it did get me in front of a lot of people. Dana, Lorenzo, and Frank really do want you to pursue the things that interest you, and in that sense it was great.
In modeling I’ve done a lot of really amazing things. My first modeling gig, I was on the Mickey Mouse Club and I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I don’t think there was really a defining moment. I remember the cover of my first national magazine was special and one of the most exciting things. The first one was actually just a Vegas magazine, but it was the one time when I was like wow, I just got published.
When you were on the Mickey Mouse club with Olivia Newton John, did you meet any of the cast members who went on to become pop stars like Justin Timberlake or Jessica Simpson?
I don’t know because we were Mickey Mouser sized. I was so little. When you’re nine you do not remember the names of people you work with. Plus I am older than most of those stars, so I probably wasn’t.
You tweet often about being a Sagittarius, but do you consider it lame if a guy hits on you by asking what your star sign is?
If that was one of his first questions I would think it was lame. If I was on a date, and we were getting along, I would think that was cool because most guys do not believe in star signs. They think it is stupid. Then there are some guys who live their star signs and think it is cool—like my boyfriend who I just broke up with. He was so proud to be his star sign. He lived it, which made him a total dick, so I broke up with him.
Do you think it is not manly for a guy to be superstitious, or to be more superstitious than you are, especially about something like star signs?
I don’t think your masculinity comes from things like that. I think the way you treat your mother is the way you are going to treat me. So, I am one of those people who, if you have a good family, then I am positive about a relationship with you. Plus I talk to people as friends before I date them.
Having been around a lot of fighters, are there any common personality traits you notice in these athletes that you find attractive?
I think the most attractive thing about a fighter is his confidence and dedication. It is sexy to see a guy dedicated to something so much that he is willing to throw his body on the line and take a beating by an opponent or by training. I think that is what is extremely sexy about fighters, other than the fact that they are shirtless while fighting of course.
Would you ever date a guy who was dedicated to MMA but who was living paycheck to paycheck?
I have dated guys like that. I married somebody like that. But, it is a really hard way to go because you are taking care of that person. You are their sole provider at that point because MMA does not pay unless you are at that top tier.
You often get asked who your favorite MMA fighters are, but are there any fighters you like to see get beaten?
The only fighter I really wanted to see get beaten—and it is not because I don’t like him, but just because I wanted to see someone beat him—was Anderson Silva, but that still has not happened. There isn’t anyone I want to see get beat. There is no one I do not particularly like. Most fighters are really cool, nice guys. Having been around the business for so long, I’m kind of like a sister to many of them.
-Article by Shawn Alff