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Wet Republic model server Natalie Gross turns up the heat

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Wet Republic model server Natalie Gross

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The Island Smoothie reaches for the tropics with its mix of Cruzan mango rum and pineapple, guava and mango puree, and takes you as close as you can get without the plane ride.

On the list of job application processes on the Las Vegas Strip, model server at a pool club has to rank as one of the most nerve-wracking of them all. Just ask Wet Republic's Natalie Gross, who auditioned back in February for a job at MGM Grand's ultra pool through a multi-step process that involved an impromptu service scenario and modeling in a bikini for her prospective employers.

"Everybody here really has their head on their shoulders," Gross said. "If you sit with any cocktail waitress here, if you talk to any of the managers, any of our door staff, you'll really see that they're down-to-earth, grounded people."

We won't say that's necessarily an anomaly in the increasingly competitive "daylife" scene, but give credit where credit is due: Wet Republic does things the right way, hiring staff who are as personable and approachable as they are attractive. Gross, who stays fit by practicing Bikram yoga and one day hopes to open her own studio, fits right into that prototype.

"This past weekend, it wasn't even a special holiday weekend or anything, and we had people coming in from all around the world to see the DJs that we have," including Swedish House Mafia, Benny Benassi and Laidback Luke — all of whom impressed the house music-loving Gross.

"I love this music. I love this environment. I love everyone that I work with," she said. "I wake up every morning and I want to come to work. Where do you get a job like that? Wet Republic, Las Vegas."

— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine

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