Following her graduation from Osbourn Park High School in , Tweeden moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in modeling. In , while working at Hooters restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tweeden won first place in the Venus International Model Search, which led to national exposure. Also in , Tweeden was featured as the cover girl on the final print issue of FHM. In , Tweeden became the public face of the website Rethinking Autism, which uses a series of videos to educate the public about autism. My first cover for playboy. I got a phone call saying that Hef wanted to feature a fitness-type woman on their August cover and wanted it to be me!