Las Vegas and showgirls: the two are almost synonymous. These ladies are from the Tropicana Hotel’s former Folies Bergere show, which closed in 2009 after 49 years and 29,000 shows. Lou Walters, father of newswoman Barbara Walters, brought the Folies to Las Vegas in 1959, and ushered in era of big production shows featuring topless dancers and showgirls. In today’s Las Vegas, the sexy shows on the Strip make the Folies look tame. And that’s why the Strip has only one remaining big production show, Jubilee at Bally’s, where showgirls still reign supreme and the Titanic sinks every night. But it really doesn’t matter if Las Vegas has a lot of shows featuring ladies wearing nothing but feathers and sequins. Showgirls will forever be an iconic symbol of Las Vegas, on or off the stage.
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Upper right photo courtesy of Chad Brown