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Showgirls
"A Feathery Fantasy"

Photo of Janet Boyd as a Minsky's Showgirl
Janet Boyd



The "Showgirl" was invented in 1907 by Florenz "Ziggy" Ziegfeld Jr. for his "Follies" show. The revue was a series of acts, not unlike a vaudeville show, that he added dazzling production numbers featuring beautiful young women in glamourous, glittering costumes. The sub-title of the show was "Glorifying the American Girl" and the "Ziegfeld Girl" was what separated the Follies from all other shows of the time. Busby Berkeley continued to idolize the "Showgirl" with huge spectacular staging in his Hollywood films of the 1930s. European shows like the "Lido de Paris" continued the showgirl tradition, but it wasn't until the French revues like the "Folies Bergere" and the "Lido" came to Las Vegas in the 1960's that the Showgirl became famous worldwide. Technically, from the show producers point of view, there is a difference between a showgirl and a dancer, although in some smaller shows the girls did both jobs. In the large stage productions Showgirls were close to 6ft tall and stauesque, which, with elaborate headresses and high heeled shoes made them truly "bigger than life". They were usually bare breasted in spite of the nearly 70lbs of costume they carried. Dancers, for the most part need not be tall, wore less costume, except they were seldom topless. On these pages you will see both.

WARNING: The following pages may contain nudity

Photo of showgirls from the Lance Burton show
Hacienda Showgirls



photo of two "Folies Bergere" showgirls in costume with tennis shoes
Tropicana Showgirls



Photo of Stardust Hotel Showgirl Danielle Helene in red feathers
Danielle Helene



photo of Jubilee Showgirl Christine Newcombe 1993
Balley's Showgirl



Hacienda Showgirl
Tracy Vaccaro



Photo of topless Stardust Showgirls from Playboy Magazine ad
Stardust Showgirls



Photo of Tanya Dido in the Stardust "Enter the Night" show
Tanya Dido



Photo of Miss International Showgirl Contest 1969
Showgirl Contest 1



Photo of Crazy Girls Star Melanie Peck
Melanie



Photo of Famous Tropicana Showgirl Joyce Grayson
Folies Showgirl 11



Photo of Folies Bergere Showgirls from the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas
Folies Showgirls 3



Backstage at the Miss International Showgirl contest 1969
Showgirl Contest



Photo of Folies Bergere Showgirls from the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas
Three Showgirls



Dressing a showgirl
Showgirl Competition



Photo of Debra Meier Comedy Showgirl
Debra Meier



Miss International Showgirls compete on stage
Showgirls Compete



Photo of Margaret White WInner of the Miss International Showgirl contest 1969
Margaret White



Photo of Tropicana Showgirl Debbie Lee
Folies Showgirl 14



Photo of Tropicana Showgirls from Folies Bergere
Folies Showgirls 17



Photo of Showgirls and dancers backstage in a Las Vegas production show
City Lights



Image of famous Folies Bergere Showgirls in Las Vegas 1969
Felicia & Joyce



Photo of Joann Nabhan as a Hacienda Showgirl
Joann Nabhan



Photo of Tropicana Showgirl Felicia Akins
Folies Showgirl 10



Photo of Las Vegas Showgirl Chris De Simone in dressing room
Chris De Simone



City Lights Showgirl
Lynn Ryder



Riviera Showgirl Sherri Klien in costume
Sherri Klien



Imagae of Tropicana Showgirls from sidestage
Folies Showgirls 18



Las Vegas Riviera Hotel Crazy Girl
Melanie 2



Photo of Stardust Hotel Showgirl Dawn Brown in red feathers
Dawn



Photo of Hacienda Ice Fantasy showgirl in ice skates
Ice Fantasy



   
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