Mona Shield Payne
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 | 1:37 p.m.
2013 Midsummer Lingerie Carnival
Body paint, glitter, large and bright feathers, and a lot of flesh.
It’s just another weekend in Las Vegas, but in this case, it was the 2013 Midsummer Lingerie Carnival at the Palms Pool on Saturday night, the seventh incarnation of the sexy nighttime poolside party.
There were dazzling and daring costumes, and the fairer sex was much more adventurous with outfits (garters, lace and sky-high stilettos) versus the men (silk pajamas and boxer briefs).
Add horror-film actress Danielle Harris — local body painter Kelly Belmonte painted a baby-blue lingerie bra and panty set on Harris, complete with fishnets, a garter, a rhinestone-belly chain and a feathered headband — masked partygoers, fire-throwing dancers, floats, a $7,000 sexy-costume contest and an open bar, and it’s an only-in-Las Vegas celebration.
The SyFy Channel was on-site to capture footage for an upcoming body-painting series scheduled to air this year. Thanks to Mona Shield Payne for her photo gallery and Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his video posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.