Valerie Macon/Miss Universe Organization
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 7:34 p.m.
Since checking into their Planet Hollywood home over the weekend, the gorgeous glamour girls of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant haven’t stopped for a moment. It’s been a whirlwind of wardrobe fittings, makeup sessions and photo and TV filming shoots.
Then hardly stopping to breathe to switch wardrobes and high heels, it’s been swimsuit shoots at the pool and glamour pinup posing throughout the hotel. TV cameras followed them on their fun visits to meet Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller and female impersonator Frank Marino and his “Divas” at The Quad.
Miss Kentucky USA Allie Leggett, Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady, Miss Montana USA Kacie West, Miss Arizona USA Rachel Massie, Miss Florida USA Michelle Aguirre and Miss Iowa USA Richelle Orr were photographed with the amazing look-alike showbiz stars.
This year, controversial photographer Fadil Berisha, who has made headlines with his previous sexy lingerie shots, has chosen a 1920s “Great Gatsby” theme for his portraits this year. Our Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell, a manager at Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore, is stunning in her new look.
Monday was their official first day out on the town with the pots-and-pans music session with Recycled Percussion at The Quad. Miss New Hampshire USA Amber Faucher showed off her flair bartending skills with the guys at The Quad’s Catalyst bar, with TV cameras capturing all the amazing action and some misadventures.
The gorgeous girls are spending two weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and coping with the crucial judges’ interview sessions before the NBC telecast of Donald Trump’s pageant June 16 at PH Live in Planet Hollywood.
Chelsea introduced me to her roommate, Miss Alaska USA Melissa McKinney, and also to Miss Oklahoma USA Makenzie Muse. I asked Makenzie how her family and she have been affected by last week’s tragic tornados in her state. She told me that one had touched down and done damage in her hometown but that she had flown here before the inbound storm.
Today, country singer Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s plays host to the contestants, who re-create the look of country stars with five iconic hairstyles. The crowd working with a CHI professional hairstylist will choose the winner before they all go line dancing.
Keep checking back to Vegas DeLuxe for our daily coverage of the contestants’ activities on and off the Strip.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.