Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 11:54 p.m.
Reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether of Maryland and 2013 Miss Nevada USA Chelsea Caswell of Las Vegas attended a meet-and-greet with troops and their families, hosted by Chinese Laundry, at The Exchange at Nellis Air Force Base on Saturday, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik of Retna was onsite for a photo gallery.
1995 Miss USA Shanna Moakler, who remains active with the Miss USA Organization, also attended the event in North Las Vegas. Meriwether became Miss USA in December after Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island won the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 19.
Caswell, who works for Steve Wynn at his casino resorts here as a food and beverage supervisor, competes in the 2013 Miss USA Pageant at Planet Hollywood on June 19. Two questions: No tiaras? Who would travel without them?!
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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.