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Ladies of the year: Looking back at photos of Las Vegas women in 2012

Dancer Kimberly St. Clair stretches in the dancer’s dressing room before the 10th anniversary show of X Burlesque at the Flamingo in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Photo: Leila Navidi

Ladies of the year, 2012

Leila Navidi: 2012 Photos

When photojournalist Leila Navidi took the time to sit down and think about it, she realized that all of her most memorable photos from 2012 involved women in some way. Images of women are used to sell Las Vegas, but those are hardly representative of all the different kinds of women who live here. One of the great things about working for local news publications is getting to uncover the real people beneath the veneer of this often misunderstood city. This year, Navidi has seen teen moms struggling to make ends meet, women trying to make their Vegas dance dreams come true, pageant princesses, dollar store divas, streetwalkers on Boulder Highway, proud strippers, prom queens, bingo stars, moms, boozers, athletes and drag queens. Here are a few of Leila’s “Ladies of the Year.”


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