The sexy, 1950s-styled pinup Bettie Page Clothing is about to share its Las Vegas success story. The growing and profitable retailer that started with one store in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops has become a fashion phenomenon thanks to owners Jan Glaser and Russian-born designer Tatyana Khomyakova.
2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair has been the face of the clothing line that began in 2006. Now there are two Las Vegas boutiques, plus others in San Diego, San Francisco, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis, with more locations to open this year in Philadelphia, Key West and Nashville. MSNBC is featuring Bettie Page with “Betting on Bettie.”
Its retail sales have increased 55 percent for the first five months of this year and last year posted more than $8 million in revenue. Now it’s about to go public. Air Scooter Corp. has signed a letter of intent to merge into Bettie Page Clothing as the successor corporation in a deal that will see Bettie Page owners controlling more than 84 percent. At that point, Bettie is public, and you can invest in her seamed stockings, lusty lingerie and pinup apparel.
CELEBS CHASE L.V. GIRLS: For the second consecutive week, a Las Vegas beauty will appear on the new Fox dating show “The Choice.” Last week, Hard Rock Hotel resident DJ Pauly D of “Jersey Shore” was among the celebrities who chased after a stunning 6-foot Las Vegas model, and Thursday night, pop star Joe Jonas is in the revolving chair looking at sexy Haze cocktail hostess and Playboy beauty Shannon Kelly.
The part-time actress and model moved here six years ago from Pennsylvania on her 21st birthday to land a modeling career and complete her Bachelor’s in communication at UNLV. “I wanted to make lots of money, travel the world and then settle in New York City, and I’ve fulfilled all but one of those goals already,” Shannon told me.
“I heard about the auditions for the show, and they came to Haze looking for contestants,” she said. “Everyone pointed at me. As soon as they said celebrity dating show, I knew it was right up my alley.” Shannon is sworn to secrecy as to the outcome. Does she land a date with a star? Tune in.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
What Strip producer asked girls auditioning for a show now playing here to go topless because he’s planning to produce an adult revue to add to his production pack?
Which star got his nose bloodied in an accidental head-butt by his overly enthusiastic PR girl, who also managed to knock over a table of drinks trying to apologize?
Guess who’s going into Mark Burnett’s “Shark Tank” at the end of the month with a line of jewelry launched here in Las Vegas?
Which magician who shut his debut show in Las Vegas off-Strip while waiting for his own Strip production has landed a reality TV show to reveal the ups and downs of an entertainer breaking into our showbiz scene?
Switch at the Wynn, with its ever-changing walls, is to close for a short time this summer to undergo a makeover.
Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular “Ka” at MGM Grand is to become an all-new, collectible comic book. “Ka #1” will debut at the Marvel Comics booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.
SHOWGIRL TURNED FASHION DESIGNER: Former Las Vegas showgirl and actress Stacey Linde is launching a line of children’s swimwear this weekend. Her designs on her website TeenyWingkini.com are being launched nationwide on Zulily.com, and I’m buying the Valentina, Bumbalina and Lil Lady outfits for my 3-year-old granddaughter Gianna.
Stacey, who credits include “CSI,” “Las Vegas” and a Fox Sports show with Ryan Seacrest, is developing matching fairy dolls for each outfit; click on Wingkini Island to see her creations. While pregnant, Stacey dreamed of putting two of her favorite pastimes as a little girl together: playing dress up in her favorite fairy costumes and having fun in the sun at the pool. Teeny Wingkini was born and took flight with detachable, waterproof wings. Stacey also is being recognized for her sexy partywear outfits for Las Vegas’ pretty young things.
GET WELL WISHES: Our beloved photographer Denise Truscello underwent lung surgery Tuesday, and this morning, she emailed me that a portion of her right lung had been removed. Denise, who will be hospitalized for another week, recently completed photo shoots with Shania Twain in the Bahamas, Celine Dion in Florida, Holly Madison in Paris and Frankie Moreno in Italy. Her celebrity shots are regularly featured here. We wish Denise a full and speedy recovery; she is in our prayers.
GRANDMA’S COMEDY STINT: Grandma Lee of “America’s Got Talent” is enjoying a two-month residency at the Rio through July and might stay longer. “I love doing standup in Las Vegas -- it’s an adult Disneyworld. I love the gambling and the people. It’s a happy place.” Her husband died in 1995 from cancer, and she turned to a comedy workshop to help her recovery.
“Private Practice” star Taye Diggs and his brother Gabrielle attended Criss Angel’s Cirque du Soleil spectacular “Believe” at the Luxor and afterward backstage with the “Mindfreak” star ask him detailed questions about how he escaped from the overhead, hanging straightjacket. Later, Taye and his four-man entourage enjoyed Lavo’s all-night party in the Palazzo for DJ Jason Lema, and Taye greeted fans. 2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, who was crowned here at Planet Hollywood in January, attended the Annual Army Birthday Ball with our nation’s heroes, including former soldier, actor and “Dancing With the Stars” champion J.R. Martinez. The next day, Laura sang the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
For once in a blue moon, it’s quiet out there, but the incredible music from the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival isn’t over. Before starting a European tour with DJ Steve Aoki, French phenomenon JIDAX spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Reality TV star Laura Croft has the lowdown on some dreadful, drunken party people who have to learn how to dress for when they go wild, and we’ll serve up a tasty dish of fine food features with Frank Pellegrino Jr. from Rao’s at Caesars Palace and the latest on the culinary scene with Counter Intelligence.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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