A History of the Vegas Showgirl: Background information when reading Paradise, Nevada

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Paradise, Nevada

by Dario Diofebi

Paradise, Nevada by Dario Diofebi X
Paradise, Nevada by Dario Diofebi
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A History of the Vegas Showgirl

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Women in showgirl costumes Dario Diofebi's novel Paradise, Nevada takes a look into the world of the Las Vegas working woman, including the iconic Vegas showgirl. The last traditional showgirl extravaganza, "Jubilee," was shut down in 2016 after a 34-year run, pushed out by competition from other entertainments catering to more modern and family-friendly tastes. While showgirls still work in some capacities in Vegas, the final performance of "Jubilee" was the last of a breed of major professional shows that already felt consigned to the past — a bygone era of Hollywood glamour, post-war optimism and strict gender norms. Yet the showgirl's image remains as an archetype of femininity, a gem-studded fantasy.

The Vegas showgirl's origins lie not in Nevada but New York, where Florenz Ziegfeld offered audiences his take on Parisian cabarets, such as Moulin Rouge and Folies Bergère, with the Ziegfeld Follies, a highly successful series of "revues" (theatrical productions) that began in 1907 and ran on...

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