Life lessons from a bikini contest judge
Going skimpy will only get you so far
Tue, Sep 7, 2010 (3 p.m.)
Photo: Tom Donaghue
When offered the opportunity to judge the finale of a 15-week bikini competition at Planet Hollywood's Pleasure Pool, it seemed foolish not to accept. While I don't frequent day clubs, I am highly experienced as a picky, judgmental female. Plus, sitting poolside under umbrellas alongside a few Chippendales dancers (also judging) with parading strangers vying for my approval seemed like a good way to end the summer. Who doesn't enjoy beautiful bodies and a power trip? Plus, I thought, maybe I'd learn something.
I'm not sure if I took home any life lessons, but our judging panel sure taught the participants and partiers one — that showing the most skin only gets you so far. Finalist Samantha Harris easily impressed the crowd — the males in it, anyway — with her "bikini," consisting of keeping-it-legal red-heart pasties and some dental floss. But as judges, we were wary. The nearly nude number didn't seem waterproof, and even if it was, it definitely was impractical. So, we gave the win, and the $5,000 prize, to Jackie Savitt, a bubbly brunette who wore an actual bikini to the bikini competition and looked damn good in it, too.
Now, will anyone else heed our lesson? I'm not sure. Hard to think over the booing.
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.