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Photo Gallery: Pastry chef wins Miss Sunset Tan; Miss Playboy Club crowned
First there was 40, and then 30. Then they were cut down to 10 finalists, and it wound up with 28-year-old pastry chef Hillary Fisher from Charleston, S.C., being crowned Miss Sunset Tan 2009 at the second annual swimsuit pageant at the Palms.
Seconds after she won, Hillary told me: “I didn’t think I’d even get into the Top 10. There were just so many beautiful women competing. I never guessed I’d go all the way and win. I’m speechless. I’ve never been this excited in my life, and it’s been a longtime dream finally coming true.”
Hillary is a specialty cake baker who runs her catering service from home. Now she will move her business to Las Vegas as she takes on the role of official spokesmodel for Sunset Tan, which has a tanning salon here at the Palms Place. Hillary also will be seen in Season 3 of E!’s Sunset Tan. I served as one of the judges for the pageant, which was filmed as Season 3’s premiere in September.
Hillary was previously one of Playboy’s Top 10 models and was a candidate for the magazine’s Model of the Year.
Sunset Tan owners Jeff Bozz and Devin Haman wrapped the winner’s sash around Hillary as they posed for photographers, including our contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who shot the photo gallery for VDLX. Sunset Tan cast members Janelle Perry, Molly Shea, Ania Migdal, Jenae Alt and Nick D’Anna were on hand with singer and judge Ashley Parker Angel to congratulate Hillary.
The pageant ran all three days of the weekend-long Kandyland party at the Palms Pool, which featured new Give recording star Jenae and Grammy Award-winning rapper Snoop Dogg in concert. Men were required to wear all white for the Lingerie Ball, with the ladies in sexy, barely there underwear, low-cut corsets and fishnet stockings with garter belts.
The pool served as the official Kandy Vegas playground, transformed into a massive ultra lounge for 3,000 platinum party people. Even though Snoop didn’t start his show until past 1 a.m., his entourage of eight friends hung out and enjoyed the sexy scene from a VIP cabana as they sipped on mixed drinks. Celebrities spotted in the crowd included: Portland Trailblazers’ Greg Oden in a party of five; retired NFL player Jamie Sharper, who sat in a pool deck cabana with three friends; and St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson with three pals.
Entertainment throughout the night until dawn was provided by Manufactured Superstars and Kandy Vegas guest DJs with psychedelic decor and mind-blowing theme props right off the set of Willy Wonka, complete with Kandy Islands floating in the center of the pool, strolling performers, whimsical dancers, larger-than-life lollipops and fluorescent candy poles. A portion of proceeds from the weekend was donated through the Karma Foundation to the Reading for Kids program.
Miss Playboy Club July 2009 is …
The wild 72-hour, nonstop revelry concluded with May 2006 Playboy Playmate Alison Waite announcing in The Playboy Club that Harmony Moniz of Las Vegas was named Miss Playboy Club July 2009. The Miss Playboy Club Model Search is an exclusive event where each month a winner is chosen to be the face of The Playboy Club in the following month’s ad campaign. Additionally, there are cash and prize awards, plus a photo shoot that presents an opportunity to be considered for a Playboy pictorial. At the end of the year, all 12 winners will be featured in the debut Playboy Club calendar.
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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