Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
One hundred beautiful models from as far afield as England, France, South America and Eastern Europe -- 20 nations in all -- dazzled Wednesday night at their first official pageant presentation at MGM Grand. Fans and hotel guests set off a frenzy of flashbulbs as the knockout ladies paraded to Centrifuge Bar, where suntan king Ron Rice held court.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue captured the curvy creatures in their glamorous gowns. Today is the first fashion show in the casino resort lobby and then a late-night party at Tabu. Friday is first-round judging in Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club and then a parade in the lobby.
The finals are Saturday, and the public is invited to watch. I have the tough task of being one of the judges! While in Las Vegas, the beauties also will shoot their 2014 calendar poolside at MGM Grand.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.