Sunday, March 3, 2013 | 3:38 p.m.
Budapest blonde bombshell Linda Zimany won Saturday night’s 2013 Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals at MGM Grand, and she received my vote as one of the judges.
The 6-foot, 23-year-old Hungarian model defeated 99 other contestants from as far away as Australia, Colombia, Peru, England and France, as well as several U.S. finalists. Two Las Vegas winners, Jennifer DeCillis from a contest at 1OAK in The Mirage and Brittany Parks from a preliminary at the Hard Rock Hotel, made the Top 30.
The surprise of the night, though, went to Debbie O’Toole, a model from Manchester, England. She placed in the Top Six, then ran from the stage right after Linda’s crowning to get married in an MGM Grand chapel.
Debbie and an executive at beauty company Pevonia, one of the sponsors, fell for each other just five days ago when they met at the first welcome cocktail party!
Our thanks to Marshall Bradford of Donoghue Photography for his photo gallery of Saturday’s finals. We’ll have all the pageant photos, from the parades in bikinis and national costumes, right here at Vegas DeLuxe on Monday.
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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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.