Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.
One hundred blondes, brunettes and redheads lit up Fremont Street and its downtown attractions Tuesday night in the first part of the fourth-annual Tropic Beauty Model Search world finals.
It’s five days of nonstop photo shoots, judging and parties for the glamour girls here from all over the world for the pageant that wraps Saturday night at Hakkasan in MGM Grand with the finals and the crowning.
At stake: the crown, the title and a $100,000 prize package, including a one-year modeling contract in Los Angeles.
The contestants today parade in their home-country costumes, and DJ Tiesto throws them a party Thursday at midnight at Hakkasan after their official welcome dinner with Michael and Jenna Morton at the couple’s nearby new hotspot restaurant Crush.
Swimsuit judging takes place Friday afternoon at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, and late night there’s a Hawaiian Tropic reunion party at Hakkasan.
Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, who was on duty at the D Las Vegas and on Fremont Street on Tuesday night for his photo gallery at the new SlotZilla zipline and of their official welcomes by D owner and President Derek Stevens, D headline entertainer Frankie Scinta and Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison of “Pawn Stars.”
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The D Las Vegas is the new revved-up name for a longtime downtown Las Vegas hotel, Fitzgeralds, which had been in operation since 1987.
Owner Derek Stevens rebranded and refurbished the hotel in fall 2012 to give it a motor city theme, using the nickname of his beloved city, Detroit, for the name of the new hotel. He also brought in two restaurant favorites from Detroit: American Coney Island and Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.
The property features 638 remodeled contemporary rooms and suites. The unique two-level casino included slots and table games. Dancing dealers are featured on the first floor. And the second floor transports guests back in time to old-school Vegas with its Vintage Casino.
The casino also features the LONGBAR, the longest bar in Nevada, where sports fans can watch games on big screen TVs. Outside on Fremont Street, D Bar invites guests and passerby alike to enjoy refreshing frozen libations and specialty cocktails as talented, trickster bartenders send bottles and glasses flying through the air.
The Showroom at the D features the interactive comedy show, "Marriage Can Be Murder," where guests can be part of the mystery.