Four random tidbits from the new book ‘Showgirls of Las Vegas’

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• Dancing girls arrived on the Strip with the El Rancho Vegas, the very first hotel: “These proto-showgirls spent mere minutes on stage, and with contracts lasting only two weeks, they appeared to be a novelty.”

• The late ’50s: Introduction of topless showgirls

• “… one showgirl described how watching her mother on stage when she was a child was the inspiration for her own career as a showgirl.”

• “One showgirl walked the pasarela just weeks after giving birth; when her breast milk began unexpectedly leaking, she used her feathered boa to cover herself.”

(By Lisa Gioia-Acres. Arcadia Publishing, $22)