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For other uses, see Showgirl (disambiguation).

A showgirl is a female dancer or performer in a stage entertainment show intended to showcase the performer's physical attributes, typically by way of revealing clothing or even toplessness or nudity. Showgirls are often associated with Latin music and dance, particularly samba[citation needed].

The term showgirl is sometimes applied to a promotional model employed in trade fairs and car shows.


Showgirls date back to the late 1800s in Parisian music halls and cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge, Le Lido, and the Folies Bergère.[1]

The Las Vegas showgirl[edit]

Jubilee! showgirls

Showgirls were presented in Las Vegas in 1952 as the opening and closing act for Las Vegas headliners, sometimes dancing around the headliner. They were introduced at the Sands Casino for a show with Danny Thomas. In 1957 Minsky's Follies took the stage at the Desert Inn giving birth to the topless showgirl in Vegas. This was followed by a long-running The Lido de Paris at the Stardust Casino that ran for 31 years.[1][2][3]

Revues with showgirls[edit]

The showgirls of The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

Showgirls in popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History of Showgirls". Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Las Vegas: An Unconventional History". PBS. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mary Manning (May 15, 2008). "Las Vegas Showgirls: Show and (a lot to) tell". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ J.D. Morris (13 June 2016). "Celebrating the Las Vegas showgirl: An icon lives on in one group's evolving passion project". Las Vegas Sun.