Las Vegas Urban Myth: “Crazy Girls” Statue Includes a Dude

Maybe you’ve heard it: The iconic “Crazy Girls” statue, with a row of showgirls showing off their moneymakers, includes a man.

Even if you haven’t heard it, trust us, this urban myth has been floating around Las Vegas for years.

And it’s hooey.

Crazy Girls statue

The “Crazy Girls” statue once sat at the front entrance of the Riviera. That’s because the back door wouldn’t have provided enough exposure.

“Crazy Girls” confirmed the famous bronze statue, rubbed so often for good luck the dancers’ bottoms are buffed to a high sheen, is populated entirely by women born biologically female.

Here are the names of the dancers in the bronze “Crazy Girls” statue (left to right): Karen Raider, Debra Sill, Pat Lumpkin, Kim Baranco, Angela Sampras-Stabile, Michelle Sandoval and Chris Zytko.

So, that’s settled.

There is, however, a twist.

This urban myth may be the result of a rather shameful chapter in Las Vegas history.

See, there was a transgender entertainer in the “Crazy Girls” cast back in the day.

The performer’s name was Jahna Steele, and she had sexual reassignment surgery in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas prior to moving to Las Vegas and joining the cast of “Crazy Girls.”

Crazy Girls

“Crazy Girls” closed at Riviera on May 1, 2015. Due to its weight, saving the statue wasn’t a slam donk.

Steele wasn’t just any performer, she was named “Sexiest Showgirl on The Strip” in 1991 and “Most Beautiful Showgirl” in 1993, among other accolades.

Then, things took a turn for the WTF.

While many were aware Steele was transgender, a tabloid TV show, “A Current Affair,” outed her in 1992.

As a result, she was fired from “Crazy Girls.”

Jahna Steele’s story has a tragic ending, as she died of a drug overdose in 2008.

If there’s an upside to Steele’s story, it’s that she’s now viewed as a pioneer in the transsexual community.

We’d love to think the world is a more enlightened place now than it was 1992, but we’re curious how a transgender person would be received by adult revue audiences today.

We say strip and let strip!

Crazy Girls statue

Now that you know the background of the “Crazy Girls” statue, consider yourself a Las Vegas history buff.

It’s worth noting there was a famous billboard and poster for “Crazy Girls,” too. The line-up for the billboard and poster, for posterity (again, left to right): Karen Raider, Debra Sill, Pam Noble, Stacey Pettarutti, Shellee Rene, Angela Sampras-Stabile and LeAnne Wagstaff.

The “Crazy Girls” statue, located on the casino floor at Planet Hollywood, remains a must-stroke Las Vegas photo op.

Now you know the story behind it! Emphasis on “behind.”

You didn’t think we’d wrap up a story about brass butts without making a final crack, did you?

9 thoughts on “Las Vegas Urban Myth: “Crazy Girls” Statue Includes a Dude

  1. Boulder Steve

    Interesting. I remember that show Current Affair. It used to be hosted by Bill O Reilly although not sure if he was the host when this episode aired.

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  2. Shellee Renee

    The lost you noted is the girls on the poster, not on the statue. My bad, I see you didn’t mention my dear friend Jahna as being on the statue. She wasn’t on the poster either. RIP to the beautiful soul that was transgender pioneer Jahna Steele!

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    1. project design

      This (political) promotion of the gay’s as nobility, is essentially not fair to the gay community….those behind the promotion of trans community, I believe don’t speak for this group!….the agenda that is promoting the gay community, actually despise them!…..and want them to be canon fodder along with minority races…they mock, they love disorder…..things will go caustic very quickly and very badly for this group……if I were a good leader in position, in the community, “I would be inches from the faces of politicians YELLING for them to back down, and bugger off!

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