Copa Room showgirl Lee A. Merlin poses in a cotton mushroom cloud swimsuit as she is crowned Miss Atomic Bomb in this 1957 photograph. Above-ground nuclear testing was a major public attraction during the late 1950s and began to infiltrate every aspect of society, from household goods to football teams naming themselves the “Atoms.” Inspired by the cultural phenomena, Las Vegas decided to combine two of its major attractions, nuclear bombs and showgirls, into a beauty contest.
Modess 1953 - Dorian Leigh
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