Boast the title as the first ‘Neon Idol’ this Halloween
Last night, Circa Las Vegas Resort & Casino disrupted all of Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas with a Halloween Vegas Vickie lookalike contest that attracted nearly three dozen entrants who paraded before thousands of partygoers for a chance to win a $10,000 prize. Among all the Vickies was Off the Strip’s Jenna Nye, sporting a modern day Vickie look, which differed from all the traditional white cowgirl costumes dazzling the Strip.
Contestant #103, Mistianna Lund, won for her interpretation of the iconic neon idol. Lund’s winning costume featured over 3,000 jewels. Her kicking cowgirl attire took 115 hours to make. With her winnings, she announced that she will donate them to her new non-profit organization, Answers4Cancer. The non-profit funds holistic services like acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatments for individuals battling cancer.
“This contest was a surreal experience that I’ll never forget,” said Lund in a statement. “It’s an honor and I’m so blessed and grateful. This was a creative and fun way to raise money for Answers4Cancer, and this check from Circa will help us in our mission to help as many cancer patients in Clark County as we can. It’s an honor to be named your 2021 Vegas Vickie!”
How to Become a Vegas Vickie Neon Idol
Circa Resort & Casino is on the lookout for a Vegas Vickie doppelganger in which one lucky contestant will win $10,000 for their creative costume paying homage to our town’s favorite “neon kicking cowgirl.” She is the centerpiece of Circa’s lobby and has been a staple in the Downtown Las Vegas scene since her debut on Fremont Street in 1980.
Before rushing to the Halloween store to pick up your costume essentials, Off the Strip offers tips on how to dress to impress. We can’t guarantee you will win, but we can give all the important details you’ll need to get started.
Illuminate Circa with a Creative Costume
Vegas Vickie offers a great deal of inspiration for a knockout costume, but ForPlay Style House Fashion Expert, Bianca Rahim, gives us some advice on ways to pull together your own unique version of the Vegas Neon icon.
Off the Strip’s, Jenna Nye, models two versions of the Vegas Vickie costume, sweet and sassy. Here’s what Bianca recommends to contestants looking to take home the jackpot.
Sweet Vegas Vickie
Bianca’s top three tips for creating a “Good Girl” Vegas Vickie costume are:
First, try incorporating the color white and cooler tones.
Second, leave some to the imagination
Third, pick something that makes you feel cute, but that you wouldn’t mind wearing when meeting your hookup’s mom for the first time at nine in the morning.
Sassy Vegas Vickie
Bianca’s top three tips for creating a “Bad Girl” Vegas Vickie costume are:
First, “Bad Girls” always love leather and chains.
Second, they show off their best bodied assets.
Third, pick something you feel fierce in!
ForPlay’s Styling Services
Bianca says what makes ForPlay’s styling services unique from anywhere else is that they will customize a client’s needs year round and they don’t require appointments three weeks leading up to Halloween. But on November 1, they go back to appointments only.
“We provide everything from cocktail attire, swim, lingerie, rave, costumes, accessories, and more. Our stylist helps you along the fitting processes as you try things on to see what fits are best for you and help you create the best look,” she says.
“Every year leading up to Halloween we have a 3 week annual open house where we are open to the public without making an appointment. Starting November 1st we go back to appointments only offering private shopping or even our full service packages that include hair, makeup, and styling for your own private photo shoot in one of our many unique sets.”
Know All the Contest Rules and Details
Before signing up for the “Neon Idol” contest, there are a few requirements you should know.
- Contestants must be 21 years of age or older.
- Only “Vegas Vickie” costumes will be judged for the contest and must incorporate neon elements into the costume.
- All Vegas Vickie lookalikes entering the contest must be a member of Club One—Circa’s loyalty players club card program. Club One is free to join and it’s easy to sign-up.
- Contestants must register for a shot at winning that $10k prize. Costume contest registration will be on Halloween (the day of the contest) Sunday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stadium Swim located on the Second Entrance Level.
- Be ready to strut your stuff for the Parade of Contestants beginning at 7: 30 p.m. in the Casino taking place on Levels 1 and 2.
- Don’t be late! The contest begins at 8 p.m. Participants will meet the judges in the Hotel Lobby. The Neon Idol 2021 winner will be announced on the First Street Stage of the Fremont Street Experience at 9 p.m., adjacent to Circa’s entrance.
Tip: “Neon Idol” participants can RSVP for entry ahead of time for the contest, too. This gives you more time to focus on getting ready to transform into Vegas Vickie.
Meet the Local Celebrity Judges
Circa rounded up some of the most prominent public figures and local celebrities in the City of Lights to judge the first “Neon Idol 2021” costume contest. Winning $10k is a big deal so it might help to get acquainted with the judges. There are seven judges on the panel that all bring a wealth of experience along with playing big roles in the community.
- “Horny” Mike – Mike Henry – also known as, “Horny” Mike is featured on the popular reality TV show “Counting Cars” on The History Channel. Through his tremendous airbrush skills, he brings “out-there” ideas to life at Count’s Kustoms, providing advice whenever extraordinary projects come through the shop’s doors.
- Nevada Stupak – Nevada Stupak’s father, Bob Stupak, created Vegas Vickie and because of his father, he knows all the stories about his Vegas Vickie creation, plus he learned all about the hospitality and gaming experience in his upbringing. Stupak is the CEO of Stupak Las Vegas, which is a homegrown corporate travel and event planning company.
- John Katsilometes – Award-winning journalist and entertainment columnist John “Kats” Katsilometes is a respected leader in the Las Vegas media industry. He writes the “Man About Town” column for the “Las Vegas Review-Journal” and is seen nightly attending the hottest shows in Sin City.
- Dayna Roselli and Sean McAllister– As co-owners and co-founders of Insightful Media and hosts of the Vegas Revealed podcast, Dayna Roselli and Sean McAllister focus on sharing Las Vegas hotspots and happenings to locals and tourists alike, while consistently ranking amongst the top entertainment news podcasts. Listeners get the latest Las Vegas news weekly delivered by Roselli on Highway Radio, who also previously worked as an anchor and reporter for KLAS-TV, KXNT Radio and KTNV-TV. For FOX5 Las Vegas’ popular lifestyle program, MORE Access.
McAllister served as an entertainment news and lifestyle reporter and co-host.
- Scott Roeben – Founder of VitalVegas.com, Scott Roeben runs a Las Vegas travel site and media company, which includes his popular Twitter account (@VitalVegas). Roeben also invented the “Vital Vegas-style” of brisket fried rice served at Circa’s 8 East restaurant.
- Wes Van Dyke – YESCO’s vice president and Las Vegas regional manager, Wes Van Dyke joins the panel to offer a unique perspective on what it took to make Vegas Vickie the local legend she has become today.