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Iconic Miss Atomic Bomb Photo Recreated

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Adam Candee

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce honored those who have documented Las Vegas in images for 65 years at the Chamber's Power Lunch on Wednesday afternoon at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

One particular photo, which has become one of the most popular in the collection of approximately 4 million still and video images, has become the icon for the anniversary.  "Miss Atomic Bomb" is a famous representation of the atomic testing era. Photographer Don English took the classic image in 1957 when above-ground tests lit up the night sky in Las Vegas and became another tourist attraction.

In honor of the photo's 55th birthday, the News Bureau recreated the classic image with one of today's most recognizable Las Vegans. "Peepshow" star Holly Madison donned the famous mushroom cloud costume to honor the photo's birthday. The model in the original photo is believed to be Lee Merlin.

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