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Sabina Kel­ley

The pin-up su­per­star and model takes the stage for a guest stint in Strato­sphere's aptly-named "PIN-UP."

Las Ve­gas res­i­dent Sabina Kel­ley started her ca­reer as a dancer in Ju­bilee! be­fore dis­cov­er­ing the world of al­ter­na­tive and pin-up mod­el­ing. She has ap­peared on hun­dreds of mag­a­zines, mu­sic videos, cal­en­dars and more, and was a celebrity judge on Oxy­gen TV’s “Best Ink.” She is known for push­ing the bound­aries and tak­ing tat­toos to a new level in the main­stream fash­ion world. This month, Kel­ley stars in Strato­sphere’s aptly-named “PIN-UP” from July 24-31.

You were with Ju­bilee! for more than two years. Was it your first Las Ve­gas gig?

I was 18 when I got into Ju­bilee! I was just old enough to be able to do a show here. It was my first gig in Ve­gas.

How did you find yourself in Ve­gas?

I came out to au­di­tion be­cause my tap teacher in high school was a chore­og­ra­pher for Ju­bilee! and said I should au­di­tion for the show. I re­mem­ber driv­ing into town to go to the au­di­tion and be­ing overwhelmed by the lights. I was re­ally ex­cited. It’s like an adult Dis­ney­land.

Do you like be­ing out­doors in sum­mer­time?

I do. I love go­ing to the pool.

How do you stay look­ing sexy in sum­mer?

I get some lip gloss and wa­ter­proof mas­cara. Also, I mois­tur­ize be­fore I leave, and stay su­per-hy­drated.

To you, what is sexy?

To be classy but still have the sense of a tease. Be­ing put to­gether, a strong per­son, a beau­ti­ful per­son—I con­sider that sexy.

What are your thoughts about tat­too art be­ing la­beled as “al­ter­na­tive”? How has the per­cep­tion changed over the years?

When I first started get­ting tat­tooed, it was not as ac­cept­able, es­pe­cially for girls, to get tat­tooed. It’s a lot more ac­cept­able now, but it’s kind of ridicu­lous be­cause people can go and get a full sleeve of tat­toos in a weekend, and I think that’s dis­gust­ing. You have to work for it if you’re go­ing to get tat­toos; they should mean some­thing. Tat­toos tell a story about your life.

When did you first dis­cover tat­toos? What was your first tat­too?

I had been a big fan of tat­toos ever since I was lit­tle— I’ve just al­ways been at­tract- ed to it. I just love the look of it—I knew when I was very young that I wanted at least both of my arms tat­tooed. I didn’t get my first tat­too un­til I was 20, be­cause I was a show­girl, and you couldn’t have tat­toos. So when I quit dancing, I got a horse­shoe on the back of my neck with a swal­low in it, flames and the num­ber 13. I put it on my neck so if I wanted to hide it, I’d put my hair down, and if I didn’t want to hide it, I’d put my hair up.

How do your tat­toos make you feel?

Some people col­lect art and hang it on the wall. I col­lect art and show it on my body. My tat­toos just make me feel like my­self, like an in­di­vid­ual.

Kel­ley shows off her tat­toos

One of Kel­ley's many looks

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