My Las Vegas
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