My Las Ve­gas

Claire Sin­clair

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Play­boy's 2011 Play­mate of the Year and PIN UP head­liner loves living in Ve­gas—from vin­tage shop­ping to where to get a sweet treat, she shares it all.

Claire Sin­clair knew she would one day be­come a pin-up model. When she was a child, she be­came en­am­ored of the pin-up art her fa­ther col­lected, and told him “I’m go­ing to do that when I grow up.” The pieces had one thing in com­mon—they were all painted by Olivia De Bera­di­nis, who con­trib­uted reg­u­larly to Play­boy mag­a­zine. Just af­ter Claire turned 18, Bera­di­nis agreed to paint her, and in­vited her to the Play­boy man­sion to meet Hugh Hefner. Sin­clair then did a test-shoot for the mag­a­zine and be­came one of the youngest Play­mates in his­tory to be crowned Play­mate of the Year. She now calls Ve­gas home, and as the star of Strato­sphere’s PIN UP, takes au­di­ences month by month through a live pin-up cal­en­dar.

What pin-up model first in­spired you?

In high school, I had noth­ing but Bet­tie Page pho­tos in my bin­der—I’d walk around with my Bet­tie Page bin­der ev­ery­where. She was my idol. I cut my bangs like Bet­tie Page, I dyed my hair black—I wanted to look as much like her as pos­si­ble. I started dress­ing vin­tage in­spired by her look.

Then you be­came the face of the Bet­tie Page line.

It was sur­real. I went into the store—I scrimped to buy one dress, it was my prized pos­ses­sion. Two weeks later, the own­ers ap­proached me and said “We want you to be our spokesmodel” and they sent me a box with ev­ery­thing they had in the store. It was this mas­sive box with ev­ery dress—I felt like I won the lot­tery!

When did you get bit­ten by the per­form­ing bug?

I’d al­ways be in films for my friends who were in film class or fes­ti­vals. I didn’t know that I’d ever be on stage. Crazy Horse Paris, which was at the MGM Grand, asked me to guest-star for a week. I was 18 years old and an in­fant in the stage world. They had to train me for three weeks. It was in­tense. I cried af­ter my stint was done. I got the bug re­ally hard-core af­ter that.

What was it like meet­ing Hugh Hefner?

I’ve never been more ner­vous in my whole life. He’s in the hall­way [at the man­sion] and keeps star­ing at me. One of his friends said I looked like Bar­bie Ben­ton, Hef’s girl­friend in the ‘70s. Hef asked me for my num­ber, so I gave it to him, and the next day I got a call from Play­boy head­quar­ters, to test as a Play­mate. A week later, I get a voice mail from Hef that said, “Dar­ling, I wanted to let you know that we’ve de­cided to have you be­come a Play­mate.”

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