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Vegas - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Cher

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30  VEGASMAGAZINE.COM KIM ARMENTA Follow me on PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TOM RENNAN (DANCE WITH ME); JUSTIN HARRISON (GAUDIN) I was thrilled to attend the grand opening of Dance With Me, a fantastic new dance studio in Tivoli Village by Dancing With the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy (far left) and Tony Dovolani (far right). With Gaudin Motor Company's corporate director of marketing, Julie Cane, at our event to unveil the 2017 Porsche Panamera (center). Aja Graffa and I visited artist Elena Bulatova in her studio on Aria's Gallery Row (below). In a city where culinary masters, entertainers, and artists all take center stage, and our Vegas celebrities are so public and accessible, they often influence us even more than they know (or maybe even want). Las Vegas is full of influential women, many of whom are featured in this issue. With such headliners Cher, Britney, Celine, and Jennifer Lopez dominating the music scene, international contemporary artist Elena Bulatova giving us a taste of "the sweet life," jewelry designer Kendra Scott and star chefs Lorena Garcia and Carla Pellegrino and restaurateur Elizabeth Blau to name a few, I'm celebrating their many accomplishments in our annual "Women of Influence" issue. Growing up I was known as a "daddy's girl," and while my father, who I miss dearly, had a definite influence, it is now when I reflect that I see what a huge influence my mother has always been. For that, I'd like to pay a special tribute to her. It's my mother who instilled my early drive for indepen- dence and taught me valuable survivorship skills at an early age. And it's the strong women in my family, as well as friends and business associates, that have been the "wind beneath my wings." (You know who you are!) I hope you'll take a moment to think about the influential women in your life, too. Cheers! LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

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