Beyoncé and Markus Klinko
The legendary Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino will display several of Markus Klinko's most iconic works, from Beyoncé to David Bowie at its luxurious Westgate Tuscany Villa, the personal suite of Elvis Presley which will now be named the Markus Klinko ICONS Sky Villa.
Award-winning pop-culture documentarian Markus Klinko is known for defining the 2000s era. He has photographed music, film, and fashion icons such as Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Billie Eillish, David Bowie, and Beyoncé, who he shot for the cover of her iconic Dangerously in Love album 20 years ago.
Now known as the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, many of the world’s most famous entertainers, celebrities, dignitaries, business leaders and athletes have performed and stayed at the legendary resort. From Elvis Presley to Donna Summer, Johnny Cash to Barbra Streisand, the illustrious roster of icons highlights the reputation of one of Las Vegas’ most celebrated destinations to stay, eat and play. Current lead resident Barry Manilow will surpass Elvis’ record number of shows (636) in September of this year.
Opening September 6th, Markus’ curated collection of his most iconic celebrity images will be shown in the most luxurious, lavish and iconic Westgate Tuscany Villa. The Markus Klinko ICONS Sky Villa, a 14,300 sq. ft. space, holds part of the original suite that Elvis Presley called home in Las Vegas, still referred to as the “Elvis Suite” by visitors. This glamorous villa sleeps up to 10 people, includes a private pool, fireplace, bar and dining room, a jacuzzi in every room and is available for around USD15,000 per night.
Commented Cami Christensen, Westgate Las Vegas President and General Manager, “Markus Klinko’s work is brilliant. He is a creative genius behind the camera who captures something special in each person he photographs. We are honoured to partner with him and showcase his exquisite works of art in our iconic Sky Villa.”
A Story About Beyoncé...
“It’s the anniversary of Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love, and I want to share a story about when they came to see me to shoot the album cover.
"Beyoncé’s mom was styling the shoot and there was a diamond top. Her mom wanted her to wear a red-carpet long skirt with it, but I thought it would look great with denim. The problem was they didn’t bring any denim jeans with them, so I said, “You can have mine!”
"So, on this iconic album cover she was wearing my men’s D&G jeans. It was so nice with that diamond top, it created a great tension. Beyoncé is the lead image of the exhibit and I think this is a really funny little anecdote. We created a trend and then everyone was wearing these men’s jeans and sparkles.” - Markus Klinko
Some of the icons in the villa include:
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