When most people think of Atlantic City, certain associations--which are rarely of the favorable kind--immediately come to mind. But the drowsy beachside casino town is looking to re-vamp its image. First was the opening of The Chelsea, hoping to attract a young, scrappy crowd spending an ironic weekend away from their Brooklyn environs. However, this past weekend was the debut of the massive new mega-complex Revel. Located at the far end of the main thoroughfare of stereotypical, theme-y hotels and casinos, Revel is marketing itself as a sophisticated upscale property. 1,800 rooms, a sprawling rooftop oasis, a 32,000-square-foot spa, 14 high-concept restaurants headed by food industry heavyweights, an indoor mall, cavernous casinos, and multiple entertainment venues fit for the biggest entertainers are all part of the deal, naturally.
But how does one fete such a grandious undertaking? There's only one thing--well, person, really--that seems apropos, and somehow Revel managed to execute such a spectacle. Last weekend, the hotel's opening coincided with four concerts from none other than Beyonce Knowles, her first gig since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter earlier this year. And while it hasn't even been a full five months since Knowles was with child, she not only delivered four energetic performances--which have become industry lore at this point--but she used the occasion to prove that she's regained her womanly frame with curves in all the right places. Just take a peek at the pictures of her wearing a sparkling fringed bodysuit, or a black maillot with graphic cut-outs. In fact, childbirth seems to have made the entertainer more beautiful, and womanly, than ever. As always, Bey, we bow down.