Art & Culture

Published on March 26th, 2024 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


The Magic Within: Gigi’s Story of Artistry and Empowerment in Fantasy

In the vibrant landscape of Las Vegas entertainment, one show stands out for its enduring allure and captivating performances – Fantasy. Behind the glittering facade of this renowned production lies a fascinating journey, and Gigi, one of its talented performers, graciously invites us into her world.

Cast members perform during the ‘FANTASY’ 23rd anniversary celebration at Luxor Hotel and Casino on October 11, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy.

Singer and ‘FANTASY’ cast member Lorena Peril performs during the ‘FANTASY’ 23rd anniversary celebration at Luxor Hotel and Casino on October 11, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy

Gigi’s story with Fantasy began in August 2018, a fortuitous encounter that led to an unexpected start. “I did an audition with them, and on the same day, I found myself shooting for the calendar,” she recalls with a hint of excitement in her voice. From that moment on, Gigi embarked on a journey that would see her rise from a part-time swing to a distinguished position as a production manager.

But Fantasy is more than just a show for Gigi; it’s a celebration of empowerment and artistic expression. Led by visionary producer Anita Mann, Fantasy embodies the strength and resilience of women in the entertainment industry. “The vision of the show is very empowering for women,” Gigi explains, emphasizing the show’s female-centric leadership and its profound impact on both performers and audiences.

Gigi’s photo in the driver’s cap and long gloves next to the car was taken at the Liberace Garage. Calendar Credit: Oscar Picazo

As a dancer in Fantasy, Gigi brings her unique flair to the stage, captivating audiences with every move. With eight dancers, a singer, and an aerial performer, the show is a symphony of talent and creativity. “Every night, we create a new show,” Gigi shares, highlighting the ever-evolving nature of Fantasy’s performances.

But Fantasy is more than just a spectacle; it’s an immersive experience that invites guests into its enchanting world. The VIP tour offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the show’s inner workings, from the dressing rooms to the stage. “It’s a chance for guests to connect with us on a more personal level,” Gigi explains, emphasizing the show’s commitment to fostering meaningful connections with its audience.

Beyond the stage, Fantasy is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Las Vegas, celebrating its 25th anniversary in the iconic Luxor showroom. “We’re part of the community,” Gigi says proudly, reflecting on the show’s longstanding presence in the city.

Gigi’s photo holding a calendar that was taken at Luxor during the show’s 24th anniversary celebration this past October. Calendar Page Credity: Bryan Steffy

But Fantasy’s success isn’t just measured in years; it’s measured in the hearts of its audience. With accolades like the Gold Award for Best Female Review and the Silver Award for Best Bachelor Party, Fantasy continues to captivate audiences from around the world.

As we bid farewell to Gigi, her infectious passion for Fantasy lingers in the air, a testament to the show’s enduring magic. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a loyal fan, Fantasy promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you spellbound.

So, take a step into the enchanting world of Fantasy and let your imagination soar. As Gigi would say, “Please come see us; we can’t wait to welcome you into our world of fantasy.”

Header Photo Credit: Bryan Steffy

About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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