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Elaine Wynn: Interview with the Emperor's Wife

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August 8, 2005 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

In the latest issue of Vogue we get an inside peek at the woman behind Steve Wynn -- his wife Elaine.

While we were desperately hoping for her to say something stupid, act like a total snob, or both, we found her a downright normal business lady, at least in this interviews. A woman who just happens to be the First Lady of Vegas with top jewelers and clothiers at her fingertips -- most of which end up in her hotels.

She takes the time to get to know each of her staff and their families, and smoothes things over after her husband barks at them.

Mrs. Wynn does occasionally drop some "youthful" slang for the kids. In one instance she referred to her cushion-cut (i.e. expensive) diamond ring as "some bling" she wore to match her rhinestone studded belt.

In another, she described her trip to the Parisian couture fashion shows as a "kick" noting that she could not justify spending $50,000 for a dress to wear to the Wynn Las Vegas opening. (She wore a more moderately priced Oscar de la Renta but still extravagant by most means.)

An interesting fact? She stopped buying fur after making a pact several years ago with Siegfried & Roy--Empress Wynn showing up at a Siefried & Roy party in a fur coat--now that is a party we wish we could have attended..

And as for Steve, he doesn't understand couture, according to his wife. When Elaine wore a "stunning bolero jacket with shiny black paillettes" to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Steve said she looked like "a pigeon."

Men. Go figure.

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