Barbie as "Myra Breckinridge" is not only a tribute to the transsexual heroine of Gore Vidal's satirical 1968 novel, but to Raquel Welch, the actress who portrayed Myra in the 1970 film. The iconic star-spangled cowgirl used as the novel's cover art, and later recreated by Welch on the movie poster, is based on a famous 60s Sunset Boulevard billboard advertising the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. More info on that sign available here.
|The original Sahara Hotel billboard featured the showgirl cowgirl spinning on a silver dollar.|
Located on the Sunset Blvd. Photo courtesy of Classic Las Vegas History Blog
|Raquel Welch as Myra Breckinridge|
|...Of course, "Myra Breckinridge" co-star Mae West was not about to be upstaged.|