When you think of New York City in 1958, what do you think about? That’s right, showgirls! While we’ve all seen the vivid photographs of them doing their thing on stage, it’s not often that you see them at rest. That is, until you take a look at these photographs that perfectly show off the fact that these women were more than just brightly painted barbie dolls that didn’t know what to do with time off.
These photos compiled by the Mind Circle were originally from the article “Without the Girls, Show Biz Is No Biz” published in LIFE magazine's December 1958 special issue on the glories and absurdities of American entertainment.