What childhood experience had the most impact on the adult you’ve become?

I remember when I was about 7 years old, my dad brought home a piece of pinup artwork and hung it in our living room. I was so enthralled with this painting. I asked if the woman depicted was a real person or just someone the artist created. My dad told me that it was Bettie Page, a famous pinup model. I remember saying something like, “So she gets to play dress-up in costumes for a job?” And when I heard the answer was yes, I must have asked like a dozen times to confirm, because I was in shock that that was a real thing! I said, “I'm gonna do that when I grow up!” In high school I kept that same painting of Bettie Page in my binder. When I was 18 I posed for the same artist who made the painting—Olivia De Berardinis. In my Playmate of the Year shoot (Playboy magazine, 2011) I re-created that painting. If I had never seen that photo my life would be completely different! It planted the seed in my head for what would become the theme of my entire career.

Claire Sinclair performs in PIN UP at Stratosphere. Performances are 9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. Call 702.380.7777 for tickets.