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The world was first introduced to the pint-size Angel Porrino when she auditioned for Playboy on the reality show The Girls Next Door. She wasn’t cast but quickly struck up a friendship with Hugh Hefner’s then-girlfriend, Holly Madison. When Madison moved to Las Vegas to pursue a role in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood, she brought a new reality show and Porrino with her. While Holly’s World focused on Madison, its supporting cast of friends—including Porrino in the role of assistant/understudy/housemate—gained fame. The 21-year-old Las Vegas native (who’ll be 22 on May 6) is out to prove she’s ready to step out of Madison’s long shadow with her new role in Absinthe at Caesars Palace. The quirky Cirque du Soleil-meets-campy-comedy show has gained critical acclaim, and Porrino holds her own in a solo act that features tap shoes, a balloon and no shirt. The lifelong performer and dancer also relishes a more important role: being a mom to her son, Roman, who turns 2 this month. Together they live in Madison’s house.