From a New York Times article written by Anthony Ramirez and published April 15, 2011
…[T]he United States Postal Service chose an image not of the original statue in New York Harbor but of a replica at the traffic-choked corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The service is sticking with the nip-and-tuck facsimile, a close-up of Vegas Liberty’s face, because it looks good.
An up-close visit on Friday confirmed this. Compared with the original, it appears, in fact, a lot less weather-beaten, much pout-ier, and, if such a description were ever appropriate for a national monument, far more sultry, and, frankly, sexy.