For most celebrities, the climb to fame wasn’t a quick and easy one. Madonna worked at Dunkin Donuts. Sandra Bullock waited tables. Johnny Depp sold pens over the phone. Kanye West worked at the GAP! But there were other ways celebrities earned a living before they wore famous, including working as a stripper! Keep reading to learn about 10 celebrities who used to be strippers:
1. Lady Gaga
This probably doesn’t surprise most of you reading this, but Lady Gaga admitted to working as as a stripper when she was 18. She recalled that her outfits were wild and were often made of black leather. Her favorite bands that she liked to dance to included Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, and Faith No More. She also said she used to light hairspray on fire on stage, and that dancing gave her personal freedom through sexuality and the beautiful naked human body.
Before this beauty was making tunes as a chart-topping R& B singer, she worked as an exotic dancer. Her stint lasted a month, but she said she doesn’t regret it. Stripping helped her find herself and get serious about life. She also wrote a song about it, called “Heaven Only Knows.”
3. Brad Pitt
While this cutie attended the University of Missouri, he was in the group Dancing Bares. This all male nude-y group would celebrate a sister sorority girl’s 21st birthday by taking their clothes off, putting pillow cases on their heads, and then they would carry the girl out on a chair. Once outside, they would put the chair down and do a choreographed dance for her and everyone else who came to watch the show.
4. Channing Tatum
There is a reason why the Magic Mike move was so good- it was written by Channing and based on his real life experiences as a male stripper. Channing used the stage name Chan Crawford when he was in Male Encounter, which was an all-male revue group in Florida.
5. Diablo Cody
You may not recognize her name, but this pretty lady is behind the blockbuster hits “Juno” and “Jennifer’s Body.” After working as a secretary and hating every minute of it, she decided to do something reckless and entered into an amateur stripping competition. She loved it! Thus began her one-year career as a stripper. She wrote a book about her time as an exotic dancer in the book “Candy Girl: A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper.” She enjoyed her experience so much that she still uses her stripper-name today! Diablo Cody isn’t her given name.
6. NeNe Leaks
Today she’s one of your favorite “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but she used to be known as Silk. She worked in various strip clubs in the Atlanta area. During an interview, NeNe fondly recalled the time when she came home with $1,000 cash in her hand after one night of stripping. She became addicted to the lifestyle for a while, but then gave it up to pursue other things.
7. Maliah Michel
This hot dancer appears in music videos and tabloids all over the country, thanks to her ties with Drake. Maliah is the best case scenario of what can happen if strippers do their job well. Starting out as a stripper in Houston, Texas, she is now one of the most popular dancers in the music industry.
8. Chris Pratt
The sexy “Parks And Recreation” star used to make extra cash working as an amateur stripper. He often danced at local bachelorette parties. Chris said that he’s always loved to get naked, ever since he was a little kid, so he thought that he might as well get paid for it.
9. Carmen Electra
Before Carmen’s big break on “Baywatch”, she used to make it rain singles at strip clubs. Being the type of person to not hide from her past, after she hit it big she released her very own brand of portable stripper pole.
10. Tila Tequlia
The extroverted bombshell who found fame on MTV was a stripper when she was still in high school. She said in an interview that she was 18, but was still going to school during her stripper days. She did it to save up money so she could move to Hollywood and become the bisexual starlet that she is today.