Sliding Off: Celebs Who Left the Stripper Pole for Stardom

November 3, 2011 ‐ By IndigoBlack

"Draya Michele stripper"

Ask a lot of people what is one thing they wouldn’t do for money, and a lot of folks say being a stripper. There’s something about putting your goods on display for complete strangers that gets the degrading stamp and a boo boo face from some people. But if you ask NeNe Leakes, it isn’t anything to look down upon whatsoever. In fact, it’s fun. During an interview with Bravo and the cast of The Real Housewives Atlanta, she broke down her past in the exotic dancing world as a 20-something mother like this:

“I sold a fantasy, not p—y. Like that’s just what it was. I just felt very powerful. I made a ton of f–king money, like I just couldn’t stop. I went and bought a brand new car, I was paying my son’s tuition. I thought of the men as an ATM machine. I gotta tell ya, I liked it.”

But Leakes is not the first celebrity to get their start dropping it like it’s hot only to leave it all behind for big fame and success. There have been a good number of high-profile folks who have tried their hand at the profession for a short time. If you were wondering who those folks are, keep on clicking!

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  • iRoqq

    If I ever saw Channing Tatum strip I would die. I am so in love with this man.

  • Caydence

    I got one for you….. Ladies, Google Marcus Patrick and tell me you wouldn’t be throwing your credit card at him!

    Now this dude went from dancing, to being an actor on “All My Children”, “Days of Our Lives”, CSI Miami and I think I saw him on “My Wife & Kids”.

    Gawd now that man makes me wanna go to church!!!

  • GB

    Eve, Amber, and Draya…I guess if you’re gonna be a stripper and have aspirations of making something “big” out of it, Philly’s the place to do it.

  • i dont see anything wrong with it. I personally want to be a dancer. its exciting. i need to go to stripper college. haha

  • Why Me?

    Where is the rapper Game?

    Dude wasn’t a Compton Gangsta…he used to strip.

  • Girliusmaximus

    I sho’ll would have paid to see Channing Tatum strip. Hands down. (Or up, however you want to play it). Hey I say make that money. You’re not out robbing and killing and you earning money. I don’t think someone under 18 should be in a strip club** but like the author said, do you boo!