Sliding Off: Celebs Who Left the Stripper Pole for Stardom

November 3, 2011  |  
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Lady Gaga

Guess we know why this little lady is so comfortable wearing close to nothing not only during performances, but while walking the damn street. The pop diva confessed in 2009 that stripping was how she got down when she was 18 and was trying to support herself (though her parents were wealthy, she didn’t want to be dependent on them like that). Unfortunately, Gaga, born, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, says that when she started working in strip clubs, she got into drugs; hard drugs at that, to help her get through her performances. But despite the hard times and the drug use that followed, she doesn’t regret those days: “I discovered a real personal freedom through it….I was drawing huge crowds, setting hairspray alight on stage and dancing madly…I have a strong sense of my own sexuality. I love the naked human body and I have huge body confidence.”

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