Prior to their record deals, big films, and prestigious awards, some celebrities had to find inventive ways to make extra money and realize their dreams. Although many took on more traditional part-time jobs, like serving in restaurants or working in retail, a few struggled to make it into show business as they could. From writers to reality stars, actors to musicians, you will never believe this list of celebrities who were once strippers.
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Before he was Brad Pitt, he was one of seven people who were part of Dancing Bares, the stripper troop at the University of Missouri. No, it wasn’t exactly his first role, but maybe it was his introduction to the entertainment scene. We can guess that the Sorority students paid him a lot of attention.
The born pop star made ends meet by undressing in clubs in downtown New York City before making it into the big leagues. According to Gaga, dancing in clubs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the time was more lucrative than being a waitress. She later revealed in an interview that her father disagreed.
One of the most shocking celebs on this list is the Star-Lord himself. Pratt briefly worked as a stripper for casual gigs. The star was never able to get a seat in a real club, which in his opinion is due to his lack of good dance moves. Don’t worry Chris: you had better things to come!
We didn’t think the founder of the 90s riot grrrl movement – and punk revolutionary – started out as a stripper, but hey, everyone starts somewhere. Unlike some on this list who have spoken positively about her stripping career, Hanna claims that just past her time at McDonald’s, stripping was the absolute worst job she’s ever had.
Tatum, formerly known by his stripper name Chan Crawford, stripped out in Tampa, Florida and said there was nothing glamorous about it. Um, Channing? Forget the fact that Magic Mike – you know, that big movie you starred in – is based on your former alter ego? We certainly do not have that.
Kanye West’s opinionated ex-who became a political activist proudly spoke of her past career as a stripper. Rose danced in clubs between the ages of 18 and 25. She talks surprisingly happily about the experience, stating that the job was fun and liberating, and allowed her to make lifelong friends.
You’ve probably heard the rapper sing about her past stripper days. Before selling out stadiums, attending the Met Gala, and rocking the stage on SNL, Cardi B was a stripper. The hip-hop star started dancing on stage in strip clubs at the age of 18 and quit at the age of 23 when she became a social media personality. We see no shame in her past – just see where it has taken her!
Anna Nicole Smith
Prior to her Playboy days, Smith worked as a stripper in Houston, Texas. At the time, the single mom was fed up with waiting at Red Lobster and found stripping with Gigi was more fun. Her mother criticized her decision, but Smith eventually met her first husband, oil tycoon Howard Marshall, at work.
Next on our list is the always provocative Blac Chyna. Rob Kardashian’s ex has spoken openly about her past career as a stripper at King of Diamonds, Miami’s famous gentlemen’s club. In response to a fan question on Facebook, Chyna wrote that she would probably still be undressing if she hadn’t gotten famous.
Out of love for music, Kurt Cobain’s widow used stripping to start her creative career. Love explained that the money she made helped her buy the van and audio equipment for her band Hole. Being an artist often means sacrificing something, and Love’s career move was an example of that.
Before she became famous, Banks worked in a jazz club gift shop and as a stripper. Her memories, like some of the other celebrities on this list, are happy. Banks says she still goes to strip clubs and follows strippers on Instagram because she loves the culture of nightlife.
Not only did Bardem strip, but he did it in front of his mother and sister! What started as a joke in a bar one night turned into a real gig. It didn’t take long, however. The movie star claims he wasn’t very good despite having his family behind him.
Before she was every man’s imagination on screen, the Baywatch star made a living as a stripper. However, Electra did not leave her past behind. The star put her previous career in the spotlight by creating and selling her own brand of wire stripping bars.
In her younger years when she was 18, the hip hop artist and actress worked as a stripper. Although it wasn’t a happy time in her life, the star says the stay only lasted a month. Ultimately, she says, the experience helped her find herself, and Eve (- her real name is Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper) – got more serious about what she really wanted to pursue.
The writer of beloved films like Juno and Jennifer’s Body started out as – yes, you guessed it – a stripper. Cody has stated that as a writer she sometimes felt a lot more naked and vulnerable than when she was a stripper. And give yourself this: Diablo was her stripper name and she kept it in the end! (Her maiden name is Brook Busey-Maurio.)
The former soap opera star – and handsome husband of Kelly Ripa’s all-time favorite morning presenter – worked as a dancer at a strip club in South Florida. Consuelos admitted that he had taken the stage to make his name known. In 2012, Ripa claimed she still had an old calendar pin-up from his stripper days. Never forget where you started!
Now she is a mother and an Oscar winner, but above all, she is said to have worked as an exotic dancer. Believing she would never make it in Hollywood without a nose job, the star was rumored to have stripped down to pay for the costly procedure.
The reality star recently admitted she was discovered by Hugh Hefner – her late, ex-boyfriend – while working as a stripper. Wilkinson was hired to perform as a painted dancer at Hefner’s 78th birthday party. From there, she began dating Hefner before finally moving into the Playboy mansion. Other than the happy ending, Wilkinson doesn’t talk about her earlier days of stripping.
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
When the Jersey Shore star was fired from his job as an assistant manager at a gym, he decided to pursue a modeling career. His impressive physique gave him the idea of undressing on the side in order to earn a little more money. He later revealed in an interview with Jay Leno that he wasn’t a huge fan of the job because of the ridiculous costumes they made him wear.
It seems like there are very few crazy things that Tila Tequila hasn’t done. Stripping was just another cross on her list, and one she’d graduated from high school! The reality star claims she used the money she made to fund her big move to Hollywood.
Atlanta star Nene Leakes’ Real Housewives revealed she was once a stripper in 2013 and marveled at the money she could make in one night. Leakes said to Giuliana Rancic of E! “I remember going home and having $ 1,000 and thinking,” I made $ 1,000 in one night. Baby we’ll do this tomorrow night “She added,” It became an addiction. I thought I made pretty good money. It was a big crowd. ”
Dita Von Teese
Entrepreneur Dita Von Teese is sometimes believed to have made burlesque dancing popular again. So it might come as no surprise to learn that she was once a stripper. Von Teese started working in a strip club at the age of 18 and, unimpressed by the dreary performances of the other dancers, added some plays with a “beehive” hairstyle and sexy stockings to her routine.