You Won’t Believe Which Celebrities Were Once Strippers!

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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Brad Pitt

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.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Lady Gaga

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.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Chris Pratt

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!

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Kathleen Hanna

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.

Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna

Channing Tatum

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.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Amber Rose

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.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose

Cardi B

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!

Cardi B

Cardi B

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.

 

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Blac Chyna

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.

Blac Chyna

Blac Chyna

Courtney Love

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.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love

Azealia Banks

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.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks

Javier Bardem

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.

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Carmen Electra

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.

Carmen Electra

Carmen Electra

Eve

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.

Eve

Eve

Diablo Cody

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.)

Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody

Mark Consuelos

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!

Mark Consuelos

Mark Consuelos

Catherine Zeta-Jones

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.

Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones

Kendra Wilkinson

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.

Kendra Wilkinson

Kendra Wilkinson

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.

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino

Tila tequila

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.

Tila tequila

Tila tequila

 

NeNe leaks

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. ”

NeNe leaks

NeNe leaks

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.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

Jenna Jameson

When making a name for yourself as a porn star, stripping doesn’t seem like a stretch. Jameson actually started out in a strip club before moving into the world of adult movies. Jameson tried to turn her revered male fame into a full-fledged acting career, but it seems that movies like Zombie Strippers aren’t as widespread for cinema audiences ages 18-55.

Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson