The people on the list have made big in their own fields, there’s no doubt about it. However, it was not always like this for them. There was a time when they all had to do something else in order to make ends meet. Most people decide to work in retail or serve in a restaurant when they are in the same boat. However, there are certain celebrities who tried a rather different line of work while they were working on launching their careers from the ground up. It is so fascinating to hear that these famous people used to work as strippers!
Now one of the most famous men alive, Brad Pitt used to be a part of Dancing Bares. It is a University of Missouri stripping troupe. Even though it was not his breakthrough career in Hollywood, it was likely his first shot in the entertainment industry. We are sure that his sorority sisters had their eyes on him!
Before Lady Gaga became the iconic pop star that we all know and love, she used to make a living by stripping in clubs in New York City. She said that dancing in these Lower East Side clubs was far more lucrative than her waitressing job. Later on, she talked about how her dad did not approve of this move.
Who would have ever guessed that Star-Lord was once a stripper? Chris Pratt used to strip for “casual gigs.” However, he said that he never really got a spot in a proper club. He attributed this to the fact that he is not the best dancer out there. At any rate, things have definitely improved for him since then!
This punk revolutionist is best known for launching the ‘90s riot grrrl movement. It turns out that she also worked as a stripper at one point in the past. A lot of the other people on the list have great things to say about their stripping days, but she is not one of them. As a matter of fact, Hannah even said that stripping was one of the worst jobs she had to do. It was second only to McDonald’s, according to her.
After seeing that name, the first thing that might come to mind might be Magic Mike. It turns out that there was no better actor for the job! Apparently, his character was based on his older persona. Under the name Chan Crawford, this actor used to strip in Tampa, Florida. Channing Tatum said that it was not a glamorous job, as other people might think.
It is neat to hear that Amber Rose is an actress, activist, model, and TV personality. When she was 18 to 25 years old, she also stripped in clubs. She is one of the people who look back fondly on those days. If you ask her about it, she will tell you that it was a fun and liberating job that let her make great friends.
This one is not exactly a secret because Cardi B has talked about her stripping days in the past. Before she became one of the hottest musicians around, she used to be a stripper. At the age of 18, this hip-hop legend got her start by dancing in strip clubs. She stopped doing this when she started her career as a social media personality at 23 years old. There is no need for her to be ashamed of her past because it brought her to where she is right now!
Anna Nicole Smith
Before Anna Nicole Smith became a model, she was stripping in Houston, Texas. She was a single mom who had been working as a Red Lobster waitress when she found out that it was more fun to strip at Gigi’s. Her mom did not approve of this, but this job allowed Smith to meet oil tycoon Howard Marshall, her first husband.
Best known as the ex of Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna has not been shy about talking about her time at King of Diamonds, the most famous gentlemen’s club in Miami. A fan once took to Facebook to ask her an interesting question. Chyna said that had she not gotten famous, she would likely still be a stripper.
Prior to getting her artistic career off the ground, Courtney Love said that she used to strip. The money that she earned in this line of her made it possible for her to purchase a van and audio equipment for Hole, her band. When you pursue a creative career, you usually have to make sacrifices such as this one.
Did you know that Azealia Banks used to work in a jazz club gift shop and as a stripper before she made it big? She has joined the list of celebrities who found it fun to work at a strip club. The hit musician even said that still likes to go to strip clubs and check out strippers on social media!
It is already fascinating to hear that Javier Bardem used to strip, but it is even more interesting to hear that he did so in front of his family. Everything started out as a joke in a bar but turned into a real gig. It did not take long, however. His mom and sister supported him, but he said that he was no good at it.
Before Carmen Electra starred in Baywatch and became a sex symbol, she used to strip. She did not forget or hide her roots, however. We are sure that a lot of people would have been ashamed of it! As a matter of fact, she decided to make a business out of it by making and selling stripping poles.
At the tender age of 18, Eve stripped to pay the bills. This hip-hop artist said that it was not a particularly happy time. It must have been the reason this gig did not go on for more than a month. In the end, she said that it was good at finding herself. After this, she got more serious about her real goals in life.
In case you are not familiar with her, we will have you know that Diablo Cody wrote Jennifer’s Body and Juno. Like the other people on the list, she used to strip as well. However, she has said that even stripping did not make her feel as naked as she did while writing. We love the fact that she chose to use Diablo, which is her stripper name. Her real name is actually Brook Busey-Maurio.
The handsome soap opera star is now married to Kelly Ripa, our favorite morning talk show host! Before this, however, he had been a dancer at a South Florida strip club. Mark Consuelos that he took on the job to help with his career. In 2012, his wife said that she kept a calendar pin-up of his from those days!
Things have sure changed for Catherine Zeta-Jones. Now a mom and an Academy Award winner, she is said to have been an exotic dancer in the past. The rumor mill said that it was hard for her to start her acting career without a nose job. She allegedly stripped so that she can earn enough money for one.
According to Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner discovered her while she was stripping. The reality star had been hired to perform at the 78th birthday party of the late businessman. This was how the two of them started to date before she ultimately moved into the infamous Playboy Mansion. Even though it helped open doors for her, Wilkinson does not view her stripping days as a happy time in her life.
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino
When Mike Sorrentino got sacked from his assistant gym manager position, he tried his luck in the modeling industry. Also called the Situation, he had a great physique, which made him try out stripping as a second job to make more money. Later on, the Jersey Shore star revealed to Jay Leno that he did not enjoy it all that much because he had to wear ridiculous costumes on the job.
Is there any other wild thing that Tila Tequila has not done yet? We are not totally surprised to hear that she has already ticked off stripping on her bucket list. What makes it even more impressive was that she did this back in high school! According to her, this job helped her earn enough money to move to LA.
In 2013, NeNe Leakes said that she used to strip and be impressed by the money that she would make in a night. When she talked to Giuliana Rancic of E!, the reality TV star said, “I remember going home and having like $1,000 and thinking, ‘I made $1,000 in one night. Baby, we are doing this tomorrow night.’” She went on, “It became an addiction. I thought I made pretty good money. It was a great hustle.”
Dita Von Teese
A lot of people believe that Dita Von Teese helped make burlesque dancing popular again. Knowing this, it makes sense that she used to strip. According to her, she had been 18 years old when she started to work at a strip bar. However, she was not impressed by the dull performances given by her fellow dancers. This was the reason she decided to add theatrics and additional props into her own routines.
Even though they are two different jobs, there are certain similarities between being a porn star and a stripper. We might know Jenna Jameson as an adult film star, but she actually started out by working in a strip club! With a lot of adoring male fans, she decided to become a full-time actress instead. Sadly, even her personal expertise on the subject matter did not help make Zombie Strippers less of a flop.