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Celebs Who Started Out In The Strip Club

Don’t let the glitz and glam fool you.  Before the limelight, celebs were earning one dollar at a time, sometimes more literally than you’d imagine.  Here we’ve compiled a list of men and women celebs who were shaking it for stacks before they made it big.


Lady Gaga

Platforms?  Sexy onsie?  Stripper wig?  Check, check, check.



Nene Leakes

Talked about about a transformation.  Nene has been very open about her days as a stripper and even admitted that she actually enjoyed it at the time.  Get it how you can boo!







Draya Michelle

Draya’s hoeness might not have been completely deleted but she’s certainly been doing her best to clean it up.  Since coming on the scene as a vixen and model, she’s gained a huge following from social networks, Vh1’s Basketball Wives and her surprisingly successful swimwear line.  She’s been working hard at turning her image around!



Catherine Zeta-Jones

A seemingly unlikely candidate but Ms. Jones has admitted to having a short lived dancing career in order to finance a nose job.


Blac Chyna

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Blac Chyna started out stripping her way through college in Miami, before she knew it she was a star of popular Miami strip club, King Of Diamonds. Not long after she was mentioned in a Drake’s song ‘Miss Me‘ and acting as Nicki Minaj’s double before she snagged  Tyga.  Talk about a girl boss!  She now owns an online boutique, skincare brand and beauty bar in Encino, CA.  She’s been hustling hard.





Channing Tatum

Channing recently starred in Magic Mike XXL where he was able to channel all of his old strip routines.  He seems like an unlikely celeb to have been a male stripper, but he’s actually been open about his past.  He currently owns a male strip club in New Orleans.



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Lira Galore

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This vixen and model came up by way of association.  She’s been best known for her ties to Meek Mill, Drake and her most recent boo Rick Ross.  Before she found Instagram fame – and her sugar daddy Ricky Rozay Lira was twerking for dollars.


Jhonni Blaze

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Jhonni has really been hustling to get her K. Michelle on, using reality TV to catapult her music career to new heights.  She first came on the scene as a well known stripper and vixen who was popular with a number of hip hop artists. Since then she’s become a fan favorite on Vh1’s Love & Hip Hop New York, released new music and even dropped a popular single called Ride Or Die featuring Fetty Wap.  We can’t knock the hustle!




Amber Rose

Amber has never hidden her past as a stripper in South Philly.  After dating Kanye West and marrying rapper Wiz Khalifa, she’s become a mega celeb.  Most of her fame is simply from her likeness but she’s also known for her modeling, acting and fashion pursuits.



Brad Pitt

Yep, Mr. Bratt Pitt was a male entertainer before hitting it big on the big screen.  Now we know where all of that sex appeal came from.




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We couldn’t leave out the Puerto Rican Princess Ms. Joseline Hernandez.  This won’t come as a shock to any viewers of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta but yes, the baddest boosh used to shake them super sized cakes for dollar bills.  The reality star and struggle rapper used to go by the name of Shennelleca during her dancing days.




Yep, another one of Stevie J’s exes – he really loves them strippers.  Before becoming a rapper Eve stripped for a brief period but later described it was a “depressing” lifestyle.  She explained that it pushed her to work even harder to achieve her dreams.  She’s not rapping much anymore but she is married to British millionaire, Maximillion Cooper.



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