Moving to Hollywood and thinking that everything is just going to fall into place by itself is rarely the case. Some stars know the meaning of this, having initially thought that moving to Los Angeles would help them get famous in their field, start making money, and live a lavish life like the rest of the celebrities in California. Well, they couldn’t have been further from the truth. This list mentions ten hot celebs who more or less managed to get their big breakthrough by stripping or during their time dancing on the pole. Most of these celebs aren’t ashamed of their past either; instead, they acknowledge that stripping has helped them get to where they are today. Some of these famous figures were earning hundreds of thousands a year, before eventually settling down with well-known celebrities that helped boost their fame. Others have admitted that stripping was their way to pay for their expenses because we all know that living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. So to run to movie auditions, have a stable job and take care of yourself can be quite challenging if you are trying to live in a rather fancy area in Cali, seeing that those would be the places where the major companies are based. Did you know that these 10 celebs were former strippers?
10. Amber Rose
Socialite and Wiz Khalifa’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Amber Rose, has made a name for herself in Hollywood in recent years, but, of course, that wouldn’t have happened had she not been in a long relationship with rapper Kanye West. It was said that Amber, who started stripping in her early teens, would end up meeting the musician at one of her performances, and the rest was pretty much history. Now, Amber Rose banks hundreds of thousands of dollars a year through various sponsorships, television deals and other books.
9. Blac Chyna
Blac Chyna was very well-known during her stripping days. In fact, it is fair to say that every rapper knew who Chyna was, seeing that she was working at one of the biggest strip clubs in North America: King of Diamonds. On one particular night, rapper Tyga was introduced to the retired stripper, and the two would go on to have a son together before Tyga decided to dump his then-girlfriend for TV-personality, Kylie Jenner. Chyna, who is making a lot of money in child support alone, now runs her own eyelash line, along with several upcoming business ventures that are said to be in the pipeline.
8. Nene Leakes
NeNe Leakes was hustling for money before she became a household name through the Real Housewives franchise. The reality star has often admitted that prior to being on one of the biggest shows in America, Leakes was stripping to make sure she could provide for her family, having struggled to pay her bills on numerous occasions. No word on how she transitioned from stripper to reality star, but it seemed like the move was a perfect fit for the Hollywood star, who has now left the show to commit to other business ventures, including the launch of her own clothing line.
7. Joseline Hernandez
“You will never take me back to the strip club,” are the infamous words of Joseline Hernandez, a retired stripper turned reality star, who is now “married” to Stevie J. I place the word ‘married’ in quotation marks as many credible reports have strongly denied the couple’s claims that they are married, seeing that neither remembers the actual date of their wedding. Regardless of their marriage confusions, Joseline actually met Stevie as a stripper, who would go on to take her out of the nightclub scene, make her his girlfriend (at the time) and land her a TV deal with VH1. Now, Stevie and Joseline have become one of the highest-paid stars on the network, having recently signed a deal to star in their own spin-off.
6. Chris Pratt
Believe it or not, but Chris Pratt was a well-known local stripper back in the days, right before he got his so-called big break on Parks & Recreation. The Jurassic World actor would strip at bachelorette parties during his time off, and the money he was making wasn’t too bad either. In fact, it was much more than Pratt thought he’d make. “I was always a very much naked person. I loved to always get naked. I was very free, so I thought, ‘I may as well get paid,’” the star has told sources.
5. Mark Consuelos
Mark Conseulos was destined for a career in the entertainment field, but unfortunately for him, things didn’t exactly fall right into his hands. This would then explain why Mark ended up deciding to become a full-time stripper following his college graduation; one can only imagine how much money he stood in debt, while trying to figure out how he was going to make a name for himself in Hollywood. His wife Kelly Ripa, explained to Vanity Fair: “He was straight out of college…and there he was in South Florida, he’s gorgeous, looking to break into show business, so he started off as a roadie to a group of these guys, and then they talked him into stripping.”
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Of course, everybody knows that Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of the wealthiest actresses in Hollywood, but in her late teens, she certainly wasn’t. According to numerous reports, Catherine had always been desperate to “fix” her nose, having opted to undergo an operation that would give her the ideal shape she wanted for her nose, but she had no money. So what’s a girl going to do? Strip, of course. That’s right. Catherine began stripping all for the sake to pay the surgery fees. Soon on, she would become an A-list actress, winning numerous awards, and making millions for every film she starred in.
3. Lady Gaga
People wouldn’t be that surprised to hear that Lady Gaga used to strip, considering the fact that the songstress loves being free and nude. And she doesn’t seem to care where she does it. During her late teenage years, Gaga has openly admitted to having found somewhat of a passion working at a strip club. It paid well and somewhat furthered the singer’s chances of making it in the music industry, seeing that lots of well-known music execs would stop by from time to time.
2. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum has come a long way from the boy he was just thirteen years ago. The actor was a very popular stripper in his early adult years, having amassed a small fortune for his excellence in this field, which would eventually lead him to audition for movie roles such as Step Up. The movie ended up being Tatum’s big break into mainstream Hollywood and fans are convinced that Channing’s stripping dance moves helped him land that role, since he already had an advantage at being a very talented dancer. Magic Mike proved it also.
1. Kendra Wilkinson
Before she entered the Playboy mansion and started dating Hugh Hefner, Kendra Wilkinson was just another stripper, earning up to $500,000 in just six months during the busiest times. Of course, that does not include the free gifts and clothes men would have spoiled her with. Nonetheless, the stripping career would eventually lead her to Hefner’s arms where she would stay for five years before getting married and starting a family of her own. Kendra is making her main income through reality shows these days.