If you think about it, being a successful stripper is a lot like being a successful actor. You put on a costume, you get into character, and you need to be able perform in front of a crowd. With so many similarities, it led us here at TheRichest to do some sleuthing of our own, and you won't believe what we've found. As you are about to find out, some of our favorite celebrities used to work the pole, and some of them you definitely did not see coming (though you may have wished to see them in action!).
Let's get something clear, there is nothing wrong with being a stripper. Although it is a controversial career path, everyone has a different opinion on the field. Some believe stripping to be a form a self-expression and empowerment, while others believe it to be degrading.
Regardless of your stance on the issue, stripping is something many people have dabbled in and as many of these stars pointed out, that is nothing to be ashamed of. I hope you enjoy checking out these 10 celebrities who before finding fame, had been no stranger to stripping.
10 Kendra Wilkinson
Okay, so Kendra Wilkinson did become famous for taking her clothes off, but many people know that because of her days with Playboy, not the strip club. Wilkinson has no problem opening up and being honest with the world about her past, and that includes her former career choices. Before becoming one of the most famous Playboy bunnies of all time, Kendra was a stripper, but it is easy to see why when you consider the money she made. This blonde bombshell revealed in an interview that she would make close to $500k in six months, which is more money than some people see in their lifetime. Wilkinson was born to make money off her body, and in many ways it has brought her everything that she could possibly desire.
9 Channing Tatum
Chaning Tatum is undeniably sexy, and those who ever doubted it changed their minds after seeing him in the movie Magic Mike. Tatum has found some success in Hollywood in a variety of roles, but he didn’t need to go too far to get inspired for his role in Magic Mike, seeing as how he used to be a stripper. Channing Tatum may be known as a loving husband and father, leading many of his fans to not know about his stripper days. Though to his credit, Tatum has been very honest about his past and has no shame in what he did. I’m sure he made a lot of money as a stripper, but something tells me his new job pays a little better.
8 Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra is one of the celebrities who has raw and natural sex appeal. Her incredible beauty in combination with her out of this world body, makes her one of the sexiest women on the planet. Although Electra has had a very interesting life, not many people know that before she became famous, she used to be a stripper. In 2014, the then 42-year-old showed off some of her moves on the pole, and damn, all there is to say is good for her. This stunning diva is one of those celebrities who you expect to have to have been a stripper, she’s just that kind of sexy.
7 Amber Rose
Amber Rose is one of those useless celebrities who really has no purpose and offers little value to the world, despite being famous. However, she is far from being an ugly woman. Amber Rose is sexy, sultry and has dated some of the most badass rappers in the industry. Yet it really comes as no surprise that Amber Rose’s first claim to fame was being a stripper. Her provocative photos and even more provocative outfits are just some of the reasons why her stripper past is not surprising. Although we're still trying to figure out why she's famous, she still is, and is deserving of her spot on this list.
Eve is without a doubt one of the hardest and illest women in the music industry. Her incredible talent, mixed with her badass attitude has helped her find great success in the hip-hop world. Eve may be living like a queen now, but there was a time when she was struggling to make ends meet. She was working as a stripper in Philadelphia when she met a man who saw something in her. He believed she could be something greater than a stripper - that man was fellow musician Mase, and she credits him with being one of the significant factors behind her starting a new career path.
5 Nene Leakes
NeNe Leakes is by far one of the most fierce reality stars to have ever appeared on television. Her over the top personality and “take crap from no one” attitude is what turned her from reality star into a celebrity. NeNe has had quite an interesting life, and in 2009, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed that she used to be a stripper in her book Never Make the Same Mistake Twice. NeNe’s story is one that is relatable to many people out there that have experienced hardship. NeNe was left to raise a child alone, and needed to do something to support her family, so she did what she had to do. Leakes is an incredibly intelligent women, who has overcome a lot of hardship to become an empowering female figure.
4 Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt is one of the hottest and most charming men in Hollywood right now. He is not only an incredibly talented actor, but he is a devoted father and loving husband. Yet many of his fans may be stunned to find out that their biggest crush used to crush it on the dance floor as a stripper. Although he was never at Channing Tatum’s level, he did begin dancing at the age of 18. He claims to have always been a person who was comfortable being naked, so he thought to himself “why not get paid for it?” Although we are sure Pratt would have made a sensational stripper had he not gone into acting, we at TheRichest are happy he put his good looks, talent and energy into entertaining us on the big screen.
3 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is one of those people who has always marched to the beat of her own drum, which is part of what makes her such an incredible artist. Despite her outgoing personality, Gaga had what many would call a sheltered life. She was raised in a conservative Italian family, she went to an all-girls catholic school and you can imagine that her parents were not expecting her to turn into the person she is today. Yet part of the path that led her to becoming the artist that she is today included spending some time at the strip club. Gaga started stripping when she was 18 years old. She claims that she always had a strong sense of sexuality and love for performing, so at the time she was doing exactly what she wanted to be doing. This is something not many know about Lady Gaga, but for some reason it’s not that surprising.
2 Brad Pitt
Yep, you read that right. Before Brad Pitt became, well, Brad Pitt, he was a stripper. This is something that is really shocking to many people, but even if it's not really expected of him, it's still hot! To be fair, Pitt wasn’t a conventional stripper like you may be thinking. Instead of being at the club, him and a few of his buddies from college belonged to a club that would go to parties and put on a strip tease for the participants there. Although it is extremely surprising, something tells us that Brad Pitt was one hell of a stripper. Angelina Jolie is a lucky woman, she probably gets a live private show on a weekly basis!
1 Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones seems like one of the most stuck up and unapproachable people in show business. However, after learning that she used to be a stripper, it made us feel like she was more human. Zeta-Jones, who has always been into her looks, had one goal in mind when she started stripping: to make enough money to get herself a nose job. She of course did, and her face along with her talent is what lead her to extreme fame and fortune. Her success as an actress, the shocking nature of the fact, and the overall image of her at a strip club helped make her an easy choice for #1!