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10 Singers Who Used to Be Strippers

10 Singers Who Used to Be Strippers

By Paul SmithPublished about a year ago 8 min read

10 Singers Who Used to Be Strippers

By Paul Misfud


Famous musicians in the present day are synonymous with glitter, flashing lights, red carpets, and millions of fans. Teenagers look up to them as role models, fans eagerly anticipate the release of their next single or album, and marketers are always looking for new ways to capitalize on the musician's notoriety. You could be tempted to believe that these famous people had it easy and never had to have a "strange" job. It's safe to claim that most musicians have a respected past given their enormous careers. Fair play to them; they put in a lot of effort, endured restless nights, and ignored those who discounted their abilities. However, numerous singers began their careers as strippers before becoming famous. Others saw it as a part of their lives that propelled them to the next level, while some regret the events.


10 Joseline Hernandez

Joseline Hernandez is a well-known reality TV star best known for her part in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. She has released roughly ten hip-hop singles over the course of her career as a rapper. Joseline, who was born on November 3, 1986, is well-known throughout the world and is referred to as the Puerto Rican Princess due to her pretty appearance. However, you probably weren't aware of a few interesting little-known facts about her. Joseline has worked as a stripper at some point in her career, in addition to coming from a huge family, lying about getting married (yes, she did that), and caring for a sibling who has autism. Joseline worked odd jobs when she was as young as 16 to support her family before joining Love & Hip Hop. Being from a home of extreme poverty, she had to use her dance abilities to amuse people. Shenellica, a different moniker for her, also had an appearance in a stripper reality programme that ultimately flopped. She reportedly once secured a contract for $400 to appear on screen, albeit this career was brief. She demanded money, by the way.


9 Eve

Eve is a rapper who is well-known for her hit tracks "Who Is That Girl" and "Let Me Blow Your Mind" and who has never shied away from telling it like it is. Because of her persona and generally provocative lyrics, the formidable rapper and performer has received both praise and criticism from her followers over the course of her career. Eve was born in 1978 in Philadelphia into a typical family. She first performed with choirs before transitioning to an all-girl singing ensemble. But this is not the full account of how she got started. Eve performed as an exotic dancer to make ends meet when she was around 18 years old, it turns out. The rapper has never shied away from discussing her career, despite the fact that it lasted for less than two months, whenever she has the chance. In a 1999 interview with Rolling Stone, Eve said that stripping was a hustle much like any other and that it was a necessary part of the journey. She even included a song called "Heaven Only Knows" on an album about it. She claims that while she was young and struggling at the time, the work enabled her to finally meet "Eve."


8 Courtney Love

For good or worse, anybody who grew up in the 1990s has heard of Courtney Love. Courtney achieved popularity both as a solo performer and as the guitarist and lead singer of the legendary rock band Hole in the 1990s. In addition to being well-known for her marriage to the late Kurt Cobain, Courtney was well-known for her releases of the singles "Celebrity Skin," "Malibu," and "Awful." Most people might not be aware that the popular singer was a stripper for many years before finding fame in the music industry. In a conversation, Courtney revealed that she had previously performed as an exotic dancer at Jumbo's, a Century Lounge close to an airport, and Seventh Veil. If you're wondering how much she used to make, the singer claims that she used to make around $300 per day and that she was content with it. She claims that even though she had to be incredibly financially astute, the money was enough to support her band.


7 Kat Stacks

Kat Stacks, who was born on November 2, 1989, in Venezuela, moved to the US when she was eight years old. She then developed into a popular rapper and hip-hop artist. Her single singles include "Sg Lily," "Ajax Stacks," and "Yung Weev." She is well known for producing these songs. In addition to her music career and contentious lifestyle, Kat Stacks also dabbled in exotic dance. Kat confessed that before turning to underage prostitution, she was a dancer at the age of 14 in an interview with 97.9 FM. She recalls how traumatized her childhood was and how she struggled to survive. The rapper has never been short on controversy and drama.


6 Trina

American singer and rapper Trina, whose true name is Katrina Laverne Taylor, was born and raised in Miami. Unexpectedly, Trina had no interest in pursuing a career in music. She was determined to continue her education after high school and to work in real estate. However, Trick Daddy, another musician featured in the song, noticed her when she and her friends went to shoot a music video for Luke's "Scarred," and he asked her if she wanted to start her singing career. Trina originally refused, but eventually accepted, and the rest is history. Trina recently acknowledged, however, in an exclusive interview that she attempted dancing for cash but quickly decided it was not for her. Trina admits that even though she wasn't allowed to undress completely, she did put on her bra and swimming suit bottoms. But her week-long career in exotic dance was short-lived.


5 Amber Rose

Amber Rose is a well-known musician and socialite who was born on October 21st, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And a former exotic dancer, prepare yourselves! She was also briefly married to Wiz Khalifa and is well known for her romance with singer Kanye West. The songs "Stain," "In Time," "Loaded," and "GYHO" are some of her best. Amber Rose has never shied away from discussing her time as a stripper, unlike many other celebrities who would take every chance to sweep such prior experiences under the rug. She states in an interview that she had some of the best periods of her life while working as an exotic dancer, and she even offered advice to those considering the career. The multi-talented singer made the argument that exotic dancing is just like any other employment as long as one enters with their head held high, abstains from drugs, and concentrates on earning money. She then urged everybody who felt confident in their body to use it properly.


4 Azealia Banks

Rapper, singer, actress, and writer Azealia Banks hails from the United States. She started her music career on Myspace in 2008 and was born and raised in Harlem. When she was just 18 years old, she was later signed to XL Recordings. Her big break, however, came in 2011 when her debut track, "212," went viral online and peaked at numerous different international charts. Azealia, who has developed into a fierce lady with a quick tongue, traces her personality to her early life before she began her music career. The rapper talked about her work as a stripper and how she once slept with older, married guys for money in an interview with The Sunday Times. She tried everything to "cure" her childhood traumas and stay out of debt.


3 Amanda Palmer

She describes herself as a songwriter, singer, pianist, ukulele aficionado, and feminist. Songs by Amanda including "The Bed Song," "Coin-Operated Boy," and "Voicemail for Jill" have become well-known. But did you know that the now well-known, outspoken composer had a few odd jobs before she became who she is, including stripper? Amanda admitted to interviewer Bob Lefsetz that she was a living statue in her early 20s, despite the fact that she is not proud of her history. She started stripping at the age of roughly 24 and considered herself to be a very strong woman. She claims that her performances stood out from those of the other strippers, most likely as a result of her having everything "figured out" in advance and knowing what she desired (money).


2 Lady Gaga

Do you recall "Poker Face," "Born This Way," and "Bad Romance"? You do, of course; who doesn't? Lady Gaga has always attracted attention wherever she goes and still does. What more could she want than sold-out stadiums, record-breaking music videos, and money streaming into her bank accounts? Few people would be shocked to learn that Lady Gaga was previously a stripper given her free-spirited personality. Despite coming from a wealthy background, Lady Gaga admitted in an interview with fantastic that she started doing exotic dancing when she was 18 years old. She ascribed her outgoing personality to her strong sexual identity and adoration of the human body in its most basic form. You were previously aware of her outrageous routine, in which she would dance while wearing black leather and rock 'n' roll music.


1 Cardi B

Any internet search on Cardi B will provide many results about her professional life. For some reason, she frequently makes headlines and is undoubtedly having a blast. The "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker is open about her previous profession as a stripper before switching to music in order to achieve her current success. The popular rapper was an exotic dancer when she was 18 years old. She claims that when she started, she was aware that this job would pay her more than any other since she needed the cash. She made a lot of money, but when she was 20, she met someone who conned her and left her with a scar that would last a lifetime. When she was 23 years old, she gave up dancing and rose to fame as a rap icon. She continues to speak out about her background despite being married to Offset, another musician.


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