Celebrities who used to be strippers

Revealing look at early careers

Celebrities Who Used To Be Strippers

Long before they were singers or movie stars, these famous names made their money on a different kind of stage.

Known for wearing outlandish, eye-catching outfits, Lady Gaga used to be known for what she didn't wear, having worked as a stripper at a Lower East Side gentlemen's club in New York.

The singer was just 19 and made more money revealing all than she did from waitressing. She now has 6 Grammys - but still occasionally bears the flesh.

Current king of the move world, Chris Pratt, star of mega-hit Jurassic World, used to strip long before he tackled unruly dinosaurs.

The 36-year-old worked at various gigs at the age of 18 before he caught a break in Hollywood. He said he enjoyed being naked, so why not make money out of it.

US rap and reality TV star NeNe Leakes started stripping to support her family while her son was in private school. She once told People magazine that she felt "powerful" in front of the men. She has gone on to play a recurring role in smash-hit TV show Glee.

Art imitating life

Oscar winner Javier Bardem started stripping for a joke with friends until a man in the bar he was in saw him dancing and hired him for a night. The 46-year-old Skyfall star even had his mum and sister there to cheer him on for his one-night only performance.

Also not a stranger to taking his clothes off, 21 Jump Street's Channing Tatum stripped at a male revue in Florida when he was just 18.

Proving that sometimes art does imitate life, the 35-year-old shot to fame back in 2012 playing a young man making in the world of male strippers in the movie Magic Mike.

He partly produced the movie himself, which he said was inspired by his own early life. Magic Mike XXL, its sequel, is out next month.