NeNe Leakes Talks Stripper Past & Says It Was a Great Hustle
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
NeNe Leakes’ stripper days aren’t a secret. The reality star of Bravo’s smash hit Real Housewives of Atlanta hasn’t tried to hide the fact that she used to make her living on the stripper pole. Before becoming the head chick in charge on RHOA, NeNe Leakes was a student at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, and moonlighted in the later hours as a stripper. In fact, NeNe Leakes’ stripper days are a part of her past that she still has fond memories of. And even til this day, NeNe Leakes feels her time as a stripper was a great hustle, especially for a college student in need of some extra cash.
In a recent interview with Ebony Magazine for their December 2012 issue, NeNe Leakes gets candid about her time as a stripper. NeNe’s stripper days aren’t anything she is ashamed of, despite her fast growing success as an actress.
“I used the name Holly and then Silk. I thought I made pretty good money. It was a great hustle. If I needed to make $1,000, I got dressed and went to the club. If me and my roommate needed $5,000 by the weekend, I would work all week. What you mentally wanted to make, you could make.”
NeNe Leakes admits her favorite part of stripping was that she could make a lot of money rather fast:
“Everybody dancing beside you is usually another student. Atlanta strip clubs are full of students. There are a lot of conventions there. You can make a ton of money. I remember working at the strip club about a month and then bought a new car. The money was fast.”
NeNe Leakes’ stripper days occurred while she was a 23 year old single mom and college student. She stripped for three years before retiring the pole, and eventually embarking on reality television stardom.