Before becoming one of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, no nonsense reality personality NeNe Leakes worked as an exotic dancer.
The upper-crust Southern socialite makes the revelation on the pages of her new autobiography Never Make The Same Mistake Twice.
“Yes, I was a stripper – let the judgments ensue,” says the sassy Leakes — known as “Silk” during her days in the sex industry. “I’m not ashamed.”
Making no apologies for her past as one of those “Other Ladies Of The Night,” the former shake dancer cites the financial restraints of single parenthood as the main contributing factor in her decision to take up pole dancing more than a decade ago.
“[I stripped] for the sake of my son, and to restore my confidence in myself,” she explains. “My son was in private school, his father wasn’t chipping in for pull-ups or food, I had no job and no money coming in, the rent was past due, and the super told me and my roommate that our condo owner was about to put us out. It was about survival.”
In a chapter entitled, “What You Won’t Do, You’ll Do For Love,” NeNe credits taking off her clothes with boosting her confidence. She came to feel comfortable and powerful on stage. “I felt powerful in front of those men,” she writes. “They were obviously there to see what I had, and I quickly realized that those men weren’t there to make me feel bad about myself.”
“Quite the contrary,” she continues. “They were there to make me feel good.”
NeNe is sparring with former bestie Kim Zolciak — who she claims also once worked as a stripper.