The 50-year-old actress has opened up about her stripper past.
NeNe Leakes has appeared on TV One’s hit new autobiography series “Uncensored”— and PEOPLE got the exclusive sneak peek of her spilling all about what has led her to the pole.
At the time, the star has just ended her relationship with her eldest son Brice’s father and was living with her son and a roommate Genesis Watts, a close friend whom NeNe had modeled with for years.
In the clip, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star recalled, “We couldn’t pay our rent one month and we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?’ ” She has said that there were these free papers that they can pick up and would sift through the paper and say, ‘Nude modeling.’
She continued, “And I thought, ‘Okay, girl. We could do nude modeling. Seriously, that should be easy. Wonder what kind of modeling it is?’ ‘Cause we were already models!” NeNe has said that they were trying to come up with a plan.
She has shared, “Like, ‘Okay, you’re going to show your body, I’m going to show my body.’ Which one of us is going to show our bodies? Like, what are we doing here?’ ” When they have reached, they knew exactly what the deal was— they were at Atlanta’s Gold Club, one of the city’s most prominent strip clubs.
NeNe would spend years working as a stripper. She has also written about the experience in her book “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice” in 2009 and explained that she has danced under the name ‘Silk’ and came to a newfound confidence onstage. She has said, she felt powerful in front of those men.
She wrote, “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. They were there to make me feel good.”
NeNe doesn’t regret her dancing past rather she has called her experience as ‘the ultimate power trip’ and explained that it has built up her self-esteem.