Take It Off: 21 Celebs Who Started Their Careers As Strippers

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These celebs hit the pole before they hit it big.

We see them windin', grindin', up on those poles!

A lot of what celebrities sell is sex, so most stars had to be pretty sexually appealing and attractive to achieve (and in some cases sustain) any kind of fame. As a result, it's not entirely surprising that quite a few celebrities stripped for a living before hitting the big time ... and, once more, in some cases, after that.

The latest celebrity to take off their clothes for cash is, not surprisingly, Farrah Abraham. Abraham, who went from starring on Teen Mom to starring in Back Door Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2: Back Door And More with professional porn star James Deen, is reportedly working at a strip club in Austin, Texas.

Sources told E! News, "She was hired a couple of weeks ago as a cocktail waitress but wanted to make more money dancing, so they moved her up to the stage. She was on all three stages, the main stage and two side stages."

Still, much like she did with her sex video, Abraham isn't being completely up front about her motivations for becoming a stripper. The struggling, parched sex tape starlet insists, "I'm doing research. A friend of mine works there and I'm researching. I've been trying out all the roles that make up a gentleman's club, including cocktailing and dancing. There's management and there's cooking too. It's job shadowing that I hope pays off. In the same way Jennifer Aniston researched her role as a stripper, that's what I'm doing. It's how I get the information to write my books and do my movies. Unfortunately, I'm not free to talk about what those future projects may be. But I'm interested in hearing all the women's stories. And while I'm doing it, I'm getting paid. I'm getting paid to play a role and get informed."

Weird that she has to do research for books she probably uses a ghost writer for, but whatever. She's not alone! Here are 20 more celebrities who, at some point in their lives, were strippers. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to call my dad.