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Take It Off! Stars Who Were Strippers Before They Were Famous

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Dec. 9 2014, Updated 1:57 p.m. ET

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Check out this gallery of stars who once took it all off — before Hollywood fame came-a-callin'!

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Channing Tatum

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In 1999, the model-turned-actor danced at a Chippendales-style revue called Male Encounter in Florida. He later brought his real-life experience as a male stripper to the screen in Steven Soderbergh's film, Magic Mike.

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NeNe Leakes

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Before she starred on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes was a struggling single mother who worked as a stripper named “Silk” to pay her bills.

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Diablo Cody

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Before she penned “Juno,” Diablo Cody made her stripping debut during amateur night at the Skyway Lounge in Minneapolis. It quickly became a full-time gig, and she later wrote a memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, about her brief career in the field.

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Chris Pratt

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During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Chris Pratt revealed he was once a stripper, calling his past gig as a “low-rent Magic Mike.” Anna Faris’ hubby explained, “When I was a kid, I was in a small town. I was a stripper for a little while, for a little while.

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Amber Rose

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“I was a stripper since I was 15 years old!” Kanye West’s ex has said, including a gig at Sue’s Rendezvous in Westchester, New York.

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Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga has freely dished about her party girl past, admitting she worked as a burlesque dancer at a club on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "I made more money stripping than waitressing," she explained during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.

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Kendra Wilkinson

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In her memoir Sliding Into Home, Kendra Wilkinson revealed that she secretly became a stripper at age 18 before moving into the Playboy mansion

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Mark Consuelos

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Kelly Ripa confessed to Vanity Fair that her husband Mark Consuelos worked as a stripper when he attended the University of South Florida. He started out as a roadie "and then they talked him into stripping,” she said.​

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

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The Jersey Shore star had revealed in an episode that he was a member of the "All American Male" exotic dancer crew in 2004 and his stage name was Vito Durado.

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Javier Bardem

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Javier Bardem's career as a male stripper lasted for just 10 minutes. “It was a disaster…” he’s said of his foray into stripping during his time as a struggling actor. “My mother and sister were in the audience!"

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