Student Nurse Reveals She Can Make Up To £2,500 A Night Performing At Strip Club
A student nurse who strips to pay for her studies says she can earn up to £2,500 ($3,200) a night but that most men who come in just want to chat.
Ellen, who goes by the name 'Bunny' when she's performing at the weekend, claims guys treat their sessions more like therapy.
The 24-year-old's second life actually led her to true love Si, and she is now married with two step-daughters.
She began pole dancing when she moved to Brighton to start her nursing training, and it was actually her own mum who suggested she should get paid to strip after hearing on radio that other students were doing the same.
Ellen has opened up as part of a new BBC documentary series Girls on Girls, which follows five different women who lead very different lives.
In her episode, she says: "I did want to help people. I'm from a family of nurses, but the reality is, it's really hard and it is tiring.
"It was also a new situation - moving to Brighton - I didn't know anyone. I had no family here, no friends - I was really on my own. It was only through dancing I have met all my friends which has really changed my life."
Ellen pays to perform at her strip club, and while she dances on stage to two songs - one clothed and the other topless - she only gets paid for private performances.
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But while some may see it as something seedy, Ellen says men pay hundreds of pounds just to speak to her and other dancers.
She explained: "When we're not on the stage, we'll be walking around the floor, talking to customers and trying to get them into private lap dances, where we get fully naked.
"And that's how we make our money. More often than not, I'm getting paid £400, £500 to sit with someone and just chat to them. We are like expensive counsellors, it's brilliant."
She added: "People think that we are s****, we've got STIs and we sleep with people's husbands and this is a last resort, but that is not the case at all.
"We are doing this because we want money like any other job."
The mum says she and others are trying to make a better life for themselves and that though she takes her clothes off for strangers, she still goes home to her husband.
She said: "People may not see me as a feminist because I'm a stripper. But we are just trying to better our lives. We are not s***s, we are not doing anything wrong."
Speaking about his wife's careers, Si said: "I trust her 100 percent. I met her doing it so I couldn't really turn around and judge her or tell her to stop doing it."
Girls on Girls is available on BBC iPlayer now.
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