A pastor-turned-stripper has come out to tell fans she's happier than ever after leaving her religious faith behind and setting up an OnlyFans account.
Nikole Mitchell turned her entire life upside down - from living life as a devoted Christian to her current job as an erotic dancer.
But it wasn't a smooth journey, as Nikole told the New York Post: "From a young age, I had fantasised about being a stripper.
"But I was indoctrinated to believe my desires and my body were innately sinful and bad."
Nikole - a mother-of-three - decided instead that she was going to become a pastor which was seen as rebellious in her family's eyes because they didn't believe that women should lead.
The 36-year-old went on: "[I was taught] that women belong in the kitchen and with the children.
"So even though it went against everything I was told, I decided to become [a pastor] because of my love for performing."
It was a year ago today that I embarked on a journey of full self-expression - & who knew that just shy of a year later my story would be picked up by the @NYPost & would go viral within 24 hours! Thousands of new followers (:wave::blush: hi!), getting close to almost 100 new Only Fans members (heyyy:kissing_heart:), new course students, 1:1 applicants, an invitation to be on Jimmy Kimmel again, & so much more!!! /// The lead-up to this didn't happen overnight. I consistently showed up, put myself out there, took leaps of faith, left old identities, stepped into truer identities, invested in support, AND DID THE (INNER) WORK. I stayed the course even when I was scared. I trusted myself even when I felt crazy. I loved myself even when others didn't. I held onto the vision I had for my life & I let that vision be bigger than all my fears. I tuned into that still small voice within me & let it be louder than all the opinions around me. I took inspired, aligned action & left all the "shoulds, oughts, and supposed to's" behind me. And it all brought me to this point: Where I feel so safe to be me. Where I'm happy to be me. Where I'm free to be me. Where authenticity & integrity get to go hand in hand for me. Where my insides match my outsides. Where my joy matches my peace. Where my purpose meets my passion. Where my vision meets my everyday life. Where being me gets to be loved, supported, & always rewarded. :point_up:This is what is most important. The fame & media attention gets to be the icing on the cake.:wink: /// My word for you tonight? >>>Trust the nudges in your heart<<< You can't see the dots connecting going forward, but you see it all so clearly looking backward. Your job? Is to trust yourself. Step into the unknown. And let that tug lead you all the way home. You will not be disappointed. I promise.:heart: It is so, so worth it - & YOU are so deserving of it. Happy One Year Anniversary to me to living fully unleashed & expressed. Thank you to everyone who's loved & supported me on this journey. I truly wouldn't be here without you. So so grateful for you. Here's to being the free humxns we were always born to be.:raised_hands::fire: Xoxo. Nikole:heart: :camera_with_flash:: @wsierraphotography
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In 2011, Nikole and her now ex-husband joined the Woodland Hills Church which opened her eyes to the possibility of gender equality.
She said: "One of my pastors said, 'Nikole, did you realise that you're a theologian?'
"And they said, 'We'd like you to be one of our pastors.' To be on stage in front of thousands of people - that's what I had been dreaming of for years."
Then fast-forward to 2016 and Nikole began to question her sexuality, saying: "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I don't think I'm straight,' and it rocked my world.
"I knew if I revealed my queerness I would lose it all because the church is not welcoming to queer people."
Not wanting to keep her sexuality a secret, on 4 July 2017 Nikole left the church for good.
She began delving into her desires and started to do nude photoshoots.
She remembered: "I cried because I had never felt more holy and sacred in my life. I never felt more sexy and liberated than I did then.
"Every person has the right to express themselves in whatever way feels good to them and this is how it feels good to me.
"My sexuality is incredibly healing and sacred. And when I give this gift to people, it blesses them."