Edinburgh strippers revealed on TV

Vivi quit modelling to become a stripper. Picture: comp
Vivi quit modelling to become a stripper. Picture: comp
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THE lives of strippers working in Edinburgh’s “pubic triangle” are the focus of a new documentary series.

Strippers, which will also dedicate an episode to lapdancing bars in Glasgow and Aberdeen, is hoping to challenge some of the stereotypes surrounding the industry.

The number of lap dancing clubs in the country has doubled in the last ten years, with more and more women turning to stripping as a way to make ends meet in an otherwise desolate job market.

One such woman is 18-year-old Charley, who became a stripper following a struggle to find a job after leaving school at 16, and who works nights while attending college during the day.

She said: “I was so excited. I got a job, I’m 18 and I’ve finally got a job, I went and had ice cream afterwards. And then it hit me the next day.”

But the business may not be as lucrative as many are led to believe. One woman working in the “pubic triangle” – the most concentrated area of strip bars in the UK – is American model Vivi, who left her successful career behind in the hope of a higher wage only to find she often takes home only £40 a night.

By contrast, former hotel worker Barbara, who plans to continue dancing until she raises enough money to set up a business in her Cuban homeland, can make between £200-£300 in a single evening, sometimes earning up to £4000 in a matter of hours.

She said: “What I used to earn in a hotel a month, as a stripper I earn in a night.

“When men come in the club you see money, it’s true. We know that the customer has the money and we are going to remove all the money. It’s the truth, because we are stripping for money.”

Executive producer Morgan Roberts said the documentary series was taking “an honest, considered and balanced approach”.

He said: “We’ve gone out of our way to make sure the programme isn’t exploitative. One of the points we are trying to make is that all people ever really consider about strippers is their body, but this is about what goes on in their heads.”

The show makers had originally planned to focus only on strip bars in the Capital, but decided to widen their scope to investigate different levels of business in other cities.

“Edinburgh does seem to be the most raucous out of the three, perhaps because it attracts more stag parties from other cities,” said Morgan.

Strippers begins on February 25 with an episode surrounding Glasgow club Diamond Dolls. The Edinburgh episode will be broadcast a week later.