- Vanessa Demopoulos opens up about how her father guided her in her job as a stripper
- “Lil Monster” said she wrote a book about it to help other strippers too
UFC women’s strawweight Vanessa Demopoulos is one of the rising stars making waves in the world of MMA as of late. She has won her last three fights in the UFC but what makes her even more interesting is the fact that she used to be a stripper before going full-time as a fighter.
Speaking to MMA Fighting, Demopoulos opened up about her past career and said that she had worked as a stripper for 13 years. She got introduced to it at a young age as her family worked in the industry as well.
Demopoulos said her father was club D.J. and he was the one who guided her in her pervious line of work.
“For me, it’s just looked like the most positively reinforcing atmosphere…I’m gonna do this,” Demopoulos said. “My dad was like ‘I wish you wouldn’t but if you’re going to, here’s how you become a professional. Here’s like how you do it the right way and don’t make the same mistakes that we made’.”
Paying it forward
Simply put, Demopoulos’ father taught her of the dos and don’ts in her work and she learned firsthand that he was right. To help other girls who are just like her in the past, “Lil Monster” decided to write a book about it entitled, “Stripper Bible.”
“So, from there, I actually wrote a book about it. That was kind of cool too,” Demopoulos revealed. “When I first started, he was like, think of a list of things that you would never do for money and don’t do them. And then that way, at the end of your career, you can actually look at yourself in the mirror and be proud of what you’ve become. And it’s true. I never compromised my morals and values.”
“It’s called Stripper Bible. It’s a ‘How-to’ for the exotic entertainers,” she continued. “My dad helped me but like girls don’t help each other in that atmosphere. It’s a shark tank, like everyone’s just trying to bury the other person. So, I wrote the book so I can help the other girls actually wanted to learn how to make money without compromising their values.”
Demopoulos said people could purchase the book on her Shopify but clubs usually “buy them in bulk” and let the up-and-coming strippers use it as if like it’s their official bible.
“I usually sell them to clubs and like they buy them in bulk and then they give them to the new girls…I wrote the bible for strippers!”
Despite not being ashamed of her past, “Lil Monster” made it clear that she’ll never tell a girl to become a stripper but she’ll be there to guide them.
“I would never tell somebody to be an entertainer ever like I don’t condone it like, ‘Hey go do this’ but so many girls do…I feel like if they’re going to do this, at least have your hat on your shoulders like do it the right way and like I said I got to look at the mirror and just have pride in who I am as a person and I want to be able to give that gift forward to the other girls as well.”
Demopoulos has a pro MMA record of 9-4 and has gone 4-1 in the UFC. Her last win was a unanimous decision over Maria Oliveira at UFC Vegas 65. Will “Lil Monster” be the next UFC women’s division star? Share your comments below.