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August 19, 2009

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Nene Leakes

Nene Leakes

In her autobiography “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice,” Nene Leakes of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” confirms what many folks have already known.
“Yes, I was a stripper – let the judgments ensue,” the reality show star announced in her book, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m not ashamed.”

Leakes adds that while she may have worked the pole back in the day, her past has no reflection on her present life as an Atlanta socialite.

“What difference does it make if I danced or not?” she asks. “Is the sun going to stop shining? Is my past taking food out of your mouth?”

Explaining her past decisions, Leakes wrote: “[I stripped] for the sake of my son, and to restore my confidence in myself. My son was in private school, his father wasn’t chipping in for pull-ups or food, I had no job and no money coming in, the rent was past due, and the super told me and my roommate that our condo owner was about to put us out. It was about survival.”

But Nene – who called herself Silk during her dancing days as a twentysomething – admits that she liked the power that came with being an exotic dancer.

“I could make $500 off one guy just by turning him on,” she confides in the tome from Touchstone Books. These men “were obviously there to see what I had, and I quickly realized that those men weren’t there to make me feel bad about myself.”

Nene doesn’t let the book end without taking a swipe at her “frenemy,” fellow “Housewives” cast member Kim Zolciak.

“I’m not sure if she’s been clinically diagnosed,” Nene says, “but I’m convinced that if she were to lie down on a doctor’s couch, a psychiatrist could surmise within minutes that Kim is a wack job.”

She adds that Kim “without question [is] the most superficial person I have ever come across in my life. If Kim doesn’t have labels and nice cars and an expensive home, she will literally die … gag me with two spoons.”

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