What music cue could better set the stage for a film about strippers scamming Wall Street guys after the financial crisis, a movie that illuminates how strip club power dynamics lurk in other areas of life? Jennifer Lopez left and director Lorene Scafaria right behind the scenes on the set of Hustlers. A lot of it.
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There are few American institutions as democratically divey, raunchy, and nostalgia-inducing as Clermont Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. The hallowed strip club has been operating out of the basement of the defunct Clermont Motor Hotel since the s, and the strippers have almost been around that long, too. How's that for Americana? Real live girls, girls, girls, performing for everyday regulars and out-of-town-celebrities alike.
Photographer and dancer Sergey Melnitchenko goes backstage at a nameless Chengdu city nightclub in his Behind The Scenes photo series. Inspired by the seedy backstage life of the venue, Sergey began taking photos of the other performers — a process that introduced him to singers, dancers, clowns, magicians and transvestites. They poured beer on her tits, tried to pour it in her ass or on her vagina — so it was really ugly.
When Roselyn "Rosie" Keo and Karina Pascucci decided that the traditional and legal ways of making money in the strip club scene were not enough, they, along with others, conspired to trick, manipulate and drug unsuspecting wealthy men before taking their money to fund their own lavish lifestyles in the wake of the financial crisis. The money was pouring in and, for a while, no one caught on until it all came crashing down. Keo has been a lifelong hustler.
Acting requires much more than reading lines, and some entertainers make sure they go the extra mile to nail a role — even if it means taking a few unexpected field trips. And not only did Lopez use her exotic date night for role prep, but she also shared the "insights" with Scafaria. Suffice it to say, Scafaria was impressed with Lopez's commitment to the part and to the film as a whole.
Keep reading, dear reader. Besides beer, liberalism, and vegan food more on that laterPortland is most famous for its absurd amount of strip clubs. And for good reason: we have the most per capita of any city in the country. To get that statistic we can thank Priceonomics.
Magic City in Atlanta is perhaps the most infamous strip club of all time, often name-dropped by rappers like Drake and Future. Netherlands-based photographer Hajar Benjida had already heard about the club when she arrived in America for her internship with Cam Kirk inbut she was surprised to find his Atlanta studio was right in front of it. As anyone in hip hop knows, Magic City is more than just a strip club.
Generally speaking, most people don't visit strip clubs to have good, clean fun. But even with that being the case, it's nice to visit an establishment that doesn't feel like a bio-hazard. With focus on the girls onstage, hygiene and cleanliness are often thrown to the wayside, leaving customers feeling dirty, in more than one way. What is it really like in a VIP room?