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NeNe Leakes Felt Empowered as a Stripper

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Ahead of jumping into the fourth season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" NeNe Leakes recalls her days as a stripper. Surprisingly, she felt empowered and enjoyed the cash flow.

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"I sold a fantasy, not p***y. I felt powerful," she says. "I made a ton of money and I couldn't stop. I went and bought a brand new car, I was paying for my son's tuition. I thought of the men as an ATM machine."

Deidre Smith, a close friend of Leakes, said stripping empowered her, coming on the heels of a six-year abusive relationship. For Leakes, stripping brought her a sense of control she hadn't yet experienced.

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If you know NeNe, there are few things she regrets and even fewer things she's not willing to discuss. Kudos to her for keeping it real.

The fourth season of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" debuts on November 6th on Bravo! See you there!

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