DRESSED in luminous hotpants and a simple white top, Tiffany Bourne lies on a mountain of dollar bills and begins counting.

The 24-year-old college graduate is a successful stripper with a twist -having branched out her business to give online tutorials to wannabe exotic dancers.

With 163,000 YouTube subscribers and an Instagram following of 30,000, New Yorker Tiffany is one of a growing band of 'stripfluencers', handing out tips on everything from how to ace your strip club audition and twerking to feminine hygiene and working during your period.

The cash-counting video – where she stacks up the night’s takings of $700 (£550) while making observations like “I hate when liquor gets spilt on my money” – has had almost a million views, and the money keeps rolling in.

“I haven't been in the club in a while but before lockdown, I could make up to $3,000 a week, depending on how often I felt like working,” she tells Sun Online.

“But from YouTube and social media I can make an easy $10,000 a month and it’s going up.”

Fashion deals and $15k a month

She’s not alone. Yamilah Nguyen, a 23-year-old from Seattle, started stripping five years ago, but now spends more time giving advice to 139,000 subscribers on how to ace an audition and tips on pole dancing.

Her Instagram page is dotted with sponsored posts from fashion and swimwear companies, boosting her bank balance even further.

“The goal was to be a successful YouTuber so I can be less reliant on stripping, and I have already reached that goal,” she says.

“Dancing used to be my number one source of income, but it's not anymore. I stopped dancing in March, when the clubs went into lockdown, and I haven’t been back yet.

“With stripping, the amount I earn depends on how often I dance. If I dance every single day the monthly take would range from $2,000 to $10,000 (£8,000).

“With YouTube, it's slowly growing but now I am getting well known and companies are asking for collaborations, it’s raising between $10,000 and $15,000 a month.”

Other strippers are seeing how much money we can make from YouTube and they want to hop on to that side hustle

Money is a frequent topic of conversation on the stripfluencers’ videos.

Wad-waving clips and tips on how to double your money in the clubs are among the most viewed, with viewers lured in by the huge amounts of cash on display.

“I think a lot of people are curious about what really goes on, and that drives traffic,” says Tiffany.

“Other strippers are seeing how much money we can make from YouTube and they want to hop on to that side hustle. They’re in the clubs already, so might as well make the money.”

Behind the scenes with a stripper

The audience for the videos are around 70 per cent women and 30 per cent men, and Yamilah says she aims to teach girls what the industry is really like.

The US has around 4,000 strip clubs, employing almost 60,000 people and bringing in a revenue of $8billion.In the UK, the adult entertainment industry is estimated to be worth around £5billion.

“The entire stripper society is undercover because people aren't allowed to record in clubs, so it's a very private lifestyle,” Yamilah says.

“I think the reason stripfluencers are becoming more popular is because girls are watching to learn what it is really like, as opposed to what people assume it is.

“It’s entertaining to go behind the scenes, especially with a stripper.”

While some of the videos feature the women in bikinis or underwear, most are extremely tame, with Yamilah often dressed in a thick white dressing gown or a hoodie.

“My audience is mainly women, I think they watch because I talk to them as if they're my best friend,” she says.

“If I wanted to lure more men then I would reveal my body more and be more sexual, especially as YouTube will monetize that.

“But I like to keep it very friendly, as if I am talking to my home girl.”

Yamilah on the world of stripping

On starting out: “Before you audition, I highly recommend you go into the strip club as a customer, check out your surroundings, check out the girls, check out the customers and get a feel, so you know what to expect. Talk to the girls. Closed mouths don’t get fed so the best thing to do is ask questions.”

On stripper heels: “Proper stripper heels are completely different from regular heels. Don’t start too big – four inch or five inch to start. Don’t wear party heels because you will slip on the floor and you won’t walk like a stripper in regular heels. You are a stripper not an average b****.”

On dealing with customers: “Never give your real number, get a texting app so you can text your customers without giving out your personal information.”

Tiffany’s style is a little more skimpy, usually a cleavage-flashing vest top and tight skirt or shorts, but she says she still attracts an audience which is mainly girls and gay men.

“I do have some men who leave perverted comments, and usually they are annoyed because I'm not showing enough skin,” she says. “But that’s not all the men, and I have a big gay following.

“I also get comments from religious people, telling me to repent.”

Stripping at 18 but 'too young work in bar'

Despite being in their early twenties, the girls have a wealth of experience between them – and shockingly similar stories.

Yamilah was just 18when she applied for a job as a waitress in a club and was told she was “pretty enough to become a dancer” instead.

Tiffany was 19 when she took up stripping five years ago, after applying for a job as a bartender.

“Because I was under 21, they told me I was too young and that I should start with stripping instead,” she says.

At first she hid her occupation from her YouTube followers and her family but she decided to come clean when she saw other strippers cashing in online.

“I had my YouTube channel, but I felt I had no connection with the people that watched me because I was never personal on there," she says.

"I felt if wasn't honest about being a stripper, then I would always be hiding something from them.

“My parents found out I was a stripper from my YouTube channel. They thought I was bartending. They were mad, which I expected, but there's nothing they can do about it so they don't bother to say anything now.”

My parents found out I was stripper from my YouTube channel. They were mad, which I expected, but there's nothing they can do about it

Yamilah remembers her first nervous outings as a newly-hired dancer and says she wants to help the girls coming into the business.

“When I started, I didn't know anyone that was dancing and I didn't really talk to the other girls because I was quite introverted,” she says. “I learnt everything by observing them – how they moved on stage, how they talked to customers – and then trying it myself.

Tiffany on the world of stripping

On confidence: “If you don’t have confidence you shouldn’t be in a club. You need to be a bad b****”

On cash: “If you’re making $700 dollars a night you need to save. When I first started dancing I was going to school Monday to Thursday and, at the weekend, I was bringing $2,500 minimum. The month after I started I bought a car, then paid for my sister and I to go on vacation."

On getting out: “It’s hard to move away from because I’m used to making a certain amount of money every night and in a regular job I wouldn’t be making that. But I’m a natural born hustler.”

Prostitution and drug overdoses

Having forged a successful career, Yamilah also wants to warn newcomers of the common pitfalls of the business.

“The stripper industry can be very overwhelming. A lot of people judge you and misinterpret you,” she says.

“It's very easy to go on the wrong path, getting into prostitution and drugs, and I’ve seen other girls go that way.

“In the first club that I worked at, one of the girls overdosed and died and I see dancers getting drugged up all the time. So I figured why not teach other girls how to be safe.”

Tiffany says she used to drink before a performance but found the lifestyle was taking its toll on her health and is now teetotal.

"My skin started looking dehydrated, I looked tired and I had dark circles under my eyes," she says. "You have to learn to make money sober.

"If a customer wants to by me a drink, I ask the bartender to pour me a cranberry juice and pretend it’s a cocktail. The customer still pays full price so he doesn’t know."

The stripfluencers are brutally honest about the downsides of stripping, from customers with wandering hands to how it affects their love life.

“We always get guys that try to do more than they should, try to touch you in inappropriate places,” says Jamilah.

“As a stripper, it's very important that you know how to stand your ground and you know how to say no. You put down your boundaries so they don’t violate them.

“Men like to feel they are stronger but they're not. It's our industry and we run the club and that’s why I like it. We have this sense of empowerment as a woman.”

Both single, they admit it’s hard to find love as a stripper – even when romance blossoms in the club.

“There was a guy I met in the club and we started dating,” says Tiffany. “But then he started hinting that he didn't like the fact that I danced, even though he met me in the club.

“They often start off pretending they're okay with it, but then they throw shade at you.”

The girls are also blunt about the common misconceptions they face as strippers.

“People assume we are prostitutes, and we’re not,” says Yamilah.

“We don't sell sex. Not everyone gets down and dirty like that. Stripping is just a fantasy, a role that you're playing out. At the end of the day you leave the club and go back to who you really are.”

People assume we are prostitutes but we're not. we don't sell sex

Like Yamilah and Tiffany, Chicago-based Cristina Villegas began stripping at 18 after applying for a job as a waitress.

Now 21, she has 1.5million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

“The most common misconceptions about strippers is that we failed in life or cannot get a ‘real job’,"she says.

“This is not the case at all. A lot of strippers are working to pay for school or to start their own business.”

Goals and game plans

For all three girls, stripping is a means to an end – and Tiffany says you need a clear goal before considering a career in a strip club.

“I would only recommend it if you have a strong head on your shoulders, because it's easy to get caught up in the lifestyle,” she says.

"It's not a job that you're going to have forever but if you're dancing to pay for college, to buy a house or something that is going to benefit you in the future, then I would recommend it. But not if you just want to buy bags and shoes.”

Cristina says that even the financial side of the industry can be hit and miss.

“Like any job, stripping has its downfalls," she says.

"I would say the main ones are not having a consistent source of income, the job doesn’t come with benefits and won’t last forever.

“I would recommend stripping to young girls if they are doing it for the right reasons and they feel 100 per cent comfortable. But no one should feel pressured or forced – it should always be your own choice.”

With fashion deals, a self-published book and her own false eyelash business, launched last month, Yamilah is on the cusp of leaving the clubs behind forever.

She warns of the “negativity” that the job brings from others, and says you need to know what you want to get out of the business before you start.

“A lot of people are going to judge you, a lot of people won't understand you and you will lose friends and even family,” she says.

“But it's really just about knowing yourself and knowing what your game plan is, and really sticking with it, despite what anybody thinks of you.

“If you know why you're doing it, that's all that matters.”

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