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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Person

Courtesy of
Sasha, or strip dancer "Conan," 28:

"Some might say that being a strip dancer is indecent, but I like it. Of course, I couldn't imagine working like this after my graduation from the Moscow State Aviation University, but here I am.

"It all started when I was hanging out with a friend in a Moscow shopping center and a girl approached me and said, 'You are a striptease dancer, aren't you?' It was shocking, but then I thought, why not? At that time I was working as a loader at a firm in Moscow, and I was in pretty good shape as a result. So I went for an audition at a Moscow club, and had no problem doing the job. After two weeks, I had earned about the same amount as from three months' work as a loader, and I decided to continue.

"Over time, I've become more and more popular among the women who come to the club to have fun. But as we all know, the fun costs money. A private dance costs 3,000 rubles for 30 minutes, and to have a male escort for three hours costs 10,000 rubles. But the most expensive thing is to do whatever you want with a man for five or 10 minutes. This costs 50,000 rubles, which some might find ridiculous.

"I've been working like this for almost two years, and I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm among the top three male strippers in Russia. But to be honest, it is not that easy to satisfy a woman and to understand what she wants. Not all want just a dance -- some like it hot.

"I can't do this job forever. I'm ready to give it up for a family.

"I won the 'Last Hero' reality television show, have had my picture taken for several top magazines, have done several commercials, and am planning to try out for a TV series. In the future, I would like to continue working in show business, maybe become an actor or a model."