hidden from public view. This chronicle of life in the skin trade
follows the meteoric rise of Stacey Keith, a girl scarcely out of her
teens whose eye-popping assets launch her from wet T-shirt contests
to the catwalks of Houston, strip bar capital of the world.
magazines. While strutting her stuff onstage and across the country,
Stacey makes the fateful decision to head to Hollywood. She’s got
everything a girl could want: fame, attention, endless piles of
cash…but no idea what awaits her.
Mafia-boss road manager to her smarmy talent agent pressures Stacey
to do more than just flash her flesh. Uber-boob filmmaker Russ Meyer
verbally abuses her; rocker Don Henley tries to use her. Yet through
it all, from the warped misogyny of Playboy to the S&M dungeons
of the Pacific Palisades, Stacey’s dark, self-deprecating humor
will leave you laughing, crying and rooting for her at every step of
The closest I came to asking tough questions like that was when I was seven and obsessed with Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp.” I wanted desperately to be Peg, the showgirl in the dog pound, rather than Lady. Peg was sexy and over-the-top. Lady was a dipshit who got herself knocked up in the park.
I’m driving to my first audition at a strip club in Houston. My stomach can’t find gravity. I’m hungry, but afraid to eat.
Besides, I’m too poor to eat, and that’s the problem. In a way, I’ve been building up to this audition for months—a bikini contest here, a wet T-shirt contest there. But the work is uncertain and exhausting, and it requires a high tolerance for bullshit (typical nightclub manager: “What? Of course it’s a cash prize!”) One night I bust a strap on my bathing suit and a boob flops out. The crowd goes nuts. I can hear glass shattering, shouts, the muffled grunts of guys getting shoved to the floor as the back row surges forward. The other contestants and I are hustled off the stage by uniformed police, and I’m treated like a sex worker for the KGB. (“Did you know the strap was about to break? Have you ever been arrested for solicitation?”) And always the punch line, this time from a cop with fast, grabby eyes: “So how big are they, anyway?”
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