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Chiqui

Chiqui started working on the East London strip pub circuit in 2002, at venues where strippers would collect 50p in a jug (now £1) from each customer prior to their stage performance. Chiqui has always been fascinated by the performance side of things. She is inspired by the Latin American vedettes she saw on television as a child; and by carnival queens, the theatricality of drag queen shows, Parisian showgirls and an eclectic mix of many other vibrant genres of performance art. Her love for pole dancing developed early on in her career and she became a pioneer in taking the art of pole dancing out of the strip pubs and on to many other public platforms. Chiqui has performed at a variety of international music and arts festivals, at parties and fetish events such as Torture Garden, and at the Life Ball in Vienna with Agent Provocateur. In 2006, Chiqui won the coveted “Stripper of the Year” award at the Erotic Awards, an annual fundraising event in aid of ‘The Outsiders Trust’ - a charity that offers support on relationships, sexuality, dating and sexual services to people with disabilities. The change in licensing legislation for strip venues in the UK (known as ‘nil’ policy) meant that there was a sharp decrease in the number of places where strippers could work with a level of dignity.  This inspired Chiqui and her peers to create the ‘East London Strippers Collective’ with the aim of combating the stigma and negative stereotypes about strippers,  and produce a variety of events that were sensual, inclusive and respectful to those working within the industry.  Productions included an art exhibition at the Red Gallery and regular life drawing classes. Chiqui is currently one of the founding members of the Berlin Strippers Collective, where her work as an organiser and performer continues to grow. Her aims are to bridge strippers from all over the world to unite in sisterhood and demand better working conditions.

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