Photo by Malowanie Światłem/Tomasz Gas  

Trixie

The first song Trixie ever stripped to? “Stop” by the Spice Girls! Remember that one? Yeah. Secretly, in her childhood bedroom…down to her pink strawberry shortcake underwear, while mom and dad thought she was sleeping innocently in bed. And then at one point she discovered she could get paid for it…tadaaa! So I guess you could say, Trixie’s been stripping her whole life. Although becoming a professional stripper was a breath of fresh air away from the rigour of many years of classical ballet, Trixie can’t help but infuse her shows with little pirouettes and arabesques here and there, even if Iggy Azalea happens to be playing. When she’s not at the club, Trixie spends her time training at the pole dance studio, stretching, writing erotic short stories and doing political activism with the Association of Erotic and Sexual Service Providers in Germany. Being part of the collective means combining her passion for striptease with the commitment to more freedom of sexual expression in society, better working conditions and more labour rights for erotic service providers. She believes that striptease and other sexual/erotic forms of entertainment are legitimate work and strives to challenge stereotypes about the industry. For Trixie, the work of striptease represents an intersection of emancipating bodily expression at the workplace and fighting for fair compensation for human labour power in the capitalist work system. Her favourite thing to do on slow nights is fantasize about strip clubs of the future…more gender diverse, dancer-owned and operated, better stage poles, decorative private booths. She hopes that as the Berlin Strippers’ Collective grows, such visions will no longer just be fantasies…