FKA Twigs opens up on Instagram about past work as a hostess and launches initiative

Margaret Abrams
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FKA Twigs has opened up about her experiences as a hostess as well as announcing that she's launching an initiative to raise money to support strippers and sex workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The musician explained on Instagram on Tuesday afternoon that she was 19 when she first began pole dancing, a feat she later became famous for as she would show off impressive moves during her musical performances, both live and in music videos.

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i was 19 when i learnt my first pole move, i learnt a back hook spin from a stripper when i was working as a hostess in a gentleman’s club. for those of you who don’t know, hostessing is when one person pays another person for their time, anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee. my lived experience as a very young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that i am today, but also a lot of my work as a music and visual artist - sometimes even subconsciously. i feel like now is the time for me to step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times. sex workers I know and have met have discipline, craft, talent and work ethic - not only do they deserve better long-term, but their income has been wiped out by the lockdown and many are invisible to the financial aid available to others. there’s a bigger journey in challenging public attitudes, tackling stigma, and fighting for rights and protections - but today I’m inviting you to join me in helping with cash donations to SWARM, Lysistrata and ELSC. these organisations are providing direct financial support to strippers and sex workers, we’ve kicked off the the fund with £10,000 and you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sexworkermutualaidfunds this week, SWARM @swarmhive Lysistrata @lysistratamccf and ELSC @ethicalstripper will also be taking over my social media channels.

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Twigs, now 32, wrote that she learned "a back hook spin from a stripper" while working "as a hostess in a gentleman’s club," explaining that "hostessing is when one person pays another person for their time, anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee."

She goes on to say, "my lived experience as a very young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that i am today, but also a lot of my work as a music and visual artist - sometimes even subconsciously."

She wants to "step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times" and urges her followers to do the same by providing donations to causes that provide financial support to strippers and sex workers, including SWARM (Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement), Lysistrata (an emergency fund) and ELSC (East London Strippers Collective).

She already started a GoFundMe and donated $10,000, with hopes to eventually raise $30,000. These organizations will also be taking over her social media channels throughout the week.

Twigs often shares pole dancing photos and videos on her Instagram account, where she has 1.8 million followers.

She also famously pole danced in her 2019 music video for 'Cellophane.'