'Beyond the Pole' Season 2 Full Cast List: Meet Angel Kake, Ms Dime, Lyric Belleza and other stars of WE tv show
Atlanta is known for its vibrant and dazzling nightlife. With Magic City and several other strip clubs dotted across the town, Atlanta is often considered the strip club capital of America.
But when the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, everything came crashing down. The strip clubs had to be closed, which left strippers looking for other sources of income. On WE tv's upcoming show 'Beyond the Pole' Season 2, we will follow the lives of eight Atlanta strippers who are looking for a life beyond the stripping pole. With the pandemic's many restrictions, it's the perfect time for these women to jump ship and explore other professional opportunities. The show features Ms Dime, Angel Kake, Empress Wildflower, Lyric Belleza, Virgo, Gigi Maguire, Ya Ya, Tresure Price and Milk Marie "Pinky". Read on to know all about these street-smart women.
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Ms Dime is a 35-year-old woman who worked as a dancer for eight years. In an interview with The Atlanta Journal Consitution, she revealed her story. "I was living a double life. My family did not know that I was a dancer. They only knew I worked at a hospital and went to college. But the jobs I had weren’t paying the bills. I had a small daughter at the time. One day, I just went and decided to try dancing. You are an independent contractor, and you can come and go as you please.”
But despite the flexibility of her job as a dancer, Dime was looking to step away from it and carve out another career path for herself. So now the former dancer is back to the club, but this time around as a bartender. She intends on saving up enough money by working as a bartender so that she can launch her trucking business. We will have to watch the show to see if Ms Dime manages to accomplish her goals.
Angel Kake is a 38-year-old dancer with 20 years of dancing experience. She briefly stepped away from the pole and launched her own business as an esthetician, but thanks to Covid-19, she had to shut it down and return back to the pole in order to pay her bills and support her child. Although she's earning pretty good money, she still wants to leave the dancing world so that she can opt for a more stable and respectable career. On the show she can be seen lamenting about how her stripping career ended up coming in the way of her forming meaningful and deep relationships and also led to losing many people in her life.
After working as a dancer for 21 years, 35-year-old Empress Wildflower managed to save up enough money to start her own tavern. Things were going smoothly for Empress, until the pandemic ruined her tavern business. So Empress had no choice but to return to the club. But she is back as a house mother, who ensures that all the dancers are taken care of and have everything they need. She explained her decision to take up the job as a house mother which pays a lot less than dancer by pointing out stability in the career and long-term growth rather than a route to making quick money as a dancer.
"I made so much money there, I was able to buy a new house and car within two months," revealed Lyric Belleza in an interview with The Atlantic Journal Constitution. Lyric currently runs a hair salon and also has a life coaching business on the side. Speaking about the life of a dancer, she said, "We bleed. We have children. We are women. This is where we clock in. People think it’s easy. It’s not easy. It takes courage to get in front of people with your clothes off.”
Virgo decided to pursue her acting career when the pandemic shut down all the strip clubs. While pursuing her acting dreams, the former dancer also opened an Only Fans account to make some additional income on the side. Daily Mail reported that Virgo began dancing at the age of 19, while she was still working at Starbucks as she couldn't make ends meet with the money she earned from her job at the coffee shop. Virgo and her mechanic husband DA have been together for 16 years, five of which they have been married. After being cheated on by DA, Virgo was convinced that all men cheat. So she now engages in threesomes with her husband over which she has complete control.
With 1,01,000 followers on her Instagram, Gigi is already a popular figure in Atlanta. She is the co-host of Lip Service Podcast, and also seems to have had a fair share of success on Only Fans. According to the news outlet, Gigi left the pole when her record executive boyfriend asked her to stop it. But when she realized that she was in an abusive and controlling relationship, clubbed with the pandemic, she had no choice but to return back to the pole. In the trailer, we see Gigi breaking down over how at the age of 41 she still has to resort to the pole to pay her bills.
According to Ya Ya's Instagram page, she is a licensed esthetician. She regularly posts about eye lashes and skin care on her page.
Tresure was born in 1992 in Houston, Texas. She previously appeared on Season 6 of 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'. The 28-year-old has a bachelor's degree in mass communications from University of Houston. She moved to Atlanta to pursue her dreams of becoming a radio DJ. She also worked as a model and featured in several publications. She has her own line of hair extensions called The Tresure Box, which offers authentic virgin hair extensions.
Milk Marie "Pinky"
Marie runs a store called Shop Milk Marie that sells eyelash designs, swimwear and e-gift cards.
'Beyond the Pole' is all set to premiere on June 3 at 10/9c on WE tv.