A former pastor says the decision to become an erotic dancer has changed her life, and she has "never been happier".
US woman Nikole Mitchell grew up in a strict Baptist family. She told the New York Post last week she knew from a young age she wanted to pursue a less conventional career.
"From a young age I fantasized about being a stripper - but I was indoctrinated to believe my desires and my body were innately sinful and bad."
This "indoctrination" led Mitchell to throw herself into her religion, becoming a pastor. But even that was controversial in her family's eyes.
"I was taught that women aren't allowed to lead and that women belong in the kitchen and with the children," the 36-year-old said.
But in 2016 Mitchell realised she was bisexual and pansexual after attending a LGBTQ-orientated theatre show.
"It rocked my world - I knew if I revealed my queerness I would lose [my career as a pastor] because the church is not very welcoming to queer people."
A year later she left the church and came out publicly - and now she has realised her childhood dreams and become a stripper and erotic performer.
Mitchell began her new career on OnlyFans last year - a platform where sex workers can post explicit videos or photographs for money - and says she has never been happier.
"Everyone has the right to express themselves in whatever way feels good to them and this is how it feels good to me," she said.
Mitchell also works as a life coach, telling the New York Post that her sexuality is sacred.
"When I give this gift to people, it blesses them."