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Where is Strip Down, Rise Up’s Ex-Porn Star Today?


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Netflix’s ‘Strip Down, Rise Up’ is an honest and unexpected documentary movie that offers us a look into the fascinating behind the scenes world of pole dancing, revealing how it can be a form of expression rather than just a way of making money at strip clubs. With the brilliant storytelling of Michèle Ohayon shining through, the latter aspect of the dance form is actually rarely mentioned in this powerful film. Instead, the focus is on the reclamation and the reawakening of one’s feminine being. And guiding us through the entire process is Amy Bond, a professional division pole competitor.

Who Is Amy Bond?

Born in a conservative family as the oldest of 7 children, Amy Bond is the daughter of a former lieutenant in the Marines and a first-class graduate of West Point University. According to the pole dance expert, she got her competitive nature from her parents, which has not always been the best thing for her, considering her past. Raised with Mormon beliefs, Amy ran away from home at the age of 19 to be an actress. Unfortunately, though, in Los Angeles, she ended up doing nude modeling for money, from where she moved into the porn industry.

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Amy was Wendy James for just six months, but she says it turned her life around. Even after she spent four years getting through community college and enrolled in Berkley and then Boston University School of Law, she couldn’t escape that past. Thus, to get over that society-inflicted and self-deprecating shame, a decade after Amy left porn, she found pole dancing and took it up as a way to reclaim ownership of her body. The fact that she was raped on two different occasions has also played a role in how she performs her pieces.

Where Is Amy Bond Now?

Amy Bond is currently a happily married working woman residing in San Francisco, California. While her husband, Keith, is a Tech Executive at Microsoft, she is not only a professional pole competitor, but she is also a pro bono attorney – representing asylum seekers and consulting startups – a writer, and the CEO and Founder of Pole and Dance Studios. Apart from the San Francisco Unit, Amy has now expanded her work to be in Oakland and will soon be opening her premier studio in Berkley as well, replacing the Phoenix Aerial Art and Pole.

As a writer, the former account manager has had her work be published in The HuffPost, Narratively, The Rumpus, Manifest-Station, and many more such platforms. But most importantly, she is the author of the forthcoming memoir, ‘Becoming California,’ where she talks about her entire journey of moving to Los Angeles as a naïve teenager and failing to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. As for her work in pole dance, if you’re interested in knowing what Amy is up to, you can always check out her Instagram profile or other social platforms.

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