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Swifty sees dance as art

Swifty likens stripping to other art forms, admiring the beauty of the human body.
Swifty likens stripping to other art forms, admiring the beauty of the human body. Contributed

THERE'S a lot of talk about fly-in, fly-outs across Central Queensland. But you won't see "Swifty" in a fluorescent vest on a Friday night.

In fact, if you head out on the weekend, you're probably likely to see this 26-year-old Queenslander wearing not much at all.

But just because she makes her money as a stripper, be careful about calling Swifty any nasty names.

"I have a tattoo down my side that says 'truth and freedom - the words of others shall not shackle me'," she says.

"And I take that pretty seriously.

"I don't tolerate bad behaviour and it frustrates me when guys come in and think it's a brothel.

"It's not. So I tell them to go find a number in a newspaper."

Swifty considers herself an artist. She's a dancer. An illusionist. A photographer.

She picked up a 35mm camera when she was five years old and spends her spare cash on lenses and flashes.

"I chase light like some people chase waves," she says.

"Some people might think I'm a bit of a joke.

"But most of my friends are impressed with my level of professionalism."

When she's not dancing or taking photos, Swifty is mother to Darian, 6, and Gypsy, 3.

"If they ever decided to do this themselves I would be okay with it as long as they understood what they were getting themselves in for and treated themselves with respect.

"You need to have a clear set of morals and boundaries and never sell yourself short."

Swifty worked as a stripper before she became pregnant with Darian, when she was in her second year of studying as an architectural draftsperson and again after she and her partner separated.

"I looked for a job every day for a month and I couldn't even get a job at Hungry Jack's," she says. "So then I thought 'I like to party, I like to dance, I like people, let's take it a step further."

She contacted an agency, spent one nerve-racking night at her first strip club and has been mastering the art of dancing in her heels ever since.

"I like to dance, I love the stage and it gives me a sense of freedom and confidence."

"The human body is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated."

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