Behind-the-Scenes with Nina Daniele
DON’T PLAY IT COOL
At the end of the day, we don’t have time for games. When the other person feels they have to put in so much work for your attention, they don’t feel valued. That makes me sad. The same goes for friendships. Show someone you like, love and care for them. And always text back!
MY ULTIMATE GOAL
I love pit bulls. I have two of them, and my dream is to have my own sanctuary for dogs on death row. They would live their lives out there or get adopted, and everything would be donation-based.
MY SECOND ULTIMATE GOAL
I have a plan to open my own club with dancers on platforms, and they would all wear different animal heads—boars, horses, bears, really gnarly ones. And the girls would be all voluptuous and sexy, dancing, but with grotesque heads, like reverse centaurs. Whenever I see myself older, running a business, this is it. It’s just so fucked-up that it’s kind of hot!
MY TAKE ON FEMINISM
It has almost become trendy to say “I’m a feminist.” Why can’t you say “I support women in power; I support women who are comfortable with themselves and their bodies.” It’s not just about women. It’s about all people. Why are we separating ourselves?
MY IRRATIONAL FEAR
I get nervous about what you might say when you wake up from anesthesia. What if I say some really fucked-up shit or things I mean deep down inside? I get nervous at the idea of my subconscious being set loose.
REINVENTING THE POLE
I find pole dancing very liberating and empowering. I think about when I would open jewelry boxes as a kid and watch the little ballerina spin around. I think there’s something really beautiful and even innocent about it. It’s freeing, and it’s a great workout.
MY NIPPLES ARE OKAY, THANKS
Why is showing nipples a taboo? At the same time, the bigger deal you make of something, the bigger deal it becomes and the harder it is to explain why you feel a certain way. The whole “free the nipple” thing? Just let it go. Move on to something else. There are children dying and you want to complain about nipples? Let it go.