Oprah: The reason why you wrote me that letter, what I'm sensing, is that you wanted to not be objectified. You wanted us to know that you are a real person with real feelings.

Nadya: That is only one of many reasons. I feel as though because I chose this, I own responsibility for the repercussions and the consequences of my choices. ... I'm not going to personalize [anything] that has to do with me, however I am speaking up and I am attacking back when it is now deleterious to the well being of my children.

My daughter comes home, my 7-year-old daughter and says, 'Mom, what is a stripper?' That felt like a sledgehammer to my heart. And it does right now. That a parent—a woman, a mom—asked her daughter to ask my daughter, 'Is your mom a stripper?' Of course I've never been a stripper. But, again, I will not judge any person. I will not put people in a box and say, 'Oh, because you do this for a living...' Let's say if I were a stripper, that doesn't define my worth. But I have never been one.

I have never been on welfare. I have not had plastic surgery. I have never wanted to look like some celebrity. I've never wanted fame. I need the truth out there. Why? Because it's deleterious. It's affecting my children. They are my life, and I'm going to be damned if that is going to affect them for the rest of their [lives]. We do not even have Internet in the house I'm trying so hard to protect them.


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