Following last week’s season finale, creator and showrunner Katori Hall credits strip club culture and Cardi B for influencing the vision behind her Starz series, P- Valley. 

“Strip club culture has moved the culture,” Hall said during an interview with  Elle Magazine. “Rappers have built empires about that space. Strippers are the A&R execs of the hip hop world—if a woman doesn’t want to dance to your track, it must be bad, boo-boo. Not just that, but pole dancing classes have become so mainstream. It’s changed the worldwide culture.”

Hall mentioned Jennifer Lopez‘s memorable pole dance performance at the 2020 Super Bowl, also noting her Hustlers co-star, Cardi B, who “rolled out the Pynk carpet” for her hit drama series. 

“I was following her on social media when she was a dancer because I loved her personality,” Hall said. “She was funny and smart, and even being young, she was this vibrant and political woman who was articulating herself in this powerful way. So fast forward, she just popped, and this story about this stripper-turned-rapper was on everyone’s tongue.”

In 2016, Cardi ditched her stripper past for Love & Hip Hop stardom, which helped launch her chart-topping music career — and she’s stayed on top ever since. 

Hall praised the “WAP” collaborator for being at the “starting point” of influencing other people to “feel comfortable and be more accepting [and] unapologetic” about their past lifestyle. 

P-Valley takes viewers on a trip deep down in the Mississippi Delta, in the strip club-inspired drama offering various narratives of pole dancers. The series stars Brandee Evans, Nicco Annan, and Elarica Johnson and was recently picked up for a second season.

By Rachel George
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