Martha Stewart works the pole

A domestic queen goes exotic dancer

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published January 20, 2010 1:02PM (EST)

Maybe it's just a result of maturing into the "don't give a damn" years, maybe it's lessons learned from that time in jail, but Martha Stewart gets funnier and freakier.

Last month, she used Snoop Dogg's appearance in a brownie-baking segment as an excuse to not so subtly allude to the dessert's popularity among stoners; now, she's breaking out her Champagne Room moves.

 Welcoming S-Factor creator Sheila Kelley, one of the first and foremost ladies of the "strippercizing" field, Martha gamely rolled her shoulders, swiveled her hips, and yes, did a little swing around the pole before announcing, "I want to do the upside down things." 

While it's true her moves yesterday won't get her a job at Scores any time soon, it's hard not to love a 68-year-old woman who heads a media empire, knows how to sew her own clothes, can bake an amazing cobbler, and isn't afraid to learn how to give a lap dance on national television. Vowing to go to Kelley's New York City S-Factor studio next week for a full lesson, she said, "Why shouldn't we all do that? Right?" Why not, indeed, gutsy lady. Or as Martha would say, perfect.



By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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