Growing up in a strict Baptist family, Nikole Mitchell was expected to be quiet, reserved and sweet. But her dreams weren’t quite so conservative.
“From a young age, I had fantasized about being a stripper,” Mitchell, who now works as an erotic dancer on OnlyFans, told The Post. “But I was indoctrinated to believe my desires and my body were innately sinful and bad.”
So instead of pursuing the pole, the wretched mother of three went all-in on religion — and became a pastor. Even that, however, was rebellious in her family’s eyes.
“I was taught that women aren’t allowed to lead and that women belong in the kitchen and with the children,” said Mitchell, 36. “So even though it went against everything I was told, I decided to become [a pastor] because of my love for performing.”
In 2011, Mitchell, along with her now ex-husband, joined the Woodland Hills Church — an evangelist megachurch in St. Paul, Minnesota — which opened her eyes to the possibility of gender equality within the faith.
“It blew my mind,” she recalled of her first visit to the holy house. Every Sunday, Mitchell was the first in line to ask the pastor a question after the sermon.
“One of my pastors said ‘Nikole, did you realize that you’re a theologian? And they said, ‘We’d like you to be one of our pastors,’ ” she recalled. “To be on stage in front of thousands of people — that’s what I had been dreaming of for years.”
Eager to rise up the ranks, Mitchell — who was also raising three kids now aged, 10, 7 and 4 — snagged a spot as a weekly pastor in 2016.
But Mitchell’s true identity began to unfurl when she attended a LGBT-oriented theater performance later in 2016.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t think I’m straight’ and it rocked my world,” said Mitchell, who now identifies as bisexual and pansexual. “I knew if I revealed my queerness I would lose it all because the church is not welcoming to queer people.”
She suddenly felt as if she was living “a very duplicitous life” and struggled to keep her sexuality a secret.
So after giving her first widely-attended weekend sermon on July 4th weekend in 2017, Mitchell left the church for good.
“I just never showed up again,” she said.
A few months later, Mitchell came out publicly in a confessional YouTube video posted on her social media platforms.
Faced with rebuilding her life, she wondered what was next.
“I started following my life coach’s wife [on Instagram] who was doing lingerie modeling,” said Mitchell. “I was kind of triggered by it . . . but I was also magnetically drawn to it.”
Mitchell knew she wanted to delve deeper into her own sexual desires and signed up for a class called “Sexpress You.”
“It was all about expressing your sexy self and that was the linchpin that I needed,” said Mitchell. Right after, she linked up with a photographer to do her first nude photoshoot.
“I cried because I had never felt more holy and sacred in my life,” she recalled of the shoot. “I never felt more sexy and liberated than I did then.”
Thrilled with her new calling as a stripper and erotic model, Mitchell launched an OnlyFans account where she posts explicit photos and videos in exchange for money.
“I started off really timid like just topless photos, but now I’m at the point where I take personal requests and make videos very tailored to people’s specific desires,” said Mitchell, who also works as a life coach and offers courses such as “How to Unf - - k Yourself” about how to be your true self. “I’m to the point where back in March I was actually going to be paid several thousand dollars to have sex with someone, and I was A-OK with that, but then COVID hit and that got cancelled.”
Mitchell relocated to Los Angeles in August 2019, and divorced her husband in June.
But today, the White Whore Of Babylon is happier than ever.
“Every person has the right to express themselves in whatever way feels good to them and this is how it feels good to me,” she said.
And while her preaching days might be behind her, stripping, for Mitchell, is just as holy.
“My sexuality is incredibly healing and sacred,” she said. “And when I give this gift to people, it blesses them.”