They call themselves “skimpies” and make a living serving beer in remote villages in Western Australia’s outback. This arduous work earns them up to $6,000 a night and yes, their work uniform consists mostly of… nothing.
Shae, a 29-year-old “skimpy”, has been in the business for about a decade and says that the money is the biggest draw for the 300-odd women in the industry.
She told Daily Mail Australia:
The money is very good, that’s why we put up with so much s***. We get paid a base rate to be at the pub around $1,000, but you can earn five times on top of your base rate from tips during a four hour shift.
Shae and some of her colleagues have been featured in a new documentary called Skimpy which aims to shed light on the women’s careers as scantily-dressed bartenders. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Courtney and Shae (right) are bartenders in rural Western Australia. They call themselves ‘skimpies’ and serve drinks and entertain patrons in their lingerie.
2. Skimpies can earn up to $6,000 a night by traveling to pubs in remote towns just to entertain miners and farmers in their lingerie.
3. Shae, 29, (right) has worked as a skimpy for almost a decade and says the money is the biggest draw card for the 300-odd women in the industry.
You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are and the way you look to do this. We meet a lot of weird characters who will pick on you for personal things like if they don’t think you’re the right body shape. So you really have to have a thick skin, especially when alcohol is involved.
We do get hit up all the time for ‘extra’ stuff. It generally scares off the new girls because they don’t know how to handle it. I just turn it around and make a joke of it. You get some dudes being creepy and I just refer them to the brothel. A guy once paid me $50 to take my shoe off and take a photo of my foot and other men have offered to buy my underwear. There’s always something interesting going on.
Shae said it took her several years to learn to deflect criticism and gain the confidence she has now.
Skimpies are now as big a part of Western Australia’s mining landscape as the road trains. And throughout the ages, whenever men have flocked to mining boomtowns, women have followed, providing the entertainment.
4. Skimpies like Courtney can travel four to five hours for just a four-hour shift in regional WA.
5. Shae said it took several years to learn to deflect criticism and build up the confidence she has now.
6. Shae and her colleagues feature in a new documentary called Skimpy that will air on ABC2 on Monday to shed light on their careers as skimpily-dressed bartenders.
And here is the show’s opening shot trailer:
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