A RIPPLED body, pants bulging with bank notes and women falling at your feet – being a male stripper seems like the dream job.
But while many fantasise about bedding a lad who gets his kit off for a living, some women would be too scared to take it further.
Fran Peri, 36, first met husband Armand, 54, when he was holidaying in her native Brazil nearly 15 years ago – and was shocked to hear he'd been a stripper since he was 21.
But after chatting for six months, Fran flew over to visit Armand in the United States – and she never left.
The couple, who have three kids together, went on to make millions with their strip club empire Hunk-O-Mania and live in the biggest house in Holmdel, New Jersey.
They operate with a strict set of rules – there's no kissing, touching or nudity and dancers could be sacked if they pack on the pounds.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, Fran insists she never feels jealous about Armand's job – and would have no problem with her boys following in his footsteps.
She said: "When Armand told me about his job, I was a little shocked at first. I'd never heard of a business of this type in Brazil.
"He had already launched Hunk-O-Mania and I did see him strip a few times when I first visited. It was a bit of a culture shock.
When Armand told me about his job, I was a little shocked at first
"I had never seen women be so confident, get so wild and party among their friends in that way.
"But I always felt Armand was very business minded about it, he wasn't there to party or do anything else but dance and entertain the women.
"I understood it was just a fun night out for those customers, nothing sexual or vulgar, as I originally thought it could be."
Soon after Fran moved to America, Armand stopped stripping and focused his attention on expanding his company into a chain of 19 strip clubs.
For just over £20, punters can now get up close and personal with topless hunks in Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, LA, Miami Beach and San Francisco.
But Fran insists the move wasn't because she's jealous of Armand getting female attention.
She said: "Armand didn’t have any more time to be dancing, we were thinking about the bigger picture.
I was proud to see him get that attention. He's a really good looking guy and I was the one he came home with at the end of the night
"There's always a bit of jealousy in the beginning of a relationship, you don't know where you stand.
"But I wasn't worried about him cheating with customers in the club.
"I was proud to see him get that attention. He's a really good looking guy and I was the one he came home with at the end of the night.
"I was happy I didn't meet him in that environment, because I don't think he would have given me any specific attention.
"I don't think it would have worked out if I'd met him as a customer."
Fran – who handles the customer service, finances and general admin at Hunk-O-Mania – insists Armand would have just as much right to feel jealous of her job.
She said: "I'm probably one of the only females who works in a club full of models and male strippers.
"They're really good looking guys. If I was to be jealous of Armand with the customers, he could be jealous of me too.
"It doesn't cross our minds. We're really professional."
I don't think it would have worked out if I'd met him as a customer
The couple have three kids together – Sophia, 10, Carter, seven, and Maxwell, four – as well as Armand's son from a previous marriage.
Fran said: "We believe Carter's going to be running the company when he’s older. He has the character, he’s like Daddy.
"The kids know everything, there’s no way of hiding it, we run the business out of our home.
"But behind the scenes it's not sexual. They don't see any naked people, it's just a dance group for ladies.
"They are very proud of us. When people ask them what Mummy and Daddy do, they say, 'They have a nightclub.'
"Most people in our area have heard of Hunk-O-Mania and we get a very positive reaction.
"I have no problems with the boys stripping when they’re older, as long as they do it within our guidelines. Not everyone runs the places like we do."
THE HUNK-O-MANIA TIMELINE
1977: Armand's parents move from Portugal to New Jersey, USA, to make a better life for their family.
1986: Armand starts stripping.
1998: Armand opens the first Hunk-O-Mania nightclub in New York.
2005: Fran meets Armand when he's holidaying in her native Brazil.
2019: The couple run 19 Hunk-O-Mania clubs.
Armand, who was born in Portugal and raised in a religious family, is very strict about his club's rules.
The boss, who opened his first Hunk-O-Mania in Manhattan in 1998, insists there's no touching, kissing or nudity – and even fires his dancers if they put on weight.
He said: "My dancers don't get fully naked, they strip down to their pants and we don't use G-strings anymore.
"I never got naked myself. My parents are very religious and I was never comfortable with the idea of being paid to be naked, plus it's against the law in New York City.
The kids know everything – but behind the scenes it's not sexual. They don't see any naked people
"In my clubs, there's absolutely no touching the dancers and no kissing on the lips, just the cheek.
"We have many rules but one of the most important is no-one can leave with a customer or interact with them outside of the club.
"If they like you, the idea is to get them coming back and spending money.
"I train the guys and a lot of them do get sidetracked, so I try to inspire them to stay on course.
"I never did drugs and I don't drink, I try to resist any type of temptation and expect my staff to stay sober at work.
"I've seen too many great male strippers make a lot of money and lose it all within a couple of years."
Armand's rules don't just apply to his staff's behaviour, but how they look too.
He said: "Everyone has to be disciplined, because if they get out of shape we either suspend or fire them. We line them up.
"It's a very competitive industry. In New York we have 35 guys and they all look great. The guys realise the better they look, the more money they make.
If the guys get out of shape we either suspend or fire them. We line them up
"A lot of them are professional models who have worked for big name designers and walked at New York Fashion Week.
"It's a part-time job for them. They're able to pursue other endeavours – we even have guys who work on Wall Street or are studying to be doctors.
"This is just how they supplement their income."
Armand fell into stripping over three decades ago, when he was a 21-year-old student at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
He said: "I got into it by accident. I was quite shy growing up, but it seemed like a fun thing to do.
"The first night I went into the club, I was just standing around and still got tipped £40 ($50) in an hour and a half.
The married women are the ones who are the most aggressive. They make propositions and try to go out with these guys
"I was always in shape because I was competing as a bodybuilder, so I figured it would be a fun thing to do for some extra cash.
"There were nights I would make more money than most people make all week. The most I've made in one night is £4,000 – that was definitely a good night.
"The best part about the job is you're entertaining women.
"There are so many places for men but there was such a void for women at the time."
Hunk-O-Mania aims to provide a "sexual fantasy" for women and couples, but Armand is keen to step in if the customers get out of line.
He said: "The married women are the ones who are the most aggressive. They make propositions and try to go out with these guys – but that's something we don't allow.
"All we do is provide a fantasy, and hopefully the women go back to their husbands or boyfriends and live out their fantasy with them.
"Some of the customers get little handsy, and when that happens we have to interfere.
"Occasionally we have to evict customers. When you mix booze and a nightclub, sometimes people do break the rules."
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