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Beautiful Video Shows Just How Empowering Pole Dancing Can Be

02/18/2015 01:59 pm ET | Updated Feb 18, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, pole dancing isn't always about looking sexy for other people. It can be empowering, too.

In a gorgeous new video, 16 amateur pole dancers explain why they are drawn to the practice -- and show off their killer moves.

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In the film, women hold up signs showing what their "labels" are in the outside world, then signs that explain why they pole dance. The video is the result of a 2014 Kickstarter campaign launched by three pole dancers, feminists and producers in Los Angeles.

"My initial encounter with pole allowed me to explore and appreciate my sexuality and sensuality as a woman in a way I never had before," actress Amy Main, one of the film's producers, wrote in a blog post. "It felt like I was shedding my dry, scaly, battered skin, and emerging as a soft, strong, beautiful, feminine creature. My old belief system had constantly been focused on what was wrong with my body- the missing gap between my thighs, my too small breasts, my shapeless hips. But through [pole dancing] I began to see what was right. Which was, quite simply, me. I was already enough as I was."

Watch the full film above.

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