PET OF THE YEAR 2014: Tanika West

2014

Tanika West

Pet of the Year - 2014

She graced our March cover and wowed the masses; Now, After an avalanche of votes, Tanika has won the key to the kingdom...

Photography: Richard Arthur

When it was announced that I’d won Pet of the Year, I cried my eyes out. I was so emotional, overwhelmed and excited that all my hard work had paid off.

“growing up, I was surprisingly shy, but now dancing has given me so much confidence in my own shell”

“I’m originally from South Africa but I’ve been living in WA since I was 12. I’m still very connected to South Africa but I love Perth – it’s my home.

“I first got into the adult industry about 10 years ago, when my boyfriend at the time suggested I give stripping a go. His mum owned a strip club and he said with my body and bubbly personality, I’d be great at it. It was an odd conversation and I was pretty shy at the time but I was curious. I ended up loving it, and a year later, I started working at Xotica and almost a decade later, you can still find me regularly performing there. The girls who were there and I are like family. “When I was growing up, I was surprisingly shy but performing has really brought me out of my shell. Dancing has given me so much confidence in my own skin.

“Sexual attraction is one thing, but there’s got to be real chemistry for me to be keen on pursuing anything”

“I don’t have a particular type of guy that I’m attracted to but there are definitely certain things that shine through when I meet someone. Sexual attraction is one thing, but there’s got to be real chemistry for me to be keen on pursuing anything.

“I tend to get a lot of compliments from men on my legs. They’re really strong and toned from the amount of time I spend wrapped around the pole. And my smile. They love my smile.

“Since I won Pet of the Year, lots of exciting doors have opened and I’m currently in talks to make some international appearances, as well as continuing to tour around Australia. You’ve only just seen the beginning of me.”