Former Teacher Makes More For 'Six Seconds' Of Twerking Than She Did Teaching

David Wangberg

A former teacher's assistant quit her day job to take up twerking full time.

During an interview with Barcroft TV, 22-year-old Jessica Vanessa knew that she was taking a risk by seeing if her twerking videos would take off. Now, the former teacher's assistant has more than 2 million followers on Vine, more than 87,000 followers on Twitter and more than 500,000 followers on Instagram. And she's making more for her twerking than she was for her teaching.

"What I make in six seconds would take me four months to make as a pre-K teacher at work."
"I don't necessarily want to say my income, but I can tell you this. I bought a new car, paid it off in full, and I was able to get out of debt from my school that I graduated from."
"I've always had it in me -- the dancing, the twerking. I guess I didn't really break out of it until my middle school years. And then once I hit high school, it was a wrap from there. Everybody in high school knew me as the party girl."

— Jessica Vanessa (@_JessiVanessa) October 14, 2014

"'Professional twerker,' 'Vine superstar.' Probably the most ridiculous, stupidest names I ever heard. I ain't s***."
"People like to define twerking as 'You're a whore if you do it.' No, it's just a type of dance; that's it. If you were open-minded, you would understand that."
"I do get plenty of comments -- rude comments, mean comments. I've had two breakdowns where I just wanted to delete all of my social networks."
"When it comes to my twerking, they're very open-minded people. They don't look at it as degrading; they don't look at it in disgust. They're very supportive."