Published on: February 16, 2012

“American Pickers” star DANIELLE COLBY CUSHMAN has a secret erotic past!

While the 36-year-old tattooed beauty spends her days picking through junk in search of treasures on the History channel’s hit show, she’s led a secret double life moonlighting as a burlesque dancer!


The recently separated mother of two, who usually mans the Antique Archeology store in Iowa while co-stars Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on the road, founded Burlesque Le’ Moustache, a group of women who perform around the Midwest.


But Danielle recently quit performing, and she’s trying to keep that part of her life under wraps as she cleans up her image, say insiders.


“My rule with this troupe is we wear pasties and panties,” she revealed in an interview about her night job. “Some of the girls go down to G-strings, but I try to keep it as classy as possible.”


 Danielle – known onstage as Dannie Diesel – performed last April at Skellington Manor in Rock Island, Ill.


“Viewers of the show would never have imagined that Danielle had a kinky life on the side,” said an insider. “Danielle loves burlesque, but now that she’s made a name for herself on TV, she’s given up performing and refuses to speak about that part of her life.


“She’s hoping to have a future in the television industry, and she doesn’t want her past to mess up any opportunities that may come her way.”