I was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and THIS is the real truth behind the toxic culture on the team…read more..

The elite team of 36, who have long been dubbed America’s Sweethearts, come from all over the world to uproot their lives to Texas, where the expectation placed on them is perfection – and then some.

The new Netflix series, ‘America’s Sweethearts: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders,’ from famed sports documentarian Greg Whiteley, paints a portrait of dancers who have the weight of a $5bn business on their shoulders with very little to show for it.

Not only are they expected to perform impossibly high kicks and their infamous jump splits known for resulting in serious, long-term injury, they’re also role models for little girls, eye candy for the fans in the stands, and everything in between.

Now, speaking to Mail Sport on the condition of anonymity, one ex-DCC member has lifted the lid on the ‘dark side’ of the ‘toxic’ environment, in which the dancers are treated poorly and viewed as ‘expendable’.

You get hooked on the sisterhood of it all,’ the former cheerleader told us.

‘You really fall in love with the girls, they’re your best friends. But we all joke that we’re trauma bonded because of the things we’ve been through.’

When the Dallas Cowboys gave Netflix cameras unparalleled access to the DCC throughout the 2023-24 football season, the show – whether intentionally or not – became a poignant look at female labor, and how America has come to view so-called pink jobs.

The cheerleaders’ work is all in service of a billion-dollar organization – the wealthiest sports team in the world – so it’s no surprise the series addressed the elephant in the room less than 20 minutes into episode one.

‘There’s a lot of cynicism around pay for NFL cheerleaders — as it should be. They’re not paid a lot,’ Charlotte Jones, chief brand officer and daughter of billionaire owner Jerry Jones, said.

The Cowboys heiress is among the most powerful women in the NFL, reportedly earning $1.5million annually.