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Life After Porn: What Are Your Favorite Adult Film Stars Doing Now?


(Belle Knox: Current porn star, future…lawyer? Dang, talk about a downgrade. / Photo via Teen Fidelity)

By Dustin Seibert

That Duke University porn “star” Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox) has probably gotten more mainstream press for being a legal sperm canvas than anyone since, well, ever. While I certainly support her decision to be in adult films, I am having trouble with her shifting narrative, and the apparent naivete coming from an otherwise smart young lady: She said she started porn just to pay her way through Duke, but now she’s obviously aspiring to be a full-fledged porn star? She was concerned about her true identity being revealed and more people giving her negative attention, but she’s entertaining Sherri Shepherd’s stupid, trifling ass on The View? Does not compute.

Now it seems that Miriam wants to graduate from Duke, slob as many knobs as physically possible in the interim, enroll in law school and become an attorney defending sex workers. Admirable, but given the fact that she’s freshly 19 years old and can legally drink semen on camera but not Miller Genuine Draft, I do wonder at times if her decision making is a tad flawed, and if her aspirations are easier to accomplish in her head than in real life.

So Belle, if you’re reading this, I have two things to say: 1) Put a little more “oomph” into your scenes — you gotta look more interested to captivate the audience; and 2) Take a look at these stories of successful porn stars of yore, which might help serve as cautionary tales. Recognize that I could make this list pages and pages long and never run out of stories to tell. I didn’t include male porn stars here because they aren’t typically as recognizable, and, let’s face it…in our patriarchal society, the playing field just isn’t the same.

Asia Carrera – One of porn’s G.O.A.T.s, Asia had such a lengthy and successful career that she would have to get facial reconstruction surgery to not be recognized everywhere she went. Actually, she did what might be the next-best thing after retirement: She moved to Mormon-country Utah to raise a family. Sadly, she was left a widow and single mom after her hubby died in a car accident, sending her down the pit of alcoholism, and then into recovery.

Here’s the thing, though, Belle: Asia is actually a member of Mensa, making her probably the only genius porn star in the history of everdom. Thing is, she dropped out of Rutgers University (on a full scholarship!) to handle penis eons ago, so she’s probably gotta struggle like the rest of the single moms with no formal education out there. Lesson: whatever you do, DON’T DROP OUT OF DUKE.

Houston – Houston pretty much defined what it means to go HAM, as she’s most famous in porn annals (hehe) for her Houston 620, in which 620 men had sex with her uninterrupted. (Okay let’s pause for a break here: Chris Rock said every woman has a 7-dick curve…does that mean it was really the “Houston 627”? What did her vag look like after the 200th dude? The 500th? Wonder what the bastard who drew the 620th ticket was thinking…”lucky me”?) Anyway, the documentary After Porn Ends reveals that not only did Houston lose her gig selling real estate after she was recognized, but that she also now resembles a skinnier version of Divine after getting some shitty plastic surgery. Your looks will go someday, Belle. The sands of the hourglass get us all. Stay away from the knife.

Gauge – Gauge carved a niche for herself at the beginning of the century for taking cocks half as big as her entire diminutive frame. In her ass. While doing handstands. All that talent, however, didn’t get her very far as a certified surgical technologist after retirement, as she was constantly recognized and couldn’t keep a mainstream job for shit. So in fall 2013, she got back in the porn game, a shell of her early-20s, hand-standing self. Her story is detailed in this Salon piece. Please take time to read it all, Belle.

Stephanie Swift – One of the most prolific porn stars from the mid 1990s on through the first decade of the new century, Stephanie made a name for herself as a Wicked contract girl with that is-she-or-isn’t-she-part-Asian thing. After dedicating herself solely to girl-girl late in her career, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and, two years later, released a testimonial video for XXXChurch – essentially warning other girls about entering the industry. Take note, Belle. That broken creature you see above might be you in 15 years.

Tiffany Six – Stacie Halas decided she wanted to start a nice, simple career as a junior high school teacher in her early 30s. Because, you know, nine months as a porn actress in your mid 20s can’t really come back to haunt you, right? Wrong. Doing porn for the better part of a calendar year in the mid-aughts means that your shit is still all over folks’ hard drives, on PornHub, on torrents and every-damn-where else. One of her coworkers out for an evening stroke was gonna ultimately come across it and drop a dime. She lost her job and appealed the decision in the courts, which summarily struck her the fuck down. Teaching career over. We’re a society of hypocritical assbags: While you can take up as many gigabytes as we can afford, there’s no way we want you around our kids.

Brooke Ashley – Because this list wouldn’t be shit without an example of the more dire ramifications of doing porn, I present to you Brooke Ashley. Recognizable to anyone who went running to the “Asian” section of the video rental store’s back room in the 1990s, Brooke starred in “The World’s Biggest Anal Gangbang,” in which she let a then-record 50 dudes tackle her brown spot. (Because why not go hard if you’re gonna go at all, right?) Apparently, it was through this shining attempt to please her parents that she contracted HIV, something she copped to while teary-eyed on an episode of MTV’s True Life. She went back on camera in the mid-aughts to screw her also-HIV-positive boyfriend, but not much has been heard from her since. Belle, you clearly do not utilize condoms in your scenes, so unless you want to go through law school downing a cocktail of pills to stay healthy, heed the apostle’s warning, yo.

Sharon Mitchell – Probably the best example of a porn star who went on to do something meaningful in the industry after retirement, Mitchell (real name, no gimmicks) performed through the 1980s and partially in the 1990s. She got out the game and opened up the Adult Industry Medical Health Care Foundation, a sex worker testing company that measurably prevented disease transmission. To this day, she still advocates for the health of porn stars. Unfortunately, her attack, rape and near-murder in 1996 is an indication of the thing you worry about the most these days. Is the career worth it?

Jenna Jameson – I have a question for you, Belle: If you could have Jenna’s degree of success and recognition — not to mention the bread she’s pulled in building her brand — would you drop out of Duke right now? Inarguably, Jenna Jameson’s profile as a female porn star is unprecedented; she did big things in her halcyon days at the turn of the century and set the standard for mainstream crossover success. Belle, you have enough of a profile now to build upon and steal Jenna’s crown. But you can’t be like her and be a lawyer at the same time, unless you want to deal with jury-boxes full of dudes constantly masturbating at you. But should you ever prove me wrong, I’ll eat whatever computer I have at the time, Monsieur Mangetout-style.

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