Make no mistake, when degrading references are made about adult porn stars, it’s always directed toward the actress. Many adult actresses speak of long hours on the porn set. They are forced to talk in cheesy voices for their male counterparts and wear outfits portraying them as teenage girls baiting their eyelids for the camera. On average, porn actresses say they feel no attraction for adult males during sex scenes.

Despite the poor acting, lack of imagination, redundancy, and the porn industry’s phoniness, their business is a cautionary tale of contradictions.  On the one hand, it’s a thriving financial industry, especially for those die-hard adult actors/ actresses who swear with enthusiasm that what they are doing is changing lives for the better. They have the AVN ceremony similar to The America Music Awards and Grammy Awards, where adult entertainers worldwide gather to win an award for a particular category.

 The overall concept of the porn industry has crossed over to mainstream entertainment to a lesser degree.   Singers such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Cardi B, Chris Brown, and other celebrities have made millions of dollars with their raunchy music, videos, and live performances that simulate graphic sexual acts; the only divider: musical artists don’t engage in full-fledge XXX acts.

On the other hand, there are negative consequences for both the average and famous person alike if their curiosity with porn is too intrigued.  Award-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin spoke openly about being addicted to pornography since the age of eight, rapper LL. Cool J, in his book I Make My Own Rules, spoke about viewing pornography often, and  singer Eric Benet developed a sex addiction. At the same time, Tiger Woods, who was lucky that he ever ( that we know) contracted HIV from the number of affairs some of the women were porn stars.

Janet Jackson portrays sexual act in concert

  Kim Kardashian and singer Ray J made a sex video that became popular on the internet. Simultaneously, the late former WWE star Joan “Chyna” Marie Laurer, before her death in 2016 to an accidental overdose, was reduced to starring in adult movies to pay her bills.  

Regardless if porn stars are engaging in A-moral behaviors, for some, being involved in the industry has benefited them. Brittni De La Mora is a former porn actress who used her on-camera name Jenna Presley who made 300 adult videos is one of them. “I was making about $30,000 a month because I was working every day,” she told a newspaper. “I had a brand-new Mercedes and every new Louis Vuitton purse, Christian Louboutin heels… I really played the part.”

De La Mora is correct; the few actresses who can bypass and sustain the adult entertainment industry’s dangers can gain some wealth.  However, the ugly reality is, once the actresses are done for the day, they are left with physical and psychological humiliation.   Every porn star, regardless of gender, adopts a false image. This often replaces their real-life existence mostly because they are devoid of normalcy, especially once their video hits the market. 

Although some former X-rated stars can develop romantic relationships off the set, by far, psychologically healthy men and women would not associate themselves with developing a serious relationship with a porn star. And because of this, porn stars’ inability to find quality romantic partners often leave them with no choice but to navigate toward dysfunctional men and women.

Relationships aside, why an adult star enters into the profession, no matter how attractive they are, isn’t pretty. “I was struggling to pay my rent because I had a really bad drug addiction. I would spend thousands and thousands of dollars a week on drugs,” Brittni De La Mora told a website. “I started off with cocaine, but then eventually, I was battling a heroin addiction. ‘I felt rejected as a child and teenager; in my households, there was a lot of chaos and animosity, so I started looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.”

Like most adult entertainers, De La Mora entered the industry at age 16, and as her drug use worsen… “I had more energy. I could perform the scenes and not even think about the repercussions anymore,” she said, talking about the after-effects of using drugs, which included snorting cocaine and doing crystal meth. “It was giving me this false sense of happiness,” she said. “I thought I was happy while I was doing it, but the moment I would come down, I wasn’t happy anymore, so I would have to do another line. I was naive, but I wasn’t that naïve,” she said. “I knew they were talking about porn films. I got accepted to be represented by a premier agency, and I made the move to become a full-time porn star and dropped out of college.”

De La Mora has a book coming out about her life

In the ’90s, Family Matters was centered around an African-American family that was wholesome and devoted to each other.  Most remember the show because of Steve Urkel, who famously said, “Did I do that?” Jaimee Foxworth played Judy Winslow, the youngest child of the family, but after three years, she was fired due to a lack of the show’s budget.  Once she was out of a job, her families’ bills piled, and they could not manage.

Foxworth turned to substance abuse, which led to a rapid decline. “Jaimee realized there was more money to be made in the adult film industry,” wore a staffer for Oprah.com. “Intoxicated and feeling pressured by her boyfriend to come up with some cash, she agreed to do an explicit sex scene with another actress.”

Foxworth said, “It was, to me, the quickest money.  I was so naïve, and I was drinking. I couldn’t hold my head high. I couldn’t walk around and say, ‘My name is Jaimee Foxworth’ without someone saying, ‘Ew,’ or, ‘We heard about you,’ she told the site. “That’s the most degrading part. I lost all my confidence. I lost all my self-esteem. I lost friends. I lost some family members.”

Foxworth shown at the bottom right near the middle

Crystal DiGregorio-Bassette was involved in the adult film industry for 10 years under the alias  Nadia Hilton. “When I was in porn, my life was all about being a sex object,” she told Fox News. “When she tried to transition out of porn, her reputation preceded her. Several employers fired her when they found out about her past life, and her son was bullied for her decisions,” wrote Emily Jones.

Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon, two porn actresses, released a raw video on YouTube (that was taken down), outlining severe incidents of abuse when they were involved in the industry.

They said they were forced to engage in sexual acts that went against their wills, such as continually being forced to engage in “rough sex” and using “racial play;” “Racial play” involved using derogatory words toward their adult counterparts who were persons of color. Some of the women’s scenes involved “facial abuse,” which was a common occurrence. This involved being choked to the point of passing out and being struck violently.

“Porn performers may fear for their physical safety, career prospects, and as we discussed above, their financial security,” wrote a staffer at the website Fight The Drug wrote. “In Raven’s case, she trusted Strong [ the male performer who the actress accused her of abused her on the set] and didn’t want to spoil her reputation as a professional,” the staffer said. “And feared what would happen if she said no or told the truth about what happened while in the room with her abuser.” The writer added, “[Raven] was the only woman at the shoot with men physically larger than she, and no car to make a getaway if she decided to run. For Nixon, it came down to her, needing the paycheck to survive.”

Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon

Sadly, once a woman enters into the adult industry, money issues, lack of self-esteem, limited employment options, and job readiness skills, among other deficits, leave them with little choice but to return. However, those adult stars who can exit adult entertainment for good often find a purpose by helping others in positive ways.

. De La Mora left the industry in 2012 and devoted her life to serving God and maintaining her sobriety. After an extended time as a congregation member, she met, fell in love, and married Pastor Richard De La Mora in 2016.

  De La Mora is involved in other business endeavors. “I’m a real estate agent now, and I make just as much as I did in the porn industry, and I don’t have to take my clothes off, so I’m much happier now,” she told the site. “I say that I live life with no regrets. If I had never gotten into the porn industry, I wouldn’t have got to do all of the incredible things I’m doing now.’

DiGregorio-Bassette followed in De La Mora’s steps discovering that faith was the foundation of her freedom. “That moment was a moment of giving every hurt and fear to God,” the mother of three told CBN News. “I was bawling my eyes out crying and praying for God to release me from the abusive relationship I was in and all the bad things in my life: it was a full surrender,” she said. “The encounter changed me because when I walked out of that church, I never went back to the bad relationship I was in, and God started changing me from the inside out.”

DiGregorio-Bassette

 She reportedly gave up a $10 million Malibu mansion, $30,000 a month income from making porn movies, and luxury cars. “I left the money and limelight of that world, and I’m more peaceful now with the Lord because I don’t have to be the sex object,” said the now Christian counselor, pastor, and paralegal. “I don’t worry about money. I just worry about my soul and becoming a better person every day. Anybody feels that they can come to me, and that’s what I like about it. They can talk to me openly and not have to worry about me judging them. We all do wrong. Nobody’s perfect. It didn’t matter if you’ve been saved your whole life or you walk into my church with full-on tattoos. I accept them for who they are, not attack them.”

Foxworth says she’s sober, and she gave birth to a healthy boy. She makes appearances on different Tv shows, sharing her experiences about substance addiction.

Although these ladies have turned their lives around, their new freedom has lingering adverse effects due to their porn days; at some point, their children will learn about their mothers’ former lifestyles. Their children’s friends will discover this too. And every porn video those pastors participated in is on the market forever; there will always be questions to their credibility.

Former adult star Nicole B. Jones who assumed the stage name Jazmine Cashmere appeared in 100 adult movies.  She modeled lingerie, was an exotic dancer, and worked as an escort. But now she’s a pastor in Chicago and has a new outlook,

Nicole B. Jones

“Trust God’s promise, regardless of what may seem to be coming against you. There is so much chaos, yet so many things to be grateful for at the same time. Stay focused on the gifts of life, and things will prosper. Remember, we were all called on a assignment, and it’s the work of the adversary to kill, steal & destroy your existence to see that assignment incomplete,” she wrote, in part, on her official Instagram account.

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