The "business" is by no means a tough business to try out (if you're female). In fact it's downright simple. If you look remotely human and are willing to do the deed on camera, some guy in a small office with a couch will give you a chance. In other words, God Bless America.
Staying in the business however, is another story. Most women leave the industry after just a couple of months for a variety of reasons. Some don't develop a fanbase quickly and just can't get cast, while others start to hate the work, claiming they're being treated like a piece of meat. One positive note about lengthy careers in the skin flick business, however, is that those who stick around generally stay in good shape. Many stars are able to maintain a level of attractiveness into older ages. Unfortunately, this is a generalization and many do not remain attractive. Whether they got into drugs or discovered ice cream sandwiches after their time in the business, some stars look like absolute hell after retiring. Here are ten famous "stars" who have completely been abandoned by their good looks.
20 Asia Carrera (Then)
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, there were few names in the adult entertainment world with reputations like Asia Carrera. Between a sexy attitude, exotic look and a few iconic scenes that got her several AVN Award nominations and wins, what was not to love? The half-Japanese babe was also the first person of Asian descent to win AVN Performer of the Year, which she did in 1995.
19 Asia Carrera (Now)
Time has taken its toll on this former gem. At just 42 years old, Carrera looks much older, but not nearly as ugly as some of the entries to come on this list. The above picture features a shot of her driver's license, which shows she is an adherent to Pastafarianism (the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), a mock-faith, through her wearing of a colander on her head.
18 Tabitha Stevens (Then)
Entering the adult film business in the mid 90's, Tabitha Stevens was one of the sexiest stars out there for a few years. She took a lengthy break from shooting in the early 2000's, but returned in 2009. While some members of this list got into drugs and others just stopped watching what they eat, Stevens has gone under the knife far too many times.
17 Tabitha Stevens (Now)
According to an interview with Howard Stern, she has had an absurd amount of plastic surgery. To be more exact, the numbers include six surgical procedures on her breasts, tons of botox treatments, multiple procedures on her nose, and a couple of cheek-jobs. She doesn't look terrible, but unfortunately looks like what the p*rn business and many of their viewers like; a completely unnatural woman.
16 Kylie Ireland (Then)
Oh 1995, I was but a lad of just seven years old back then and this was the face of the 1995 AVN Best New Starlet, Kylie Ireland (no relation to Kathy, the Sports Illustrated Goddess). She won numerous other awards over the course of her career and ultimately went on to direct over 33 films, on top of the over 400 in which she had acted in herself.
15 Kylie Ireland (Now)
For being about 45 now, she doesn't look terrible. But the years are showing. Since her retirement from the business, she has hosted radio shows and podcasts, started a small street art related business and has helped other stars in the adult business start their own websites, after being one of the first skin flick actresses to build her own website, back in the mid 1990's.
14 Ginger Lynn (Then)
While the token 80's look she rocked during her time in the spotlight is out of date these days, if you don't find this beautiful, I don't know what to say to you. She was stunning, quite possibly the biggest name in the business back then, and some consider her to have been the original girl next door. She has been enshrined in multiple adult entertainment halls of fame, and won multiple awards throughout her career.
13 Ginger Lynn (Now)
While we have incredible respect for this iconic pioneer, she is looking a bit worse for wear these days. Admittedly, she's in her early 50's now, but it looks like she has neglected her face for a while now, and took a crash course hosted by Honey Boo Boo's mom in avoiding the gym. Is that too harsh? Sorry, but the internet is not a safe space.
12 Bridgette Kerkove (Then)
That semi-natural looking, gorgeous, eager blonde up there was the AVN Awards best new starlet for 2000 and became enshrined in the Hall of Fame back in 2011. As you can see, she's very pretty, and like a lot of starlets who enter this business, does not need a lot of work done. Well, she got some work done to her face and clearly went for the "economic" choice of surgeon. For more information, scroll down.
11 Bridgette Kerkove (Now)
I should clarify, this is now "now" as in May, 2016, this is simply more recent, we're not sure if we want to know what she looks like now. In this picture, she looks, to quote something Lois Griffin of hit TV show Family Guy said about Julia Roberts, "like someone stapled a baboon's a** on her face". This is one of the dangers of getting into this line of work. Producers do talk these girls down and then they end up getting a bunch of procedures and looking like this.
10 Ron Jeremy (Then)
We had to include one working stiff on this list. Men in the adult business don't get enough credit, or get too much credit...we're not sure really. But anyway, when you mention "male talent" his name is usually the first to come to mind. Some may say John Holmes, but the king of railing hot women in front of a camera is Ron Jeremy. In the 1970's, he was a fairly attractive guy. He was fit, a bit on the short side, and was always hairy, but back then that was in. Nowadays though, well look for yourself.
9 Ron Jeremy (Now)
For many millennials, the first time they saw Ron Jeremy was in the now cult-classic film The Boondock Saints, in which two Irish-American brothers hunt down leaders of a crime syndicate in Boston. It's a great movie, and the Hedgehog plays a mid-level boss who gets (spoiler alert) shot up while enjoying a peep show.
Unfortunately, this movie was released in 1999 when Jeremy was already well into his aging process. He's now in his 60's and plenty of people look good at that age, but not him. Between weight gain and a bad choice of haircut, Ron Jeremy looks like an absolute clown these days.
8 Janine Lindemulder (Then)
Even if you don't like the adult film industry, you have probably seen Janine Lindemulder, as she was the naughty nurse on the cover of Blink 182's 1999 album Enema of the State. Back then she was employed by Vivid Entertainment and was one of the hottest stars in the business. Most of her success came in the 1990's, until she left the business in 1999. She returned in the mid-2000's and won a couple of AVN Awards.
7 Janine Lindemulder (Now)
Lindemulder has not aged gracefully, we are sorry to say. Some legal issues, from domestic violence to tax violations, time in jail, and a rocky marriage to Jesse James have not been kind to this once beautiful lady. Right now, she looks like the kind of woman who hasn't held a job in two decades and gets upset when her kids refuse to let her go with them to an Iron Maiden show. That tattoo on her chest says "Fear Not", but we can't help but feel some fear.
6 3. Jenna Jameson (Then)
Quite possibly the most famous name ever to come out of dirty videos, Jenna Jameson remains the name people first think of when this business is mentioned. The busty blonde was, in the 1990's, what many blonde starlets try to be and look like to this day. She was and still is; a show business icon. She remains one of the most successful performers in the history of adult entertainment.
5 Jenna Jameson (Now)
Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and much like her gongshow of a marriage to former UFC brawler Tito Ortiz, her looks have been steadily disappearing over the past few years. Personally, I blame gravity for Jameson's loss of hotness. It is no secret that she had work done throughout her career, and the goal of that surgery was to keep everything up. It's now 2016 and what stayed up has started to come down. It's a tough world out there and this is what too much plastic surgery can do to beauty.
4 Amber Lynn (Then)
Model/stripper turned adult star, Amber Lynn started in the industry in the mid 1980's, and with the start of her adult film career came a habit of heavy cocaine and alcohol use that came and went until around the year 2000. The drug use did however, have a lasting effect on the once youthful look of the AVN Hall of Fame inductee. Check out what she looks like today:
3 Amber Lynn (Now)
See, didn't we tell you? Amber Lynn doesn't look inhuman by any means but you can tell there has been much drug use in this iconic star's past. Good for her however, as we should add that while she's over fifty years old, she still performs, doing so as recently as last month (April, 2016). We're not sure how we feel about it, though.
2 Chasey Lain (Then)
Another of the iconic stars from the 1990's, Chasey Lain has certainly left her mark on the adult entertainment business. She has been performing on and off since 1991, and is now in her mid-40's. Along with her adult film career, she also had a significant part in one of the funniest mainstream cult classics in film history Orgazmo, a product of Matt Stone and Trey Parker; the creators of South Park.
1 Chasey Lain (Now)
Like we said, she's now in her forties and not looking so hot. Over the years, periodic rumors swirled around the adult industry about drug use and Lain being a total mess. Whether or not these rumors are true, we can totally see, thanks to pictures like the one above, where such theories come from. We can tell it's the same person, but that looks like the result of a ton of cigarettes, meth, crack, or a combination of all the above.