In the 21st century we live in a wonderfully strange and contradictory society that both glorifies and shames sex all in the same breath. "Sl*t shaming" has been a major issue for women for a while, as our exploding connectivity and sharing options allow us to overshare basically every aspect of our lives, including our private parts.
With the lines between pro and amateur blurrier than a night out with Robin Thicke, the p*rn industry is booming like no other time before, luring thousands of women of various ages and backgrounds with promises of quick and easy cash and possible fame. But the road to silicone valley is paved with broken dreams and terrible decisions. Here are 10 women whose forays into the world of adult entertainment came back to bite them in the you know where (and not in the fun way).
10 Tiffany Six
School is intrinsically connected to sexual maturation in this day and age. And that’s probably why everyone has at least one fantasy of that hot, hip teacher they’ve had their eye on all year, slipping them her number and a note to call her tonight next to the “good job” smiley face on their social studies report. Well, mostly everyone... right?
Well some kids at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School came closer to that fantasy than most when they found out that their science teacher was a former adult star Tiffany Six. Unfortunately this quickly led to Ms. Halas’s suspension and, after a no doubt short battle in court, sacking. One really has to feel for Ms. Halas, as she wasn’t working at the school during the time of her more lurid career, and by all accounts she was a competent and responsible teacher. During an interview she even made sure to clarify that “… I didn’t do the students. I have to say I’m not into the students, though. At least I don’t do that.”
Well good on you Ms. Halas. Good on you.
9 Melissa King
Just a few months after becoming the most important teenager in Delaware, an X-rated video popped up online with a girl that looked and sounded a lot like 18-year-old Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013, Melissa King. People went bananas and reached out to her for comments on the allegation. Like any good public persona does in these situations. She denied, denied, denied. Yet still resigned her position, giving up her crown and reinforcing suspicions that she really had made a video. All doubt was lost when the producers of the video released footage of Melissa reading her release form and identifying herself. To make matters worse, the guys at the site revealed that they refused to work with her again because apparently, she's just that awful at it. The irony of it all is that she needed the money from doing the video in order to participate in the pageant.
8 Farrah Abraham
Farrah Abraham has managed to make a pretty steady living off of the world's morbid fascination with her reproductive parts. First she was 16 and Pregnant, then she was a Teen Mom, capturing our attention so completely that we are still watching her try to figure out how to be a teen mother/human being despite being 24 years old.
Part of why she's still relevant probably had something to do with her not one, but two sex tapes. However, despite putting her back in headlines and reportedly making her a millionaire, it also "ruined" her life. According to an interview with InTouch magazine, she was drugged and raped multiple times while promoting the film, in addition to costing her a relationship and leaving her with a host of self-esteem and body image issues. At least she got to work through all this on international TV like the rest of us. And when all that was said and done, she went ahead and released a sequel, because hey, it's not like you can ruin your life twice, right?
7 Jaimee Foxworth
Jaimee Foxworth was best known for playing Judy Winslow, the youngest of the siblings on Family Matters until Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) showed up and literally stole the show. As the show refocused around the wildly popular geek, there was less screen time for Foxworth until they decided to write her out of the show as if she never existed. No farewell, just never existed. That had to suck.
Her career crashed and burned and her family ran into money problems. Eventually she turned to alcohol and painkillers to try and cope with her depression. Faced with the prospect of bankruptcy Jaimee became "Crave" and entered the world of adult entertainment. The money came fast, but so did the destruction of her wholesome image. Luckily, her family stuck by her side, and even though she confessed to Oprah that p*rn is her biggest mistake, she's moved past it, appearing on Celebrity Rehab, getting off drugs and starting a family.
A mysterious woman who adopted the name Babsi filled herself with more than the Holy Spirit in a series of solo videos she filmed in an Austrian church. Despite taking efforts to keep her identity secret by not showing her head, Babsi was still recognized by her breasts and arrested for her sins.
Following her arrest a debate broke out over whether the church needed to be reconsecrated, and 'Babsi' made several confident remarks to media, including calling herself an angel compared to other sinners and boasting of her pride that so many liked what she did. In the end she apologized and split her profits with the church. Amen.
5 Montana Fishburne
For half a whole second, the internet buzzed at the news that Laurence Fishburne's (The Matrix Trilogy) daughter was going to make a sex tape. For half a whole second, Montana Fishburne dreamed that maybe she too could gain fame and prestige in Hollywood like her dad and personal inspiration, Kim Kardashian. Half a second later, Montana Fishburne realized the truth. You have to be pretty damn lucky and pretty damn smart to parlay pseudo-celebrity into a full blown career. And turning a career in adult entertainment into a career in anything else extremely rare.
Montana’s advice for girls thinking about doing p*rn? Go to school…
4 Kendra Sunderland
Maybe Kendra Sunderland was taking that advice when she used her former college library to film a half-hour self pleasuring show and skyrocket her fledgling career as an amateur webcam video girl into a full on viral sensation. And though she was soon recognized, arrested, and fined, she gained a whole lot of fans, and a burgeoning new career for her trouble. Of course, she’s had to face infamy and shame, and there’s no telling what repercussions it might have later on in her life.
3 “Lucie” from Czech Republic
Lucie is pretty much the ideal fantasy woman: Interesting and well-educated, smokin’ hot, and sexually liberal. For a price of course. While we’ll probably never know exactly what that price was, we do know she’s paying for it now as it turns out Lucie’s day job was, you guessed it, teaching.
In a classic case of history repeating itself, Lucie was sacked from her teaching job when students discovered her videos and parents complained. There is a silver lining here of course. With two children, this 35-year old is going to need to find a way to put food on the table pretty fast and she definitely has some new career potential.
2 Nadya “Octomom” Suleman
Way back in the dark ages of 2009, the world was taken by storm when a woman gave birth to octuplets ( and already had children). Eventually Nadya came to the conclusion that raising 14 kids by herself cost a lot more than she could afford, being unemployed.
Enter p*rn. Her announcement that she was ready to get naked for the world to see sent the dark side of the internet into a coma. Her video, titled “Octomom Home Alone” granted her riches and enough infamy galore, allowing her to get steady bookings as a feature dancer. She considered her adult stardom “empowering” and the money probably saved her family, so maybe she won’t regret anything, but sooner or later, her kids are going to find out about it and when they do…
1 Courtney Stodden
With her fake moans and “dirty talk”, I hesitate to even call Courtney Stodden's sex tape p*rn. Supposedly it’s a personal video of the failed singer, jailbait bride, and Playboy reject, filmed for her husband Doug Hutchinson. The funny part is apparently the video was “stolen”, prompting her to sell it for 1 million dollars and donate proceeds to “children with cancer”. I’m a little sorry for her husband if this was for him. She spends half the film talking and posing for the camera in various states of dress. Her smile at the end had to be the most genuine moment of the whole tape. You can see the relief in her eyes: it was finally over.