It should come as no surprise that the world of adult entertainment, both film and performance, is a popular and lucrative one. The most successful workers in the industry, accordingly, enjoy both fame and a large salary for their work. However, it seems that in the world of adult entertainment, filmmakers tend to overlook female audience in favour of the male, as the male population is typically understood to be the primary consumer of adult entertainment.
In September 2014, adult entertainment site P*rnHub compiled user data into a report entitled 'What Women Want', which brought female consumers of adult entertainment and their varying tastes to the fore. The study focused on the most-searched keywords by women on the popular adult entertainment website, as well as the categories they tended to view more than men. When it came to a list of the top most-searched adult entertainment stars, the difference between men and women was evident; although the top three on each list proved the same for both genders, if in different orders, women included actors and actresses totally overlooked by men — an example being James Deen, who is over 500% more likely to be searched for by women than by men. It's worth noting that women's number one key-word search on adult entertainment sites, according to the same study, was 'lesbian', and indeed many female stars feature among women's top 10 favourite adult actors...
So, who are women's preferred naughty stars? The following are the girls' top ten.
10 Brandi Love
At number ten is Brandi Love, born as far less glamorous sounding Tracey Lynne Potoski. She grew up in North Carolina and was very sporty as a child and teenager, taking up dancing aged three, ice skating aged four, and playing numerous sports including tennis and soccer.
Before entering the world of adult entertainment in 2004, Love owned her own custom wine company, and has continued to show her entrepreneurial skills in the adult entertainment world by founding the site parentsinadult.com, the world's only enterprise dedicated to parents who work in the adult industry.
9 Asa Akira
Japanese star Asa Akira is at number nine. Born and brought up in Tokyo, Akira started at Washington Irving High School in New York City 2001 and graduated from school in 2004. She began working in the adult entertainment industry two years later, aged eighteen.
Akira has featured in over three hundred adult films, and is one of the richest women in the business in America, with a net worth of $1.5 million. Akira prides herself on loving her job and being a feminist in the industry, and is quick to point out that such work isn't taboo or the sign of something gone wrong; she frequently mentions her entirely normal upbringing preceding her entry into the field.
The first male entry of the list is Mandingo, at number eight. He is an incredibly prolific actor in the adult entertainment industry, with over five hundred film credits to his name. Born Frederick Lamont in Mississippi, Mandingo chose his industry name as a result of a nickname he was given in college. His first performance in an adult entertainment film was in 1999, and since then he has gone from strength to strength, even launching his own series, "Mandingo", in 2002.
Pinky, also known as Pinky XXX, is at number seven. The diminutive star stands at just 4'11", but has proved a huge hit with women on the adult entertainment scene since her first feature in 2006, aged twenty-one. Real name Sarah Mirabelli, Pinky was born in California and has close to one hundred film credits to her name.
6 Farrah Abraham
At number six is Farrah Abraham, who is a reality star, author, and aspiring model and musician. Nebraska-born Abraham shot to fame in MTV reality show 16 & Pregnant, and also featured in the first series of MTV's Teen Mom. While six months pregnant, her baby's father was killed in a car accident, which brought a lot more public focus to Abraham and her life. In 2012 Abraham released a book entitled My Teenage Dream Ended, which featured on the New York Times bestsellers list.
She began to dabble a little in the adult entertainment industry, and in 2013 she made an adult tape with James Deen, a famous actor in the adult entertainment industry. She has since launched her own (ahem) self-modelled sex toy.
5 James Deen
Born as Bryan Matthew Sevilla in California, huge star of the adult entertainment industry James Deen is at number five. Deen was first referred to by his stage name at the age of twelve, due to the way he smoked (of course, the change in spelling is in order to avoid legal implications). Since his teenage years, he says, he was an exhibitionist, often having sex in public at parties and raves, which he credits with helping him perform in front of the camera.
He decided to try to find work in the adult entertainment industry at the age of seventeen, and was cast in his first feature film in 2004. In the first year of his career alone Deen worked on over five hundred scenes for different adult entertainment movies. When asked to explain his popularity with women in a professional capacity, Deen attributed it to his being "not hideous". Famed for his rough activities in his various films, Deen is quick to point out that he only engages in consensual BDSM, and refuses to perform in anything that may present itself otherwise.
4 Madison Ivy
Another petite woman but enormous star of the adult entertainment world is 4'11" Madison Ivy, at number four. Born in Germany as Clorisa Briggs and raised in Texas, Ivy's first foray into working life began in California, where she was a waitress and bowling alley mechanic.
She first got into the world of adult entertainment in dancing at a strip club, where she met Aurora Snow, a big hit in the industry who helped Ivy with her contacts. She first appeared in adult entertainment films in 2007 when she was eighteen years old. Ivy also works as a personal trainer and yoga instructor.
3 Lisa Ann
At number three is Lisa Ann, who has been dubbed one of the most powerful figures in the adult entertainment industry by Fox News. Older than your typical industry actor or actress, at forty-two Lisa Ann — born Lisa Anne Corpora — is still a smash hit with both men and women. In fact, Lisa Ann attributes some of her popularity to the appeal of her age, given that a lot of the viewers of her films are college-age boys.
She first came onto the adult entertainment scene in 1993, her passion for the business ignited by working as an exotic dancer a few years previously. She quit the business for a brief time in 1997 due to a health scare, before returning first as an agent and then as a performer. She is perhaps most famous for her 2008 onscreen portrayal of Sarah Palin in an adult movie, and owns talent company Lisa Ann's Talent Management.
2 Mimi Faust
Oluremi "Mimi" Faust is the second most popular adult film star among women. Best-known for her appearance on VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Faust is also a mother and CEO of a cleaning business, Keep It Clean. Her popularity in the world of adult entertainment stems from a hardcore tape she released starring Mimi and her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Nikko Smith — an American Idol finalist — which went viral.
1 Kim Kardashian
This is the third case on our list of reality TV and adult entertainment meeting in an explosive combination that proves popular among women number. It is, of course, the queen of the small screen, Kim Kardashian.
Now hugely famous thanks to reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and her high-profile marriage to Kanye West, Kardashian's first exposition to fame came about as a result of a 'leaked' adult tape. The tape, made with her boyfriend of the time time, Ray J, was made in 2003 but was not made public until 2007.
Now one of the most infamous adult entertainment videos ever made, Kardashian predictably took advantage of the publicity it brought her, using it to land a reality show and numerous endorsement contracts, all of which have led to the enormous fame and fortune she enjoys today.