by Suzan Ryan , under Interviews
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|How did you get into the adult-movie business?
In late 2005, my husband, photographer Carlos Batts, had photographed adult superstar Belladonna. She saw my pictures and she said that she liked my look. I met with her and she asked me to be in one of her movies and to do a scene with her. I was so intrigued because I had only seen a handful of adult movies and had never imagined being in one.What was the experience like?
It was my first time having sex with a woman, so I wasn’t sure what to do, but I jumped right in and went down on her. Since I was so inexperienced, she took the lead and I just tried to do a good job. Before I knew it, they were telling me we were finished and I was a bit disappointed because I didn’t get the chance to try all of the moves I had planned in my head!
What do you enjoy most about workingin the adult industry?
When I started out, I identified as a straight woman. Working with both men and women with a variety of sexual identities has taught me that my own sexuality is fluid. My favourite thing is [that] I have the opportunity to represent a non-stereotypical body type in porn. One of my main goals with my work is to use my body to make the statement that fat women can be desirable and sexy.
What’s the response been to your work?
I am very blessed because 99.99 percent of the feedback I get is positive. I have received many emails from women and men telling me how seeing my work has helped them feel better about themselves and made them realise they can be just as sexy as someone who is a much thinner body type.
|How difficult is it for curvier women to find self-confidence?
It’s very hard for women of all sizes to feel confident because from the time we are girls we are bombarded daily with messages and images that can make us feel that we can never be too thin, too young, too successful… It makes it that much harder for a plus-size woman to feel good about herself because you rarely see plus-size women represented in a completely positive way.
How did you personally find confidence as a plus-size model?
For me, confidence came once I stopped basing my happiness on my weight. I idealised being thin. In my early 20s, I lost a huge amount of weight and suddenly I was a thin person, but I was a thin person who was still unhappy. I realised that happiness is a choice and my enjoyment of life was a decision I had to make in my head not based on my weight or my clothing size.
You have your own sex toy: the CyberSkin Voluptuous Vagina…
I was a little hungover that day and was relieved when they told me all I’d have to do was lay down! There were three people working on the moulding and they worked quickly and efficiently. They have developed a top-secret method that involves layers of goop and other materials that harden and become the negative of what they mould: in this case, my pussy.
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