A Star Is Porn

Surprise! You may already have rubbed elbows with one of San Diego’s sex-industry stars

 

Riley Steele, photo courtesy Digital Underground

We told you in last month’s issue that San Diego was ranked as having the second-most attractive citizens in the country. That Travel + Leisure poll got us wondering: What do our good looking people do with all that hotness?

Guess what – a number of our glamorous gals make a living doing. Doing pornographic films, that is.

Yes, porn stars walk among us in San Diego. They live in Escondido, Temecula and coastal North County. They have kids, work at Starbucks and shop at Petco.

One popular actress who gets paid to have sex on film got a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at San Diego State University.Riley Steele, Digital Underground

So who are these ladies, why did they get into this industry and how do they maintain a “normal” life when not wrapped up in their work?

Meet blonde bombshell Riley Steele, who last year won four AVN Awards (the porn version of the Oscars, sponsored by industry publication Adult Video News); 2013 Penthouse Pet of the Year Nicole Aniston; and Mika Tan, one of the most liked performers in porn.

Tan works as a dominatrix and fetish model. She also holds down a desk job at a local corporate office. She says there’s nothing in the water that makes San Diego a good place for aspiring porn stars, but there is something in the air.

“The climate makes it easy to wear as little as possible,” says Tan, who earned the biochem degree at SDSU in the mid-’90s. “Plus, there are no L.A. people to irritate you.”

Tan lives in Los Angeles but considers San Diego her hometown. She says San Diego was instrumental in propelling her porn career.

“I met Dennis Hof [owner of Nevada’s famed Moonlight Bunny Ranch Brothel] while I was in school,” she says with a laugh. “He was running a time-share operation downtown as well, and he asked me if I wanted to perform.”

A porn career was the goal for Escondido native Riley Steele. She dreamed of being a sex star back when she was a teen.

“I always knew I would do something like this, even when I was working at Starbucks,” she says. “I admired Carmen Electra and Pam Anderson and wanted to be one of them – desired and sexually empowered.”

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