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What Embarrasses Porn Stars?

Photos: Nate Igor Smith

Last week, the Oscars of pornography took place in Las Vegas. Since nude woman photographer Nate Igor Smith ritually goes to the annual AVN awards, Mass Appeal asked him to speak to some adult film entertainers about the things that embarrass them most. Many people assume that since these women bare it all on camera, there’s nothing that can possibly mortify them, but as you’ll hear in their answers, when it comes to porn stars… they’re just like us!


Abigail Mac


Hi, my name is Abigail Mac, and what really embarrases me is when I’m going down on someone and I get a really runny nose, and I go up and they make out with me, but I’m like, “no, don’t,” because I have snot everywhere and I think it’s really embarrassing. Yeah, it’s really embarrassing ‘cause I get really, really snotty. It like drips out of my nose and literally, like I can taste it. And then they like grab my face, and like, “no, don’t”, ‘cause you’re just like eating my boogers.

Alexis Fawx


Hi, I’m Alexis Fawx, the things that kind of embarrass me is I’m actually quite socially awkward, in like one on one individual basis, in my private life, does that make sense? So, I get really nervous and then I’ll like stutter or not talk at all, so it’s quite odd. I don’t know, does that make sense? Did I answer the question?

Bobbi Dylan


I am Bobbi Dylan and what embarasses me is… I’m a full grown adult and I still suck my thumb and have a baby blanket, and it’s been to porn sets with me. Bobbi’s blanket, never forget.

Amber Ivy


What am I super embarrassed about? When you’re masturbating and you’re really into it, and you’re like, at the good spot, you’re about to come, and then someone walks in on you, and you’re like, “holy fuck, get the fuck outta here!”

Ela Darling


I’m Ela Darling and, I read a lot of books so I come across a lot of words, and sometimes I’ll use a word in a sense that means the complete opposite of what I’m trying to say because my conceptualization of that word exists only in my mind and it’s completely the opposite of what the word means, and it’s so fucking embarrassing ‘cause I’ll hear myself in an interview or someone will even tweet what I said and I have to message them and say, “no, you should delete that because I was totally wrong, and it’s embarrassing, and we’re embarrassing both of ourselves right now, so… whoops, my bad.”

Lucy Everleigh


When I tell someone, like that I wanna work with someone else that I really admire, and they go and tell them for me. That’s embarrassing.

Chanel Heart


My name is Chanel Heart and the most embarrassing thing is when people compliment me too much. They’re just like, “you’re so cute!”, and I’m just like, “ugh, please stop,” ‘cause I do be normal and live.

Carter Cruise


What really embarrasses me, one of the things, ‘cause I get mortified about a lot of things, but when you have those friends that, they love to exaggerate stories, but they don’t, like, they exaggerate them a lot, and they don’t tell you they’re gonna exaggerate and you’ll be telling the story to another person, a third party, and your friend will just straight up lie. And then you have to choose if you’re gonna call out your friend and be like, “that’s not what happened,” or if you’re gonna be complicit in the lie, and like they didn’t ask you if you wanted to be part of that, and I get so much anxiety, I get so embarrassed because I’m like, I’m embarrassed for them, so I’m not gonna call them out for being a liar, but then I’m a liar and I’m embarrassed for myself , I get a lot of anxiety about it. That’s one thing.

Melissa Moore


My name is Melissa Moore and what embarrasses me is when girls take off all their clothes in front of public people.

Jocelyn Kelly


I’m Jocelyn Kelly and I really hate when I’m walking around and my tampon string keeps popping out. It’s just tangling between my legs. It’s just really awkward, especially when I bend over.

Stefanie Joy


My name is Stefanie Joy and I always worry about embarrassing myself when I get too fucked up, but I also don’t give a fuck about what people think of me. So I don’t care.

Samantha Rone


Even porn in general, like what I do is kind of crazy but I feel like the one thing that gets me really embarrassed is probably like, someone talking about like, my outer labia, and I know it’s natural and it’s normal and it’s more stimulation but it’s, it kind of makes me blush and get embarrassed.

Jillian Janson


I’m Jillian Janson, ummm…. I’m always late, but I hate to be late, but no matter what I’m always late.

Jojo Kiss


Okay, Jojo Kiss, what embarrasses me is when I go to say one word but then another word pops in my head, so they become combined. Like, cute and sexy, and I’ll say, “cexy,” so that’s pretty embarrassing.

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