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10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

The age of the internet means porn is becoming more widely accepted and many adult performers have become household names. This means that porn stars are getting more into mainstream media whether it be because of celebrities, Buzzfeed, their own social marketing and more. Below we list some of the most sexiest and most influential porn stars of today!

10. Traci Lords

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

Traci Lords is easily the most notorious adult film star to ever live, having used a fake ID to enter the industry before she was 18. The ensuing legal trouble and social condemnation led to millions of dollars’ worth of lawsuits and legal battles, but these did not deter Traci from continuing her career once she turned 18.

Toward the end of her career, she began her own company, the Traci Lords Company, to produce adult movies, but eventually came to despise her career in porn, criticizing it in her autobiography and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Nevertheless, she is a legend in the business and an iconic figure in American pop culture.


9. Janine Lindemulder

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

If Janine Lindemulder, known just as Janine within the porn industry, is not familiar to you as an adult actress, chances are you remember seeing her dressed as a nurse on the cover of Blink-182’s Enema of the State album or in the music video for “What’s My Age Again?”

She won the 2006 AVN award for Best Actress for her role in Pirates, and a sex tape featuring her and Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil was released to the public by the same porn company that leaked Pamela Anderson’s sex tape with Tommy Lee.


 8. Jenna Haze

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

At the height of her career, Jenna Haze was the most recognizable person in porn, and one of the most successful. She began her career at the tender age of 19, meeting an agent and then shooting literally the next day, and never looked back.

Although she’s currently retired from performing roles, she directs and manages at her own production company, Jennaration X Studios. Her personal worth is estimated at over $3.5 million — not too shabby for someone who’s only 31.

 

7. Tera Patrick

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

Tera Patrick began her career as a runway and catalog model before going to university, where she earned degrees in both nursing and biology. That’s as far as she went down the mainstream path, however, before beginning her career in porn.

She has always been a fan favorite and broke cultural barriers when she was selected as the first porn star to grace the cover of FHM magazine. Even though she’s since retired from porn, she remains active in the industry in other roles, as well as on her website.


6. Jesse Jane

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

For many people, Jesse Jane is the modern face of the porn industry, having starred in both Pirates and Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge, two of the highest-grossing adult films ever made. Her contract is with Digital Playground, which owns the trademark rights to her stage name, meaning she has been forced to use her real name in promoting her various business ventures.

She’s also appeared on HBO’s Entourage, and has been the sex columnist for Chéri magazine since 2007. She is also a cancer survivor and underwent a hysterectomy in 2004. But she continues to dominate the porn industry all the same.


5. Sasha Grey

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

Few porn stars have flirted with mainstream success as often and as successfully as Sasha Grey. Her illustrious adult career spans more than 270 films and garnered her numerous nominations, including victories in the Best Oral Scene, Best Anal Scene and Performer of the Year categories. She has since retired from adult entertainment.

You’re more likely to know her (or admit to knowing her) from her cameos on Entourage, where she played a fictionalized version of herself, or her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience.


4. Linda Lovelace

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

This is somewhat of an ironic selection, since Linda Lovelace has denounced her career in porn, becoming an outspoken opponent of the porn industry alongside feminist anti-pornography crusaders like Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon. But her starring role in the infamous Deep Throat, the first porn film to have a plot and high budget, cannot be ignored.

A movie based on her life was released in August, with Amanda Seyfried starring as Linda and Sharon Stone, James Franco and Hank Azaria in supporting roles.

 

3. Sunny Leone

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

Sunny Leone is a Canadian Sikh who went to a Catholic school — you know, the typical background of an adult entertainer. She’s gone on to achieve incredible success within the industry, winning a Penthouse Pet of the Year award in 2003 and regularly topping lists of the hottest girls in porn.

Outside the industry, she’s had cameos in everything from a Ja Rule music video to mainstream success of The Girl Next Door. She’s also a huge fan of Bollywood cinema and is attempting to gain a foothold as a mainstream actress. Did I mention she’s a World of Warcraft nerd? No? Well, she is.


2. Tori Black

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

Tori Black is porn’s most modern success story. She began acting in porn when she was only 18 years old, but quickly gained popularity for her classic good looks and natural, “unenhanced” body. She regularly tops “best of” lists for both her good looks and her, ahem, enthusiastic acting. She’s also extremely active on social media, for which she has gained a lot of attention — and notoriety.

Unfortunately, she’s also gotten into some much-publicized legal trouble, like when, in January of last year, she was arrested for domestic battery and public drunkenness. She’s currently taking a break from pornography to focus on raising her kids.

 

1. Jenna Jameson

10 Most Influential Porn Stars In The World

This No. 1 should surprise absolutely no one. Jenna Jameson is the Michael Jordan of porn, and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a statue erected in her honor to prove it.

She entered the business when she was only 19 years old, after a brief career as a stripper, and quickly dominated the industry, winning numerous awards and developing a cult following who have taken to calling her the Queen of Porn.

Her real achievement, however, was in parlaying her on-screen successes into off-screen business deals. She founded her own adult entertainment company, ClubJenna, and hosted a reality TV show in which contestants competed for a porn contract. Couple that with numerous appearances on mainstream media staples like The Howard Stern Show, as well as a starring role in the movie Zombie Strippers, and you begin to understand why Jenna Jameson isn’t just a performer but an institution.


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