Differences Between Porn Stars And 'Normal Girls'

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Down one aisle, a consenting woman was being relentlessly whipped. Down another, two young women were going down on each other while husky men with professional cameras filmed the whole thing.

That's what I saw when I attended the AVN Awards and Expo in Las Vegas.

This annual event is colloquially known as the “Oscars of Porn,” which means I met with the biggest names in adult film.

On my trip, I learned many valuable things — like how PR companies can royally screw you over without apology. But perhaps most notably, I've learned how to tell a porn star from a regular person.

Because it was my job to speak with and photograph these adult actors, I had to be able to pick out the porn stars from us insignificant normies — something that was very difficult to do in the sea of people at the Expo.

Most of these qualities I mention below, I should add, derive from the fact that women in porn are most certainly in a league of their own.

Instead of perceiving the industry as a catalyst for sexism and objectification, they've instead embraced their own sexuality. They're pushing purveyors and critics alike to see adult entertainment as the ultimate form of empowerment, maintaining that sexuality should never considered shameful.

So without further adieu, here are the most distinguishable traits that separate porn stars from everyday folks:

They have a VERY high tolerance for men's bullshit.

A few hours before I attended day one of the Expo, I saw a woman at the hotel bar tell off several men who approached her, which she was well within her rights to do.

Porn stars, however, see value in this adoration (literally), and instead of dissuading men from flirting with them, they encourage it.

These women profit from their sexuality, after all. They can listen to these male fans drone on and on about things she obviously couldn't care less about, while keeping a very convincing smile throughout.

They have massive boobs.

But only some of them do.

The more seasoned porn stars love to show off their massive — and definitely fake — breasts. The younger ones, however, looked more like the girl-next-door aesthetic and usually had fairly small breasts and incredibly small waists.

Obviously, this generation gap reveals a discrepancy between what we used to find attractive and what's considered ideal now, which is something I found particularly interesting.

They wear nothing... except platform heels.

As was expected, porn stars wore next to nothing. But not the male porn stars, mind you.

The guys were fully clothed, usually opting for collared shirts and jeans — yet another difference I found revealing.

The women, however, adorned barely any clothing at all. One group of women, who belonged to a website called “Exploited Black Teens,” wore butt plugs with tails at the end of them — in public.

These red tails crept out from under their skirts as they swung massive black dildos and chanted their website's name as if they were marching in some insane parade.

And no, they can't walk in the heels. Nobody can.

They don't care at all what you think of them.

Even if she isn't considered "traditionally" attractive, I found that porn stars of all sizes, creeds and colors exuded an incomparable sexual confidence in both their attire and overall approach to life.

But then, you have those who take this confidence perhaps a little too far. Take, for instance, one woman I saw on more than one occasion deep-throating a very large dildo and almost vomiting all over herself.

But who am I to judge? This was the AVN Expo after all.

Their appearances tilt toward “alternative.”

This was especially true for the webcam girls.

It seemed like the lure of filming yourself nude from the comforts of your own home appealed mostly to women who enjoy body tattoos, vibrant hair colors and other body modifications.

They look like "Real Housewives."

This was probably the most noticeable difference of them all. I can confidently tell you a lot of women over 30 in adult entertainment have had a good amount of work done.

Their faces are frozen, their lips are unnaturally plump and their bodies are far too immaculate to be God-given.

If I had to categorize the appearance of all porn stars under one Real Housewife, it would be, without a doubt, Kim Zolciak.

Underneath the makeup and the X-rated fame, they're you.

Even the most highly regarded porn stars have their flaws. For some, it's a few blemishes tucked under several layers of makeup. For others, it's a bit of cellulite on their body.

The women I was fortunate enough to meet were very kind, and under all of makeup and sexy outfits, they're just like us.

Sure, the pressures of being nude on film may result in some unnecessary nips and tucks, but they're normal people at the end of the day. They just so happen to work in the sex industry.