10 Innovative Porn Stars Who Could Be the Next Sasha Grey


Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

April Flores performing at Gloryhole 2013 - PHOTO: NANETTE GONZALES
9. April Flores
April Flores doesn't mind being typecast as the fat girl of porn. In fact, it's a name she's embraced for herself, on the Internet (her website and Twitter handle is "Fatty_D") as well as in more artful projects, like a new book of photographs titled Fat Girl. As she told The Rumpus in August, "Once I decided on that title, I decided the meaning of that word could change for me. Now it's completely opposite. It's just a descriptive word, like 'red hair' or 'yellow table' - it doesn't hurt my feelings. I'm trying to change the negative connotations that word has."
Her book is a collaboration with her late husband, adult photographer and director Carlos Batts, who directed Flores in films like Voluptuous Biker Babes and April Flores World. When Batts passed away unexpectedly on October 22 at the age of 40, Flores recruited artist friends including Coop, Shepard Fairey, Olivia De Berardinis, Tera Patrick and Nina Hartley - the latter two of whom are porn stars in their own right - to exhibit their work at a silent auction fundraiser at Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood. The art show, aimed at relieving Flores of medical and funeral expenses, featured an erotic poetry reading with a topless performance by queer porn star Courtney Trouble. (And you thought poetry was boring?)

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