The AVNs Are Back!

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After a long hiatus, the PORN STARS ARE BACK! With a brand new location and a bevy of new talent, the 2023 AVN EXPO and AWARD SHOW were held in-person this past week at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Now in its 40th year, the AVN Awards and Expo are an integral part of the seductive fabric of Las Vegas. Known for its provocative vendors and wild after-parties, the annual AVNs always attracts huge crowds of curious fans. Despite a two-year disruption, an estimated 25,000 fans and industry-professionals came out to celebrate and recognize the top names in adult entertainment.

Tucked away in the second-level conference center, the layout of the expo was noticeably different from previous years. The spread-out floor plan made navigation challenging, but after a few laps from room to room, the fun and energy took over where the mild confusion left off.

Photo courtesy of VIXEN.com

Brand new in 2023 was the VIXEN Pop-up Shop. With appearances by all the hottest stars, this well-organized boutique was the anchor of the entire expo. For the first time ever, the public was able to purchase swag that was only previously available to the stars themselves. The line wrapped around the storefront as fans vied for a chance to get their hands on hats, hoodies, and sexy workout gear from VIXEN, BLACKED, and TUSHY.

Photo courtesy of VIXEN.com

It should come as no surprise that the VIXEN Pop-up was the place to be. On Friday afternoon, Vicky Chase, Riley Reid, and Maitland Ward affectionally greeted the throngs of fans who stood in line for over an hour just for a chance to greet porn royalty.

VIXEN is known for working with the top names in the industry and they killed it at the award show on Saturday night. Their wide-spread success is a testament to the passion and seriousness that they put into their brands and content. Multiple fans were overheard saying that they hoped the pop-up would be more than just a one-time thing!

VICKY CHASE courtesy of VIXEN.com

In addition to the big-names, like VIXEN and BRAZZERS, there was plenty of representation from independent production companies like THE FLOURISH and SHINYBOUND. These high-impact, unaffiliated studios are an integral part of the adult entertainment industry. By employing thousands of models and maintaining round-the-calendar production schedules, it is studios like these that keep the industry churning.

THE FLOURISH is a first-rate example of an independent studio that manages all aspects of their own production. Their extensive database is a searchable platform where users can access all of their content and models in one central location. Visitors can easily navigate between TheFlourishAmateurs, TheFlourishFetish, and The FlourishXXX, without ever leaving THE FLOURISH platform.

Over the past five years, the AVN Expo has become much more involved in the promotion of webcam models. The pandemic sped this process up, encouraging performers to create their own content and market themselves independently online. Through sites like Twitter and OnlyFans, many adult entertainers have opted out of the traditional studio constraints. With massive followings and unique financial opportunities, camming is now seen as a legitimate go-to for newbies, starlets, and hall-of-famers alike.

Talking to the performers is always the best part. They are generally down-to-earth and thrilled to interact with their fans. Although I attend these events as a member of the press, it’s hard not to fan-girl over all the familiar faces (and asses). I just can’t help it!

The very first person I ran into was the sexy and sultry Adreena Winters. Although we were just passing one another on the escalator, I’d recognize her anywhere! After running the wrong way down the moving stairs, I was able to catch up with her to chat. Adreena Winters is just as beautiful in person and she was devilishly HOT on the red carpet! Red is DEFINITELY one of her power colors!

Networking within the industry is a huge part of AVN week. It’s a unique chance for performers, producers, studios, and big-wigs to meet up face to face, often for the first time. There is nothing better than connecting with people who are on your same wavelength.

Angel Long

Angel Long was one of those people with whom I instantly clicked. After seeing one another during a late-night Walgreen’s run, we ultimately met up in front of the Starbucks in the casino. After talking for just a few minutes, it was clear that Angel Long is a true badass with a superb intuition about the industry as a whole. I definitely hope that we get to see more of her in the future. These chance encounters are a prime example of how networking works at the AVNs.

My ultimate girl-crush is reserved for Swedish Bella. I’ve followed her online for several years and she is the definition of PERFECTION. believe it or not, she was even more spectacular in person. Highly-toned, with perfect curves and a beautiful smile, this statuesque goddess is an absolute showstopper.

It is always a blast to see BadKitty. She has the best smile and permanently looks like she is down to get wild. And THAT ASS!! The crowds part when BadKitty walks by! KA-BOOM! With her smoking hot ladies, Arabelle Raphael and Queenie Sateen, this was a trio that couldn’t be reckoned with.

Arabelle Raphael is a rowdy goddess with a wicked glint in her eye! With tons of beautiful tattoos and an animal-like energy, it is no wonder that she is at the top of her game!

Arabella Raphael
Queenie Santeen

Her sexy bestie, Queenie Sateen, is a fashion icon! Whether she was rocking the tiny DIOR bikini or the VIVIENNE WESTWOOD boulle bodysuit, her sexy vintage wardrobe was a show-stopper all week! With their epic curves and stunning outfits, these three ladies dominated the expo and caused sparks on the red carpet.

Speaking of the red carpet, let’s talk about the sizzling hot Jessica Starling and HeavenPOV. They were one of the sexiest pairs to grace us with their presence. In a full-length red, mermaid-style gown, Jessica resembled a real-life Jessica Rabbit…only sweeter! HeavenPOV looked sharp as hell. I just love him. He is legitimately one of the good ones…a genuine person and a true team player. It’s no wonder that he has all these hotties who want to film with him!

Every time I passed Breanna Khalo, I had to stop and chat with her and her crew. They were so much fun! We originally ran into one another out in the casino, but her magnetic smile kept drawing me in all weekend. Breanna looked beautiful on the red carpet and wore a killer cut-out orange dress during the expo. It’s always awesome getting to meet my favorite online personalities IN PERSON!

RayRay was in the house! I was super bummed that I didn’t get to see RayRay in one of her epic costumes. Her outfits are always among my favorites. After seeing her dressed up as Starlight from The Boys last year, I was smitten. RayRay has big time “girl next door” energy, but if you’ve ever seen her on film, you’d know that she is anything but a good girl!

Speaking of “girl next door,” I don’t want to neglect my new favorite redhead, Emma Magnolia. Emma is the perfect blend of sweet and provocative. Her super fun personality shines in all of her work and it’s clear that she has a blast doing what she does.

As we all recover from the previous week, it is important to recognize the unique opportunity afforded by the AVNs. It is a chance for the adult entertainment community to come into the spotlight and shine like the stars that they truly are. Some of the most beautiful, hardworking people on the planet work in the adult industry and its time that they receive the recognition they deserve.

EXXXotica 2022: Getting Blown Away in the Windy City

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Chicago is a city that has everything, from the deepest of the deep-dish pizzas to one of the hottest adult expos of the year. The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center was the place to be the weekend of April 29 – May 1 as the 2022 EXXXotica rolled into town and embraced its slogan of THE NEW NORMAL! After the epic dry-spell caused by the pandemic, is was wonderful to see the Industry once again operating at MAX POWER.

I’m constantly and repeatedly amazed by the sense of community and camaraderie that pervades these events. The energy is nothing but positive and everyone always looks like they are having a great time. I feel as though I say these same things after each event that I attend, but it is the absolute truth. It’s like sexy, adult Disneyland! You can’t help but walk around with a huge smile on your face (and a tingle in your pants)!

While the theme of this year’s event was THE NEW NORMAL, it could just as easily have been called WORKING HARD AND GETTING ASS. Members of the adult industry (both in front of and behind the camera) are some of the hardest working people on the planet. The average porn- viewer doesn’t realize the amount of time and effort that goes into creating a successful personal brand.

When it comes to BOSS BITCHES, Mz. Dani wrote the book! Talk about a go-getter! With a prime location, Mz. Dani’s corner booth was POPPING! Her fans couldn’t get enough of one of the world’s greatest booties, lining up just for a chance to see it in person! It should come as no surprise that her gorgeous exterior perfectly mirrors her sweet interior.

DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD!


I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with Mz. Dani and her amazing makeup artist, Cheri. By the end of the weekend, I seriously felt like I was with a pair of life-long friends. With a huge heart and an incredibly down-to-earth personality, Mz. Dani truly loves her fans and it shows. The smile didn’t leave her face all weekend (except when she was trying to take an intentionally sexy-serious photo!).

If there was a crown given out for the Queen of the Expo, my vote would always go to Vicki Chase. Vicki is a star’s star and a pro’s pro. She is timelessly pretty and an absolute sweetheart, which makes her even sexier (if that’s humanly possible). Her fans love her because her she’s approachable and completely authentic. She spends time with every person who comes to see her and gives each one her undivided attention. Don’t be surprised if you must wait to meet this QUEEN in person because she has such a huge, devoted fanbase. If you are ever looking for me at an event, look around among the throngs of Vicki Chase fans.

The sweet and petite Amy Quinn is deceptively cute! Hidden under that innocent face is an absolute BEAST! In addition to meeting fans all-day/every day at the Tadpole Studios booth, Amy spent every free moment in front of the camera. Each time I saw her around the hotel, she was in a different outfit, heading off to shoot multiple scenes. At one point, she was meeting up with seven other starlets and twenty guys to film a MASSIVE fuck fest! We will all be waiting for the release of that collaboration! Amy Quinn and Quinn Studios are definitely making a name for themselves within the Industry.

Amy Quinn DOES NOT quit!


Working hard alongside Amy Quinn at the Tadpole Studios booth was SubGirl. Her work is WILD. She does some crazy shit out in public that has to be seen to be believed. Last year, I heard my favorite satellite radio show THE BONFIRE talking about all the rowdy stuff she does and they definitely didn’t steer me wrong! Her work is a different level of naughty! You don’t have to take my word for it, check Subgirl out for yourself!

These industry shows look like all fun and sexy games, but for the professionals, these are working weekends that require long hours and limited sleep. The amount of effort that the performers put forth is impressive and admirable. From hair and makeup, to outfits, booth design, and merchandising, the adult stars shine because of their own hard work and diligence.

Speaking of makeup and outfits, Ray Ray was greeting her fans looking beyond SUPER! Decked out head-to-toe as STARLIGHT from the hit show THE BOYS, Ray Ray absolutely nailed the theme! From the thigh-high boots to the soul-piercing contact lenses, Ray Ray was ready to fight crime AND film an extra hot scene! I was OBSESSED with her entire look! It took all of my self control NOT to just start dropping quotes from the show on her.

A Ray Ray of Starlight


As long as we’re talking about fan-girling, let me tell you how freaking excited I was to finally meet Priya Rai in person! I’ve seen her on the red carpet at the AVNs, but this was the first time I’ve actually gotten to hang out with her for real! Priya is an ALL-STAR, so it was hard not to be star-struck when she came up to ME in the lobby of our hotel!

In addition to her first-rate work in front of the camera, Priya Rai is also a first-rate human being. If I had to come up with one G-rated word to describe Priya, it would PROTECTIVE. She is one of those people who always watches out for others. Throughout the weekend, I witnessed her offer advice, guidance, and straight-up know-how to countless other members of the Industry. Her sisterly attitude towards other girls is incredibly admirable and really highlights the sense of community at these events. That being said, don’t let that gorgeous face fool you…Priya Rai has a keen eye for bullshit and doesn’t hesitate to call it out when she sees it.

No adult convention is complete without the stunning redhead, Lauren Phillips. Lauren is the embodiment of stamina and energy. She works harder than anyone else on these loooooong days. Her spirit never wanes, and she rarely leaves her booth, which is why her fan-line always snakes through the crowd! Whenever I see Lauren, I’m always reminded of one of her early scenes where she casually asks a bar full of guys “What’s a girl like me gotta do to get gangbanged around her?” The answer was JUST ASK! They were all very willing participants and she was an incredibly grateful recipient!

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the adult industry has seen a huge influx of cam performers. The freedom to engage with fans from a safe distance made live-camming the ideal setup during those dangerous times. Now that we are embracing THE NEW NORMAL, the CHATURBATE and MyFreeCams booths were bursting with starlets who were more than ready to meet their fans in person! With something for everyone, you never knew who you would see among the ever-changing lineup of cam stars!

By Saturday afternoon, I found myself circling around the CHATURBATE booth, hoping to strike up a conversation with beautiful cam model that I had seen walking around the hotel. In addition to a drop-dead, killer body, Kendra (as I later discovered her name) had some of the best outfits all weekend. She SLAYED in her rhinestone catsuit, which clung to every tight, petite curve. Kendra has an ever-growing following online and I now consider myself one of her biggest fans!

As a west coast girl freezing my ass off in Chicago, I was thrilled to find out that my fellow Californian, Jade Jayden, was going to be in the Windy City, too! Although she now lives in Florida, Jade is a Nor Cal hottie with some of the best tits in the industry. Last year, I took a photo of her boobs into the surgeon and said “I want these.” Although Jade and I have known one another online for several years, it was fucking awesome to finally meet her in person. She was even sweeter than I expected and red string outfit was fucking HOT!!

California girls are unforgettable!

While Jade’s tits are ever-on-my-mind, it was Gem the Jewels’ ASS that gave me major posterior envy! Gem’s butt is truly, truly, truly outrageous (although she’s definitely too young to get that reference lol). She gives the BEST hugs, and it feels like a party follows her wherever she goes! Her personality absolutely sparkles, and you could tell that she was genuinely happy to be at EXXXotica! I wish I had longer to chat with Gem because she’s clearly a blast!

Some stars have a constant stream of fans who will line up for hours just to talk and take pics with them. September Reign is one of those performers who really takes the time to engage with each of her fans and her constant crowd reflects that dedication. Her devotees will do just about anything to be in her royal presence and September Reign goes out of her way to make it worth their while.

One of my favorite parts of the adult expo weekends is just people watching in the hotel. I love sitting back to observe the beauty and sexiness in its natural environment. There is never any pretention or judgement. Everyone is friendly, even in the throngs of exhaustion and wicked hangovers. I’ve made some of my most worthwhile connections simply talking to people in the lobbies of our hotels. From PAWGED to the Deviate Network, often times, the best leads have occurred around the omelet bar!

Down the hall from our suite was the incredibly enticing Bailey Brooke and her team. The star of numerous sexy teen films, we ran into each other with such frequency that it became an ongoing joke. As hungry and hungover people tend to do, we bonded over the lack of bacon at the breakfast buffet and yearned for an ultimate bacon bukkake. I’m not sure if that’s a thing, but if it’s not, IT SHOULD BE (are you hearing this, Embassy Suites?).

These action-packed events are definitely working trips, but in the end, they are always filled with great memories and even better people. It’s such a great opportunity to network and swap stories and recommendations with professionals who understand the ins-&outs of porn.

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These weekends truly are invaluable for the adult industry and I’m thrilled that they are back LIVE AND IN PERSON! I can’t wait until the next event! See you in New Jersey, EXXXotica! XOXO