• Thu, Feb 21 2013

Picture The Average Female Porn Star. You’re Probably Wrong.

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Picture the average female porn star. If you’re thinking a blonde with big tits, you’re wrong. The average actress in adult films is a brunette with a B-cup. Named Nikki.

Researcher and writer Jon Millward sifted through data on thousands of adult films (poor baby!) to bring us this information, as part of “the largest study on porn stars ever undertaken.” His massive analysis—aptly titled Deep Inside: A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars and Their Careers—examines “what the average performer looks like, what they do on film” and how the role of adult performers has evolved over the past 40 years.

According to Millward’s research using the Internet Adult Film Database, the average female porn star is 5’5″ tall and weighs 117 pounds. Her measurements are 34-24-34.

… Holy shit, I have nearly the same measurements as your average porn star! I mean, minus an inch on the bust and plus an inch on the hips, but that’s pretty close. I don’t know why I’m so excited about this. Actually, yes, yes I do: Because it means the average porn star is a pretty damn normal looking woman.

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The average porn actress looks like me—if I dyed my hair back to brown. It seems dark-haired porn actresses outnumber blondes almost two to one.  And performers with a Double-D bra size were outnumbered by B-cup, C-cup and D-cup breasts, which were first, second and third most common respectively.

“The fact that most female porn stars don’t choose the blonde bombshell look is interesting, I think,” writes Millward.

“The notion of most porn stars being busty blondes (as opposed to brunettes with B-cups) must either be a carryover from a cultural stereotype (that the most sexually adventurous and available women are blonde with big breasts), or an indication that when someone thinks of the average porn star, the vision they see is an amalgam of a few of the most famous adult models, who do fit the busty blonde mold: Jenna Jameson, for instance.

In terms of race or skin color, adult actresses were remarkably in line with the breakdown in the general American population: 70.5% caucasian, 14% black, 9.3% Latin, 5.2% Asian and 1% other. Nikki was the most common porn star name, followed by Jessica, Lisa, Kelly, Angel, Nicole, Michelle, Victoria, Vanessa and Samantha.

See the full report here.

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  • Alexandra

    33-24-34 is also the average model measurement! Except that models are 5’9 to 5’11 in height…

  • Fabel

    Yeah, I think the only people who are surprised by this are ones who don’t watch that much porn? I’m glad to see this info out there though, because the idea that all porn features silicone blondes gets tiring.