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From law to porn: How a student found her calling in adult entertainment

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For Ella Hughes, happiness can be found in between the sheets. Or in sharing intimate moments others would rather hide ‘neath the sheets.

The 22-year-old Southampton native realized that studying law did not give her fulfillment. So she took an unexpected turn and went on to become a porn star. 

It all started when a friend informed her of a modeling gig. Grabbing the opportunity, she first posed fully-clothed, eventually stripping for men’s magazines. Her porn career commenced when porn companies took notice. 

One reason why Hughes took this leap of faith was her uncertainty about continuing law school. 

“I did it for a year alongside my degree, but I was really struggling to balance it all,” she wrote in a confessional write-up for BBC. Hughes is also working with BBC via her participation in BBC Three’s series of documentaries called Sex Map of Britain.

But what made her drop law altogether was when her law professors found out about her other career. “They told me law and porn don’t mix - that law is a degree for respectable people and I might not be seen that way with my profile online as a porn star,” Hughes added.

Of course Hughes also did the math before coming up with her decision. In her report, she revealed that in porn, one can earn “between £500 to £1,000 for a shoot  - and up to £2,000 in America.” She figured it would be quicker to earn a lot from porn compared with practicing law, which would require her to pass the bar in the first place. She noted that with law, there really are not much guarantees. Meanwhile, income from porn can be more immediate.

In her three-year career, she witnessed the ups and downs of fame, from garnering up to 90,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, to receiving death threats, like being sent photos of knives and bin bags by a group of boys when she was still starting out. 

“It’s tough when people stare at you in the street. I never know if it’s because they recognize me or because I have something on my face. But you’re always going to get haters, and the community I’ve become part of is priceless to me,” she wrote. 

What’s another remarkable thing about her is her candidness about how she values her career and views sex. She states that she has “always been quite sexually open,” admitting that she “used to go to S&M parties.”

“It didn’t bother me that so many people had seen me having sex, because I’m used to that from the sex parties I’ve been to,” she wrote. “I love sex, so in the end, I decided to just try it.”

Hughes also revealed that despite the nature of her career, her family has got her back. Her biggest support may have actually come from the most important woman in her life, as Hughes wrote: “My mum, who has a beauty business, said ‘I wish you’d told us instead, but we won’t disown you. So long as you’re safe and happy, that’s all that matters.” Katrina Hallare – Inquirer.net

 

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