Erica Campbell Finds God, Leaves Porn

Playboy Playmate and Penthouse Pet Erica Campbell>
Erica Campbell, for anyone who isn’t familiar, is a gorgeous Playboy Playmate (and Penthouse Pet and Danni’s Hot Box Model, etc.) who
announced recently that she is done with porn for good.

Erica was clearly in a lot of pain: “For a long time I have been very lost. So lost in myself and in the world that I didn’t even REALIZE that I was lost. [...] For a long time I THOUGHT that I was doing the right thing…..and doing my personal best……well…I was wrong…dead wrong.” She chose to leave the business when she found religion: “I have decided to leave the world of adult and porn behind me….and follow the lord. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and am devoting my life to HIS WILL. I have found the one thing that can, will and DOES fill that void…and that’s GOD.”

She goes on to talk about other women in the industry: “SO many lost girls get into this business just for some extra money….to help pay for school….to help support themselves or even their children as single moms. [...] Almost ALL of the time It doesn’t end where you think it will…..the path goes on……the hole gets deeper….and the road gets darker. MOST of the time the girls don’t even realize it.”

It appears that Ms. Campbell very much regrets her choice to pose nude and has decided to stop. I completely respect that. It’s not a life everyone can live. On the other hand, I think that calling women who do choose that life “lost girls” is more than a little bit judgmental and condescending. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: women who choose to make money by taking off their clothes/having sex are not all the same and they aren’t necessarily damaged by it. Clearly, Erica Campbell was not happy with this career. That doesn’t give her the right to speak for everyone else.

If you’re interested in Erica’s body of work, you can check out her galleries on Freeones.

Update: Nina Hartley made a very interesting presentation to NOW in LA about working in porn and how it “can be empowering for some women, and utterly disastrous for many women; utterly disastrous.” You can read the transcript on AVN.

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28 Responses to “Erica Campbell Finds God, Leaves Porn”

  1. Anthony Says:

    What Erica Campbell has stumbled upon is classic social alienation, something most of us appear to experience in the societies we’ve created but which is potentially hugely amplified in an industry like porn.

    She should have a read Marx instead of the childish, superstitious stories of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Christianity as an answer to her alienation will probably increase it, not set her free.

    If Marx doesn’t tickle her fancy I recommend the following:
    1. The Old Testament
    2. The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
    3. Free to be Human, by David Edwards

  2. papayaman Says:

    When I think of some of the wonderful things religious fundamentalism has brought the world, such as the crusades, religious pogroms, the attack on the twin towers and abortion clinic bombings – I reckon I’ll take porn every time.

  3. zarafan Says:

    On the one hand, as the fabulously and heroically strong Nina Hartley has suggested, the adult industry has destroyed no shortage of the women–and some of the men–who have worked in it, so to the extent that Erica Campbell considers herself to have gotten out of it and found something better to do with her life, more power to her. On the other, it’s not hard to see in her narrative some very typical statements of fundamentalist Christianity, to the extent that women in sexual situations are ALWAYS either victim or predator (or, magically enough, somehow both) in need of a man (or preferably THE MAN) to protect them. So one is perhaps justified in considering that liberating herself from porn in this instance isn’t the same thing as liberating herself. I am impressed with her statement in so far as it seems to indicate that she is a sensitive and caring person who wants to help make the world a better place–I’m certain there are many people in the porn world as in other fields who share her aspirations. However, there is a paradox in all this that perhaps even she has realized: like Traci Lords, the value of her porn work–given, now, that it comes “from the other side” of her life and we presumably won’t be seeing any more–has just skyrocketed. All in all, there are worse career decisions to make…!

  4. Anthony Says:

    By the way, does anyone know where I might find the other shot similar to this one:
    http://www.ericacampbell-bigtits.com/nicetits/01.jpg

    There’s another shot like this where she has her head turned the other way. It was one of the first photos I ever saw of her and it’s one of the most erotic images I’ve ever seen.

  5. alison Says:

    Anthony – Chances are slim that she’ll check out those books (except mayyyybe the Old Testament), but I think I will. They look interesting. To respond to your question, there’s a gallery of Erica in a mirror here: http://galleries.ericacampbell.com/100190/pictures/11/index.html not sure if it’s what you’re looking for.

    papayaman – Amen. ;)

    zarafan – That’s a very astute analysis. I definitely think that she sees herself as a victim of sexuality looking for her savior (in all senses of that word). What I’m waiting to see (it’ll probably take about a year to know for sure) is whether this religious fervor is the real deal or if she’ll quietly make her way back into the business as so many women do.

  6. Strangepork Says:

    In many cases that I have witnessed, a sudden religious change in a person can be related to the influence of another person in their lives. I known someone who has superficially changed religion in order to get married. And I know people who pretend to be religious when they are around their families. I mean, its fine if she has decided to quit the business, but what does that have to do with finding religion? My cynical theory is that without a source of income, she has to rely on the assistance of others (probably estranged family members) who would not be so accepting of her previous employment history without some significant indication of change.

  7. jfro Says:

    I guess you know that you’re a porn addict when you question whether the stuff that Erica was involved in was even porn. She had a sweet face and she was very nice to look at in the nude. I consider the work she did in exposing her body and face to the camera a kind of gift that she gave to us…it seemed innocent enough to me.

    I’m afraid she’s fallen into the North American disease of fundamentalist religion. We get lonely here on this big continent and sometimes look for ways to create a snug little ideology like restrictive religious beliefs. The Euros are either more cynical or more realistic in that they are less inclined to oppose religion and sexuality. I’m sorry that Erica felt that way about exposing her body and giving us males a good time. Maybe she just needed to move on to the next phase of her life.

  8. Hater Says:

    Godspeed, Erica. Thanks for the mammories. I’m glad you didn’t end up in the gutter.

  9. lickmylovepump Says:

    People find a lot of comfort in religion, and Christianity has a lot of appeal because it offers forgiveness, acceptance and love. For someone who might have regrets about youthful indiscretions, or feels that they have made poor decisions in life, religion – or spirituality – is a very powerful motivating force, and a very personal one. Without knowing Erica personally, it’s impossible for me to pass judgment as to why she has chosen to leave the business, as it is impossible for me to know why she began in the business in the first place. At the same time, I think it’s a mistake to assume that a career as a sexpro is necessarily antithetical to spiritual development. Tianna Lynn, for example, says that succeeding in porn helped her quit drugs — and also says she has been a born-again Christian for a long time (even when she was still working as an actress). If Erica is doing better for herself now, then good for her. There are plenty of young women to take her place, and I hope that more of them are doing in to empower themselves and explore their sexuality than are doing it to support a drug habit or compensate for an abusive upbringing.

  10. friedrich Says:

    http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/EPH/9254~I-ve-Found-Jesus-Posters.jpg

  11. papayaman Says:

    I think lickmylovepump makes a really good point in arguing that it is a mistake to assume that working in the industry is antithetical to spiritual growth. The thing is that most religious fundamentalists make not only that assumption, but also assume that it must lead to personal destruction. Sure there have been some casualties in the porn business, but is that grounds for assuming that involvement in porn is bound to lead to disaster – any more than being a Catholic priest is bound to lead to pederasty? Or being involved in popular music is bound to lead to drug addiction? Or being a religious fundamentalist imbues one with an innate tendency towards terrorism? The terms of the argument are ridiculous. Just because some people in those groups have developed undesirable traits does not mean that all members of them must inevitably follow in the same direction. Just as there are some fundamentalists who do not proselytise and try to impose their views on others, there are some porn stars who are not alienated emotional wrecks. Rant finished.

  12. alison Says:

    Strangepork – That’s true. Religious awakenings are rarely something that people come to completely alone.

    jfro – I’ll admit that I didn’t really consider her a porn star either. But hey… At any rate, I totally agree that the US has a special brand of fundamentalist Christianity that really isn’t recognizable to even mainstream Christians and can definitely be very destructive.

    lickmylovepump – I agree completely with just about everything you said. That’s an interesting fact about Tianna Lynn that I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing it.

    papayaman – Good rant. You make an important point about generalizations – they’re often wrong.

  13. dphunkt Says:

    religious discovery sounds like a political gesture. i wouldnt like hearing someone pity their past choices on my behalf..if id known and worked with them…lets say, in the porn industry( for instance ). but maybe thats what it takes to mark the instance, for some. id guess that her choices within the industry dont sit well with who she wants to be for others in her life. people switch professions all the time though, gods work or not – best wishes? i dont know where lost girls figure in, but id hate to think of the porn industry as a place to get found. maybe that was her point(?)

  14. fedor Says:

    to be fair she said “SO many lost girls get into this business just for some extra money”….not all.

  15. Brinkman Says:

    “One day you see this bright beautiful girl shooting tame nudes…the next they are signing on the dotted line of a hard-core porn company.”

    I really have a problem with statements like this. As if the seductive lure of porn is so strong these girls can’t resist. If that’s so then why don’t all nude models eventually enter adult film? They have a choice and they can just as easily choose not to sign as sign.

    I’ve heard a similar things from Crissy Moran talking about her entrance into adult film, but I don’t buy it. Crissy was in her mid 20s when she began modeling, so she can’t have been so naive as to have no awareness of the consequences of such a decision.

    Without fail, these “converts” have this revelation about how terrible their former life was and how empty and meaningless it was. “I didn’t realize…” they all say. Blah blah blah.

    You made an adult decision and now you regret it. Don’t try to abdicate responsibility for you life and decisions by acting like you had no idea what kind of life you were leading before the light of Jesus healed your broken soul.

  16. along Says:

    I think her comments about “lost girls” may be being misinterperated here. I can’t say for sure what she meant, but being having been raised in a southern baptist church, I can tell you the term “lost” usually means a person who hasn’t accepted Christ as their personal saviour. It’s not meant as an insult. To a Christian, a person is either “saved” or “lost”

  17. Strangepork Says:

    I often wonder, though, what life is like for performers after they leave the industry. Apparently, the average girl doesn’t last too long in the industry anyway. So where do they go, and what do they do? Can they work normal jobs without being too much of a distraction to their co-workers or customers? Is it going to be an HR issue if I tell the office about the dirty things that I have seen the girl in the cubicle next door do on video?

  18. Sunduby Says:

    Religion and porn very touchy subject, but I’m going to have to disagree with some of you and Alison, because truth be told porn is an easy way out for most of these girls, they basically sell their dignity for a little fame and money, let’s be honest here most of these girls that get into porn arent in it to be empowered, if you believe that then would you tell your sister, mother, or some girl you know to get into porn because it’s empowering? Or better yet get into porn to give up her drug addiction? You have to realize that women like Nina Hartley were made for porn, because she openly volunteers her sexuality and is comfortable with it that’s why most of these big name stars are still around and they own studios now. My point being that most of these girls use porn to get quick cash because it’s the easy way out of a jam, thats why the average porn career only last 18 months, and any one who uses religion or god as an excuse for anything wrong in their life is fooling them selves of self realization, ok so you found jesus? really I didnt know he was lost? C’mon now let’s be real, people use finding god or jesus as a scapegoat to find some sort of meaning out of what they have been doing their whole life, and I’m sorry but God,Jesus,Allah,Jah,Buddah or who ever you pray to shouldnt be used that way. No one should follow any religion blindly, especially if it’s because you need to find your self, religion is their for people to find they’re true spirituality and have an understanding of god.

  19. Anthony Says:

    If by dignity you mean the one defined by a hypocritical sex-negative male-dominated culture, sure, but the word is meaningless in that respect.

  20. markbart Says:

    Damn, this bitch is smokin hot! Does anybody know if she ever did an anal scene?

  21. Brinkman Says:

    markbart – No. Erica is a glamour model. She doesn’t appear in adult movies, unless you consider very softcore girl-girl adult.

  22. Rolf Chakras Says:

    This move by Erica was telegraphed long ago when she said her goal was to be married and raise kids
    quietly in Hew Hampshire. I am saddened by the photographic loss of another woman whom I could never
    have, but also troubled by her belief in the supernatural. At least she has a lot of company. I mean,
    just consider all-time “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings – extremely book smart to be sure. But all of
    that intellectual firepower hasn’t prevented him from believing in a total fiction. Jennings is a
    Mormon, a religion that was created from whole cloth by a convicted felon in the 19th century. And that’s
    its finest hour! Forget the angel, the buried plates, and the transcription accomplished with assistance
    because Joseph Smith was functionally illiterate. The entire woeful tale is just absurd.

    But this isn’t meant to be a diatribe about religion. Erica can believe any fairy tale she wants if
    it provides her succor. Discounting the two hairy-ass moles on her back, she may have been the finest
    woman from head to toe I’ve ever seen. And she soothed more souls than Jesus could count. The irony here
    is delicious. Well Erica, super perfundo on the early eve of your day. Your religious conversion is
    enough to make me want to pray.

  23. knownothing Says:

    Hey, I’m just a know nothing, but I have read the bible before. It’s pretty clear that sex (any form, hole, and even the uncovered body) is exclusive to marrige. If she is going to call herself a Christian, atleast she has the sense to know what the primary source (the afore mentioned bible) says about her profession. What people get wrong is that these fundamenlist come up with their own list of rights and wrongs. Not so. The bible has laid out everything for them. There are really two types of Christians, the ones who try to follow the whole bible and those that just pick and choose. I’m no genius, but I bet the pick and choosers do more harm to the christian way than the strict adherants. FYI, the word lost in CHristian lingo means someone who is not a convert to christianity. By that definition I’m sure there are many “lost girls” in the industry, and that is no judgement, but rather a simple statment of fact that the “lost girls” would most likely make for themselves. Not every statment of truth is judgmental. If I said everyone that watches porn will go to hell, that is judging, which the bible commands against btw; however if (playing by the christian rulebook) I said that everyone who is not converted will go to hell, I am merly saying what the bible has already said. It is the judge not me. But hey I’m just a knownothing.

  24. Jan Maarten Says:

    Erica Campbell is a glamour model I never see here in action in a real pornscene. Whats she did is to expose that wonderful sexy rounded body. It’s here choise to be a christian. I don’t known the reasons of her maybe the preasure in the pornindustry to make real porn movies getting to big for here and do not want make the step from a glamourmodel to a pornactrice. Maybe she have found the real man for here in here ilve to married and getting childs i wish here many happy lucky moments in the future.

  25. wb Says:

    We have yet to see a top shelf porn-star find ultra-orthodox Hasidism a “next” career choice.

  26. Ticl Says:

    Fuck! I just read the whole Nina Hartley speech. I always knew she was eloquent, but that speech is amazing!

  27. @anthony Says:

    Fuck Marx!Marxism has and always will fail.At least the bible has spawned a religion that has lasted for centuries and had a significant impact on the world.

  28. Ron T Says:

    You guys sure got suckered by Erica Campbell AKA Lena P. She has been married for a couple years and had a kid and her Body is not what it was, this whole quiting for GOD thing is a bunch of BS.

    She doesn’t even live in N.H. and hasn’t for a while. I knew her when she was in High School and she wasn’t the Miss Innocent she claims to be. All she used to brag about was using men for their $$$$$$$$